The 12 Ensemble

Chats Palace Virtual Stage 2021
Live Stream Wed 23 June 2021
Encore Screening: Wed 30 June – Wed 28 July 2021 incl.


The 12 Ensemble

The 12 Ensemble is a pioneering un-conducted string ensemble. Modern, dynamic and virtuosic, the group has rapidly developed a reputation as one of Europe’s most exhilarating collectives, moving audiences worldwide with powerful musical experiences.

Formed in 2012 by Artistic Directors Eloisa-Fleur Thom & Max Ruisi, the 12 Ensemble’s unique approach to rehearsing, performing & programming sets them apart as a revolutionary ensemble relevant in the 21st century. Exploring great music of the past alongside ground-breaking new commissions and collaborations with outstanding contemporary artists, the ensemble sets itself no boundaries and reaches diverse audiences with exceptional musical experiences.

Always playing without a conductor, the core formation consists of twelve of London’s leading chamber musicians. Without a conductor, every member of the group develops an intense engagement with the music they play, combining the thrilling energy, commitment and spontaneous creativity of a small ensemble or band, with the breathtaking sound afforded by a larger string orchestra. It’s what makes our live performances so special.

The 12 Ensemble have released two highly critically-acclaimed albums, Resurrection (2018) and Death and the Maiden (2020). With their own arrangement of Schubert’s iconic string quartet at its heart, Death and the Maiden is a highly charged personal journey through an evolving musical landscape, featuring accompanying works by Tavener and Icelandic band Sigur Rós plus a new commission from the ROH Composer-in-Residence Oliver Leith.

The 12 Ensemble at this event will comprise of its Principal players

Eloisa-Fleur Thom  violin
Alessandro Ruisi  violin
Luba Tunnicliffe  viola
Max Ruisi  cello

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Live-stream commissioned by Chats Palace with support from Arts Council England

The 12 Ensemble Post-Show Q & A
Wed 23 June 2021

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