We are very excited to be able to confirm the date of our concert at the Cheltenham Music Festival in 2014.
We will be appearing at the Pittville Pump Room on Thursday 3rd July, and are performing a ‘Mechanical Mozart’ themed programme. The programme will include several of our commissioned arrangements of Mozart’s works for mechanical instruments, Philip Cashian’s ‘Settala’s Machine’, which we commissioned in 2012, and Mozart’s ‘Gran Partita’, for which we will be joined by students from the Royal Academy of Music.
This weekend we are coaching the National Youth Chamber Orchestra for their final concert of the year, which takes place this Sunday 14th July at the Royal Northern College of Music, starting at 2.30pm. We have so enjoyed working with them again this year, and can’t believe that next year will be our 12th year as resident ensemble!
The concert also involves the National Children’s Wind Orchestra, and works being performed include Mozart’s Don Giovanni Overture, Ernest Tomlinson’s Suite of English Folk Dances and Kenneth Hesketh’s Danceries (Set II).
For more information and to buy tickets click here!
The NLCE is busy preparing for its forthcoming concert on the Isle of Man!
On Sunday 23rd June the Ensemble is performing its ‘Mainly Mozart’ programme at the Erin Arts Centre on the Isle of Man, as part of the Annual Mananan Festival of Music and the Arts, which is now in its 39th year! The Festival has a great line-up this year, with everything from a wide variety of music, to as art exhibitions, puppet shows and talks.
The New London Chamber Ensemble’s ‘Mainly Mozart’ programme gives audiences the opportunity to hear lesser-known but beautiful works by Mozart, originally written for mechanical instruments, and arranged by British composers at the invitation of the NLCE. For more information on the Festival and to book tickets please click here.
You can hear the NLCE playing and discussing some of these works on BBC Radio 3′s “In Tune” programme
The NLCE is proud to confirm that it will continue its residency with the National Youth Chamber Orchestra in 2014, its 12th year as resident ensemble. NLCE is firmly committed to the musical development of young people, and has built up a very strong partnership with the Orchestra over the past 10 years, which it very much looks forward to continuing into 2014.
To find out more about the National Youth Chamber Orchestra please click here.
The New London Chamber Ensemble welcomes Pollyanna Gunning as their new manager!
Polly comes to us with 14 years of experience in the music industry, including five years at Sony Classical, and nine years at independent classical record labels prior to that. She studied music at Goldsmiths College, where she developed a love of contemporary music, and is particularly excited that she will be working with us on projects involving newly commissioned pieces.
Today the NLCE are at the Purcell School giving a workshop on our new Dectet by Philip Cashian to some talented Purcellians. Philip will also be there talking to the budding young composers about writing his work for the NLCE.
NLCE had a fantastic premiere performance of our newly commissioned dectet by Philip Cashian at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama on Tuesday.
The RWCMD students were excellent to work with, and had worked really hard to prepare the new work. Phil Cashian also seemed very please with the result! We coached some of the young players afterwards, and were impressed by the stunning wind department.
We also performed our “signature piece” – a semi-staged version of the Berio “Opus No. Zoo” with some newly revised choreography from Danny Scheinmann. It’s always fun to play fighting tom cats.
We’ve several more performances of the Cashian dectet in the pipeline for 2013 – so watch this space!
The dectet is a new work where the five NLCE players perform alongside five students and we’re looking forward to rehearsing it with the RWCMD students.
The work is inspired by Manfredo Settala, a seventeenth century Italian nobleman and machine-maker who invented a mechanical devil among other eccentric items.
We’ll also be performing our semi-staged version – we’ve performed this many times before over the years and are always thrilled to have it back in the repertoire, especially Neyire who loves playing an arrogant tomcat…
If you’re in Cardiff on Tuesday, why not come along at 1:15pm and experience our Mechanical Zoo!
We got back late last night from a wonderful performance for Chipping Campden Concerts in the local school hall there. Really great audience, smiling faces all round, and some very good feedback. We were delighted to be there – our first time. The programme was a selection box of french music, including Ibert, Françaix, Milhaud and Ravel, and breaking the pattern with Mozart’s Serenade in C minor. We particularly loved the Françaix and Milhaud last night – must try to perform those more often, as they’re beautiful pieces!