The National Centre for Early Music Young Composer Award in associated with BBC Radio 3, and the English Cornett & Sackbut Ensemble (ECSE) could be yours!
This major national award offers bright, young composers the chance to have their composition heard and performed by ECSE at Turner Sims, Southampton, as well as recorded for broadcast by BBC Radio 3. Click here for more information.
We are thrilled that NSSO has been invited to give the opening concert of the 2018 WOWFest and will play in Wells Cathedral on Thursday 12 July at 7.30pm
As part of the festival we will also host a concert at Malvern by the German string ensemble Violinissimo.
Join us for our Taster Day on Monday 18 December at Malvern College - the ideal way to sample the NSSO experience. A whole day of music-making with NSSO tutors and Artistic Director, John Madden, the chance to enjoy the marvellous facilities of Malvern College, and to take part in a short concert at the end of the day.
Details and an application form can be found here.
Recordings of the concerts on 16 July are now available in the following formats:
Compact Discs (prices include postage within UK)
Orders can be made (via payPal) by contacting Paul Arden-Taylor of Dinmore Records.
We are delighted and grateful to announce that our programming of music by John McCabe and Nicholas Maw during the 2017 course has been awarded a grant from the RVW Trust.
Established in 1956 by Ralph Vaughan Williams the trust uses the income from the Performing Rights of his music to support performances of contemporary and recent British music.
Wind, Sand & Stars (John McCabe) was commissioned by the IAPS twenty five years ago to mark the centenary of the organisation and Summer Dances (Nicholas Maw) was commissioned in memory of Arthur Harrison, the moving spirit behind the founding of the IAPS Orchestra, the forerunner of NSSO.
We are grateful and delighted to announce that The Finzi Trust is funding a NSSO bursary this year which will enable a talented young player to attend the summer course who might otherwise not be able to do so.
Gerald Finzi (1901-56) was an English composer with a distinctive and especially lyrical voice. The Finzi Trustis an organisation set up in 1969 to further the music, ideals and work of Gerald Finzi. In 2018 NSSO Sinfonia will be performing music by Finzi as part of their concert.
Congratulations to NSSO Principal Bassoonist Will Gold (a pupil of Graham Tear) who took part in the recent Northamptonshire Festival of the Performing Arts where he won both the Bassoon Open Class and the Clarinet Open Class before going on to win the Woodwind Section.
His rendition of Jindrich Feld's Sonatine for Bassoon was described by adjudicator David Saint as 'thrilling" and his performance at the subsequent Celebration Concert earned him the overall winner's trophy, The Excelsior Cup.
The course will run from 8th to 15th July at Malvern College. Put the dates in your diary now!
The application form for 2018 will be on line from August 1st this year.
Freya Barker and Daniel Garvin have been appointed co-leaders of the Main Orchestra for 2017 and Poppy McGhee as leader of Sinfonia.
Richard Dickins, Leandro Silvera and Stephen McDade conducted the audition, were impressed by the quality of preparation that had been invested in the competition and thank all who took part.
Violinists are welcome to apply for the 2018 scholarship, which brings up to 50% fee remission for the course.