Milestones in the History of The Riot Ensemble

The Riot Ensemble is founded at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama by Aaron Holloway-Nahum, Claudia Racovicean, Adam Swayne & Kate Walter.  The ensembles gives one performance in each year from 2009 – 2011.

Our first professional concert: an LSO Discovery Concert at LSO St. Luke’s performing Jonathan Harvey’s Song Offerings, Elizabeth Maconchy’s Sun, Moon and Stars and Aaron Holloway-Nahum’s Plainer Sailing.

The Riot Ensemble’s first full season. With support from The Holst Foundation. 10 concerts, 21 premieres, first performance in Brighton, and first performances with Breathe AHR.

From 2014 to the present, our work has been supported by Arts Council England and Opus 2 International. First international call for scores, first commissions offered by the ensemble,15 concerts, 20 premieres, and participation as a Sound and Music Portfolio Ensemble.

Debut performances at Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival and Spitalfields Music (Winter Festival).  First international performance at the Prix Annelie de Man, Amsterdam. 17 concerts with 27 premieres, and 151 applicants to our second Call for Scores.

Graham McKenzie - Riot Tweet - HCMF2015

Debut performances live on BBC Radio 3 from the Tate Modern and South Bank Centre. Our first work in higher education at Cardiff University. The release of our first commercial CD (Approaching Dutilleux). 13 concerts with 39 premieres, and 196 applicants to our third Call for Scores. 

International residencies at the Music en Segura and Nordic Music Days festivals. Our return to HCMF with Laurence Osborn’s Ctrl and Pauline Oliveros’ The Wheel of Time for string quartet and electronics. Recording at Real World Studios, the UK premiere of Liza Lim’s violin concerto Speak, Be Silent and Chaya Czernowin’s Ayre: Towed through plumes, thicket, asphalt, sawdust and hazardous air I shall not forget the sound of…, Higher Education work at RHUL, University of Sussex, Brunel, and Cardiff University. 23 concerts with 39 premieres, and 248 applicants to our 5th annual Call for Scores.

“Everything was memorably brilliant, and I came away elated. If contemporary music nights were always like this, they’d shrug off their ghetto status and we’d all be queuing for returns.”
– Michael White, 19.05.2017

International residencies at the Tampere Biennale (Finland), Helsingborg (Sweden) and Dark Music Days (Iceland, with a world premiere from Bára Gísladóttir) along with UK residencies in COMAfest and the Spitalfields Music Festival (Nicole Lizée, Richard Reed Parry, Christopher Mayo). LSO St. Luke’s performance of the Elliott Carter Double Concerto, and a broadcast on BBC Radio 3 from Kings Place (Philip Venables, Sarah Nemstov, Lee Hyla). Higher education residencies at Goldsmiths, RHUL, and the Royal Academy of Music. 18 concerts with 27 premieres, and 292 applicants to our 6th annual Call for Scores.

“[The Riot Ensemble] explored memory, nostalgia, greed, sex, anarchy, all in an hour. What more do you want?”
-Fiona Maddocks, The Guardian 23.09.2018