Events in Brighton included a full weekend of participation for allcomer players and singers and the following performances –
Celebrating New Music Brighton: Continuing a collaboration that started in 2017 and has included a music video project, CoMA Sussex played pieces by past and present members of New Music Brighton, a thriving association of Sussex-based composers. Some of these works were written specifically for CoMA Sussex and were workshopped with their composers participating in rehearsals.
Hearkening to the Earth and Stars: Brighton-based instrumental group CoMA Sussex, directed by Steve Dummer, presented a varied and stimulating contemporary programme. Included were two works celebrating the environment, written for the group by one of its members, Diego Monsalve, and pieces on cosmic themes commissioned for this year’s Festival of Contemporary Music for All.
Movements, Instruments and Voices: Drawn from Europe’s top contemporary music soloists and resident at St Mary’s throughout the weekend, The Riot Ensemble performed their own pieces, including some specially commissioned for this year’s Festival of Contemporary Music for All. They also joined allcomer participants, under the genial direction of Steve Dummer, in the festival commission Three Movements by Kate Whitley and in Patrick Harrex’s Instruments and Voices.
Prisoners and Conscience: This time led by Aaron Holloway-Nahum, their artistic director, The Riot Ensemble performed alongside allcomer participants in Frederic Rzewski’s Attica, a response to the 1971 Attica State Prison uprising and in Tim Parkinson’s Second Song for Many, an atmospheric lament for recently extinct species, specially composed for this year’s Festival of Contemporary Music for All. And there was more wonderful music from The Riot Ensemble playing on their own.
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