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New Music Players: Ed Hughes at 50

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The Warehouse - London Festival Orchestra

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Friday 28 September 2018 at 7.30pm

The New Music Players

conducted by Nicholas Smith

Ed Hughes, composer, and founder and artistic director of New Music Players, celebrates his 50th birthday in 2018.

To mark the occasion, New Music Players will give the world premiere performance of Ed Hughes’s ‘Sinfonia’ for large ensemble plus Ed’s 1991 piano trio, ‘Media Vita’, at the Warehouse, Waterloo on Friday 28 September. (Both works reference Ed's interest in English notated vocal music c. 1400-1600).

Tickets include a free drink and optional NMP CD or DVD (subject to availability).


Ed Hughes: Media Vita (1991) for piano trio (10 mins)

Susanne Stanzeleit (violin), Joseph Giddey (cello), Richard Casey (piano)

Ed Hughes: Sinfonia (2018, first performance) for large ensemble (20 mins)

Susanne Stanzeleit (leader)

The New Music Players

flute Rowland Sutherland

oboe Clare Hoskins

clarinet Fiona Cross

bassoon Emma Harding

horn Roger Montgomery

trumpet Edward Maxwell

percussion Tim Palmer

piano Richard Casey

violin 1 Susanne Stanzeleit

violin 1 Katie Stillman

violin 2 Ruth Ehrlich

violin 2 Anna Giddey

viola 1 Bridget Carey

viola 2 Stephen Upshaw

cello 1 Joe Giddey

cello 2 Joseph Spooner

bass Paul Sherman

Followed by drinks at around 8.15pm

Tickets: £12 (to include a free drink. Ticket holders will also be offered the chance to choose and keep a complimentary New Music Players CD or DVD subject to availability)

Students: £5 (on the door with ID)


Ed Hughes started the New Music Players in 1990 after leaving university in order to bring together some of the UK's finest and most versatile musicians, with backgrounds in chamber, orchestra, contemporary, jazz, Baroque and early music performance. This special mix of skills combined with the virtuoso qualities of individual players is considered to be one of the most distinctive aspects of this ensemble. The New Music Players focuses on British music and has given numerous first performances and also made many CDs, DVDs and recordings for London Independent Records, Tartan Video, BFI and BBC Radio 3.

Media Vita (1991) for piano trio was written for Andrew Toovey's group Ixion and first performed by them at the Brighton Festival. It is a fluid, contrapuntal work with expressive harmonies influenced by John Sheppard's great vocal work of the same name. Here is a preview of the composition:

Media Vita by Ed Hughes


In 2018 (year of his 50th birthday!) Ed has returned to his interests in early English notated vocal music and is writing a Sinfonia for the group's full ensemble of 18 instruments to perform at this special concert. This brand new work is a modern instrumental fantasia that will explore how the structures and sounds of polyphonic notated vocal music from 14th, 15th and 16th century England can inspire new music today. English composers referenced will include Cooke, Dunstable and Gibbons, noting some artistic exchanges with and debt to Europe which in part led to some of this music's very survival. A particular interest is in the harmonies arising from some of these composers' love of movement in thirds and sixths, but the music will also have rhythmic and polyphonic aspects that are Ed's own. Ed is writing a blog about the development of this work:

Link to Sinfonia blog

Nicholas Smith OBE is the Artistic Director and Chief Conductor of the Peking Sinfonietta and the International Festival Chorus, both based in Beijing, China. His many other engagements include China Philharmonic Orchestra, the China National Film Symphony Orchestra, the Shanghai Philharmonic Orchestra, the City Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong, Les Percussions Claviers de Lyon, Teatro Lirico di Spoleto and the choirs of Cornell University.


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