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New Music Players

NMP is a top UK ensemble specialising in modern music. Founded by British composer Ed Hughes, its commissions and many premieres have included composers such as Howard Skempton, Rolf Hind, James Wood, Michael Finnissy.

NMP features some of the UK’s finest and most versatile musicians; core members are also members of the BBC Symphony Orchestra; Royal Opera House Orchestra, Covent Garden; Manchester Camerata; the English Chamber Orchestra; Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment; Mistura and a wide variety of new/early music ensembles and jazz outfits.

NMP feature on several recordings including a world première recording of five New Music Players commissions on the London Independent Records label and a disc of works by Japanese composer Jo Kondo. In 2007 they featured on a major DVD release of Ed Hughes's recent scores for two classic 1920s silent films by Sergei Eisenstein - Battleship Potemkin and STRIKE! and performed Ed Hughes's score for 'I was born but...' (Ozu, 1932) on a new BFI DVD released in January 2011. In 2013 they premiered Ed Hughes's opera 'When the Flame Dies', released on DVD/CD in November 2013.

NMP is managed by LIZ WEBB MANAGEMENT

The Players:

Rowland Sutherland, flutes
Fiona Cross, clarinet
Susanne Stanzeleit, violin
Michael Atkinson, cello
Richard Casey, piano
Tim Palmer, percussion
Patrick Bailey, conductor
Roger Montgomery, conductor and french horn

News:


‘When the Flame Dies’, an opera by Ed Hughes with a libretto by Roger Morris, was premiered by NMP in concert version and recorded live at the Canterbury Festival, in association with Sounds New, in October 2012. Video extracts and links here.

‘Digital Discoveries 4’ is the fourth in a series of CDs recorded by the British Music Information Centre as part of their Contemporary Voices scheme in 2004-6. New Music Players perform works by Martyn Harry, Michael Zev Gordon. Further information here.



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Michael Finnissy CD release and review

Divine Art have just released NMP's recording of chamber works by Michael Finnissy, including his song cycle Unknown Ground, performed by Richard Jackson. The CD was favourably reviewed:

'Performances from the New Music Players under director Ed Hughes are all any composer could desire' (International Record Review)

CDs available here.




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