Wednesday 4 March 2015
Dark inventions and Zoe Martlew doublebill


Dark Inventions
Christopher Leedham New Work
Charlotte Bray Midnight Interludes
Philip Cashian Firewheel
Neil Thomas Smith Knocking on Newton’s Skull
Judith Weir Sundew
Martin Scheuregger New Work

Zoe Martlew
one-woman cabaret written and performed by Zoë Martlew

Zoë Martlew

Zoë Martlew, cello

Cellist, performer, composer, educator, blogger, natural blonde, the increasingly uncategorisable Zoë Martlew travels the globe playing her own music and that written for her, also working with some of the world’s most renowned contemporary music ensembles, improvisation, film, electronica, multi-media, pop and rock artists, dance and theatre companies.

Recently taken on by Schott’s as a composer, Zoë has had four cello pieces and two choral pieces published in the last year and is now working on ensemble pieces commissioned by CoMA and Birmingham Contemporary Music Group. Recent activities include concerts with London Sinfonietta and Ensemble Modern; performing, coaching and seminar-ing at the inaugural Saigon Chamber Music Festival in Vietnam; solo recitals in Denmark and Iceland of cello, electronics and video pieces written for her and blogging for Sinfini classical music website and her own celebrated Z Blog.

She is a regular commentator and occasional presenter for radio and TV around the world and is in demand for a wide array of educational activities, competition panels, seminars, debates and project curation. She has appeared on BBC Newsnight, was on the judging panel for BBC TV show Maestro, BBC Young Musician of the Year and the 2009 Eurovision Song Contest.

She studied at the Royal College and Academy of Music, Clare College, Cambridge and the Chopin Academy in Warsaw.

It is her firm belief that our increasingly materialistic world needs its music and musicians more than ever and that no matter what the situation, art always has the potential to see the bigger picture and bring light to the secret soul within.

She draws the line at Country and Western.

Press quote: ‘Uproarious, naughty and utterly off the wall, the unmissable one-woman cabaret Revue-Z features virtuoso cellist Zoë Martlew with her sensational music for cello, voice and multi-layered sound tracks.’

‘the astonishing  Zoë Martlew (billed as ‘cellist/performer, a virtuoso show of understatement) in her spectacular ‘Revue Z’ ….the whole was so well prepared, given with such confidence, that this was an unforgettable experience.’ Seen & Heard International

‘Martlew set a pace that nearly set the floor on fire.’  Independent On Sunday

‘sparks of electricity. Martlew drew from a deep well of expressive intensity…A shimmering performance…uncommon sensitivity.’ The Strad


Photo by Chris Huning

Dark Inventions

Christopher Leedham, composer and conductor
Martin Scheuregger, composer and analyst
Jonathan Sage, clarinets
Cecily Smith, cello
Neil Smith, flutes
Rebecca Smith, violin

Dark inventions is a contemporary music group based in the North of England. Formed in 2012 by Christopher Leedham and Martin Scheuregger, the group commissions, performs and records works by composers from across the UK.

Projects have included: a theatrical production of Pierrot Lunaire in a new English translation (National Centre for Early Music, 2013); appearances at the Edinburgh Fringe performing two new works from Scottish composer Neil Thomas Smith (St Mary’s Cathedral, 2014); and a tour of the North of England featuring a specially-commissioned work from Philip Cashian (Firewheel, 2014).

In their first CD, Hinterland, three ensemble works are interspersed with four freshly-minted folk song arrangements. Their second album (released Spring 2015) will feature new works by emerging British composers, as the group works in collaboration with University of York Music Press on a mentoring and publishing scheme.

The group have appeared at venues and festivals including: Capstone Theatre (Liverpool); Coastival (Scarborough); Engine House (Manchester); Lit & Phil (Newcastle); York Spring Festival; and have featured on BBC Radio 3’s In Tune.

Dark Inventions has been supported by Arts Council England, Britten-Pears Foundation and Sound and Music.