We are a new music collective exploring how contemporary classical music can engage, motivate and console. We do this by exploring electro-acoustic instrumental combinations, and through teaching.
The core of the Ensemble is made up of:
Christopher Guild: exponent of an enormous breadth of repertoire in concert and on disc, is the group’s pianist and co-curator. He sometimes composes.
Piers Tattersall: the group's composer in residence and co-curator with past performances from the Britten Sinfonia and on BBC Radio 3. He makes radios serve as musical instruments. He sometimes plays the piano.
Miriam Wakeling: a 'cellist, equally happy with classical and contemporary art music as she is as a session player with indie bands, counting appearance at Glastonbury among many other things.
We first performed together in 2013. Since then we have worked with students in England and Scotland, premiering more than 20 new works through our project 'Present Tense'.
Principally, our work is aimed at promoting the music of new and emerging composers in the UK, and to expand the repertoire of music for piano and electronics. Within this, we pay particular attention to the role that technical ingenuity has played across generations of composers, from C. P. E. Bach to Jonathan Harvey.
Maintaining a keen interest in outreach, we organise workshops for young composers. Our most recent trips have been to the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, working with undergraduate composition students there, and to St Mary’s Music School in Edinburgh, leading workshops and performances with the upper school, as well as chairing discussions on the present and future of new music.