on wenlock edge by vaughan williams- saturday 6th november – 7.30pm -st John the Evangelist Upper Norwood
Favourite local Tenor, Alex Aldren, will join enSEmble26 for a one off performance of one of Vaughan Williams’ greatest works, On Wenlock Edge, with music set to the evocative poems from A. E. Housman‘s 1896 collection A Shropshire Lad. The programme will also include Vaughan Williams’ most loved ‘The Lark Ascending’ inspired by the poem of the same name by George Meredith. We are excited to be joined by Susie Riddell of The Archers, who will read an excerpt from the poem. We will also have the wonderful artist Pippa Stacy with an exhibition of some of her art work on sale at the end of the concert. It’s going to be a beautiful evening! Tickets available here
the spoken word – Friday 11th december – 7.30pm – venue tbc – in collaboration with Sydenham Arts
Sydenham Arts and enSEmble26 come together again to explore the fusion of two different art forms, music and the spoken word. enSEmble26 will collaborate with some local spoken word artists to create a concert exploring the influences, inspiration and effect the art forms have on each other. Tickets available via Sydenham Arts.
christmas by candlelight – saturday december 18th-7pm – St bartholomew’s church sydenham
After the disappointment of having to cancel last year’s live Christmas Concert we are determined to bring it back and enjoy the fun and festivities live this year! Tickets are now available here and are £15, free for children and there is also a pay what you can option so it is a truly accessible concert.
The snowman – Monday december 20th – performances at 2.30 and 4.30pm- St bartholomew’s church
It was almost a complete sell out when we had to cancel these special Christmas children’s concerts last year so lets hope that this year we can revisit the magic of Howard Blake’s extraordinary score to the children’s classic ‘The Snowman’. With music performed by string quartet, the story narrated by Susie Riddle (The Archers) this is a really beautiful Christmas musical treat. Tickets will be released early November.
We can not wait to see you all again!
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Lunchtime concert – east of the rhine-Friday 8th october – 12.30 pm – St John the Evangelist Upper Norwood
enSEmble26 and the wonderful cellist Hannah Sloane will take you on a trip through Germany, the Czech Republic into Hungary and beyond with music by Leoš Janáček, Clara Schumann, Ernst von Dohnányi and Béla Bartók. Tickets available here.
Sydenham Arts ARTIST TRAIL FINALE – SUNDAY 19TH SEPTEMBER 8PM – FOREST HILL BOYS SCHOOL
Join us as we present a concert inspired by and supporting the work of the 2021 Sydenham Arts Artist’s Trail. Eleanor and Ellie will be playing works by Claude Debussy, Eric Satie and Arvo Pärt and they will also be joined by the eclectic and wonderful Cevanne Horrocks Hopayain playing the Celtic harp and presenting her own pieces of multimedia and sonic art. Follow this link to see enSEmble26’s lockdown concert with Cevanne for a taster!
BEETHOVEN 250 FRIDAY 28th MaY 2pm
It is with great pleasure that we are able to open the doors to St John the Evangelist for the 10th and last concert of our Beethoven violin and piano sonata series. It has been an extraordinary year and a wonderful experience, learning and performing these amazing works, 4 to a live audience and 5 purely online. We have had many special guests over the last year but this last concert, consisting of the immensely sublime G major sonata op.96, will be purely enSEmble26.
BEETHOVEN 250 SUNDAY 31ST JANUARY 7.30PM
For our next concert in this series, we are thrilled to have been joined by the extraordinary young soprano Luci Briginshaw, singing 5 beautiful songs by English composer Peter Warlock, a selection from a CD recorded with Eleanor which will be released in 2021.
We did, as always miss our audience and we hope that as many of you as possible can join us, next Sunday 31st January at 7.30pm for a live ZOOM pre-concert talk with an ‘artist spotlight’ on Luci and then we will follow the link to the YouTube premiere to watch our concert, the 5th in our series of Beethoven’s violin and piano sonatas. This month we invite you to join us in experiencing the rollercoaster ride that is the tumultuous, emotional and thrilling Op.30 no 2, in C minor.
christmas by candlelight
We’re not going to let COVID get in the way of our gorgeous Christmas concert! We will presenting it online on Wednesday 23rd December at 6pm. Join us for the most Christmassy concert ONLINE. We will perform Christmas music from across the centuries with string quartet and voices in a candlelit St Bartholomew’s church. Tickets start at £0 and are available here
Beethoven and Bruch online 29th november
Thank you all so much for coming to our last Youtube premiere and pre-concert talk. It was really wonderful that despite the lockdown situation we were still able to share our music with you all.
Beethoven and jazz! October 16th 12.30pm
These concerts are a celebration of Beethoven’s 250th birthday year and as we have mentioned before, Beethoven was an immense improviser on the piano, winning many ‘improvisation’ competitions as a young man. There is so much of his improvisation prowess heard within the violin and piano sonatas that we decided to use this as inspiration when programming this concert.
In the first half, Eleanor and Ellie are going to perform the next in our series of Beethoven sonatas, the A minor Op. 23, which is fiery, dramatic and ridiculously beautiful!
In the second half of the concert we are so excited to be welcoming the incredible jazz pianist, Richard Lewis, who will improvise an interlude before accompanying Tom, singing and on violin, in some of the most popular songs in the jazz genre.
st john the evangelist
friday september 16th, 12.30-1.30,
Welcome back to our first live concerts since lockdown! We are so excited to be back in the beautiful St John the Evangelist with Eleanor’s Steinway to perform the next sonata in our series, Op.23 in A minor. The following concerts in this series will always feature a Beethoven Sonata and a guest musician bringing something different to the programme. To aid social distancing we only have 50 tickets available via this link, there are no tickets on the door so please book! And remember your face covering!
Join us for an eclectic programme featuring Beethoven Sonata, op.23 and something completely different from Tom and our guest, the amazing jazz pianist Richard Lewis.
Schubert ‘Death and The Maiden’
If you missed Ellie and Tom playing, Schubert’s Death and the Maiden string quartet you can watch it here by clicking on this link.
If you enjoy our online concerts it would be amazing if you could support us further, and enable us musicians to survive this crazy time, by donating to enSEmble26. We suggest thinking of what you might pay as a price of a ticket to one of our concerts. Click here to be directed to our donate page.
We look forward to meeting you all soon-tell your friends all over the world, everyone is welcome!
To celebrate Beethoven’s 250th birthday anniversary year, Ellie Fagg, Tom Norris and Eleanor Meynell will be performing the complete Beethoven Violin and Piano Sonatas. Find out more information here.
March 5th, 7.30 pm, St Christopher’s Hospice
Part of The Dame Cicely Saunders Concert Series 2020, featuring Beethoven’s ‘Ghost’ Trio.
Half term children’s concert, featuring a magical story of beauty, nature, music and silence, with music by Debussy, Mendelssohn, Ravel and Shostakovich. More information here.
An evening of Beethoven and Mozart, featuring a Beethoven septet. More information and tickets available here.
The first of our series of lunchtime concerts to celebrate Beethoven’s birthday anniversary year. Arrive at 12pm for a light lunch snack before the concert. Tickets available here.
21st december 2019, ensemble 26 presents the snowman
enSEmble 26 is presenting The Snowman, with the original music for string quarter and narrator. Narrated by Susie Riddell (Tracy Horrobin, The Archers), the story is illustrated by a stunning string quartet, played by members of enSEmble26. There will also be a chance to meet the musicians and sing carols to round off the afternoon. Get your tickets here.
11th December 2019, 8.00pm, St Bartholomew’s Church, sydenham
Bringing you beautiful music for Christmas at a Christmas by Candlelight Concert. Tickets can be purchased here.
November 13th 2019, 2pm, St Christopher’s Hospice
Free concert for the Plus 60s with Sydenham Arts, including Kreisler – Preludium and Allegro, Beethoven – Spring Sonata 1st movement and Mozart – Sonata in E minor 1st movement. For more information, visit the Sydenham Arts website.
october 5th, 11:30am, st john the evangelist church
october 12th, 7:30pm, st bartholomew’s church
June 14th, 12:30pm, st john the evangelist church
Violin and Piano recital – with Ellie Fagg and Eleanor Meynell. Beethoven Spring Sonata, Mozart A Major KV305 and Schubert Moments Musicaux.