The Richard Thomas Foundation was established in 2009 to commission innovative and interesting works of contemporary performance art, and to support an ongoing programme of performances, recordings and exhibitions in London and elsewhere.
LATEST NEWS – NOVEMBER 2015
London concert date announced for 2 new RTF commissions – 16th April 2016
Recording and performance news:
- The Foundation is supporting the Allegri Quartet’s 2015 recording of Alec Roth’s string quartets 2, 3 and 4, having raised all the required funding from a number of generous donors.
- The Foundation is supporting the commission of a solo for French Horn by the composer Martin Butler.
- We are busy with some exciting plans to start recording and releasing music. More details here
Commissions in progress include:
- 12 Conversations with Thilo Heinzmann – a string quartet composed by 2015 Golden Globe winning and Oscar nominee composer Jóhann Jóhannsson, and inspired by conversations with Berlin based artist Thilo Heinzmann. London premiere on 16 April 2016, Berlin premiere later in 2016.
- Music for a space with no radio waves – an art and musical composition collaboration between artists Pinar&Viola and cellist/composer Hildur Guðnadóttir. The music will premiere in London on 16 April 2016, with Paris and Berlin performances later in 2016.
- A suite of Preludes for Piano by composer Joseph Phibbs. London premiere planned for 2016.
- We are working on a Jazz and Poetry commission with the singer- songwriter Vesna Pisarović .Watch this space!
2015 SO FAR
- New Movement Collective held a 9 day residency from 17-26 July 2015 at the Barbican, London, as part of Doug Aitken’s “Station to Station” project. Collaborating with cellist Olly Coates the workshop culminated in the performance of an interactive dance piece as part of a work in progress. The residency was supported in part by the Foundation.
- Quintet by Laurence Crane was performed on 8 May 2015 at the Angelica Festival in Bologna by pianist Philip Thomas and the Bozzini Quartet – the 6th performance of this work, and by the 3rd ensemble to play it. Details here.
- Sadly Now The Throstle Sings by Gavin Higgins was performed on 25 April 2015 by the Tredegar Town Brass Band at the Southbank Centre, London – the second performance of this work. A review (Debra Crane, The Times, 11 May 2015) described the piece as “impressionistic and mournful …one of the works in a revelatory Southbank Concert”. Gavin’s expansion of the piece for the Rambert Dance Company (“Dark Arteries”), was premiered in London on 12 May 2015. The reviews were unanimous in their praise for the Tredegar Town Band, and for the music.
- The Foundation supported a concert of Syzmanowski’s violin and piano music by the violinist Rosanne Philippens and pianist Julien Quentin at RadialSystem, Berlin on 4 April 2015.
- Charlotte Bray talked on 12 March 2015 about her compositions on Radio 3. The programme included a broadcast of Yellow Leaves commissioned by the Foundation.
- Hannah Kendall talked on 10 March 2015 about her compositions on Radio 3. The programme included a performance of On the Chequer’d Field Array’d commissioned by the Foundation.
- Yellow Leaves by Charlotte Bray was performed at Salon de Musique, Martigues, France on 23 January 2015 by Léa Trommenschlager (soprano) and Elizabete Sirante (piano) – the 7th performance of this work. Details here. Video of their 2014 performance here
- Richard’s most memorable concerts attended in 2014 are on his blog
- RTF 2014 Annual Report now published. Details here.
- Schubert‘s String Quartet in G Major, D. 887 was performed in a public recital at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin on 21 November 2014 by the Berlin Chamber Ensemble (led by Martin Funda from the Armida Quartett) with support from the Foundation.
- A concert including work by Alec Roth and Jonathan Dove at the Purcell Room, Southbank Centre, London, UK on 13 November 2014 promoted by the Foundation and featuring Nicky Spence, Andrew Matthews-Owen and the Allegri Quartet. …“a most moving and evocative programme, a memorable concert, which will be remembered for a long time” (Christine Crowshaw).
- Dance company New Movement Collective, supported by the Foundation, perform two sell out shows of new work “Please be seated” at the Purcell Room, London in November 2014. Reviewed here.
- “At the Speed of Stillness” – debut CD by composer Charlotte Bray part funded by the Foundation came out in October on NMC Records. It was in the Sunday Times top 10 contemporary CDs of the year (ST 07.12.14). The CD includes a recording of Yellow Leaves commissioned by the Foundation.
- The artist Christian Flamm created a new Logo for the Foundation in September 2014 here
- A concert of work by Charlotte Bray at Piano Salon Christophori, Berlin, Germany on 12 September 2014, supported by the Foundation and attended by over 200 people.
- Jonathan Dove song CD “All You Who Sleep Tonight” supported by the Foundation out now on Naxos. Click here to buy.
- Artists Pinar & Viola launched their Family Special – Polyamory collection in Paris, France on 29th June 2014. The Foundation commissioned their related work Gentlemen Like Us
- Yellow Leaves by Charlotte Bray was performed in Aix-en-Provence, France on 23 June 2014. Details here and at Opéra de Lille, France on 8 October 2014. Details here.
Click on image to see the Classical Music magazine (December 2013) picking two Richard Thomas Foundation Commissions (Charlotte Bray and Hannah Kendall) as “Premieres of the Year 2013″ and..
New Movement Collective is on the “Best Independent Company” shortlist for the 2014 National Dance Awards
Recent supported events included:
- The Ives Ensemble playing Barry, Cage, Crane, Egan and Fox at the Purcell Room, Southbank, London, on 3rd December 2013.
- New Movement Collective performing the interactive dance piece Casting Traces in London, July 2014
Completed commissions include:
- Yellow Leaves by Charlotte Bray first performed at the Purcell Room, Southbank, London on 15th May 2013
- On the Chequer’d Field Arrayed by Hannah Kendall, expanding an earlier commission “Middlegame” to a 3 movement piece, also first performed on 15th May at the Purcell Room
- Sadly now the Throstle Sings by Gavin Higgins, first performed at the RNCM Festival of Brass, Manchester, in January 2012
- Quintet by Laurence Crane, first performed at the Purcell Room, Southbank, London, in October 2011.
Clicking on the “COMMISSIONS” link above will take you to a complete list of pieces we have commissioned and supported, including further links to a recording of the premiere of Quintet and a film of the premiere of Middlegame.
Clicking on the “ABOUT” link above will take you to various bits of information about the Foundation.
Thank you for your interest,