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heart of darkness

“leaves you feeling exhilarated, if a little clumsy by comparison” The Guardian

"CHROMA played with an unabashed and infectious passion... A fine example of the hidden gems the Festival can occasionally produce, a huge standing ovation came as no great surprise. More, please!" This is Brighton and Hove

Heart of Darkness: "Gooch was superbly served by the instrumentalists of CHROMA, whose accuracy, energy and mastery of various idioms, and sensitivity to the singers and the text, was exemplary...a thrilling new work" Opera Today

Tarik O'Regan's Heart of Darkness ROH2 photo Claire Shovelton

Royal Holloway University of London
CHROMA residency

workshops with student composers:

27 January
harp (Helen Sharp) and guitar (Stewart French) introductions workshop - 2nd years
14 February
clarinet (Stuart King) and vocal (Peter Willcock) workshops - 2nd and 3rd years

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28-30 January Royal Academy of Music
workshops with post-graduate composers
stimulus piece Michael Zev Gordon Glass Mountain

Ian Watson (accordion), Stuart King (clarinet), Dave Le Page (violin), Robert Ames (viola), Clare O’Connell (cello)

post-grad composers: Evan Kassof, Rubens Askenar, Freya Waley-Cohen, Liam Mattison, Alice Hunter, Alexandr Brusentsev

30 January 6pm Royal Academy of Music
Michael Zev Gordon - Glass Mountain
 (CHROMA commission – 3rd performance)
Liam Mattison - Blue Lake
 WORLD PREMIERE
Rubens Askenar - Testo Junkie
 WORLD PREMIERE
Alice Hunter – A mango’s insult WORLD PREMIERE
Alexandr Brusentsev – and beyond them is more than memory WORLD PREMIERE
Evan Kassof – Heat Death WORLD PREMIERE
Freya Waley-Cohen – Just So We Can Dance WORLD PREMIERE

RAM

PRSF

Supported by
the PRS for Music Foundation

 The Wind in the Willows 11 December 13 - 1 February 14
Duchess Theatre - 3-5 Catherine Street, London, WC2B 5LA

The Duchess Theatre in the West End hosts choreographer and director Will Tuckett’s hugely popular and critically acclaimed ROH Christmas production of Kenneth Grahame’s classic tale.
(suitable for children of 5 years old and over)

Choreographer & Director - Will Tuckett
Set designs The Quay Brothers
Costume designs Nicky Gillibrand
Lighting design Warren Letton
Puppet designs Toby Ollé
Music by Martin Ward
Music played live by CHROMA
MD/piano: Tim Murray, Yshani Perinpanayagam, Tim Burke
Violin: Tom Hankey, Deborah White
Cello: Clare O’Connell, Anna Beryl
Flute: Sarah O’Flynn, Kathryn Thomas
Clarinet: Stuart King, Massimo di Trolio
Bassoon: Jo Turner, Helen Storey

WINNER - Best Entertainment & Family OLIVER AWARDS 2014

Wind in the Willows

12 January 7pm Kings Arms Berkhamsted
BACH BY CANDLELIGHT

Atmospheric rendition of Goldberg Variations by JS Bach
arranged for string trio by Dimitri Sitkovetsky
with a retelling of Forkel's famous story of its origin

Brought to life by CHROMA musicians Dave Le Page (violin),
Carmen Flores (viola) and Clare O’Connell (cello)

concert tickets: £15/£12 concs, under 18s FREE (subject to availability) to book: email chroma.concerts@me.com/call Clare O’Connell on 01442 862953
or from Luminous and Vogue 24 Lower Kings Road (cash or cheques only)

Bach

26 January 12 noon Kettle's Yard Cambridge

Franco Donatoni - Arpege
Andrew Thomas - Journeys to Recover the Future WORLD PREMIERE
Fabio Vacchi - Dai Calanchi di Sabbiuno
Richard Causton - Phoenix
Niccolo Castiglioni - Tropi

Julian Sperry (flute) Stuart King (clarinet) Roderick Chadwick (piano)
Steve Gibson (percussion) Marcus Barcham-Stevens (violin)
Clare O'Connell (cello)

tickets: www.kettlesyard.co.uk

kettles yard

5 February 7.30pm The Forge
3-7 Delancey Street
Camden NW1 7NL

Wednesdays at the Forge

Michael Zev Gordon - Glass Mountain
 (CHROMA commission – 4th performance)
Liam Mattison - Blue Lake
 (2nd performance)
Helgi Ingvarsson - Loftkastali/Castle in Air

Rubens Askenar - Testo Junkie
 (2nd performance)
Raymond Yiu - Les Etoiles au Front (CHROMA commission – 4th performance)

Ian Watson (accordion), Stuart King (clarinet), Dave Le Page (violin), Robert Ames (viola), Clare O’Connell (cello)

www.forgevenue.org
PDF version of programme for the concert download here

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PRSF

Supported by
the PRS for Music Foundation

3-5 March Norwich Primary Schools - Folk Tales Project
5 March - John Innes Centre lunchtime concert for the children of all 7 schools

Bartok, Kodaly, folk and gypsy music from Hungary and Bulgaria
(annual project in 7 Norwich primary schools - this year reaching 900 children)

Eaton Primary School, Cringleford Primary School, Tuckswood Primary School, Bignold Primary School, West Earlham Junior School, Bluebell Primary School and Yaxham Primary School

Dave le Page (violin), Clare O'Connell (cello), Rafal Luc (button accordion) and the folk duo Jack O'Neill and Charlie Heys (with Jack on clarinet and acoustic guitar and Charlie on folk fiddle)

Comments from the schools:
“A golden opportunity for the children to see/ hear musicians and their instruments and be exposed to a world (of opportunity) beyond their immediate world.”

“The musicians explained very well to the children and used language they could understand.”

“It's been different but equally brilliant every year we have participated. The children gain a lot from it.”

“Perfect! The children loved it. Thank you for a lovely musical experience!”

folk tales

14 February - RHUL voice and ensemble workshops

19 March - RHUL PhD and MMus workshops

20 March 1pm Royal Holloway, University of London
Windsor Building Auditorium - free entry

Aaron Copland - Quiet City
Postgrad composers (premiered at concert): Michael Cryne, Montgomery Sadlier, Alif Raja and Emilio Bello

20 March - RHUL 3rd year workshops

Undergrad composers: Lisa Robertson, Gavin Stewart, Caspar Green, Anna Kalogriou, Natasha Cheng, Costas Pavlides, Kyriacos Shionis, Vasileios Filippou, Ioannis Kravvas, Helen Diggle, Philip Robinson, Alastair Simpson, Hannah McCarthy, Christie O'Regan and Matthew Abrams

quiet city

Sunday 16 February 7pm The Kings Arms, Berkhamsted
INTIMATE LETTERS


An evening of passionate music for string quartet and clarinet quintet inspired by the love of Johannes Brahms for Clara Schumann

CHROMA musicians Caroline Balding, Tom Hankey (violins)
Katie Heller (viola), Clare O’Connell (cello) and Stuart King (clarinet)
perform
Robert Schumann - String Quartet no.3 in A major Op.41
Clara Schumann - Romance arranged by Dave Le Page for clarinet quintet
Johannes Brahms - Clarinet Quintet in B minor Op.115

concert tickets: £15/£12 concs, under 18s FREE (subject to availability)
CHROMA "Going Steady" and "Confetti" Friends: £13/£10

to book: email chroma.concerts@me.com/call Clare O’Connell on 01442 862953
or from Luminous and Vogue 24 Lower Kings Road (cash or cheques only)

Brhams

Supported by the
Berkhamsted Arts Trust

28 February - Oxford New Music
workshops with University of Oxford undergraduate and postgraduate composers working with their pieces written for accordion, clarinet and string trio.
Ian Watson (accordion) Stuart King (clarinet) Dave Le Page (violin) Robert Ames (viola) Clare O'Connell (cello). Conductor: John Traill.

Stephen Bradshaw: Study for Quintet
Jacob Ewens: Pandora's Box
David McFarlane: Eumenides I: Agamemnon (uses Eb Cl)
Harry Meehan: King's Lynn
Nicholas Morrish Rarity: Naïve and Sentimental Fragments
Jason Preece: Foreboding
James Sexton: Circling Fifths
Finn Shields: Palindrome
Isabel Stoppani de Berrié: Signatures
Nick White: Cabin Fever
John Wills: Piece for Clarinet, Accordion and String Trio

University of Oxford

27 March 7.30pm Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama
International Artists Series, Dora Stoutzker Hall

Michael Zev Gordon - Glass Mountain 
(CHROMA commission 5th performance)
Liam Mattison - Blue Lake 
(3rd performance)
Helgi Ingvarsson - Castle in Air 

Freya Waley-Cohen - Just so We Can Dance 
(2nd performance)
Aleksandr Brusentsev - ...and beyond them is more than memory (2nd performance)
Raymond Yiu - Le Etoiles au Front (CHROMA commission 5th performance)

Ian Watson (accordion), Vicky Wright (clarinet), Dave Le Page (violin), Robert Ames (viola), Clare O’Connell (cello)

Tickets: www.rwcmd.ac.uk/whats_on

27 March
workshop with Michael Zev Gordon for RWCMD composition students

[image right] Vermont Autumn, stained glass mosaic by Kasia Polkowska www.katarzynapolkowska.blogspot.co.uk

RWCMD

PRSF

supported by
the PRSF for Music Foundation

Aldeburgh - Britten Studio, Snape - Friday 14 March 8pm
London - Royal Opera House Linbury - 17-19 March 7.45pm
Leeds - Howard Assembly Room - 22 March 7.30pm

The Commission (world premiere)
Elspeth Brooke music
Jack Underwood words

Café Kafka (world premiere)
Francisco Coll music
Meredith Oakes words

Annabel Arden director
Joanna Parker set & costume designer
Richard Baker conductor
with singers Anna Dennis, Daniel Norman, William Purefoy, Andri Björn Róbertsson, Suzanne Shakespeare

CHROMA:
Julian Sperry - Flute (piccolo)
Stuart King - Clarinet (bass clarinet/piccolo clarinet)
Claire Wadsworth - Contra-bassoon
Ryan Hume - Trombone db splash cymbal soft stick
Gregory Knowles - Cimbalom/percussion (ROH specialist cimbalom)
John-Paul Gandy - Piano (upright)
Daniel Pioro - Violin
Oliver Wilson - Viola
Zoe Martlew - Cello and gravel foley
Elena Hull - Double-bass+ low C extension
Dan Thomas - Mandolin
Ian Watson - Accordion

These are the first commissions from a new opera-producing partnership between Aldeburgh Music, Royal Opera House and Opera North designed to boost opportunities for emerging opera writers, bringing new work to audiences across the country.

The Commission is based on a poem by Michael Donaghy and the opera was originally devised by Elspeth Brooke, Jack Underwood and Ellie Rees. Developed through the Jerwood Opera Writing Programme at Aldeburgh Music.

Aldeburgh: www.aldeburgh.co.uk
ROH: www.roh.org.uk
Leeds: www.operanorth.co.uk

"this new initiative from Aldeburgh Music, Opera North and the Royal Opera House to give two works a thorough airing with the crack ensemble CHROMA is welcome indeed." Helen Wallace BBC Music Magazine

"the ever-admirable CHROMA ensemble" Stephen Pritchard The Observer

"The musicians were members of CHROMA, a London-based flexible chamber ensemble, and their playing was a great strength of the evening under the baton of Richard Baker." Keith Clark Musical America

"Richard Baker and the players of CHROMA were excellent throughout, their incisiveness in the latter opera suggestive almost of lengthy acquaintance with a repertory work rather than a second performance." Boulezian

Brooke Coll

Aldeburgh Music
ROH
Opera North

Supported by Arts Council England’s Britten Centenary Fund

Sunday 30 March 7pm The Kings Arms, Berkhamsted
FROM THE MEDITERRANEAN TO THE NEW WORLD


Clare O’Connell (cello) Sarah O’Flynn (flute) and Helen Sharp (harp)

Maurice Ravel/Salzedo - Sonatine
Henriette Renié - Andante Religioso
Claude Debussy - Syrinx
Maurice Ravel - Piece en forme de Habanera
Manuel de Falla - Suite Popular Espanola
Leonardo Margutti - Cochlear Short (CHROMA commission WORLD PREMIERE)
Hector Villa Lobos - Jet Whistle
David Bruce - Caja de Musica
Astor Piazzolla - Café 1930, Bordel 1900

concert tickets: £15/£12 concs, under 18s FREE (subject to availability)
CHROMA "Going Steady" and "Confetti" Friends: £13/£10
to book: email chroma.concerts@me.com/call Clare O’Connell on 01442 862953 or from Luminous and Vogue 24 Lower Kings Road

New World

PRSF

Leonardo Margutti "Cochlear Short" commission supported by the
PRS for Music Foundation

Royal Opera House Linbury 3, 7, 9 11 April 7.45pm

Through His Teeth
Luke Bedford music
David Harrower words

Through His Teeth is the second opera from Luke Bedford, widely acknowledged as one of the finest composers of his generation. Bedford collaborates with Scottish playwright David Harrower, acclaimed for his translations of Gogol's The Government Inspector (Young Vic) and Chekhov's Ivanov (National Theatre), in a chilling exploration of the frailty of trust.

Director Bijan Sheibani
Designs Becs Andrews
Lighting Designer Paul Knott
Video designer Sam Meech
Conductor Sian Edwards

CHROMA:
Clarinet (doubling Bass Clarinet) - Massimo di Trolio
Trumpet - Heidi Bennett
Accordion - Bartosz Glowacki
Percussion - Steve Gibson
Harp - Helen Sharp
Violin - Caroline Balding
Cello - Clare O'Connell
Bass - Elena Hull

www.roh.org.uk

"Can this be the best British opera in years? Luke Bedford's Through His Teeth at the Royal Opera House's Linbury Theatre is exceptional. Drop everything and go. Bedford has found astonishing maturity and depth. Through His Teeth fires on all cylinders. A, (Anna Devin) a dowdy 30 something looks at fancy cars in a showroom. R (Owen Gilhooly) spots her and chats her up. "I'm not really a car salesman", he says. The tiny orchestra, CHROMA, conducted by Sian Edwards, screams alarm. The small trumpet in C wails like a warning klaxon. The harp's shortest strings are plucked to suggest tight, tense hollowness. An accordion gasps as if its lungs are too constricted to breathe...The clarinet in B flat sings a poisoned melody, like a snake charmer's instrument. The cello is played so its strings reverberate their whole length, like a snake, flexing its muscles sensuously, like a snake falling, willingly, into hypnosis. The percussionist beats brushes, quietly replicating a failing heartbeat. Bedford creates sounds that are so intriguing that the listener is drawn into an invisible trap, almost against one's will. With abstract music, Bedford recreates extreme psychological complexity."
Anne Ozorio Opera Today

"The performance is first-rate. The instrumental ensemble CHROMA plays with force and precision under Sian Edwards"
Rupert Christiansen Daily Telegraph

"Bedford's score is surely his most accomplished so far, often turning down the aural volume as the drama grows noisier – to bracing effect. Simple tonal devices and horizontal instrumental lines shatter into spiky microtones. Piano, accordion and harp give a fullness to the chamber ensemble sound. The conductor Sian Edwards and CHROMA contributed to a stylish, provocative, up-to-the-minute show."
Fiona Maddocks The Observer

Luke Bedford

ROH

28 April - 2 May Union Chapel Islington

Singing Through Puppets Workshops

hands-on workshops for opera singers
choreographer/puppet director Will Tuckett, vocal coach John Evans, Sue Buckmaster (Theatre-Rites), Mervyn Millar (Significant Object), Mark Down (Blind Summit)
and puppeteers - Emma Brunton, Stan Middleton, Avye Leventis, Ben Thompson, Stuart Angell, Laura Cubitt

singers:
countertenor - Owen Willetts
bass - Michael Popper
tenors - Guy Withers, Roy Weissensteiner
baritones - Peter Willcock, Jack Holton
sopranos - Caroline Foulkes, Eleanor James, Susannah Buckle, Charlotte Richardson, Colleen Marie Nicoll, Laura Curry, Suzanne Shakespeare, Caroline Kennedy, Susannah Heard
mezzos - Kathleen Linton-Ford, Melanie Sander

Singing Through Puppets

Supported by: The Garrick Charitable Trust, The Golsoncott Foundation & The Leche Trust

Sunday 11 May 7pm Kings Arms Berkhamsted
POSTCARDS FROM POLAND

Stuart King (clarinet), Daniel Pioro (violin) Robert Ames (viola),
Clare O’Connell (cello)

An exhilarating exploration of Polish music - the impressionism of Szymanowski, the beauty of Górecki, the untamed imagination of Penderecki, klezmer-influenced folk music inspired by Nigel Kennedy and Kroke

concert tickets: £15/£12 concs, CHROMA Going Steady/Confetti Friends £13/£10. Under 18s FREE (subject to availability)
To book:
email chroma.concerts@me.com
or available to purchase from Luminous and Vogue
24 Lower Kings Road Berkhamsted (cash or cheques only)

Polski

GLORIA - A PIGTALE Mahogany Opera Group
17 May - 2 August 2014

Director - Frederic Wake-Walker / Conductor - Geoffrey Paterson
Designer - Mamoru Iriguchi / Lighting Designer - Cis O’Boyle

Cast: Gillian Keith, Jessica Walker, Andrew Dickinson, Charles Rice,
Sion Goronwy
CHROMA:
alto sax/clarinet/bass clarinet - Stuart King, Christian Forshaw (20/21 May)
clarinet/flute/tenor sax/sop sax - Paul Saunders
trumpet 1 - Alex Caldon, Simon Cox (20/21 May)
trumpet 2 / flugel horn - Heidi Bennett
trombone - Ryan Hume, Rory Cartmell (20/21 May)
tuba - Edd Leech
percussion - Steve Gibson
harp - Helen Sharp, Tamara Young (20/21 May)
violin - Daniel Pioro, Marcus Barcham-Stevens (16-19 July)

Music HK Gruber / libretto Rudolf Herfurtner / English translation Amanda Holden. A co-production with Bregenz Festival & Buxton Festival.

Performed by five human sausages and a big band, this ‘cabaret opera’ mixes varied musical styles - jazz, blues, Bavarian umpah, Mahler and Wagner. Frederic Wake-Walker’s production sets the darkly comic piece in a burlesque butcher’s shop with echoes of George Orwell’s Animal Farm and Kander & Ebb’s Cabaret.

17 May Hull Truck
20 & 21 May
Norwich Playhouse, Norfolk & Norwich Festival
16, 17, 18, 19 July
Linbury Studio, Royal Opera House
23 & 26 July
Buxton Opera House, Buxton Festival
31 July & 2 August Bregenz Festival

"Geoffrey Paterson conducted the excellent musicians of CHROMA in Gruber’s many-faceted pastiche of a score." Richard Fairman Financial Times

"It's mostly scored in the form of clamorous, dense ensemble, which the excellent cast, CHROMA chamber ensemble and conductor Geoffrey Paterson steer just the right side of chaos." Alfred Hickling The Guardian

"The music trades in pastiche rather than parody, for much of the time to great effect and always superbly played by CHROMA" Ron Simpson What's On Stage (Hull performance)

"The whole performance is lifted by the accompaniment of the CHROMA ensemble" Wilf Arasaratnam What's On Stage (Norwich performance)

"The musical ensemble CHROMA, directed by Geoffrey Patterson, played excellently, injecting life and rhythmic vitality, along with a masterful sense of ensemble into Gruber’s quirky pseudo-jazz, pseudo-rock burlesque." Andrew H King BachTrack

"the CHROMA ensemble under conductor Geoffrey Paterson were consistently alive to Gruber’s biting precision." Steph Power Wales Arts Review

Gloria

Gloria - A Pigtale is generously supported by
Arts Council England
The Boltini Trust
John S Cohen Foundation
Fidelio Charitable Trust
J Paul Getty Jnr Charitable Trust
Jerwood Charitable Foundation

MahogonyOG

Puccini - LA RONDINE at Iford Festival
June: Sat 7 | Tues 10 | Fri 13 | Sat 14 | Tues 17 | Fri 20 | Sat 21
Performances start at 7.30pm (Gardens open at 6pm for picnics)

Conducted by Oliver Gooch
Director Ben Occhipinti
cast: Ruth Jenkins-Robertsson, Ilona Domnich, James Edwards, Charles Johnston, Christopher Turner, Celena Bridge, Sarah Richmond and Adam Gilbert

CHROMA:
Caroline Balding (leader)
Florence Cooke (violin) Naomi Rump (violin) Vanessa McNaught (viola) Miriam Lowbury (cello) Chris Kelly (bass) Susie Hodder-Williams (flute) Daniel Broncano Ausias Garrigos Morant (clarinets) James Watts (oboe) Jo Turner (bassoon) Richard Bayliss (horn) Ruth Faber (harp) Steve Gibson (percussion)

"Oliver Gooch conducts the excellent CHROMA ensemble"
Rupert Christiansen Daily Telegraph

La Rondine
Sunday 15 June 7.30pm
Cloister concert at Iford Festival

Maurice Ravel/Salzedo - Sonatine
Henrietta Renié - Andante Religioso
Claude Debussy - Syrinx
Maurice Ravel - Piece en forme de Habanera
Manuel De Falla - Suite Popular Espanola
Leonardo Margutti - Cochlear Short (CHROMA commission 2nd performance)
Hector Villa Lobos - Jet Whistle
David Bruce - Caja de Musique
Astor Piazolla - Cafe 1930, Bordel 1900 from Histoire du Tango Oblivion

Clare O’Connell (cello), Sarah O’Flynn (flute), Helen Sharp (harp)

Garden opens at 6pm for picnics.
Seated cloister concert begins at 7.30pm

Tickets £24 - Box Office 01225 44 88 44 Book online

cloister 14

PRSF

Leonardo Margutti "Cochlear Short" commission supported by the
PRS for Music Foundation

Sunday 6 July 7pm Kings Arms Berkhamsted
FROM BOHEMIA TO APPALACHIA

Marcus Barcham-Stevens (violin), Clare O’Connell (cello)
Elena Hull (bass)

from JS Bach and Zoltan Kodaly in Bohemia,
to the folk-inspired Edgar Meyer and Mark O’Connor
in the Appalachian mountains

concert tickets: £15/£12 concs, CHROMA Going Steady/Confetti Friends £13/£10. Under 18s FREE (subject to availability)
To book:
email chroma.concerts@me.com
or available to purchase from Luminous and Vogue
24 Lower Kings Road Berkhamsted (cash or cheques only)

 

Bohemia

Tête à Tête: The Opera Festival

APRIL IN THE AMAZON 24 and 25 July 19:00-19.30
Platform Theatre Central Saint Martins


April can’t seem to stay in one place – or with one lover – for long. Is it the coffee, her nature, or the prescription drugs? The inimitable Loré Lixenberg is April, the sedative-guzzling, globe-trotting erotic adventurer, in a one woman opera. For fans of broken hearts and exotic locations.
Music: Laurence Osborn Words: Theo Merz
Tête à Tête production
Director: Bill Bankes-Jones
Conductor: Timothy Burke
CHROMA:
flute db piccolo - Kathryn Thomas
oboe db cor - Emma Feilding
clarinet db bass - Stuart King
horn - Richard Steggall
harp - Helen Sharp
accordion - Bartek Glowacki
violin - Marcus Barcham-Stevens
viola - David Aspin
cello - Gabriella Swallow
bass - Elena Hull

www.kingsplace.co.uk

Laurence Osborn

Tete a Tete: The Opera Festival Kings Cross

4pm Sunday 14 September 2014
FOLK FAIRYTALES

The Greene Room at the Kings Arms 147 High Street Berkhamsted
Part of the DASH FEST 2014

From Hary Janos to Tsar Berendey - a magical afternoon of music and storytelling for children and their parents!

Exploring folk music from Hungary, Romania, Czechoslovakia,
Russia...and England!

Dave le Page (violin) Clare O'Connell (cello) Ian Watson (accordion) folk duo Jack McNeill and Charlie Heys, narrator William Allenby

concert tickets: £10/£7 concs,
CHROMA Going Steady/Confetti Friends £8/£6
to book: email chroma.concerts@me.com
call Clare O’Connell on 01442 862953
or available to purchase from Luminous and Vogue
24 Lower Kings Road (cash or cheques only)

Folk Fairytales

supported by the Dacorum Arts Trust
DAP

Tuesday 16 September St John's Smith Square London SW1
Bampton Opera

GLUCK IL PARNASO CONFUSO & BERTONI ORFEO
Conductor Thomas Blunt, Director Jeremy Gray

Il Parnaso confuso
Aoife O'Sullivan, Gwawr Edwards, Anna Starushkevych, Caryl Hughes

Orfeo
Anna Starushkevych, Aoife O'Sullivan, Thomas Herford, Gwawr Edwards, Caryl Hughes, Thomas Herford, Robert Gildon

Orchestra – CHROMA: Marcus Barcham-Stevens (leader) Daniel Pioro, Robert Yeomans (violin 1) Jamie Campbell, Deborah White (violin 2) Oliver Wilson, Bridget Carey (viola )Clare O'Connell (cello) Elena Hull (bass) Emma Feilding, Phil Harmer (oboes) Richard Bayliss, Richard Steggall (horns) Helen Storey (bassoon) Helen Sharp (harp)

www.sjss.org.uk

"We were treated throughout the evening to some wonderful playing by the CHROMA ensemble, who made a sweet and resonant sound, led by Marcus Barcham-Stevens as first violin." Charlotte Valori Bachtrack

SJSS

Royal Opera House Linbury 14, 15, 18, 19, 21, 22 November

GLARE
music Søren Nils Eichberg
words Hannah Dügben

A taut operatic thriller about trust and reality.
www.roh.org.uk

Director Thaddeus Strassberger
Conductor Geoffrey Paterson
CHROMA:
Flute (doubling Picc. and A.Fl.) - Sarah O'Flynn
Clarinet (dbl. Bass Cl.) - Stuart King, Massimo di Trolio (18 Nov)
Bassoon (dbl. Contra) - Claire Webster
Horn - Richard Steggall
Trombone - Ryan Hume
Piano db synthesizer - John-Paul Gandy
Percussion - Stephen Gibson
Violin - Daniel Pioro
Viola - Robert Ames
Cello - Clare O'Connell
Contrabass - Elena Hull

***** "Terrifying and terrific. I can’t remember a more gripping 75 minutes of avant-garde music theatre than Glare, commissioned by the Royal Opera from the Danish composer Søren Nils Eichberg ... a tumultuous beast of a score, embracing techno-beats and industrial-level noise as well as deceptively sweet moments for acoustic instruments. That may suggest musical anarchy, but Eichberg weaves all these complex elements together with scrupulous care. It’s not easy listening, but as performed by the ensemble CHROMA it is thrilling and disturbing."
Richard Morrison The Times

"it’s an intense, sometimes disturbing, experience, driven by Danish-German composer Eichberg’s throbbing, technoinfused and melodic score, brilliantly rendered by London chamber ensemble CHROMA"
Graham Rogers The Stage

"Eichberg’s score is all digital scuttlings and rustlings, blending live acoustic forces with electronics. Contemporary-specialists CHROMA are as tight as ever under conductor Geoffrey Paterson’s direction, mining every speck of Scandi-cool from episodic music whose foundations are in theme-and-variations and leitmotif but whose embellishments flirt with electronica, dance and rock music." Alexandra Coghlan The Artsdesk

"Eichberg’s 75-minute score is often very fine, performed by the excellent eleven-strong CHROMA" Mark Pullinger BachTrack

"Geoffrey Paterson conducts CHROMA... so many exciting musicians" Mark Valencia What's On Stage

"incisive and committed playing from CHROMA" Richard Whitehouse classicalsource

Glare

ROH

16 November 7pm Kings Arms Berkhamsted
FROM THE HEARTLAND

David Le Page, Cathy Leech (violins), Lisanne Melchior (viola) and Clare O’Connell (cello)

Haydn - Quartet No. 66 in G major, Op. 77, No. 1
Dvorak - Cypresses no.s 2, 3, 11, 7 and 12
Dvorak - American Quartet

concert tickets: £15/£12 concs, Going Steady/Confetti Friends £13/£10
to book:
email chroma.concerts@me.com
call Clare O’Connell on 01442 862953
or available to purchase from Luminous and Vogue
24 Lower Kings Road (cash or cheques only)

Heartland

 THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS
26 November 14 - 17 January 15
Royal Opera House in the West End
Vaudeville Theatre 404 Strand WC2R 0NH

The Vaudeville Theatre in the West End hosts choreographer and director Will Tuckett’s hugely popular and critically acclaimed ROH Christmas production of Kenneth Grahame’s classic tale.
(suitable for children of 5 years old and over)

Choreographer & Director - Will Tuckett
Set designs The Quay Brothers
Costume designs Nicky Gillibrand
Lighting design Warren Letton
Puppet designs Toby Ollé
Music by Martin Ward
Music payed live by CHROMA:
piano / MD - Andy Massey, Yshani Perinpanayagam
violin - Daniel Pioro, Charlotte Bonneton, Marcus Barcham-Stevens
cello - Clare O'Connell, Anna Beryl
flute/picc - Sarah O'Flynn, Kathryn Thomas
clarinet / bass - Stuart King, Massimo di Trolio
bassoon - Jo Turner, Helen Storey

www.roh.org.uk

WINNER - Best Entertainment & Family OLIVER AWARDS 2014

Willows

ROH

14 December 7pm Kings Arms Berkhamsted
A WINTER FANTASIA

Stuart King (clarinet) David Le Page (violin), Clare O’Connell (cello), Katie Pryce (horn)

A celebration of music ancient and modern to imbue the Christmas Spirit

Sip on a glass of mulled wine while CHROMA delights with a unique blend of music from Henry Purcell, John Tavener, George Frideric Handel, John Dowland and the world premiere of CHROMA commission "Falling Falling" by Luke Bedford.

concert tickets: £15/£12 concs, Going Steady/Confetti Friends £13/£10
to book: email chroma.concerts@me.com
or available to purchase from Luminous and Vogue
24 Lower Kings Road (cash or cheques only)

Winter Fantasia

PRSF

Luke Bedford "Falling Falling" commission
supported by the PRS for Music Foundation

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