About Us


Perpetuo is a dynamic and versatile collective of musicians who perform a wide variety of traditional and contemporary chamber music in new settings, regularly taking music to venues including museums, cafes, found spaces and other unexpected locations. Through collaborations with everything from dancers to photographers to chefs, the ensemble seeks out audiences who have never engaged with classical chamber music.

Perpetuo was founded in 2013 by English Oboist, James Turnbull and has since appeared in numerous festivals such as St. Magnus (Orkney), Rye, Totally Thames and Little Venice. Perpetuo’s projects have been generously supported by organisations such as the Arts Council England and PRS Foundation in order to bring new music and exciting collaborations to a new audience. In recent years, Perpetuo has commissioned composers such as David Fennessy, Donald Grant, Alasdair Nicolson, Aidan O’Rourke and Ailie Robertson as well as working with composers such as Thomas Hewitt Jones, Cecilia McDowall and Roxanna Panufnik on their music.

Perpetuo have been broadcast on BBC Radio 3 as well as broadcasting live streams on YouTube in collaboration with Dorico Notation software. Perpetuo has also recorded chamber music for Champs Hill Records and will be returning to the recording studio several times in 2019 as well as Aldeburgh.

Perpetuo comprises active soloists and orchestral musicians who can be found performing in numerous orchestras and prestigious venues throughout the UK. Perpetuo is registered as a charitable organisation in the UK (Registered Charity Number 1163833). Perpetuo would like to thank the Arts Council England and PRS Foundation for funding their recent projects.

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