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The Nash Ensemble of London


Ian Brown (piano), Marianne Thorsen (violin), Lawrence Power (viola), Malin Broman (violin), Paul Watkins (cello), Duncan McTier (double bass), Philippa Davies (flute), Gareth Hulse (oboe), Richard Hosford (clarinet), Ursula Leveaux (bassoon), Richard Watkins (horn), Lucy Wakeford (harp)

The Nash Ensemble has built up a remarkable reputation as one of Britain's finest chamber groups, and through the dedication of its founder and artistic director Amelia Freedman and the calibre of its players, has gained a similar reputation all over the world. The Group recently received their second RPS award in the chamber ensemble category, for the year 2002.

During the 2004/05 season the Group celebrate their 40th anniversary. Their series at Wigmore Hall and the Purcell Room is entitled 'Celebrations!', and the programmes include an array of singers closely associated with the group over the years. At the heart of the series will be performances of ten newly commissioned works, ranging from the younger generation of composers such as Huw Watkins, David Horne and Jonathan Cole to those who are indisputably leaders in their field - Sir Harrison Birtwistle, Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, Elliott Carter, Simon Holt, Colin Matthews, Mark Anthony Turnage and Nicholas Maw.

The Nash performs works from Mozart to the Avant Garde and is one of the major contributors towards the recognition and promotion of many leading composers. By the end of the 2004/05 season the Ensemble will have given an extraordinary 250 world premieres, 110 of which are Nash commissions.

Their recordings for Hyperion, Virgin Classics, CRD and NMC are often nominated for awards. Their première recordings of little-known early chamber works of Vaughan Williams have received wide critical acclaim. Their contemporary music series for Black Box includes chamber works by MacMillan, Turnage and Birtwistle, while their Teldec recording with the Arditti Quartet and Claron McFadden (soprano) of Birtwistle's Pulse Shadows won a 2002 Gramophone Award.

The Nash makes many foreign tours; concerts have been given throughout Europe, the USA, in South America, Australia and Japan. The Group are regular visitors to many British music festivals and are heard on radio, television, at the South Bank, the BBC Proms, at music clubs throughout the country and at Wigmore Hall where their regular series have been enthusiastically welcomed.

The Nash's artistic director Amelia Freedman has received many honours including an FRAM and the MBE, conferred upon her in 1989, an Honorary Doctorate from Bath University in 1993, and in 1996 Chevalier dans l'Ordre National du Mérite, presented by the President of France for her services to French music. In that year she also received the Cobbett Gold Medal presented by The Worshipful Company of Musicans. She has been awarded the prestigious Leslie Boosey award by The Performing Right Society and the Royal Philharmonic Society for her "unfailing commitment to the commissioning and programming of contemporary classical music and her support for young composers throughout her career". She is currently Head of Classical Music at the South Bank Centre, and she has been Artistic Director of the Bath Mozartfest since 1995.