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Ian Watson

“leaves you feeling exhilarated,
if a little clumsy by comparison”

The Guardian

"as performed by the ensemble CHROMA
it is thrilling
The Times

""The performance is first-rate. The instrumental ensemble CHROMA plays with force and precision"
Daily Telegraph


Ian Watson rehearses at Kings Place

CHROMA calendar 2017

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special benefit concerts

... putting our festive hats on to raise funds for those in financial hardship due to the immersive Nutcracker cancellation

There are 19 CHROMA musicians facing a huge hole in their work schedules and finances over Christmas as a result (they had been booked to play 72 performances). These concerts are to support them.

- - NORWICH - -
Tuesday 20 December 7pm Park Lane Chapel

Andy Massey (piano) Clare O'Connell (cello) & Stuart King (clarinet) booking please email:

- - LONDON - -
Wednesday 21 December 7.30pm The Forge Camden
Andy Massey (piano) Charlotte Bonneton (violin/viola),
Clare O'Connell (cello) Stuart King (clarinet) Ryan Hume (trombone)
A Slavic feast including Rachmaninov, Janacek, Bruch, Khachaturian, Glinka, Liadov & Finzi.
Join us for a festive gathering - kitchen at the Forge open from 5.30pm, bar open until midnight!
bookings: theforge/chromas-christmas-cracker

Thursday 22 December 7.30pm Kings Arms

Stuart King (clarinet), Clare O'Connell (cello), Elena Hull (bass) & Helen Sharp (harp)
Tickets: entry is FREE, with donations welcomed
but please do book your seats in advance

Nutcracker benefits

you can also donate via our
JustGiving page


Sunday 15 January 7pm Kings Arms Berkhamsted

Join us as we revisit the overgrown forests of Bohemia with more music for the fabulous combination of violin, cello and accordion.

From new arrangements of Janacek’s exquisite piano work On an Overgrown Path, Dvorak’s Cypresses, and Smetena’s amazing
string quartet From my life to Bartok’s dramatic Rhapsody and more
Horos and dances from Romania

Ian Watson
(accordion), Dave Le Page (violin), Clare O’Connell (cello)

concert tickets: £15/£12 concs
CHROMA Going Steady/Confetti Friends £13/£10
to book: email
or available to purchase from Luminous and Vogue
24 Lower Kings Road (cash or cheques only)

On an Overgrown Path

Royal Academy of Music
Post-grad composers project

Work with RAM post-grad composers writing for trombone, French horn, trumpet, oboe and clarinet - running October 16 - February 17

Concert premiering resulting pieces:
7pm 22 February
free entry

trombone Ryan Hume
French horn Richard Bayliss
trumpet Heidi Bennett
oboe Emma Feilding
clarinet Stuart King


7 - 9 March BIRDSONG project in Norwich Schools
Eaton Primary School
Cringleford Primary School
George White Junior School
Bignold Primary School
West Earlham Junior School
Bluebell Primary School
Yaxham Primary School

9 March 1.15pm - John Innes Centre
lunchtime concert for the children of all 7 schools
music inspired by birds

With CHROMA musicians Roderick Chadwick, Daniel Pioro, Stuart King, Julian Sperry and Clare O’Connell joined by singer and composer Kerry Andrew


Sunday 12 March 7pm Kings Arms Berkhamsted

A celebration of our feathered friends with music from
Vaughan Williams, Pablo Casals, Edward Elgar, Olivier Messiaen and Kerry Andrew.

CHROMA musicians Daniel Pioro, Stuart King, Julian Sperry and 
Clare O’Connell joined by singer and composer Kerry Andrew
present a diverse selection of music inspired by birds.

Includes Daniel Pioro’s incredible rendition of The Lark
Ascending, Stuart King performing the solo movement for clarinet
from Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time, Clare O‘Connell playing Casals’ arrangement of the Catalan Song of the Birds, and Kerry Andrew’s inspiring and inventive songs - with loop station -
from her bird and folklore-inspired album as You Are Wolf

concert tickets: £15/£12 concs
CHROMA Going Steady/Confetti Friends £13/£10
to book: email
or available to purchase from Luminous and Vogue
24 Lower Kings Road (cash or cheques only)


Royal Holloway University of London
CHROMA residency - PhD, MMus and Undergraduate composers

Work with RHUL post-grad composers taking Edmund Finnis's Focus/Pull as the stimulus piece, and workshops with undergraduate composers running October 16- March 17

Concert with Focus/Pull
and resulting pieces:
Picture Gallery, RHUL
7pm 17 March

free entry

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