Chamber music from international quintet

Divertimenti Ensemble, Alnwick Playhouse, Tuesday, March 20, 7.30pm. Tickets £14, £15 premier, £13 conc.

THIS quintet is widely acclaimed as one of the most exciting and innovative British chamber groups of its generation.

All five – Paul Barritt and Rachel Isserlis, violins, Jonathan Barritt, viola, Sebastian Comberti and Josephine Horder, cellos – are top-ranking players with a wealth of worldwide concert experience between them, as soloists and orchestral principals as well as chamber music players.

Long-standing friends, they share an evergreen love of music-making, and a passion for the rich sonorities of the string ensemble repertoire.

Touring throughout the UK and Ireland, the Ensemble has appeared for music societies and major festivals such as Aldeburgh, Bath, King’s Lynn and Lichfield.

Divertimenti has also given concerts in National Trust and other stately homes as well as in Italy, France, Germany and Greece.

The group’s recording activities have included numerous programmes for BBC Radio 3, notably live broadcast concerts at St George’s, Bristol, and Pebble Mill, Birmingham.