The Hermes Experiment
Ben Comeau, organ
This festive season, The Hermes Experiment is offering an alternative take on the traditional carol gathering (without sacrificing the customary refreshments). In the atmospheric surroundings of St John’s Church, Notting Hill, the dynamic and innovative quartet, along with Ben Comeau (organ), blend old with new, and new with newer. Exciting new commissions by Graham Ross and Jonathan Woolgar are coupled with Hermes-arranged carols and the quartet’s very own take on the classic festive favourite: Britten’s glorious A Ceremony of Carols. Come, experiment, and be merry.
Graham Ross, Away in a Manger (world premiere)
Benjamin Britten, A Ceremony of Carols (arr. Millwood)
Carols arranged by The Hermes Experiment
Jonathan Woolgar, Procession and Chorale for solo organ (world premiere)
Free entry, with mince pies & mulled wine
The Hermes Experiment
"Unapologetically adventurous and fearless, these new kids on the block are shaking up the contemporary classical world through their lively performances and diehard commitment to new music." Nonclassical
The Hermes Experiment is a contemporary quartet made up of harp, clarinet, soprano and double bass. Winners of the Nonclassical Battle of the Bands 2014, the ensemble has been establishing itself in London’s contemporary classical scene.
The Hermes Experiment is dedicated to creating music which is innovative and unique; with no existing repertoire, everything that the ensemble performs is new. Each programme balances new commissions with creative arrangements of known works, while the interspersed free improvisation guides the audience from one piece to the next. With tight, thematic programming and spoken programme notes, each of the group’s performances takes on a theatrical quality.
St John's is delighted to welcome back The Kensington Singers. Come and join them for a winter evening of Christmas music, with a special appearance by the church's restored organ. They will be joined by gospel Choir Singology.
Full details here: www.kensingtonsingers.co.uk
Open House London 2014
Saturday 20th September 12pm - 5pm
Go inside the organ and hear the pipes playing all around you, and climb the church's usually inaccessible bell tower for an excellent view of the surrounding area.
In the evening, between 5pm - 10pm, drop by and listen to the durational sound-music piece The Highest and Lowest Notes of the Organ
Free entry all day.
For more information, including lots of photos, videos and sound clips, please follow this link: http://www.stjohnsorganproject.com/open-house-london.html
Thursday 18th September, 7.30pm
With St John’s Musicians in Residence, the
Outcry Orchestra. Programme: Pärt, Cantus
New commission; Mozart, Symphony No. 41 in C Jupiter.
£15/£8 concessions, available on the door or at www.theoutcryensemble.com.
Lunchtime concerts have returned to St John’s. They will be on the first and third Thursdays of each month.
Thursday 18th September, 1.00pm
Alex Roberts (clarinet)
Clíodna Shanahan (piano)
Schumann, Fantasiestucke Op 73; Bartok, Romanian Folk Dances; Brahms, Sonata No. 2 in Eb Op 120.
Free entry with retiring collection.