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Ian Watson

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

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it is thrilling
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Daily Telegraph


Ian Watson rehearses at Kings Place

CHROMA calendar 2017

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Sunday 15 January 7pm Kings Arms Berkhamsted

Join us as we revisit the overgrown forests of Bohemia with more music for the fabulous combination of violin, cello and accordion.

From new arrangements of Janacek’s exquisite piano work On an Overgrown Path, Dvorak’s Cypresses, and Smetena’s amazing
string quartet From my life to Bartok’s dramatic Rhapsody and more
Horos and dances from Romania

Ian Watson
(accordion), Dave Le Page (violin), Clare O’Connell (cello)

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

On an Overgrown Path

Royal Academy of Music
Post-grad composers project
Work with RAM post-grad composers writing for trombone, French horn, trumpet, oboe and clarinet - running October 16 - February 17

Concert premiering resulting pieces from
William Cole, Marco Cesar Galvani, William Marsey, Laurence Robert Gregory Morgan, Matthew Olyver and Alexander Proudlock
David Josefowitz Recital Hall
7pm 22 February
free entry

trombone Ryan Hume
French horn Richard Bayliss
trumpet Heidi Bennett
oboe Emma Feilding
clarinet Stuart King


7 - 9 March BIRDSONG project in Norwich Schools
Eaton Primary School
Cringleford Primary School
George White Junior School
Bignold Primary School
West Earlham Junior School
Bluebell Primary School
Yaxham Primary School

9 March 1.15pm - John Innes Centre
lunchtime concert for the children of all 7 schools
music inspired by birds

With CHROMA musicians Roderick Chadwick, Daniel Pioro, Stuart King, Julian Sperry and Clare O’Connell joined by singer and composer Kerry Andrew


Sunday 12 March 7pm Kings Arms Berkhamsted

A celebration of our feathered friends with music from
Vaughan Williams, Pablo Casals, Edward Elgar, Olivier Messiaen and Kerry Andrew.

CHROMA musicians Daniel Pioro, Stuart King, Julian Sperry and 
Clare O’Connell joined by singer and composer Kerry Andrew
present a diverse selection of music inspired by birds.

Includes Daniel Pioro’s incredible rendition of The Lark
Ascending, Stuart King performing the solo movement for clarinet
from Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time, Clare O‘Connell playing Casals’ arrangement of the Catalan Song of the Birds, and Kerry Andrew’s inspiring and inventive songs - with loop station -
from her bird and folklore-inspired album as You Are Wolf

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


Royal Holloway University of London
CHROMA residency - PhD, MMus and Undergraduate composers

Work with RHUL post-grad composers taking Edmund Finnis's Focus/Pull as the stimulus piece, and workshops with undergraduate composers running October 16- March 17

Concert with Focus/Pull
and resulting pieces:
Picture Gallery, RHUL
7pm 17 March

free entry


Sunday 14 May 7pm Kings Arms Berkhamsted

Join us as we explore the ancient network of trade routes connecting East and West through music by Debussy, the Beatles and guitarist John McLaughlin, all influenced by Indian modes and instruments in their music.

In a programme created by CHROMA violinist David Le Page, he and CHROMA cellist Clare O’Connell, joined by Catherine Leech (violin), Vanessa McNaught (viola) and Eric Ford (percussion) present an exotic programme to include Debussy’s String Quartet, Shakti/John McLaughlin’s Joy and Tomorrow Never Knows

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

Silk Road

Iford Festival - La Bohème Puccini
May 27 | 30 | June 2 | 3 | 6 | 9 | 10 | 13

Conductor: Oliver Gooch
Director: Christopher Cowell
Designer: Eleanor Wdowski
Rudolfo – Anthony Flaum
Mimi – Màire Flavin
Musetta – Alison Langer
Marcello – Nicholas Lester
Schaunard – Frederick Long
Benoit & Allidoro – Charles Johnston
Colline – James Ioelu
orchestra - CHROMA


La Boheme

Iford Cloister - 11 June - DREAMTIME
J S Bach Goldberg Variations

"This is my dream,
It is my own dream,
I dreamt it.
I dreamt that my hair was kept
Then I dreamt that my true love unkept it"
Ogden Nash

Daniel Pioro (violin)
Liam Byrne (viola da gamba)
Clare O’Connell (cello)
Trevor Allan Davies (narrator)

full text from performance here

Sunday 25 June 7pm Kings Arms Berkhamsted

“Pulcinella was my discovery of the past, the epiphany through
which my late work became possible. It was a backward look of course - the first of many love affairs in that direction - but it was a look in the mirror too.”
Igor Stravinsky

Stuart King clarinet
Liam Byrne viola da gamba
Clare O'Connell cello
Featuring music from composers as diverse as Giovanni Battista Pergolesi, Igor Stravinsky, Francis Poulenc, Howard Skempton and and the eccentric master of 15th century experimental counterpoint, Alexander Agricola

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


presented in the Tete a Tete Opera Festival, produced by Kevin O’Hora
Tuesday 25 July 2017 9:15pm – 9:55pm
The Place 17 Duke’s Rd WC1H 9PY
Tickets: Advance Online: £7.50 | Door/Phone: £9.50

This performance will be accompanied by a free pre-performance talk in the Founders’ Studio (6pm) involving members of the production team and Counterpoints Arts, an organisation promoting art by refugees and migrants. Here we will discuss the recent tide of xenophobia in the UK and ask what role the arts should play in responding to anti-immigrant rhetoric.

ID, Please is an opera for the age of Brexit and Trump, set at border control and exploring themes of immigration, identity and xenophobia. The work took on new relevance when its British-Iranian composer was almost prevented from attending rehearsals in the US as part of the first ‘Muslim Ban’.

Music | Soosan Lolavar
Words | Daniel Hirsch
Director | Stephen M Eckert

Conductor | Daniel Nesta Curtis
Orchestra | CHROMA

Media Design | Jessica Medenbach
Costume Design | Nina Bova
Scenic Design | Caitlin Ayer

Border Agent | Robbie Raso
Female Traveller | Shannyn Rinker
Male Traveller | Patrick Daily

ID Please

Concerts at Cratfield - 30 July 3pm
St Mary’s Cratfield, East Suffolk

David le Page violin
Clare O’Connell cello
Eleanor Turner harp

Saint-Saëns - Fantasie for violin and harp
Debussy - Deux Melodies for harp and cello
Ibert - Trio for violin, cello and harp
Saint Saëns - 2 Romances for cello and harp
Renié - Trio


concerts at cratfield

St John's, Smith Square - Tuesday 12 September
Bampton Opera
Salieri The School of Jealousy

Following highly successful UK premières of Salieri’s Falstaff (in 2003) and Trofonio’s Cave (2015), Bampton Classical Opera presents the first UK performances since the late 18th century of what was perhaps Salieri's most popular success, the bitter comedy of marital feuding The School of Jealousy (La scuola de’ gelosi). The production is designed and directed by Jeremy Gray and conducted by Anthony Kraus, Assistant Head of Music at Opera North.

(booking opens in July)

School of Jealousy

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