Ninfea Cruttwell-Reade

Ninfea is a Ph.D. student in Music Composition at Princeton University, where she holds the William Alexander Fleet Fellowship. Prior to this she studied at Magdalen College, Oxford, and the Royal Academy of Music. As a cellist she is enthusiastic about performing new works. She is currently devising musical responses to a series of paintings by Egon Schiele. Her website is here.
Gerald Barry's The Importance of Being Earnest staged at the ROH Linbury Studio

Laced with plate-smashings, demented flights of fancy and ludicrous ruptures, there is something marvellous about the impertinence of Gerald Barry's The Importance of Being Earnest, here given its UK stage première in the Royal Opera House's Linbury Studio Theatre.

Monday 17th June 2013 Read more...
The art of fear, or the fear of art? The Rest is Noise with Karim Said

Part of The Rest is Noise, Karim Said's third recital at the Purcell Room focused on the legacy of composer Arnold Schoenberg. With pieces by Schoenberg, his pupils Anton Webern and John Cage, and also Pierre Boulez, Roberto Gerhard and Stefan Wolpe, this was a concert marked by creative insight and intellectual precision.

Tuesday 11th June 2013 Read more...
UK première of Philip Glass' The Perfect American at ENO

Philip Glass' new opera The Perfect American focuses on the last years of the life of Walt Disney, painting an unsympathetic portrait. But while Phelim McDermott and Improbable provided a vivid theatrical realisation for ENO, Glass' music did not sustain interest.

Tuesday 4th June 2013 Read more...
Luke Bedford in portrait with the London Sinfonietta at the Purcell Room

London Sinfonietta's portrait concert of composer Luke Bedford brought with it exciting possibilities for engagement with his music, including a talk as well as performances of his works, including the world première of Renewal.

Tuesday 28th May 2013 Read more...
A Scream and an Outrage: Session Two at LSO St Luke's

Session Two from Nico Muhly's A Scream and an Outrage weekend at the Barbican saw Muhly joined by the Bang on a Can All-Stars, Trio Mediaeval, and tenor Allan Clayton. The music, by Muhly, Julia Woolfe and Terry Riley, formed a comfortable programme suggesting a sense of community.

Tuesday 14th May 2013 Read more...
LSO Futures Week at the Barbican: Contemporary chamber works

The first in a double-bill of concerts ending LSO Futures Week, François-Xavier Roth conducted London Symphony Orchestra players in several 20th- and 21st-century chamber works, ranging ifrom Stravinsky to Jason Yarde.

Tuesday 16th April 2013 Read more...
LSO Futures Week at the Barbican: Symphonic sound worlds

The second of the LSO Futures Week concluding concerts featured François-Xavier Roth and the LSO in orchestral works by Webern, Debussy and Stravinsky, along with the Panufnik Variations, a new piece featuring variations by numerous composers associated with the LSO's Panufnik Scheme.

Tuesday 16th April 2013 Read more...
Opening night of The Firework-Maker's Daughter at the Linbury Studio Theatre

An adaptation of Philip Pullman's novel, The Firework-Maker's Daughter by David Bruce and librettist Glyn Maxwell is currently playing in the Royal Opera House's Linbury Studio. Mixing puppetry and pyrotechnics, this vivid production brims with energy.

Monday 8th April 2013 Read more...
A chest of treasures: The Philharmonia's Lutosławski celebrations in London conclude

The final concert in the Philharmonia's Woven Words series at the Southbank Centre celebrating the centenary of Witold Lutosławski's birth, this concert featured three works by Lutosławski and music by Maurice Ravel – an imaginative, eloquent pairing.

Monday 25th March 2013 Read more...
Reactions and Reflections: The music of Les Six at Charlton House

Part of a series of concerts at the beautiful Charlton House in Greenwich, this concert presented pieces by all of the composers known collectively as Les Six, who were active in France in the 1920s.

Monday 25th March 2013 Read more...
Stravinsky's Renard at The Rest is Noise with Barbara Hannigan and the London Sinfonietta

The Rest is Noise continued this weekend, with Barbara Hannigan again turning in an impressive performance in early 20th-century repertoire – this time with the London Sinfonietta, for works by Stravinsky and Erik Satie. Also featuring a script from Timberlake Wertenbaker.

Wednesday 13th February 2013 Read more...
Iain Burnside's Journeying Boys at the Royal College of Music

Journeying Boys is a new creation from the Royal College of Music mixing musical performances with a plot involving Benjamin Britten and Arthur Rimbaud. This "sideways glance" at the artists was well performed, and with great humour.

Monday 11th February 2013 Read more...
"The invisible world": String quartets from the Royal College of Music celebrate Lutosławski

Four string quartets from the Royal College of Music presented this installment in the Philharmonia Orchestra's Woven Words series celebrating the centenary of Witold Lutosławski's birth. The Park Quartet's performance of Lutosławski's quartet was a highlight.

Thursday 7th February 2013 Read more...
London Sinfonietta tackles Webern for The Rest is Noise

Part of the Southbank Centre's The Rest is Noise and presented by the London Sinfonietta, this was a timely project. However, the emphasis on multimedia did not give Anton Webern's compositions the detailed on-stage reading they deserved, instead impeding their communication.

Friday 1st February 2013 Read more...
Voicing early modernism: The Rest is Noise with Barbara Hannigan

Billed as "The soundtrack of the 20th century", The Rest is Noise season has mostly focused on the Second Viennese School and its infamous break with western tonality. However, Thursday's concert at the Queen Elizabeth Hall offered a refreshing take on the narrative we are apparently so well acquainted with. 

Sunday 27th January 2013 Read more...
Maazel, Trifonov and the Philharmonia play Russian works at the Royal Festival Hall

The Philharmonia Orchestra with conductor Lorin Maazel presented invigorating Russian works by Stravinsky, Prokofiev, Rachmaninov and Scriabin. Pianist in Prokofiev's Second Concerto was Daniil Trifonov.

Monday 17th December 2012 Read more...
Jurowski's endgame: Grisey and Mahler with the LPO

Gérard Grisey's Quatre chants pour franchir le seuil and Gustav Mahler's Fifth Symphony were brought together by the on-form London Philharmonic Orchestra and chief conductor Vladimir Jurowski. This was a world-class performance full of imagination and experimentation.

Monday 17th December 2012 Read more...
Strange meetings: Britten's War Requiem at the Southbank Centre

The War Requiem is considered by many to be the apex of Britten’s output. It was commissioned for the consecration of a new cathedral at Coventry, designed by the architect Basil Spence after the city had experienced one of the most savage air raid attacks in Britain by the Luftwaffe.

Friday 30th November 2012 Read more...
Knussen's magic toybox: Wigglesworth, Wood and Watkins at the Guildhall School

A selection of works for violin and piano written by Oliver Knussen, who is celebrating his 60th year, were presented at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama this Sunday by violinist Alexandra Wood and pianists Ryan Wigglesworth and Huw Watkins. These sophisticated works proved bright and colourful.

Wednesday 7th November 2012 Read more...
Maxwell Davies' The Lighthouse at the Linbury Studio Theatre

Peter Maxwell Davies' claustrophobic opera The Lighthouse, here staged by English Touring Opera and directed by Ted Huffman, centres around a real-life mystery. Supernatural intervention, psychological breakdown and malicious intrigues are all delicately indicated but never confirmed. At the Linbury Studio Theatre.

Monday 15th October 2012 Read more...
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