Chloe Knibbs Shares Bargaining EP at Upcoming Release Gig, joined by Bethany Kay Music

Join us for the release of Chloe Knibbs’ EP, BARGAINING. Released by OddPop Records on 30th July 2022, the gig will share songs and live string duets from the EP “Bargaining”. Supported by Bethany Kay, who will share canal sounds, protest songs and banjo.

Bargaining is a melting pot of contemporary classical, chamber pop and sound art, BARGAINING is a reckoning with loss, memory, others and oneself. Ethereal strings shift between vulnerability and angst, setting the scene for songs that speak to self sabotage, the male gaze and bargaining with the past.

WHAT: Bargaining EP Release Gig

WHEN: Saturday, 30th July, 2022 | 8:30 pm

WHERE: The Edge, Cheapside, Deritend, Birmingham B12 0QH

COST: £7 Standard, £5 Concession



8.30 Doors Open

9 Bethany Kay Set

9.30 “Bargaining” EP Release Set: Chloe Knibbs, Maja Pluta, Flora McNicoll


Chloe Knibbs, composer, singer-songwriter

CHLOE KNIBBS is a composer, songwriter and sound artist. Described as having an “unmistakable ring of authenticity” (Musical Opinion), she has written for opera, theatre, choir and chamber ensemble. Her work draws on the soundworlds of contemporary classical, sound art and chamber pop, combining raw and intimate lyrics with delicate strings.

Bethany Kay, singer-songwriter

BETHANY KAY is a songwriter, composer and multi-instrumentalist from Birmingham. She weaves catchy, distinctive melodies in the forgotten corners where genres meet. Expect canal-sounds, protest songs, poetry and banjo! She also writes, plays and sings with Birmingham experimental-pop band The Nature Centre.

Flora McNicoll, cello

Cellist Flora McNicoll studied at the junior Royal Academy of Music for five years before gaining a scholarship at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire where she completed her BMus (Hons) degree, followed by a Postgrad Certificate, under the tutelage of Matthew Sharp, Peggy Nolan and Eduardo Vassallo. Over this time she has won prizes such as the Strings Prize and the MU Bill Warman Award. Flora has been invited to perform in masterclasses with leading cellists such as Raphael Wallfisch, Andrés Diaz, Andrew Schulman, Jian Wang and Hannah Roberts. As an avid chamber musician Flora has been recognised most recently performing with the Hestia Quartet at the Wigmore Hall in 2021.

Maja Pluta, violin

Maja Pluta is a Polish violinist, creative and community musician based in Birmingham since 2014. A graduate of Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, she is a keen improviser, collaborator, chamber musician and performer of contemporary music. Aside from performance and interdisciplinary collaboration, her professional practice encompasses instrumental teaching and leading educational and community workshops.