Ensemble history

The Burney Ensemble, founded in 1998, has quickly established a reputation for exciting and entertaining concerts. Through its innovative programming, the ensemble pairs music with literature and brings to life the music and culture of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.

The Burney Ensemble takes its name and inspiration from the eighteenth century musician, historian and traveller, Dr. Charles Burney (1726-1814), who toured Europe during the 1770's. His travel diaries, published to great success upon his return to Britain, provide an informative and highly entertaining view of European cultural life. Ensemble members share readings and anecdotes drawn from the writings of Charles Burney and his contemporaries at every concert.

The ensemble recorded its debut CD 'bach circle' in Vancouver in July 2001. The CD was released nationwide in March 2002 and is distributed through SRI Canada.

Outside of its own series, the ensemble has appeared in concerts with Monica Huggett and Suzie LeBlanc for Early Music Vancouver, and has also appeared in Victoria for the Early Music Society of the Islands, and in Ottawa, as part of the Ottawa Chamber Music Festival. Most recently the ensemble appeared together with members of Toronto's Opera Atelier in a special programme of music and dance.

The Burney Ensemble can frequently be heard on CBC RadioTwo, and has been the subject of numerous radio, television, newspaper and journal articles.


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