Ensemble 360 is represented by Rayfield Allied worldwide.
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These performances are impressive, even by comparison with more distinguished and experienced rival ensemblesBBC Radio 3
Ensemble 360 has quickly gained an enviable reputation across the UK not only for the quality and integrity of the members’ playing, but also for their ability to communicate the music to a range of different audiences. Formed in 2005, eleven musicians of international standing came together to take up residency in Sheffield with Music in the Round, establishing a versatile group comprising five string players, five wind players and a pianist. The members believe in concerts being informal, friendly and relaxed occasions, and perform ‘in the round’ wherever possible. Having an audience on all four sides brings with it an intimacy and immediacy between musician and audience that other layouts cannot match.
Critical acclaim has greeted all of the group’s CDs to date: Mozart and Spohr (ASV Gold), Beethoven (Nimbus Alliance) and their latest disc, Poulenc (Nimbus Alliance), which contains all his great works for piano and wind: “A lovely disc” (BBC Radio 3 CD Review); BBC Music Magazine wrote of the recording of Mozart’s clarinet quintet that “This is a performance that can stand as a benchmark for this much recorded work”.
Ensemble 360 appears regularly on BBC Radio 3 and at some of the largest festivals and venues in England including Wigmore Hall, Aldeburgh, the Sage Gateshead, the National Centre for Early Music, Bath International Festival, Buxton Festival, Leamington Music Festival and Manchester Chamber Concert Series. With Music in the Round, the group tours nationally every year, has established its own concert series in Barnsley and Doncaster, and invites other international artists to Sheffield to perform in Music in the Round’s nine-day May Festival and Autumn and Spring series.
Ensemble 360 has established its own brand of children’s concerts which play to sell-out audiences. Recently commissioning two scores from composer Paul Rissmann, these unique musical stories combine participation and narration. The ensemble regularly runs schools’ workshops, as well as performance and composition classes with a variety of age groups, and is the Ensemble-in-Residence at both the University of Sheffield and the University of Huddersfield.
Outside Ensemble 360, the musicians all have careers of great success. Some are members of orchestras, including the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie, Philharmonia, RTÉ Symphony Orchestra and the Manchester Camerata. They have performed as chamber musicians and soloists across the UK at festivals including the Aldeburgh, Cheltenham, Edinburgh, IMS Prussia Cove and Plush, as well as across Europe, America and Japan in venues including the Concertgebouw, Berlin Philharmonie, Carnegie and Suntory Halls.
Ensemble 360 enjoys an exciting residency at Music in the Round in Sheffield. For more information about their MitR activities, please contact Tracy Bryant, MitR’s Project Manager, at the following link.
Aldeburgh Festival: Britten Centenary Weekend
Britten Three Divertimenti/ Britten String Quartet No.1, Op 25 // Shostakovich Piano Quintet
Sunday morning brought Ensemble 360 and a bracing dash through the Divertimenti (‘Go play, boy, play’). These early experimental pieces should dazzle and shock, and one immediately felt in the presence of players who embraced them with affectionate abandon – and had the skill to bring it off. Leader Benjamin Nabarro’s glossy, edgy sound sliced through the uproarious Burlesque and provided the heft for a sustained, penetrating melody in the Andante calmo of the first string quartet after a drily witty Allegretto... [For Shostakovich’s Piano Quintet]...Tim Horton joined Ensemble 360 at the piano...for a big-boned, sweeping performance. Sheffield is lucky indeed to have these musicians in residence.Helen Wallace, BBC Music Magazine
the loving Ensemble 360The New Your Times
Poulenc, Music for Piano and Wind
Nimbus Alliance NI6121, 2010
I love the alertness of the playing on this disc. The ready wit and often a slightly understated subtlety that separates them from the players that perhaps overindulge Poulenc's spiky humour and brash harmonies. It's a lovely disc.Andrew McGregor, BBC Radio 3
… for the emotional frankness, the liveliness of the tempi, the blending of the voices, the cohesion of ensembles, and the fun that the performers are having and conveying to the listener – Ensemble 360 contends with the best. These are ideal performances for this wonderfully buoyant musicMusic Web International
Beethoven, Septet in E flat Op.20 and Serenade in D Op.25
Nimbus Alliance NI6112, 2010
These works demand much of the players…here the admirable Ensemble 360 group give absolutely enchanting and totally convincing accounts of both of them. Every instrumentalist here is first-class…strongly recommended.Gramophone
There's nothing conventional about the quality of the performances...A highly desirable CD, and I can only hope for more releases from the group in the near future.MusicalCriticism.com
ASV Gold GLD 4022, 2007
The performance has natural flow and grace allied to many sensitive touches of colour and timing… a touching and thoroughly delightful performance.Gramophone
Altogether, this is a performance that can stand as a benchmark for this much recorded work… a real pleasure.BBC Music Magazine
A heaven-storming performance… big things lie ahead of them.The Strad
The emotional chemistry here was manifestly unusual… pure magic.Sunday Telegraph
This is one of the finest recordings (of Mozart Quintet K.452) on the market.allmusic.com
Photographer credit: Benjamin Ealovega
Photographer credit: Benjamin Ealovega