02/08/19 Voyages of Discovery

Date: Fri 2nd Aug, 2019
Venue: Petworth, UK

A new work for violin, cello, piano and percussion by renowned Petworth composer Terence Allbright provides the centrepiece for a concert of audacious contemporary works given by the London-based Riot Ensemble at the Petworth Festival.

Embark on voyages of discovery to destinations including outer space (in Ann Cleare‘s 93 million miles away) and deep-water corals (Gabriella Smith‘s Anthozoa – a UK premiere). Solo pieces include works by Cassandra Miller and a brand new set of piano miniatures by rising star British composer Tom Coult. You’ll hear sounds you never thought possible – come and experience a wild, weird and wonderful evening.

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16/09/19 Composition Workshops: Ben Oliver

Date: Mon 16th & Tue 17th Sep, 2019
Venue: University of Southampton (SO16 7PP)

Riot Ensemble travels to Southampton University to work with composer Ben Oliver on a new piece in development with poet Luke Wright.  These workshops will lead to a major new work in 2020.

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02/11/19 Solstices – The Netherlands

Date: Sat 2nd Nov, 4.00pm
Venue: ‘s-Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands

Solstices is a 70-minute piece from Georg Friedrich Haas, which takes place entirely in darkness. For 10 musicians, including a completely re-tuned grand piano, Solstices opens with a passage of taut, energetic and precise music.  From here the piece turns to a process of deep-listening by the musicians who, led by a totally re-tuned grand piano, play and tune a series of overtone chords.  Soon Haas introduces a variety of musical ‘games’ and elements that play upon the surface of this slowly moving texture.  Building to an intense climax, the final chord is held by the musicians for more than four minutes.  Haas writes:

very gradually the light comes back
the brighter the light, the softer the music
decrescendo al niente

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03/11/19 CTRL & FFF

Date: Sun 3rd Nov, 2019
Venue: ‘s-Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands

Laurence Osborn’s Ctrl was premiered by Riot Ensemble at HCMF2017. Later that night Ensemble Phace gave the world premiere of Laura Bowler’s FFF.  Riot Ensemble will perform each of these pieces twice on 3rd November, giving audiences at November Music the chance to experience and re-experience two exciting commissions from two powerful emerging voices on the UK scene. 

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