The Hermes Experiment are delighted with the reception of their debut album, HERE WE ARE, thus far. Here is a summary of the album’s impact to date:

  • Selected by Apple Music for their 10 Classical Albums You Must Hear This Month feature (August 2020) – for more information, click here
  • Inclusion in Gramophone’s Best New Classical Albums for September 2020 – for more information, click here; to read the full Gramophone review by Pwyll ap Sion, click here – ‘…The Hermes Experiment’s main strength lies in its ability to adapt to the particular needs, demands and peculiarities of each piece contained on this deeply engaging collection: harp, clarinet, soprano and double bass locked in dynamic and synergistic fusion.’
  • Feature in Presto Music’s July 2020 Editor’s Choices: ‘The rather unusual combination of harp, clarinet, soprano and double bass proves to be quite astonishingly versatile on this rich, strange programme of new commissions by nine composers’ (Katherine Cooper) – for more info, click here
  • Entry at No.12 in the Specialist Classical Chart after its first week and remaining within the Top 20 for two further weeks – for more info, click here
  • 5* review from Ken Walton in The Scotsman: ‘If you haven’t heard the Hermes Experiment, you haven’t encountered a cutting edge ensemble…. Hermes are quite an act, boldly entertaining’ – to read the review, click here
  • 4* review from Geoff Brown in The Times: ‘…this British group have released a most enticing calling card, advertising the skills of individual musicians and the liveliness and variety of Britain’s composing scene’ – to read the full review, click here
  • Featured album in the BBC Radio 3 Record Review with Andrew McGregor: ‘as delightful an encounter as the ensemble is in real life (…) so many delights on their album, you never know what’s going to happen – it’s great hearing such a variety of composers finding interesting ways of using this ensemble’s unique resources (…) a uniquely engaging ensemble’ – to listen on catch up, click here
  • Radio play of tracks from the album on four different BBC Radio 3 shows: In Tune, Breakfast, Night Tracks and Record Review
  • Album recording video chosen as Gramophone’s video of the day – to watch the video, click here
  • Advance review from Keith Bruce in the Scottish Herald: ‘This debut album was recorded, for Scotland’s dynamic Delphian label, in Edinburgh’s Greyfriar’s Kirk over three days in October of last year, and it will surely be representing Delphian, alongside guitarist Sean Shibe’s Bach set, on many “best of” lists come the end of this one.’ – to read the full review, click here
  • Featured by Fiona Maddocks in the Guardian: ‘An imaginative first disc that mirrors our current musical landscape.’ – for the full feature, click here

For full details about the album, visit its page on the Delphian Records site here.

To listen to / buy the album on various platforms, click here.


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