A new music scene is emerging in London …
"conducive to optimism about the future of classical music" **** The Times (April 2016)
Over the last few years ‘classical club-nights’
have become an increasingly visible feature of the city’s nightlife. This has been fuelled by
the next generation of classical performers, composers and promoters who are redefining the rules, and breaking out of the constraints of the traditional concert hall.
At the forefront of this new movement is Nonclassical. Founded by composer Gabriel Prokofiev in 2004, Nonclassical is a club-night and record label based in East London. The club night has had residencies at venues such as Hoxton Bar & Kitchen, The Shacklewell Arms, The Macbeth, and The Horse and Groom, as well as hosting one-offs in locations such as Kings Place, Cargo, XOYO and The Roundhouse. Since 2011 Nonclassical offshoots have begun to flourish in Paris, Berlin and Southwest England, with one-offappearances also taking place at SXSW Festival and across the USA, and more regular appearances across the UK coming soon.
The audience represents a young generation of music lovers who are searching for the latest exciting developments in music. At each event, innovative and virtuosic classical musicians blow away audiences with their incredible musicianship and new compositions.
The success of the night partly stems from the fact that it presents Classical as if it were Rock or Electronic music. Bands play through the pub’s PA, everyone has a pint in their hand and perhaps most importantly there are DJs playing throughout the night. Even the most sceptical visitors to the club can’t help but be stimulated by being so close to the high-quality musicianship presented at Nonclassical. Classical music can be part of everyone’s lives and this night is part of rediscovering its relevance.
The Nonclassical record label has released 14 albums to date, with an ever-growing spectrum of music represented (such as Tansy Davies, Juice Vocal Ensemble, Aisha Orazbayeva, GeNIA, and Joby Burgess). The idea behind the releases is to record forward-thinking, contemporary classical music and then invite musicians and producers who usually work in different genres of music to remix them. Artists such as Tim Exile (Warp), Thom Yorke (Radiohead), Murcof, Hot Chip, Simon Tong (The Good, The Bad and The Queen, Gorillaz and The Verve), Mira Calix (Warp), John Maclean (The Beta Band and The Aliens), Gabriel Prokofiev among many other up-and-coming innovators in their own worlds, have remixed pieces for the label to stunning effect.