Spring Concert with the ESK Ensemble

Saturday 21st May, 7:30pm

The ESK Ensemble celebrates Entente Cordiale with an entertaining programme of English and French music for wind trio.

Listen to a clip from the concert

Edward Elgar: Chanson de Nuit
Henri Tomasi: Concert Champetre
Pierre-Max Dubois: Alla Breve
Henry Purcell: Fantasia No.1
Jacques Ibert: Cinq Pieces en Trio
Richard Walthew: Triolet in E Flat
Louis Cahuzac: Arlequin
Edward Elgar: Chanson de Matin
Bennjamin Britten: Six Metamorphoses after Ovid
Joseph Canteloube: Rondeau a la Francaise

The ESK Ensemble
Kate read music at King's College, Cambridge, before undertaking a postgraduate diploma at the Royal Academy of Music and Sydney Conservatorium. She has worked extensively in West End productions, including Sweeney Todd, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Oliver, The Wizard of Oz and Carousel. Kate has made many recordings, ranging from the cast album of 2012's production of Sweeney Todd, to film soundtracks and pop albums - she appeared as part of Michael Buble's band for his UK filmed Christmas Special. Kate is an ABRSM Examiner.

Since leaving the Royal College of Music Steve has played for most of the major British Symphony Orchestras (including the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra under Simon Rattle and the London Symphony Orchestra under André Previn and Michael Tilson Thomas). At present he is a member of the London Concert Orchestra and plays regularly with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Chamber Music, from duo to octet, has formed a large part of his professional life. His wind octet Harmoniemusik of London released a CD of octets by Mozart and Myslivecek (on Virgin Classics) and has played at the Wigmore Hall. As a recording artist he has played on countless CDs - and on TV and film scores as diverse as Poirot, Marple, The Golden Compass and Mama Mia. In the theatre he has worked for the Royal Shakespeare Company, the Royal National Theatre, and many West End Productions. He was the original clarinettist in Phantom of the Opera, and features on the CD.

David studied bassoon at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, He plays with the London Symphony Orchestra, the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, the Philharmonia Orchestra, the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, the Australian Chamber Orchestra and Tafelmusik in Toronto. David was contracted to the BBC Symphony Orchestra for 2 years then left to join the RPO - a position he held for 20 years. He has made numerous recordings on CD, TV and film and has worked in the West End in many Musical Theatre productions including Oliver at Drury Lane. A keen promoter of the 'Early Music Revival' David enjoys playing Classical and Baroque bassoon and contrabassoon with the Orchestra for the Age of Enlightenment, the Gabrieli Consort, the Academy of Ancient Music and Orchestre Revolutionaire e Romantique. David is an Honorary Associate of the Royal Academy of Music where he has been a Professor for 35 years.