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Nash Ensemble

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Nash Ensemble
OriginLondon, England
GenresClassical, chamber, contemporary classical
Years active1964–present

The Nash Ensemble of London is an English chamber ensemble. It was founded by Artistic Director Amelia Freedman and Rodney Slatford in 1964, while they were students at the Royal Academy of Music, and was named after the Nash Terraces around the academy.[1][2] The Ensemble has won awards from the Edinburgh Festival Critics and the Royal Philharmonic Society, as well as a 2002 Gramophone Award for contemporary music.[3]

In addition to their classical repertoire, the Ensemble performs works by numerous contemporary composers, including Richard Rodney Bennett, Harrison Birtwistle, Elliott Carter, Henri Dutilleux, Mark-Anthony Turnage, and Peter Maxwell Davies, and has given premier performances of more than 200 works.[4]


Current members[edit]

Former members[edit]

  • Ian Brown (piano)[6]
  • Skaila Kanga (harp)
  • Malin Broman (violin)
  • Roger Chase (viola)
  • Robin Miller (oboe)
  • Michael Collins (clarinet)
  • Marcia Crayford (violin)
  • Mark David (trumpet)
  • Catherine Edwards (organ and piano)
  • Liz Layton (violin)
  • Bryn Lewis (harp)
  • Simon Limbrick (percussion)
  • Frank Lloyd (horn)
  • Judith Pearce (flute)
  • John Pigneguy (horn)
  • David Purser (trombone and sackbutt)
  • Rodney Slatford (double bass)
  • Christopher Van Kampen (cello; died 1997[7])
  • Paul Watkins (cello)
  • James Watson (trumpet)
  • Brian Wightman (bassoon)


  1. ^ "Nash Ensemble, 40th anniversary season". Sanctuary Classics. Archived from the original on 27 September 2007.
  2. ^ Rockwell, John (18 May 1983). "Chamber: Nash Ensemble". New York Times. Retrieved 22 July 2007.
  3. ^ "Nash Ensemble Biography". Archived from the original on 15 July 2007. Retrieved 22 July 2007.
  4. ^ "Premières given by The Nash Ensemble since 1964". Retrieved 25 April 2012.
  5. ^ "Nash Ensemble – individual musicians' biographies". Retrieved 18 October 2014.
  6. ^ "Nash Ensemble, The". Discogs. Retrieved 21 October 2014.
  7. ^ Music to Hear CD (Black Box, BBM 1065, 2001) liner notes

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