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; Entrancing and highly seductive – 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. Their 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.
Based in London, they are particularly active in bringing emerging international voices to the British new-music scene and since 2012 have given over 200 World and UK premieres by composers from more than thirty countries. Their annual call for scores has resulted in almost twenty commissions. Additionally, they enjoy close working relationships with some of the most important composers of our time, including Georg Haas whose evening length piece SOLSTICES was commissioned by Riot.
They have been featured numerous times on BBC Radio 3 and radio broadcasts across Europe and are rapidly gaining a profile for their recordings as well. Their recent release on Huddersfield Contemporary Records, Speak Be Silent, has been praised as ‘one of the best recordings of 2019’ by Sequenza 21 and ‘a most impressive release’ by Australia’s Limelight magazine. They have also recently recorded a disc featuring Jonathan Harvey’s Song Offerings at Deutschlandfunk in Köln and are currently working on a new release of Patricia Alessandrini’s chamber music for HCR.
The Riot Ensemble perform regularly at Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival (UK) as well as Dark Music Days (Iceland), Tampere Biennale (Finland), Nordic Music Days (Sweden), and November Music (Netherlands) with upcoming appearances scheduled at the Arctic Arts Festival (Norway), Darmstadt (Germany) and Tzlil Meudcan (Israel).
Their work has been 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