Sussex Experimental Music Festival

Date: Wednesday 1st February, 7.30pm
Venue: Attenborough Centre for Creative Arts (BN1 9RA)

In an evening of music and performances inspired by Stockhausen, we’ll be performing three audio video works by the music of Sussex University Student Tom Reid as part of the Sussex University Experimental Music Festival.  Other student composers on the festival include Natalie Whiteland, Anton Pearson, Louis Borlase, Jason Hazael & Ella Moll (Rochelle Rochelle).

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Various Stages

Date: Friday 24th February, 1-8pm
Venue: Institute of Contemporary Arts (SW1Y 5AH)

We are thrilled to join Mahogany Opera Group’s Various Stages Festival as the resident ensemble.  We’ll be workshopping and premiering a scene from Oliver Brignall’s new opera Palace of Junk, a multimedia retelling of the tragic tale of the Collyer brothers, an infamous pair of hoarders, and an exploration into hoarding disorder.  We’ll also be performing in Christopher Cerrone, Stephanie Fleischmann and Brian Mertes’ In a Grove, an immersive opera inspired by a short story by Japanese author Ryūnosuke Akutagawa examining an incident of love torn by violence from multiple perspectives; and Calamity/Billy by Théâtre de la Croix-Rousse, Gavin Bryars, Ben Johnston and Michael Ondaatje, a double portrait of two iconic wild west heroes Billy the Kid and Calamity Jane that shows a different and more intimate side to the characters.

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Workshops: Palace of Junk

Date: 19-20 January 2017
Venue: Brunel University

Two days of rehearsals with composers Oliver Brignall on his new opera “Palace of Junk” -a multimedia retelling of the tragic tale of the Collyer brothers, an infamous pair of hoarders, and an exploration into hoarding disorder – ahead of our performance at Mahogany Opera Group’s Various Stages Festival.

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Breathe AHR 14: Charcoal #3

Date: Monday 20th February
Venue: St. Thomas’ Central Hall

This is our fourteenth concert – free and open to the public – in conjunction with Breathe Arts Health Research and our third concert with charcoal artist Marcus Stefanelli.  The concert will be programmed by and feature soloists from Riot Ensemble’s Artistic Board. Continue reading

Breathe AHR 15: Charcoal #4

Date: Monday 8th May
Venue: St. Thomas’ Central Hall

This is our fifteenth concert – free and open to the public – in conjunction with Breathe Arts Health Research and our fourth concert with charcoal artist Marcus Stefanelli.  The concert will be programmed by and feature soloists from Riot Ensemble’s Artistic Board. Continue reading

Breathe AHR 15: Charcoal #5

Date: Monday 8th May
Venue: St. Thomas’ Central Hall

This is our fifteenth concert – free and open to the public – in conjunction with Breathe Arts Health Research and our fifth concert with charcoal artist Marcus Stefanelli.  The concert will be programmed by and feature soloists from Riot Ensemble’s Artistic Board. Continue reading

Jubilus

Date: Wednesday 3rd May, 7.30pm
Venue: Blackheath Halls Great Hall (SE3 9RQ)

Come celebrate Jonathan Harvey’s rarely heard masterwork Jubilus – with Artistic Board Member Stephen Upshaw on solo viola – alongside the world premiere of composer/clarinettist Scott Lygate’s Chamber Symphony, the UK premiere of Augusta Read Thomas’ Capricious Angels, and our second performance of Helga Arias Parra’s Incipit (commissioned and premiered by us in 2015)!

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Listen II: The Text Scores of Pauline Oliveros

Date: Tuesday 4th April, 7.30pm
Venue: Cardiff University Concert Hall (CF10 3EB)

We return to Cardiff University for an evening-length performance of Pauline Oliveros’ Text Scores, like the one below.  You can read Tim Rutherford-Johnson’s reflections on these scores on our blog. The music is joyous, fun and informal.  The concert will take place in two halves, with an interval.
Riot Ensemble will also do a workshop with Cardiff University composers the next morning.

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Speak, Be Silent

Date: Friday 3rd March, 7.30pm
Venue: The Warehouse, Theed Street (SE1 8ST)

We are thrilled to be bringing Liza Lim’s Violin Concerto Speak, Be Silent to the Warehouse for its UK Premiere with soloist Sarah Saviet.  Alongside Lim’s concerto, this concert includes an array of atmospheric, colourful and virtuosic music including the UK Premiere of Anna Thorvaldsdottir’s Ró, Edmund Finnis’ Frame/Refrain, and Rebecca Saunders’ A Visible Trace for 11 conducted soloists. A cash bar will be available at the concert.

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A Chest of Toys: Real World Sessions

Dates: Friday 17th – Sunday 19th February
Venue: Real World Studios

Back in 2014, on Radio 4, comedian Mark Steel quoted an anonymous description of the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival: ‘Much of it sounds like a chest of children’s toys coming down the stairs.’

We think this is accidentally a wonderful description of the joyful, cacophonous and unpredictable musics that make up contemporary new music today, and we’re thrilled to be working with Coviello Music Productions to make our second CD recording – A Chest of Toys – for release on Coviello Contemporary in late 2017.

We’ll be recording Michael Cryne’s Celia’s Toyshop, and our 2016 Call for Scores commissions: In My Room (Yukiko Watanabe) and Florescence (Lee Westwood) alongside an array of other chamber music including Thomas Kotcheff’s death, hocket and roll for two toy pianos, Monica Pearce’s Kandinsky for soprano and toy piano, Television Continuity Poses by Jack Sheen, and Hayirli Olsun for Trombone, Harpischord, Percussion and Piano by Utku Asuroglu.

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