CHROMA is an acclaimed London-based chamber ensemble dedicated both to new music and to revisiting classic repertoire in fresh and exciting contexts; mentoring the next generation of composers, and involving audiences in compelling, inspirational experiences.
Founded in 1997, CHROMA is a dynamic, critically acclaimed chamber ensemble featuring some of Britain's most outstanding musicians, known for the passion it brings to contemporary works, its vivid renderings of classic pieces and its diverse participation/learning activity.
Following its debut at the Purcell Room CHROMA has become most closely associated with the performance of contemporary music and has forged close links with many prominent British composers through many premières and collaborations.
Live at LICA, Lancaster; ROH Linbury - premieres of operas by Tarik O'Regan Heart of Darkness (ROH2/Opera East), Stewart Copeland & Anne Dudley (ROH2 operashots), the family ballet Wind in The Willows (Will Tuckett/ROH2); premiere tour of David Bruce's Firework Maker's Daughter (The Opera Group – ROH and UK tour 2013). CHROMA is Associate Ensemble for Tête à Tête, which includes developing new work through Tête à Tête: The Opera Festival.
CHROMA celebrated its 15th birthday in 2012 with commissions from Claudia Molitor 8+7=, Raymond Yiu Les Etoiles au Front (shortlisted British Composer Awards 2012) and Michael Zev Gordon Glass Mountain, premiered at Kings Place.
Other recent premieres include Rolf Hind Sit Stand Walk (Spitalfields Festival), Joe Cutler Chanticleer and the Opera Fox with Roderick Williams (Little Missenden Festival - shortlisted British Composer Awards 2012), a CHROMA commission from Marcus Barcham-Stevens Dhyana – in a programme with EU premiere of David Bruce’s The North Wind Was A Woman; pieces by composers at the Royal Academy of Music, Guildhall School of Music & Drama, Royal Holloway University of London and Birmingham Conservatoire; and clarinet/viola/accordion/electronica pieces by Erick Flores, Jessica Aslan, Jan Hendrickse, Hugo Morales, Philip Dawson and Joseph Davies premiered at Soundwaves Festival Brighton.
CHROMA works with student composers at Royal Holloway University of London, Royal Academy of Music, Guildhall School of Music & Drama, Cardiff University and Birmingham Conservatoire. It also runs annual programmes in seven primary schools in Norwich and primary schools in Wiltshire.