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.
Ella, MRF award-holder '22, says:
I compose because there is no other feeling like it.
Thrilled to have resumed in-person!
Martin Read Hall, Alton College, 1st May
The day was packed with new music and premieres - a mix of live, on-line and pre-recorded music,
music for flexible ensemble by Ellen Drewe - Alton College & MRF alumnus;
Ella Laughton, Naomi Dragomir and Daniel Jurado-Hoshino - MRF’s 2022 young composer award-holders premiered their music for the film animation ‘Spring’.
Performers and audience alike were complimentary:
Small yet perfectly formed…
really enjoyed the music-making…
fantastically talented young people…
the chance to work with such great musicians… hearing the work of the young composers…
all seemed brilliantly thought through.
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Thanks to Steve Kirby
New Music by established and emerging composers: Steve Reich, Gustav Holst, Kurt Weill, Martin Read, Alison Willis, Simon Speare, Alex Ling, Freddie Hodkin, Owen Russell, Scottie Thompson, Pernille Faye, Jack Robinson, Domenico Ragozzino, Alastair Rook.
masterclass composition workshop
‘…always massively inspiring, educational and life-affirming’
MRF Festival choir.
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
'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.'