The Academy of St Martin in the Fields Chamber Ensemble was created in 1967 to perform the larger chamber works – from quintets to octets – with players who customarily work together, instead of the usual string quartet with additional guests. Drawn from the principal players of the orchestra, the Chamber Ensemble tours as a string octet, string sextet, and in other configurations including winds. Its touring commitments are extensive and have included visits to France, Germany, Spain and Australia, as well as North and South America. Recording contracts with Philips Classics, Hyperion, and Chandos have led to the release of over thirty CDs by the Chamber Ensemble.
Listen to the clip below to hear the Academy Chamber Ensemble performing the first movement of Mendelssohn’s Octet in E flat major, recorded live at Performance Santa Fe by Bill Heltman in 2015.
Watch below for highlights from the Chamber Ensemble performance of Tchaikovsky’s Souvenir de Florence at St Martin in the Fields in 2012.