As well as oboe & piano duo concerts with either Craig White or Elizabeth Burgess, James appears in a number of other collaborations mentioned below. To find out more about possible recital programmes and repertoire, please visit the Press Kit page.
Ensemble Perpetuo is a dynamic and versatile collective of musicians who perform a wide variety of traditional and contemporary chamber music. At the heart of the ensemble, is a desire to engage with audiences and offer an immersive concert experience that shows through connective programming how chamber music can be experienced in innovative ways.Ensemble Perpetuo is building numerous partnerships with composers, theatres, dance companies, chefs, artists, photographers, film makers, and digital studios, as it seeks new pathways in which to experiment with and augment the concert experience. Perpetuo has also embarked on a number of exciting mini-residences throughout the UK; taking music to new venues and offering a number of different kinds of concert experience. These include concerts in schools, theatres, museums, cafes, found spaces, and other unexpected venues.
Social responsibility and outreach projects are an integral aspect of the work Ensemble Perpetuo undertakes within the community. With each concert, Perpetuo engages in a rich variety of local community performances, workshops and activities. In particular, the musicians’ commitment to bringing live music into schools and working closely with areas of music therapy for Alzheimer’s patients are a core part of our work before and after every performance.
Ensemble Perpetuo is made up of active soloists and orchestral musicians who can be found performing in numerous orchestras and prestigious venues throughout the UK.
James Turnbull and Claire Jones are currently available for recitals throughout the UK and Europe. They completed their first recording together of Second Still Life by Michael Berkeley which was release in 2010 to critical acclaim (see Reviews page). While Oboe and Harp is quite a rare combination, there is some exceptional repertoire available for this duo combination. An example programme of an Oboe and Harp recital is available to download from the Press Kit page.
In 2007, Claire Jones was appointed Official Harpist to His Royal Highness, The Prince of Wales. She was awarded her 1st Class Honors degree at the Royal College of Music, and has recently graduated as an MA Scholar from the Royal Academy of Music where she studied with Professor Skaila Kanga. Claire was one of the first recipients of the Prince of Wales Advanced Study Awards Scheme in 2007 and 2008, aimed at helping Wales’s most outstanding young musical talent. She is kindly supported by the Victor Salvi Foundation, the Cork Fund, the Countess of Munster Trust, and the Harriet Cohen Memorial Music Award.
Since being appointed HRH’s official harpist, Claire has performed for members of the Royal Family on more than 70 occasions. In 2008 she made her concerto debut with the Philharmonia Orchestra, conducted by Owain Arwel Hughes in the presence of Their Royal Highnesses at The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, where she performed a special commission written for HRH’s 60th Birthday called ‘Goddess of the Woods’ by Patrick Hawes. In addition, she also organised a choir of 60 harps for the event. Claire has performed solo concertos with the ECO, European Union Chamber Orchestra, The Ulster Orchestra, The Welsh Sinfonia, and Royal Academy of Music Soloists. She has performed as soloist with Maestro Gergiev and the Mariinsky Theatre Ballet, and also at the opening of the International Rugby games, Wales V South Africa, Prince William Cup, at the Millennium Stadium Cardiff for a sell out crowd of 75,000 fans and 4 million viewers. Recent highlights include featuring as soloist alongside Bryn Terfel and the Ulster Orchestra, solo recitals in Topkapi Palace – Istanbul Music Festival, a duo recording with Julian Lloyd Webber, and concertos with the English Chamber Orchestra.
For further details please see Claire’s web site www.clairejones.co.uk
The Berkeley Ensemble and James Turnbull have appeared together several times in recent years as part of a ‘Mostly Mozart’ programme featuring string trio/quartet and oboe. For a suggested recital programme featuring this combination, please visit the Press Kit page.
The Berkeley Ensemble was formed in 2008 by eight outstanding young musicians who met as members of Britain’s orchestral academy, Southbank Sinfonia. It has quickly made its name, reaching the final of the Royal Over-Seas League competition in March 2009.
The Berkeley Ensemble performs regularly in London and across the UK, championing British works alongside more mainstream repertoire. The ensemble takes its name from two British composers of the last hundred years, father and son Sir Lennox and Michael Berkeley. Members of the Berkeley Ensemble perform regularly with orchestras such as the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, and Manchester Camerata.
For more information about The Berkeley Ensemble, please visit their website: www.berkeleyensemble.co.uk