Claire Booth
Image credit: © Sven Arnstein

Archived Event

Colin Matthews, George Benjamin, John Casken, Julian Anderson and Mark-Anthony Turnage
Nash Inventions
Tue 28 Mar 2023, 7.30pm
Archived Event
This concert will be approximately 2 hours in duration, including an interval


  • Claire Boothsoprano
  • Mark Padmoretenor
  • Martyn Brabbinsconductor
  • Nash Ensemble
    • Alasdair Beatsonpiano
    • Benjamin Nabarroviolin
    • Michael Gurevichviolin
    • Lars Anders Tomterviola
    • Jennifer Stummviola
    • Adrian Brendelcello
    • Graham Mitchelldouble bass
    • Philippa Daviesflute
    • Gareth Hulseoboe
    • Richard Hosfordclarinet
    • Marie Lloydclarinet
    • Richard Watkinshorn
    • Sally Pryceharp



      • Tombeau
        (London première)
      • le 3 mai from Eight Songs from Isolation
      • THUS for soprano, flute, clarinet, piano, violin and cello
        (world première) [2]
  1. Commissioned by the Nash Ensemble
  2. Commissioned by the Nash Ensemble with funds provided by Dr Shirley Ellis and the Nash Concert Society


The Nash Ensemble, 'a chamber group beyond compare', is acclaimed for its championing of British composers of successive generations. Its annual Nash Inventions concert on 28 March will feature four Nash commissions by composers who have had a long and fruitful association with the Ensemble. The programme will include John Casken’s Misted Land, a work that makes use of folk-like melodies, shadowy voices, accompanying one through an imaginary and changing landscape, and Colin Matthews's beautifully suggestive recent song cycle Seascapes with the inimitable soprano Claire Booth. The programme will also include three of Julian Anderson’s recent song compositions, the third of which is a new Nash commission, and the group will give a performance of his atmospheric Van Gogh Blue, inspired by the painter’s canvasses and letters. As a finale the acclaimed tenor Mark Padmore leads a revival of a successful Wigmore Hall commission – Mark-Anthony Turnage’s A Constant Obsession – a lyrical song cycle on the theme of love.

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