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About

  • Winners of the Royal Philharmonic Society Young Artist Award 2021 and the Royal Over-Seas League Mixed Ensemble Competition 2019, The Hermes Experiment is one of the UK’s leading young contemporary music ensembles. Capitalising on their deliberately idiosyncratic combination of instruments (harp, clarinet, voice and double bass), The Hermes Experiment regularly commissions new works, as well as creating their own innovative arrangements and venturing into live free improvisation. They have commissioned over 60 composers at various stages of their careers. The Hermes Experiment have released two albums on Delphian Records - HERE WE ARE and SONG - both to critical acclaim.

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  • Recent highlights include performances at Barbican Centre, Wigmore Hall, Southbank Centre, Aldeburgh Festival, Oxford International Song Festival, Leeds Lieder Festival, Rotterdam’s De Doelen, Tallinn Music Week, Spitalfields Festival and the RPS Awards.


    The ensemble is also dedicated to the value of contemporary music in education and community contexts. In 2021, they ran a Virtual Composition Project, supported by Arts Council England. They were Ensemble-in-Residence for the Young Music Makers of Dyfed 2018-19, and as part of their fifth birthday project, they ran composition workshops in state schools in and around London.


    The Hermes Experiment is hugely grateful to the Marchus Trust for their generous support throughout 2023-2026.

Performances

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Space & Nature
Cécile Chaminade (arr. Schofield) La Lune paresseuse
Tom Coult I Find Planets
Caroline Shaw (arr. Denholm) Plan & Elevation: I. The Ellipse 
Laura Moody Rilke Songs 
Soosan Lolavar Mâh Didam
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Anna Meredith (arr. Schofield) Fin like a flower
Lili Boulanger (arr. Schofield) Reflets
Kerry Andrew (arr. Denholm) Fruit Songs
Errollyn Wallen (arr. Werner) Tree 
Hannah Peel (arr. Pashley) The Almond Tree
Misha Mullov-Abbado The Linden Tree


Love & Betrayal
Barbara Strozzi (arr. Werner) Tradimento
Freya Waley-Cohen We Phoenician Sailors
Clara Schumann (arr. Pashley) Liebst du um Schönheit
Lili Boulanger (arr. Schofield) Attente
Ruari Paterson-Achenbach To Sleep on it
Olivia Chaney (arr. Schofield) Roman Holiday
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Cecile Chaminade (arr. Schofield) Ma Premiere Lettre & La Lune Paresseuse
Ayanna Witter-Johnson Draw the Line
Lili Boulanger (arr. Pashley) Prelude in D flat
Misha Mullov-Abbado The Linden Tree
Richard Rodney Bennett (arr. Pashley) Slow Foxtrot
Emily Hall (arr. Pashley) Befalling


Dance of the Earth
Elisabeth Jacquet de la Guerre (arr. Schofield) Les Rossignols
Jeremy Thurlow Quiet Songs
Imogen Holst (arr. Pashley) Cinquepace and Gigue
Giles Swayne Chansons Devotes and Poissoneuses mvt 1 ‘Les Poissons Melomanes’
Richard Rodney Bennett (arr. Pashley) Slow Foxtrot
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Sylvia Lim Kite (Dymchurch)
Anna Meredith (arr. Schofield) Fin like a flower
Anon (arr. Pashley) Lanchas Para Bailar
Lynne Plowman (arr. Pashley) Pedalling Man
Misha Mullov-Abbado The Linden Tree
Meredith Monk (arr. Denholm) Double Fiesta

Maebh Lehane
Senior Manager, imagine
+44 20 7608 9924
mlehane@intermusica.com

Eleanor Philpott
Assistant Artist and Project Manager, imagine
+44 20 7608 9918
ephilpott@intermusica.com

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