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.

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.

Carver Goss, Luke

Carver Goss

Luke Carver Goss is a composer and performer who writes for and performs with unusual and more traditional instrumental combinations. He collaborates regularly with poet and broadcaster Ian McMillan. Their group The Ian McMillan Orchestra toured the length and breadth of the UK, and featured on The South Bank Show. Together, they co-curated Sage Gateshead's first Words & Music Festival. The centre-piece of this was Homing In, a work for gigantic instrumental and vocal forces. Their most recent piece together is a new carol, A Single Snowflake – a commission for Chester Cathedral.

He has also worked with several touring bands, including The Angel Brothers, The Devil’s Violin Company, Tea Hodzic Trio and Szapora.

Luke’s music includes commissions for Black Dyke Brass Band, Tredegar Town Band, Sage Gateshead, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, BBC Symphony Orchestra and London Sinfonietta. He was a composer for the Cultural Olympiad and his piece Pure Gold: a 4X4 Relay was broadcast on BBC Radio 2 and 3, and released on NMC Recordings.

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Graeme Oxby

Northern Sinfonia

Northern Sinfonia

Northern Sinfonia, orchestra of The Sage Gateshead, holds an international reputation for the range and depth of its repertoire which spans 300 years and includes commissioned new work; its Music Director is Thomas Zehetmair.

The orchestra performs in its own spectacular Norman Foster-designed home for music, The Sage Gateshead, which celebrated its 5th birthday in  2009. Northern Sinfonia travels widely too with appearances at other leading venues and festivals throughout the world, including the Berlin Philharmonie, the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, the Musikverein in Vienna, the BBC Proms, Edinburgh International Festival and the Aldeburgh Festival. Northern Sinfonia’s 50th Anniversary Season in 2008/09 saw tours to the Far East including a residency at the Hong Kong Festival.

Northern Sinfonia works with many broadcasters including the BBC and Channel 4, and is proud to be Classic FM’s orchestra in the North East; working in partnership with the UK’s biggest commercial radio station, it presents exclusive broadcasts and live performances at The Sage Gateshead and for Classic FM Live at the Royal Albert Hall.

Sheen, Jack


Jack Sheen is a conductor and composer from Manchester. In 2017 at the age of 23 he became the RNCM's youngest ever Junior Fellow in Conducting appointed by Sir Mark Elder, through which he enjoys a close relationship with the BBC Philharmonic, Manchester Camerata, and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. Jack's music has been performed by orchestras such as the London Symphony Orchestra, BBC Philharmonic, Aurora Orchestra, and Manchester Camerata; ensembles including Apartment House, EXAUDI, Plus Minus Ensemble, and Psappha; and commissioned by organisations such as London Contemporary Music Festival, Aldeburgh Festival, and BBC Young Artists Day. Awards include a Royal Philharmonic Prize for Composition (2016), a RNCM Gold Medal (2012), and BBC Young Composer of the Year (2011). Between 2016-17 he held an Artist Fellowship at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama.

Since 2014 Jack has conducted at international festivals and venues including the Barbican, Lucerne Festival Academy, Dartington International Summer School, Royaumont, Wigmore Hall, LSO St Luke's, Cheltenham Festival, Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, Cafe OTO, and St John at Hackney, and has appeared numerous times on BBC Radio 3, Reform Radio, and NTS. His time as assistant to Ilan Volkov and Richard Baker has led to work with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Bit20 Ensemble (Norway) and Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg.

He is the founder and Director of An assembly, a group dedicated to contemporary and experimental music, installation, and performance.


Next Wave 2 - 27/1/18 Sage Gateshead

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Lore Lixenberg mezzo-soprano
Quinta violin, viola, saw
Luke Carver Goss accordion

Musicians from Royal Northern Sinfonia
Jack Sheen


This collection of new works by six talented young composers – Emma Wilde, Peter Wilson, Jack Sheen, Joanna Ward, Robin Haigh and Alex J Hall – is the end result of a 9-month artist development programme involving workshops with multi-instrumentalist Quinta (Bat for Lashes, Penguin Café), mezzo soprano Lore Lixenberg ('a rich and powerful voice' Metro) and accordionist Luke Carver Goss. Joining them are soloists from the Royal Northern Sinfonia.

Each composer explores a unique and extraordinary sound world. Emma Wilde warps time with the help of the Mayan ‘secret calendar’; Peter Wilson captures sudden shifts of landscape via the work of novelist Richard Smyth; Alex J Hall evokes 17th century experiments in light and illusion; Jack Sheen’s Found emerges from found material by himself and other composers; Joanna Ward takes images from the poetry of Allen Ginsberg to create music that “shift in and out of focus”; and Robin Haigh re-imagines material by Mozart and from an English folk ballad.

Their new compositions were recorded by NMC Recordings in November 2017 at Sage Gateshead. The project culminates in an album launch and premiere performances at Sage Gateshead on 27 January, 2018.

Next Wave 2 is a partnership project between Sound and Music, NMC Recordings and Sage Gateshead, designed to support and promote composers in higher education as they transition into the professional music industry. Throughout this process, the composers also benefited from mentoring by professional composers, Errollyn Wallen and David Horne, and from advice about recording techniques and the music industry. Next Wave 2 project page and composer blogs:


Sound and Music is the national charity for new music. Our vision is to create a world where new music and sound prospers, transforming lives, challenging expectations and celebrating the work of its creators.Sound and Music is funded by Arts Council England, and is a PRS for Music Foundation Talent Development Partner.  |  @soundandmusic


NMC Recordings is a registered charity record label devoted to the promotion of contemporary classical music from the British Isles. The first organisation to be heralded with the Royal Philharmonic Society’s Leslie Boosey Award for “its outstanding contribution to the furthering of contemporary music in Britain”. NMC is a member of Arts Council England’s National Portfolio and has a catalogue of over 250 albums encompassing established composers and emerging talent.  |  @ nmcrecordings


Royal Northern Sinfonia, Orchestra of Sage Gateshead, is the UK’s only full-time chamber orchestra. Founded in 1958, RNS has built a world-wide reputation for the North East through the quality of its music-making and the immediacy of the connections the musicians make with audiences. The orchestra regularly flies the flag for the region at venues and festivals all over the UK and in Europe, and last season toured in South America, China and South Korea. In recent seasons RNS has worked with world class conductors and soloists including Christian Tetzlaff, Olli Mustonen, Reinhard Goebel, Katrina Canellakis and Nicholas McGegan, and also collaborated with leading popular voices such as Sting, Ben Folds, John Grant and Mercury Rev.  |   @RNSinfonia


Next Wave 2 is funded by the Leverhulme TrustPRS for Music Foundation, the Angus Allnatt Charitable Foundation, and with public funding from Arts Council England.



Recorded at Sage Gateshead, UK on 7-8 November 2017

Recording Engineer and Producer DAVID LEFEBER

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26 January 2018