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Richmond New Music Collective (RNMC)

Formed in 2014 by Janet with Rob Percy, the Richmond New Music Collective produces a yearly concert of newly written music, created for the professional performers who vary each year. We have worked with the Jubilee string quartet, Michael Regan and Tom Armstrong (composers); with Louise Fegredo and Nancy Johnson (oboes); TableMusic piano trio, Matthew Schellhorn (piano); the Durufle Trio, and Martin Pyne (percussion).

November 8th 2019: This event saw us working in the heart of the Richmond community, with our project Age/less, a multimedia evening on the theme of age and transformation. Using texts written by the Richmond U3A writing for pleasure group as a basis, and involving photography, dance, film and craft, the curated evening of words and music raised money for the Portcullis Trust, which gives support and bursaries to students with learning disabilities. The theatre at RHACC was full of an appreciative audience, including the writers and artists, and the event was such a success that the Collective is thinking of ways to take it to other venues. Thank you to all who came.

Live knitting projected during Rob's piece, which included fragments of text from all the writers, creating a mosaic of ideas.

This is the Collective all performing in our jointly-written piece, with the score shown on the screen. Here we are joined by Anne Warrington, who during the piece recited the wonderful poem 'My Two Daughters' by the late Bob Steed.

The final bows - the composers and their collaborators, with the U3A writers.

The line-up of composers for 2019 was:

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