Explore Ensemble is a group of young soloists based in London dedicated to performing and promoting the music of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Founded in 2012 by alumni of the Royal College of Music sharing a vision to explore and promote the music of our time, Explore Ensemble has since produced many concerts featuring several UK premieres, focussing on composers of international acclaim such as Georges Aperghis, Morton Feldman, Michael Finnissy, Gérard Grisey, Tristan Murail, Luigi Nono, Enno Poppe, Fausto Romitelli, Kaija Saariaho, Rebecca Saunders and Salvatore Sciarrino. As well as advocating music rarely heard in the UK, Explore Ensemble has given over a dozen world premieres by emerging composers including Edwin Hillier, Lisa Illean, Oliver Christophe Leith and Josephine Stephenson.
Explore Ensemble have featured at the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, Kammer Klang at Cafe OTO, Principal Sound at St John's Smith Square in London, Handel & Hendrix in London, and at the JdP Music Building in Oxford. Recently Simon Cummings, writing on the 5:4 blog, described the ensemble's Tracing the Moon programme at HCMF as "One of the most beautiful things i’ve heard at HCMF this year, and further proof positive that Explore Ensemble are just as indefatigably outstanding as we all suspected last year." Explore Ensemble have also appeared on BBC Radio 3's flagship new music programme Hear and Now.
2017 saw Explore Ensemble present 'Tracing the Moon', a three-date tour of new music with live electronics, with a specially new commissioned work by Patricia Alessandrini, a UK premiere by Steven Daverson, plus works by Fausto Romitelli and Enno Poppe. Co-commissioned by HCMF and Explore Ensemble, Patricia Alessandrini's new work 'Tracer la lune d'un doigt' and the Tracing the Moon project was created with support from PRS Foundation's The Open Fund and Arts Council England.
Explore Ensemble's 2017-2018 season is generously supported by the Hinrichsen Foundation and the RVW Trust.