"The Nash are chamber music royalty." The Sunday Times
The Nash Ensemble, Resident Chamber Ensemble at Wigmore Hall since 2010, is acclaimed for its adventurous programming and virtuoso performances. It presents works from Haydn to the avant-garde, and is a major contributor towards the recognition and promotion of contemporary composers: by the end of the 2016/17 season the group will have premiered over 300 new works, of which 198 have been specially commissioned.
An impressive collection of recordings illustrates the same varied and colourful combination of classical masterpieces, little-known neglected gems and important contemporary works. Recent releases include a CD of Hollywood composers for Hyperion and Harrison Birtwistle's The Moth Requiem for Signum Classics. Future releases include an NMC CD recorded live at the 50th Anniversary 'Nash Inventions' concert in March 2015, and a Max Bruch chamber music CD for Hyperion.
The Ensemble's 2016/17 season at Wigmore Hall, entitled Vienna and its Empire, combines the music of Vienna from the 'Viennese Classical school' of Haydn and Mozart to Mahler and the 'second Viennese school' of Schoenberg and his pupils, with music from Hungary and the Czech Lands including works by Dvorak, Janacek, Bartók, Dohnanyi and Liszt. The Nash Inventions concert in March 2017 will include premiè res by Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, Simon Holt and Colin Matthews, as well as recent premiè res by Julian Anderson and Huw Watkins. There will also be collaborations with students at the Royal Academy of Music and the Wigmore Learning department.
Recent highlights have included concerts in Turkey, France, Belgium, Germany, Switzerland and Italy, as well as a residency at the Great Lakes Festival, USA. The Ensemble broadcasts regularly for the BBC including Radio 3 and appearances at the BBC Proms.
The Nash Ensemble has won numerous accolades including The Edinburgh Festival Critics award 'for general artistic excellence' and two Royal Philharmonic Society awards in the chamber music category "for the breadth of its taste and its immaculate performance of a wide range of music."