Adderbury Ensemble


The Adderbury Ensemble was formed in 1986 by a number of Britain’s finest young musicians and has grown from concerts organised in the beautiful village of Adderbury in North Oxfordshire. The Ensemble has helped to establish the now famous Oxford Coffee Concerts and the Music in Adderbury series. It also has a regular summer series of its own in the Sheldonian Theatre in Oxford.

The group has given numerous performances throughout Great Britain and Europe establishing itself as one of the finest chamber groups in the country. The newspapers have said, “living in Adderbury must be like living in Salzburg or Bayreuth”, and described the ensemble’s performances as exceptional, sumptuous, thunderous and refinement matched with gusto and panache. The ensemble is a flexible group, giving performances mainly of chamber music as well as augmenting to play the symphonies and concertos of Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven and Mendelssohn and even Brahms without a conductor.

The ensemble has an increasingly busy schedule of concerts and recording for CD and film. Their first recording, released in March 1997, was of romantic string orchestra music. In 2000 they made further CDs of music by the British composer Christopher Ball and of Bach concertos for ASV, a disc featuring chamber music for seven instruments and a further disc of baroque music for chamber orchestra.

A disc of Baroque concertos was released in December 2008 and a disc of Mozart chamber music for strings and wind was released in January 2009. The Ensemble has just recorded Vivaldi’s Four Seasons with David Lepage and the disc was released on 22 July 2010.