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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Date: Saturday 6th June; 7.30pm
Venue: MeWe360
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.

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Written for Me (#1)

Date: Saturday 15th November; 7.30pm
Venue: Cecil Sharp House, Trefusis Room.
As part of our Sound and Music Portfolio programme this year, we are hosting international soloists Heather Roche (Bass Clarinet), Marco Fusi (Viola D’Amore) and Rafal Luc (Accordion) in London.  After a day of masterclasses and composers workshops, these three soloists will give a joint concert of repertoire that has been written specifically for them by composers from around the world, including:

Gavin Higgins Kathedrale
Ian Anderson Siren (World Premiere)
John Croft Intermedio iii
Martin Iddon Ptelea
Lorenzo Romano chi ha paura delle maree 
Federico Gardella cinque notturni da braccio
Felipe Lara Postcard
David Young Escurial

The soloists – and the three composers taking part in the Portfolio Scheme – will present the informal concert in conversation with our Artistic Director Aaron Holloway-Nahum.

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Our First Call for Scores!

We’re really pleased to announce that we’re running our first call for scores!

The call is in collaboration with the fantastic East Coast Contemporary Ensemble.  Two scores will be selected for performance at both The Forge (Camden, 16th July) and The Meetinghouse (Brighton, 17th July) as part of our Transatlantic Collaborations projects.

You can apply through the ECCE website.

Breathe AHR: 1

In association with Breathe AHR, the Riot Ensemble presents a new series of free 1:00pm lunchtime concert at Guy’s and St. Thomas’ Hospitals in central London.

Our first concert – 23 songs from around the world – features Riot Ensemble Artistic Board Members Celeste Cronje (soprano) and Claudia Racovicean (piano) performing Lutoslawski, Ligeti and Elizabeth Maconchy among many others!

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