12 Ensemble has developed a reputation as London’s foremost un-conducted string orchestra. This bold and versatile group is built around a core of twelve of the city’s finest chamber musicians. The ensemble has recently performed at the Paris Philharmonie, Kings Place London and several UK festivals. Winners of Help Musicians’ Emerging Excellence Award in 2014, the group was Ensemble in Residence at the Forge in 2014-15, collaborating with international artists including the tenor Nicky Spence, the pianist Mei Yi Foo and the violist Simon Rowland-Jones. The ensemble began 2016 performing “Vivaldi Recomposed” alongside the composer Max Richter at the Philharmonie de Paris, then travelled to Iceland for a HEIMA artistic residency. The group’s debut album, featuring works by Walton, Woolrich and the young British composer Kate Whitley, will be released soon.