Rambert is known for its wide-ranging dance repertoire. Rambert seeks to promote a variety of new young choreographers, as well as bring established international choreographers to the UK, and mine the extensive archive for older classics. Musically, the repertoire is just as diverse, and Rambert Orchestra readily turns its hand to a huge range of styles. In recent seasons the Rambert Music Fellows have provided a number of significant new works: Gavin Higgins’ What Wild Ecstasy was commissioned for New Music 2012 as a response to Debussy’s Prélude à l’après-midi (played in a new orchestration by Mark Bowden). Cheryl Frances-Hoad’s Quark Dances received dozens of performances in 2014 and 2015, as part of Mark Baldwin’s ballet The Strange Charm of Mother Nature. In recent years Rambert Orchestra has also received critical praise for performances of Bach, Stravinsky, Schoenberg, Mahler, Wagner, Schubert and Cole Porter.
David Cohen, Paul Hoskins and Rambert Orchestra gave the premiere of Katharsis at the Spitalfields Festival in June 2014
“No company is more musically alive than Rambert under the double act of director Mark Baldwin and conductor Paul Hoskins, whose bold policy of blind-dating choreographers with scores or works of art has emerged as the outstanding story of the past decade’s dance in Britain.” Ismene Brown, The Spectator January 2016