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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Introducing: Kate Walter

5 - KateFlautist Kate Walter was one of the founding artists of The Riot Ensemble, and has been on our Artistic Board since our first concerts at Guildhall.  Kate performs regularly in London’s top orchestras – such as the Philharmonia – and in West End Shows such as Les Miserables.

Kate has a busy year of Rioting in 2015, starting with our very first concert, The Riot, at MeWe360 in January.  Get to know Kate a bit better, in her answers to our questions below.


What is the most embarrassing thing that’s ever happened to you while playing the flute?
Well, there has been nothing too embarrassing when playing the flute, there’s plenty of time for it to happen though!! I have conducted a flute ensemble dressed as a Christmas pudding, that was pretty embarrassing.  I did once have to play triangle in a Wind Quintet performance, and when I reached the solo triangle moment, I swung and completely missed!  (oops!)

 

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What are you looking forward to in 2015?
I am really looking forward to the Riot Ensemble season, it includes some awesome repertoire and I always really enjoy the challenge of learning new music: the crazier the better! We always have a lot of fun in these concerts, and there never seems to be a dull moment. I’m very lucky to have opportunities this year to play in many amazing concerts around the globe and make a living playing music, it does’t get much better than that.

What is your favourite Riot Ensemble story, so far?
It’s got to be our Workers Union performance on MayDay 2014…outside in Dalston Square…in the rain…the police were called….enough said?? It was brilliant, we were making a LOT of noise and the crowd were dancing along in the pouring rain, it reminded me of being a Glastonbury, minus the mud! I also just love meeting so many fabulous musicians and composers.  Collaborating with different Artists such as ECCE Ensemble and New Music Brighton is something that is really exciting.

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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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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I Shall Contemplate… by Djuro Zivkovic

Live recording from The Platnauer Concert Series at Brasenose College, Oxford of the UK premiere of Djuro Zivkovic’s I Shall Contemplate...  

The Riot Ensemble

Kate Walter, Flute; Celeste Cronje, Soprao
Claudia Maria Racovicean, PIano
Theo Kung, Violin; Reinoud Ford, Cello
with Artistic Director Aaron Holloway-Nahum conducting.

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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Songs and Haiku Resonance FM Broadcast

Yesterday evening, our Artistic Director Aaron Holloway-Nahum and Artistic Board Member Celeste Cronje spoke on Resonance FM about our recent Songs and Haiku concert at the Warehouse.  The discussion ranged from advice for composers in writing for the voice, to thoughts of programming and presentation, and included a number of the live performances from the concert including:

Seven Haiku – John Cage
Five Songs – Witold Lutoslawski
At Last the Secret is Out (from Three Auden Songs) – Huw Watkins
In Thy Beauty – Marc Hyland
Three Venus HaikuMartin Suckling
Seven Haiku (2nd live performance) – John Cage

Unfortunately we can’t play the entirety of the broadcast (due to copyright restrictions) but we’ve broken down the hour into a few usable snippets which you can listen to below.

The broadcast opened with Claudia Racovicean’s first performance of John Cage’s Seven Haiku, before Celeste gave a short introduction to The Riot Ensemble and our artistic aims.  This section concluded with Lutoslawski’s Five Songs:

The middle of the broadcast included some advice for composers writing for voice, and for young vocalists working with contemporary composers:

The broadcast ended with Martin Suckling’s Three Venus Haiku (with Riot Artistic Board Member Kate Walter playing Flute) and the second performance of John Cage’s Seven Haiku:

Thanks so much for joining us for this broadcast and we’ll be back to you soon with videos from the concert, and blog posts from composers featured in our upcoming Transatlantic Collaborations concerts!