Founded in 1981 by James Wood, NLCC is one of Europe’s foremost vocal ensembles. It has given many world and British premières and continues to commission and promote new work.
NLCC has enjoyed close working relationships with composers including Jonathan Harvey, Mauricio Kagel, György Kurtág, György Ligeti, Toru Takemitsu, and Iannis Xenakis – several of whom have written works especially for it. NLCC has worked with ensembles including Ensemble InterContemporain, London Sinfonietta, Luxembourg Philharmonic Orchestra, Champ d’Action, Ictus, Amadinda, Raschèr Saxophone Quartet, Kreutzer Quartet and Percussive Rotterdam, as well as the Michael Clark, Mark Morris and Rambert dance companies and Ivan Putrov’s Men in Motion.
Recent work has included a celebration of Harvey’s work, new works by Macedonian composers with the Kreutzer Quartet, Philip Glass’s Knee Plays (Einstein on the Beach) in the London Contemporary Music Festival, Prokofiev’s Ivan the Terrible (live accompaniment to Eisenstein’s film) with Ashkenazy and the Philharmonia Orchestra, a WW1-themed concert at the British Library and the world première of John Tavener’s Flood of Beauty with the Britten Sinfonia and Britten Sinfonia Voices under Martyn Brabbins.
In January 2015, the choir welcomed Matthew Hamilton, its newly appointed Musical Director, with Animals!, an eclectic programme including the UK premiere of Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgreen’s Four Madrigals from the Natural World at Wilton’s Music Hall.
‘The […] singers can pull off just about anything, as their mesmerising British première of the German composer Karlheinz Stockhausen’s Litanei 97 revealed.’
(Church Times, 2004 – première as part of Liverpool Cathedral’s centenary celebrations)