Audiences often remark about the special interaction among the players of the Ruskin Ensemble, which was formed in London by a group of friends, all talented musicians. The Ensemble has given concerts throughout the British Isles and regularly performs at National Trust houses and gardens. Named after the Victorian writer and critic John Ruskin, the Ensemble has also created programs combining music with art or literature and performed in period costume, including Jane Austen—A Regency Soirée; The Brontës Encountered; and There Is No Wealth but Life, about the life and times of John Ruskin. The group is particularly committed to taking music into the community, performing to audiences that normally do not have access to live classical music. The musical director, Jane Gomm (violin), studied at the Royal Academy of Music and the Guildhall School of Music. She has toured Europe, Nigeria, Australia, and South America with different chamber orchestras, including the London Mozart Players and the London Festival Orchestra.
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