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Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Chamber Ensemble

Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chamber Ensemble

“an ensemble of first-rate musicians, technically superb, generously expressive, and obviously enjoying themselves.”

-Dallas Morning News

“impressively seamless ensemble"

-Chicago Classical Review

“Impressive sophistication and complexity of phrasing, elegant articulation and an impeccable sense ofbalance... What sets the Academy apart from other ensembles is its exceptional musical intelligence.”

-Seen and Heard International




Please select one “second work” and one “final work” from the below, and advise us of your preference. 

First work:

Short commissioned work TBD


Second work:

Howard Ferguson:         Octet, Op. 4 (1933)

OR (presenter choice)

Jean Francaix:              Octet

Final work:

Schubert:          Octet in F major for Winds & Strings, D.803

OR (presenter choice)

Beethoven:       Septet in Eb-Major, Op. 20 (cl, hn, bsn, vln, vla, vcl, db)


The Academy Chamber Ensemble was formed in 1967, drawing its membership from the world-renowned chamber orchestra the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, which was itself founded by Sir Neville Marriner in 1958 and is currently led by Music Director Joshua Bell. The purpose behind the formation of the Chamber Ensemble was to perform the larger scale chamber music repertoire with players who customarily worked together, instead of the usual string quartet with additional guests. Drawn from the principal players of the orchestra and play-directed by Academy Director / Leader Tomo Keller, the Chamber Ensemble now performs in multiple configurations from wind trios to string octets. Its touring commitments are extensive and include regular tours of Europe and North America, whilst recording contracts with Philips Classics, Hyperion, and Chandos have led to the release of over thirty CDs. The Academy Chamber Ensemble’s October 2022 tour of the United States and Canada is supported by Maria Cardamone and Paul Matthews, together with the American Friends of the Academy of St Martin in the Fields. The American Friends was founded in 1998 to support the work of the Academy around the world, particularly in the USA. Find out more at You can also find the Academy on:





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