Rambert Orchestra

Rambert Orchestra

The Rambert Orchestra is a part of the Rambert Dance Company.

Founded by Marie Rambert in 1926, the Company has sustained her pioneering commitment to choreography and developing dancers as artists, leading the way for over 85 years. The vision of this energetic Polish woman ensured that dance as an artform took root and blossomed in this country, and Rambert’s influence now extends across the world.

Marie Rambert was heavily influenced by her work with Diaghilev, Stravinsky and the Ballet Russes. She stressed the value of collaboration between choreographer, composer and artist and we continue in that tradition, routinely commissioning composers and artists alongside new choreography.

Today, the Company thrives on its unique ability to share with audiences the widest range of repertoire: works from our rich heritage as the UK’s oldest dance company; new works and re-stagings by choreographers from all over the world, including those who may be less well-known in the UK, and landmark dance from the 20th century. Bold, risk-taking, agile and beautiful, their dancers combine rigorous technique and artistry with an extraordinary ability to challenge and entertain. The Company is also renowned for its use of live music and is the only UK-based contemporary dance company always to tour with an orchestra.

Hoskins, Paul


Paul Hoskins is a champion of new music and has led the music at Rambert since 1996, helping to enhance the Company’s reputation as an important force in new music. In 2004 Paul won the Time Out award for outstanding contribution to dance, following the UK première of Steve Reich's Triple Quartet and a tour of Thomas Ades' Living Toys. In 2009 Paul launched the Rambert Music Fellowship, and the Rambert Orchestra, receiving critical acclaim for performances of Julian Anderson's The Comedy of Change and Mahler's orchestration of Schubert'sDeath and the Maiden.

Paul has worked with the BBC Concert Orchestra, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Britten Sinfonia, English Sinfonia and Northern Chamber Orchestra, and was Principal Conductor of Cambridge New Music Players in the 1990s.

Paul works as a guest with many international ballet and opera companies in Europe and the USA. In recent years he has also conducted the premiere of Robert Moran’sAlice in Wonderland for Scottish Ballet, a new production of Swan Lake for San Francisco Ballet, and a variety of programmes for New York City Ballet.

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Rambert Orchestra
Paul Hoskins - conductor

Rambert Dance Company is reviving Rambert’s version of Nijinsky’s ballet L'Après-midi d'un Faune in  its centenary year, alongside the world premiere of What Wild Ecstasy. Choreographed by Mark Baldwin, this new work by Rambert’s inaugural Music Fellow Gavin Higgins, is a contemporary response to Debussy’s ground-breaking music, taking its original harmonic palette as its starting point. Where as L'Après-midi d'un Faune centres on the idea of sexual fantasy, What Wild Ecstasy will take on a far more aggressive character, exploring the base and animalistic side of the Faun.

New Music 20x12 is the brainchild of Jillian Barker and David Cohen who wanted to put new music at the heart of the Olympic celebrations in 2012. It is delivered by PRS for Music Foundation in partnership with BBC Radio 3, London 20x12 and NMC Recordings. For a full list of funding partners click here.


20 outstanding new works, each lasting 12 minutes, commissioned to feature centre stage of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad. New Music 20x12 is a UK-wide commissioning programme consisting of twenty new pieces of music, each of 12 minutes in length, celebrating the talent and imagination of the UK’s musical community as part of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad.

Over the next 12 months you will be able to enjoy performances of these 20 new works in a wide range of venues and unexpected locations across the length and breadth of the UK – from churches, arts centres and concert halls to public spaces, festivals and a train journey. Each piece will be broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and available to purchase as mp3/FLAC download from NMC.

Visit our New Music 20x12 Project Page for more information about the twenty works.




“…blasting, warping score drives the choreography.” The Guardian


Produced in association with BBC Radio 3 and PRS for Music Foundation


Catalogue number:
NMC DL2012-16
Release Date:
28 August 2012