In the Community

A core part of The Hermes Experiment’s vision is that classical music can be relevant to everyone, and that it is worth challenging many of the stereotypes and formalities with which it is often associated. We also believe that contemporary classical idioms are a powerful, engaging and flexible tool that can be put to excellent use in learning and participation work.

In practice, we always strive to present our music in a way which engages a broad range of audiences with contemporary classical music, including through the use of spoken programme notes and carefully planned staging and theatricality. However, we also recognise the broad range of educational, developmental and health benefits that can come from the application of music in specific creative learning and participation contexts. We are therefore committed to such work and believe that we have something unique and productive to offer. As an ensemble, our unusual combination gives exposure to minority instruments and unique sounds, and the presence of a singer ensures easy access to text where appropriate. The extensive part played by free improvisation in our work is also relevant in approaching the flexibility, accessibility and interaction demanded in creative learning and participation work, and we believe that the significant theatricality in our performances is also valuable in such contexts.


School Composition Workshops: 2018-19

We were delighted to receive funding from Arts Council England to run workshops in three state schools as part of our 5th Birthday project. We visited Bolingbroke Academy Clapham, Whitmore High School Harrow and Impington Village College Cambridge. We introduced our instruments, gave examples of and advice on using diverse compositional methods featured in the school curriculum, gave performances, and conducted interactive compositional activities with students.

Young Composers of Dyfed: 2018-19

The Hermes Experiment were ensemble in residence for this project that works with students in schools across Pembrokeshire, Carmarthenshire and Ceredigion throughout the academic year, led by composer Lynne Plowman. We visited in September and in April, firstly to present our instruments and give composition workshops, and then to perform and record over 80 new pieces for our quartet! We also visited Ysgol Heol Goffa SEN School in Carmarthen in September 2018 to give musical workshops.

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Young Composers of Dyfed Workshop at Bryngwyn School - April 2019

Young Composers of Dyfed Workshop at Bryngwyn School – April 2019

Young Composers of Dyfed Workshop at Penglais School in Aberystwyth - April 2019

Young Composers of Dyfed Workshop at Penglais School in Aberystwyth – April 2019

Musical Workshops at Ysgol Heol Goffa SEN School in Carmarthen - September 2018

Musical Workshops at Ysgol Heol Goffa SEN School in Carmarthen – September 2018

Royal Academy of Music: Composers Project – 2017-18 & 2018-19

Workshopping new works by Master’s Composition students at the RAM, culminating in a public concert in the David Josefowitz Recital Hall.

Performing new works by Master's Composition Students at the RAM - April 2019

Performing new works by Master’s Composition Students at the RAM – April 2019

Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance: Composers Project – 2017-18 & 2018-19

Workshopping new works by Master’s Composition students at Trinity, culminating in a public concert.

With Master's Composition students from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance - March 2019

With Master’s Composition students from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance – March 2019

Colourscape Festival – September 2017

Performing in the amazing Colourscape presented by Eye Music on Clapham Common, London. We encouraged people wandering in the Colourscape to draw graphic scores for us which we then improvised for them.

Improvising on graphic scores by passers-by at the Colourscape Festival - September 2017

Improvising on graphic scores by passers-by at the Colourscape Festival – September 2017

The harp intrigues at Colourscape Festival - September 2017

The harp intrigues at Colourscape Festival – September 2017

University of Cambridge: Student Composers Workshop – February 2017

Workshopping new works by student composers.

Cambridge Youth Music: Young Composers’ Competition Concert – October 2016

Workshopping and performing all the entries for Cambridgeshire’s Young Composer of the Year Competition.

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Eton College, Windsor: Workshop with young composers – February 2016

Working with young composers, including using improvisation – introducing our instruments, experimenting with new sounds, helping to develop musical ideas.

Wigmore Hall ‘For Crying Out Loud!’ Concert – September 2015

For Crying Out Loud! concerts provide an opportunity for new parents and their babies to enjoy a programme of chamber music in an accommodating environment.

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Purcell School: Workshop with young composers – March 2015

Working with young composers, including using improvisation – introducing our instruments, experimenting with new sounds, helping to develop musical ideas.

Wigmore Hall Chamber Tots Series – 2014-15

Music-making workshops for children aged 1 to 5 and their parents/carers. We develop workshops featuring singing and movement, as well as giving a chance to explore our ensemble’s instruments close up.

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Ensemble Members

Anne Denholm

Harp

Oliver Pashley

Clarinet

Marianne Schofield

Double Bass

Hanna Grzeskiewicz

Hanna Grzeskiewicz

Co-Director

Heloise Werner

Soprano / Co-Director