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The Richard Thomas Foundation was established in 2009 to commission innovative and interesting works of contemporary performance art, and to support an ongoing programme of performances, recordings and exhibitions in London, Berlin, and elsewhere.
So far the Foundation has commissioned or supported 29 composers from 13 countries; created or supported 18 recordings; and supported or promoted over 40 concerts. Many of the pieces we have commissioned continue to be performed all over the world, and some have won awards. Over 35,000 people have so far attended concerts to hear music we have helped commission.
The Foundation owns a record company, Junk Ibu Limited, with two labels: Junk Ibu for contemporary music releases; and RTF Classical for modern chamber music releases.
We are supporting the first London event by "Music Space Architecture" (MSA) - an organ installation by German composer Eva-Maria Houben accompanied by curator and performer Sasha Elina on 20th November 2023 at St James' Church NW1. Tickets and info here. (10/23)
We welcome Nick Archer to the Trustee Board of the Foundation. Nick has an extensive background in public and voluntary service, and lifelong engagement with music, as a boy chorister and now as a pianist - and he has enjoyed close relationships with the Philharmonia...
Two RTF commissions will be played in Amsterdam in November - Claire M Singer’s “Saor” will premiere at Het Orgelpark on 11th November 2023, and the Ives Ensemble will playing RTF’s first ever commission, “Quintet” (2011) by Laurence Crane, at Muziekgebouw on 30th...
Just back from Amsterdam recording for a CD with composer Richard Rijnvos, organist Jan Hage and tonmeister Hans Erblich. Richard wrote the 42 minute “quattro quadri” in 2018 for Jan, and we plan release it on a double CD with a similar length harpsichord piece being...
Kali will be playing the world premiere of “Carved Windswept in Stone“, the second part of her RTF commission, on the 4DSOUND Spatial System at Stone Nest, London on 3rd and 4th May 2023. Tickets available here (03/23) Photo: Mauricio...
Alex will be playing the world premiere of “Layer Upon Layer Upon Layer“, a work commissioned by RTF, on the 4DSOUND Spatial System at Stone Nest, London on 25th April 2023. Tickets available here (03/23)
Robert will be playing the world premiere of “Unstable Steady States (A/B/F - extended)“, the first part of his RTF commission, on the 4DSOUND Spatial System at Stone Nest, London on 28th April 2023. Tickets available here (03/23)
RTF has commissioned "Eternities" a new long form spatial electronic composition by Oram Award winning composer Nicole Raymond (NikNak), due to premiere on 1 May 2023 at Stone Nest in London. Tickets available here (03/23)
RTF has commissioned a new long form spatial electronic composition by Ivor Novello-nominated composer Alex Groves, due to premiere on 25 April 2023 at Stone Nest in London. Tickets available here (12/22) Photo: Sam Le Roux