Programmes

The following are all sample programmes, intended to provide examples of the New London Chamber Ensemble’s extensive and varied repertoire, as well as to highlight our current areas of focus. Our preferred approach to programming is to work in consultation with event organisers to create unique programmes which are tailored to suit each event.
 

Mainly Mozart

A unique programme that gives audiences the opportunity to hear unusual and little-known works by Mozart. Pieces the great master originally composed for mechanical instruments have been realised and arranged for Wind Quintet by contemporary British composers, at the invitation of the NLCE. Arrangements for Wind Quintet of two French classics and Mozart’s Serenade in C minor complete the programme.

Mozart arr. Martin Butler – Adagio and Allegro in F minor for mechanical organ, K594 (9′)
Mozart arr. Philip Cashian – Andante for mechanical organ, K616 (7′)
Faure arr. Gordon Davies – Dolly Suite, Op.56 (16′)
Mozart arr. Sally Beamish – Adagio and Variations, K356 (8′)
Mozart arr. Julian Philips – Phantasie for mechanical organ, K608 (9.5′)
Debussy arr. Gordon Davies – Petite Suite (12′)
Mozart arr. Mordechai Rechtman – Serenade in C minor, K 406. (c. 30′)

Duration: c.80 minutes
Listen to the NLCE performing and discussing elements of this programme on BBC Radio 3’s ‘In Tune’

 

Telling Tales: Musical Stories with Narration

A perfect family-friendly programme full of animal fun with a narrated version of Prokofiev’s classic Peter and the Wolf, Berio’s spell-binding Opus Number Zoo and a wonderfully witty composition by Martin Butler based on Roald Dahl’s collection of poems Dirty Beasts.

Berio – Opus Number Zoo
Prokofiev – Peter and The Wolf
Saint-Saëns arr. Bussick – Carnival of the Animals
Martin Butler – Dirty Beasts (for wind quintet, piano and narrator)

Duration: c.60 minutes

 

Classic Winds

A whirlwind tour of well-known wind repertoire from eighteenth-century Vienna to twentieth century America.

Milhaud – La Cheminée du Roi René
Mozart – Adagio and Allegro in F minor K 594
Barber – Summer Music
Mozart – Adagio and Rondo in C minor/major K 617
Nielsen – Wind Quintet op.43

 

From Beethoven to Butler

A dazzling programme combining Beethoven’s stunning Septet with works by Martin Butler, the composer featured on the NLCE’s new NMC Recordings disc, due for release in February 2016.

The programme will form part of a series of CD launch concerts, in collaboration with artists featured on the CD, including the Navarra Quartet and double-bass virtuoso Leon Bosch.

Beethoven – Septet (45′)
Martin Butler – Nonet, ‘Rondes d’Automne’ (12′)
Martin Butler – A selection of pieces for piano/piano & flute (c.8′)
Martin Butler – Down Hollow Winds (14′)
Martin Butler – Dirty Beasts (8′)

 

Mainly Martin (lunchtime concert programme)

A programme perfect for lunchtime concerts, showcasing the music of contemporary composer Martin Butler.

The programme will form part of a series of launch concerts for the NLCE’s new CD with NMC Recordings, due for release in February 2016. At the heart of the disc is Martin Butler’s Nonet, ‘Rondes d’Automne’, which the NLCE performs with three members of the Navarra Quartet and double-bass virtuoso Leon Bosch.

Martin Butler – Down Hollow Winds (14′)
Martin Butler – Nonet, ‘Rondes d’Automne’ (12′)
Martin Butler – Dirty Beasts (8′)
Martinů – Nonet No.2, H.374 (23′)

Duration: c.56 minutes

 

Mainly Martin (full-length concert programme)

A full-length programme showcasing the music of contemporary composer Martin Butler.

The programme will form part of a series of launch concerts for the NLCE’s new CD with NMC Recordings, due for release in February 2016. At the heart of the disc is Martin Butler’s Nonet, ‘Rondes d’Automne’, which the NLCE performs with three members of the Navarra Quartet and double-bass virtuoso Leon Bosch.

Martin Butler – Down Hollow Winds (14′)
Martin Butler – A selection of pieces for piano/piano & flute (c.14′)
Martin Butler – Dirty Beasts (8′)
Martin Butler – Nonet, ‘Rondes d’Automne’ (12′)
Martinů – Nonet No.2, H.374 (23′)

Duration: c.45 minutes (first half) / c.36′ (second half)

 

Three Nonets

This fascinating programme charts the trajectory of the Nonet from the Romantic era to the present day. The NLCE commissioned Martin Butler’s Nonet in 2009, the year in which Martinů’s Nonet turned 50, and 150 years after Spohr’s death.

The programme will form part of a series of launch concerts for the NLCE’s new CD with NMC Recordings, due for release in February 2016. At the heart of the disc is Martin Butler’s Nonet, ‘Rondes d’Automne’, which the NLCE performs with three members of the Navarra Quartet and double-bass virtuoso Leon Bosch.

Spohr – Nonet in F major, Op.31 (33′)
Martin Butler – Down Hollow Winds (14′) OR Barber – Summer Music (12′)
Martin Butler – Nonet, ‘Rondes d’Automne’ (12′)
Martinů – Nonet No.2, H.374 (23′)

 

From Byrd to the Bees

A theatrical take on chamber music – a majestic procession to Byrd’s Pavane & Galliard, a thrilling staged performance of Berio’s Opus No Zoo which takes the performers around the stage and beyond and a unique performance of Rimsky-Korsakov’s famous Flight of the Bumble Bee. Along the way are Nielson’s fine Quintet and Barber’s beautiful Summer Music as well as a work by Moondog – the twentieth century American composer, musician, poet and inventor of several new musical instruments.

Byrd – Pavane & Galliard
Barber – Summer Music
Moondog – Bird of Paradise
Ravel – Boléro
Berio – Opus Number Zoo
Nielsen – Wind Quintet op.43
Rimsky-Korsakov – Flight of the Bumble Bee

Duration: c.70 minutes

 

French Fantasies

These classic works from France, the home of Wind music, indulge in colourful Gallic sonorities – from the piquant Poulenc Sonata to Ravel’s glorious Mother Goose Suite.

Milhaud – La Cheminée du Roi René
Ibert – 3 short Pieces for Wind Quintet
Ravel arr. D.Nissen – Ma mére l’oye Suite
Poulenc – Sonata for Clarinet and Bassoon
Françaix – Wind Quintet No.1

Duration: c.70 minutes

 

Europe and the Americas for piano and winds

Setting sail from the heartland of Europe with master works from Mozart, Beethoven, Debussy and Poulenc, this programme traverses the Atlantic to hear works from the Americas: Argentinian composer Lalo Schifrin ‘La Nouvelle Orléans’ and Samuel Barber’s famous ‘Summer Music’.

Debussy arr. Gordon Davies – Petite Suite
Mozart – Quintet in E flat for Piano and Wind K 452
Beethoven – Quintet in E flat for Piano and Wind Op 16
Barber – Summer Music
Lalo Schifrin – La Nouvelle Orléans
Poulenc – Sextet for piano and winds