Schubert Ensemble signs off

The Schubert Ensemble is calling it quits after 35 years, with 2017-18 its final season. The critically and commercially successful ensemble has announced a 50-concert farewell tour that covers the UK, US, Romania and Luxembourg.

Formed in 1983 by pianist William Howard, The Schubert Ensemble’s line-up has remained unchanged for the last 23 years, with three of the members playing together since its foundation. Howard is supported by Simon Blendis (violin), Jane Salmon (cello), Douglas Paterson (viola) and Peter Buckoke (double bass).

A career highlight was being named Best Chamber Ensemble as the Royal Philharmonic Society awards in 1998. The ensemble has also toured to more than 40 countries, and released over 30 albums on labels like Chandos and Hyperion. It has commissioned pieces from notable composers like Judith Weir, Sally Beamish, John Tavener and Pavel Novak.

Commented Howard: “We are thrilled to have such an exciting season ahead. It will be one of mixed emotions, as we visit some wonderful venues for the last time, say goodbye to many promoters who have become good friends to the ensemble, and perform many of our favourite pieces for the final time together. But it was very much our intention that the ensemble should finish in celebratory style and we look forward to enjoying our remaining concerts to the full and finishing on a high.”

The Schubert Ensemble’s 2017-18 season begins on 23 September with a performance at George Enescu Festival in Romania. Its final concert will take place on 30 June, 2018.