Multi-media concert 19th March 2014

nmbmarch19poster2 We're pleased to announce the full programme for our multimedia concert on Wednesday 19th March at the Friend's Meeting House, Ship Street Brighton at 7.30 pm Phil Baker | The Murals at Albi William Johnston | Fugal Toccata and Symphony No. 2 – Movements 2 & 3 Ric Graebner & Larry Wakefield | Fragmented City Roger Harmar | Ark All works are either pre-recorded or electronic in nature and may include flashing images. Update If you missed the performance, here's one of the pieces presented on the 19th, Ark by Roger Harmar


Ark from Roger Harmar on Vimeo.

The Ireland Trio perform works by Stephenson, Graebner, Bowden, Baker & Allbright

We are very pleased to post some of the pieces that were recorded at our concert in June of last year with The Ireland Trio. Pieces by Terence Allbright, Georgina Bowden, Phil Baker, Ric Graebner and Mike Stephenson. Many thanks to the musicians and composers who made the evening a success. [soundcloud url="" params="auto_play=false&hide_related=false&visual=true" width="75%" height="175" iframe="false" /]

Lee Westwood made one of Sound & Music’s New Voices

Our member, Lee Westwood has been commissioned through the 'Portfolio' scheme to write a new work for London-based choir MusArc, to be premiered this Summer at The Biscuit Factory, Bermondsey. In conjunction with this, Sound and Music have also made him one of their 'New Voices' featured composers for the period 2014-2015, and a selection of his works will be published by Composer's Edition. Congratulations to Lee Also in March 'A Hidden Order' Exhibition, Prince's School Of Traditional Arts, Shoreditch, March 19th - 27th. A collaboration between composer Lee Westwood & geometer Sama Mara, exploring the relationship between music and geometry, resulting in a multimedia performance of a new suite for mixed ensemble where sounds are converted into realtime live graphics. Ensemble includes Philippe Barnes (flute), Suzie Shrubb (cor anglais), Adam Bushell (marimba/percussion) and Susie Winkworth (cello). Supported by the Arts Council and the Prince's School Of Traditional Arts. 'A Hidden Order' the album available 1st February from

NMB 20th Anniversary 1994–2014

Happy New Year to everyone.

This year marks our 20th Anniversary, our first concert was on the 11 May 1994 and our next concert will be a Multimedia Concert at the Friends Meeting House Wednesday 19 March at 7.30pm. The programme will be announced as soon as we can and there is still time for members to submit a piece. Later this year will also be a solo piano concert with Helen Burford, again at the Friends Meeting House in Brighton on Wednesday 3 September, programme to be announced (a submission form has just been sent to members, please let us know if you haven't received one). We're hoping to announce some more concerts for this year and we also hope to institute some informal Salon concerts for members to play pieces in an informal setting, we'll let members know once we have more details.   nmb_graphic_green anniversary

The Riot Ensemble: More Hands

MoreHandsWeb We're pleased to announce our next concert on the 31st October, 7:30pm, at the Friends Meeting House with the Riot Ensemble. The full programme is: Lutoslawski Songs Barry Mills Piano Duet No 2 Martin Suckling Flute Piece Guy Richardson Ahavah Rabbah ~ Interval ~ Amy Beth Kirsten Two Monologues Phil Baker Echo's Antiphons Jonathan Clark Songs Patrick Harrex Tramezzino [soundcloud url="" params="" width=" 100%" height="166" iframe="true" /] [soundcloud url="" params="" width=" 100%" height="166" iframe="true" /]


An increasing trend in Adult/Continuing Education is the use of the internet to deliver short courses online via video lecture and online forums. One of the largest organisations that do this is Coursera which is has a number of music courses that are either just about to start or scheduled to start in the next six months. They're all free at the moment and here are the music ones that have caught my eye. All the courses are given by Universities or Music Colleges. Fundamentals of Rehearsing Music Ensembles (The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill) Dr. Evan Feldman Workload: 4-6 hours/week Sessions: August 2013 (8 weeks long)
Songwriting  (Berklee College of Music) Pat Pattison Jul 19th 2013 (6 weeks long) Workload: 6-8 hours/week   Jazz Improvisation  (Berklee College of Music) Gary Burton Workload: 6-8 hours/week Jul 19th 2013 (5 weeks long)   Survey of Music Technology  (Georgia Institute of Technology) Dr. Jason A. Freeman Workload: 5-7 hours/week Aug 26th 2013 (6 weeks long)   Introduction to Programming for Musicians and Digital Artists (California Institute of the Arts) Ajay Kapur October 2013 (8 weeks long) Workload: 2-4 hours/week   Write Like Mozart: An Introduction to Classical Music Composition (National University of Singapore) Peter Edwards Workload: 2-3 hours/week January 2014 (6 weeks long) A complete list of the music courses is here:

Closet music: call for imaginary works

book-open Closet Music: Imaginary Sound-worlds Open call for works: the Travel Pack Closet Music is a genre of works never intended to be performed out loud: the challenge is to create pieces for private, imaginary performance or contemplation. See the website for details, background, samples… Following the successful launch of the first collection of Closet Music works, composers, artists, writers and musicians are invited to contribute to the next stage: a Travel Pack of new Closet Music works. Each work has to fit on to A6 (post-card sized) cards (or on a series of these cards) which will be separate items collected in a playing-card type box. The travel pack will be very portable and ideal for passing the time on journeys… the theme of travel/journeying itself would be a fruitful (though not essential) one for creating the travel pack. There is no fee for participation in this project. Contributors included in the final Travel Pack will receive a copy of the Travel Pack. Closing date for initial submissions: July 15th 2013 You are welcome to send (or discuss) ideas before sending full pieces. Send them in to me in pdf or jpeg format:

The Ireland Trio: Music From Our Back Yards 28 June

NMB POSTERweb To download the poster click here: Poster pdf (2.36mb) June 28, 2013 6:45 pm St Luke's Church Queen's Park Road, Brighton, East Sussex,BN2 9ZB Tickets are available on the door and cost £7 | £5 concessions | £3 for under 12s. As part of a joint collaboration with Music & Wine at St Luke's, The Ireland Trio, Ellie Blackshaw (violin), Peter Copley (cello) and Adam Swayne (piano) present an evening showcasing Sussex composers past and present. Alongside celebrated works by Frank Bridge, and a rare chance to hear John Ireland’s Second Piano Trio, we are also presenting some fresh new works composed by members of New Music Brighton. The full programme is below: John Ireland Trio No.2 Phil Baker Palimpsest on a Theme of John Ireland - Lento molto - misterioso (second movement of Piano Trio) Ric Graebner Trio No.2 Interval James Shenton Andante (first movement of Piano Trio) Terence Allbright Trio Mike Stephenson Lullaby in D for J and A Georgina Bowden Mid-Winter Jonathan Clark Elegy and Rustic Dance (movements 2+4 from 'Four Short Pieces for Piano Trio') Frank Bridge Miniature Set Two: Romance, Intermezzo, Saltarell   Full information about the concert is on our events page here. Includes a short pre-concert discussion (20 minutes) at 6.45pm. This concert is supported by the John Ireland Trust.   JI  

Pathways to the C… a recording | NMB concert March 2nd

Composed by Phil Baker and performed by the Skeleton Ensemble at our concert in March at the Friend's Meeting House. Here's a recording of the piece from the concert. [soundcloud url="" params="" width=" 95%" height="166" iframe="true" /] The Skeleton Ensemble are composer Phil Baker, Ric Graebner (piano), Patrick Harrex (viola), Roger Harmar (amplified bass), Tim Willsone (oboe/flute) and Helen Glavin (vocals).  

Our new events page

I'm pleased to announce that we have redesigned our events page with a new sidebar widget listing upcoming events. The events page now has a list view and a calender view and shows concerts for both New Music Brighton and other organisations who our members collaborate with.  The events page is here Events Events pageevents2 We have the facility to include a Google map of the venue and of course we'd appreciate it if you could link the event to your facebook or twitter feeds by clicking one of the buttons below the entry.