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 ComposersPatrick Harrex, J.C. Clark, Peter Copley & Phil Baker.
Our 2015 Call for Scores received 151 applications from composers all over the world. It has been a pleasure to get to know so much new music, being made by such inspiring and exciting artists. We are extremely proud to announce the composers we’ll be collaborating with for our 20th November concert, this year.
Thanasis Deligiannis will write a new piece for soprano, flute, 2 percussionists and harpsichord. Thanasis is a Greek composer living and working in Amsterdam.
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 Contemplateat 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: 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’sOn A Clear Day, and transcriptions of Hugo Wolf’s songs – written for Claudia by her husband.
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: 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.