"In the new recording by the Primavera Chamber Ensemble, Mendelssohn’s Octet unfolds with warmth and naturalness… The whole performance is suffused with sunshine and well-being… crowned with some of the loveliest fiddle playing you will ever hear."
As one of Britain’s foremost ensembles, the flexible mixed chamber ensemble Primavera have created an enviable reputation with an accolade of reviews at international festivals across Britain and Europe, alongside many appearances on the South Bank and Wigmore Hall. Formed in 1986 by their artistic director, violinist Paul Manley, the name of the group is based on the Italian word for spring, reflecting the joie de vivre that these musicians bring to their performances.
Besides engagements, Primavera have created their own concerts series at some of the finest country houses in the UK, which led to two TV series entitled Music in Mansions for Meridian Television. Aside from concert and recording work, education and community projects have become an important focus of Primavera’s commitment to tomorrow’s audiences, with groundbreaking projects in prisons and special needs schools, linking the power of emotions within music to emotional intelligence.
New commissions have included works by Gavin Bryars, Philip Glass, Malcolm Lipkin and Paul Patterson.
Recent tours abroad have included concerts at the Almera Festival in the Netherlands, Vasto,
Parma, Emilia Romagna and Sadurano Festivals in Italy. In May 2014 Primavera made their debut
at the Perth Festival in Scotland, performing Saint-Saëns' Carnival of the
Animals (complete with Ogden Nash poetry), Schubert's Trout Quintet and
works by Percy Grainger.
Primavera have collaborated in a number of education projects with eminent composer Paul Patterson and would be delighted to explore opportunities for future work.