This page features video of music commissioned by NMSW and a film review of our 2014/15 seasons.
Chapel Arts, Bath
On Sunday 6th March 2016 Andy Keenan (sax & clarinet), Harriet Riley (marimba) and Paul Israel (piano) gave the first performances of a number of NMSW commissions alongside pieces by Thomas Adès, Graham Fitkin and Charles Ives. We also asked Geoff Poole to write a marimba & piano version of his piece The Impersonal Touch, the result was Fibonacci Fizz.
Fibonacci Fizz by Geoff Poole
Season Finale 2015
SOUND WORLD 20th September 2015 at St. George’s, Bristol. For our season finale concert we commissioned Michael Ellison, Julian Leeks and Sara Garrard to write new works inspired by the landmarks and history of Bristol, and we asked Andy Keenan to write a special arrangement for large ensemble of his piece Shatter.
Vincent & Avona by Michael Ellison
Shatter by Andy Keenan
Building The City by Julian Leeks
Season Finale 2016
From Darkness into Light 18th September 2016 at St. George’s, Bristol. This year out Season Finale concert was performed by Kokoro, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra’s contemporary music group, and featured a specially commissioned by Lois Wyatt and the three shortlisted pieces from the NMSW Young Composers’ Prize 2016.
Baros by Lois Wyatt
Winner of the 2016 NMSW Young Composers’ Prize:
Bridge of Life by Sam Macdonald
Film Review of our 2014 & 2015 seasons
Hauser & Wirth 13th June 2015. NMSW commissioned new music in response to the work of prominent Shanghai artist Zhang Enli and West Country artists Fiona Robinson and Debbie Locke.
Zhang Seascapes by Geoff Poole (to skip the intro speeches and get straight to the music please fast forward 5 mins.)
Selected pieces from A Modern Menagerie, a special NMSW commission for responses to the 14 movements of Saint-Saëns’ Carnival of the Animals. Performed at St. George’s, Bristol. 7th September 2014.
Elephant by Anna Meredith
Finale: Dance of the Animals by John Pickard
The Wood Pigeon: presiding over the entire garden by Sara Garrard
Aquarium: a penguin in Istanbul by Michael Ellison
Wild Asses by Andy Keenan
Tortoise By Julian Leeks
Myisi by Litha Efthymiou
Fossils: Jurassic Tango by Geoff Poole
(after) Pianists by Jean-Paul Metzger
Volière by Emily Potter, winner of the NMSW Young Composers’ Prize 2014
Poules et coqs by Sam Pradalie, runner-up in the NMSW Young Composers’ Prize 2014
Other NMSW commissions from our 2013/14 season:
Renounce by Daniel Linker
Anywhere Else But Here by Julian Leeks