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Schubert Ensemble Timeline

July 9th 1995

First concert with Simon Blendis, violin (Junsele Festival, Sweden)

December 1995

Two-week residency with Malaysian National Symphony Orchestra, Kuala Lumpur (British Council)

April 2nd to 4th 1996

First of many recordings for ASV (Mendelssohn and Brahms Piano Quartets at St. George's, Bristol)

January to December 1997

Busy year! 70 performances in 16 countries (Republic of Ireland, Lebanon, UK, Canada, USA, Netherlands, Spain, France, Slovenia, Czech Republic, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, Poland)

June 1998

David Matthews completes Y Deryn Du (The Blackbird), the first of 40 pieces commissioned by the Ensemble for young players and amateurs for its project Chamber Music 2000 (Patron Sir Colin Davis). 

October 1998

Start of three three-year residencies in Cornwall (based at the Hall for Cornwall, Truro), Wiltshire (Wiltshire Music Centre) and Bristol (Bristol University), funded by a major Arts Council National Lottery Award. In the course of the residencies the Ensemble gave 41 performances to an estimated 9,250 people, 70 workshops to an estimated 5,900 participants (mostly school children), 181 performances of new works by 18 different composers and performed and recorded 33 student works.


January 17th 1999

First performance for the Coleman Concert Series, Los Angeles

April 1999

Tour of Venezuela and the Dominican Republic

May 1999

The Ensemble was presented with the Royal Philharmonic Society's Award for Best Chamber Ensemble by Rt Hon Chris Smith MP and HRH The Duke of Kent. The citation read: "The Chamber Ensemble Jury acknowledged outstanding work during 1998 by both the Lindsay Quartet and the Nash Ensemble, but the Award goes to the Schubert Ensemble of London, in its 15th Anniversary year, for the Ensemble's enterprising programming of piano-based chamber music, the encouragement and commissioning of new works, and for its remarkable combination of scrupulous musicianship with a perennial freshness and enthusiasm."

October 29th 2000

First (and only!) arrival at a concert venue by chartered seaplane (Sunshine Coast, BC, Canada)

February 8th to 10th

First of many recordings at Potton Hall, Suffolk (Louise Farrenc Piano Quintets)

March 2001

Tour of Mexico

March 21st 2001

First showcase concert for Chamber Music 2000 at Wigmore Hall

October 3rd to 5th 2001

First of many recordings at Champs Hill, Sussex (Franck Piano Quintet)

December 2001

Tour of Thailand and Japan

January 24th 2003

Ensemble's debut at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

February 12th 2003

20th Anniversary Concert of Ensemble commissions at Purcell Room, South Bank Centre,London

March 14th 2003

20th Anniversary Concert at Wigmore Hall (Mahler, Dvořák, Schubert)

November 26th 2003

Judith Weir Portrait Concert at Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival

February 9th 2004

First of six concerts (2004 to 2007) in the Ensemble's Composer Portrait Series at South Bank, London, featuring John Woolrich, Martin Butler, Judith Weir, Piers Hellawell, Howard Skempton and Pavel Zemek Novák

July 16th 2004

Premiere of John Tavener's 70-minute Schuon Lieder at the Cheltenham International Music Festival

September 22nd 2004

Ensemble's debut at the Konserthus, Oslo

July 10th 2005

Ensemble's debut at the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam

September 2005

First tour to Romania, including a performance of Enescu's Piano Quartet No.2 at the Enescu Festival, Bucharest.

October 18th 2005

Start of three-year residency at Cardiff University (six concerts a year, workshops and seminars)

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