Chihuly Nights + Summer Update

Chihuly nights + summer update

Later this month I have the privilege to play as part of Kew Gardens’ Chihuly Nights, where I will be improvising over a soundtrack based on a composition by Nico Muhly. If you look closely, you might also see other members of The Hermes Experiment lurking amongst the bushes!

We had the dress rehearsal already and it looks to be a stunning evening, nestled in the beautiful surroundings of the Temperate House with its luscious plants and flowers providing the perfect backdrop to our ambient improvisations. We’ve been told to chat to the audience during the show, so if you’re around come and say hi!

Looking back, the past few months have seen me at the Royal Opera House with CHROMA, workshopping George Benjamin’s Into the Little Hill as part of a Royal Philharmonic Society course for women conductors, and the BBC Proms with the BBC Concert Orchestra, celebrating the year 1969. I’ll be at the Proms again later this month with Britten Sinfonia, playing Mozart, Tchaikovsky, Stravinsky, and a new commission by Ryan Wigglesworth.

Further afield, I toured to Germany with the London Mozart Players, performing in the breathtaking Würzburg Residence, an 18th-century palace-turned-museum, and then on to Sweden to play at the O/Modernt festival, where it was ears on stalks as we played an unconducted reduction of the Berg Violin Concerto with Alina Pogostkina.

Autumn promises to be just as exciting, but not before a proper summer holiday at the end of August!

Photo credit: Guest Artsits

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