Chiasmus was founded in Manchester in late 2009, under the direction of composer and conductor James Stephenson. The core group are early-career professional musicians, with a connection to Manchester and the North-West, and a passion for new music. Chiasmus’ debut performances were given at the York Spring Festival and they have since performed throughout the North of England, with highlights including the 2011 Peace without Borders Festival (Manchester/Salford), raising funds for the charity Musicians without Borders. The second half of 2011 saw the group make its London debut at St Alfege, Greenwich, and release their first CD ‘Music for the Third Millennium’.
Chiasmus is founded on the following principles:
- That ‘new music’ should mean music written in the last 30 years regardless of style, and that concert programmes should celebrate the great diversity of music being written by living composers
- That an ensemble has a responsibility to not only commission new works, but also to build the repertoire and perform them to different audiences in different environments.
- That new music should not be confined to universities and conservatoires, or even concert halls, but should be taken to new venues and new audiences at every opportunity.
- Doug Badger – Cello
- Gemma Bass – Violin
- Heather Bird – Double Bass
- Beatrice Hubble – Oboe
- Alex Mayer – Piano
- Hannah McCabe – Clarinet
- Jennifer Piggot – Violin
- James Stephenson – Director