Les Amusements de la Chambre is a Canadian chamber ensemble specializing in the performance of music for early keyboard and strings. Founded by harpsichordist Katelyn Clark and violinist Emily Redhead at The Banff Centre in 2010, the ensemble explores repertoire from the seventeenth-century to the contemporary works of today. Most notably, Les Amusements has distinguished itself through creative presentations of the eighteenth-century concert experience.
Based out of Victoria BC and Montréal QC, the ensemble collaborates with a variable pool of musicians in concert and frequently performs and commissions works by Canadian composers. In 2012, Les Amusements was awarded a grant by the Canada Council of the Arts to commission a new work entitled Rose with Thorns for harpsichord and violin by Linda Catlin Smith, premiered at the Toronto Summer Music Garden. Les Amusements recently completed a Gulf Islands tour, and is excited to be presenting their second season of Salon Concerts in Victoria.
- Times Colonist preview of Les Amusements September 29 concert, written by Kevin Bazzana.
“Les Amusement de la Chambre play a very interesting repertoire, mostly from the Baroque era, and play at an extremely high level of artistry. ... They are already a welcomed addition to the chamber music of Canada.”
Robin Engelman, Toronto (read full review here)
“Les Amusements de la Chambre is definitely an ensemble to watch.”
James Young, Music in Victoria