The Jocelyn Pook Ensemble’s wide ranging repertoire features music from her album Untold Things, as well as selections from some of her film and television scores. Notoriously difficult to classify, these works contain a fusion of times and cultures – mixing strings and vocals from a classical tradition with medieval instruments, talking drums and found sounds (Yemenite chants, birdsong, children’s playground chatter). Jocelyn brings together singers from different backgrounds – mixing foreign languages with invented words as well as voices running backwards – to create an eclectic soundscape.
Founded in Oslo in 1989, CIKADA is considered one of Europe's leading contemporary music ensembles. In addition to performing acoustically,
CIKADA works regularly with electro-acoustic music and has collaborated with jazz musicians, visual artists and video designers.
CIKADA focuses on works by significant Norwegian and Scandinavian composers, as well as leading international composers. With contemporary music at the core of its ventures, CIKADA has always been active in the commissioning and premiering of new works. CIKADA believes that pieces grow through numerous performances, and where possible presents works on several occasions.
Throughout the years, CIKADA has worked closely with renowned composers including Bent Sørensen, Richard Barrett, Rolf Wallin, Celilie Ore, Arne Nordheim, Karsten Fundal, Kaija Saariaho, Magnus Lindberg, James Clarke and Liza Lim. Crossing the boundaries to other genres, CIKADA has initiated projects with leading jazz musicians and visual artists, including Arild Andersen, Trygve Seim, Anette Peacock and Per Inge Bjørlo.
In addition to regular concert engagements, CIKADA has recorded and released over 30 albums.
Azalea is a passionate ensemble dedicated to the exploration and performance of new repertoire and being part of the future of contemporary music. Founded in 2007 by clarinettist/ composer Scott Lygate, our vision for Azalea is that in time it will develop to become one of the leading platforms for exposing and promoting new music, through a deep understanding of repertoire, and excellence in performance. The ensemble is made up of exceptionally committed musicians mainly from the Royal Academy of Music, London, whom all share a love of new music.
Horns Aloud, formed in 2002 from graduates of Trinity College of Music, are a prize-winning Horn Quartet who perform a unique blend of chamber music around the country. The group has evolved with the founder members John Davy, Jamie Thomas and Marc Woodhurst joined in 2005 by Jocelyn Lightfoot and the ensemble’s success continuing to grow as the quartet explored new repertoire and audiences.
Recently, the quartet have performed in concerts and festivals abroad. A sell-out concert in Turin’s Palazza Madama in 2010 was followed by performances in the glorious alpine scenery of the 2011 I Suoni delle Dolomiti festival and record crowds for Colourscape’s visit to Turku in Finland, all events given with and organized by Martin Mayes, a Turin-based horn-player and musician. In 2012, the ensemble will be appearing in three performances of the new commission Fire by David Bruce, given as part of the Salisbury and Spitalfields festivals and delivered by PRS for Music Foundation in partnership with the BBC, LOCOG, Sound & Music and NMC Recordings.
During 2008, Horns Aloud were selected to perform by the Park Lane Group at the close of their Young Artists’ Series at the South Bank in London and also performed at the Colourscape Festival on Clapham Common in September, along with more recent Christmas concerts. 2009 was an even more eventful year, with the group appearing at the foyer of the Royal Festival Hall, and announcing the world premiere of a new work for the group by Cecilia McDowall at the British Horn Society Annual Festival.
Entering its tenth decade, the London Chamber Orchestra looks back on 90 years of outstanding concerts. Remarkable for its history as the UK’s oldest professional chamber orchestra, LCO also champions new music and effects real change through education and charity work.
The London Chamber Orchestra has remained an innovative and adventurous ensemble, premièring works by some of the twentieth century’s most important composers, including Stravinsky, Bloch, Vaughan Williams, Respighi, Delius, de Falla, Fauré, Finzi, Prokofiev, Hindemith, Poulenc and Villa Lobos. Since his appointment as LCO’s Principal Conductor and Music Director in 1988, Christopher Warren-Green has continued this tradition with premieres including works by Maxwell Davies, MacMillan, Fitkin and a host of new compositions from young composers. On 22 March 2012, LCO premieres Track to Track, commissioned bv The LCO Trust as part of the 2012 Cultural Olympics and PRSF New Music 20x12.
In retaining its independence from public subsidy, LCO continues to enjoy significant support from private donors, enthusiastic audiences, corporate sponsors and Trusts and Foundations. LCO insists on impeccable performance credentials in attracting its advocates. Principal Conductor Christopher Warren-Green, LCO’s musicians and management aim to uphold LCO’s world-class stature and its mission to educate, enlighten and entertain.
ensemble mosaik’s interest lies in the diversity as well as research into – and continued development of – contemporary music’s aesthetic concepts and forms of presentation. Particular emphasis is placed on collaboration with young, often unknown composers and on an egalitarian working method. Close exchange between all the protagonists involved in a concert project is a preferred strategy; by opening up the work processes, creativity is concentrated and intensified. Additional emphases in the ensemble’s artistic work lie in dealing with digital media in the fields of composition, interpretation and sound creation, as well as approaching performance practice in new ways – for example, by including scenic and visual elements in concert projects and testing new concert forms. The ensemble has been working with numerous composers for many years, thus making it possible to develop music over the long-term in a collective process. Multiple works have been written for ensemble mosaik. Over 150 world premieres are in its repertoire.
Claire Edwardes, percussion
Art Respirant is a chamber ensemble from Japan made up of young musicians. As well as performers, the group includes composers and invests a large proportion of its efforts in supporting and generating new music.
Okeanos was brought together in 2001 with the aim of creating opportunities for young composers, reaching out to new audiences, initiating pioneering performance events, and collaborating with other art forms. The ensemble has been featured on Radio 3’s ‘Hear & Now’ and have had their recordings featured on Australian and UK radio. They have premiered over 100 works, including commissions from Robin Holloway, John Joubert, Howard Skempton, Judith Weir, Nicola Lefanu, Judith Bingham and many other composers of international standing. Okeanos have a close relationship with Dai Fujikura and have given numerous performances of his work.
Nua Nos was formed in 1990, and has rapidly established itself as the leading Irish contemporary music ensemble. Its players are drawn principally from the National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland. The group has given the first performances of numerous Irish works, and well as the Irish premieres of many European scores.