RTF has commissioned a new long form spatial electronic composition by Ivor Novello-nominated composer Alex Groves, due to premiere in May 2023 at Stone Nest in London. (12/22) Photo: Sam Le Roux
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
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)
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)
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)
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...
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)
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...
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)
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...
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...
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).
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).
Richard posted one of his very occasional updates to his blog about recently released piano music he enjoyed over the last year.
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...
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....
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)
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)
In celebration of his 60th birthday, we are supporting the “Festival of Laurence Crane” (07/21)
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)
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)
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)
“gleann ciùin” by Claire M Singer, a co-commission by RTF with the PRS New Music Biennial, is on the Large Chamber shortlist for the Ivor Composer Awards (11/20)
“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)
Alianza, a new album by CPI (Hugo Capablanca and Marc Piñol) commissioned by RTF now released on-line, and on vinyl in October (8/20)
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...
We've commissioned Claire M Singer to create 2 new works at Het Orgelpark Amsterdam, and MONOM Sound Berlin. (6/20)
We've commissioned Kali Malone to create 2 new works at Het Orgelpark Amsterdam, and MONOM Sound Berlin. (4/20) Details here
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)
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)
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...
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)
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)
We released enigmatic Swedish singer-songwriter Aski's first recording, Bleke, on 1st December. Listen on Spotify or buy on Bandcamp (10/19)
Echo Collective launch their recording of the RTF commission “12 Conversations with Thilo Heinzmann” by Jóhann Jóhannsson in a concert at Funkhaus Berlin Saal 1 on 20 September. Further performances include Barbican London on 3 November. The record is released as LP...
We've commissioned Gavin Higgins to write a string sextet on the theme of "ecstasy". (8/19)
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)
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)
We supported Renaud Wiser Dance Company's commissioning of composer Oliver Coates for Renaud’s choreography and performances of "Smoke Screens" (05/19)
"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)
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...
We recorded Charlotte’s second album in Bremen in May 2018 with the Mariani Klavierquartett, Amaryllis string quartet, and pianist Huw Watkins, with a launch concert at the Purcell Room, Southbank in London on 16 October 2018 (10/18)
Financial Times article about commissioning music includes an interview with Richard Thomas (01/18)
160 people attended our latest concert including the world première of our Jonathan Dove commission "Letters from Claude" in what was one of the first concerts in the newly reopened Purcell Room at the Southbank Centre (3/18)
We deeply mourn the sad loss of our dear friend Johánn Johánnsson.(2/18)
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)
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)
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...
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)
Classical Music Magazine published an article on the Foundation here (09/16)
Excerpts from Charlotte Bray's "Yellow Leaves" commissioned by RTF were performed as part of BBC Proms and broadcast on Radio 3 (08/16)
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.
Presto Classical interviewed Richard here about the new Alec Roth CD (5/16)
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)
World Premières of two new RTF commissions by Icelandic composers Jóhann Jóhannsson "12 Conversations with Thilo Heinzmann" and Hildur Guðnadóttir "Prepared Listening" were performed to an audience of 250 at Conway Hall, London (16/4/16)