The 12 Ensemble

Eloisa-Fleur Thom violin 1
Venetia Jollands violin 1
Maria Gîlicel violin 1
Juliette Roos violin 1
Alessandro Ruisi violin 2
Oliver Cave violin 2
Ellie Consta violin 2
Luba Tunnicliffe viola
Matthew Kettle viola 
Max Ruisi cello
Sergio Serra cello
Toby Hughes bass
George Barton percussion
Toby Carr theorbo

Dowland Lachrymae Antiquae (4’)
Caroline Shaw Entr’acte (11’)
Arvo Pärt Fratres (for solo violin, percussion and string orchestra) (11’)
Jonathan Woolgar Canzoni et Ricercari (5’)
Pēteris Vasks Viatore (16’)
Biber Battalia à 10 (9.30’)

Total: 60’ (plus encore)

The closing concert of the 2021 Festival sees the Festival debut of the 12 Ensemble, with a programme conceived for the medieval splendour of Gloucester Cathedral. An un-conducted string ensemble, the group have forged a reputation for their modern, dynamic and virtuosic style, and this concert represents a true distillation of their revolutionary approach to music-making; inventively blending the ancient with the modern. Beginning with their own arrangement of Dowland’s haunting Renaissance elegy, the 12 Ensemble seamlessly slip into the 21st century with iconic modern masterpieces alongside a brand-new commission from Jonathan Woolgar, before returning full circle to Biber’s astonishingly progressive 17th Century ‘Battalia’, a work that in itself transcends time and space.

Find out more about The 12 Ensemble here.

Spunk, originality and class.



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