IMG-20190625-WA0030STOKEY: WE NEED EU!

Tuesday 12 November

8:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Price: £8.40

Ret Frem Ensemble brings the cutting edge of European music to Stoke Newington. In the 1970s, composers writing at IRCAM in Paris pioneered a new technique of composition: ‘Spectralism’ took the computer analysis of acoustic sounds as its starting point and produced some of the most imaginative and inspiring music of the late 20th Century. Forty years on and the international influence of trailblazing composers Gérard Grisey and Tristan Murail is still very much evident.

STOKEY: WE NEED EU! features the exciting UK premiere of a duet for Flute and Cello by Murail (“Une lettre du Vincent”), and includes Grisey’s remarkable ANOUBIS-NOUT, an unusual solo for Contrabass Clarinet. Alongside these works, we programme pieces by international composers inspired by French spectralism, including Kaija Saariaho and Isabel Mundry. We have commissioned new work by young composers Frej Wedlund and Will Handysides and present the premiere performances this November.

PROGRAMME (*UK Premiere | **World Premiere):

  • Gerard GRISEY | Anubis-Nout
  • Tristan MURAIL | Une lettre du Vincent *
  • Isabel MUNDRY/Brice PAUSET | Die Vorüberlaufenden *
  • Kaija SAARIAHO | Noanoa
  • Luciano BERIO | Sequenza for Oboe
  • Thea MUSGRAVE | Impromptu No. 2
  • Will HANDYSIDES | New commission **
  • Frej WEDLUND | New commission **


  • Jenni Hogan | Flutes
  • Abi Heath | Clarinets
  • Joe Harper | Oboe, Cor Anglais
  • Fraser Bowles | Cello

Thank you to our generous supporters.

Supported using public funds by Arts Council England.

Supported by Diaphonique, Franco-British fund for contemporary music (in partnership with the Institut français du Royaume-Uni, the Sacem, the British Council, the French Ministry of Culture, the Bureau Export, the Institut français and the Friends of the French Institute Trust and the Salabert Fondation).


Doors open at 7:30pm

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