Chameleon Group was a New Music
organization which had been set up by composers based in Croydon (South
London) as a self-support group. The group was active between 1995 and
2000 in organizing a number of contemporary music festivals and
in the past include concerts at the ICA, the Croydon Clock Tower and
Fairfield Halls. Most of the concerts attracted the local press and
have throughout received enthusiastic responses. In one instance Ruth
Goslett (Croydon Advertiser, May 2nd, 1997) compared the group to
Russia's Mighty Handful and France's Les Six. Even if such comparison seems overstated, it pays tribute to the fact that the group was
successful in putting on more than 30 premieres by living composers.
The group made a performance of a Coleridge-Taylor piece alongside with
the music by Hurlstone possible, both composers who had strong
associations with Croydon during their life times.
The site has been maintained by Dr L Hofmann-Engl since 1999. While the site was intended to promote the group initially, it later became an online resource for music, music theory and music psychology. However, by now the site is most popular for its content in relation to narcissistic personality disorder with a stream of queries coming from all over the world every day.
The group received
support form Croydon, the Bliss Trust, the Britten-Pears
Foundation, the Holst Foundation and others.
Note, chameleongroup.org.uk is not identical with chameleongroup.co.uk. The latter publishes
books. Their homepage is chameleongroup.co.uk. We, however, have and
will redirect misguided enquiries.