NLCE received warm welcome in new London festival: Summer Music in City Churches

Breath of Hope: Monday 25 June 2018, 7.30pm, St Stephen Walbrook

We were delighted to be joined by the wonderful Michael Dussek on piano to perform a bespoke programme commemorating 100 years since the end of World War I, as part of the inaugural Summer Music in City Churches Festival. We received a very warm welcome from the audience, and very much enjoyed performing in the beautiful St Stephen Walbrook.

Full details of our concert, and the festival, can be found here:

Side by side project with Royal Academy of Music

In July 2018, we were delighted to work with the Moriarty Wind Quintet, Leverhulme Chamber Music Fellows at the RAM, on a professional recording of the dectet we commissioned from Philip Cashian: Settala’s Machine, as well as a film about the project. Manfredo Settala (1600-1680) was an Italian nobleman and collector of oddities as well as a skilled maker of automata. His most famous invention was a mechanical devil which can still be seen on display at the Castello Sforzesco in Milan. In seventeenth century Italy automata were theologically and culturally familiar things and mechanical devils were rife. Poised in sacristies, they were grotesque and bawdy, made horrible faces, howled and stuck out their tongues to instil fear in the hearts of sinners. The Satan- machines rolled their eyes and flailed their arms and wings, some even had moveable horns and crowns and breathed smoke through their nostrils.

Having premiered the dectet at the RWCMD, we have since performed it at the Cheltenham Festival, Trinity College, Junior College and Academy and with members of the National Youth Chamber Orchestra.

The film was made in the beautiful new Angela Burgess Recital Room at the Royal Academy, and you can watch it here:

or listen to an audio recording here:


New London Chamber Ensemble to return to NYCO

After hard-fought auditions last November, we had a great 2018 residency with the National Youth Chamber Orchestra in April – three days of intensive fun-packed rehearsals and coaching sessions with ten fabulous young wind players. Next year’s dates will be announced soon!

Check out the new web-page:

Macmillan at Sevenoaks Music Club

We thoroughly enjoyed performing James Macmillan’s deeply evocative piece, Untold, at Sevenoaks Music Club on Saturday 24 February 2018. It was an enthralling evening of wind chamber music including the rarely heard romantic era quintet by August Klughardt and the fun-loving, effervescent sounds of Jean Francaix.

Thank you to Sevenoaks Music Club and their audience for making us feel so welcome!

Telling Tales: a sell-out at Hull City of Culture 2017

The NLCE were joined by acclaimed actor Simon Callow and composer and pianist Martin Butler for a sell-out performance of their ‘Telling Tales: Stories with Musical Narration’ programme as part of Hull City of Culture 2017.

Performing at the newly refurbished Middleton Hall at the University of Hull, Simon, Martin and the NLCE enjoyed a rapturous welcome from an audience of children of all ages, along with their grown-ups, and regular chamber music enthusiasts. The University of Hull said “We are delighted that this concert brought in such a wide audience, many of whom were new to concerts at the University. This was one of the highlights of our City of Culture programme.”


NLCE at The Maldon Festival 2016

The NLCE is delighted to be performing at The Maldon Festival on Saturday 2 July 2016, with Colin Baldy and Di Botcher as narrators, and Martin Butler on piano.

Programme to include: Butler’s Dirty Beasts – as featured on the NLCE’s NMC Recordings CD – Walton’s Façade, and Poulenc’s Sextet.

Tickets available here


New NMC Recordings CD now available!

The NLCE’s new CD of music by contemporary composer Martin Butler, ‘Dirty Beasts’, is now available to buy. Featuring narration by Simon Callow.

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Watch Martin Butler discuss ‘Dirty Beasts’

Read about the CD launch


“Simon Callow is splendid as the narrator and the New London Chamber Ensemble play with verve and commitment…”

The NLCE’s new NMC Recordings disc of Martin Butler’s music receives a glowing review in Gramophone Magazine.

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“The piece I enjoyed most was Butler’s wind quintet, Down-Hollow Winds… played by members of the New London Chamber Ensemble… I enjoyed it a lot in this well-balanced recording from the NMC label… It’s an eloquent showcase of Butler’s music”

A glowing review for the NLCE’s new NMC Recordings disc on BBC Radio 3’s ‘Record Review’, 7 May 2016.

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“Accompanied by the New London Chamber Ensemble, the lip-smacking Simon Callow is great as the narrator”

“… Just relish the intricacy and colour of Down-Hollow Winds for wind quintet…”

The NLCE’s new NMC Recordings disc receives a four-star review in The Sunday Times.

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“New release from NMC the best so far this year”

‘Shock of the New’ reviews the NLCE’s new NMC Recordings disc.

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