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 www.lee-westwood.com

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.


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The Ireland Trio: Music From Our Back Yards 28 June


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


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.




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.

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

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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.

Our first concert of 2013 at the Friends’ Meeting House


Saturday 2 March 2013 at 7.30 pm
Friends’ Meeting House, Ship Street, Brighton
Tickets: £8 | £5 (concessions) | children free.
Tickets at the door.

New Music Brighton is pleased to announce our first concert of 2013 at the Friends Meeting House on 2 March 2013 at 7.30pm . This concert is a fundraising event for NMB and will consist of a rare performance of Erik Satie’s Vexations performed by a relay of pianists, an improvisatory piece called Tides of C and performed by Steve Gardiner and Phil Baker’s composition Pathways to the C… performed by the Skeleton Ensemble.

Erik Satie’s Vexations was never performed in his lifetime but was written at the end of his affair with trapeze artist and artist’s model Susanne Valadon. The Satie/Valadon affair was intense and brief, ending nastily after some six months in June 1893. Vexations dates from the time of their break up and it ended either because he called the police on her or pushed her out of a window depending on which version of the story he was telling at the time. Vexations is:

…a short composition for piano lasting a mere thirteen bars, which Satie indicated should be repeated a deadening 840 times. Vexing not only due to its repetitious nature and extreme length, the piece features built-in annoyances for the performer in its persistent enharmonic spellings, atonal harmonies and asymmetrical phrase structures, all of which undercut efforts to retain the music in memory. This seems to have been Satie’s expressive outlet for the frustration he felt in the wake of this failed and often tempestuous affair with Valadon, which in any event was definitive…

Erik Satie Mary E Davis

NMB are performing an abridged version of the piece as a complete performance can take anywhere between 18 and 24 hours to complete. It has been performed before, most notably by John Cage, and has been regarded as one of the first modernist pieces.

Our second piece Tides of C by Steve Gardiner is an extended improvisation for solo piano‘This piece fuses together Eastern and Western sounds’, says Steve. ‘The listener will be able to experience the piece in a variety of ways; as a meditation on C, an Indian raag, a minimalist piece, a celebration of the incoming and outgoing tide. I like producing music which can lead listeners to a deeper place, where they can feel relaxed, inspired and energised at the same time. I believe I have found a way of playing which achieves this.’

Our third piece is Phil Baker’s Pathways to the C … performed by The Skeleton Ensemble.

Phil Baker writes “I rarely venture in to the world of improvisation or ‘chance music’ but have done so with two pieces: one, Library Hollers for performance at the newly built Jubilee Library and the piece being given at the New Music Brighton fundraising concert at The Friends’ Centre on March 2nd, entitled Pathways to the C… Here, the pun is very definitely intended as the piece works like a series of musical walks each of which ends when it finds its way to the C/sea. Get it? The piece gives wide scope for individual and group improvisations and is played on this occasion by the composer Phil Baker, Ric Graebner, Patrick Harrex (viola), Roger Harmar (amplified bass), Tim Willsone (oboe/flute) and Helen Glavin (vocals). The work offers surprises for both performers and audience alike and is entirely unpredictable ..but, what isn’t?”


the skeleton ensemble