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Pétrouchka – Stravinsky, arr. Stuart King

Ian Watson (accordion)
Stuart King (clarinet)
Marcus Barcham-Stevens (violin)
Oliver Wilson (viola)
Elena Hull (double bass)

Music from the ballet Pétrouchka with narrator – a tale of puppets, passions and illusions, performed by Tete a Tete’s associate ensemble CHROMA.

BIOGRAPHIES (as of 2008)

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 programme of education work.

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 an extensive series of premières and collaborations.

Recent projects have included the world premières of Jonathan Dove’s award-winning On Spital Fields – a Community Cantata for Spitalfields Festival, and Marcus Barcham-Stevens’ music for contemporary dance piece Tela/Bride with Lantern Dance Company. With Tête à Tête, for whom CHROMA is Associate Ensemble, recent premieres include Julian Grant’s “knitting opera” Odysseus Unwound and the six opera shorts Blind Date.

CHROMA has an active outreach and education programme, including ongoing collaborations with Spitalfields Festival, Tête à Tête and Cardiff University, and is resident at the University of London’s Royal Holloway and Bedford College.

Blind Date – six opera shorts, with Tête à Tête:
“expert playing from the ensemble CHROMA” The Guardian

Odysseus Unwound composer Julian Grant, with Tête à Tête:
“the top-notch chamber ensemble CHROMA” The Guardian

“so beautifully played by CHROMA under Tim Murray, and so very well sung and acted that this shoe-string touring production is a must-see”
The Independent

Memory of Colour – composer Ed Hughes at Brighton Festival “CHROMA played with an unabashed and infectious passion…..a huge standing ovation came as no great surprise.”
The Brighton and Hove Argus