We are an exciting, new chamber ensemble based in London, UK. We believe in bringing a wide variety of chamber music to new audiences using exciting new cross-art collaborations to offer immersive concert experiences.

Ensemble Perpetuo is a dynamic and versatile collective of musicians who perform a wide variety of traditional and contemporary chamber music. At the heart of the ensemble, is a desire to engage with audiences and offer an immersive concert experience that shows through connective programming how chamber music can be experienced in innovative ways. Ensemble Perpetuo is building numerous partnerships with composers, theatres, dance companies, chefs, artists, photographers, film makers, and digital studios, as it seeks new pathways in which to experiment with and augment the concert experience. Perpetuo is committed to taking music to new venues and offering a number of different kinds of concert experience. These include concerts in schools, theatres, museums, cafes, found spaces, and other unexpected venues.

Perpetuo have recently appeared in the 2014 Rye Festival and recorded their debut recording due for release in May 2015 by Champs Hill Records. An exciting season of events lies ahead for the group in 2015 as they begin a series of site specific performances of chamber music in found locations throughout London.

Ensemble Perpetuo is made up of active soloists and orchestral musicians who can be found performing in numerous orchestras and prestigious venues throughout the UK.


Ensemble Perpetuo was formed in 2013 by the English oboist, James Turnbull.

James Turnbull is an accomplished oboist highly sought after for solo and chamber music concerts. Gramophone Magazine described his first recital disc, Fierce Tears, as “a notable debut” and Classical Music Magazine selected it as their Editor’s Choice Recording. As a featured artist of the Concert Promoters Network and the Countess of Munster Recital Scheme, James has performed frequently throughout the UK and Europe. He has appeared as a soloist in live radio broadcasts and at festivals including the Oxford Chamber Music Festival, Swaledale, King’s Lynn and Cambridge Summer Music. In 2010, he performed his debut recital at the Wigmore Hall as a Maisie Lewis award winner from the Worshipful Company of Musicians.

James was seven when he began his oboe studies, learning with Irene Pragnell, Melanie Ragge, Celia Nicklin, Tess Miller and Chris Cowie. After gaining a First Class degree in music from Christ Church, Oxford University, James continued his oboe studies at the Royal Academy of Music and under Nicholas Daniel at Trossingen Musikhochschule in Germany, where he was awarded First Class for both his Artist and Soloist Diplomas.

James is deeply committed to expanding the oboe repertoire. Composers including Patrick Hawes, Thomas Hewitt Jones and Norbert Froehlich have written for him. He has also worked closely with Michael Berkeley, John Casken, John Woolrich, Thea Musgrave and Tansy Davies on their compositions for oboe. James has a keen interest in researching lost repertoire and bringing to new audiences works which have been rarely performed.

Aside from his performing interests, James is dedicated to broadening the appeal of the oboe and encouraging young people to learn the instrument. To this end, he has launched a project called ‘The Young Person’s Guide to the Oboe’ with an accompanying website LearnToPlayTheOboe.com. James is frequently invited to give masterclasses, workshops, and lectures about the oboe.

James plays a Lorée Royal Oboe and Cor Anglais. For more information about James and his playing, visit www.james-turnbull.com.


Here are a selection of the projects we've been working on....


Find out more about what we are up to and what projects we have in production!

Cityscapes – Tickets now on sale!


Celebrating the launch of Ensemble Perpetuo's innovative evenings of chamber music, CITYSCAPES takes you through a world of music influenced and inspired by Cityscapes from across the world. Featuring music by Steve Reich, Haydn, Philip Glass, Luigi Boccherini, Copland and Nielsen performed by Perpetuo in the wonderful spacious loft at

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Review of Orpheus show


Following Ensemble Perpetuo's participation in Orpheus and Eurydice curated by Tom de Freston with Max Barton and Kiran Millwood Hargrave, we are pleased to say a review has come in for the event. See below for more information:

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2015 – already the most exciting year


It has been a while since we've posted anything to this blog page but Perpetuo have already been very busy in 2015. Last Saturday, three of our musicians took part in an special event featuring the paintings of Tom de Freston, poems by Kiran Millwood Hargrave and songs by Max Barton.

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Find out more about our learning and participation initiatives.

At the heart of Ensemble Perpetuo, is a firm belief that we should bring live music to as many people as possible. We believe that our music should not just belong in concert halls but in a wide variety of venues that would normally not host concerts.

When constructing our concert programmes, we are always devising learning and participation projects that bring the music we play into local schools and communities.

We believe that with our music, we can stimulate and empower people of all ages and backgrounds. No matter how much experience our workshop participants have had with music, we always aim to create engaging schemes of work with clear learning outcomes that enable all participants to leave having engaged with a wide variety of musical genres and styles.

All members of Ensemble Perpetuo have been CRB checked and have extensive experience of teaching and workshop leading. If you are interested in having a workshops by Ensemble Perpetuo in your school or organisation, please telephone us on 020 8123 1675 or email us from our contact page.


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