MUSIC BY OUR PATRONS
We are very proud to have two distinguished composers as patrons of NMB – Michael Finnissy and Sally Beamish.
While live concerts are sadly not possible, we think you might enjoy the chance to hear samples of their own music.
Michael Finnissy ‘Red Earth’. This recording was made by the BBC Symphony Orchestra with Martyn Brabbins, live at The Barbican in 2008
Sally Beamish’s second string quartet was recorded in 2015 with a group including Sally Beamish herself playing viola
• Saturday 26 September
The Musicians of All Saints return to the All Saints Centre in Lewes on Saturday 26 September at 7.45 for their first live concert since March. The programme includes Mozart, Robin Milford and the 2nd performance of NMB member Barry Mills’s Nocturnal Landscapes – Bright Morning Star for Violin and Strings. The concert ends with the ever-popular Capriol suite by Peter Warlock.
Only 35 audience are possible under Covid restrictions, but booking is available online at
• Sunday 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.
The concert also included ‘Ekstasis’ by John Tavener (written for the Brighton Youth Orchestra) and Handel’s ‘Zadok the Priest’
St Bartholomew’s Church, Ann Street 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.
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
Southover Church, Southover High Street, Lewes
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 7.30 pm
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, BN2 9ZB (Music and Wine at St Luke’s)
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.
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 at 13.00 pm
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
at 7.30 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, to be 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
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.