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NMC CD Launch, 2016: Martin Butler CD, featuring Simon Callow

We are excited to announce our recording of Martin Butler‘s Nonet, ‘Rondes d’Automne’, in collaboration with members of the Navarra Quartet and double-bassist Leon Bosch, on the NMC label.

The disc also includes Martin Butler’s ‘Dirty Beasts’, based on the wonderful poems by Roald Dahl, narrated by renowned actor, Simon Callow.

The CD is due for release in February 2016, and we are currently planning a series of launch concerts to celebrate – watch this space!


Concert at The Mansion House

We were delighted to be invited to give the premiere performance of a new work by the composer Tasoulla Christou at a banquet given in honour of the Lord Mayor of London by the Worshipful Company of Marketors at London’s Mansion House last week. The piece, entitled ‘City Scenes’ and written for Wind Quintet especially for this occasion, was a celebration of the traditions of the City of London, and what more fitting performance venue could there be than the Mansion House?

We gave the performance in the building’s Egyptian Hall, a stunning hall with great acoustics. The piece is in three movements, Rush Hour, Sunday Evening, and Petticoat Lane, each capturing a different facet of our beloved city. We were delighted to work with Tasoulla, and to be given the opportunity to perform at such an iconic London landmark.


Cheltenham Festival Review in The Sunday Times

We were really pleased to be included in Paul Driver’s review of some of the Cheltenham Festival events – here’s what he had to say about our concert:

“The other new works I caught were…Philip Cashian’s engaging Settala’s Machine, for 10 wind instruments, given there by the New London Chamber Ensemble. This followed three arrangements by him, Sally Beamish and Martin Butler of mechanistic Mozart pieces respectively for musical clock, glass harmonica and mechanical organ, and offered itself as an original “musical machine”. In the way it intercuts sputtering, ticking ostinati with sinuous melody, it evokes the approach of Harrison Birtwistle, but a Birtwistle better behaved than usual. Afterwards came wind music’s glory, the Gran Partita, K361, by Mozart.”

Paul Driver, The Sunday Times, 13th July 2014