Following on from the success of previous large scales events including ‘Pioneers of Percussion’ and ‘Pioneers of Electronics’, Nonclassical is excited to announce ‘Rise of the Machines’ in April 2016.

The centrepiece of the project will be an orchestral club night London - developed in collaboration with Southbank Sinfonia - at Ambika P3 (University of Westminster) on Friday 15 April, an underground space in central London. The concert programme will include works that explore the mechanical in orchestral music from different perspectives, culminating in the UK premiere of Gabriel Prokofiev’s Concerto for Turntables, Percussion, Trumpet and Orchestra.

Other works include Alexander Mosolov’s Iron Foundry (1927) - the orchestral grandfather of mechanical music – and the brilliant Alarm Will Sound arrangements of electronic wizard Aphex Twin’s Cock Ver. 10 and Blue Calx and Larry Goves' 'The clouds few round with the clouds' for orchestra and electronics. The programme will also include the Fifth Movement of Gabriel Prokofiev’s Concerto for Turntables – one of this year’s BBC Ten Pieces. The evening will be conducted by Gerry Cornelius and featured soloists include world champion DJ Mr Switch and percussionist Joby Burgess

Full programme
Gabriel Prokofiev - Concerto for Turntables, Percussion, Trumpet and Orchestra (UK premiere) 
Aphex Twin - 'Acoustica': Cock ver10 (arr. Stefan Freund)
Aphex Twin - 'Acoustica': Blue Calx (arr. Caleb Burhans)
Alexander Mosolov - Iron Foundry
Leroy Anderson - The Typewriter
Larry Goves - 'The clouds flew round with the clouds' for orchestra & electronics
Gabriel Prokofiev - Concerto for Turntables and Orchestra (5th movement)
Dmitri Shostakovich - Symphony No. 10 (Scherzo)

Tickets £7 (concessions and under 25s) / £15 (general admission)
Available here



On Wednesday 13 April, Nonclassical’s Monthly Night at The Victoria also adopts the theme, and features performances focussing on machine-based music and electronics from Tom Richards, Dead Fader and Nonclassical’s 2016 Battle of the Bands winners Ensemble x.y.

Tickets £4 students / £6 advance / £8 on the door
Available here


There will also be an interactive schools’ performance of some of the works involved in the evening performance on the afternoon of Friday 15 April, with a special focus on the BBC Ten Pieces Concerto for Turntables and Orchestra


Please contact for further information about the schools' performance