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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  36 composers  from 13 countries;  created or supported 20 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

Underground in Utrecht

Underground in Utrecht

We were in Utrecht last week for our second session of creating a recording for voice and electronics with Julia Sinclair and Marijn Cinjee, based around the music of Hildegard of Bingen.  Julia and Marijn spent a day exploring the acoustics in tunnels underneath...

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New Release: “All Life Long” by Kali Malone

New Release: “All Life Long” by Kali Malone

Kali Malone’s new album “All Life Long” is released today on Vinyl and CD by Ideologic Organ.  The album contains a number of works - including the title track - commissioned by RTF which premiered in June 2022 on Het Orgelpark’s Van Straten organ, a copy of an organ...

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New Movement Collective: Les Noces

New Movement Collective: Les Noces

We are supporting “Les Noces” created and performed by the dance company New Movement Collective, to be premiered at Woolwich Works, London on 13th and 14th January 2024. (01/24)

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Echo Collective concerts

Echo Collective concerts

Echo Collective continue to tour two RTF commissions - Jóhann Jóhannsson’s “12 Conversations with Thilo Heinzmann” which receives its most recent performances on 15th December 2023 in Mechelen (BE); and on 2nd March 2024 in Heerlen (NL). The Collective is also touring...

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New Release: “Saor” by Claire M Singer

New Release: “Saor” by Claire M Singer

Claire M Singer’s new album “Saor” is now released on CD and digitally through Touch.  The album’s title track was commissioned by RTF.  Many of the audience at the launch concert in Het Oreglpark on 11th November described the music as “profoundly transformative”....

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Concert:  Hazy Horizons

Concert: Hazy Horizons

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)

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New Trustee

New Trustee

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...

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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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