The Brierwood Ensemble is a group of Wilmington musicians who enjoy sharing their love of music through stories, history, and engaging programming for all. The ensemble was co-founded in 2016 by four northern transplants – violinist Linda Estep, violist/violinist Clark Spencer, bassoonist Helena Kopchick Spencer, and harpist Christina Brier – who quickly fell in love with their adopted home and its warm, welcoming environment for creative artists.
Committed to exploring both familiar and lesser known works of classical music with a wide range of audiences, the Brierwood Ensemble performs in a variety of venues throughout Wilmington and beyond. A hallmark of Brierwood Ensemble concerts is the inclusion of informal program notes from the stage, with the performers themselves offering insights into the historical and cultural context of the musical selections. The ensemble regularly seeks opportunities to pair music with visual art and literature, and recently performed a multimedia program based on the beloved children’s story The Secret Garden as part of the Seahawk FAM (Family Arts Matinee) series at UNC Wilmington.
Members of the Brierwood Ensemble also actively promote new music by young American composers, and in spring 2018 the ensemble premiered two Third Stream works by local composer Ryan Mulder: Lost and Found and North Carolina Lighthouse Suite, a set of musical impressions of the seven major lighthouses of North Carolina.