Event: Next Wave 2 World Premieres

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Sage Gateshead
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Sage Gateshead, Royal Northern Sinfonia, NMC Recordings and Sound and Music

Next Wave 2 brings together brand new work by six of the UK’s most exciting young composers. It marks the culmination of a 9-month collaborative project with musicians from the Royal Northern Sinfonia and three highly acclaimed soloists: Quinta (violin/saw/viola), Lore Lixenberg (mezzo-soprano) and Luke Carver Goss (accordion).

Each composer explores a unique and extraordinary sound world. Emma Wilde warps time with the help of the Mayan ‘secret calendar’; Peter Wilson captures sudden shifts of landscape via the work of novelist Richard Smyth; Alex Hall evokes 17th century experiments in light and illusion; Jack Sheen’s Found emerges from found material by himself and other composers; Joanna Ward takes images from the poetry of Allen Ginsberg to create music that “shift in and out of focus”; and Robin Haigh re-imagines material by Mozart and from an English folk ballad.

This event witnesses the premiere performances of the six pieces, and the launch of an album bringing them together – recorded and released by NMC Recordings.


You can read interviews with each of the composers about their experiences on the project on the British Music Collection>>.

Pre-order the Next Wave 2 album here>> (worldwide)

Find out more about the Next Wave 2 project>>


Next Wave 2 is a partnership project between Sound and Music, NMC Recordings and Sage Gateshead, designed to support and promote composers in higher education as they transition into the professional music industry. Next Wave 2 is funded by the Leverhulme TrustPRS for Music Foundation, the Angus Allnatt Charitable Foundation, and with public funding from Arts Council England.

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