THE MOIRAE ENSEMBLE
The Moirae Ensemble is a musical collective based in New York City that interweaves classical music with themes of social responsibility. Drawing from a roster of some of New York’s finest and most innovative young musicians and composers, the ensemble focuses on contemporary classical music, commissioning works that push the boundaries of what it means to be a traditional chamber music ensemble. The Moirae Ensemble performs and commissions socially relevant works that address a wide range of humanitarian concerns, with a particular focus on women composers and social issues that particularly affect women.
The Ensemble was founded in 2011 by Catherine Hancock (soprano) and Fiona Kelly (flute). While studying at The Juilliard School, Catherine and Fiona discovered their mutual loves of contemporary music and social activism. Originally performing as a voice and flute duo, they quickly exhausted the traditional chamber music repertoire and began soliciting works from composer colleagues with an ideological bent. The pair also collaborated with other instrumentalists, with a particular emphasis on creating new and unusual combinations of sounds. Over the years, the ensemble has expanded to include a handful of core artists and an extensive roster of guest performers. Fiona now lives in Sweden and continues to contribute artistically to the ensemble, returning frequently to New York to perform with Moirae. Catherine resides in New York City, where she leads the ensemble with the support and creative influence of other like-minded musicians. The Moirae Ensemble has performed at The Sulzberger Parlor at Barnard University, The Gershwin Hotel, new music venue Spectrum, The Tank, The Underground, The Juilliard School, and The Koenig Gallery in Boston, MA. The Ensemble also collaborates with Sing for Hope, and has performed at hospital and hospice bedsides throughout New York City.
ABOUT OUR NAME
In Greek Mythology, The Moirae were the goddesses of fate who determined the inescapable destiny of man. They assigned to every person his or her fate or share in the scheme of things. Their name means "Parts" "Shares" or "Allotted Portions”. Their number became fixed at three: Clotho(spinner), Lachesis (allotter) and Atropos (inevitable).
They controlled the metaphorical thread of life for every mortal from birth to death. They were independent, directors of fate, and watched that the fate assigned to every being by eternal laws should take its course without obstruction.
In the Republic of Plato, the three Moirae sing in unison with the music of the Sirens. Lachesis sings of the things that were, Clotho of the things that are, and Atropos of the things that are to be.