British conductor Tim Murray has gained an impressive reputation for his versatility in a wide range of operatic and contemporary repertoire.
He recently gave the UK stage premiere of Gerald Barry’s The Importance of Being Earnest with the Britten Sinfonia at the Royal Opera House, to great critical acclaim. Other recent productions include Kurt Weill’s Street Scene in Barcelona and Paris, and Porgy and Bess at the London Coliseum with Cape Town Opera and the Orchestra of Welsh National Opera. In 2011 his diary included Turnage’s Twice through the Heart (Sadler's Wells), the UK premiere of Tobias Picker's Fantastic Mr Fox (Opera Holland Park), and Stephen Deazley’s The Sleeper (Welsh National Youth Opera). In previous seasons at the Royal Opera House he gave the premieres of chamber operas The Doctor’s Tale (with Monty Python’s Terry Jones), The Enchanted Pig and The Gentle Giant. From 2009-11 he worked closely with Mark-Anthony Turnage on the opera Anna Nicole.
He is increasingly in demand as a conductor for dance. In 2014 he made his Royal Ballet debut, conducting Michael Berkeley’s arrangement of Bach’s The Art of Fugue, with choreography by Wayne McGregor. His previous collaboration with McGregor was the premiere of Turnage’s UNDANCE at Sadler's Wells. He works frequently with Will Tuckett, and is a regular guest conductor for Rambert.
The Rambert Orchestra is a part of the Rambert Dance Company.
Founded by Marie Rambert in 1926, the Company has sustained her pioneering commitment to choreography and developing dancers as artists, leading the way for over 85 years. The vision of this energetic Polish woman ensured that dance as an artform took root and blossomed in this country, and Rambert’s influence now extends across the world.
Marie Rambert was heavily influenced by her work with Diaghilev, Stravinsky and the Ballet Russes. She stressed the value of collaboration between choreographer, composer and artist and we continue in that tradition, routinely commissioning composers and artists alongside new choreography.
Today, the Company thrives on its unique ability to share with audiences the widest range of repertoire: works from our rich heritage as the UK’s oldest dance company; new works and re-stagings by choreographers from all over the world, including those who may be less well-known in the UK, and landmark dance from the 20th century. Bold, risk-taking, agile and beautiful, their dancers combine rigorous technique and artistry with an extraordinary ability to challenge and entertain. The Company is also renowned for its use of live music and is the only UK-based contemporary dance company always to tour with an orchestra.
Paul Hoskins is a champion of new music and has led the music at Rambert since 1996, helping to enhance the Company’s reputation as an important force in new music. In 2004 Paul won the Time Out award for outstanding contribution to dance, following the UK première of Steve Reich's Triple Quartet and a tour of Thomas Ades' Living Toys. In 2009 Paul launched the Rambert Music Fellowship, and the Rambert Orchestra, receiving critical acclaim for performances of Julian Anderson's The Comedy of Change and Mahler's orchestration of Schubert'sDeath and the Maiden.
Paul has worked with the BBC Concert Orchestra, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Britten Sinfonia, English Sinfonia and Northern Chamber Orchestra, and was Principal Conductor of Cambridge New Music Players in the 1990s.
Paul works as a guest with many international ballet and opera companies in Europe and the USA. In recent years he has also conducted the premiere of Robert Moran’sAlice in Wonderland for Scottish Ballet, a new production of Swan Lake for San Francisco Ballet, and a variety of programmes for New York City Ballet.
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UNDANCE (2011) is a project created for Sadler's Wells by Turnage with choreographer Wayne McGregor and artist Mark Wallinger, inspired by the work of photographic pioneer Eadweard Muybridge. Its edgy syncopation frames various tunes and motifs that appear throughout the work. Crying Out Loud (2002-3), originally written for Ensemble Modern, has been set by a number of different choreographers: this propulsive work fluctuates between duple and triple time, interrupted by irregular staccato stabs. No Let Up (2003) is an energetic piece scored for and ensemble including saxophones, drum kit and bass guitar.
'Tunes that emerge throughout the work are framed by edgy syncopation that propels it forward. [...] Highly recommended.' The Northern Echo
‘[…] the sheer rhythmic quality of Mark-Anthony Turnage’s music makes it surprising he had not been writing ballet music from the outset of his career. […] the warmest of recommendations.’ Gramophone
NMC Recordings is very grateful for funding towards this project from The Garrick Charitable Trust, and for the generous support of Sadler’s Wells and Rambert.
Rambert, the national company for contemporary dance, is the most distinctive and the most creative working in Britain today. Founded by Marie Rambert in 1926, the Company has sustained her pioneering commitment to choreography and developing dancers as artists, leading the way for over 85 years.
Today, the Company thrives on its unique ability to share with audiences the widest range of repertoire: works from our rich heritage as the UK’s oldest dance company; new works and re-stagings by choreographers from all over the world, and landmark dance from the 20th century. Rambert is now an important commissioner of music, and a champion of emerging composers. The Company is also renowned for its use of live music and is the only UK-based contemporary dance company always to tour with an orchestra.
Sadler’s Wells is a world leader in contemporary dance presenting a vibrant year-round programme of dance of every kind - from tango to hip hop, ballet to flamenco, Bollywood to cutting-edge contemporary dance - bringing the best of international and British dance to audiences at its three theatres in London.
It also commissions and produce original new work for ita stages and tours to major arts venues around the world. Since 2005 it has helped to bring over 80 new dance works to the stage. The company's goal is to grow the public’s enjoyment and understanding of dance by making dance relevant, meaningful and enriching, at the same time seeking to develop the art form by supporting artists and the creation of exciting new work.
UNDANCE was recorded in the Lilian Baylis Studio, Sadler’s Wells Theatre, London, on 18 April 2013.
FANNY BANNET Producer for Sadler's Wells
No Let Up and Crying Out Loud were recorded at All Saints Church, East Finchley, London on 27 October 2013.
DAVID LEFEBER Recording Engineer/ Producer
BEN LIVINGSTONE Assistant Engineer
DAVID LEFEBER Digital Editing & Mastering
COLIN MATTHEWS Executive Producer for NMC
Cover photo from Muybridge’s Complete Human and Animal Locomotion, Vol. 1 by Eadweard Muybridge © 1955 Dover Publications
Production photos: (1) (blue background): Mbulelo Ndabeni and Julia Gillespie in Rambert’s 2013 production of Subterrain, choreographed by Ashley Page and featuring Crying Out Loud Photo © Chris Nash
(2) From the Sadler’s Wells production of UNDANCE, 2011. Photo: Ravi Deepres/ Sadler’s Wells Theatre
FRANCOIS HALL Cover & Graphic design