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.

Festival 2019:

New Music on April 28th 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

Group '19.jpeg
…always massively inspiring, educational and life-affirming
Sam Christie,
MRF Festival choir.
Festival 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:

'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

Song Recital

Philip Smith - baritone and

Nicholas Bosworth - piano

giving premieres of commissions by

MRF awarded composers of 2018.

On Somme - Oren Velasquez-Hirtenstein, composer
00:00 / 00:00
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.