The Cloud Ensemble:
Musical Time Travel & Technology
You can now buy the musical scores & parts from The Cloud Repertoire - just follow this link to know more
The Cloud Ensemble is a group of musical friends who like to play together. We perform music designed for a much broader, more inclusive audience than is normally the case. We play as amateurs nevertheless we perform to a high professional standard.
The core members of the Clouds are Andrew Hodges (violin), Shiho Sagane (violin), Sue Collins (violin), and Philippa Lowe (violin & viola).
Check over any of the pages on this website and you will see that the Cloud Ensemble is a different kind of 'classical' band.
Like clouds we can morph into different shapes to suit our music. We often appear as a violin quartet, sometimes as a string quartet. We might add a guitarist, a soprano, a pianist or a harpsichordist. Our byline is "real and virtual' which means that we fully embrace present-day culture & its technology. We add video and even use digital instruments.
Classical in style but with a modern mindset.
Andrew Hodges, the guiding light behind "The Clouds", has a creative philosophy based on the notion of 'Music For All'. This means that we in "The Clouds" have a diverse, non-elitist, inclusive approach to music-making. This informs all our musical decisions including how we approach the performance of classical music.
We have provided ourselves with the freedom to rework and reconstruct classical favourites. Composers in the past might have written things differently had they known about 21st century technology. We do the reverse too and take modern pop, for example, and reimagine it as if it were created 200 years ago.
Andrew recomposes, rearranges and creates our music in a classical style in such a way as to appeal to the many different types of people who are now becoming much more attracted to the classical 'style' of music. This new audience likes classical but wants something which speaks more directly to them.
So our concerts are different.
We have created for Vivaldi, his own Baroque music video.
We take 20th & 21st century pop music and send it back in time 200 years.
We even play a musical computer game live on stage!
If you're wondering what we're doing at the moment with Covid getting in the way, the answer is "Plenty!" After this pandemic is all over The Clouds will be stronger than ever and performing brilliant, innovative concerts which audiences will want to come to. We don't know when that will be but we will do it when it is safe which it certainly isn't at the moment.
However we have a wonderful alternative to being able to get together; we are creating the Cloud Corona Collection; our virtual concert. We are making use of the lockdowns and restrictions for preparation and practice, composing & arranging. Over and above this we're working together to create music videos of our repertoire. Everyone of us is thoroughly enjoying the experience and gaining so much through the process.
So despite all the difficulties we're thriving.