Music study visit: The Chimera Ensemble


Join OCA tutor Desmond Clarke on the 18 November to see the Chimera Ensemble in concert at the University of York.

The Chimera Ensemble is the largest student-run new music group in the UK, performing and commissioning works by major composers including Richard Barrett, Beat Furrer and Rebecca Saunders. November’s concert provides a vivid cross-section of contemporary music idioms, from the kaleidoscopic fantasy of Unsuk Chin’s Cantatrix Sopranica to the shadowy soundworld of Gerard Pesson’s Le Gel Par Jeu via the subtle radicalism of Julianna Hodkinson’s Some Reasons for Hesitating. A lunchtime concert also features works by students at the University of York.

This will be a valuable opportunity to experience the inner workings of a new-music ensemble: as well as the two concerts we will attend rehearsals for both the professional and student pieces, and attendees will have the chance to hear conductors and student composers talk about the challenges of composing and realising a piece for public performance.

This is a great chance to get behind the scenes of an active ensemble, and learn about the practical, musical and conceptual considerations which underpin the music of today.

To reserve your place please email or alternatively to request a place on a study visit please click here and complete the form.

For study events that require a ticket, there is a non refundable fee of £10 to pay and your confirmation email will instruct you on how to do this.


  1. emma 27 October 2016 at 6:50 am


  2. Andrew Chadwick 18 November 2016 at 9:35 pm

    This was cancelled apparently through lack of interest though still showing here and another part of the OCA site.
    I turned up anyway in ignorance and Desmond made me feel welcome. I was able to see the lunchtime concert and the afternoon rehearsal. Enterprising programme, very high standard. I would strongly encourage music students to get out to events like this and learn from both other performers and composers.


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