Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Imagination and innovation from the Hermes Experiment.

The Hermes Experiment - photo Thursdan Redding
The Hermes Experiment
photo Thurstan Redding
The Hermes Experiment is a group of young performers who come together to perform contemporary music, much of it written for them. Their line-up is quite distinctive, using harp, clarinet, soprano and double-bass with performers Anne Denholm, Oliver Pashley, Heloise Werner and Marianne Schofield. Their 2014/15 season is a lively mixture of pieces, both new and old. 

Things kick off with them being joined by Ben Morris, organ, in preludes from Bach's The Well-Tempered Clavier with new fugues by Michael Mofidian, Sasha Millwood and Stephen Williams (9/9, St John's Church, Notting Hill). Then on 15 November at Limewharf there is the combination of music by Debussy, Purcell and Rameau with new pieces by Aleksandr Brusentsev, Giles Swayne, Kim Ashton and Jeremy Thurlow

Their Christmas concert, A Christmas Experiment mixes a new commission from Graham Ross, Christmas Carols and a new piece by Jonathan Woolgar, with Britten's Ceremony of Carols (16/12, St John's Church, Notting Hill). Their season continues into the new year, with new commissions from Gareth Wood, James Brady, Misha Mullov-Abbado and many more, plus a collaboration with photographer Thurstan Redding.  Full information from ensemble's website.

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