The Riot Ensemble’s dedication to showcasing new music and bringing contemporary classical stylings to new audiences in unexpected venues is to be admired, respected, and imitated at every opportunity.
– I Care If You Listen
What a delight to find oneself swept along the luminous stream of an expertly curated programme, whose narrative began with the minutiae of sound and grew into full-blown music theatre. – the Arts Desk
Always Impeccable – The Times
The Riot Ensemble connects people to great contemporary music in concerts and events that are just as innovative, vibrant and rewarding as the music itself. We do this in venues ranging from the concert hall, to London’s parks, to YouTube. Since founding professionally in 2012, we have given 160 premieres, and commissioned more than two-dozen composers to write new works for us.
Led by a core group of sixteen musicians, we programme music we want to play, and collaborate with an array of other musicians and artists in concerts we plan and produce ourselves. We are one of the few emerging ensembles in the UK to regularly commission and perform music by international emerging composers, and we present the young composers we commission alongside exciting and established music from Bach to Birtwistle.
The Riot Ensemble is a registered non-profit company.