Gemini (Director Ian Mitchell) has performed extensively throughout the UK and abroad (Austria, Australia, Czechoslovakia, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Oman, Taiwan); given frequent radio and television broadcasts; has recorded music by Peter Maxwell Davies (Sunday Times Contemporary CD of the Year); John White - Fashion Music (our tribute to Tchaikovsky Year '93) (nominated by BBC Music Magazine as a Top Forty CD of the Year); Philip Grange (2 CDs: both chosen as a Critic's Choice of the Year by Gramophone magazine); Nicola LeFanu (2 discs); David Lumsdaine (3 CDs); Geoffrey Poole; Lindsay Cooper; Howard Skempton; Stephen Goss; Camden Reeves; Giles Easterbrook; Tim Ewers, and recorded Douglas Young's music for the video of Beatrix Potter's The Tailor of Gloucester , which has been shown worldwide on television.
In May 2013 a DVD of Maxwell Davies's music theatre work Miss Donnithorne's Maggot and other works was launched at the Singapore Festival. UK festival appearances include Aldeburgh, Bath, Brighton, Chester, Guildford, Huddersfield, King's Lynn, St Magnus, Spitalfields, Warwick & Leamington; and there have been concerts and workshops abroad for the British Council and others.
The ensemble was a prizewinner in the music category of the Prudential Awards for the Arts, and has been the recipient of an Arts Council Incentive Award.
Since its formation in 1973 Gemini has presented a richly varied repertoire, incorporating standard eighteenth - and nineteenth - century chamber music, twentieth - century music, new music, music theatre, music and dance and improvisation, plus much music by neglected composers. Community and school concerts feature music from the eleventh- to the twenty-first century; folk music from around the world, music by children and young people as well as more standard fare. Gemini was one of the instigators of the festival Hidden Sounds ? a celebration of women's music – at London's South Bank Centre, out of which grew the influential organization Women in Music.
A pioneer in the field of professional performers in education, with the twin activities of performance and education having developed hand in hand, the ensemble is regularly engaged for residencies combining the two. During these the ensemble helps students and pupils to compose their own music for performance by them and/or Gemini as part of a public concert.
Gemini has been Ensemble-in-Residence at Bristol (2005-13), Surrey (2003 - 10) and London (Goldsmiths College, 1998 - 2000) universities, and was Ensemble-in-Association with the Department of Music at the University of Exeter from 1996 to 2007.
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