Next Wave 2

Next Wave 2

NMC Recordings
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Release Date: 26 January 2018 

This collection of new works by six talented young composers – Emma Wilde, Peter Wilson, Jack Sheen, Joanna Ward, Robin Haigh and Alex J Hall – is the end result of a 9-month artist development programme involving workshops with multi-instrumentalist Quinta (Bat for Lashes, Penguin Café), mezzo soprano Lore Lixenberg ('a rich and powerful voice' Metro) and accordionist Luke Carver Goss. Joining them are soloists from the Royal Northern Sinfonia.

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 J 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 “shifts in and out of focus”; and Robin Haigh re-imagines material by Mozart and from an English folk ballad.

Their new compositions were recorded by NMC Recordings in November 2017 at Sage Gateshead. The project culminates in an album launch and premiere performances at Sage Gateshead on 27 January, 2018.

Next Wave Track listing:

Emma Wilde El Hilo del Tiempo 
Peter Wilson A sweet, wild note 
Alex J Hall Luminalia 
Jack Sheen Found 
Joanna Ward to think at the sun 
Robin Haigh Zorthern

Lore Lixenberg mezzo-soprano (tr 2, 4) 
Quinta violin, viola, saw (tr 3, 5)
Luke Carver Goss accordion (tr 1, 6)
Jack Sheen conductor (all tracks, except tr 4)

Musicians from Royal Northern Sinfonia

Fraser MacAulay oboe/cor anglais 
Christopher Griffiths horn
Brian McGinley trumpet
Alasdair Kelly timpani/percussion
Sarah Roberts violin I 
Sophie Appleton violin II



Next Wave 2 is funded by the Leverhulme Trust, PRS for Music Foundation, the Angus Allnatt Charitable Foundation, and with public funding from Arts Council England.




All works recorded at Sage Gateshead, UK on 7-8 November 2017

 DAVID LEFEBER Recording Producer/Engineer



Release Date: 26 January 2018 
Cat No. NMCDL217