Music at the theatre

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ENSEMBLE 360, one of the UK’s most versatile chamber music groups, is giving two concerts at the Stephen Joseph Theatre on Sunday. 

At 1.30pm, they will be joined by narrator Polly Ives to perform Paul Patterson’s musical adaptation of Roald Dahl’s Little Red Riding Hood.

Taken from Revolting Rhymes, it is ideal for 5-11 year-olds, but is also a witty and inspiring treat for adults. 

At 4pm, Ensemble 360 will perform a programme full of energy and vivacity.

It will start with Poulenc’s animated and witty sextet and continue with Dvorák’s quintet, written early in life and infused with his young and infectious spirit; Brahms’ Hungarian dances, based on gypsy tunes and full of explosive energy; and, in contrast, Brahms’ trio, written after his mother’s death – the third movement reflects his angst and pain.

Ensemble 360 has gathered an enviable reputation since its founding in 2005.

Made up of 11 talented and passionate musicians – four strings, five winds, a piano and a double bass – this dynamic ensemble can perform works for almost every combination of small group, as the concert demonstrates.

It has performed in most of the UK’s leading venues, has a close relationship with Radio 3 and has three critically acclaimed CDs to its name; all a testament to the exceptional skill and musicianship apparent at every concert.