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About the
Foundation

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.

Recent News

Amsterdam concerts

Amsterdam concerts

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...

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In the Studio: quatro quadri

In the Studio: quatro quadri

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...

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Premiere: Kali Malone at Stone Nest

Premiere: Kali Malone at Stone Nest

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...

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Premiere: Alex Groves at Stone Nest

Premiere: Alex Groves at Stone Nest

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)

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Premiere: Robert Curgenven at Stone Nest

Premiere: Robert Curgenven at Stone Nest

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)

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New Commission: Nicole Raymond

New Commission: Nicole Raymond

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)

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New Commission: Alex Groves

New Commission: Alex Groves

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

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New Commission: Nathan James Dearden

New Commission: Nathan James Dearden

RTF is supporting, with the Pride Network (BNP Paribas Banking), a new song cycle by award winning composer Nathan James Dearden, due to premiere in August 2023. (10/22) Photo: Catrin Arwel

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Spatial Sound: Concertgebouw

Spatial Sound: Concertgebouw

Three spatial works made in 4DSOUND and supported by the Foundation will be performed at Aural Spaces in Amsterdam Concertgebouw between 16 and 18 December - by Echo Collective, Rakhi Singh, and Casimir Geelhoed. (10/22)

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