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.
Samantha Fernando says ... The term ‘kinesphere’ was coined by choreographer Rudolf Laban and is defined as: the sphere around the body whose periphery can be reached by easily extended limbs without stepping away from that place which is the point of support when standing on one foot.
In partnership with London Sinfonietta we continue our Sinfonietta Shorts series, a collection of bite-sized pieces of new music from today's leading composers; commissioned and premiered by the principal players of the London Sinfonietta.
The first five Sinfonietta Shorts were premiered in 2008 to celebrate the ensemble's 40th birthday and since then the London Sinfonietta has commissioned many more. Each work has enduring relevance and is a great introduction to the best new music of our time. Pieces by Anna Meredith, Dai Fujikura, Mark Bowden, Jonathan Harvey and Harrison Birtwistle were released on NMC Recordings in 2013, with another eight scheduled in 2016.
(p) London Sinfonietta/NMC Recordings Ltd
(c) NMC Recordings Ltd
Kinesphere was recorded on 1 May 2015 at Menuhin Hall, Yehudi Menuhin School, Cobham, Surrey.
Producer/engineer DAVID LEFEBER