Performances 2016

Sound Tracks: Forest Music Launch

Sound Tracks: Forest Music launched on Sunday 17 July with a pilot project in Furnace Wood, a private wood in Ashdown Forest. With Consortium5, Joby Burgess and top trumpeters from the RAM and featuring works by Kerry Andrew, Joanna Marsh and Toru Takemitsu.

Robert Saxton: Shakespeare Scenes at the Menuhin School

Simon Desbruslais performed Robert Saxton's Shakespeare Scenes at the Menuhin Hall on Sunday 10 July 2016 with Menuhin School students conducted by Malcolm Singer. 'Shakespeare Scenes' was written for and commissioned by Simon Desbruslais and premiered and recorded by Simon with the Orchestra of the Swan conducted by David Curtis. 'Psalm' CD on Signum.

Anthony Payne: BBC Proms Premiere and website launch

Anthony Payne's 'Of Land, Sea and Sky' premiered at the BBC Proms on Tuesday 26 July by the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Chorus and Sir Andrew Davis. Tony celebrated his 80th birthday on 2 August. New website now launched.

Ed Hughes at Cheltenham Festival 10 July

Clare Hammond performed Ed Hughes's 'The Nose' at the Cheltenham Festival on Sunday 10 July as part of a UK tour of new music with film. 'The Nose' is based on a 1963 film by Alexander Alexeiff and Claire Parker, inspired by Gogol's story.

BBC Singers broadcast Saxton 'Five Motets'

The BBC Singers performed Robert Saxton's 'Five Motets' on BBC Radio 3 on Sunday 3 July at 2320 following a studio recording in February at BBC Maida Vale. Originally commissioned for the BBC Proms and recorded by The Clerks.

Clare Hammond CD reviews for 'Horae (pro clara)

Clare Hammond's third CD 'Horae (pro clara)' featuring music written for her by Kenneth Hesketh, has already received excellent reviews: ''a star interpreter of contemporary music' - Fiona Maddocks, Observer 'a winning combination of technical subtlety and expressive spontaneity' - Arnold Whittall, Gramophone

Stephen Upshaw awarded Junior Fellowship at Trinity Laban

Violist Stephen Upshaw has been awarded a Junior Fellow at Trinity Laban. Plans for the intensive year-long fellowship include performance projects, education work with both music and dance students, collaborative endeavours with other artistic partners and commissioning projects.

Ed Hughes: Brighton: Symphony of a City world premiere

The Orchestra of Sound and Light will premiere Ed Hughes's 'Brighton: Symphony of a City' at Brighton Dome as part of the 50th Brighton Festival conducted by the Composer on Wednesday 11 May 2016. 'Brighton: Symphony of a City' is a collaboration with film-maker Lizzie Thynne; the Orchestra of Sound and Light consists of 20 professional musicians and 25 specially invited local student players, all of whom have reached grade 8+ standard. Ed and Lizzie Thynne will feature on BBC Radio 3's In Tune on Monday 9 May at 5.20pm and on BBC Radio 4's Front Row on Wednesday 11 May at 7.15pm.

Clare Hammond: winner of RPS Young Artist Award

Pianist Clare Hammond won the Young Artist category of the RPS Awards 2016.

Anthony Payne: BBC Proms Commission announced

The BBC Symphony Orchestra have commissioned Anthony Payne to write a new work for chorus and orchestra for this year's BBC Proms. On Tuesday 26 July, Sir Andrew Davis will conduct the world premiere of 'Of Land, Sea and Sky' at the Royal Albert Hall. Full details here.

Ed Hughes at Kings Place and the Brighton Festival

Ed has a number of high profile performances coming up soon including ‘Brighton: Symphony of a City', a 45' orchestral work with a new silent film by Lizzie Thynne at the Brighton Festival on 11 May; ‘The Nose' at Kings Place on 9 April and on tour to Cardiff, Cheltenham and Aberdeen with pianist Clare Hammond; and ‘Voyage to the Moon' at the new Attenborough Centre at the University of Sussex on 17 June.

Clare Hammond: concerto tour of Poland and Kings Place premieres 9 April

Pianist Clare Hammond is touring Poland during late February and early March 2016. She gave the world premiere performance of a newly discovered piano concerto by Mozart's mentor Josef Myslivecek on 26 February. Full details here.

Clare will give the second performance of Ken Hesketh's Haende and Ed Hughes's 'The Nose' at Kings Place on Saturday 9 April. The concert features new works for piano and film by Ed Hughes and Ken Hesketh alongside Szymanowski, Ades, Medtner and Bach. This programme was premiered at the Cornerstone festival in Liverpool and is touring to Cardiff, the Cheltenham Festival in July, and Sound in Aberdeen in the autumn.

Ed Hughes on ITV News

Ed appeared on ITV News in a feature about his networked iPads project, NETEM, developed with researchers and coders at the University of Sussex. Young musicians at Southover C of E Primary School in Lewes perform works by and arranged by Ed using networked iPads.

Anthony Payne: 80th birthday year: BBC SSO and BBC Philharmonic

On 21 February the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and Martyn Brabbins will perform Payne's 1985 The Spirit's Harvest, first performed at that year's BBC Proms. Stephen Johnson will interview Anthony Payne about his life as a composer, writer and teacher, and about his work on the realisation of the sketches to Edward Elgar's Third Symphony, for which he is best known. Full details here.

On 27 February the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and Martyn Brabbins again feature a major orchestral work, Time's Arrow, written for the BBC Proms in 1990. An evocation of the Big Bang, the music of Time's Arrow traces the expansion and contraction of the universe. Vivid rhythmic invention and glowing harmony contribute to a work of uninhibited and exhilarating momentum. Full details here.

On 18 March the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra and Jan Pascal Tortelier perform Visions and Journeys, commissioned in 2002 by the BBC and premiered by the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Sir Andrew Davies at the BBC Proms. Full details here.

John Casken premiere at Wigmore Hall: Alec Frank-Gemmill

French horn virtuoso and BBC New Generation Artist Alec Frank-Gemmill and pianist Alasdair Beatson gave the world premiere performance of 'Serpents of Wisdom' in a lunchtime concert at Wigmore Hall on 1 February. The work for horn and piano was one of six New Generation Commissions commissioned by the RPS in partnership with BBC Radio 3, and was broadcast live on BBC Radio 3.

LWM Artists on BBC Radio 3: January 2016

Stephen Upshaw performed at Tate Modern with the Riot Ensemble in a special live concert for BBC Radio 3's In Tune on Friday 8 January 2016 and then on the iPlayer. Clare Hammond performed Mendelssohn and Chopin in the In Tune Christmas Special and Robert Saxton talked about composition and picked some key works in Composition Today.

British Composer Award success: John Casken and Robert Saxton shortlisted

Both John Casken and Robert Saxton were shortlisted for British Composer Awards.

John Casken's oboe concerto 'Apollinaire's Bird' was commissioned and premiered by the Halle Orchestra and Sir Mark Elder and their principal oboe Stephane Rancourt. Listen here.

Robert Saxton's 'Sonata on a Theme by Orlando Gibbons' was commissioned and premiered by the City of Cambridge Brass Band and subsequently performed and recorded for BBC Radio 3 by the Cory Band. 

Thomas Simaku: Diotimas premiere at hcmf//

Following the success of their world premiere performance of Thomas Simaku's String Quartet No 4 at the 2011 Festival, hcmf// 2015 saw Quatuor Diotima premiere Simaku's String Quartet No 5 - commissioned by hcmf// especially for the quartet - on 28 November. 

Orchestra of Sound and Light launched

The Orchestra of Sound and Light, a New Music Players education initiative to expand ensemble performance, launched with a workshop at the East Sussex Academy of Music on 23 October exploring Ed Hughes's expandable score to Hepworth's 1903 film 'Alice in Wonderland'. Full details here.

Clare Hammond on film: The Lady in the Van

Clare Hammond plays a younger Maggie Smith in Nicholas Hytner's film of Alan Bennett's play 'The Lady in the Van', released in the UK on 13 November. Clare performs excerpts from Chopin's first piano concerto with the BBC Concert Orchestra. Clare was a guest on Radio 3's In Tune with composer George Fenton on Wed 4 November. Full details here

 

Selected Concerts 2016

10 January 2016: Robert Saxton Herla Antara Duo: Thomas Hancox, flute; Rachel Wick, harp; Stour Valley Arts & Music

1 February: John Casken Serpents of Wisdom (world premiere), Alec Frank-Gemmill, horn, Alasdair Beatson, piano, Wigmore Hall

21 February: Anthony Payne The Spirit's Harvest: 'Discovering Music' for BBC R3, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, City Halls, Glasgow

26 February: John Casken Shadowed Pieces, Gould Piano Trio, Kelso Music Society

27 February: Anthony Payne Time's Arrow, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Martyn Brabbins, conductor, City Halls, Glasgow

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

10 January 2016: Robert Saxton Herla Antara Duo: Thomas Hancox, flute; Rachel Wick, harp; Stour Valley Arts & Music

1 February: John Casken Serpents of Wisdom (world premiere), Alec Frank-Gemmill, horn, Alasdair Beatson, piano, Wigmore Hall

21 February: Anthony Payne The Spirit's Harvest: 'Discovering Music' for BBC R3, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, City Halls, Glasgow

26 February: John Casken Shadowed Pieces, Gould Piano Trio, Kelso Music Society

27 February: Anthony Payne Time's Arrow, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Martyn Brabbins, conductor, City Halls, Glasgow

17 March: Robert Saxton Hortus Musicae 2 (world premiere of first section), Clare Hammond, piano, Meeting House, University of Sussex

18 March: Robert Saxton Traumstadt, St Paul's Sinfonia, Paul Morley conductor, St Alfege's Church, Greenwich, London

18 March: Anthony Payne Visions and Journeys, BBC Philharmonic, Yan Pascal Tortelier, conductor, Bridgewater Hall, Manchester

7 April: John Casken Apollinaire's Bird, Halle, Mark Elder, Stephane Rancourt (oboe), Bridgewater Hall, Manchester

7 April 2016: Ed Hughes The Nose, Sound Festival Aberdeen, Clare Hammond, piano

8 April: John Casken Apollinaire's Bird, Halle, Mark Elder, Stephane Rancourt (oboe), Nottingham

9 April: Ed Hughes The Nose, Kings Place, London, Clare Hammond, piano

12 April: Ed Hughes The Nose, Cardiff University, Clare Hammond, piano

11 May: Ed Hughes Brighton: Symphony of a City, Orchestra of Sound and Light conducted by Ed Hughes, Brighton Dome, Brighton Festival

10 July: Robert Saxton Shakespeare Scenes, Simon Desbruslais, trumpet, Menuhin School orchestra, The Menuhin Hall, Cobham

10 July: Ed Hughes The Nose, Cheltenham Fesitval, Clare Hammond, piano

26 July: Anthony Payne Of Land, Sea and Sky, BBC Proms, BBC Symphony Orchestra, BBC Symphony Chorus, Sir Andrew Davis, conductor, Royal Albert Hall, London