Hind, Rolf


Rolf Hind has established himself as a major force as soloist, composer, recording artist and chamber musician. He has given recitals at many of Europe’s new music festivals, at Carnegie Hall and at Sydney Opera House.

Rolf has worked with many leading conductors and has appeared seven times at the BBC Proms. He has worked with orchestras around the world and with many of London’s orchestras.

His compositions include a piano concerto, Maya-Sesha, and a concerto for accordion, premiered at London’s Barbican. He collaborated with choreographer Rui Horta on Danza Preparata, featuring John Cage’s Sonatas and Interludes. 

His first opera, Lost in Thought, was premiered at The Barbican. He recently wrote a major work for the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival and continues to develop many exciting composition projects.

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


Rob Campion is a composer, performer and enthusiastic exponent of new music for gamelan. His composition for bass flute and gamelan, Cathedral Grove, was performed in January 2019 as part of Southbank Centre’s SoundState Festival. He has been a member of the Southbank Gamelan Players, ensemble-in-residence at Southbank Centre, since 1988. He has performed widely throughout Europe and Asia and has worked with many composers on new commissions for gamelan, including Salvatore Sciarrino, Richard Causton, Rolf Hind, Philip Corner, the electronica duo Plaid, and the most acclaimed Javanese composer of his generation, Rahayu Supanggah. 
Rob is founder and Music Director of Hammer & Bronze. He teaches gamelan at Cambridge University, mentors composers writing for gamelan and has led workshops for the Composers’ Collective at the Southbank Centre. He is a facilitator for Good Vibrations, an organisation which uses gamelan to work with people in prison, developing life and work skills through music.

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Carré, Isabelle


Isabelle Carré is a flute player and gamelan musician. After graduating in music from University of York, she 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. CD recordings include chamber works by Brian Ferneyhough with Ensemble Exposé (Métier/Divine Art). 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. As a gamelan musician Isabelle performs traditional Javanese music and new compositions for gamelan instruments. She is a founder member of Southbank Gamelan Players and Hammer & Bronze, and has been instrumental in a number of commissions and collaborative projects with composers and other artists.

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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