Championing the ensemble music of 20th century modernism, The Facade Ensemble was founded by its conductor and artistic director - Benedict Collins Rice and drew its members originally from the finest singers and instrumentalists at Cambridge University. Already then with pedigrees including National Youth Orchestra principal seats and BBC Young Musician Finalists, the ensemble has since developed as a dynamic collective of young professionals many of whom have been identified as 'rising stars' by institutions like the BBC and The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment or have come through the fellowship programmes of groups such as The Sixteen and Tenebrae.
The ensemble has a core of 8 or so musicians but one of its strengths is a versatility which enables it to perform music outside the scope of most chamber ensembles.
With a reputation for binging a 'liberal seasoning of vivacity and wit' to performances, the ensemble carefully curates programmes which are both imaginative and accessible. Proving time and time again that music - often sadly dismissed as 'difficult' - can be a richly rewarding experience.
Recent highlights have included sell-out performances of Stockhausen; UK tours of Schoenberg (with Odradek Records) and Arvo Part; and a programme exploring ritual through pairing the Cantatas of Stravinsky and Birtwistle with medieval carols and Medieval inspired music by Bryars and Maxwell Davies.
Meet some of our regulars -