London Sinfonietta

London Sinfonietta

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.

Sound Intermedia

Sound Intermedia

Sound Intermedia - alias Ian Dearden and David Sheppard - is dedicated to realising visionary new art works through live performance and cutting-edge technology. Their trail-blazing initiatives and artistic collaborations continually push past the accepted boundaries of composition, sound design, live sound, music technology and interactive multimedia.

Internationally respected both as composers and performers, they collaborate with many of the world's most influential artists and organizations.

Lixenberg, Lore


Born in the UK Lore Lixenberg has performed widely in opera, concert repertoire and music-theatre, and works with many leading composers.

She has sung throughout Europe at numerous festivals, including Wien Modern, Oslo’s Ultima and the festivals in Salzburg, Lucerne, Edinburgh, Witten, Donaueschingen and Aldeburgh, and performed with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the Hallé Orchestra, the Danish National Symphony Orchestra, the London Sinfonietta, the Ensemble InterContemporain, Klangforum Wien, BCMG, the Northern Sinfonia and Apartment House.

She featured in the Channel 4 documentary What made Mozart tick and most recently in Kombat Opera Presents…, a set of six television comedy operas commissioned from Richard Thomas by BBC2. Lore Lixenberg sang the main female operatic role in Richard Thomas’ award-winning Jerry Springer - The Opera at the Edinburgh Festival, the National Theatre and in London’s West End, and on CD.

Nicolls, Sarah


Sarah Nicolls is a UK-based experimental pianist, at the forefront of innovations in piano performance.  She works with interactive technologies, such as body sensors and motion capture to augment the acoustic piano, bringing it into the realm of electronic music with visceral live performances.  Sarah also invented the ‘Inside-out Piano’, a sculptural feast of an instrument designed to be played inside and out.  She has recorded her own music on it and has been funded through the Athena Swan scheme to have the second prototype built by Pierre Malbos.  

In the rest of her concert career, Sarah is a frequent soloist with the London Sinfonietta, giving world premieres such as Larry Goves’ piano concerto Things that are blue... and Richard Barrett’s Mesoptamia.  She is regularly broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and features on several CDs.

Sarah is a Senior Lecturer at Brunel University and has received funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), the Brunel Research Initiative and Enterprise Fund (BRIEF), the Athena Swan award and Arts Council England.  She writes about live electronics and compositional collaborations and has been published in the Leonardo Music Journal (LMJ20).  Artistic Director of the BEAM Festival, Sarah was also the Music Chair for NIME 2014, London.

Walker, Garry


Winner of the 1999 Leeds Conductor’s Competition, Scottish-born Garry Walker studied cello and conducting at the Royal Northern College of Music. He is now Visiting Professor of Conducting at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. Garry Walker was Principal Guest Conductor of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra (2003–2007), Principal Conductor of Paragon Ensemble and now enjoys a close association with Red Note Ensemble Scotland’s première contemporary music ensemble.

In the UK Garry Walker has worked with all the BBC orchestras, the Hallé, National Youth Orchestra of Scotland, London Sinfonietta, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Philharmonia, and City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. Chamber orchestras have included the Northern Sinfonia, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, English Chamber Orchestra and Academy of St Martin’s in the Fields. With SCO he has appeared at the St Magnus Festival, with the ECO in Lisbon and the City of London Festival and with ASMF at the Barbican’s Mostly Mozart Festival. He also regularly appears at the Edinburgh International Festival.

Outside the UK he has appeared with the Nieuw Ensemble, the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestre Philharmonique de Luxembourg, Collegium Musicum, Denmark, Musikkollegium Winterthur and the Deutsches Symphonie Orchester Berlin. Further afield he has had re-invitations to both the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and Auckland Philharmonia and made his US debut with the Utah Symphony Orchestra. Amongst the many international soloists with whom Garry Walker has collaborated are Maxim Vengerov, Truls Mørk, Mischa Maisky, James Ehnes, David Geringas and Branford Marsalis.

An experienced opera conductor, Garry Walker conducted a new production of Janacek’s The Cunning Little Vixen for Garsington Opera in 2014. He has also conducted Britten’s Curlew River and the world première of Stuart MacRae’s opera The Assassin Tree at the Edinburgh International Festival. He also conducted MacRae at the Royal Opera House’s Linbury Studio, Britten’s The Turn of the Screw and Raskatov’s A Dog’s Heart for English National Opera, Cimarosa’s The Secret Marriage for Scottish Opera and Mozart’s La Clemenza di Tito at the Royal Northern College of Music.

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Marshall, Oren


Oren Marshall is a pioneering player of acoustic tuba and electric tuba who, crossing between classical, jazz, improvised and world music, has collaborated with the likes of Derek Bailey, Charlie Haden, Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, Moondog, Radiohead, Hermeto Pascoal, The Pan-African Orchestra and the London Philharmonic. He has played with every major orchestra in London as well as with the Bolshoi Theatre Soloists, the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra and the Canadian Ballet.

As a member of London Brass (which he joined in 1987) he has made numerous recordings, toured worldwide several times, played 6 Proms concerts and performed for the Queen, Prince Charles, the German Chancellor, the President of China and the Pope. Amongst the many duos Oren has played are performances with jazz pianist John Taylor, New York Beatboxer Adam Matta, UK beatboxers Shlomo and Hobbit, prepared-piano player Hauschka, percussionist Evelyn Glennie and multi award-winning vocalist, Bobby Mcferrin.

As a solo artist, Oren has played all over the world and his ground-breaking solo work lead to multiple nominations for the BBC Innovation in Jazz Award. He has also shared the stage with artists such as Gil Scott Heron, Roy Ayers, Moby, Vinicio Caposella, Murcoff, Tomasz Stanko and Sleepytime Gorilla Museum. He leads and writes for the Charming Transport Band, bringing together master musicians from Ghana and Nigeria and innovators from London’s jazz and improvised music scenes. Oren is currently Head of Brass Studies at Trinity Laban Conservatoire, London and teaches on the Leadership course at the Guildhall School of Music and on the Jazz course at the Royal Academy of Music.


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Next Wave showcases composing talent from the Nation’s higher education institutions and helps to bridge the difficult gap between composing in a university environment and pursuing a career as a professional composer.

In partnership with Sound and Music, this collection of new works by 12 composers studying in higher education is the end result of a 6-month commissioning programme involving workshops with professional artists and musicians from the London Sinfonietta, mentoring from professional composers, advice about recording techniques and the music industry plus a performance at Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival.


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‘Michael Cutting’s I AM A STRANGE LOOP III, composed for cassette recorder (in the act of recording itself), piano and percussion. Both the soundworld and the form of the work are striking and very effective indeed, clear in its sense of direction yet with a pervasive air of spontaneity. The conclusion, entering a dark, hauntological space, was wonderful' 5:4

'The highlight of Next Wave for me was Paul McGuire’s Panels ... these ideas were invariably quiet and deliberate, but in their own minute way rather marvellous, two or three sounds focussing to form a fragile timbre, like small sonic swatches, a composer to keep an eye on for the future.’ 5:4



Next Wave receives generous support from:


Angus Allnatt Charitable Foundation

The Fenton Arts Trust

The Helen Hamlyn Trust

Help Musicians UK

Lord and Lady Lurgan Trust

Samuel Gardner Memorial Trust

Stanley Picker Trust

The Steel Charitable Trust


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These tracks were recorded at Studio 1, University of Surrey, Guildford on 19-22 August 2014. Recording Engineer and Producer DAVID LEFEBER


Cover image and origami wave creation: KAT FLINT

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24 November 2014