Founded in 1997, CHROMA is a London-based collective of 21 outstanding musicians dedicated both to new music and to revisiting classic repertoire in fresh and exciting contexts, and involving audiences in compelling, inspirational experiences.
CHROMA performs chamber concerts throughout the UK, from Devon to Shetland. Championing the imaginative and sympathetic programming of contemporary works, its own commissioning programme has recently included Freya Waley-Cohen Wake, Rubens Askenar Praise of Smoke and Dust, David Bruce Kundalee, Deborah Pritchard Rosa Celeste, Luke Bedford Falling Falling, David Gorton Burgh Castle, Michael Nyman chromattic, Leonardo Margutti Cochlear Short, Claudia Molitor 8+7= and DoodleOpera, Raymond Yiu Les Etoiles au Front (shortlisted British Composer Awards 2012) and Michael Zev Gordon Glass Mountain.
Other premieres include Anna Meredith Railgun (Norfolk and Norwich Music Club) 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).
CHROMA has been Associate Ensemble with Tête à Tête since 2006 - which includes developing new work through Tête à Tête: The Opera Festival, recently Kerry Andrew/Tamsin Collison Dart's Love (winner Best Stage Work British Composer Awards 2014), Laurence Obsorn/Theo Merz April in the Amazon and Lucie Treacher/Joanne Harris Moonlight in double bill with Na'ama Zisser/Stella Duffy The Last Seed.
Royal Opera House: premieres of operas - Philip Venables' adaptation of Sarah Kane's 4.48 Psychosis (ROH at Lyric Hammersmith 2016 revived 2018) Elspeth Brooke The Commission, Francisco Coll Café Kafka (Aldeburgh/ROH/Opera North co-production) Luke Bedford Through His Teeth Søren Nils Eichberg Glare Tarik O'Regan Heart of Darkness (ROH2/Opera East) and Stewart Copeland & Anne Dudley (ROH2 operashots).
Ballet - Will Tuckett's Wind in The Willows (ROH2 Linbury 2012/in the West End at the Duchess Theatre 2013/14 and Vaudeville Theatre 2014/15 - winner Best Entertainment Olivier Awards 2014).
Mahogany Opera Group: premiere tour of David Bruce's Firework Maker's Daughter (Hull Truck pemiere, then ROH Linbury and UK tour - nominated Olivier Awards 2014); in 2014 Gloria - A Pig's Tale by HK Gruber (UK tour including ROH Linbury, and Bregenz Festival); The Mother by Laurence Osborn (Posk London 2018).
CHROMA collaborates regularly with Iford Arts (Bradford-on-Avon) and Bampton Opera at St John’s Smith Square. 2019 included Turn of the Screw for Bury Court Opera and the revival of Ullmann’s Emperor of Atlantis at Bold Tendencies/Peckham Multi-storey, directed by Polly Graham.
CHROMA has ongoing programmes of work with student composers at Royal Holloway University of London, Royal Academy of Music and Oxford University. It collaborates with RPS/ROH on workshops for women conductors and also runs an annual programme in seven primary schools in Norwich.
CHROMA is a non-incorporated association and registered charity no 1135431
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