“…superb artistry…with pungent playing from Chamber Domaine under the baton of Thomas Kemp.” The Times*****
Under its music director, Thomas Kemp, Chamber Domaine has become renowned for its virtuosity and its ambitious and distinctive approach to programming that illuminates the music of the 20th and 21st Centuries. The ensemble brings passion and commitment to a diverse repertoire that makes the music of today come alive, placing it into its historical context.
The New York Times praised the ensemble for “…intriguing programming and unabashed lushness.” The Guardian described a recent concert: “an extraordinary performance…with a fluency that came over brilliantly under the baton of Thomas Kemp.” The Times praised the ensemble: “Chamber Domaine brilliantly demonstrated the thrill of young players successfully climbing Mount Everest…with exhilarating bravery and expressive force.” The Gramophone commented on a recent recording: “…a wealth of timbral subtlety…utterly magical…a tremendous sense of vitality and commitment.”
Chamber Domaine has worked with many of the world’s leading composers including Mark-Anthony Turnage, Brian Elias, Judith Bingham, Ned Rorem, Arvo Part, Mark Simpson, Henrik Gorecki, Piers Helliwell, Huw Watkins, Judith Weir, Brian Ferneyhough, HK Gruber and David Horne, giving many territorial and world premieres in concerts and recordings. The ensemble regularly collaborates with leading figures from across the arts world including Sir Anish Kapoor, Edward Fox, Nicky Spence, Yeree Suh, Sara Fulgoni, Craig Ogden, Irina Takahashi and Anna Grevelius.
The ensemble gave its highly praised South Bank and Wigmore Hall debuts in 1999 and have since regularly performed at leading festivals and concerts series in the United Kingdom, Europe and North America. The ensemble has also had groundbreaking residencies at The Victoria and Albert Museum, The Imperial War Museum, Arnold Schoenberg Centre, Vienna, Gresham College and Bargemusic, New York.
Chamber Domaine is the resident ensemble for Music@Malling and has a year around outreach programme engaging hundreds of children from across Kent in creative activities and bringing outstanding arts provision to areas of social deprivation.
In 2022, Chamber Domaine received outstanding reviews in the national press for Six Brandenburgs: Six Commissions – premiering new works by Brian Elias, Michael Price, Deborah Pritchard, Daniel Kidane, Joseph Phibbs and Stevie Wishart alongside Bach – Brandenburg Concertos. The concerts will be repeated in festivals and concert series in the UK and Europe including Wigmore Hall in June 2025.
The Artsdesk described the concerts as “metaphysical brilliance…a colossal achievement made up of seemingly effortless and joyous playing meeting with an equally joyous audience response.” The Observer described the performances as “superbly performed by Chamber Domaine.”
Chamber Domaine will also feature in a series of immersive concerts in June 2023 premiering works by Deborah Pritchard accompanied with art by Maggi Hambling CBE and Marc Chagall.
The ensemble has a highly acclaimed discography with recordings winning international plaudits and regular broadcasts worldwide.
Forthcoming releases include world premiere recordings of Brian Elias for Signum Records and the silent film score of Strauss – Der Rosenkavalier for Resonus.
With its innovative programming, collaborations and recording Chamber Domaine is at the forefront of music-making today.