Chroma’s gypsy strings bringing the Balkans to Berkhamsted

Chroma Ensemble in rehearsal
Chroma Ensemble in rehearsal

Classical, folk and gypsy music from the Balkans will have pride of place in Berkhamsted when the virtuoso players of the Chroma Ensemble pitch up at the Kings Arms next week.

The highly-regarded Chroma crew are regular visitors to the High Street venue’s popular Greene Room.

And their recital next Sunday, September 15, will feature work by Brahms, Bartok, Kodaly and Liszt inspired by folk music of Hungary and Romania, as well as rootsier rhythms.

Bringing the music to life will be violinist Dave le Page, accordionist Ian Watson and cellist Clare O’Connell.

Clare, whose husband is a composer, moved to Berkhamsted from London with her family six years ago.

Although the cello might not be the first instrument you think about in connection with sprightly gypsy rhythms, Clare says: “If you have enough imagination you can do anything with any instrument.

“In Chroma we arrange pieces of music to suit the lineup of instruments we have at our disposal, and hope that we play with enough determination and passion that we convince our audience that that instrument works.”

Tickets are £15 with £12 concsessions, and under 18s get in free, subject to availability.

You can book your tickets by emailing or call Clare O’Connell on 01442 862953.