The Aire Ensemble, Leeds - classical music for all



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The Aire Ensemble is a professional classical chamber music group that was originally formed in 2009. Today the ensemble comprises flute, clarinet and piano. This trio has entertained audiences of all ages in a variety of settings, from a childrens' concert at HEART, to more mature listeners in Burley Hall and to all ages at Kirkstall Festival. The Aire Ensemble is also proud to be part of Artforms Leeds "Live Music in Schools" scheme.


Over the years Deborah has worked with many brilliant musicians and today the ensemble is a trio comprising flute, clarinet and piano. Deborah has been joined by Caroline Lisk on flute and pianist Yuko York.

With a wealth of performances to its credit, the Aire Ensemble has a large repertoire of classical chamber music from which it can choose various themed programmes. These programmes can be tailored into concerts or informal performances suited for playing in care home settings, community venues, childrens' concerts... as well as playing for private and corporate functions. Please use the Contact Form for any queries.


See the Past Concerts page for a full list of the Aire Ensemble’s achievements to date.

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Deborah Pennington, founder of the Aire Ensemble

Background information about Deborah Pennington, Will Mace and one of The Aire Ensemble's regular accompanists on piano, Mata Williams, is given on the Biographies page.

Background information about Deborah, Will and Mata is given on the Biographies page.

Public concerts at which The Aire Ensemble has performed include such venues as the West Yorkshire Playhouse in Leeds, Harewood House and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, together with many others which can be seen on the Past Concerts page.  


Regular venues for public concerts are the Arts Centre at Trinity Church, Leeds, and the Courthouse at Otley.  A special highlight in 2013 was the commission to perform at Chesstival in Bradford, an outdoor street event for which The Aire Ensemble co-opted a number of special guests to perform.

Le tour des animaux Le Tour des Animaux, performed by the Aire Ensemble, Leeds

for details of fun concerts for all the family, plus a jigsaw of this poster to start the family fun right now!

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All three members of the Aire Ensemble are accomplished musicians and experienced in teaching their respective instruments, as well as offering accompanying services for exams and concerts. See the Music Services page for more information.


In addition to leading the Aire Ensemble, Deborah Pennington is also the founder and leader of the Yorkshire Clarinet Ensemble for advanced clarinet players. The Yorkshire Clarinet Ensemble meets fortnightly at the Headingley Enterprise and Arts Centre in Leeds.  

Founding member Deborah Pennington (clarinet) performs with Caroline Lisk on flute and pianist Yuko York.

Members of the Aire Ensemble, based in Leeds

Screen Shot 2016-03-09 at 13.30.05 c.max Clarinet performer and music teacher, Deborah Pennington, founder of the Aire Ensemble, Leeds Deborah Pennington, Yuko York and Caroline Lisk - members of the classical music group, the Aire Ensemble, Leeds

See the Aire Ensemble perform this summer:

Saturday 9th July

Kirkstall Festival (the Nave), 3pm

The Aire Ensemble is performing Animal Fair - an interractive animal themed show for young children, combining classical music with movement and masks.



Presented by the Aire Ensemble


free event

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