Director ian Mitchell
Gemini has performed throughout the UK and abroad (Australia, The Czech Republic, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Oman, Taiwan); given frequent radio and television broadcasts; has recorded music by Maxwell Davies (a Sunday Times Contemporary CD of the Year); John White (a BBC Music Magazine Top 40 CD of the Year); Philip Grange (3 CDs, two selected as Critic's Choice of the Year for Gramophone magazine, one the winner of The Art Lounge USA 'What a Performance' award for the best classical CD of 2019); Nicola LeFanu (3 discs); David Lumsdaine (3 discs); Lindsay Cooper; Giles Easterbrook; Tim Ewers; Stephen Goss; Geoffrey Poole; Camden Reeves; Howard Skempton, and recorded Douglas Young's music for The Tailor of Gloucester, which has been shown worldwide on television. In 2013 a DVD of Maxwell Davies's music theatre work Miss Donnithorne's Maggot and other works was launched at the Singapore Film Festival.
UK festival appearances include Aldeburgh, Bath, Brighton, Chester, Guildford, Huddersfield, King's Lynn, St Magnus, Spitalfields, Warwick & Leamington, and there have been concerts abroad for the British Council and other organisations.
The ensemble was a prize winner in the music category of the Prudential Awards for the Arts, and has been a 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 1996-2007.