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.
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



In a very welcome return to live concerts, on June 19th at 3.00 pm Karen Kingsley will be giving a recital of piano music at the Friends’ Meeting House in Brighton. She will be playing an exciting range of pieces by nine NMB composers together with Benjamin Britten’s ‘Night Piece‘ and his ‘Holiday Diary‘.
Tickets are now available through Eventbright

On Wednesday June 23rd, at 7.00 pm the Musicians of All Saints concert at Hamsey Old Church will include a new work for string quartet by NMB member Ellie Blackshaw.
Tickets are available through the MAS website

The concert by The Aurora Trio (flute, viola and harp) has had to be postponed to November 12th.  It will include music by Arnold Bax, Malcolm Lipkin and nine NMB composers.


On Saturday 14 November 2020 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


• Saturday 26 September 2020
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.

• Friday 14th August 2020

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.

Sunday 1st March 2020
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 2020
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 2020 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 2020

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 2019 
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 15th7.30 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.

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 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
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

The Riot Ensemble 2017


Date: Saturday 28th October 2017, 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!

Patrons: Michael Finnissy & Sally Beamish OBE