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The Hermes Experiment: Familiar Objects

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Fri 4 Nov 2022, 10pm
Purcell Room at Queen Elizabeth Hall
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The Hermes Experiment, musical group
Raphaël Neal

The award-winning ensemble performs a programme of music celebrating the everyday, including works by Mira Calix, Matthew Grouse and Kerry Andrew.

Familiar Objects is the result of composers taking familiar objects and treating them musically.

The title is based on a poem from Ali Lewis’ poetry cycle about everyday objects including tea, bathrooms and buses, around the reading of which The Hermes Experiment improvises.

This programme brings together humorous and performative responses to moments of the day-to-day, including a score made out of a dirty tea towel (Andy Ingamells), a graphic score made out of Instagram DMs (Mira Calix) and a song cycle on fruit (Kerry Andrew).

Familiar Objects showcases not only the versatility of the ensemble, made up of harp, clarinet, soprano and double bass, and the range of compositional styles within contemporary art music, but also shows how much inspiration there is to be found in the everyday.

Performers
  • The Hermes Experiment
  • Anne Denholm harp
  • Oliver Pashley clarinet
  • Mariane Schofield double bass
  • Héloïse Werner soprano
Repertoire
  • Timothy Cape: Favourite Bits
  • Mira Calix: DMe
  • The Hermes Experiment: Familiar Objects (on poems by Ali Lewis)
  • Andy Ingamells: Tea Towel
  • Matthew Grouse: Daily Rituals
  • Kerry Andrew: Fruit Songs arr. Anne Denholm

Need to know

Age recommendation

For ages 7+

Dates & times

Fri 4 Nov 2022, 10pm
Approximate run time: 1 hour 5 mins.
Run times may vary by up to 20 minutes as they can be affected by last-minute programme changes, intervals and encores.

Price

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  • Concessions25%**


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