The multi-award winning quartet are brilliant programmers, creating irresistibly enjoyable concerts with a sense of fun and theatre.

The voice, harp, clarinet and double bass quartet play a programme of 20th and 21st century women composers.

Hear Cecile Chaminade’s romantic miniatures and songs by composers including Freya Waley-Cohen and Ayanna Witter-Johnson, as well as pieces by Britten's contemporaries, Imogen Holst and Priaulx Rainier.

We also hear a piece from Tom Coult, whose opera Violet opens the Festival. His piece I Find Planets sets tweets from a social media account which every hour announces the discovery of a new planet. Coult writes: “these planets sound strange, poetic and alluring. It is worth listening to their descriptions – if our planet is not well, we may one day soon need to live on one of them.”

Cecile Chaminade (arr. Schofield):
La Lune paresseuse; Ma première lettre (5)
Freya Waley-Cohen:
We Phoenician Sailors (12)
III. "Nunc, lento, sonitu dicunt, morieris" (from Meditation XVII) from Cycle of Declamation (4)
Imogen Holst (arr. Pashley):
‘Cinquepace’ and ‘Gigue’ from suite for Viola (9)
Tom Coult:
I Find Planets (6)
Caroline Shaw (arr. Denholm):
Plan & Elevation (4)
Ayanna Witter-Johnson:
Draw the Line (7)
Errollyn Wallen (arr. Werner):
Tree (5)
Misha Mullov-Abbado:
The Linden Tree (7)

The Hermes Experiment:

Heloise Werner soprano
Oliver Pashley clarinet
Marianne Schofield double bass
Anne Denholm harp

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