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We have officially announced the new 2016 CMF Artists!

After a rigorous audition process in which the artists had to submit a paper application then audition in person with a performance and an interview, we chose our new CMF 2016 Artists and we are excited to introduce the following artists! We have been featured in numerous publications detailing our new artists including M-Magazine, Planet Hugill and Classical Source!

Tabea Debus – Recorders


Tabea is currently Meaker Fellow at the Royal Academy of Music and has performed at many renowned concert halls such as the Konzerthaus Vienna, the Tonhalle Zurich and the Wigmore Hall…

To see more, head to her artist page here or her website here.

Miguel Gorodi – Jazz Trumpet


Miguel studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and is a composer and trumpet player performing across a broad spectrum of jazz and improvised music…

See more on his artist page here.

Hannah Morgan – Oboe


Hannah  studied with Melanie Ragge at The Royal Academy of Music and graduated in 2013 with First Class Honours.

Hannah is enthusiastic about music education, recently writing and directing five children’s concerts for the Berlin Philharmonic…

You can see more on her artist page here.

Joseph Houston – Piano


Joseph is a pianist based in London and Berlin. His wide-ranging curiosity has led to activity in a variety of fields, particularly in Contemporary and Experimental Music. He has performed all over Europe and in China, and his playing has been broadcast on BBC Radios 3 and 4…

You can see more on his artist page here and his website here.

Ligeti Quartet – String Quartet


Formed in 2010, violinists Mandhira de Saram and Patrick Dawkins; violist Richard Jones; and cellist Val Welbanks were united by their fascination with the music of György Ligeti, and have since established a reputation as leading exponents of new music…

See more on their artist page here and their website here.

Mihai Ritivoiu – Piano


Mihai Ritivoiu was born in Bucharest and began piano lessons at the age of 6. In 2012 he graduated with the highest honours from the National University of Music in Bucharest and graduated from the Guildhall School of Music & Drama in 2016…

You can see more on his artist page here and his website here.

Nerija – Contemporary Jazz


Recently nominated for Jazz FM Breakthrough Act of the Year 2016, Nérija are a collective of up and coming, London-based musicians playing exciting and original music inspired by Jazz, Hip Hop, Afrobeat and Hi-life. Together they have toured across Europe and the UK in addition to performing alongside top UK jazz musicians…

See more on their artist page here and their website here.

We must say a big thank you to the brilliant team at Rebecca Driver Media Relations for their work and invaluable assistance.

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Last week CMF Artists Y-Squared launched two new music videos produced and commissioned by CMF. The videos themselves were directed by fellow CMF Artist and member of the Kaleidoscope Saxophone Quartet, Ian Dingle.

We filmed the videos earlier in the year in a very chilly Asylum Chapel in Peckham, you can take a look at our previous blog with behind the scenes photos of the day here.

The event itself was organised along with Hancock Artists who represent Yasmin and Yelian in the unique Rebecca Hossack Gallery in St, Fitzroy Square. CMF Artist Manager, Tabitha McGrath headed to the venue early in the day to oversee the set up as the videos were to be premiered on a big screen. The rest of the CMF team went later on to finish off the set up and get ready for the guests.

Guests started to arrive and the drinks started flowing! Yasmin and Yelian performed three pieces prior to the video premieres beginning with Yelian performing a rather jolly Svante Henryson piece entitled Black Run. Yasmin followed this with a stunning rendition of Liszt’s arrangement of Schumann’s Widmung from Myrthen Op.25. The duo finished off the live music portion of the evening with Beethoven’s Sonata No.4 in C Major Op. 102.

Ian Dingle took a moment to introduce the videos saying that he always wanted to do something innovative and off the beaten track with Y-Squared videos; something that one can clearly see aligns with Y-Squared’s ethos.

You can take a look at both videos below as well as a gallery of the event!

Burlesque, Nikolai Kapustin

Chopin Cello Sonata in G minor


That’s right, we at CMF put on our first professional development workshops for the new 2016 CMF Artists on Tuesday 4th October!

CMF is committed to providing professional musicians in the UK in the early stages of their careers with expert advice, guidance and support to help them to build successful careers in music.

We don’t give out cash grants; we give support, advice and performance opportunities to musicians in the early stages of their career because we believe this expert guidance is paramount and the benefits multiplied. That is where the professional development workshops come in; CMF Artists are able to speak directly with leading figures in a variety of fields including finance, music and management to name a few. The day was a long one with 5 different talks throughout, covering a range of topics relevant to the business side of the music industry. It was a taster for what they can hear more about in further workshops as well as with their business mentors. To read more about the CMF Artist Programme, click here.

At CMF, we are lucky enough to have such strong connections with the City and thus are able to spend our professional development workshops days in the wonderful Guildhall. You can see a few of our artists below including in the Guildhall West Wing .


This workshop is just the beginning for the new 2016 CMF Artists, who will be announced later this month. They will take part in the scheme over the next two years, during which, as well as the core programme, each artist receives support in the planning and implementing of a bespoke project based upon the artist’s needs. This might include additional concerts, provision of quality audio and visual recording for commercial and promotional purposes, commissioning of new music, website creation, professional photographs, additional mentoring and introductions to key music industry professionals.

We will have our next professional development workshops soon so keep checking on our website and social media for updates!

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Last night four CMF Artists produced an electrifying performance of Olivier Messiaen’s devastating Quatuor pour la fin du temps, ‘Quartet for the End of Time at Clapham Omnibus. The quartet featured clarinetist Joseph Shiner, Michael Foyle and Maksim Štšura of the violin and piano duo the Foyle-Štšura Duo and cellist Yelian He of Y-Squared.

The performance was reviewed by Robert Hugill on his blog here who stated that “the four young performers gave us an account full of vitality, energy and intensity”.

Hugill drew upon several moments of the night declaring the performance hypnotic at times, with a ‘fine sense of dialogue’ and virtuosity. He noted how the four artists brought out the uneven rhythms of the 6th movement entitled Dance of fury, for the seven trumpets  ‘in a way which was rather catchy and almost jazzy’.


Michael, Maksim, Joseph and Yelian at the end of their performance

Finally, Hugill praised Michael Foyle for the way in which he conducted himself in the final movement Praise to the immortality of Jesus, for violin and piano. For this movement, Michael performed with great control and a ‘sweet tone’ finishing the quartet in an exciting and unique way by walking through the audience whilst playing; a moment Hugill pronounced as ‘a nice touch’.

The recital was preceded by a 30-minute talk by pianist, Maksim Štšura covering the history of the piece and discussing certain moments of Messiaen’s own notes on the various movements which were later projected during the performance to illuminate certain aspects of the work for the audience.

A few particularly insightful moments of the talk stand out; for instance Maksim commented that the premiere of the piece has become distinctly mythologised, perhaps even by Messiaen himself. The story goes that the quartet was composed and performed in a prisoner of war camp – the camp described as a harrowing place – in which a solitary compassionate guard was said to have smuggled a few scruffy pencils and paper on which Messiaen wrote the piece in secret, hiding from any less friendly and suspicious guards. Subsequently the piece was said to have been first played outside in the freezing cold to 5,000 people giving a sense of the vast loneliness and a melancholy tone to the proceedings. However, this myth has been somewhat debunked through prisoner accounts now suggesting that the guard had the composer stationed in an empty barrack so that he could work undisturbed with another guard stood at the door to turn away intruders, and the premiere was in fact to a mere 300 people inside the barracks.

Another interesting story was that of the instruments and artists; legend has it that the piano used was ancient and broken with a missing key and the musicians themselves were said to be amateur. Although I rather like the impression of an uplifting underdog story of prisoners coming together to learn such a challenging work, unfortunately as much as we wish this was true, the music is far too advanced for amateurs and the musicians were in fact professionals and multi prize-winners; clarinetist Henri Akoka, violinist Jean le Boulaire and cellist Étienne Pasquier.

Nevertheless I think a bit of legend add a delicious mystic layer to the work adding to the sense of history and sadness to any performance. The four CMF Artists performed the piece brilliantly and managed to bring individuality and life to a truly unique and multi-faceted work.

Mihai Ritivoiu


Miguel Gorodi

Miguel Gorodi – Trumpet

Richard Robbins


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