Tom is from Aberdeen, and learned clarinet at Birmingham Conservatoire with Michael Harris, before completing his studies at the Royal Academy of Music in London with Timothy Lines, Nicholas Rodwell and Angela Malsbury, where he won the 2006 Buffet-Crampon clarinet competition.
Kate Halsall is a pianist developing and commissioning new music for a variety of projects. Recent work includes Galvanize for Hack The Barbican; Hear the City, a music app design residency with Stromatolite; Miniaturised Concertos | Maché, an album of new works for piano duo, electronics and ensemble, released May 2016. She has performed widely in the UK and internationally including for Aldeburgh Music, The Piano- Glasgow City of Music, Ockham’s Razor (Not Until We Are Lost) with music by Graham Fitkin, hcmf// with Chimera Ensemble, Sonorities, Michael Clark Dance Company (Oh My Goddess), Tête à Tête Opera Festival, Colourscape, SBC Imagine Children’s Festival, Multiple Piano Day BBC Proms, Ether Festival, Marte Festival Malaga, IUC Rome, Festival of Dimitria Thessaloniki, Montclair University New Jersey, Colorado College, Festival de la Sainte Baume Provence, Timezones Festival Italy, The Banff Centre Canada, Onassis Cultural Centre Athens.
Genevieve Wilkins is an Australian born freelance percussionist who is based in London.
She is a member of “ensemblebash”, UK’s premiere percussion ensemble and a founding member of “The G Project”, an exciting and virtuosic collaboration with cellist Gabriella Swallow. Genevieve has performed with and/or recorded with Nash Ensemble, Joanna MacGregor, Lionel Richie, Akon, Josh Groban, Joby Burgess, Max de Wardener, DJ Panko (Ojos de Brujo), Cerys Matthews, DJ Pathaan, Alex Wilson, Gavin Bryars, Karen David, Alex Phountzi (Bugz in the Attic), Monika Lidke, Andrew Poppy, Mark-Anthony Turnage, Shiva Feshareki.
Genevieve was the performance musical director for the 2013/14 premiere of the musical “American Psycho” for the Almeida Theatre. Her other theatre credits include “Thriller Live” (West End and Stadium Tour), “Tap Dogs” (West End and Australia), “Never Forget” (West End) and as musical director/principal percussionist for various productions at the Shakespeare Globe Theatre (including worldwide cinematic release). Genevieve’s orchestral credits include the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (percussion feature concert) London Sinfonia, Malaysian Philharmonic, New London Orchestra and the West Australian Symphony.
Rebecca Hepplewhite (née Hewes) performs extensively throughout the UK and abroad as a soloist and chamber musician. Featured in the Sunday Times Top 10 for her performance of the Elgar Cello Concerto, she has performed all of the major concerto works across Europe, including tours of France, Spain and Ireland.
As a chamber musician she has performed at venues including the Wigmore Hall, Bridgewater Hall, Purcell Room and Hong Kong Cultural Centre. She frequently tours Asia and the USA alongside organist Julian Collings as Svyati Duo, and as cellist with the Nephele Ensemble she has been the recipient of numerous awards. Rebecca is also cellist with the Pomegranate Piano Trio with violinist Fenella Barton and pianist Andrew West.
Céline was born in Paris and started playing the harp when she was 8. She studied in London at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and The Royal Academy of Music where she graduated with honours. She performed her first concerto when she was 12 and has since won many prizes including 1st prize in the European UFAM competition. In 2011 Céline was elected an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music.
Céline’s interest in modern music brings her to perform and premiere the works of living composers with various ensembles, in addition to appearing on recordings with bands such as Divine Comedy and Incognito. As an orchestral harpist Céline has been playing with Northern Ballet since 2007 and is also a regular guest with CBSO, Philharmonia, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Opera North and RPO.
Jessica Beeston was appointed violist of the Edinburgh Quartet in summer 2011. She enjoys balancing a busy freelance career in London while fulfilling the exciting performing and recording schedule of her internationally established string quartet.
Jessica plays regularly with the Britten Sinfonia, English Chamber Orchestra and Aurora Chamber Orchestra, and is a frequent guest principal player with the London Mozart Players, Scottish Chamber Orchestra and Mid Wales Chamber Orchestra. She also enjoys period work with the Orchestre Revolutionnaire et Romantique and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment.
Jessica is in much demand as a chamber music player, also appearing with Hebrides Ensemble, Mid Wales Chamber Soloists directed by Marcia Crayford, Nephele Ensemble, Mendelssohn on Mull Festival, Wye Valley Chamber Music Festival, and many more.
She was the only violist to appear in the string finals of the Royal Overseas League Competition in 2009, having won the Waddell Trust Prize in 2006, and in 2007-2009 performed in venues across the UK as part of Live Music Now duo with pianist Andrew Johnston.
After studies with David Takeno and Krysia Osostovich at the Guildhall School of Music, Jessica spent some years as a student of Thomas Riebl at the Salzburg Mozarteum. She graduated with a first class performance degree and gained much experience in Europe from regular tours and performances with the Salzburg Chamber Soloists, Camerata Salzburg and as a member of the Giraldi String Quartet.
Born in Yorkshire in 1977, Matthew Schellhorn studied in Manchester and Cambridge. His teachers included Peter Hill and Yvonne Loriod-Messiaen. He has given recitals in many major venues throughout the UK, including Wigmore Hall and the Purcell Room. He has been guest soloist at several international festivals and has performed live on numerous international radio stations.
A prominent performer of new music, Matthew Schellhorn has given numerous territorial and world premieres with recent commissions including a collection of studies by Nicola LeFanu and various works by Gráinne Mulvey, Linda Buckley and Colin Riley. He has a particularly close working relationship with Irish composer Ian Wilson of whose music he is a frequent dedicatee. In 2012, he gave the world premiere of Ian Wilson’s Flags and Emblems in the Belfast Festival with the Ulster Orchestra, followed three years later by another world premiere with the same orchestra of Ian Wilson’s Mutazione: Piano Concerto; both performances were recorded live for BBC Radio 3. In 2014, Diatribe Records released Matthew Schellhorn’s solo disc, Ian Wilson: Stations, the world premiere recording of a new commission featured on RTÉ lyric fm as one of the ‘great cycles of 21st-century piano music’.
Matthew Schellhorn’s performances of the music of Olivier Messiaen have been met with superlative critical approval. He has been regular guest soloist in performances of Trois petites Liturgies de la Présence Divine, Turangalîla-Symphonie, Réveil des Oiseaux and Oiseaux Exotiques with orchestras including the London Mozart Players. His recent disc with the Soloists of the Philharmonia Orchestra, Messiaen: Chamber Works (Signum Classics SIGCD126), received positive reviews on both sides of the Atlantic and was awarded an AllMusic Classical Editors’ Favourite.
- 01. Three Movements: I Purl5'48"
- 02. Three Movements: II Wane6'34"
- 03. Three Movements: III Bob5'35"
- 04. Lyric Pieces: I All My Failings Exposed3'55"
- 05. Lyric Pieces: II Right to the End of Our River5'42"
- 06. Lyric Pieces: III A Kind of Green3'12"
- 07. Lyric Pieces: IV Close the Door, Put Out the Light4'06"
- 08. Lyric Pieces: V Something In Our Minds Will Always Stay3'05"
- 09. Lyric Pieces: VI The Bluegirls Have All Gone Away6'55"
- 10. Shenanigans: I A Cool Carfuffle2'29"
- 11. Shenanigans: II Lazy Legs Lollop2'45"
- 12. Shenanigans: III Before and After2'06"
- 13. Shenanigans: IV Cockaloop3'05"
- 14. Shenanigans: V Curly Birds1'41"
- 15. Shenanigans: VI Swan Song4'28"
- 16. As the Tender Twilight Covers9'08"
Tom Lessels clarinet
Kate Halsall piano
Genevieve Wilkins percussion
Rebecca Hepplewhite cello
Celine Saout harp
Nicola Summerscales alto flute
Samantha Wickramasinghe violin
Jessica Beeston viola
Matthew Schellhorn piano
Colin Riley's work draws on a range of elements including improvisation, new technologies, song-writing and large-scale classical form. His work is impossible to categorize, embodying a genuine integration of stylistic approaches. As an established, but ever questioning figure within the contemporary music scene over the last 20 years he has cut an independent path through many layers of trends and styles. We are delighted to welcome Colin to the NMC catalogue with this album showcasing his chamber works, written between 2005 and 2015. Many of the tracks on this album are energetic and playful, with more than a hint of jazz. In Lyric Pieces Riley is influenced by his emotional links to songs (and their lyrics) by post punk, prog and rock bands that he listened to when he was a teenager.
'Every sound is precisely conceived. The performances sparkle with character.' Financial Times
'Those responsive to, say, the deft poise of Howard Skempton or the barbed wit of Laurence Crane will find much to engage and absorb them.' Gramophone
'Wry, understated and slightly bonkers' The Guardian ★★★★
Three Movements, Lyric Pieces and Shenanigans were recorded between September 2014 and April 2015 at Brunel University, London and the University of Kent.
RECORDING ENGINEER Chris Lewis
RECORDING PRODUCER Colin Riley
As the Tender Twilight Covers was recorded on 7 December 2016 at The Menuhin Hall, Yehudi Menuhin School, Surrey.
RECORDING ENGINEER and PRODUCER David Lefeber