Romantic melody, infectious rhythms and beautiful clarinet

Portsmouth Chamber Music series continues on Monday 28 January with the wonderful Ensemble 360 at the Portsmouth Guildhall.

The concert opens with a sextet by Ernő Dohnányi which is truly in the category of the unjustly neglected masterpiece. It is late romantic in style, and rich in melody and musical argument.

Another sextet follows, composed at exactly the same time but by Aaron Copland and different in almost every way – full of infectious rhythms and bold harmonies.

After an interval the concert return to the more familiar, with perhaps Brahms’ greatest chamber work, the hauntingly beautiful clarinet quintet.

Ensemble 360 has gained an enviable reputation across the UK not only for the quality and integrity of their playing but also for their ability to communicate the music to a range of different audiences.

This concert follows an afternoon performance of The Giddy Goat, a musical story about the trials and tribulations of Giddy, a young mountain goat who is scared of heights, specially composed to introduce children aged 3-7 years to classical music, with plenty of audience participation and projections of images from the story.

Narrated by Esther Sheridan from Music in the Round, this performance will be enjoyed by hundreds of school children and has been organised by the Guildhall and Portsmouth Music Hub in collaboration with the University of Portsmouth.

Tickets are £18 with £16 concessions, available in person from the Guildhall, by calling 023 9387 0200, or from the website.

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