ninfea cruttwell-reade

Ninfea Cruttwell-Reade is a composer, performer and sound artist. She is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Music Composition at Princeton University, supported by the William Alexander Fleet Fellowship. 

As a composer of music for the concert hall, Ninfea’s collaborators include Sō Percussion, Mobius Percussion, the Escher String Quartet, the JACK Quartet, the early music ensembles Gallicantus and Sonnambula, steel pan player Kendall Williams and the Fidelio Trio. As a sound artist, she has worked with damaged instruments and has explored the nature of recording as a medium. A current project addresses the rituals of the concert hall, sampling audience applause from a recording of a performance at the Vienna Konzerthaus. 

Ninfea is a recipient of the UK's 2016 Royal Philharmonic Society Composition Prize. Trained in both academia and performance, she holds an undergraduate degree in Music from the University of Oxford and an MMus in cello performance from the Royal Academy of Music, London. In 2013 she began doctoral studies at Princeton University, where her research focuses on the first musical settings of A. E. Housman’s poetry collection A Shropshire Lad (1896). Her chamber opera based on the life of the art nouveau illustrator, Aubrey Beardsley, is due to be premiered in 2018. 

 

THE WRITING ON THE WALL

 
ninfea cruttwell-reade

The Writing on the Wall is a project inspired by the messages and graffiti tags left on the Ha'penny Hatch archways (also styled as “Gallery Road”) in Deptford, South East London. The street artist Mr. Degrì covered the archways with images of celebrities in March 2016, but his works have gradually been joined by a wash of playful commentary and challenges to gentrification. I have created six musical works that respond to the words on the archways and in the area nearby. The sequence – comprising a mixture of live concert hall performances and recordings – will be launched in November 2016.

Royal Shit

Royal Shit

Pellitory-Of-The-Wall

Pellitory-Of-The-Wall

They Sleep We Skip

They Sleep We Skip

Art Fags

Art Fags

Eat The Rich

Eat The Rich

Cutting Edge

Cutting Edge