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Ret Frem ensemble

Ret Frem is a contemporary music group based in London. Ret Frem is committed to the performance and promotion of music of exquisite craft by living composers from around the world - whether they are established, emerging or underrepresented.

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London: We Need EU!

Ret Frem Ensemble brings the cutting edge of European music to London.

In the 1970s, composers writing at IRCAM in Paris pioneered a new technique of composition: 'Spectralism' took the computer analysis of acoustic sounds as its starting point and produced some of the most imaginative and inspiring music of the late 20th Century. Forty years on and the international influence of trailblazing composers Gérard Grisey and Tristan Murail is still very much evident.

WE NEED EU! features exciting UK premieres of music by Tristain Murail and Isabel Mundry/Brice Pausset; as well as Grisey's incredible Anubis-Nout for contrabass clarinet and Saariaho's NoaNoa for flute and electronics. We have also commissioned new work by young composers Frej Wedlund and Will Handysides.

PROGRAMME (*UK Premiere | **World Premiere):

  • Louis ANDRIESSEN | Workers Union

  • Gerard GRISEY | Anubis-Nout 

  • Tristan MURAIL | Une lettre du Vincent *

  • Isabel MUNDRY/Brice PAUSSET | Die Vorüberlaufenden *

  • Kaija SAARIAHO | Noanoa

  • Will HANDYSIDES | Come Apart **

  • Frej WEDLUND | with a certain degree of pointlessness**



  • Jenni Hogan | Flutes

  • Abi Heath | Clarinets

  • Kate De Campos | Viola

  • Fraser Bowles | Cello