Hind, Rolf

Rolf Hind has worked closely with living composers across a broad range of styles: from John Adams and Tan Dun to Ligeti and Lachenmann, Xenakis and Messiaen to George Benjamin and Judith Weir.
Born in London and now living there after studies at the Royal College of Music and in Los Angeles, his career has many facets. He appears regularly at new music festivals throughout Europe, he is in demand as a soloist with all the major BBC orchestras and plays regularly with the London Sinfonietta. Further afield he has made numerous appearances with, amongst others, the Baltimore Symphony, Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Munich Radio Orchestra, Stockholm Philharmonic, South West German Radio Orchestra, Vienna Chamber Orchestra, Slovenian Radio Philharmonic and Oslo Sinfonietta. As a performer he has had a number of concertos written for him, by Unsuk Chin, Poul Ruders,  Bent Sorensen, Simon Holt  and David Sawer and he has worked with conductors including Vladimir Ashkenazy, Simon Rattle, Leonard Slatkin, Andrew Davis, Markus Stenz, Oliver Knussen, David Robertson and Franz Welser-Möst.
His appearances overseas include tours of Korea, Taiwan and Cuba, and recitals and concertos at Perth and Wellington Festivals, Sydney Opera House, Carnegie Hall and the Lincoln Center. Rolf has also worked with some of the world’s greatest dancers and choreographers, including Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker at Rosas, Richard Alston, and the London Contemporary Dance Theatre.
In recent years Rolf has developed a growing reputation as a composer. His piano pieces and chamber works have been broadcast by the BBC and played widely throughout Europe. Recent commissions include Eye of Fire, which he played with The Duke Quartet, and Sunnata for five pianos and one honky-tonk.  He premiered his piano concerto Maya-Sesha, commissioned by the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and conducted by Martyn Brabbins in 2008. He is published by Ricordi London.
Rolf is in demand as a teacher, holding a professorial post at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama (teaching composition and the piano); he teaches at the Royal Academy of Music and is a regular guest at Dartington International Summer School.

Uttley, Richard


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.

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Benjafield, Richard

Richard Benjafield has led a distinguished career performing in contemnporary classical music, both as soloist and ensemble musician. He studied at the RNCM (with Ian Wright and Graham Johns), University of Ghana (with Afadina Tsikpa and Bernard Woma) and Tanglewood Music Centre (with John Wyre and Frank Epstein). Early in his career he performed in ensembles led by Jane Manning, James Wood and John Woolrich. Since then he has performed as principal percussionist with Nash Ensemble, BCMG, London Sinfonietta, Composers' Ensemble, Endymion, Lontano and Almeida Opera.
For ten years Richard led Ensemble Bash, the first percussion quartet to establish a career in Britain. As well as commissioning and continually performing a new repertoire of over forty pieces, many now established as standard repertoire, the group performed twice at the BBC Proms, at the 1997 handover ceremony in Hong Kong, and at major festival and concert halls in Europe, Africa and Australia. Ensemble Bash were also artists-in-residence for Chance for Children.
Richard's recent projects have included Carnyx & Co with John Kenny and Sarah Leonard, Morton Feldman's four-hour trio For Philp Guston at the Royal Academy of Art, an a UK tour with thethreestrangeangels of Steve Reich's Sextet and music by Peter Garland. Richard was both soloist and conductor in an acclaimed performance by Guildhall Percussion Group at the BBC's John Cage festivalUnCaged at the Barbican.
Richard's solo work has included collaboration with Jurgen Simpson (sound diffusion) and Simon Doyle (video artists) in Dublin, and a solo improvised concert to live graphic projections at Kettle's Yard, Cambridge. He has performed the solo works of Cage and Feldman in Berlin and Vienna, Xenakis with the Richard Alston Dance Company, Vinko Globokar's ?Corporel? at the Aldeburgh Festival, and created inna-groove dimensions with drum 'n bass artist Marque Gilmore at London's National Portrait Gallery for the PRS. He has also collaborated on projects with Graham Fellows (aka John Shuttleworth), Django Bates, Joanna MacGregor and Orphy Robinson.
Richard has been Professor of Percussion and Director of Percussion Ensemble at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama since 1995.

Barton, George

George Barton is a solo, contemporary and orchestral percussionist and timpanist based in London. He is a member of the Colin Currie Group and has also worked with the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, Endymion, the Nash Ensemble, BBC Singers, Jane's Minstrels, and the Royal Opera House, among many other ensembles and orchestras. As a solo artist George has performed at the Southbank Centre's "The Rest is Noise" festival, the "Occupy the Pianos" festival at St John's Smith Square, The Forge, Milton Court Concert Hall, and at a number of Nonclassical events across London, among other venues across the UK.

Campion, Robert

Robert is a workshop facilitator, a composer and qualified social worker. He worked for Westminster Social Services within a multi-disciplinary Community Care Team before becoming a freelance workshop facilitator and teacher. He has been studying gamelan music for 28 years and teaches gamelan within primary, secondary and adult education. Rob runs the Cambridge University gamelan working with community groups and composition students. He has been a member of Good Vibrations since 2006.
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Carré, Isabelle


After graduating in music from University of York in 1984, Isabelle Carré studied flute with Pierre-Yves Artaud in Paris. Working as a flute player mostly in contemporary music, she regularly collaborates with composers and has given many first performances, both as a soloist and a member of groups such as Ensemble Exposé and Critical Band. In addition to modern (concert, piccolo, alto and bass) flutes, she plays early flutes from the Renaissance to early 19th century, as well as those from several non-Western traditions including Chinese, Japanese, Thai and Indonesian.

Isabelle plays Javanese gamelan, and as a founder member of Southbank Gamelan Players (Ensemble in Residence at Southbank Centre) and Hammer & Bronze she has been instrumental in a number of commissions and collaborative projects with composers and other artists.

She also leads workshops for the Bate Collection of Musical Instruments in the Faculty of Music, Oxford.

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Rolf Hind, piano

Richard Uttley, piano

Richard Benjafield, percussion

George Barton, percussion

Robert Campion, gamelan

Isabelle Carré, gamelan


PULSE, commissioned by the Royal Philharmonic Society, brings together British/Bulgarian composer Dobrinka Tabakova and Scottish film-maker Ruth Paxton to create a new score and film. Taking the ideas of ‘pulse’ and ‘place’, this collaboration pairs Tabakova’s rich musical language with Paxton’s bold film-making to create a piece that explores the energy and diversity of life in a modern city and the driving forces behind how different societies and cultures mix.

‘I am absolutely delighted and extremely grateful that our project has been selected. To present our work at the New Music Biennial, knowing it will be seen by such a varied audience is a privilege and inspiration. I can’t wait to get started with Ruth Paxton on this exciting collaboration.’

Dobrinka Tabakova

‘This chance to promote classical music to new audiences when the spotlight’s on Glasgow is fantastic.  Supporting composers and creativity in new music is at the heart of our work. To bring two dynamic young artists together and to celebrate the spirit of the Commonwealth Games is a thrilling prospect.’ Royal Philharmonic Society


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PULSE was commissioned by the Royal Philharmonic Society.


‘Dobrinka Tabakova’s Pulse, […] confirmed the talent of this young British composer: one to watch.’ The Observer


Produced with the support of partners and funders:

New Music Biennial Funders


Recorded by Andrew Keener and Simon Eadon for the Royal Philharmonic Society at the Warehouse, London on 20 October 2013

Catalogue number:
NMC DL201415
Release Date:
25 August 2014