In the wake of Martin’s sudden death, September 2012, Martin Read Foundation was established in 2014, as a platform for the continuation of his passions for music teaching, composition and contemporary music. This annual Festival is the highlight of the Foundation’s year – a day full of music-making and performance, exploring and celebrating contemporary composition. MRF has presented many world premiere performances, and showcases young composers supported by the Foundation.

Events resumed, on-line

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New Short pieces on the concept of 


Sam Bullard - saxes, Ben Corrigan - electronics, 

MRF award-holders, 

MRF alumni composer-performers

Festival day Concert of Premieres


'Returning, we hear the Larks'

new work by  

Simon Speare, 

MRF composer-mentor.

Festival 2021:
Festival 2019:

New Music by established and emerging composers:  Steve Reich, Gustav HolstKurt Weill, Martin ReadAlison Willis, Simon SpeareAlex Ling, Freddie Hodkin, Owen Russell, Scottie Thompson, Pernille Faye, Jack Robinson, Domenico Ragozzino, Alastair Rook.                                            

Performers:   Commotio leading performers of contemporary choral music, David Gibson, Joe Parks,   Daniel Swani, Joseph Spooner, ensembles from Alton College.

Howard Skempton 

masterclass composition workshop

…always massively inspiring, educational and life-affirming
Sam Christie,
MRF Festival choir.
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Short films from 


Freely - by Scottie Thompson,

award-holder 2019

performed by Joe Parks and Daniel Swani

Already  - by Freddie Hodkin,

MRF alumnus,

for flexible ensemble - 

composer, teacher and performers

working effectively together.



Festival 2018:

Song Recital

Philip Smith - baritone and

Nicholas Bosworth - piano

giving premieres of commissions by

MRF awarded composers of 2018.

Composers & performers worked together, in an intriguing masterclass-style workshop led by MRF patron Howard Skempton who declared Martin Read Foundation's support for young composers: 

unique within the UK

Repeat recital at
The Grange, Northington:
On Somme - Oren Velasquez-Hirtenstein, composer
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'The Martin Read Foundation is doing a wonderful job of nurturing emerging talent, offering fledgling composers an established figure as a mentor, and providing high-level public performances.  It was inspiring to see such gifted young writers bringing fresh ideas to develop and extend the traditions of English song.'   


Jonathan Dove

Festival 2017:
Festival 2016:
Mary Rose reh(1)
Joseph Spooner, MRFFest16
Crossfire, Alton Coll MRFFest'16
FarewellToPhil, AltonCollaAlumni,Fest'16
Coma South MRFFest '16 (1)
In C Coma South MRFFest'16

Festival 16 film footage:


One of Martin's Mary Rose Songs, performed by Festival '16 choir and orchestra, with audience, directed by David Gibson.

Showcase for

Joel Knee:


Foundation selected composer 2016, String Quartet, performed by London-based Ernst Quartet.