New Music Players


NMP presented two concerts of new scores for very early silent film by founder and artistic director Ed Hughes, world premieres of specially written works by postgraduate students from the University of Sussex, plus the London premiere of Ed Hughes's 'Night Music' at The Meeting House, University of Sussex on Thursday 24 September 2015 and The Warehouse, Waterloo, London on Friday 25 September 2015. Full details here

Alice in Wonderland (Cecil Hepworth and Percy Stow, 1903)

NMP were on tour in January and February 2015 with 'Night Music', a programme featuring pianist Richard Casey with Ed Hughes, electronics, a world premiere by Ed Hughes and works by Jonathan Harvey, Gyorgy Ligeti and Martyn Harry. Full details here

Richard Casey, piano

Members of New Music Players with composer Rebecca Saunders workshopped specially written new pieces by student composers at the Music Faculty, Oxford University on Friday 27 February 2015. The performers are: Fiona Cross, clarinet; Michael Atkinson, cello; Lucy Wakeford, harp; Chris Brannick, percussion. Details here. The workshop will be followed by a concert featuring Fiona Cross, clarinet and Michael Atkinson, cello, at St Anne's College, Oxford: 

NMP featured on two releases in November 2013. 

When the Flame Dies a video opera by Ed Hughes with a libretto by Roger Morris and video design by William Reynolds. DVD / CD of the live premiere performance at the Canterbury Festival in association with Sounds New in October 2012 now available on Divine Art / Metier. Scored for 12 players and 5 singers. 

Digital Discoveries 4: works by Martyn Harry and Michael Zev Gordon on NMC Recordings, released on MP3 from the original 2004 BMIC recordings


The New Music Players was founded by its Artistic Director Ed Hughes in 1990. Early projects included commissions by Michael Finnissy and Howard Skempton, and, in 1992, the first UK performance of John Cage's Europera 5. The ensemble has played many times at major London venues, and has presented concerts in the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, the Brighton Festival and many other prestigious concert series.

New Music Players

The ensemble features some of the UK's finest musicians; core members are also members of the BBC Symphony Orchestra; Royal Opera House Orchestra, Covent Garden; Manchester Camerata; the English Chamber Orchestra; Psappha; and a wide variety of early music ensembles and jazz bands.

Major projects have included UK tours of Ed Hughes's new scores for Eisenstein's classic 1925 films Battleship Potemkin and Strike, followed by a DVD release on Tartan Video, and a recording of Ed Hughes's score to Ozu's 1932 silent film I was born but... for DVD release by the BFI. Their ‘Cutting Edge' series performance in 2007 was recorded by the BBC and broadcast on BBC Radio 3's Hear and Now.

New Music Players performed an all-Xenakis programme at the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival with New London Chamber Choir on 27 November 2011, and gave concerts and postgraduate student workshops at Oxford and Cardiff universities in March 2012. They premiered Ed Hughes's opera 'When the Flame Dies' at the Canterbury Festival in October 2012 in association with Sounds New. 

New Music Players Recordings

When the Flame Dies: video opera by Ed Hughes with a libretto by Roger Morris and video design by William Reynolds. DVD / CD on Metier. 

Dark Formations: double portrait CD of chamber and choral works by Ed Hughes on Metier

Digital Discoveries 4: works by Martyn Harry and Michael Zev Gordon on NMC Recordings

Jo Kondo: portrait disc

Crying Bird, Echoing Star: world première recording of five New Music Players commissions on the London Independent Records label