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Katy Wright

Deputy Editor, Classical Music

Schubert Ensemble reveals final season

4:38, 8th September 2017

The Schubert Ensemble will give around 50 concerts in the UK and abroad before returning to its London home for a farewell concert at Wigmore Hall on 21 March 2018.

Three members of the group will have played together for all 35 years, while the Ensemble has been unchanged for the last 23 years.

Founded in January 1983 by pianist William Howard, the Schubert Ensemble has performed in over 40 countries, made over 30 critically acclaimed recordings, and given countless performance broadcasts.

With over 80 commissions to its name, the group leaves behind a legacy of new music from composers including John Tavener, Judith Weir, Sally Beamish, Jonathan Dove, Cheryl Frances-Hoad, Piers Hellawell, David Knotts, David Matthews, Pavel Novak, Anthony Powers and Howard Skempton.

The Ensemble’s final season includes return visits to Romania and Luxembourg and two tours of the USA. The final two concerts of its Quintessentials series will take place at Kings Place on 12 October and 9 November 2017, ahead of the farewell concert at Wigmore Hall on 21 March 2018. The ensemble’s final performance will take place on 30 June 2017.

Founder William Howard said the Ensemble’s final season ‘will be one of mixed emotions, as we visit some wonderful venues for the last time, say goodbye to many promoters who have become good friends to the Ensemble, and perform many of our favourite pieces for the final time together.’

He continued: ‘But it was very much our intention that the Ensemble should finish in celebratory style and we look forward to enjoying our remaining concerts to the full and finishing on a high.’


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