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, 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. This programme has included collaborations with national, regional and local organisations to create an artistic resource for the local area that is of outstanding quality. Projects have included HK Gruber – Frankenstein!! David Horne – Grimm Tales and Stravinsky – A Soldier’s Tale with English National Ballet and Matthew Sharp.
In 2017, Chamber Domaine worked with Paul Patterson on a major outreach project based around Roald Dahl – Revolting Rhymes involving 1400 primary school children in creative activities and performance. In 2018, the ensemble performed Michael Rosen – The Great Enormo and delivered projects aimed at different age groups to develop creativity in young people. 2021.22 includes an international tour of Stravinsky – The Soldier’s Tale in a multi-media production with legendary actor, Charles Dance OBE and performances of Bach – Brandenburg Concertos with six new works by leading British composers.
The ensemble has a distinguished and highly acclaimed discography with recordings winning international plaudits and regular broadcasts worldwide.
Forthcoming releases include world premiere recordings of Messiaen, Sibelius and Stravinsky.
With its innovative programming, collaborations and recording Chamber Domaine is at the forefront of music-making today.