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Belmont Ensemble Of London at St Martin-In-The-Fields

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Programme

Bach - Brandenburg Concertos Nos 3, 4 and 5

Vivaldi - 'Summer' from the Four Seasons

Handel - Arrival of the Queen of Sheba

Bach - Air on the G String

Pachelbel - Canon in D

Belmont Ensemble of London

Helen Rogers Harpsichord

Sara De Bats Flute

Helen Davies Violin

Peter Dyson Conductor

Performers

The Belmont Ensemble of London was founded by its Musical Director, Peter Dyson in 1991, winning instant critical acclaim. It is now one of the busiest and finest chamber orchestras in the capital.

The Belmont Ensemble was the pioneering force in establishing the famous series of baroque concerts at St Martin-in-the-Fields in the early 1990s.

They have now given over 700 concerts at the famous Trafalgar Square Church where they are firmly established as the most popular of the principal orchestras, attracting large international audiences to their fortnightly concerts. A recent highlight was a concert given in the presence of HRH Princess Alexandra.

The Orchestra was originally established to enable exceptional music graduates the opportunity to bridge the gap between leaving conservatoire and finding full-time employment, within a professional environment.

Now a seasoned fixture on the London musical scene, the orchestra receives no subsidies or sponsorship, relying purely on enterprising programming and box office receipts.

In 1996 the Ensemble made their acclaimed debut at the Purcell Room, and in 1998 made their sold-out debut at the Queen Elizabeth Hall.

The Orchestra has appeared at The Banqueting House in Whitehall, St Clement Dane's Church, St Paul's Church Covent Garden, The Blackheath Halls and they have established an ongoing concert series at St James's Church, Piccadilly. As well as performing in the capital, the Ensemble has appeared at numerous Festivals and Music Societies around the country, from Somerset to Sussex, Ludlow to Northampton as well as a recent concert in Chelmsford Cathedral.

Belmont has close links with Classic FM, which has included giving the stations first ever Christmas Day Concert, since then Classic FM has broadcast many Belmont Ensemble concerts live from St Martin-in-the-Fields.

In 1994 The Orchestra recorded Walton's Facade, and other works incorporating the poetry of John Betjeman and Roald Dahl, narrated by Benjamin Luxon CBE. This received critical acclaim in the USA "The orchestra's playing is light, playful and precise".

Belmont Recordings was quickly established, releasing more CDs including Vivaldi's Four Seasons and Mozart's two Sinfonia Concertante. The Ensemble also appeared in a Channel 4 TV documentary, as well as the recent Channel Five TV series about St Martin-in-the-Fields.

The Belmont Ensemble is a highly flexible group with a dedicated core of string players for baroque music; it can adapt to encompass forces for large romantic concertos and choral works, to contemporary commissions.

Belmont Ensemble members, past and present, can be found playing in all of the leading British orchestras including The Philharmonia, LPO, LSO and RPO, CBSO, Britten Sinfonia, English Concert and OAE and well as The Royal Opera House and English National Opera Orchestras.

Peter G Dyson is an outstanding English Conductor.

Founder, Musical Director, and Manager of The Belmont Ensemble of London, it is his enterprise and vision that has seen the orchestra perform more than 700 concerts at St Martin-in-the-Fields, more than any other orchestra in the history of the famous Church. A recent highlight was a concert given in the presence of HRH Princess Alexandra.

A graduate of the highly acclaimed Advanced Conducting Course at the Royal Academy of Music, Peter studied with Colin Metters, Sir Colin Davis, Sir Simon Rattle, Leonard Slatkin, Sir Roger Norrington, Claus Peter Flor, George Hurst, and the pedagogue Ilya Musin from St Petersburg Conservatory. Peter was elected as an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music in 2000, an honour reserved for the Conservatoires' most eminent graduates.

He has conducted the New Queens Hall Orchestr

Venue Details & Map

St Martin-in-the-Fields Church

Address
Trafalgar Square
London
WC2N 4JJ
Telephone:
+44 (0)20 7766 1100
Email
Website
http://www.smitf.org
Public transport:
Exit Charing Cross station from main concourse. Cross the Strand at crossing by 'NEXT' shop. The Church is across road (Duncannon Street) Exit Leicester Square station heading towards Trafalgar Square

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