Eddy Hackett


Arensky Chamber Orchestra

Since January 2017, I have begun working for the Arensky Chamber Orchestra as their Director of Collaboration. As well as being part of their Artistic Planning team, I'm in charge of managing all relationships with ACO's external partners. It's a wonderful group, led by Will Kunhardt, and with principal players that hold jobs in many of the UK's top orchestras. Do check out our website here to keep up to date with our next concerts, and please join the mailing list too!

Here's a few words about the group:

Purveyor of secret concerts, penthouse cabaret club performances, live programme notes and chamber jams, the Arensky Chamber Orchestra is the UK’s orchestra of revolutionaries and inventors. Its players hold positions in leading British orchestras and chamber groups. With fearless performance, visual design, dramatisation of a work’s context and specially created food and drink, they draw their audiences into living, musical worlds.

Founded in 2009, the ACO has consistently attracted a classical music audience 10 years younger than the UK average. Now an Arts Council funded ensemble, the orchestra is on a run of sold-out performances that stretches back to 2015. In 2017, the ACO further established itself as a leading immersive music pioneer by launching a series of performances in custom-built concert halls full of explorable sets, actors, soundscapes, scent and video design. This new chapter begins in October with In Night’s Darkling Glory: a pilgrimage from the banqueting halls of King Mark’s castle out across the seas, in search of the graves of Wagner’s Tristan and Isolde.

Old Dirty Brasstards at the LIFE Festival in Liechtenstein

Since forming in 2012, Old Dirty Brasstards have gained an enviable reputation for their bold and innovative approach, on a mission to introduce brass music to brand new audiences.

The tweed-clad 10-piece brass and drum collective comprises of some of London’s top freelance musicians, playing an eclectic mix of pop, R&B and soul covers that never fail to get any dance floor jumping with joy!

ODB have brought their uniquely entertaining and energetic style to several major music festivals across the UK, including Bestival, Glastonbury, Latitude and Secret Garden Party, as well as venues such as Fabric, the Forum, Hammersmith Apollo, KOKO and Scala, along with residencies at Brooklyn Bowl and the Brixton, Camden & Shoreditch Blues Kitchens.

Get down to the best drum ‘n’ brass night in town!

If you’ve never heard Take That’s ‘Never Forget’ blasted through a trombone, frankly you haven’t lived.
— Timeout magazine

London Percussion brings together some of the most exciting and dynamic percussionists on the London scene. Assembling on a project-by-project basis, and brought together by a shared love of performing percussive chamber music at the highest levels, London Percussion strives to programme concerts that challenge, engage and enrich listeners, whilst being accessible enough expose new audiences to the sound of the percussive genre.

Past performances have included concerts at the Universities of Edinburgh and Aberdeen, Vaduzer Saal Liechtenstein and Milbank Tower in London. London Percussion is committed to interacting with their audiences and has given masterclasses at the University of Aberdeen and Feldkirch Conservatoire in Austria.

London Percussion really fired up the music students at Aberdeen – the whole package of masterclass, gig and informal discussion was thoroughly enjoyed by all who experienced it. Their infectious enthusiasm for the music was palpable and impressive.
— Prof. Pete Stollery, Head of Music, University of Aberdeen
The whole package of masterclass, gig and informal discussion was thoroughly enjoyed by all who experienced it. Their infectious enthusiasm for the music was impressive.
— Dr John Kitchen, Head of Music, University of Edinburgh

Striking Strings

I am extremely lucky that (amongst many things) my wife, Stephanie Beck-Hackett, is a wonderfully talented harpist. In 2011, we were invited to perform at the Fedkirch Festival in Austria as part of a quartet performing a piece by Marlos Nobre. It was the first time we had performed chamber music together. We enjoyed the experience so much that we decided to form a percussion and harp duo together, under the moniker, Striking Strings.

We commissioned works from composers including Max Wilson, Aled Start and Tim Maryon, as well as playing pieces by established composers such as Nico Muhly, Piazzolla and JS Bach. The combination of harp and percussion is fascinating: whilst it provides the many sound qualities we would expect from these instruments, it also allows the harpist a chance to explore a more percussive side to their playing and for the percussionist to concentrate on melody and supporting the often fragile sound of the harp. We really enjoyed the commissioned pieces and believe them to be important additions to the repertoire for this unusual duo combination and think that the arrangements made of established composers' work allows them to be heard in a new and refreshing light.

We have performed at venues including Glasgow University, Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein, Ayr Town Hall and Vaduzer Saal and have collaborated with musicians such as cellist Kian Soltani and flautist Hieronymus Schädler,

Striking Strings performing Nico Muhly's 'Clear Music' with cellist Kian Soltani at the Vaduzer Saal

© Eddy Hackett, 2017