Performances 2015

New Music Players: 150 years of Alice + 7 world premieres

New Music Players celebrated live ensemble music and early silent film with a new score by artistic director Ed Hughes to the earliest film of 'Alice in Wonderland', 150 years since the book was published. Also featuring 'Voyage to the Moon', a remarkable early science-fiction film with many special effects by Georges Méliès, plus new works by Danny Bright, Barnaby Hollington, Tom Reid and Lee Westwood, all postgraduate students at the University of Sussex, and the London premiere of Ed Hughes's Night Music, performed by pianist Richard Casey. Concerts: Thursday 24 September 2015 at the University of Sussex; Friday 25 September 2015 at The Warehouse, Waterloo, London. 

Alice in Wonderland

Stephen Upshaw Brighton Festival concert online

Violist Stephen Upshaw's Brighton Fesitval concert is now available online here. 'Lyrical brilliance... a rare delight... a superb finale' The Argus

Clare Hammond performs Philip Glass at the Barbican

Pianist Clare Hammond, Rising Star in BBC Music Magazine, performed a selection of Philip Glass's Etudes alongside the composer at a sold-out concert at the Barbican Hall on Wednesday 29 April 2015.

Clare Hammond with Philip Glass at the Barbican, London

National Youth Choir at Snape Proms: Casken 'Uncertain Sea'

The National Youth Choir performed John Casken's 'Uncertain Sea' at the Snape Proms on Friday 28 August 2015 conducted by Ben Parry. 'Uncertain Sea' was commissioned by the National Youth Choir and sets poems by Katrina Porteous.

Time and the Seasons: live Radio 3 broadcast and US premiere

Roderick Williams, baritone and Iain Burnside, piano, performed Robert Saxton's song cycle 'Time and the Seasons' at the Ludlow English Song Weekend on 29 May 2015; the performance was broadcast live by BBC Radio 3. 'Time and the Seasons' will receive its US premiere on 10 November 2015 with a further performance in Indianapolis in January 2016.

Sir Thomas Allen to premiere Casken 'Trackway of Time'

Sir Thomas Allen, internationally renowned baritone and Chancellor of Durham University, gave the world premiere performance of John Casken's ‘Trackway of Time' for baritone and orchestra at a concert in Durham Cathedral on 15 June 2015 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Durham University Music Society. Full details here.

LWM Artists at Brighton Festival: NLCC and Stephen Upshaw

LWM Artists the New London Chamber Choir and violist Stephen Upshaw featured at the Brighton Festival 2015. NLCC performed their 'Animals' programme - 'technically amazing... terrific panache... a tour de force' (Classical Source, January 2015 on their Wilton's Music Hall performance). 

Violist Stephen Upshaw gave a lunchtime recital with austrian pianist Veronika Trisko featuring works by Bloch, Bartok and Raymond Yiu. 

'... showcased the instrument's unique tone and versatility' 'Upshaw's performance captures the lyrical brilliance of the original.' '... it was a rare delight to hear a lengthy and complex passage played entirely ... in harmonics' The Argus, 12 May 2015

Stephen Upshaw, viola. Photo: Malcolm Crowthers

Stephen Upshaw

New Music Players: Night Music Tour 2015

Richard Casey, solo piano
Joseph Houston, solo piano
with Ed Hughes, electronics

Pianists Richard Casey and Joseph Houston revealed the fascinating soundworld of piano with electronics including the first performance of Ed Hughes's Night Music; Jonathan Harvey's Tombeau de Messiaen, a searing exploration of tempered and non-tempered piano colours; and Ligeti's virtuosic and expressive Études for solo piano, written between 1988 and 1994 and classics of the late twentieth century piano repertoire.

New Music Players tour produced by Liz Webb - full details here

New London Chamber Choir at Wilton's Music Hall

The New London Chamber Choir's Animals! programme at Wilton's Music Hall on 30 January, their first concert with new Musical Director Matthew Hamilton, was a huge success with excellent reviews.

The programme included the UK premiere of Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgreen's 'Four Madrigals from the Natural World' alongside animal-inspired works by Judith Bingham, Adriano Banchieri, Giles Swayne, Roberto Sierra and Meredith Monk.

Clare Hammond: new Etude disc

Clare Hammond's 'Etude' disc of 20th and 21st-century études by Unsuk Chin, Nikolai Kapustin, Sergei Lyapunov and Karol Szymanowski is released internationally by BIS Records today, 2 February 2015. This disc combines some of the most electrifying and adventurous études written for piano, ranging from the impassioned late-Romanticism of Lyapunov to Chin's mercurial and visionary sound-world.

Click here to listen to Clare's broadcast on 'In Tune' or here to listen to extracts from the disc.

Selected Concerts 2015

20 January: Clare Hammond: In Tune BBC Radio 3

22 January: Ed Hughes Night Music (Parts 1 and 2 only), University of Sussex, Joseph Houston, piano

23 January: Robert Saxton world premiere of ‘Wo Gott zum Haus nicht gibt sein Gunst', St Catharine's College, Cambridge, William Whitehead, organ

28 January: Clare Hammond recital and seminar at the RNCM, Manchester

30 January: New London Chamber Choir present Animals! at Wilton's Music Hall. Matthew Hamilton, conductor

31 January: Ed Hughes Night Music, Crescent Arts Centre, Belfast, Richard Casey, piano

4 February: Clare Hammond launch of ‘Etude' disc at Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London

5 February: John Casken That Subtle Knot, Stavanger Konserthus, Norway, Thomas Zehetmair, violin, Ruth Killius, viola, Stavanger Sympfoniorkester

7 February: Ed Hughes Night Music, Frederic Chopin Conservatoire, Paris, Richard Casey, piano

12 February: Ed Hughes world premiere of complete version of Night Music, Brighton Science Festival / Music of our Time, All Saint's Church, Hove, Joseph Houston, piano, University of Sussex Symphony Orchestra

15 February: Anthony Payne world premiere of Piano Quartet, Kings Place, London, Primrose Piano Quartet

23 February: Ed Hughes Night Music, University of Oxford, Jacqueline du Pre Music Building, Joseph Houston, piano

3 March: Robert Saxton world premiere of Praeludium on the name Georg Friedrich Handel, Wigmore Hall, Navarra Quartet

7 March: Robert Saxton String Quartet No. 3, RNCM, Maxwell Quartet

8 March: Thomas Simaku world premiere of Akhmatova Song, Les Mans, France, Juliette de Massy, soprano; Rohan de Saram, cell0

13 March: Robert Saxton String Quartet No. 3, St Anne's College, Oxford, Maxwell Quartet

26 March: Anthony Payne Piano Quartet, Imperial College, London, Primrose Piano Quartet

28 March-4 April: Thomas Simaku Dressed in White - Albanian Folk Songs, California Tour, Cornell University Choir

19 March: Ed Hughes Light Sows a Meagre Beam, University of Sussex, Meeting House, Jeremy Huw-Williams, baritone and Julian Broughton, piano

30 March: Thomas Simaku Soliloquy V - Flauto Acerbo (b), Iwona Glinka, flute/alto flute, Athens

1 April: Thomas Simaku / Clare Hammond Hommage a Kurtag, Saddleworth Concerts Society, Delph, Clare Hammond, piano

20 April: Thomas Simaku Soliloquy V - Flauto Acerbo, Wienerkonzerthaus, Schubertsaal, Musica Juventutis, Lorina Vallaster, alto and tenor recorders

25 April: Robert Saxton world premiere of ‘Herla', Painswick Music Society, ‘Antara' - Tom Hancox, flute; Rachel Wick, harp

27 April: Stephen Upshaw Berio: Chemins II; RNCM, Jack Sheen, conductor

29 April: Clare Hammond Philip Glass: Etudes, Barbican Hall, London

30 April: John Casken That Subtle Knot, Prinzregententheatre, Munich, Thomas Zehetmair, violin, Ruth Killius, viola, Munchener Kammerorchester

3 May: Robert Saxton Brise Marine, The Beach in Winter, Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge, Susanna Fairbairn, soprano, Matthew Schelhorn, piano

7, 8, 9, 10 May: John Casken That Subtle Knot, St Paul, Minnesota, USA, Thomas Zehetmair, violin, Ruth Killius, viola, St Paul Chamber Orchestra

11 May: Stephen Upshaw: Lunchtime recital at the Brighton Festival with Veronika Trisko, piano

13 May: Clare Hammond: world premiere of Geoffrey Gordon: Saint Blue for Piano, Trumpet and Strings with Simon Desbruslais, trumpet and English Symphony Orchestra

15 May: New London Chamber Choir: Animals! at the Brighton Festival conducted by Matthew Hamilton

22 May: John Casken Shadowed Pieces, Chorlton Arts Festival, Gemma Bass, violin, Ian Buckle, piano

29 May: Robert Saxton Time and the Seasons, Ludlow English Song Weekend, Roderick Williams, baritone, Andrew West, piano - live BBC broadcast

2 June: Ed Hughes Light Cuts Through Dark Skies, Hochschule fur Musik, Frankfurt

9 June: Thomas Simaku Capriccioso, National Centre for Early Music, York, Peter Sheppard Skaerved, violin

12 June: Clare Hammond: PLG memorial concert for John McCabe, Purcell Room, Southbank Centre, London

15 June: John Casken Trackway of Time (world premiere) Durham University Orchestra, Sir Thomas Allen, baritone, Oliver Zeffman, conductor

17 June: Robert Saxton world premiere of Suite for Harp, Imogen Barford, GSMD London

28 June: Robert Saxton world premiere of Passacaglia for John McCabe for solo organ, John McCabe Memorial Concert, Faversham Church, Kent

1 July: Stephen Upshaw works by Kevin Malone, Jonathan Dove, Charles Dodge, Riot Ensemble, The Forge

6&7 August: Stephen Upshaw Tete a Tete opera festival, King's Place

28 August: John Casken Uncertain Sea Snape Proms, National Youth Choir, Ben Parry, conductor

18 September: John Casken Orion over Farne Philharmonie Zuidnederland, Kees Bakels, conductor

24 September: Ed Hughes Alice in Wonderland (world premiere) Voyage to the Moon (world premiere), New Music Players, Meeting House, University of Sussex

25 September: Ed Hughes: Alice in Wonderland, Voyage to the Moon (London premieres), New Music Players, The Warehouse, 13 Theed St, London

31 October: Stephen Upshaw: works by Harvey, Grime, Saariaho, Riot Ensemble, St Nicholas Church, Brighton

8-12 November: Robert Saxton Herla, Weymouth Music Club, Chipping Sodbury Music Society, Chester Music Society, Grimsby Concert Society, Antara Duo: Tom Hancox, flute, Rachel Wick, harp

23 November: Ed Hughes The Nose (world premiere), Cornerstone Festival, Liverpool, Clare Hammond, piano

24 November: John Casken Stolen Airs (world premiere), Philip Higham cello, Durham University

26 November: Robert Saxton Feature at the RNCM, Manchester

28 November: Thomas Simaku: String Quartet No. 5 (world premiere), Diotima Quartet, hcmf, Huddersfield