Wiegold, Mary

Mary Wiegold is known for her committed performances of new music and has given over two hundred premieres. She has had many works written for her and in 1989 started collecting a songbook of works by composers ranging from Sir Harrison Birtwistle and Milton Babbitt to Elvis Costello and Keith Tippett. She has sung at numerous festivals, while her  opera appearances include the first performances of Birtwistle’s opera Yan Tan Tethera  with Opera Factory /London Sinfonietta. She appears on television, broadcasts regularly for Radio 3 and has recorded many CD’s including the first fruits of her Songbook (NMC D003).

In 1989 she founded the Composers Ensemble with the composer John Woolrich, with whom she has given concerts throughout Britain and overseas (including an Arts Council Contemporary Music Network Tour of her Songbook), set up and led numerous creative education projects and made many recordings. She has also worked closely with ensemble Gemini.
Throughout her career she has been deeply involved in educational work in Britain and abroad.

Composers Ensemble

Composers Ensemble

The Composers Ensemble, 'Europe's most innovative chamber group', has premiered over two hundred works by leading composers such as Birtwistle,
Globokar, Castiglioni, Clementi, Donatoni, Schwertsik, Lou Harrison, Babbitt and Ruders. It has made several CDs, appeared on TV in Britain and abroad and
broadcasts regularly for the BBC and European radio stations. The ensemble has appeared at most leading British festivals and at European concert halls
from Paris to Albania, including the Aldeburgh Festival and the BBC Proms.

Brodsky Quartet

Brodsky Quartet
String Quartet

Since its formation in 1972 the Brodsky Quartet has performed over 2000 concerts on the major stages of the world and released more than 50 recordings. A natural curiosity and insatiable desire to explore has propelled the group in many artistic directions and continues to ensure them not only a place at the very forefront of the international chamber music scene but also a rich and varied musical existence. Their energy and craftmanship have attracted numerous awards and accolades worldwide, while ongoing educational work provides a vehicle for passing on experience and staying in touch with the next generation.

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A disc that reveals the striking diversity of Woolrich's chamber music; the intimacy of A Farewell contrasts with the larger scale 'machines for instruments', such as the title work.


"Woolrich's music draws the listener into a soundworld which, within self-imposed limits, is sparkling and brilliant."
Classic CD 1996


Recording date: 24 and 29 March 1995

Recording venue: All Saints Church, Petersham

Engineers: Tryggvi Tryggvason, Andrew Hallifax 
Producers: Colin Matthews
Editing & mastering: Marian Freeman

Cover image: Jean Tinguely, 'Chaos I'

(P) 1996 NMC Recordings Ltd

Faber Music
Catalogue number:
NMC D029
Release Date:
1 February 1996