Rambert Orchestra

Rambert Orchestra

The Rambert Orchestra is a part of the Rambert Dance Company.

Founded by Marie Rambert in 1926, the Company has sustained her pioneering commitment to choreography and developing dancers as artists, leading the way for over 85 years. The vision of this energetic Polish woman ensured that dance as an artform took root and blossomed in this country, and Rambert’s influence now extends across the world.

Marie Rambert was heavily influenced by her work with Diaghilev, Stravinsky and the Ballet Russes. She stressed the value of collaboration between choreographer, composer and artist and we continue in that tradition, routinely commissioning composers and artists alongside new choreography.

Today, the Company thrives on its unique ability to share with audiences the widest range of repertoire: works from our rich heritage as the UK’s oldest dance company; new works and re-stagings by choreographers from all over the world, including those who may be less well-known in the UK, and landmark dance from the 20th century. Bold, risk-taking, agile and beautiful, their dancers combine rigorous technique and artistry with an extraordinary ability to challenge and entertain. The Company is also renowned for its use of live music and is the only UK-based contemporary dance company always to tour with an orchestra.

Fidelio Trio

Fidelio Trio

The Fidelio Trio (Darragh Morgan, violin, Robin Michael, cello and Mary Dullea, piano) perform extremely diverse repertoire throughout Europe, Asia and South Africa and frequently broadcast for BBC Radio 3. Since their South Bank debut they have appeared at Reggello Festival and Contemporaneamente Festival, Lodi (Italy), West Cork Music, Belfast Festival at Queens, Royal Opera House, London, Corsham Festival, Petworth Festival, Fuse Leeds, Musica Viva (Portugal) and Composer’s Choice Series, National Concert Hall, Dublin. 

The Fidelio Trio have worked closely with many leading composers including Michael Nyman, Toshio Hosokawa and Howard Skempton and have premiered music by Salvatore Sciarrino, Edison Denisov, Beat Furrer and Toru Takemitsu. They are Music Network artists and supported by PRS Foundation, Culture Ireland and the Arts Council of Ireland.

They have given masterclasses at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Birmingham Conservatoire, Royal Holloway University of London and Cork School of Music. 


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Sophie Dennehy

Onyx Brass

Onyx Brass
Chamber Ensemble

Onyx Brass continues to be the leading light in establishing the brass quintet as a medium for serious chamber music, presenting it in the entertaining and articulate style that has become the group’s trademark.  BBC Music Magazine described the group as 'easily the classiest brass ensemble in Britain', and Gramophone hailed 'some of the most thrilling chamber brass-playing of its kind'. Onyx and its six recordings are also regularly featured on BBC Radio 3. The group has commissioned and performed the world premières of well over 100 new works, with many more in the pipeline.  The quintet tour frequently across the USA and Europe, and is also resident ensemble of Imperial College London. Work with singers also forms a central part of Onyx’s work, often under the auspices of the John Armitage Memorial trust, with whom Onyx Brass has been affiliated since its inception. 

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Benjamin Ealovega

Thom, Eloisa-Fleur


Eloisa-Fleur Thom is a prize-winning violinist, director and curator. Highlights of her career so far have included performing J.S Bach's Concerto for two violins with the celebrated violinist Maxim Vengerov, and chamber music with Radiohead's Jonny Greenwood (LCO soloists). In the past few years Eloisa-Fleur has given performances at the Wigmore Hall, Kings Place, the Ashmolean Museum's 'Stradivarius' exhibition, Leeds International Concert Series, St George’s Bristol, been broadcast live on BBC Radio 3, and collaborated with Rambert Dance Company & composer Kate Whitley. Eloisa-Fleur is the Artistic Director and Leader of 12 ensemble, a virtuosic un-conducted string orchestra of a dozen young elite musicians who are currently taking the London music scene by storm. They recently performed at the Philharmonie de Paris in 2016 alongside Max Richter. Eloisa-Fleur held a 2015/16 creative residency at Heima in Seydisfjordur, Iceland.

Zaccardelli, Asher


Asher studied at St Mary's Music School in Edinburgh before going on to the Royal Academy of Music in London, where he studied with Garfield Jackson.  Since graduating, he has worked with various orchestras around the UK as a freelance violist including, most recently, the English Chamber Orchestra, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Aurora Chamber Orchestra, the 12 ensemble (Principal Viola) and the Scottish Ballet Orchestra (Principal Viola).  Asher has been violist of the Ruisi String Quartet since 2014 and performs regularly around the UK and overseas as a chamber musician..

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Hoskins, Paul


Paul Hoskins is a champion of new music and has led the music at Rambert since 1996, helping to enhance the Company’s reputation as an important force in new music. In 2004 Paul won the Time Out award for outstanding contribution to dance, following the UK première of Steve Reich's Triple Quartet and a tour of Thomas Ades' Living Toys. In 2009 Paul launched the Rambert Music Fellowship, and the Rambert Orchestra, receiving critical acclaim for performances of Julian Anderson's The Comedy of Change and Mahler's orchestration of Schubert'sDeath and the Maiden.

Paul has worked with the BBC Concert Orchestra, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Britten Sinfonia, English Sinfonia and Northern Chamber Orchestra, and was Principal Conductor of Cambridge New Music Players in the 1990s.

Paul works as a guest with many international ballet and opera companies in Europe and the USA. In recent years he has also conducted the premiere of Robert Moran’sAlice in Wonderland for Scottish Ballet, a new production of Swan Lake for San Francisco Ballet, and a variety of programmes for New York City Ballet.


Musical Saw

is an experimental music-maker and multi-instrumentalist, with particular interests in improvisation, non-conventional scoring, electronic interfacing and new instruments. She explores extended techniques (mainly for strings) and graphic notation, and she mainly plays keyboards, violin, viola, and musical saw, but dips into a bigger box of tricks including lever harp, ukelele, clarinet, recorder, melodica, and glockenspiel when adventures call.

She was 2015/6 Music Fellow at Rambert Dance Company, and is one of the three British Council/PRS 2016/7 China Musicians-in-Residence. She is co-founder of Music in Detention and a long-time collaborator with Music in Prisons. She also writes for dance, circus, theatre, TV and film.


Flux - new music for dance

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Rambert Orchestra
Paul Hoskins conductor

Fidelio Trio
Onyx Brass
Eloisa-Fleur Thom violin

Asher Zaccardelli viola


This album showcases five works by past Rambert Fellows. Gavin Higgins' Atomic Cafe performed by the Rambert Orchestra explores the horror of nuclear Armageddon and is inspired by an 1982 public information film which gave practical, yet in all likelihood quite useless, advice on surviving a nuclear attack. The starting point for Mark Bowden's piano trio Airs No Oceans Keep was Emily Dickinson’s poem ‘I Think that the Root of the Wind is Water’. Exploring the theme of oceanic weather, the piece blends airy sounds, melodic flurries and sudden crashes. Cheryl Frances-Hoad's The Madness Industry for brass quintet was inspired by Jon Ronson’s best-selling book The Psychopath Test. She mimics psychopathic characteristics with frequent changes of time signature, violent outbursts, and a relentless pace. Quinta (stage name of composer Katherine Mann) is a frequent collaborator with Radiohead's Philip Selway. Her otherworldly piece Themistocles is Captured is in three short movements and is performed by the composer on violin, electronics and a Magnetic Resonator Piano (an acoustic piano with a series of electro-magnets set along its strings). Also on this album, fresh from her debut full-length album on NMC, is Kate Whitley's Duo for Violin and Viola, written for a choreography inspired by a sculpture called 'Wrestlers' by Henri Gaudier Brzeska.


'Haunting electronica ... an ambitiously expansive piano trio ... [and] a succinct piece played by Onyx Brass with perfectly balanced wit and melancholy' The Guardian ★★★★

'Another NMC treat' Gramophone

'Showcases the incredible diversity of music written for dance ... compelling' BBC Radio 3 'Record Review'


NMC would like to thank Paul Hoskins and all at Rambert Dance Company for their assistance in the making of this album.


The Madness Industry  and Atomic Café  were recorded 13-14 June 2016 at All Saints, East Finchley, London. Duo for Violin and Viola was recorded 20 April 2016 at All Saints, Tooting London. Airs No Oceans Keep was recorded 19 February 2015 at Menuhin Hall, Yehudi Menuhin School, Cobham, Surrey.

DAVID LEFEBER Recording Engineer & Producer



Thermistocles Is Captured was recorded during August 2016 at the Centre for Digital Music, Queen Mary University of London (MRP) and in Quinta's home studio.

QUINTA Recording Engineer & Producer

Catalogue number:
NMC D232
Release Date:
19 May 2017