Ensemble 10/10

Ensemble 10/10


10/10 was founded by two RLPO members, clarinettistNicholas Cox and cellist Hilary Browning. Since its first concert on 22 November 1997 at 10.10pm, it has become established as a regular feature of Liverpool concert life, under the baton of conductor Clark Rundell.

10/10’s concerts are an eclectic mixture of new commissions, world premieres and contemporary classics given in an informal atmosphere. The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic has commissioned a huge range of UK composers for the Ensemble, as well as many from abroad. 10/10 explores the best new music from around the world, but equally it actively supports local composers – concerts always include music from the North west. 

Ensemble 10/10 is the winner of two awards at the 2009 RPS Music Awards, the Concert Series and Festivals category and, along with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, the Ensemble category.

Rundell, Clark


Clark Rundell is Director of Contemporary Music and Head of Conducting at the RNCM, and Artistic Director of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic's new music Group, Ensemble 10/10. He studied trombone and conducting at Northwestern University, Chicago, and was subsequently awarded a Junior Fellowship to study conducting with Timothy Reynish at the RNCM. He regularly conducts the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, with whom he made his début in 1987, as well as the BBC Philharmonic, BBC Scottish, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Northern Sinfonia, Hallé and the Philharmonia Orchestra, with whom he recently performed at the Royal Albert Hall.

Deeply committed to the performance of new music, Clark has given world premières of works by composers including Louis Andriessen, Django Bates, David Bedford, Sir Richard Rodney Bennett, Gary Carpenter, Adam Gorb and and Mark-Anthony Turnage.

A highly versatile musician, Clark served for fourteen years as Director of Jazz Studies at the RNCM, and has performed with artists such as John Dankworth, Bob Brookmeyer, Cleo Laine and Andy Sheppard. As an arranger, he has worked with Louis Andriessen and Mark-Anthony Turnage.

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Gary Carpenter’s witty and dramatic writing style has featured in numerous films - including The Wicker Man and The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy - as well as on TV, in the opera house and concert hall.

The works on this portrait disc cover his period as composer in residence for the RLPO’s specialist new music group, Ensemble 10/10, and include the increasingly riotous Mozart tribute, Ein Musikalisches Snookerspiel for wind octet; After Braque, a sonic tour de force with a line-up including 2 saxophones, mandolin and accordion; Van Assendelft’s Vermeer, for clavichord; and Die Flimmerkiste - German slang for 'the flicks', a record of a riotous two years spent in small-town Germany.


"Playing and recording here leave nothing to be desired, and Carpenter's notes are as entertaining as his music. Those unfamiliar with the latter have now no excuse not to make its acquaintance." 


 Ein musikalisches Snookerspiel was recorded on 12 May 2007 at the Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool.

Distanza, Da Capo were recorded on 20 October 2006 at Bushell Hall, Birkenhead.
After BraqueDie Flimmerkiste were recorded on 15 January 2007 at the Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool.
Van Assendeflt's Vermeer was recorded on 15 December 2006 in the Concert Room, RAM, London.

Engineers: David A Pigott
Producers: Michael Ogonovsky,  Milton Mermikides
Editing & mastering: Merseyside Sound Recordings

Cover image: Francois Hall

(P) 2007 NMC Recordings Ltd

Catalogue number:
NMC D111
Release Date:
3 September 2007