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.

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14 short songs by leading British composers - ranging from Harrison Birtwistle to Michael Nyman - drawn from Mary Wiegold's Songbook, an ever-increasing collection of works written for Wiegold and the Composers Ensemble


"Like a modern-day codex. Should nothing survive from the previous decade of British music save this, scholars would still be able to form a reliable picture of the diverse compositional activity of those years."


Recording date: 3-4 November 1990

Recording venue: All Saints' Church, Petersham

Engineer: Mike Skeet 
Producer: Colin Matthews
Editing & mastering: Marian Freeman

Cover image: Adam Birtwistle

(P) 1991 NMC Recordings Ltd

Chester Novello
Faber Music
Stainer & Bell
Universal Edition
United Music Publishers
Catalogue number:
NMC D003
Release Date:
1 January 1991