Phaedra Ensemble explore the spaces between classical, experimental and contemporary music.
Phaedra brings together some of London’s most exciting musicians, to curate programmes with new collaborations, reinterpretations of well-known modern works, and forgotten classics. Phaedra has a strong intuition for genre-crossing and interdisciplinary work, often in collaboration with artists from other disciplines.
Founded in 2014, Phaedra is a flexible ensemble built around a string quartet plus collaborators from across London’s diverse musical landscape; incorporating jazz, folk, and contemporary classical musicians. Its members are drawn from London Contemporary Orchestra, F-IRE Collective, 12 Ensemble, Ligeti Quartet and Ensemble Modern amongst others. Previous performances include Kings Place,The Barbican,The Roundhouse, Southbank Centre, West Road Concert hall, Cambridge and NYU arts center, Abu Dhabi.
They are resident ensemble with multi-sensory arts collective Bittersuite and recent collaborations include Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Caroline Shaw, Susheela Ramen, Ghostpoet, Ry X, The Royal Opera House and the are the ensemble in residence 2017 for The East Anglia Young Composers programme. As part of their ongoing VOX project, Commissioning new works and performing recent works have seen them work with Neil Luck, Jennifer Walshe, Fred Thomas, Laura Moody, James Weeks and Matthew Shlomowitz.
Recent performances also include works by hannah Kendal, UK premieres of The Nero Monologues by James Peter Lean (USA), Florent Ghys (France), Antonia Barnett-McIntosh (NZ) and Leo Chadburn’s Indistinguishables recorded live at Kammer Klang and broadcast on BBC 3’s here and now.
They are resident ensemble with multi-sensory arts collective Bittersuite
Aside from Caroline's performance and totally involving compositions, the assembled string quartet [Phaedra] played just stunningly. Again and again through the pieces, I just felt transported by their musicianship, fluidity and ability to mesmerize and make exploratory contemporary classical music a glowing and tender encounter for the audience.
A seriously re-energising, affirmative experience which widens musical horizons and needs to be shared with many more audiences, nationally and internationally."
- Max Reinhart, Presenter of Late Junction (BBC Radio 3)