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 is one of the UK’s most ambitious new music ensembles, connecting 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. Our twenty Artistic Board members are some of the top European soloists in new music, and with Riot they work as performers, curators, commissioners, and collaborators, creating and producing a diverse array of projects around Europe.
We are particularly active in bringing emerging international voices into the British new-music scene, and since 2012 have given 184 World and UK premieres by composers from more than thirty countries. Our annual call for scores has resulted in almost twenty commissions, many of which have gone on to feature in our growing discovery. Our other initiatives have included a Young Composer of the Year programme which, in collaboration with the foreSOUND School of Music, has commissioned more than a dozen teenagers to write their first pieces.
Riot has performed at hcmf// (UK), Dark Music Days (Iceland), Tampere Biennale (Finland), Nordic Music Days (Sweden), and Música en Segura (Spain).
Our work has been regularly and generously supported by Opus 2 International and Arts Council England lottery grants, alongside numerous private sponsors, PRSF, the Ambache Charitable Trust, the RVW Trust, and the Holst Foundation.
The Riot Ensemble is a registered charity. Charity No. 1178276