The Nash ensemble of London

nashThe Nash Ensemble, acclaimed for its adventurous programming and virtuoso performances, presents works from Haydn to the avant-garde, and is a major contributor towards the recognition and promotion of contemporary composers: by the end of the 2012/13 season the group will have premiered over 270 new works, of which 170 have been specially commissioned. An impressive collection of recordings illustrates the same varied and colourful combination of classical masterpieces, little-known neglected gems and important contemporary works. Recent releases include all the Mozart

String Quintets, Russian chamber music, and chamber works by Schumann and Joaquin Turina. In 2011 a David Matthews CD entitled 'Winter Passions' was shortlisted for a Gramophone Award. Future releases include chamber works by Frank Bridge, Alexander Goehr, and Czech composers incarcerated in the Theresienstadt concentration camp between 1941 and 1945. In January 2013 the Nash and the BBC Singers will record Harrison Birtwistle's 'Moth Requiem'. The Ensemble's 2012/13 series at Wigmore Hall, entitled "Dreamers of Dreams", focuses on the works of British composers from the first half of the 20th century. They bring together many highlights - Elgar's String Quartet and Piano Quintet, Peter Warlock's The Curlew, Vaughan Williams' On Wenlock Edge and Five Mystical Songs, Delius's Second Violin Sonata, Finzi's By Footpath and Style, Butterworth's Love Blows as the Wind Blows, Finzi's Dies Natalis and Bliss's songs with ensemble (Rout, Madam Noy and The Women of Yueh). An all-Britten evening presents Les Illuminations and the Serenade for tenor, horn and strings with the Lachrimae for viola and strings. The series ends with Britten and Walton film and incidental music recited by Eleanor Bron and Samuel West including Night Mail, The Way to the Sea, The Sword in the Stone and Walton's Henry V. Forthcoming highlights include a weekend of concerts, masterclasses and films at the Prague Conservatoire, featuring the music of composers incarcerated in the Terezin concentration camp between 1941-45; and concerts in Vevey, Brussels and Bologna. The Nash Ensemble has won numerous accolades including The Edinburgh Festival Critics award 'for general artistic excellence' and two Royal Philharmonic Society awards in the chamber music category "for the breadth of its taste and its immaculate performance of a wide range of music.