Explore The City Through New Arrangements With The Hermes Experiment

Tue 27 Oct 2015


The Hermes Experiment (Park Lane Group Young Artists 2015/16) present METROPOLIS:

“The Hermes Experiment last night were barmy but brilliant” Classical Music Magazine
“A musical Joy” A Younger Theatre

The Hermes Experiment are joined by collaborators Stevie Wishart, Ewan Campbell and Jethro Cooke, to explore the sights and sounds of the city.
Through new commissions, arrangements and free improvisation, the uncompromising metropolis will be seen by night and day, as a symbol of progress, destruction, light and dark.

New commissions by Ewan Campbell and Stevie Wishart
Joni Mitchell, ‘Big Yellow Taxi’ (arr. Pashley)
Eric Maschwitz / Manning Serwin, ‘A Nightingale sang in Berkeley Square’ (arr. Denholm)
Kurt Weill, ‘Berlin im Licht’ (arr. Schofield)
Semi-improvised piece by Jethro Cooke & The Hermes Experiment

Asterism, written & performed by Jethro Cooke

Tuesday 27th October - 7.30pm

Supported by the Britten-Pears Foundation


Oliver Pashley, clarinet
Anne Denohlm, harp
Héloïse Werner, soprano / co-director
Marianne Schofield, double bass
Hanna Grzeskiewicz, co-director

Park Lane Group Young Artists 2015/16, winners of the Nonclassical Battle of the Bands 2014 and UK Young Artists 2014, The Hermes Experiment is an ensemble of four young professional musicians passionate about contemporary and experimental music, inspired to create something innovative and unique. 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. The ensemble also strives to create a platform for cross-disciplinary collaboration. They have been accepted to Wigmore Hall Learning’s Chamber Tots and For Crying Out Loud schemes.

Ewan Campbell’s music has been awarded several international composition prizes and in 2016 he will be writing for the London Symphony Orchestra. Ewan also directs the Wilderness Orchestra and recently performed a show of his own orchestral arrangements of Radiohead at Wilderness Festival.

Stevie Wishart explores medieval and contemporary extremes, using voices, ancient technologies such as the hurdy gurdy, and electronic music technologies of our own time. Some of her recent compositions include a double bass concerto for the Orchestra of the Age on Enlightenment, London and The Handel and Haydn Society, Boston and a vocal piece for the BBC Singers premiered at the 2011 BBC Proms.

Jethro Cooke studies at the Guildhall School, London, where he makes art-folk, abstract EDM, and other electronic musics on his computer. Recent projects include a live-coding laptop quartet, a collaboration with Nico Muhly for Soundscapes at the National Gallery, a collaboration with artist Melanie Manchot for her audio-visual exhibition at Bloomberg Space, and a new performance piece for Barbican’s Curious festival.

Full price: £10 Concessions: £8