P R O G R A M M E S

Our repertoire

‘A sympathetic, skilful performance of musical democracy in action and a persuasive argument for period instruments.’ 

The Argus (Brighton Early Music Festival)

With regular 5* reviews for its interpretations of Mozart and Beethoven both live and on CD, Ensemble DeNOTE enjoys a Europewide reputation for its vibrant performances grounded in historical accuracy yet vividly and accessibly presented on stage. A particular feature of our approach recaptures the techniques of creative improvisation in live performance as practised by all the great Viennese composers. Drawing audiences into the lively creative space of music-making on period instruments we invite you to experience familiar music as you’ve never heard it before!

The instruments we play are either originals or faithful modern copies of historical originals from the eighteenth or early nineteenth century, often with a close connection to the composers, including:

  • a basset-clarinet by Peter van der Poel, (2005 – a reconstruction of an instrument designed by Mozart’s clarinettist, Anton Stadler and used in the first performances of the Clarinet Quintet and Clarinet Concerto)
  • our 5-octave Viennese fortepiano made by Paul McNulty (1987 – a copy of an instrument by Anton Walter whose pianos were owned by Haydn and Mozart, and much admired by Beethoven).
  • a set of classical bows that can be used in our education projects, allowing younger players to experience first-hand some of the different playing techniques of the classical era.
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Bristol Classical

‘…moments of real excitement…a wonderfully authentic touch’

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Our current programmes include:

Viennese Quartets piano and clarinet quartets by Mozart (K.478 and 317d), Beethoven (Op.16) and Hummel – featuring rarely-heard 18th century chamber arrangements of sonatas and quintets by Mozart and Beethoven

Mozart’s Grand Party! including Mozart’s “Gran’ Partita” – a celebratory wind serenade, K.361 arranged c.1800 as a quintet for clarinet, violin, viola, cello and piano

Beethoven Bonanza exploring Beethoven’s masterful Trio version (Op.38) of the ever-popular Septet, alongside selected early works for clarinet, violin, cello and piano (Opp.5, 11, 12, 16)

Mozart – Quartet for fortepiano and strings in G minor, K.478
Mozart – ‘Kegelstatt’ Trio for clarinet, viola and fortepiano in E flat, K.498
Mozart – Clarinet Quintet, K.581
Mozart – Quartet for clarinet and strings, K.317d
Mozart – Trio for fortepiano, violin and cello in C, K.548
Mozart – Gran’ Partita, K.361 (arranged, c.1805 as a “Grand Quintet” by C. F. Schwencke)
Mozart – Quintet for fortepiano and winds in E flat, K.452
Mozart – Piano Quartet in E flat, K.452 (arrangement, c.1793 of the Quintet for Piano and Winds)
Mozart – Fortepiano Concerto in F, K.413 (the composer’s own arrangement, 1782/3 for fortepiano and string quartet)
Mozart – Grand Sonate for basset clarinet and fortepiano (arrangement, c.1809 of the Clarinet Quintet)
Mozart – Sonatas for fortepiano and violin, K.304, K.454


Beethoven – Sonata for fortepiano and cello in G minor, Op.5 no.2
Beethoven – Trio for clarinet, cello and fortepiano, Op.11
Beethoven – Sonatas for fortepiano and violin, Opp. 12, 23 and 24
Beethoven – Piano Quartet in E flat, Op.16 (the composer’s arrangement of the Piano & Winds Quintet)
Beethoven – Quintet for fortepiano and winds in E flat, Op.16
Beethoven – Sonata for fortepiano and basset horn (arrangement c.1805 by Friedlowsky of the Horn Sonata, Op.17)
Beethoven – Trio for clarinet, cello and fortepiano, Op.38 (the composer’s own arrangement, 1802/3 of the Septet, Op.20)
Beethoven – Symphony no.2  – the composer’s arrangement for Piano Trio


Stamitz – Sonata for fortepiano and viola in B flat


Vanhal – Sonatas for fortepiano and clarinet


Pleyel – Quintet for fortepiano and winds in C


Lefevre – Sonatas for fortepiano and clarinet

East Kent Mercury

‘…superb ensemble playing.’

DeNOTE GREEN CONCERTS – as part of our commitment to sustainability, some of our smaller programmes (up to three players) minimise our carbon footprint (and costs) by transporting all the players and instruments in just one vehicle.

Upcoming Events

  1. Luton Music

    October 12, 2020 | 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
  2. Oriel College, Oxford

    October 23, 2020 | 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

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Upcoming Events

  1. Luton Music

    October 12, 2020 | 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
  2. Oriel College, Oxford

    October 23, 2020 | 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

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