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.
The Players:Rowland Sutherland, flutesFiona Cross, clarinetSusanne Stanzeleit, violinMichael Atkinson, celloRichard Casey, pianoTim Palmer, percussionPatrick Bailey, conductor
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. Events in 2015 include a major UK tour with pianists Richard Casey and Joseph Houston and workshops at Oxford University as part of their New Music Week.
NMP is managed by LIZ WEBB MANAGEMENT
Roger Montgomery, conductor and french horn
‘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.
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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