Previously known as The Cottier Chamber Project, the festival will be taking a break for 2017 but plans to return to a new venue in June 2018. Put it in your diary now!
The Chamber Project is a festival of chamber music and contemporary dance which takes place in the West End of Glasgow every year. As a rule (with some exceptions!), the evening performances are an hour long, with cabaret seating, performers introducing the works, cheap tickets, and some unusual pieces appearing in the programmes.
We want our programmes to be challenging as well as entertaining for both the audience and for the performers.
We include commissions from established, emerging, classically trained and non-classically trained composers and choreographers.
We discuss programmes with performers, and often have a narrative that runs through sections of the overall festival programme (though that is sometimes kept secret!).
We want the atmosphere to be relaxed and welcoming (unless the piece being performed requires something else) - we're on a tight budget in temporary venues, so our bottom line is ensuring top quality performances of excellent pieces in a space where the audience and performers feel at home.
The chamber music programme includes traditional and jazz music as well as renaissance through to contemporary vocal and instrumental music. The dance programme includes ballet, contemporary (of all kinds) and aerial performances.
The festival began life with the words of Alfred Einstein as a key element - chamber music is the 'music of friends'. That is the approach that we have taken in the choice of artists, the programme and the atmosphere, and it is something that has been remarked upon time and time again. Performances have been marked by an incredible feeling of concentration and commitment from both the performers and from the audience - something that is as special as it is unique.
The festival is run by a very small, very much part-time team, led by Artistic Director Andy Saunders. They all work as performers and teachers as well as running the festival, and they work incredibly hard to make it happen. Funding is becoming increasingly difficult to secure, so if you are interested in supporting or sponsoring the festival, please contact us for more details.
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