“The performance was meticulously nuanced, witty and chic.” **** The Times
“This clever mix of instruments is more versatile than you might first think.” **** The Observer
“The combination of harp, clarinet, voice and double bass is not one you hear every day, but in the right hands it works brilliantly. The Hermes Experiment who sport this line-up have in a short few years commissioned prodigiously for it, opening a whole new expressive world” The Evening Standard
“The Hermes Experiment last night were barmy but brilliant” Classical Music Magazine
“odd but great” The Wire
Park Lane Group Young Artists 2015/16 and winners of Nonclassical’s Battle of the Bands 2014, The Hermes Experiment is a contemporary quartet made up of harp, clarinet, voice and double bass. Capitalising on their deliberately idiosyncratic combination of instruments, the ensemble regularly commissions new works, as well as creating their own innovative arrangements and venturing into live free improvisation. So far, the ensemble has commissioned 31 composers at various stages of their careers.
The ensemble also strives to create a platform for cross-disciplinary collaboration and they recently created a ‘musical exhibition’ with photographer Thurstan Redding. Future plans include a residency at Aldeburgh Music in September 2016 developing a new interpretation of Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale with director Nina Brazier and composer Kim Ashton, and working with New Dots in November 2016.
The Hermes Experiment’s repertoire list is available here.
The Hermes Experiment is generously supported by the RVW Trust, Hinrichsen Foundation, Britten-Pears Foundation and The Nicholas Boas Charitable Trust.
“It was an enormous pleasure to write for The Hermes Experiment, and to work with them: they are four immensely talented young musicians with bags of enthusiasm and energy, and an impressive commitment to the material they perform. I think they have a very bright future.” Giles Swayne