Vibrant, vivid, and vivacious, the Ardeton Ensemble is a flexible chamber ensemble presenting music to new audiences. They perform evenings of chamber works and solos spanning the 17th Century to the present day. From Mozart to Movie themes, Bach to Britten, they bring a youthful vitality and originality to every genre.
Established in 2003, the Ensemble was formed by graduates of the Birmingham Conservatoire and the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. Each member has studied with eminent professional musicians including Lucy Gould, Alice Neary, Natasha Boyarsky, and Rivka Golani, and has received coaching from international chamber musicians such as the Chilingirian Quartet, Arditti Quartet, and Tchaikovsky Piano Trio. The Ensemble members all perform as freelance orchestral musicians, and have recently worked with The National Chamber Orchestra of Wales, English National Ballet, Jersey Symphony Orchestra, Southern Sinfonia, and Southbank Sinfonia.
Earlier this summer the Ensemble was invited to Norway to give their first overseas performances as guests of the pianist Jo Coldicott. They performed Schubert’s ever-popular “Quartettsatz”, Dvořák’s “American” Quartet and Schumann’s Piano Quintet for concerts in Risør and Sauherad, Telemark. Other recent performances for the Ensemble include a return appearance at this summer’s Oakham Music Festival in Rutland where the group collaborated with the clarinettist Robert Bell for Weber’s Clarinet Quintet, following their performance of Brahms’ Clarinet Quintet in 2006.
Previous performances also include concerts at the Jubilee Hall in Aldeburgh, a lunchtime concert series at the Birmingham Conservatoire, and an appearance at the Brewood Music Festival in Staffordshire. The Ensemble also regularly collaborates with other musicians, including the oboist Julie Payne for a series of recitals in Bristol, Manchester and the Ipswich ‘Pulse’ Fringe Festival