Ensemble DeNOTE

John Irving (fortepiano), Jane Booth (clarinet), Marcus Barcham-Stevens (violin), Oliver Wilson (viola), and Ruth Alford (cello).


Beethoven  –  Piano Quartet in E flat Op.16

Mozart  –  Trio K.498 for clarinet, viola and piano ‘Kegelstatt’

Mozart  –  Grand Quintetto K.361 (the c.1805 arrangement of the Gran’ Partita Serenade)


Followed by canapés and drinks served in the candlelit church
Suggested donation: £20 per person in advance or £22 on the door
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The Ensemble DeNOTE is an outstanding group of musicians whose musical approach returns to the roots of eighteenth-century performance style, exploring the soundworld of period instruments and integrating the latest scholarly research with a passion for live musical communication.  Ensemble DeNOTE’s performances bring novel perspectives to this music, combining the soundworld of period instruments and playing techniques with a bold expressive approach that goes beyond the notated texts into the world of creative improvisation.   They offer an opportunity to hear classics of the chamber music repertoire played on period instruments, introduced and accessibly explained by the players themselves, focusing on a ‘small is beautiful’ approach to music-making that involves just a handful of performers passionate about exploring the connections between musical expression, the talented ‘cottage industry’ craftspeople who make our reproduction period instruments, and the power of communication in live musical performance.

Ensemble DeNOTE was founded by in 2010 as a resident ensemble at London University’s Institute of Musical Research (IMR) by John Irving, then Director of the IMR.  The Ensemble’s website is here.

DeNOTE’s core musicians are John Irving (fortepiano), Jane Booth (clarinet), Marcus Barcham-Stevens (violin) Oliver Wilson (viola), and Ruth Alford (cello).

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