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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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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Call for Scores 2015

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.

Jessica Rudman will also write us a new piece for soprano, flute, 2 percussionists and harpischord.  She is an American composer, finishing her doctorate at the The Graduate Center, City University of New York (CUNY).

Finally, we have selected a third composer, Patricia Alessandrini, to write a new solo harpsichord piece with Goska Ishpording.

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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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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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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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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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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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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