Welcome to New Music Brighton


We are very proud to have two distinguished composers as patrons of NMB – Michael Finnissy and Sally Beamish OBE.
We are delighted that Sally Beamish received an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list 2020.
Michael Finnissy
Sally Beamish



We are very sad to announce the death of Kenneth V. Jones – New Music Brighton’s oldest member.
Click here to read a full obituary
A concert in his memory will be played in the Seaford Music Society‘s season in March 2022


In C-19

In 2019 members of New Music Brighton recorded a version of Terry Riley’s “In C”. We have now followed up with our own track: “In C-19”. The elements were individually recorded by 14 members of NMB and their friends and Roger Harmer has assembled these and created a first version on SoundCloud. Comments on the track are welcomed before release!




• On November 13th the Musicians of All Saints orchestra gave a concert including the first performance of Peter Copley‘s ‘Music of Exile’ for Viola and Thirteen Solo Strings with Raghad Haddad (viola). The concert was at All Saints Centre, Lewes. The concert also included Bach’s 3rd Brandenburg concerto, David Jenner‘s The Sky Above Cissbury and Holst’s St Paul’s Suite for Strings

• On Friday November 12th the concert by The Aurora Trio (flute, viola and harp) included music by Arnold Bax, Malcolm Lipkin and nine NMB composers.
The concert was in the Music & Wine at St Luke’s series.

• On 14th October at 1.00, Ellen Blackshaw (violin) and Yoko Ono (piano) gave a recital at All Saints, Hove. The programme included the ‘Nocturne’ and ‘Cortège’ by Lili Boulanger together with the specially commissioned ‘Nocturne’ and ‘Cortège?’ by John Hawkins.

• On October 1st, Barry Mills’ new Trio for oboe, cello and piano and his Trio for clarinet, viola and piano were performed by the Brighton Chamber Ensemble at the Unitarian Church,  Brighton. Mozart’s Kegelstatt Trio for clarinet, viola and piano was also on the programme.

Karen Kingsley’s marathon piano recital including pieces by Benjamin Britten and nine(!) New Music Brighton composers (Martin Adams, Terence Allbright, Peter Copley, Jonathan Clark, Caroline Gilmour, Ric Graebner, John Hawkins, Barry Mills, and Guy Richardson) was on Saturday 2 October at the Friends’ Meeting House, Brighton.

• On July 6th Phil Baker’s ‘Four Ostinato Pieces for Wind Quartet’ and Peter Copley’s ‘Die Nacht ist Kommen’, were given by the Mistral Quartet at a Music and Wine concert at St Luke’s, Brighton.

• Also on 6th July  the candle lit concert by Sussex Flutes at historic Hamsey church included the second performance of NMB member Barry Mills‘ Flute Quartet.
The concert also included works by Mozart, Telemann and Piazzola.

• On 21st June in a Brighton Fringe Festival concert at The Friends’ Meeting House in Brighton, violinist Sian Philipps gave a concert including John Hawkins ‘Nocturne and Cortège’ as well as works by Egon Wellesz, Gerald Finzi and Vaughan Williams.

• On Wednesday June at 7.00 pm the Musicians of All Saints concert at Hamsey Old Church included a new work for string quartet by NMB member Ellie Blackshaw. The concert also included quartets by Haydn and E.J. Moeran.

• On May 30th 2021 The Living Songs project of soprano Jessica Summers and pianist Jelena Markarova gave a Brighton Festival Fringe performance of Phil Baker’s  Memorial ‘… Fear no more th’ heat o’ th’ sun and Clive Whitburn‘s Three Songs from Shakespeare at the Brighton Unitarian Church.

• May18th 2021 The Mistral Quartet performed Four Ostinato Pieces for Wind Quartet by Phil Baker together with Peter Copley‘s Die Nacht is kommen at the Birley Centre, Eastbourne. The same concert will be given at Music & Wine at St Luke’s on July 9th 2021.



On 14 November the Musicians of All Saints  gave a live concert of Vivaldi’s Concerto in G major, RV 146; the first performance of NMB’s Peter Copley’s Music of Exile for Viola and Thirteen Solo Strings; David Jenner’s The Sky Above Cissbury for String Orchestra and Holst’s St Paul’s Suite for Strings. The viola soloist for the premiere of Peter Copley’s new composition was Raghad Haddad.
The concert was at All Saints in Lewes

• 26 September 

The Musicians of All Saints returned to the All Saints Centre in Lewes on Saturday 26 September for their first live concert since March. The programme included Mozart, Robin Milford and the 2nd performance of NMB member Barry Mills’s Nocturnal Landscapes – Bright Morning Star for Violin and Strings. The concert ended with the ever-popular Capriol suite by Peter Warlock. The audience was limited to 35 under Covid restrictions but greeted the return to live music with joy.

• 14th August

Unable to continue with our live performances, we asked our members to record individual parts for Terry Riley’s ‘IN C’ using whatever resources and instruments that came to hand. It was then put together as a live laptop performance for YouTube by members of New Music Brighton and friends. Artwork and video were produced in collaboration with Brighton Artists Network. Roger Harmar was Music Director and funds for this performance were provided by Stephanie Cant.

Because of the nature of the piece each performance is different, as was this one, the start and end of each pattern is not set so this was our version with many of our performers playing a number of instruments.

The performance on 14th August was a great success with 60 people watching live and more than 500 watching over the following month. It has now had to be taken down but we are excited that a new piece (with pattern elements based on the names of our members) will shortly be released on YouTube.
• 8th March
Rondelet and Kaleidoscope by Phil Baker were performed by CoMA Sussex conducted by Steve Dummer in Brighton
• 7–8 March

CoMA(Contemporary Music for All) celebrated its third festival. Events were held across the UK and Europe and St Mary’s Church, Kemptown BN2 1PR was one of the Festival centres, offering a weekend of participation in new music for all ages and abilities.


On March 7th Veilings ii ‘…a cloud of unknowing…’ by Phil Baker was performed by Musicians of All Saints conducted by Andrew Sherwood with Anne Hodgson flute solo at St Michael’s Church, Lewes.

1st March
World Premiere of ‘Salamanca 1936’ by Peter Copley with Sir John Tomlinson, bass, Brighton Youth Orchestra (Andrew Sherwood, conductor) and performers from Trinity Laban Conservatoire at St Bartholomew’s Church, Ann Street Brighton.
The concert also included ‘Ekstasis’ by John Tavener (written for the Brighton Youth Orchestra) and Handel’s ‘Zadok the Priest’

• The Lunchtime Concert at the Chapel Royal in Brighton given on February 18th by Steve Dummer, clarinet and Yoko Ono, piano included the Clarinet Sonata by John Hawkins together with pieces by Gerald Finzi and Joseph Horowitz.

• On Friday 24 January Pavlos Carvalho and Sarah Dubost-Carvalho gave a concert of pieces for solo cello and cello duos including the new Cello Duo (2019) by Barry Mills  and pieces by by J.S. Bach, F. A. Kummer (1797-1879) and J.B. Barriers (1707-1747).
St. Luke’s Church, Queens Park Road, Brighton, BN2 9ZB, 7.30 pm

• 18th January
NMB’s Ric Graebner directed the third concert in Musicians of All Saints ‘Living British Composers 2’ series. The concert included his own Clarinet Concerto and Guy Richardson‘s ‘Houriya’ (Freedom) plus the Schubert Rondo for Violin and Strings and Mendelssohn’s String Symphony No.6.



December 6th 
St Luke’s church, Queen’s Park Road, BN2 9ZB
Ellie Blackshaw, violin and Michiko Shimanuki, piano.
NMB members Barry Mills and John Hawkins are celebrating their 70th birthdays.
Ellie Blackshaw and pianist/composer Michiko Shimanuki will perform music by Mills, Hawkins, Mozart, Debussy, Rachmaninov and Shimanuki.

November 15th 7.30 pm in collaboration with Music & Wine at St Luke’s, St Luke’s church, Queen’s Park Road
Ivana Peranic, ‘cello and and Rachel Fryer, piano
A huge programme of music for ’cello and piano including pieces by no less than ten members of New Music Brighton:
Phil Baker, Jonathan Clark, Peter Copley, Ric Graebner, Willian Johnston, John Hawkins, Patrick Harrex, Marion Maidment-Evans, John Petley and Guy Richardson
plus the Debussy sonata!

November 9th 7.45 pm The Musicians of All Saints concert at the All Saints Centre, Lewes, included two pieces by NMB members:
the second performance of the ‘Double Concerto’ for two violins and string orchestra by Peter Copley and the first performance of ‘Grounds’ for oboe and strings by John Hawkins..

October 12th 5.30 pm
The Crypt Gallery, 23 Church St, Seaford.
The Ashworth and Rattenbury Guitar Duo played music ranging from Vivaldi to Granados and Machado and two pieces by Phil Baker.

October 5th
Our 25th anniversary celebration on 5th October at the Friends’ Meeting House included 14 pieces by NMB composers, all wonderfully played by members of the group. The very first concert, at the Chapel Royal, back in 1994 included 19 pieces and two intervals!


27th September 
Friends’ Meeting House, Ship St, Brighton
Siân Philipps, violin and Constance Chow, piano played music by Wellesz, Mendelssohn, Grace Williams and John Hawkins in an event which included a talk by Andy Winter, CEO of the Brighton Housing Trust.

On Saturday 22 June an NMB concert, for solo and duo guitars, was at the Friends’ Meeting House, Ship St., Brighton. The guitarists were Jon Rattenbury and Brian Ashworth. The programme included pieces by NMB members Phil Baker, Patrick Harrex, Guy Richardson, Peter Copley, John Hawkins and Barry Mills.

On Friday 21st June as Part of the Music and Wine at St Luke’s series, the exciting Dryads Duo played music by NMB members Barry Mills and John Hawkins, plus Prokofiev’s first violin sonata and a preview of a sonata by Gomes, which was inspired by the Prokofiev, released by the duo on CD in 2020.
On Sunday 16th June at 18:00 at Hamsey Church, Hamsey, Lewes BN8 5TB, a quartet from Musicians of All Saints performed ‘Meditations on Gibbons’ 20th Fantasia’ by Guy Richardson, plus quartets by Haydn and Frank Bridge.
On Saturday 8th June at 18:00 at St. Mary’s Church, 61 St. James’s Street, Kemptown, Brighton BN2 1PR Ivana Peranic and Jon Rattenbury performed duos and solo works for cello and guitar, including music by NMB members Patrick Harrex and Phil Baker. Other  pieces included works by Henry Eccles, de Falla and Villa-Lobos.
On 11th May Ellie Blackshaw (violin) and David Elwin (piano) played ‘Cortège?’ by John Hawkins in a concert which also included Beethoven, Rebecca Clarke and Frank Bridge, at St. Michael and All Angels Church, Brighton BN1 3FU,
On April 5th a concert – in collaboration with Music and Wine at St Luke’s – was given by Ivana Peranic (‘cello) and Rachel Fryer (piano) which included pieces for solo ‘cello by Phil Baker, Jonathan Clark, Patrick Harrex and John Hawkins followed by the Shostakovich Sonata for ‘Cello and Piano.

Our events for 2018
started with a concert given by The Duruflé Trio, flute, viola and piano, on June 17th at St Luke’s Church, Queen’s Park Road, Brighton. Several pieces by NMB composers were included in their programme.

The second event was a memorial concert for Malcolm Lipkin, one of our original members, who died in 2017. This took place on October 6th at St Anne’s Church, Lewes. Musicians within NMB performed a selection of Malcolm’s works.

Our third event was Ellie Blackshaw Violin & Viola & Ric Graebner Piano playing NMB music at the Friends Meeting House on
October 30th 

Our fourth event was a collaboration with CoMA (Contemporary Music for All) Sussex, an ensemble which includes musicians with a wide variety of abilities and who perform works using flexible instrumental and/or vocal line-ups.

We were also in collaboration with the experimental clarinetist Luca Luciano to develop a project combining clarinet ( using extended techniques), dance, lighting and electronics.

Open … for now … (a collaboration between New Music Brighton and CoMA Sussex)




















November 17 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm £6 – £10

Performed by CoMA Sussex ensemble, directed by Steve Dummer.
Works written for the 2018 CoMA Sussex/ New Music Brighton collaboration:
Phil Baker – Veilings 1
Ric Graebner – CoMA 128
John Hawkins – Last Tango in Brighton
Guy Richardson – Open
other works written for or commissioned by CoMA from NMB composers:
Roger Harmar – nailing paintings together (2010)
Patrick Harrex – three conjugations (2016)
Jonathan Harvey – Climbing Frame (2005)
Diego Monsalve* – Pachamama (Mother Earth) (2018)
* Diego Monsalve is a member of CoMA Sussex


A celebration of the life and music of Malcolm Lipkin (1932–2017) Sat. Oct 6th 2018 3.00pm

Five Bagatelles for oboe & piano
Pierrot Dances for viola and piano
Little Suite for flute & piano
Duo for violin & cello
a selection from the 8 Nocturnes for piano

The performers will be Members
and Friends of New Music Brighton:

Terence Allbright, piano
Ellie Blackshaw, violin and viola
Stephanie Cant, piano
Peter Copley, cello
Caroline Collingridge, flute
Ric Graebner, piano
Elen Morgan-Williams, oboe

Sat. Oct 6th 2018 3.00pm
St Anne’s Church, Lewes.

buy tickets online here

The Duruflé Trio Sunday 17th June 2018


















Our next concert, The Duruflé Trio play new music from New Music Brighton composers, C P E Bach, Arnold Bax
& William Alwyn

Terence Allbright | Interlude
William Alwyn | Flute and Piano Sonata
CPE Bach | Trio in A minor
Phil Baker | An Epiphany of Silence – Prelude
Arnold Bax | Legend for Viola and Piano
J C Clark | Trio brevissimo
Ric Graebner | Sphygmomania 111-76
Patrick Harrex | Invention – confused canon
John Hawkins | Romantique
John Petley | Pastorale from Sonata for flute and piano
Guy Richardson | Quest

Rosie Bowker flute
Henrietta Hill viola
Clare Simmonds piano

Tickets available online here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/durufle-trio-tickets-46317622255?aff=utm_source=eb_email&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=new_event_email&utm_term=eventurl_text

£10| £6

Tickets also available on the door.

Sun 17 June 2018 17:00 
St Luke’s Church, Queen’s Park Road. Brighton, BN2 9ZB

Patrons: Michael Finnissy & Sally Beamish OBE