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03/03/17 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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24/02/17 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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20/02/17 Breathe AHR 13: Charcoal #2

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

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

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20/02/17 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. MORE INFO >>

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17/02/17 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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16/02/17 Celia’s Toyshop

Date: Thursday 16th February, 7.30pm
Venue: Brixton East 1871 (SW9 7JF)

The Riot Ensemble celebrates the beginning of 2017 with a return to Brixton East 1871 in an evening filled with chamber music from around the world.  Come hear some of Europe’s top performers in an array of World and UK Premieres, along with the customary £5 bottles of wine!
The concert includes Hayirli Olsun for Trombone, Harpischord, Percussion and Piano by Utku Asuroglu (UK Premiere); Shades of Silence for String Trio and Harpsichord by Anna Thorvaldsdottir (UK Premiere), Hammock by Kerry AndrewCelia’s Toyshop by Michael Cryne (World Premiere), Wolke über Bäumen for solo violin with gut strings and baroque bow by Evan Johnson (UK Premiere), and our second performance of Television Continuity Poses, which we co-commissioned with BBC Radio 3 from Jack Sheen.

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01/02/17 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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19/01/17 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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21/11/16 The Viola in my Life

Date: Monday 21st November, 8.00pm
Venue: The Forge, Camden (NW1 7NL)

The Riot Ensemble connects people to great contemporary music with this performance entitled “The Viola in my Life.” The performance features Riot’s new Artistic Board Member Stephen Upshaw, who programmed this concert alongside fellow rioters Sarah Mason & Claudia Maria Racovicean.
The concert features Feldman’s classic The Viola in My Life, alongside the world premiere of new solo viola works by Mark Simpson, and small chamber music by Jack Sheen, Tigran Mansurian and others.  Here’s the full programme:

Mark Simpson: New Work for Solo Viola (World Premiere)

Morton Feldman: “The Viola in My Life 3” for viola and piano

Mark Bowden: “Hoist” for solo percussion

Jack Sheen: “Each One Cancels Out the Last” for viola, piano and tape (World Premiere)

Anna Meredith: “Flex” for solo percussion

Tigran Mansurian: “Duet” for viola and percussion (UK Premiere)

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09/11/2016 Breathe AHR: Charcoal

Date: Wednesday 9th November 1pm
Venue: Guys Hospital – Atrium 1
A ‘Remembrance’ themed concert, with live artist Marcus Stefanelli.  Music by John Garner, A world premiere of Giovanni Cacioppo’s The Immigrant Suite, a selection of Bartok’s 44 Duos For Two Violins and Kate Williams Suite for Two Violins.

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29/10/16 Micrographia

Date: Saturday 29th October, 5.00pm
Venue: St. Nicholas Church, Brighton (BN1 3LJ)

The World Premiere of Laurence Osborn’s Micrographia – a song cycle for two sopranos and chamber ensemble setting seven new poems (written specifically for this piece) by poet Joseph Minden.  World Premieres from our 2016 Call for Scores winners Yukiko Watanabe and Lee Westwood, and an array of new miniatures from composers from the New Music Brighton Composers’ Collective.

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1/10/16 Hear and Now: Live from South Bank

Date: Saturday 1st October, 10.00pm
Venue: South Bank Centre, London

Members of our Artistic Board perform live from the Southbank on BBC Radio 3’s Hear and Now.  We’ll be performing the UK premiere of “death, hocket, and roll” – a Toy Piano Duo by Thomas Kotcheff, Nina C Young’s “Void” (Nina is our current composer in residence), Scelsi’s Ko-Lho, Liza Lim’s violin solo Philtre, Maderna’s Serenata per un satellite and a newly commissioned work by emerging English composer Jack Sheen.  There will be interviews with many of the musicians (and some of the composers) so do turn up or tune in!

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13/9/16 Listen: Pauline Oliveros @ Sonic Imperfections

Date: Tuesday 13th September, 8pm
Venue: Montague Arms, Peckham (SE15 2PA)

Sonic Imperfections is a monthly experimental music night at the Montague Arms in Peckham.  We’re heading down with a complete evening of Pauline Oliveros‘ Text Scores, like the one below.  The evening will take place in three short sets, with time for drinks and conversation in-between!

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05/09/2016 Breathe AHR: Folk Songs

Date: Monday 5th September 1pm
Venue: St. Thomas’ Hospital – Central Hall
A theme of folk songs including Szymanowski, Berio and Dallapiccola alongside transcriptions of Hugo Wolf’s Möirke Lieder.

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11/5/2016 Breathe AHR: 1

Date: Wednesday 11th May; 1.00pm
Venue: Guys’ Hospital Chapel
Our tenth concert with Breathe AHR.  This concert will feature works from our Young Composer of the Year Award along with John Tavener’s To A Child Dancing With the Wind

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7/5/2016 Young Composer of the Year

Date: Saturday 7th May; 7.00pm
Venue: Palmers Green United Reformed Church
In association with the foreSOUND school of music, we’re so excited for our annual education project encouraging and training the next generation of composers.  Numerous young foreSOUND students have been selected to attend an instrument introduction day with our players (27th Feb) and take composition lessons with our Artistic Director Aaron Holloway-Nahum.  They’ll then compose new pieces (often their very first) and we’ll perform them on this concert, alongside John Tavener’s To A Child Dancing In the Wind.  Recordings of all the pieces will be released on our media pages.

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29/4/16 Traced Upon Cinders

Date: Friday 29th April, 7.30pm
Venue: St. Leonard’s Church, Shoreditch (E1 6JN)

An ecclectic evening of music in the resonant and beautiful St. Leonard’s Church. We give the UK premieres of Evan Johnson’s experimental and virtuosic L’art de toucher le clavecin 3, our 2016 composer-in-residence Nina C. Young’s Traced Upon Cinders (for electric guitar and ensemble), and Djuro Zivkovic’s Grawemeyer Winning On the Guarding of the Heart (commissioned & premiered by Klangforum Wien).
The concert will also include a short trio of piano pieces in memory of Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, Steven Stucky and Pierre Boulez.
 
The concert will last approximately one hour with no interval.

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18/3/16 My Life on the Plains

In conjunction with Sonic Imperfections as part of the Telegraph Hill Festival
Date: Friday 18th March
Venue: St. Catherine’s Church

After giving the UK Premiere at the 2015 Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, we’re bringing Lee Hyla’s masterwork My Life on the Plains to London on a fantastic evening of music shared with Gold Vox, Matthew Shaw, and Charles Hayward with Laura Cannell.  

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15/3/2016 Art Rules

In the centenary of his birth, we’re thrilled to return to music based around Henri Dutilleux’s Les Citations.  We’ll be giving a world premiere from Nathan Shields, an extended version of Jose Manuel Serrano’s magical Cenizas de un madrigal triste, other Riot Ensemble commissions from Ken Hesketh & Chris Roe, Arlene Sierra’s Petite Grue and – of course – Les Citations itself.

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9/2/2016 Heather Roche at Brixton East 1871

We’re thrilled to be returning to Brixton East 1871 to host Clarinettist Heather Roche for the her performance of six world premieres commissioned through her first international composition competition in 2014/5.  The pieces will be introduced during the concert, with many of the composers present.  Bar available!

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8/1/2016 BBC Radio 3: In Tune

Suzy Klein presents a special edition of ‘In Tune’ live from Tate Modern gallery in London, as part of Radio 3’s New Year New Music week. Our performances include Edgard Varèse’s seminal Density 21.5 (alongside Calder’s wire sculpture of his friend), Augusta Read Thomas’ Capricci, Benjamin Graves’ NocturNe, and Patrick Harrex’s …dreams, shadows, and smoke  Also performing on the programme are the Guildhall School percussionists and vocal trio Juice!

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7/12/2015 Spitalfields: I Shall Contemplate

As part of the Spitalfields Music Winter Festival 2015
Date: Monday 7th December, 7.00pm
Venue: St. Leonard’s Shoreditch

We’re so excited to be making our London festival debut with Spitalfields Music.  In this evening concert we intersperse solo movements of Bach among music by Djuro Zivkovic (2014 Grawemeyer Winner), Spanish composer Helga Arias Parra (a fourth composer chosen from our 2015 Call for Scores) and ten-year-old Marie-Louise Ptohos (our foreSOUND Young Composer of the Year).  

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20/11/2015 HCMF: Szmytka, Fernando & Hyla

Date: Friday 20th November
Venue: Blending Shed at Bates Mill, Huddersfield

We are absolutely thrilled to make our HCMF debut with the wild and bizarre worlds of Jagoda Szmytka, Samantha Fernando & Lee Hyla.  The concert includes UK premieres of Szmytka’s Game Boy and Empty Music, along with Hyla’s 30-minute retrospective My Life on the Plains. Samantha has created a new version of her piece Positive/Negative Space especially for this concert.  All of the music is deeply personal & characterful, and the concert will be ‘guided’ by an audio tour created by Szmytka especially for the night.

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17/11/2015 New Music from New Voices

Date: Tuesday 17th November, 7.30pm
Venue: Brixton East 1871

A concert jam-packed with new music from new composers. More than 150 composers from 14 countries applied to the Riot Ensemble’s 2015 Call for Scores.  Three composers  Thanasis Deligiannis, Jessica Rudman & Patricia Alessandrini were chosen by Riot’s musicians to write new works for this concert. We also perform a brand-new work by Jose Manuel Serrano (our 2015 composer-in-residence), give the UK premiere of Amy Beth  Kirsten’s beguiling L’ange Pâle and premiere a virtuosic harpsichord solo from Drew Schnurr.

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11/11/2015 Breathe AHR: Remembrance Day

Date: Wednesday 11th November, 1pm
Venue: Guy’s Chapel, Guy’s Hospital, London Bridge
In our 9th concert with Breathe AHR – a charity dedicated to improving health and outcomes for patients, staff and communities – three Riot musicians perform a concert of music reflecting on war & peace.

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31/10/2015 Death of Light, Light of Death

Date: Saturday 31st October; 5.00pm
Venue: St. Nicholas Church, Brighton
Jonathan Harvey’s “Death of Light, Light of Death” was inspired by Grünewald’s ‘Crucifixion’ in the Issenheim Altarpiece.  Harvey wrote that the “unflinching sense of catastrophe that hangs over this picture has given it a special appeal to the sensibilities of our own time.”  The Riot Ensemble returns to Brighton for the third consecutive year, to perform a concert centred around this beautiful and haunting music.  Other music will include composers from the New Music Brighton composers collective, Helen Grime’s Oboe Quartet, and NMB Composers Patrick Harrex, J.C. Clark, Peter Copley & Phil Baker.

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1/10/2015 #’Murica!

Date: Thursday 1st October; 7.30pm
Venue: Brixton East
This concert sees the UK premiere of four pieces by thrilling American composers Jason Eckardt (“Brilliant” – NY Times, “Dazzling” – BBC), Nina C Young (2015 Rome Prize)Thomas Kotcheff (HOCKET Piano Duo), Natalie Draper (2015 TMC Fellow) and John Zorn’s behemoth Ceremonial Magic, in its solo violin version.

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24/8/2015 Breathe AHR: 3

Date: Monday 24th August; 1.00pm
Venue: St. Thomas’ Central Hall, South Wing
Presented with live visual artist, this concert will feature a number of pieces for piano duo including Debussy, Kurtag, and “Variations for Judith“, a set of variations on Bist du Bei Mir, written for the chair of our board.

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01/07/2015 A Clockwork Operetta

Date: Wednesday 1st July, 7.30pm
Venue: The Forge, Camden
The closing ‘summer party’ on the second season of the critically acclaimed Wednesdays at the Forge concert series.  The concert is built around Kevin Malone’s cabaret based around A Clockwork Orange, which sets the “songs” that Burgess included in his own script for the film (which Kubrick was eventually to reject in favour of his own).  The concert also includes music by Charles Dodge and George Crumb.

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15/6/2015 The Strange Last Voyage of Donald Crowhurst

Date: Monday 15th June, 7pm
Venue: The Cockpit Theatre, Marylebone
A chance to see a new chamber opera in the making.  As part of Rough for Opera, a scratch night for new opera hosted and curated by Second Movement, four scenes from this new opera will be presented as a work-in-progress followed by a Q&A with audience feedback.

Created by Riot Ensemble’s Artistic Director Aaron Holloway-Nahum and librettist Peter Jones, the opera will star baritone Benedict Nelson and countertenor Rupert Enticknap in the single, tragic character of Donald Crowhurst.

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6/6/2015 Portfolio

Date: Saturday 6th June; 7.30pm
Venue: MeWe360
Presented as part of our Sound and Music Portfolio Scheme, this concert sees three emerging UK composers writing pieces for three international soloists.  They are: Chloe Knibbs (writing for Accordionist Rafal Luc), Daniel Kidane (writing for Bass Clarinetist Heather Roche), and Ed Nesbit (writing for Viola d’Amore, Marco Fusi). The concert will also feature new works for all three soloists by Athena Corcoran-Tadd, Pedro Alvarez and Oliver Brignall.

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28/5/2015 Wired in Amsterdam

Date: Thursday 28th May; 7.30pm
Venue: Orgelpark, Amsterdam
Last year, as part of our Les Citations project, we commissioned UK composer Chris Roe to write a new work for Oboe, Harpsichord, Percussion and Double Bass.  Chris’ piece WIRED was recorded for our first CD, and has now been selected as a finalist for the Prix annelie de Man.  We are thrilled to be heading to Amsterdam – our first international appearance – to perform Chris’ piece in the finals.

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18/5/2015 Breathe AHR: 2

Date: Monday 18th May; 1.00pm
Venue: St. Thomas’ Central Hall, South Wing
Presented with live visual artist, this concert will feature a number of contemporary vocal works including Patrick Harrex, Elizabeth Maconchy, Ed Nesbit and Wolfgang Rihm.

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15/5/2015 Young Composer of the Year

Date: Friday 15th May; 7.30pm
Venue: Palmers Green United Reformed Church
In association with the foreSOUND school of music, we’re running an education project to encourage and train the next generation of composers.  Five young foreSOUND students have been selected to attend an instrument introduction day with our players (28th Feb) and take composition lessons with our Artistic Director Aaron Holloway-Nahum.

We’ll then perform these pieces alongside George Crumb’s Vox Balanae and Djuro Zivkovic’s I Shall Contemplate at a Gala where our players will select one of the new pieces to be performed again on our 2016 season.  Recordings of all the pieces will be released on our media pages.

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6/4/2015 Fields

Date: Monday 6th April; 11am – 5pm
Venue: Unannounced
Fields, by David Bird, is for two percussionists at a linear distance of 150 yards.  A total of six microphones record the resulting sound at specific distances between the two. “As sound travels from one microphone to the next, one hears the entire lifespan of a sound in an instant”.  We will be performing the piece a dozen times – unannounced – in various parks and locations around London.

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11/3/2015 Breathe AHR: 1

Date: Wednesday 11th March; 1.00pm
Venue: Guys’ Hospital Chapel
Presented with live visual artist, this concert will feature a number of works of Claudia Racovicean’s upcoming album recording including Aaron Copland’s Piano Variations (which Claudia began learning while living in Aaron Copland house), Matthias Pintscher’s On A Clear Day, and transcriptions of Hugo Wolf’s songs – written for Claudia by her husband.

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4/2/2015 Four Hands

Date: Wednesday 4th February; 7.30pm
Venue: MeWe360
A spectacular evening of virtuosic music for four-hands piano, including Stravinsky’s Petrushka and Concertino, Kurtág’s Játékok I and IV, Amy Williams’ Crossings and transcriptions four of Conlon Nancarrow’s studies for player piano.

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30/1/2015 The Riot

Date: Friday 30th January; 7.30pm
Venue: MeWe360
The opening concert of our 2015 season! Built around Jonathan Harvey’s raucous trio for Flute, Clarinet and Piano (The Riot) this concert also includes the UK premiere of music by Marco Momi (Reloading Vanishing), our first 2015 performance of composer-in-residence Jose Manuel Serrano (Espantajo de Resaca), Arne Gieshoff’s Invocation to Ate, Capricci by Augusta Read Thomas, a special performance of Aaron Copland’s Piano VariationsFelipe Lara’s Livro dos Sonhos, and Speak to Me by our 2014 composer-in-residence Amy Beth Kirsten.

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15/11/2014 Written for Me (#1)

Date: Saturday 15th November; 7.30pm
Venue: Cecil Sharp House, Trefusis Room.
As part of our Sound and Music Portfolio programme this year, we are hosting international soloists Heather Roche (Bass Clarinet), Marco Fusi (Viola D’Amore) and Rafal Luc (Accordion) in London.  After a day of masterclasses and composers workshops, these three soloists will give a joint concert of repertoire that has been written specifically for them by composers from around the world, including:

Gavin Higgins Kathedrale
Ian Anderson Siren (World Premiere)
John Croft Intermedio iii
Martin Iddon Ptelea
Lorenzo Romano chi ha paura delle maree 
Federico Gardella cinque notturni da braccio
Felipe Lara Postcard
David Young Escurial

The soloists – and the three composers taking part in the Portfolio Scheme – will present the informal concert in conversation with our Artistic Director Aaron Holloway-Nahum.

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14/11/2014 The People United Will Never Be Defeated

Date: Friday 14th November; 7.30pm
Venue: St. Luke’s Church, Brighton

The Riot Ensemble’s co-principal pianist Adam Swayne presents a unique performance Frederic Rzewski’s The People United Will Never Be Defeated, one of the twentieth century’s most monumental works for solo piano.  Rzewski wrote the piece in 1975 for Adam’s teacher, Ursula Oppens. The 36 variations are based on a song that expressed solidarity with the Chilean resistance to General Pinochet and, in a wild and often bewildering mix of virtuosic piano techniques and motley musical styles, the composer also weaves in other anthems that represent a struggle for democracy. The concert will last just over an hour without an interval and will include a spoken introduction.

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11/11/2014 The People United Will Never Be Defeated

Date: Tuesday 11th November; 7.30pm
Venue: The Forge Camden

The Riot Ensemble’s co-principal pianist Adam Swayne presents a unique performance Frederic Rzewski’s The People United Will Never Be Defeated, one of the twentieth century’s most monumental works for solo piano.  Rzewski wrote the piece in 1975 for Adam’s teacher, Ursula Oppens. The 36 variations are based on a song that expressed solidarity with the Chilean resistance to General Pinochet and, in a wild and often bewildering mix of virtuosic piano techniques and motley musical styles, the composer also weaves in other anthems that represent a struggle for democracy. The concert will last just over an hour without an interval and will include a spoken introduction.

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07/11/2014 The People United Will Never Be Defeated

Date: Friday 7th November; 7.30pm
Venue: The University of Chichester

The Riot Ensemble’s co-principal pianist Adam Swayne presents a unique performance Frederic Rzewski’s The People United Will Never Be Defeated, one of the twentieth century’s most monumental works for solo piano.  Rzewski wrote the piece in 1975 for Adam’s teacher, Ursula Oppens. The 36 variations are based on a song that expressed solidarity with the Chilean resistance to General Pinochet and, in a wild and often bewildering mix of virtuosic piano techniques and motley musical styles, the composer also weaves in other anthems that represent a struggle for democracy. The concert will last just over an hour without an interval and will include a spoken introduction.

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She is a Myth
06/11/2014 she is a myth

Date: Thursday, 6th November; 7:00pm
Venue: 
St. Leonard’s Church, Shoreditch
When The Riot Ensemble and Juice Vocal Ensemble ran a Call for Scores earlier this year, 126 composers from all over the world applied for just two available commissions.  This concert features the resulting works – by Australian composer Holly Harrison and UK composer Ben Oliver – along with the World Premiere of she is a myth by Riot’s Composer-in-Residence, Amy Beth Kirsten.  Amy’s music has recently been described as “wildly imaginative” (NY Times) and “a tour de force” (Washington Post).  Amy, Ben and Holly will introduce their pieces in conversation with Riot’s Artistic Director Aaron Holloway-Nahum.

Other music will include world premieres of works by Luke Styles, Piers Hellawell and Sally Whitwell, along with Georges Aperghis’ Le Corps A Corps.

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14/10/2014 Arrangements of Five

Date: Tuesday 14th October; 7.30pm
Venue: The Friend’s Meetinghouse in Brighton

The Riot Ensemble returns to Brighton to present an exciting array of contemporary music for various combinations of flute, clarinet and string quartet.  The concert includes the world premiere of Artistic Director Aaron Holloway-Nahum’s Arrangements of Five – commissioned by Timothy Orpen with funds from the RVW Trust and Britten Pears Foundation.  Other music includes the UK premiere of Augusta Read ThomasMansueto Tribute, ‘double helix’, Helen Grime’s To See the Summer Sky and an array of pieces from composers in the New Music Brighton Collective.

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13/8/2014 Breathe AHR: 4

In association with Breathe AHR, the Riot Ensemble presents a free 1:00pm lunchtime concert at Guys’ Hospital.  The concert features Riot Ensemble’s soprano Celeste Cronje and accompanist Charis Hanning in an array of music circling around the ideas of Sleeping and Waking.  Music includes Maconchy, Mozart, Berg and Alexina Louie.

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21/05/2014 Les Citations (in memory of Henri Dutilleux)

Near the one-year anniversary of his death, The Riot Ensemble brings  Henri Dutilleux’s Les Citations to the Divinity School Recital Hall at St. John’s College, Cambridge. Presented along Dutilleux’s masterwork are an array of newly-commissioned works by composers from across the globe for the same lineup of instruments (with an additional soprano in two of the works).

These new pieces will come from Jose Manuel Serrano (Argentina), Jenna Lyle (USA), Arne Gieshoff (UK), Chris Roe (UK) and Drew Schnurr (USA).  The concert will also feature Ken Hesketh’s transcription of Dutilleux’s piano piece Blackbird (1950) for Les Citations forces, Arlene Sierra’s Petite Grue, and a short piece for Doublebass and Soprano by The Riot Ensemble’s 2014 Composer in Residence Amy Beth Kirsten.

 

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20/05/2014 Les Citations (in memory of Henri Dutilleux)

Near the one-year anniversary of his death, The Riot Ensemble brings Henri Dutilleux’s Les Citations to The Forge, Camden. Presented along Dutilleux’s masterwork are an array of newly-commissioned works by composers from across the globe for the same lineup of instruments (with an additional soprano in two of the works).

These new pieces will come from Jose Manuel Serrano (Argentina), Jenna Lyle (USA), Arne Gieshoff (UK), Chris Roe (UK) and Drew Schnurr (USA).  The concert will also feature Ken Hesketh’s transcription of Dutilleux’s piano piece Blackbird (1950) for Les Citations forces, Arlene Sierra’s Petite Grue, and a short piece for Doublebass and Soprano by The Riot Ensemble’s 2014 Composer in Residence Amy Beth Kirsten.

 

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11/05/14 I Shall Contemplate

We’re extremely excited to present the UK premiere of Djuro Zivkovic’s I Shall Contemplate for soprano, flute, piano, violin and cello.  This evening concert at Brasenose College, Oxford, will also feature works by J.S. Bach, Vox Balaenae by George Crumb, and Claude Debussy’s piano prelude Brouillards.

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Mayday
01/05/2014 Mayday

On 1st May, The Riot Ensemble joins the Nonclassical alternative mid-week contemporary-classical club session for an evening of politically charged music, with performances of Louis Andriessen’s Workers Union, and Frederick Rzewski’s Coming Together and Attica. Further information is available on the NonClassical website.

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10/2/2014 Breathe AHR: 3

In association with Breathe AHR, the Riot Ensemble presents a free 1:00pm lunchtime concert at St. Thomas’ Hospital.  The concert features Riot Ensemble’s co-principal percussionist Claudia Maria Racovicean who will – in collaboration with her sister, violinist Ramona Racovicean – present a concert in celebration of John William’s Birthday.

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05/02/2014 The Flatulence of the Gods

The Riot Ensemble kicks off a new series of contemporary music at The Forge in Camden.  The first half of this concert, starting at 7.30pm on 5th February, features CHROMA – while the Riot Ensemble brings you a second half of extremely low notes from Scott Lygate, Amy Beth Kirsten, Martijn Padding, Chris Mayo and Aaron Holloway-Nahum.  All five pieces are World or UK premieres and the ensembles include 5 Bass Clarinets, 5 Bassoons, 4 Trombones and tenor.

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24/01/2014 Number Ones: An Evening of Beginnings

At Club Inégales on Friday 24th January. Bar open from 7pm, music in two sets from 8pm.  We take a look back at where a number of today’s most exciting composers began, with first pieces from Harrison Birtwistle, Thomas Adès, Amy Beth Kirsten, Luciano Berio, Richard Causton and Joanna Lee.  We’ll also have additional wind quintets by Harrison Birtwistle and Alastair Putt.

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A piece from Riot's first 'painting music' concert in 2010. By Elise Naomi Buddle.
11/11/2013 Breathe AHR: Painting Music 1

A new series of free lunchtime concerts in collaboration with Breathe AHR sees The Riot Ensemble’s principal players accompanied by a live visual artist.  The first of these – at 1:00pm at St. Thomas’ Hospital concerts sees Artistic Board members Brian O’Kane (cello) and Claudia Racovicean (piano) present works by Augusta Read Thomas and Thomas Adés alongside Brahms’ second cello sonata.

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More Hands Front
31/10/2013 More Hands!
At The Meetinghouse (Brighton) at 7:30pm on Thursday 31st October 2013
An array of music for piano four hands, and other chamber ensembles by Amy Beth Kirsten, Martin Suckling, Lutoslawski and New Music Brighton collective composers Jonathan Clark, Phil Baker, Barry Mills, Guy Richardson and Patrick Harrex.
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30/9/2013 Breathe AHR: 2

In association with Breathe AHR, the Riot Ensemble presents a free 1:00pm lunchtime concert at St. Thomas’ Hospital.  The concert features Riot Ensemble’s principal percussionist Sarah Cresswell who will – in conversation with Riot’s Artistic Director Aaron Holloway-Nahum – present a concert exploring percussion instruments from around the world in both their original and contemporary use today.

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31/07/2013 Breathe AHR: 1

In association with Breathe AHR, the Riot Ensemble presents a new series of free 1:00pm lunchtime concert at Guy’s and St. Thomas’ Hospitals in central London.

Our first concert – 23 songs from around the world – features Riot Ensemble Artistic Board Members Celeste Cronje (soprano) and Claudia Racovicean (piano) performing Lutoslawski, Ligeti and Elizabeth Maconchy among many others!

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Transatlantic Collaborations
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At The Meetinghouse (Brighton) at 7:30pm on Wednesday 17th July

Music for varied solos & ensembles by John AylwardDominique SchaferHelen Grime, Chris Roe, and György Kurtag.  This concert will also include two world premieres from our international call for scores with the ECCE Ensemble.

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Transatlantic Collaborations
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At The Forge (Camden) at 7:30pm on Tuesday 16th July

Music for varied solos & ensembles by John Aylward, Dominique Schafer, Helen Grime, Chris Roe, and György Kurtag.  This concert will also include two world premieres from our international call for scores with the ECCE Ensemble.

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Songs and Haiku
15/06/2013 Songs & Haiku
At The Warehouse at 7:30pm on Saturday 15th June 2013
A concert featuring contemporary songs by Huw WatkinsLutoslawskiLigeti & Marc Hyland, intersperced with instrumental Haiku by John Cage, Jonathan Harvey & Martin Suckling, accompanied by video projections inspired by Rothko.

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Shapes of a Square
08/03/2013 The Shapes of a Square

At LSO St. Luke’s at 7:30pm on Friday 8th March, 2013.
Music for string quartet by Henri Dutilleux, Christopher Theofanidis, Giovanni Albini, Gustavo Penha and Aaron Holloway-Nahum.
Featuring the Navarra Quartet

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Magic Bass Flute Publicity
26/01/2013 The Magic Bass Flute
At The Red Hedgehog at 6:30pm on Saturday 26th January 2013
Music for bass, alto and c-flutes by Mario GarutiAmy Beth Kirsten, Julian AndersonRic GraebnerGeorge Benjamin and Terence Allbright.
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17/06/2012 Song Offerings
An LSO Discovery Concert, at LSO St. Luke’s, in association with LSO Soundhub) at 8:00pm on June 17th 2012
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06/12/2009 Premiere Concert
At The Guildhall School of Music and Drama at 7:30pm on December 6th, 2009
Music for ensemble by Edward Nesbit, Martin Suckling, David Ibbett, Karl Geitzmann and Aaron Holloway-Nahum