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.
Date: Monday 6th April; 11am – 5pm
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.
Date: Saturday 25th April; 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.
Date: Saturday 6th June; 7.30pm
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.
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.
Date: Thursday 1st October; 7.30pm
Venue: Brixton East
Presented in memory of the late Lee Hyla, this concert revolves around his spacious, Wyoming-inspired piece, My Life on the Plains. The concert also sees the UK premiere of music by Nina C Young (Void), Thomas Kotcheff’s that in shadow or moonlight rises, our second 2015 performance of Marco Momi (Due Nudi) and Velado, by our 2015 composer-in-residence Jose Manuel Serrano.
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 Kaija Saariaho’s Terrestre.