Phaedra Ensemble explore the spaces between classical, experimental and contemporary music.
They are a London-based chamber ensemble focusing on innovative performance, curation and collaboration across genres and artforms.

Founded in 2014, Phaedra Ensemble is often based around a string quartet, but expands to a larger ensemble for specific performance and recording projects. Drawing its members from across London’s diverse musical landscape, Phaedra incorporates renowned contemporary classical, jazz, folk and electronic musicians.


Previous performances include Kings Place, The Barbican, Kammer Klang, Cafe Oto, Royal Festival Hall, Purcell Rooms, Queen Elizabeth Hall, West Road Concert Hall (Cambridge),  NYU Arts Center (Abu Dhabi), and La Seine Musicale (Paris), and they have been broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and Resonance.fm.

Their ongoing VOX project, which over two series has explored the human voice in music and performance, has led to a dozen new collaborative commissions, performed alongside works by Leo Chadburn, Jennifer Walshe, Florent Ghys, Cassandra Miller, Meredith Monk, Kevin Volans, David Lang, amongst many others.

They are resident ensemble with multi-sensory arts collective Bittersuite, with whom they’ve created 4 large scale immersive experiences. Since 2016 they have created and performed arrangements for Mercury Award-nominated singer Susheela Raman, for international performances and residencies with Gondrong Gunarto Gamelan and Rizwan-Muazzam Qawwals.
Other collaborations include performances with Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Caroline Shaw, Ghostpoet, The Magic Lantern, Bastard Assignments and vibraphonist Masayoshi Fugita (Erased Tapes).

As experienced educators the ensemble has worked with CoMA, London College of Music (LCM), The Irene Taylor Trust (Music In Prisons), and were resident ensemble for the 2017 East Anglia Young Composers programme.

Phaedra Ensemble also work closely with the Royal Opera House performing and recording re-imaged versions of the current season for their outreach programme.

2019 will see the release of two albums, featuring music by Meredith Monk, Fred Thomas (ECM), Jamie Hamilton, Frederic Rzewski and Laurie Anderson.

Aside from Caroline's [Shaw] 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.
- Max Reinhardt, BBC Radio 3’s Late Junction