Dec 05 2022

International concert series 2022/23

What is an encore? A true display of virtuosity, showcasing the prowess and glorious musical colours of the performer, or a work of true beauty that pulls on the heartstrings of the listener? 

Following a successful, digital  collaboration in 2021, members of the New Music Collective and New Voices Consort return to premiere a selection of brand new encores, specially written in collaboration with student composers at Royal Holloway.

The New Music Collective gives a series of new music concerts each year at Royal Holloway. Its programme features contemporary music by established and emerging composers and regularly features the music of Royal Holloway composers. There are opportunities for students to perform concertos and to collaborate with visiting professional performers including the New Music Ensemble-in-Residence, CHROMA. Recent repertoire has included John Adams's Chamber Symphony, Steve Martland's American Invention, Terry Riley's In C, and a much anticipated performance of Gavin Bryars’ The Sinking of the Titanic as part of the 2017 PLAY! Festival. In 2016, the New Music Collective were the resident ensemble for the inaugural Picture Gallery Composer-in-Residence Scheme

Led by Royal Holloway composer and conductor, Nathan James Dearden, the New Voices Consort is a dynamic ensemble whose aim is to present a diverse range of vocal and choral music of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries to the highest standard, facilitating the opportunity for singers and audiences alike to experience new and exciting music. Recent repertoire has included music by Judith Weir, Michael Finnissy (including one world premiere), Nico Muhly, Robert Ashley, David Lang, Howard Skempton, Nathan James Dearden, and Benjamin Tassie. This vocal ensemble had their inaugural concert as part of an exciting three-day festival in October 2016, Spotlight Series: Finnissy at 70,in the presence of esteemed British composer Michael Finnissy and Master of the Queen's Music, Judith Weir. 

All welcome by booking is essential. Tickets: £5; FREE for Royal Holloway students, Royal Holloway staff and children under the age of 16. Season tickets do NOT apply to this event.

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