Wednesdays at the Forge is the continuation of the highly successful cutting edge monthly series initiated by Phillip Cashian, (composer & head of Composition Royal Academy of Music), Joe Cutler (composer & Head of Composition Birmingham Conservatoire) the composer, and director of the Riot Ensemble, Aaron Holloway and Andrea Rauter (founder of the platform for new music SOUNDINGS)
The concerts run from February to July and will take place on the first Wednesday of each month at 7.30pm (apart from May 13).
This series of composer-curated concerts presents the very best in contemporary music, including London and world premieres, performed by some of the most exciting and engaging performers around.
The programmes will include a wide range of carefully selected emerging artists whose work will be presented alongside work by some of the biggest names in contemporary music.
The series brings together a broad and vibrant mix of musicians and composers in the informal atmosphere of The Forge, allowing easy access to new audiences, and giving established and new composers a platform for their works.
The artists chosen for the concerts are of the highest calibre and will work closely with composers, ensuring cohesive collaboration, thus raising the musicians’ profile as well as those of the composers.
‘………..The Forge, a small venue in Camden, has found the happy medium between the two. You sit around tables with a drink, but the bar is safely shut away behind a glass screen, so you can actually focus on the music. The final of the excellent Wednesdays at the Forge series, dubbed a Summer Party, was curated by composer Howard Skempton.’ Ivan Hewett, Daily Telegraph
Press Quotes and comments from musicians and composers for ‘Wednesdays at the Forge’
The ‘Wednesdays at the Forge’ series is always a pleasure, with surprising, thought-provoking events in intimate, friendly surroundings. – Ivan Hewitt
‘Wednesdays at the Forge’ – these bright, cheerful but adventurous concerts are truly a forging into the New. Not to be missed! – Paul Driver
‘……..the 2015 concert line-up looks equally impressive and of the highest quality ... I, and many others, see the series as valuable addition to the capital’s contemporary music scene.’ – John Gilhooly, Director Wigmore Hall, chairman of the Royal Philharmonic Society
‘The Forge is a delight as a venue, and the inventive and intrepid Wednesdays at the Forge series is something to treasure.’ – Colin Matthews
‘London's liveliest new music series’ – Judith Weir
‘Wednesdays at The Forge is one of the most heartening initiatives of recent years. The spirit of adventure is alive and well, and has found a home.’ – Howard Skempton