Ambache Chamber Ensemble

The Ambache Chamber Ensemble has included music by Mozart in all its concerts since its formation in 1984. It functions both as an Ensemble and a Chamber Orchestra, and has performed twenty of Mozart’s piano concertos. The press frequently comment on their exceptional rapport, with “playing full of life and a rare, exuberant spirit” (Daily Telegraph).

They give regular London concerts at St John’s Smith Square, and have made four National Tours sponsored by the Arts Council of England. They have toured America and the Far East, with appearances on television in Hong Kong and Korea.

Diana Ambache (piano) was short listed for the European Women of Achievement Awards 2002. She is the only woman in Britain to found and direct her own classical chamber orchestra. She has given many performances of Mozart Piano Concertos and recorded ten of them. Numerous BBC broadcasts include a series of several features for Women’s Hour. Her pioneering work returning music by women to the standard repertoire led to several new CDs and the creation of the web site www.womenofnote.co.uk. She has toured extensively internationally to 33 countries.

Gabrielle Lester (violin) has led numerous orchestras, including Sinfonia 21 and the Michael Nyman Band. She was Associate Leader of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Guest Leader of the London Philharmonic and the BBCSO. She has appeared as soloist with the Birmingham Symphony Orchestra at the Proms and in Europe, and has been guest-principal with the LSO and the BBCSO. Gabrielle’s piano trio, the Barbican Trio, has performed in places as diverse as Washington and Uzbekistan. She led the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment’s performance of Das Rheingold, under Sir Simon Rattle at the 2004 Proms.

Judith Herbert (cello) enjoys a varied career, playing with many of London’s leading chamber and symphony orchestras. She was a member of the English Chamber Orchestra for seven years, and currently plays with the BBCSO. She was the solo cellist for Max Richter’s Memoryhouse on the BBC Late Junction label, and her recording of Amy Beach’s Dreaming was described as “ravishing” by the BBC Music Magazine.