The Hermes Experiment

Line up

  • Anne Denholm (harp)
  • Hanna Grzeskiewicz (co-director)
  • Héloïse Werner (soprano & co-director)
  • Marianne Schofield (double bass)
  • Oliver Pashley (clarinet)


Winners of the Royal Over-Seas League Mixed Ensemble Competition 2019, Tunnell Trust Awards 2017, Park Lane Group Young Artists 2015/16 and winners of Nonclassical’s Battle of the Bands 2014, The Hermes Experiment is a UK-based contemporary quartet made up of harp, clarinet, voice and double bass.

Capitalising on their deliberately idiosyncratic combination of instruments, the ensemble regularly commissions new works, as well as creating their own innovative arrangements and venturing into live free improvisation. The ensemble has commissioned over 50 composers at various stages of their careers.

Recent highlights include performances at Wigmore Hall, Purcell Room, BBC Radio 3 Open Ear at LSO St Luke’s, Tallinn Music Week, St Petersburg’s Sound Ways Festival and Spitalfields Festival. In January 2019, the ensemble celebrated their fifth birthday with a concert supported by Arts Council England and RVW Trust, recorded for future broadcast on BBC Radio 3.

The quartet has received funding from Arts Council England, Aldeburgh Music, the RVW Trust, Hinrichsen Foundation, Britten-Pears Foundation, Future of Russia Foundation, Oleg Prokofiev Trust, Nicholas Boas Charitable Trust, PRS for Music Foundation and Help Musicians UK.

“The performance was meticulously nuanced, witty and chic.” ★★★★ The Times

“This clever mix of instruments is more versatile than you might first think.” ★★★★ The Observer

“The combination of harp, clarinet, voice and double bass is not one you hear every day, but in the right hands it works brilliantly. The Hermes Experiment who sport this line-up have in a short few years commissioned prodigiously for it, opening a whole new expressive world” Evening Standard


The Hermes Experiment