The Nash Ensemble

The Nash Ensemble

Artistic Director: Amelia Freedman CBE FRAM

The Nash Ensemble has built up a remarkable reputation as one of Britain's finest chamber groups and, through the dedication of its founder and artistic director Amelia Freedman and the virtuosity of its players, has gained a similar reputation all over the world. The repertoire is vast and the imaginative, innovative and unusual programmes are as finely architectured as the beautiful Nash terraces in London from which the group takes its name. Not that the Nash Ensemble is classically restricted; it performs with equal sensitivity and musicality works from Mozart to the avant-garde, having given first performances of over 255 new works to date. These include 150 commissions especially written for the Group, providing a legacy for generations to come. An impressive collection of recordings illustrates the same varied and colourful combination of classical masterpieces, little-known neglected gems and important contemporary works.

The Nash makes many foreign tours: concerts have been given throughout Europe and the USA, and in South America, Australia and Japan. The group is a regular visitor to many British music festivals and can be heard on radio, television, at their renowned annual series at Wigmore Hall as well as at the Southbank Centre and the BBC Proms, and at music clubs throughout the country. The ensemble has won the Edinburgh Festival Critics' music award 'for general artistic excellence', and two Royal Philharmonic Society awards in the small ensemble category 'for the breadth of its taste and its immaculate performance of a wide range of music'.

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BBC National Orchestra of Wales

BBC National Orchestra of Wales
BBC National Orchestra of Wales gave its first performance in April 1928 and occupies a special role as both a broadcast orchestra and the national symphony orchestra of Wales. The Orchestra is supported by the Arts Council of Wales. The Orchestra is based at BBC Hoddinott Hall, which is named after Welsh composer Alun Hoddinott, and is part of the Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff Bay. The Orchestra presents an annual season at St David’s Hall, Cardiff, where it is Orchestra-in-Residence, as well as concerts in venues across Wales and beyond; including annual performances at the BBC Proms and biannually at BBC Cardiff Singer of the World.
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This introduction to the music of Rupert Bawden features his chamber opera The Sailor's Tale - a counterpart to Stravinsky's Soldier's Tale and written for the same forces - setting Kevin Crossley-Holland's libretto on the life and loves of Horatio Nelson. Also on the disc are the panoramic Two Studies for Orchestra, based on the Tristan legend, and the energetic ensemble work The Donkey Dances.

The Sailor's Tale:

Alexander Grove tenor
Flora McIntosh mezzo-soprano
Andrew Heggie baritone
Children of Alderman Peel High School, Norfolk
The Creakes Sinfonia
Gary Cheung conductor



'A well produced CD and a good introduction to an appealing, quirky composer.'
Musical Pointers


Produced in association with BBC Radio 3


Two Studies:

Recording date:  14 September 1994
Recording venue: St David's Hall, Cardiff
Engineers: Eddie James, Trevor Barker
Producers: Mike Goerge, Huw Tregelles Williams

The Donkey Dances:
Recording date:  5 March 1993
Recording venue: Purcell Room, London
Producer: Alan Hall for BBC Radio 3

The Sailor's Tale:
Recording date:  2-3 May 2003
Recording venue: St Mary's Church, South Creake, Norfolk
Engineer: Keith Jordan
Producer: David Lefeber

Editing & mastering: David Lefeber

Cover image: Francois Hall

Two Studies / The Donkey Dances (P) 2004 BBC
The Sailor's Tale / Beasts of the Sea (P) 2004 NMC Recordings Ltd

Chester Novello
Yorke Edition
Catalogue number:
NMC D093
Release Date:
1 September 2004