The Brunel Ensemble was founded in 1993 with the specific intention of promoting new and recent - mainly British - music alongside 20th-century classics: accordingly, its forces ranged from chamber ensemble to symphony orchestra. It has championed the widest range of music, giving more than 40 premieres of which 20 are its own commissions. Prominent among these have been new works from Simon Bainbridge, Diana Burrell, Tansy Davies, Michael Finnissy, Morgan Hayes, John McCabe, Luke Stoneham, Joby Talbot, Will Todd, Raymond Warren, Graham Williams and John Woolrich.
The Ensemble's versatility is demonstrated in engagements that have included recording two CDs and touring with the rock band The Divine Comedy - including two sell-out dates at the Royal Festival Hall. The Brunel Ensemble has made seven South Bank appearances since its debut there in 1997's Park Lane Group Young Artists Series.