ABOUT US

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 in new settings. Founded in 2013 by English oboist, James Turnbull, Ensemble Perpetuo aims to bring chamber music to new audiences through exciting collaborations and innovative repertoire choices.

Ensemble Perpetuo is building numerous partnerships with composers, theatres, dance companies, chefs, artists, photographers, film makers and digital studios. It seeks new pathways in which to experiment and augment the concert experience through multi-art form collaborations. Perpetuo has also embarked on a number of exciting mini-residences throughout the UK and is taking music to new venues including concerts in theatres, museums, cafes, found spaces and other unexpected locations.

Perpetuo have recently appeared in the Rye Festival and recorded their debut recording due for release in June 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.

ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

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

Described by The Independent as “a worthy champion” of contemporary oboe music, James has dedicated much of his performing life to promoting and extending the oboe repertoire. James has performed frequently throughout the UK and Europe including a solo recital at the Wigmore Hall in 2010. He has broadcast live on BBC Radio 3 and appeared as a soloist  in numerous UK festivals including Oxford, Leicester, Cambridge, Thaxted, Ryedale, Machynlleth, Swaledale and, King’s Lynn. James has released solo recordings for Champs Hill Records, Quartz Music and the ABRSM as well as featuring on a disc of Thea Musgrave’s works for Harmonia Mundi USA. Gramophone Magazine described his debut recital disc, Fierce Tears, as a “notable debut” and it was selected as the Editor’s Choice Recording by Classical Music Magazine.

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. He worked closely with Michael Berkeley, John Casken, Jonathan Dove, John Woolrich, Thea Musgrave and Tansy Davies on their compositions for oboe. Composers including Patrick Hawes, Thomas Hewitt Jones and Norbert Froehlich have also written for him. James has a keen interest in researching lost repertoire and bringing to new audiences works which have been rarely performed. In 2011 he worked closely with Christopher Hogwood on preparation for a new edition of Thomas Attwood Walmisley’s Sonatinas for oboe and piano.

James is an active chamber musician and is Artistic Director of Ensemble Perpetuo. Founded in 2013, Perpetuo is a chamber music collective that specialises in multi-art form collaborations and innovative ways of performing chamber music in new contexts. James has also performed with other chamber music ensembles including the Berkeley Ensemble and the Allegri String Quartet.

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 the website LearnToPlayTheOboe.com which now receives over a thousand new visitors every month from across the world. James also teaches at the Royal College of Music Junior Department and gives masterclasses across the UK.

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

PROJECTS

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

News

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Cityscapes – Tickets now on sale!

Cityscapes

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

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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

Orpheus

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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LEARNING AND PARTICIPATION

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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