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Lands End Chamber Ensemble

Land's End Ensemble

BIO

Land's End in Cornwall, England, reaches out into the Atlantic Ocean into what were uncharted waters before the time of Columbus. The chamber ensemble of the same name was created to explore the boundaries of contemporary music, and to create compelling aural experiences.

Sometime during the mid-1990's, past Artistic Director Kyle Lamont decided that not enough contemporary chamber music was being performed in Calgary, and that emerging composers and performers needed an organization which would help them to be heard. To address these needs, in 1997 he and a number of like-minded individuals founded the Land's End Chamber Ensemble and its governing body, the Land's End Chamber Music Society of Calgary. The first of many exciting concerts was held on February 1, 1998, at the Rozsa Centre, University of Calgary.

Now commencing its tenth season, the Society is dedicated to introducing audiences to new music by local and Canadian composers, and to performing landmark chamber works of the 20th and 21st centuries. The Society sponsors a concert series featuring the Land's End Chamber Ensemble in combination with extraordinary guest artists, and an annual competition for emerging Alberta and Saskatchewan composers. Land's End presents the work of emerging composers and performers in each concert. By presenting events in non-traditional venues, Land's End endeavours to expand the audience for contemporary classical music in Calgary and beyond.

Land's End Chamber Ensemble features an array of extraordinary performers, mostly residing in Calgary, who share an enthusiasm for bringing classical music into the 21st century. The players of Land's End are: Elizabeth and Marcel Bergmann (piano and keyboards), John Lowry (violin) Andrea Neumann (violin/viola) Beth Root Sandvoss (cello), and Dr. Mark Hopkins (conductor). Together they have premiered and commissioned many works, presented cabarets, theatrical shows, and special events such as the Alfred Schnittke Memorial Concert in June 2000, conducted by Maestro Hans Graf.

The spring of 2004 marked the release of the debut Land's End CD, Four Degrees of Freedom, which won the 2005 Western Canadian Music Award for Outstanding Classical Recording. In May 2005, Land's End was chosen to perform at Alberta Scene in Ottawa. Rollin' down #1, the second CD, was released in January 2006, and it was also awarded the 2006 WCMA in the same category. It is a survey of Alberta and Saskatchewan chamber music since 1898, and was made possible by generous centennial grants from Canadian Heritage and the Alberta Lottery Fund. In March 2006, Land's End completed a successful centennial tour of nine cities in Alberta and Saskatchewan.

The musicians of the Land's End Chamber Ensemble are Visiting Artists at the University of Calgary, Department of Music, for the 2006-07 season. In addition, several of the artists are on the faculty of Mt. Royal College.

Reviews

'...a leading purveyor of both contemporary and 20th century repertoire with proven audience appeal.'
- Bob Clark, The Calgary Herald

'...a group that combines accomplishment and curiosity...'
- Wes LaFortune, Calgary Straight

Tracks

Listen to sample tracks from Land's End CD's

Web Site

The Land's End Ensemble Web Site