|The 12 Ensemble|
Reviewed by Robert Hugill on Jul 30 2014
Wonderfully intent performances from this conductorless ensemble
The 12 Ensemble is a lively young string group, 12 players in a conductorless ensemble and I caught them last night (30 July 2014) at The Forge, Camden, where they are mid-way through a residency. At last night's concert they played Tchaikovsky's Serenade for Strings and they were joined by tenor Nicky Spence, and horn player Alex Edmundson for Britten's Serenade for tenor, horn and strings. The main concert was preceded by a free pre-platform at which Beatrice Philips (violinist with the 12 Ensemble) and pianist Noam Greenberg played Schubert's Sonatina in D major and Kate Whitley's Three pieces for violin and piano.
12 Ensemble were formed in 2012, and is directed by violinist Eloisa-Fleur Thom. As might be expected, there are 12 players in the ensemble. In 2015 they will be making their first disc, which will include Walton's Sonata for Strings, a work which they have just played at Walton's house on Ischia.