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The Engelfield Ensemble

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Soprano, 2 clarinets and piano ensemble. Experienced and flexible musicians creating excellent music ranging from classical to jazz.
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As a group we have performed across England at a variety of functions, concerts and private events including Cliveden House in Taplow, The New Rooms in Bristol, Cheltenham Town Hall and many others. We perform music written for piano, clarinet and voice as well as clarinet duo’s and solos, vocal and piano solos and pieces specially arranged for the group. Angela Good (Soprano) read Music at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama; studying voice under Miriam Bowen. In demand as a performer and musician recent roles include Susanna in Marriage of Figaro, Rosalinde in Die Fledermaus, Violetta in La Traviata and Lui in Turandot. Concerts include appearances across the South of England, Soprano soloist with the Marlow Community Choir, Reading Symphony Orchestra, Twyford Singers, Reading Haydn Choir and Radlett Choir and many more regularly singing at weddings and events. She also sings in It's Us 2 a guitar and vocal American Songbook style duo. Nicholas Shipman studied initially with Jack Brymer OBE before gaining a place at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama where he studied with Joy Farrall, Michael Whight and Thea King. His studies continued at the Royal Conservatorium for Music in The Hague with Sjef Douwes. He has appeared as soloist with many orchestras and has performed in venues such as the Wigmore Hall, Barbican Hall, Fairfield Halls Croydon, St George’s Bristol, The Purcell Room, Concertgebouw (Amsterdam), Cité de La Musique (Paris) and De Doelen (Rotterdam). He has appeared at the festivals of Aldeburgh, Dartington and Cheltenham and the Muziek in de Maartenskerk International Chamber Music series in the Netherlands. He has played concerts throughout the UK, Europe and the USA. Stefan Hofkes was born in the Netherlands where he studied the piano and conducting at the Utrecht Conservatoire under Alan Weiss, Alexander Warenberg and David Porcelijn. He continued his studies at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. Stefan is in demand as a pianist, having performed in venues such as the Wigmore Hall, Purcell Room and Amsterdam Concertgebouw and has released several CD’s to critical acclaim. He is musical director of the Reading symphony Orchestra and Bristol Concert Orchestra as well as Artistic Director of the Kairos Ensemble, posts he combines with conducting concerts and opera throughout Europe. Karen Ayton studied at Watford School of Music with John Reynolds and Robert Pell before gaining a place at The Royal College of Music in 1985 to study for a BMus degree. She was taught clarinet by Colin Bradbury and Robert Hill. Whilst at the RCM, she specialized in contemporary Classical Music and Chamber Music, co-founding the Charivari Wind Quintet, with whom she enjoyed a great deal of success, performing at venues such at The Royal Albert Hall and 10 Downing Street. Karen has enjoyed a varied career, freelancing as an orchestral and chamber musician, whilst holding various teaching posts. Karen plays clarinet with Reading Symphony Orchestra and chamber groups include The Engelfield Ensemble, The Malbec Clarinet Quartet and Polcas e Boas.

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The Engelfield Ensemble 's Reviews

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Ailsa H
2 years ago, for a Concert in Imperial Square
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We thoroughly enjoyed the recital by the Engelfield Ensemble with some beautiful playing and singing from all involved. An attractively varied programme was offered, with some well known favourites as well as some less familiar music and some imaginative arrangements . Ailsa and George Howarth

Wendy M
8 years ago, for a Concert in High St
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5 out of 5

Englefield Ensemble review We attended a concert in the atmospheric church of St Nicholas in the Buckinghamshire village of Hedsor. There we enjoyed a range of lovely pieces that spanned the eras - from ‘Shepherd on the rock’ by Schubert through to ‘I Got Rhythm’ by George and Ira Gershwin. As well as the highly polished performances, we really enjoyed the relaxed and engaging commentary provided throughout by professional conductor and pianist Stefan Hofkes. We came away feeling that we’d learnt a little something about all the wonderful music we’d heard as well as being in the company of truly accomplished musicians. Wendy & Damian, South Buckinghamshire May 2016

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The Engelfield Ensemble 's Song list

Schubert's Shepherd on a Rock for Soprano, Clarinet and Piano
Mozart's Parto Parto from Clemenzi di Tito for Soprano, Clarinet and Piano
Sphor's Lieder for Soprano and Clarinet
Caccini Ave Maria for Soprano and Clarinet
Searching for Lambs, arr. Vaugham Williams for Soprano and Clarinet
John McCabe 3 fo;k songs for Clarinet, Soprano and Piano
Many more and requests taken in advance
I Got Rhythm
Fascinating Rhythm
A Nightingale Sang in Berkley Square
I Could Have Danced all Night from My Fair Lady
Any operatic aria of choice for Soprano and piano
(Casta Diva, O Mio Babinno Caro etc etc.)
Any sacred song of choice for Soprano and piano
Any art song of choice for Soprano and Piano
Mendelssohn, Konzertstuck No. 2 Op. 114 for 2 clarinets and piano
Gordon Lewin, Views of the Blues for 2 Clarinets
A large array of classical piano works and solo clarinet and piano pieces.
Any clarinet solo or duet

The Engelfield Ensemble 's Prices

Note: prices may vary based on travel distance. For an exact quote, click “Check availability”.

Standard Prices
Performance durationPrice
Up to 1 hour£700
Up to 2 hours£850
Up to 3 hours£1000
Customer questions

Do you have different line-up options?

We can include other musicians as required

What if my timings change after I've booked you?

No problem, let us know and e will do our best to accommodate

Can you provide an iPod/DJ service before and between your sets?

Unfortunately not as we are live acoustic musicians

How much time do you need to set up?

30 mins

Can you roam around while you perform?

Sadly not with piano

Can I pick the songs you play from the set list?


Is all of the equipment (e.g. PA & lighting) included in your quote?

Yes all equipment included

Can you learn song requests before the event?

Yes if we can play it in our instruments we will learn it!
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