Stroma is one of New Zealand’s finest contemporary chamber ensembles, comprising players from the NZSO and other freelance Wellington performers. Stroma is committed to engaging audiences with the music of living composers. At the core of the team lies the creative brilliance of composer Michael Norris and conductor Hamish McKeich, whose leadership during the past 20 years has produced innovative programmes unique to New Zealand and introduced audiences to new ideas from the global musical community.
Stroma has the following fundamental purposes:
- Foster and champion the music of today.
- Illuminate New Zealand musical creativity within an international context.
- Exhilarate audiences with bold musical experiences of the highest standard.
As an ensemble, Stroma is not limited to a fixed group of musicians, but can respond to the needs of its composers and collaborators, allowing it to remain at the forefront of new developments in contemporary music. It is now the only professional ensemble in New Zealand dedicated solely to music of today.
Apart from its many self-presented concerts, Stroma has been featured at numerous New Zealand Festivals from 2002–20, as well as the International Jazz Festival 2003, the Wellington Cathedral Festival 2003, the Christchurch Festival of the Arts 2005, the Tempo and Body Festivals in 2012 and the Hong Kong Musicarama Festival in 2011. Stroma’s concerts have featured world-renowned collaborators such as Roberto Fabbriciani, Nicholas Isherwood, Richard Nunns, Madeleine Pierard, Lars Mlekusch, the Duo Stump-Linshalm, Simon Docking, Adam Page, Jeff Henderson, David Long, Richard Haynes, Warren Maxwell, Claire Edwardes and Pedro Carneiro.