Our next concert with the Riot Ensemble


Date: Saturday 28th October, 5.00pm
Venue: St. Nicholas Church, Brighton (BN1 3LJ)

Now in it’s fourth year, our annual concert with the New Music Brighton composer collective sees us perform an array of their miniatures alongside the UK premiere of Chaya Czernowin’s Ayre: Towed through plumes, thicket, asphalt, sawdust and hazardous air I shall not forget the sound ofalongside two of our call for scores commissions (Mirela Ivicevic and Sylvain Marty)
After the music, join us for food and drinks at the our afterparty at a nearby pub!

All tickets £10 and available on the door!

…celebrating Sussex Folk Song in new ways

New Music Brighton in collaboration with Horsham Folk Club with funding from The Chalk Cliff Fund proudly present two concerts of music for eight part choir 3 folk singers with flute and violin on October 21st in Alfriston and November 11th, 2017 in Uckfield

The concert events include performances from members Horsham Folk Club representing a collaboration of traditional musicians and composers from classical backgrounds.

Eight new compositions and arrangements by NMB composers Phil Baker, Julian Broughton, Ric Graebner, Patrick Harrex, John Hawkins, Barry Mills, Guy Richardson and Clive Whitburn are based on Sussex folk music and literature, and will be performed by an eight voice choir either a cappella or with traditional instruments. The conductor for the performances will be Julian Broughton.

Folksong and you: workshop for all (free) 3.30
Horsham Folk Band in venue from 6:45
Concert: 7:30

Tickets can be bought online

for Alfriston at the Old Chapel

for Uckfield at the Bridge Cottage Heritage Centre

Claudia Racovicean’s Top 5

In anticipation of NMB’s first concert of 2016, Riot Ensemble pianist Claudia Racovicean indulges us with her Top 5 piano-related Youtube treasures…

1. Rachmaninoff Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini
This is one of my favourite pieces in all the repertoire, and Stephen Hough is one of my favourite pianists, from his wonderfully inviting introductions to his deep and exciting interpretations.  What more could you want?
2. Hugo Wolf Begegnung
One of the first times I collaborated with my husband was on these arrangements.  They are virtuosic and fun reimaginings of Wolf’s songs for solo pianist in the vein of Liszt’s transcriptions of Schubert.
3. Djuro Zivkovic I Shall Contemplate
I love working with composers on their pieces, and this was exactly the case when we gave the UK premiere of Djuro’s I Shall Contemplate in Oxford in 2014.  Djuro came over and we spent a number of hours working on the exact atmosphere, detailed pedaling and precise control of dynamics to achieve just the effect he wanted.  We just gave the London premiere of this piece at the Spitalfields Festival in December 2015!
4. Claude Debussy F’eux d’Artifce
This is one of my favourite of Debussy’s wonderful preludes.  My own recording will appear on my first album (April 2015, Coviello Classics) but I’ve been a fan of Marc-André Hamelin’s bold and colourful interpretations, and this one is no different!
5. Aaron Holloway-Nahum Remember Me? – Part IV for two toy pianos
As is often the case with my husband’s music, this piece (performed by the absolutely fantastic piano duo HOCKET in Los Angeles) manages to be fun without ever being flippant.  I really love the variety of sounds Aaron asks for, and the player’s total bravery and commitment in getting them out.  Perhaps one to perform with Adam Swayne someday!

Claudia Racovicean