Richard Uttley graduated from Clare College, Cambridge in 2008 with a Double First in Music. He was awarded a Distinction in his Master’s and Artist Diploma at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, studying with Martin Roscoe, and held a Fellowship there 2010-2012. He previously studied with Ian Buckle (for ten years), and attended the Junior School of the Royal Northern College of Music. He has given recitals or performed concertos in most of the UK’s major halls; festival appearances include the City of London and Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festivals. He has recorded and performed for the BBC at Maida Vale Studios, as part of a Proms Plus Composer Portrait on Louis Andriessen, and in Total Immersion Days on Stockhausen, Ferneyhough and Knussen.
Richard has been recognised for his ‘musical intelligence and pristine facility’ (International Record Review) and featured as a Rising Star in BBC Music Magazine. His 2010 London début, in the Southbank Centre’s Purcell Room, was described by The Times as ‘a brilliant recital’. He was selected for representation by Young Classical Artists Trust (YCAT) in 2011. He has recorded two critically-acclaimed recital discs and commissioned works from composers including Timothy Jackson, Mark Simpson and Chris Willis. Composers he has played to include Thomas Adès, Louis Andriessen, Sally Beamish, Brian Ferneyhough and Robin Holloway.
As a conductor, Nicholas has worked with orchestras in the UK and abroad, and is Associate Artistic Director of the Britten Sinfonia. He is also Artistic Director of the Leicester International Festival and teaches in the UK and in Germany, where he is Professor of Oboe at the Hochschule für Musik, Trossingen.
10/10 was founded by two RLPO members, clarinettistNicholas Cox and cellist Hilary Browning. Since its first concert on 22 November 1997 at 10.10pm, it has become established as a regular feature of Liverpool concert life, under the baton of conductor Clark Rundell.
10/10’s concerts are an eclectic mixture of new commissions, world premieres and contemporary classics given in an informal atmosphere. The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic has commissioned a huge range of UK composers for the Ensemble, as well as many from abroad. 10/10 explores the best new music from around the world, but equally it actively supports local composers – concerts always include music from the North west.
Ensemble 10/10 is the winner of two awards at the 2009 RPS Music Awards, the Concert Series and Festivals category and, along with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, the Ensemble category.
Leonard Elschenbroich cello
Alexei Grynyuk piano
Richard Uttley piano
Mark Simpson clarinet
Ian Buckle piano
Víkingur Ólafsson piano
Nicholas Daniel oboe
Guy Johnston cello
Clark Rundell conductor
Jonathan Small oboe
This recording of chamber music pieces by 27-year-old composer Mark Simpson features works spanning ten years. All are performed by the musicians and ensembles for whom they were originally written.
Mark Simpson's works are most often inspired by dark tones and atmospheres of loss, dreams, hauntings, intimacy and passion and, as with Night Music and Echoes and Embers, often embrace ambiguities of emotion and attitude with extremes of quietude and agitation, of fragility and power. His pieces are also his own musical response to poetry (Sylvia Plath’s Ariel, Ted Hughes’ ‘Tales from Ovid’ for Windflower) or the mysteries and resonances of place (Barkham Fantasy whose genesis harks back to an eerie farmhouse on Dartmoor, and Nur Musik written during a stay in Berlin).
Un Regalo was written to celebrate the 300th birthday of Guy Johnston's cello and Mark wrote Lov(escape) for his semi-final recital for the BBC Young Musician of the Year competition.
'His use of space and silence is notable, as are his gift for melody (check Night Music, 2014)...this is high-quality music' Gramophone
'What hits home immediately in this magnificent collection is the music's individuality and strength' BBC Music Magazine
'Another stellar release from NMC ... Night Music is an exemplary recording' Limelight Magazine
‘a disc of exemplary performances’ British Music Society
With special thanks to City & Cambridge Consultancy and Borletti-Buitoni Trust for their support with this recording.
The Borletti-Buitoni Trust (BBT) helps outstanding young musicians to develop and sustain international careers with awards that fund tailor-made projects. As well as financial assistance the Trust provides invaluable support and encouragement to an ever-growing family of young musicians. www.bbtrust.com
Thank you to the trusts, foundations and individuals who have invested in NMC’s Debut Discs series:
The Astor Foundation
The Boltini Trust
The John S Cohen Foundation
Colwinston Charitable Trust
The Fenton Arts Trust
Nicholas and Judith Goodison
Mercers’ Charitable Foundation
Stanley Picker Trust
The Radcliffe Trust
Richard Thomas Foundation
Jennifer Roslyn Wingate
The individuals who donated through The Big Give Christmas Challenge December 2011
Night Music was recorded at BBC Maida Vale Studio 1, London 24 September 2014
Lindsay Kemp Recording Producer
Philip Burwell Engineer
Echoes and Embers was recorded at The Warehouse, London 15 October 2012
Emma Bloxham Recording Producer
Philip Burwell & Michael Bacon Engineers
Nur Musik was recorded at St George’s Hall Concert Room, Liverpool 14 May 2008
Sam Phillips Recording Producer
Tim Archer & Mike Smith Engineers
Un Regalo was recorded at All Saints East Finchley, London, 1 December 2015; Windflower, Barkham Fantasy and Ariel were recorded at The Menuhin Hall, Yehudi Menuhin School, Surrey, 13 September 2015; Lov(escape) was recorded at the Capstone Building, Liverpool Hope University, 9 August 2010
David Lefeber Recording Producer / Engineer/Digital Editing
Susanne Stanzeleit Digital Editing (except tr5)
DAVID LEFEBER Mastering
COLIN MATTHEWS Executive Producer for NMC
SABBA KEYNEJAD Cover image
FRANCOIS HALL Graphic design