London’s new festival dedicated exclusively to contemporary classical music

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trio 7090
“Threateningly good, infectious playing. Be perplexed!”

London Ear Festival of Contemporary Music is a new international festival now in its second year, presenting concerts of music by established, emerging and undiscovered composers. See the overview for full concert listing.

The second LONDON EAR festival of
contemporary music:  27–30 March, 2014

A celebration of recent instrumental, vocal and electronic music from twenty countries, featuring musicians from: Britain, Germany, The Netherlands, Norway, and Switzerland

• Concerts by world class performers
• Preconcert talks and interviews
• Masterclasses for harp and singing students
• Workshop projects for children and teenagers

The festival is particularly pleased to present programmes which bring performers from different countries together for the first time: the inspiring 7090 from The Netherlands (violin, trombone and piano) join forces with three renowned soloists from Berlin (accordion, double bass and soprano) and Swiss percussionist Serge Vuille and the Swiss ensemble We Spoke, to form an eclectic ensemble for whom Helmut Zapf and the festival directors have written new works.


Benjamin Graves
“the beauty of the music shines through clearly”

Performers from the UK include the world renowned London Sinfonietta and the Uroboros Ensemble featuring leading soloists specialising in contemporary music.   We also see the return of the Featured Young Performers from 2013 –  three young musicians at the start of their careers: Jenni Hogan (flute), Stephen Upshaw (viola) and Tom Bayman (‘cello), who will play solo works and a specially commissioned work for the trio by Benjamin Graves, Five of Them Were Foolish, and Five Were Wise.

A festival club will bring performers, composers and audiences together in an informal atmosphere, with scores and CDs to view/buy and  refreshments available.

Events take place at The Warehouse and The Cello Factory, close to Waterloo, London.