Next Wave

Next Wave

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Next Wave showcases composing talent from the Nation’s higher education institutions and helps to bridge the difficult gap between composing in a university environment and pursuing a career as a professional composer.

In partnership with Sound and Music, this collection of new works by 12 composers studying in higher education is the end result of a 6-month commissioning programme involving workshops with professional artists and musicians from the London Sinfonietta, mentoring from professional composers, advice about recording techniques and the music industry plus a performance at Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival.

London Sinfonietta
Sound Intermedia electronics
Loré Lixenberg mezzo-soprano
Sarah Nicolls piano
Gary Walker conductor
Oren Marshall tuba



‘Michael Cutting’s I AM A STRANGE LOOP III, composed for cassette recorder (in the act of recording itself), piano and percussion. Both the soundworld and the form of the work are striking and very effective indeed, clear in its sense of direction yet with a pervasive air of spontaneity. The conclusion, entering a dark, hauntological space, was wonderful' 5:4

'The highlight of Next Wave for me was Paul McGuire’s Panels ... these ideas were invariably quiet and deliberate, but in their own minute way rather marvellous, two or three sounds focussing to form a fragile timbre, like small sonic swatches, a composer to keep an eye on for the future.’ 5:4


Next Wave receives generous support from:

Angus Allnatt Charitable Foundation
The Fenton Arts Trust
The Helen Hamlyn Trust
Help Musicians UK
Samuel Gardner Memorial Trust
Stanley Picker Trust
The Steel Charitable Trust

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All the works on this album were recorded at Studio 1, University of Surrey, Guildford on 19-22 August 2014.

Recording Engineer and Producer: DAVID LEFEBER

(P) 2014 NMC Recordings Ltd
© 2014 NMC Recordings Ltd

Catalogue number: NMC DL209
Release Date: 24 November 2014