Academy Chamber Ensemble on the Mendelssohn Octet

Riddle Films recently worked with The Academy of St Martin in the Fields Chamber Ensemble to create a series of performance films.

“The extraordinary thing about this piece is how a 16 year old can give eight individual people a voice, an individual voice, and yet together, literally, write a perfect piece of music; there isn’t a note wasted” Harvey de Souza, violin.

In this new video, the Academy of St Martin in the Fields Chamber Ensemble discuss one of the most popular and enduring pieces in their repertoire, the Mendelssohn Octet. Weaved in with their fascinating insights, are performance clips of the 4th movement filmed in Ontario, Canada in late 2019.

Tomo Keller, Harvey de Souza – violin 1
Martin Burgess, Jennifer Godson – violin 2
Robert Smissen, Fiona Bonds – viola
Stephen Orton, Will Schofield – cello