In rehearsal from left to right Ric Graebner, Ellie Blackshaw, Adam Swayne and Peter Copley
New Music Brighton (NMB) is an association of composers who live or work in the Sussex area. It was the idea of two composers, Peter Copley and Paul Gregory, who with the support of about 20 other composers founded NMB in 1993. The main purpose was, and remains, to put on concerts of members’ works and to promote an interest in new music in the region. We presented our first concert on 11 May 1994, during the Brighton Festival, at Brighton’s Chapel Royal.
We usually present four or five concerts a year. We have also issued 2 CDs of music by our members and offer occasional workshops for members and sometimes for others, such as local schools, including working with other groups of musicians with whom we have strong connections, including Musicians of All Saints, in Lewes, and CoMA Sussex.
We usually engage professional artists, most from Sussex, for our concerts although several of our members who are professional performers also appear regularly at our concerts.
In recent years we have also collaborated with similar composer groups in other regions, usually by arranging exchange concerts.
Our membership is diverse, especially in the nature of the music we write, and includes professional and amateur composers of all ages. Indeed, membership is open to any composer in the Sussex area whatever their experience and irrespective of gender, race, age or musical style. Our diversity of membership means that less experienced composers can be supported and helped by those who are more advanced in their careers, whether through formal lessons or informal discussion.
NMB’s position as a key organisation in the regional new music scene is recognised by Brighton & Hove City Council which has provided financial support for many years and by our increasing membership (now over 40 strong) and a significant mailing list of supporters.
New Music Brighton Management Committee 2020