In its activities this year, The Chimera Ensemble has continued to strengthen its reputation as the department’s foremost resource for emerging student composers, as well as one of the most ambitious student-managed contemporary music groups in the UK. In November, the ensemble was particularly pleased to participate in Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival for the first time. As chair of the ensemble, I am personally extremely proud to work alongside all the students and staff who have devoted their extensive talents to tackling some challenging but hugely rewarding works by Kaija Saariaho, Philip Venables, Clara Iannotta, Giacinto Scelsi, Hans Werner Henze, Luis Tinoco and Liza Lim.
I’m very excited that the York Spring Festival of New Music has chosen to directly integrate The Chimera Ensemble’s Rymer concert into its programme this year. The inclusion will make it an especially interesting event in the midst of our regular concerts in the Jack Lyons: it provides an excellent opportunity to focus on music which demands the utmost detail in listening, as well as the chance to make use of the Rymer’s wonderful acoustics and speaker setup. YSFNM itself promises a fantastically diverse range of events, and I’m confident that Chimera’s Rymer concert (on April 30th) will be a valuable and inspiring addition. Repertoire to look forward to includes Salvatore Sciarrino’sInfinito Nero: a work of vast dramatic scope that emulates the manic outbursts, heartbeats and breathing of 17th-century mystic Maria Maddalena de Pazzi; the premiere of a new work devised specifically for Chimera by the renowned composer and improviser Richard Barrett, and Rebecca Saunders’ Molly’s Song 3: Shades of Crimson, on top of some great new works by students.
Please come to support and enjoy the whole of YSFNM. There’ll be more from Chimera in June!