London Sinfonietta

London Sinfonietta

The London Sinfonietta's mission is to place the best contemporary classical music at the heart of today's culture; engaging and challenging the public through inspiring performances of the highest standard, and taking risks to develop new work and talent.

The ensemble is Resident Orchestra at Southbank Centre with headquarters at Kings Place, and continues to take the best contemporary music to venues and festivals across the UK and worldwide with a busy touring schedule. Since its inaugural concert in 1968 - giving the world premiere of Sir John Tavener's The Whale - the London Sinfonietta's commitment to making new music has seen it commission over 300 works, and premiere many hundreds more.
The core of the London Sinfonietta is 18 Principal Players, representing some of the best solo and ensemble musicians in the world. The ensemble has just launched its Emerging Artists Programme, which will give professional musicians at the start of promising and brilliant careers the opportunity to work alongside those Principal Players on stage across the season.

The London Sinfonietta's recordings present a catalogue of 20th-century classics, on numerous prestigious labels as well as the ensemble's own London Sinfonietta Label. Most recently, a performance of Philip Cashian's Piano Concerto was released on NMC.

Rose, Gregory


Gregory Rose is particularly noted for his performances of the romantic and contemporary repertoires, having conducted over 300 premieres of orchestral, choral and ensemble music throughout Europe and the Far East. He studied violin, piano and singing as a young child and was a pupil of Hans Jelinek (Vienna Academy) and Egon Wellesz (Oxford University), both former students of Arnold Schoenberg, and of his father, the late Bernard Rose.

Gregory is Music Director of the Jupiter Orchestra, Jupiter Singers, Singcircle and CoMA London Ensemble. He has conducted many concerts and operas for Trinity College of Music, including concerts with the Contemporary Music Group, and operas by Poulenc, Stravinsky, Virgil Thomson, Scott Joplin, Berthold Goldschmidt, Samuel Barber, Nino Rota and Malcolm Williamson. He is a professor of conducting at Trinity.

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CoMA: Open Score

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London Sinfonietta

Gregory Rose conductor


NMC has teamed up with CoMA and London Sinfonietta to record some of the many pieces written for amateur players and commissioned for the CoMA Open Score project. Works written for Open Score are flexibly-scored, which means that the parts are not instrument-specific. Instead, the composer provides the range for the instruments (for example, high, medium and low) and it is up to each ensemble to distribute the parts to suitable or available players.

Performed by professional musicians of the London Sinfonietta, this album features works by Michael Nyman, Tansy Davies, Donnacha Dennehy, Roxanna Panufnik and others.

CoMA (Contemporary Music for All) was founded in 1993 with the aim of enabling musicians of all abilities to participate in contemporary music. Through its ensembles and other activities it connects young and emerging composers with a growing body of musicians with the skills, knowledge and enthusiasm to give convincing performances of their works to an increasing and wide-ranging audience. CoMA has an ongoing commitment to commissioning new music that is adventurous and challenging, yet also technically accessible to non-professional players. CoMA has a unique music collection (Open Score) of over a thousand works containing some of the most exciting and rewarding new music being created today, and is an invaluable resource for professional, amateur and youth based ensembles.


NMC Recordings and CoMA are grateful to the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, Grants for the Arts (ACE) & Foyle Foundation for their support for this recording.


Recorded 12-13 October 2015 at St Dunstan’s, Stepney, London

DAVID LEFEBER Recording Engineer/Producer/Mastering

(p) NMC Recordings Ltd

(c) NMC Recordings Ltd

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19 February 2016