The Akenside Players

AnneMarie Christensen & Rebecca Dinning – violins

Amelie Addison – ‘cello


“In a hugely enjoyable and stylish performance, The Akenside Players demonstrated not only technical assurance, but also the rarer gift of  emotional intelligence: a group to listen out for.”

Catherine Bott FGSM, presenter, The Early Music Show, BBC Radio 3


Winners of the Fenton House Early Keyboard Ensemble Competition in May 2012, The Akenside Players are named after the physician and poet Mark Akenside, whose essay on The Pleasures of the Imagination, inspired by the Northumberland countryside, was influential in shaping Eighteenth Century ideas about aesthetics and the perception of beauty. Formed in the year of Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee and the London Olympics, their debut performances celebrated lesser known English baroque chamber works by Boyce and Arne.

Further recitals in London, Newcastle and Edinburgh explored interactions between different national styles, for example in Geminiani’s arrangements of Scots Airs, the Italian opera-influenced works of Handel, and pieces by Mannheim-educated Scottish nobleman The Earl of Kellie, alongside more English music by Avison and Purcell, and exciting Austrian works by Fux and Schmelzer.

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