More Hands: A Playlist

As you’ve hopefully heard by now (!) we have a fantastic concert coming up this Thursday (31st October) at the Friend’s Meetinghouse in Brighton.  We’re going to be performing a number of works by composers from the New Music Brighton Collective, while also revisiting some of our favourite chamber pieces that we performed this past year.

These works include Amy Beth Kirsten’s dramatic and virtuosic Two Monologues, Martin Suckling’s spontaneous and contemplative Three Venus Haiku, and Lutoslawski’s evocative Five Songs.  

In case you haven’t yet had a chance to hear some of these works, we’ve put together a little playlist from our past performances.  And remember, you can hear all these works – alongside works by New Music Brighton composers Phil Baker, Guy Richardson, Jonathan Clark and Barry Mills live at The Friend’s Meetinghouse at 7.30pm this Thursday.

Oh, and do feel free to come in costume!

adam swayne octopus


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!

Songs & Haiku

At The Warehouse at 7:30pm on Saturday 15th June 2013
A concert featuring contemporary songs by Huw WatkinsLutoslawskiLigeti & Marc Hyland, intersperced with instrumental Haiku by John Cage, Jonathan Harvey & Martin Suckling, accompanied by video projections inspired by Rothko.

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