Recent concert works have been commissioned for and played by such groups as the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, Camerata Zürich, Orchestra of the National Theatre Mannheim, Harry White Trio, Leeds Lieder+, Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich, Counterpoise, and the London Symphony Orchestra and the Schubert Ensemble, for whom he is currently writing a piano quartet to be premiered in 2013.
Rushton's many operas (all librettos by Dagny Gioulami unless otherwise stated) include Leinen aus Smyrna, Harley and Im Schatten des Maulbeerbaums, all commissioned and premiered by Zurich Opera. Philoctetes, with its companion piece Leinen aus Smyrna and the satyr-playBarks (collectively known as Birds. Barks. Bones. Trojan Trilogy) won the British Composer Award for Stage Works in 2005. Birds. Barks. Bonesand The Shops (2007), were commissioned and premiered by The Opera Group. Die fromme Helene, commissioned and premiere by the State Opera of Hannover. Im Schatten des Maulbeerbaums will be premiered in a new version for reduced forces at the State Opera of Hannover in April 2013. Babur in London, (libretto by Jeet Thayil), was performed by The Opera Group throughout Switzerland and the UK in 2012.