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New Music: The Hermes Experiment

30 May 2024, 8pm (doors at 7.30pm)

Join us for this year’s New Music concert series, programmed by our New Music Curator Tom McKinney. The Hermes Experiment will be the last concert of the series, offering an exciting finale in the Kettle’s Yard house.

Book Now £12 (£5 students), booking recommended

The Hermes Experiment is a truly exciting musical force. Fronted by singer Héloïse Werner, this quartet of brilliant musicians has been winning over audiences with their captivating stage presence and eclectic programmes, covering all styles of new music. They have a unique skill for bringing music from the margins into the mainstream, and in 2022 The Hermes Experiment won the Young Artist Award from the Royal Philharmonic Society, a prize that has acted as a springboard for some of the world’s most famous musicians. With The Hermes Experiment in Kettle’s Yard, you can expect the perfect finale to our New Music season!

About The Hermes Experiment

Winners of the Royal Philharmonic Society Young Artist Award 2021 and the Royal Over-Seas League Mixed Ensemble Competition 2019, The Hermes Experiment is one of the UK’s leading young contemporary music ensembles. Capitalising on their deliberately idiosyncratic combination of instruments (harp, clarinet, voice and double bass), The Hermes Experiment regularly commissions new works, as well as creating their own innovative arrangements and venturing into live free-improvisation. They have commissioned over 60 composers at various stages of their careers. They have released two albums on Delphian Records – HERE WE ARE and SONG – both to critical acclaim.


Philip Venables: A Photograph

Josephine Stephenson: tanka

Mira Calix: DMe

Elaine Mitchener: the/e so/ou/nd be/t/ween

Oliver Leith: Uh huh, Yeah

Sylvia Lim: Kite (Dymchurch)

Jeremy Thurlow: Quiet Songs

Caroline Shaw (arr. Denholm): Plan & Elevation

Errollyn Wallen (arr. Werner): Tree

Meredith Monk (arr. Denholm): Double Fiesta

Introduction from New Music Curator, Tom McKinney

Such is the draw of Kettle’s Yard as a music venue, that yet again it’s been so easy for me to put together another season of great musicians to come and play in this very special space. There are four New Music concerts between January and May, and I really hope that the range of styles they bring will give you a good picture of what’s happening in the incredibly exciting UK music scene. Musicians and composers currently face an unprecedented range of problems in the music industry, especially those working in new, alternative and experimental styles. However the boundless ingenuity and energy of the artists is nothing but inspirational, and these concerts will showcase some of the very best and most important music being made right now. You can expect seriously impressive virtuosity from violinist Rakhi Singh; two of the greatest free-improvising musicians, John Butcher and Rhodri Davies, will introduce you to sounds that your ears have never heard before; there’ll be vast and mesmerising musical landscapes that unfurl out of the Steinway piano with Eliza McCarthy; and join us for a season finale of songs, in all shapes and sizes, with the utterly unique Hermes Experiment.

The chance to see those musicians in the Kettle’s Yard house is unmissable—so see you there!

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Access and Further Information

Please note, for conservation and security reasons, no bags or large coats are allowed in the house. Limited bag storage is available at reception.

This event will take place in the extension of the house which is accessible, with some limitations. The upper part of the ground floor extension area is accessible for wheelchair users and the ground floor extension area of the house is newly accessible for wheelchair users with a ramp. There is no lift to the upper floors of the house. If you call in advance or ask at the information desk we can reserve an accessible seat for you. Please get in touch on 01223 748100 or email

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