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Diana Ambache (photo Sasha Gusov)
The Ambache is different.
It can be a full classical chamber orchestra, a piano trio, a wind ensemble and everything in between.
The players work directly to the music, performing without a conductor.
The Ambache is as at home with Mozart, Beethoven and Brahms as it is with Poulenc, Amy Beach and Shostakovitch, "...the playing full of life and a rare exuberant spirit." Daily Telegraph
Founded in 1984 by the pianist Diana Ambache, its purpose is to be among the foremost Mozart performers in the UK, to put music by women back into the repertoire, and to create an understanding of unconducted performance.


[For reviews of current concerts, see newsroom.]

"Diana Ambache is a pianist of infectious enthusiasm and vitality." BM, Daily Telegraph

"The piano concertos were played by Diana Ambache in her customarily fresh, neat, instantly engaging style." Robert Henderson, Daily Telegraph

"The concerto provided warmly coloured and engaging communication, dazzling but clear-etched cadenzas capping united displays of virtuosity and joy." Phillip Sommerich, Ham and High

"The Ensemble consists of well-established professional musicians and is presided over by Diana Ambache, an artist of admirable creative drive and stylistic perception." GC, Musical Opinion

"In general style, the group's Mozart comes across with an exceptional classical purity of expression." JOC, Gramophone

"These players work together, surely, and with a good deal of corporate spirit." Max Loppert, Financial Times

"The clear texture of the performance and its symphonic thrust were a delight." Anthony Payne, Independent

"The concert marked the last in the series Women of Note devised by Diana Ambache. Over the last three years she and her ensemble have performed no fewer than 11 premieres by women composers covering a period of 250 years, rewriting musical history in the process." Helen Wallace, The Times

"Mozart's Symphony No 40 opened in a blaze of C major that felt gloriously right. The sections of this orchestra have a personality that has been diluted out of so many other ensembles: pungent oboes, crisp trumpets, artistocratic horns. Sound that has not been forced out at a point of a stick has a wonderful freedom. Ambache joined the orchestra in a riveting performance of the Mozart D minor Piano Concerto. The grave beauty of her tone and intellectual clarity of her music-making were set against an orchestral backdrop as dramatic as a night sky torn by lightening" Brian Hunt, Evening Standard

"Over the years the Ambache have been crucial in shifting perceptions and assumptions with their readings of fine works by the likes of Fanny Mendelssohn and Clara Schumann." Stephen Pettitt, Evening Standard

"This is human scale music making. It gave to the Haydn and Mozart not the sometimes chilly wit of the drawing room, but a more rough-hewn delight in the humour of those works, and the interplay between the different sections - a backdrop against which the individual players could shine." Cara Chanteau, Independent

"Jeremy Polmear's beguiling performance of the Sonata with Diana Ambache was entirely persuasive. Plus there's the ebullient Oboe Quartet and sparkling Quintet for Piano & Winds. A must for oboe-philes; a rare treat for Mozartians" Anthony Holden, Observer

"Interesting works, good performances. The string players tucked in with glee." Geoff Brown, The Times

"The Beach disc is thoroughly recommended for the group's perceptive and idiomatic approach to this delicate and enchanting music. Gabrielle Lester and Diana Ambache give a sparkling reading of the Violin Sonata, its lyrical lines beautifully measured. The dancing Scherzo is lithe and lovely, the Largo crafted with much sensitivity, and the bravura finale is rich with intent." Catherine Nelson, The Strad

"Virtuosic playing, dispatched with panache. Each of the five experienced musicians gave entertaining spoken introductions." Keith Potter, The Independent

"Diana Ambache's excellent band celebrates its 21st anniversary." Stephen Pettitt, Evening Standard

"The UK musical establishment's neglect of the work of women composers is nothing short of scandalous. We only know of the work of Fanny Mendelssohn and others thanks to the efforts of musicians such as pianist Diana Ambache. Fanny Mendelssohn's dramatic and beguiling Concert Overture poured out its radiant C major sunshine into St John's." Stephen Pritchard, Observer

"A performance of artistry and obvious delight in the music-making..... and ended with a musical and satisfying account of Mozart's B flat major Piano Concerto K456 in which Diana Ambache proved how stylish a Mozartian she is."Robert Matthew-Walker, Musical opinion

"a peach of a performance"Robert Maycock, The Independent



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