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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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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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espaço agora now

espaço agora now

We are supporting this ambitious new project to create an international network of large scale spaces hosting residencies for performance artists, with plans to open in Rotterdam, Lisbon, Buenos Aires, Belgrade and London by 2024 . Details here. (9/22)

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Spatial Sound: Casimir Geelhoed

Spatial Sound: Casimir Geelhoed

The foundation has given a grant to Casimir Geelhoed to support the creation of Scatter, Swarm, Sublimate, a composition for spatial sound to be premiered in Berlin in November at MONOM's Spatial Festival . (08/22)

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Concert Series: MONOM Berlin

Concert Series: MONOM Berlin

We are helping Brussels based Echo Collective (Neil Leiter, Margaret Hermant and Fabien Leseure) to create and perform a new composition in spatial sound at MONOM on 9th July 2022. Echo Collective have worked previously with the Foundation on recording and performing...

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Premiere: Gavin Higgins at Aldeburgh

Premiere: Gavin Higgins at Aldeburgh

The Piatti Quartet, David Cohen and Sara Roberts will be playing the world premiere of Gavin Higgins' RTF commission "Ekstasis" at the Aldeburgh Festival on 18th June 2022. Tickets available here (06/22)

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Concert series: MONOM Berlin

Concert series: MONOM Berlin

We are helping violinist Rakhi Singh create and perform a spatialised violin and electronics concert at MONOM on 11th June 2022. Works include "Lad" by Julia Wolfe, originally for 9 bagpipes, and compositions by composers Edmund Finnis, Alex Groves, Emily Hall, and...

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Premiere: Kali Malone at Orgelpark

Premiere: Kali Malone at Orgelpark

Kali will be playing the world premiere of the first part of her RTF organ commission on the Van Straten Organ at Het Orgelpark, Amsterdam on 10th June 2022.  Tickets available here  (05/22)

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Our first decade

Our first decade

We’ve just filed our 10th annual report. Over the last decade we’ve helped 27 composers from 12 countries create new pieces of music; made 51 grants totalling £370,000; spent £60,000 on performances of new works at over 40 concerts; and recorded and released 18...

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Concert series: MONOM Berlin

Concert series: MONOM Berlin

We helped Australian sound artist Oren Ambarchi create a spatial mix of his forthcoming album "Shebang" at MONOM in March, featuring Ambarchi on guitars and whatnot with special guests. Mixed in 4DSOUND by Tilo von Ketelhodt, William Russell & Oren Ambarchi. A...

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In the Studio: A Year in Paris

In the Studio: A Year in Paris

Just back from a weekend at Wyastone Concert Hall recording for our next CD with Claire Booth, Andrew Matthews-Owen and producer sound engineer Raphaël Mouterde - 23 songs written in Paris between 1913 and 1914, including some that have never been performed (03/22).

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New Commission: Joseph Phibbs

New Commission: Joseph Phibbs

RTF, with the Hattori Foundation as co-commissioner, has commissioned Joseph Phibbs to write his fourth string quartet for the Piatti Quartet to play, and to record along with his Quartets no.2 and no.3. (11/21).

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Blog update

Blog update

Richard posted one of his very occasional updates to his blog about recently released piano music he enjoyed over the last year.

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New Release: “Ekstasis” by Gavin Higgins

New Release: “Ekstasis” by Gavin Higgins

We held a launch party for our latest CD, “Ekstasis” by Gavin Higgins, at Stone Nest in London.  Cellist David Cohen and the Piatti Quartet played the sextet "Ekstasis" (commissioned by RTF in 2019); Thomas Gould played the "Welsh Folk Songs" for solo violin, both...

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Concert series: MONOM Berlin

Concert series: MONOM Berlin

The second performance in our co-commissioned Autumn Series is "Marvin's Dream" - a spatialised music and dialogue based performance with a script mostly written by AI technology. Performance on 30 October - tickets available here....

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New Commission: Robert Curgenven

New Commission: Robert Curgenven

As the third composer in our New Organ Works series, we’ve commissioned Robert Curgenven to create 2 new works at Het Orgelpark Amsterdam, and MONOM Sound Berlin.  (10/21)

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Concert series: MONOM Berlin

Concert series: MONOM Berlin

We co-commissioned a number of artists to work at MONOM Berlin over the Autumn to create new spatial sound pieces. The series started with C.P.I  who presented their new work at 3 sold out concerts on 17 September at MONOM details here (9/21)

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Laurence Crane

Laurence Crane

In celebration of his 60th birthday, we are supporting the “Festival of Laurence Crane” (07/21)  

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New recording: A Year in Paris

New recording: A Year in Paris

We are working again with musicians Claire Booth and Andrew Matthews-Owen on a CD of songs written in Paris in 1913-14. We’ll be in the recording studio in Spring 2022 with planned release in Autumn 2022. (05/21)  

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Kali Malone in Nantes

Kali Malone in Nantes

Kali Malone previewed some of her RTF commissioned compositions at the on-line Nantes Festival Variations on 28 March, 18.00 CET in a performance in La Chapelle de l'Immaculée with Stephen O'Malley and the choral Macadam Ensemble.  (03/21)

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BBC R3: Gavin Higgins

BBC R3: Gavin Higgins

A new orchestral version for the BBC Symphony Orchestra of “Sadly now the Throstle Sings“ by Gavin Higgins, commissioned by RTF in 2012, was broadcast on BBC Radio 3 on 24 November (11/20)

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(Im)possible Bodies Arts Festival

(Im)possible Bodies Arts Festival

“Nymphea” a song from the album “Bleke” commissioned by RTF from Aski, is the theme music for the Dutch arts festival (IM)POSSIBLE BODIES, opening on-line on 23 October.  (10/20)

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RTF recording shortlisted for Opus Klassik prize

RTF recording shortlisted for Opus Klassik prize

Our recording of Jóhann Jóhannsson’s RTF commission “12 Conversations with Thilo Heinzmann” performed by the Echo Collective nominated for the German “Opus Klassik” prizes in 3 categories: Kammermusik-Quartett, Ensemble/Orchester des Jahres; and Klassik Ohne Grenzen...

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Concert: Café Oto

Concert: Café Oto

The Foundation supported a performance of new compositions by John Lely and Laurence Crane at the concert programme "840, fifth anniversary concert" at Café Oto in London on 31 January. (1/20) 

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Exhibition: Pinar & Viola

Exhibition: Pinar & Viola

A video art piece embodying AI and biotech “Panspermia” commissioned from Pinar & Viola  is on display in Berlin at  Bethanien from 17/12 to 05/01 and at Art Rotterdam from 05/02 to 08/02.  See the video here (1/20)  

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Ivor Composer Awards

Ivor Composer Awards

Congratulations to two Ivor composer winners, Charlotte Bray in the category of solo and duo, for her composition "Invisible Cities" - which we recorded and released last year; AND to Gavin Higgins, who we have now commissioned twice, winner in the orchestral category...

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Concert: Jonathan Dove

Concert: Jonathan Dove

Jonathan Dove's "Letters from Claude" commissioned by the Foundation was performed on 8 December at the Wigmore Hall, London, by Claire Booth and Sue Bickley accompanied by pianist Andrew Matthews-Owen as part of Jonathan's 60th birthday concert. (12/19)  

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New Release: “Riflessi” by Richard Rijnvos

New Release: “Riflessi” by Richard Rijnvos

We recorded Richard Rijnvos's "Riflessi" in Amsterdam in January 2019 with Ives Ensemble at Het Orgelpark. The CD was launched at concerts in Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ, Amsterdam, and at the Purcell Room, Southbank, London on 28 October 2019 (10/19)

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Concert: Éliane Radigue

Concert: Éliane Radigue

The Foundation supported a performance of Éliane Radigue's Occam XXVI (2018) by the percussionist Enrico Malatesta at the concert programme "Music We'd Like to Hear 2019" in London on 12 July. (07/19)

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New Commission: Claire M Singer

New Commission: Claire M Singer

With the PRS we’ve co-commissioned Claire M Singer to create a new work for the PRS New Music Biennial. Her piece, gleann ciùin, was performed with the London Contemporary Orchestra at the Southbank London on 5 July and in Hull on 14 July. (07/19)

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New Commission: Oliver Coates

New Commission: Oliver Coates

We supported Renaud Wiser Dance Company's commissioning of composer Oliver Coates for Renaud’s choreography and performances of "Smoke Screens" (05/19)

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New Release: “Songs and Vexations”

New Release: “Songs and Vexations”

"Songs and Vexations", is now released! The CD includes a new composition by Jonathon Dove (“Letters from Claude” commissioned by RTF), and was recorded by soprano Claire Booth, mezzo Sue Bickley and pianist Andrew Matthews-Owen in Monmouth in late May 2018. (03/19)

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In the Studio

In the Studio

Following on from a session with Echo Collective at Jet Studio in Brussels last October, we had two recording sessions in January - in Amsterdam at Het Orgelpark with Ives Ensemble recording "Riflessi" by Richard Rijnvos, for release in October 2019, and in Berlin at...

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In the Papers

In the Papers

Financial Times article about commissioning music includes an interview with Richard Thomas (01/18)

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New Commission: Jonathan Dove

New Commission: Jonathan Dove

We've commissioned Jonathan Dove to write a song duet for Claire Booth and Sue Bickley, accompanied by pianist Andrew Matthews-Owen. The piece will be based on the correspondence between Debussy, his wife, and his lover Emma Bardac (pictured) (11/17)  

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New Release: Kendall, Phibbs, Tabakova

New Release: Kendall, Phibbs, Tabakova

Following our recording in Budapest in July 2017, our new piano CD now released - Andrew Matthews-Owen playing piano music by Hannah Kendall, Dobrinka Tabakova, and a set of Piano Preludes we commissioned from Joseph Phibbs. (10/17)

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Ives Ensemble recording shortlisted for Gramophone Awards

Ives Ensemble recording shortlisted for Gramophone Awards

Our recording of music by Laurence Crane, including the RTF Commission "Quintet" for piano and string quartet, was released in March 2017 with launch concerts at de Duif in Amsterdam and Purcell Room, Southbank London. It has been shortlisted for the 2017 Gramophone...

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BBC R3: Charlotte Bray

BBC R3: Charlotte Bray

Charlotte Bray's Yellow Leaves, commissioned by RTF, was performed by Claire Booth and Andrew Matthews-Owen was on Radio 3 at the end of an international women's day broadcast (03/17)  

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In the Papers

In the Papers

Classical Music Magazine published an article on the Foundation here (09/16)

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BBC R3: Charlotte Bray

BBC R3: Charlotte Bray

Excerpts from Charlotte Bray's "Yellow Leaves" commissioned by RTF were performed as part of BBC Proms and broadcast on Radio 3 (08/16)

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New Release: Alec Roth

New Release: Alec Roth

We held two launch concerts for our first CD - a recording of string quartets composed by Alec Roth, performed by the Allegri Quartet - at the Conway Hall in London on 22 May 2016, and at Piano Salon Christophori in Berlin on 25 May 2016.

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In the Papers

In the Papers

Presto Classical interviewed Richard here about the new Alec Roth CD (5/16)

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Gavin Higgins shortlisted for RPS Awards

Gavin Higgins shortlisted for RPS Awards

Gavin Higgins shortlisted for the Royal Philharmonic Society's large scale composition award for Dark Arteries - a piece based on the original RTF Commission Sadly Now the Throstle Sings (4/16) 

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