Chimera Productions has nine years experience commissioning and producing daring and significant new music projects and performances, in the UK and internationally.

Our network includes some of the most highly regarded composers, musicians and visual artists and we bring our trademark creative and curatorial expertise to engage audiences and deliver truly unique experiences.

For more about our work see our Projects page.

Staff Profiles

— Will Dutta (Creative Director)

Will Dutta is a curating composer whose creative practice incorporates performance, composition and research. His work is presented in a range of off-spaces and institutional contexts, in the UK and internationally.

His critically acclaimed debut album, Parergon (Just Music, 2012), centered on his hyper-colourful piano-led collaborations with Warp-veterans Plaid and was described by Vice/Noisey as ‘one of the most deeply rejuvenating musical experiences we’ve come across’. The supporting audio-visual show, Parergon Live, saw numerous performances across the UK, Europe and South America. More recently, Will features on a new single by The Pattern Forms (Ghost Box, 2015) and is working towards the release of his second studio album project in 2017.

As founder and Creative Director of Chimera Productions (2007-present), he has shaped the curatorial vision for seventeen editions of Blank Canvas, an annual platform for new music at Village Underground. The most recent edition featured new commissions by British composers Max de Wardener and Tim Exile with the Heritage Orchestra. The evening was a sell out with Tim Exile’s Bardo EP going on to receive over 30,000 views online and Max de Wardener’s Piano Concerto receiving its South American premiere in November 2015.

Other notable commissions include Gabriel Prokofiev’s Concerto for Turntables and Orchestra in 2007. This piece has received over forty performances worldwide, including BBC Proms in 2011 and again in 2016 as part of the BBC Ten Pieces project, and an award-winning album featuring DJ Yoda and Heritage Orchestra (Nonclassical, 2009).

In 2016 Will was Creative Director of the new concert production of Nick Lloyd Webber and James D Reid’s musical The Little Prince at the Abu Dhabi Festival, featuring award-winning actor Hugh Grant in the role of Narrator, a cast of thirteen singers and the Heritage Orchestra conducted by Simon Lee.

Will’s research interests include artist-led curatorial initiatives. He is completing his PhD at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance under the supervision of Dr. Dominic Murcott and Prof. Dan Fern (Royal College of Art) and is adapting his thesis into a book.

In 2015 he was Researcher-in-Residence at the Institute of Contemporary Arts contributing articles towards their touring exhibition ‘Shout Out: Pirate Radio in the 1980s’ and presenting a one-off edition of their long standing new music series, MusICA. He is the recipient of several grants from Arts Council England, PRS for Music Foundation, the Cultural Leadership Programme, Creativeworks London and Arts and Humanities Research Council.

Will is Creative Programmer, Friday Night Music at the National Portrait Gallery and holds teaching positions at Trinity Laban in London and St. Helen & St. Katharine in Oxfordshire.

will@chimera-productions.org.uk

— Phillipa Lowe (Operations Director)

With over 15 years’ experience as an Event Director, Phillipa Lowe has built an enviable reputation within the industry and has worked internationally on a wide range of creative projects.

Most recently she was Head of Operations for both the Diamond Jubilee Weekend celebrations and the celebratory Olympic & Paralympic Athletes’ Parade. However, her skills have seen her deliver anything from music festivals and live televised press conferences to Prime Ministerial debates, corporate conferences and awards ceremonies.

She has led projects at the highest level and is extremely skilled in creative production, logistics, and balancing the books. These skills, coupled with firm leadership, diplomacy, a creative eye and above all, a sense of humour, ensure that every event is delivered to the most exacting standards.

With a love of classical, contemporary and experimental music, Phillipa began her journey with Chimera Productions in 2007 where her professional skills in event management found a natural home with the delivery of the acclaimed, world premiere of Gabriel Prokofiev’s Concerto for Turntables and Orchestra at Scala.

Now as a partner in the company, she continues to use her skills and expertise to deliver both first-class new music collaborations as well as the more recent corporate events, such as the Open Outcry Opera for Barclays Wealth.

Phillipa continues to work independently as a senior Event Director on large-scale international events and is a guest lecturer in Event Management at the University of West London.

phillipa@chimera-productions.org.uk

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