Thursday 18 February 2021 7:30PM

Riot Ensemble

Aaron Holloway-Nahum, Anna Korsun, Ashkan Behzadi and more


This concert was live-streamed as part of the Wigmore Hall Spring Series. The video is no longer online but other concerts are available to watch in full here: Wigmore Hall Concert Video Library


  • Riot Ensemble * *Wigmore Hall Debut
  • Adam Swayne piano
  • Marie Schreer violin
  • Stephen Upshaw viola
  • Louise McMonagle cello
  • Sarah Dacey soprano

Weaving together the natural elements of earth, water and air, this programme explores the idea of voices in the natural world - from the spiralling clouds of Aaron Holloway-Nahum to the ghosts of the forests in Michaela Catranis' sensuous quartet to the rippling delicacy of Lee Westwood's work for solo piano. The sound of singing is also ever present, featuring the world première of Naomi Pinnock's Vestige alongside the ecstatic Farsi poetry of Ashkan Behzadi and the string trio gently singing/playing in the darkness of Anna Korsun's Sottillissime.

  • Aaron Holloway-Nahum (b.1983)
      • The Geometry of Clouds
        (piano quartet)
  • Naomi Pinnock (b.1979)
      • Vestige (solo soprano)
        • (live performance première) [1]
  • Lee Westwood (b.1982)
      • A Line Drawn In Water
        (solo piano)
  • Michaela Catranis (b.1985)
      • The Ghosts in These Trees (string trio and soprano)
  • Ashkan Behzadi (b.1983)
      • Az hoosh mi
        (violin and soprano)
  • Anna Korsun (b.1986)
      • sottilissime
        (singing string trio)
  1. Commissioned by Riot Ensemble with funds from the Ernst von Siemens Music Foundation