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Phaedra Ensemble

Phaedra Ensemble is a London-based collective pushing the boundaries of contemporary chamber music making in bold and creative ways. Known for their innovative performances, they curate cutting-edge new music alongside modern classics from the last 50 years.

 

Their collaborations include performances with Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Caroline Shaw at the Barbican, vibraphonist Masayoshi Fujita (Erased Tapes), Mercury Award-nominated British-Asian singer Susheela Raman, as well as long-standing collaborations with UK artist The Magic Lantern and multi-sensory dance company Bittersuite, with whom they have created four large-scale immersive experiences.

 

Phaedra’s ongoing VOX project, which has included eight concerts to date, explores the radical use of the human voice in music and performance. It has led to a dozen new collaborative commissions, performed alongside works by composers such as Leo Chadburn, Jennifer Walshe, Florent Ghys, Cassandra Miller, Kevin Volans, and David Lang, among many others. Current projects include Gavin Bryars at 80, which involved a UK tour at the beginning of the 23/24 season. Looking ahead, Phaedra celebrates an upcoming recording with Meredith Monk, and a new opera by composer Edward Jessen to be announced in London and Bristol.

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St Martin's Voices

Renowned as one of the UK’s most versatile professional vocal ensembles, St Martin’s Voices embodies excellence in vocal performance. Based in the iconic St Martin-in-the-Fields in London, the ensemble captivates audiences with their performances at concerts, broadcasts, and special events and have amassed over 4 million downloads.

Their extensive touring schedule has taken them across the UK, to the USA, and South Africa, while their collaborations with artists such as the Piatti Quartet, narrator Zeb Soanes, as well as acclaimed orchestras including the Academy of St Martin in the Fields and London Mozart Players have further cemented their reputation for excellence.

 

St Martin’s Voices has been featured in broadcasts on prestigious platforms including BBC Radio 3, BBC Radio 4, and Classic FM. In 2023, they celebrated critical acclaim with the release of their first album with Resonus Classics, A Winter Breviary, showcasing their versatility and virtuosity. They record their second album with the label this summer 2024 showcasing the music of Ned Rorem.

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"Cross-genre collective Phaedra are part of a new breed of ensembles tearing up the rules of classical and creating a trailblazing hotpot of sounds in their wake." 

M Magazine

“St Martin's Voices are a really fine group of singers who are at the centre of what has become a real musical powerhouse at St Martin-in-the-Fields in London. They perform at the highest level, with commitment, warmth, and always in an unfailingly collaborative way.”

Bob Chilcott

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