Kerouac is key inspiration as Chroma come to Berkhamsted

Claire O'Connelll
Claire O'Connelll

Fusion music is nothing new – whether you favour folk rock, bluesy jazz or contemporary country mixed with rap, musicians are always pushing different genres together to see what happens.

But it’s a fair bet that good old toe-tapping bluegrass tunes and classical music have rarely featured on the same bill.

That’s not something that’s likely to deter the mould-breaking team which makes up the Chroma Ensemble, which has developed a reputation for unlikely musical marriages.

The London-based chamber ensemble specialises in new music and revisiting the classic repertoire from a fresh perspective.

On Sunday they’ll be bringing their latest cultural combination to the Greene Room at the Kings Arms in Berkhamsted High Street.

Berkhamsted-based cellist Clare O’Connell has responsibility for setting up a strand of concerts which take a storytelling approach, with each having a theme woven through the music.

Sunday’s concert, from 7pm, is inspired by Jack Kerouac’s seminal beat movie On The Road, and will feature both bluegrass jazz and classical music.

Clare will be joined by Chroma colleagues Simon Hewitt Jones, Matthew Forbes and Elena Hull to perform music for violin, mandolin, cello and bass.

Tickets are £15 each, with £12 concessions and U18s getting in free subject to availability.

You can book your place by emailing