Celebrating #IWD2017 with songs from Joni Mitchell’s HEJIRA

  Join the Nu Civilisation Orchestra and a star-studded line-up of phenomenal women at the Royal Festival Hall, London to celebrate International Women's Day 2017 when we'll be playing songs from the great Joni Mitchell’s modern day classic: HEJIRA. Blending folk, jazz and pop influences, Hejira uses the Prophet Muhammad’s Hijra as a jumping-off point to tell stories of personal journeys, figuratively and literally. We've…Read more Celebrating #IWD2017 with songs from Joni Mitchell’s HEJIRA

The Jazz Ticket: Nu Civilisation Orchestra marks 100 years of the birth of six Giants of Jazz

Nu Civilisation Orchestra tours 'The Jazz Ticket' across the UK celebrating 100 years of the birth of six Giants of Jazz

Review: Body And Soul 05.12.16

Here's a great review from journalist and broadcaster, Kevin Le Gendre for the NCO Ensemble's sold out world premiere of maestro Peter Edwards' new score for Body And Soul at the National Film Theatre, London on 5 December. Sound and image are in symbiosis. Mood on screen and atmosphere in the auditorium are expertly matched. The essence of…Read more Review: Body And Soul 05.12.16

Paul Robeson

Paul Robeson | ‘Body And Soul’ gets new live score

Exciting news...our musical director, Peter Edwards has been commissioned by BFI Southbank to create a new original score for the 1925 'race film', Body And Soul - a seminal film in the history of Black cinema in which the great African-American singer, actor and civil rights activist, Paul Robeson made his motion picture debut. This is the second film for which Peter has…Read more Paul Robeson | ‘Body And Soul’ gets new live score

The Stuart Hall Project

The Stuart Hall Project: Playlist

Our musical director, Peter Edwards has prepared a playlist for those of you planning to come to the show  on 14 November. Some fantastic pieces in there! Can't wait for the gig. Have a listen, tell us what you think, and ENJOY! https://open.spotify.com/user/peterbedwards/playlist/6zr7GI7DLPfeyDMkkihemm

The Stuart Hall Project

The Stuart Hall Project + LIVE soundtrack with Peter Edwards + NCO

We are thrilled to be performing the live soundtrack to  John Akomfrah's acclaimed 2013 film, The Stuart Hall Project as our offering in this year's EFG London Jazz Festival. It's a brilliant film and we're looking forward to having Peter Edwards lead us in quintet format for this special show at Rich Mix, Shoreditch on Monday 14 November at 7.30pm. One of the UK’s…Read more The Stuart Hall Project + LIVE soundtrack with Peter Edwards + NCO

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And the winner is…Peter Edwards & Nu Civilisation Orchestra

Fantastic news! PRS for Music Foundation has announced a new project for the  Nu Civilisation Orchestra, A Journey With The Giants Of Jazz as one of twenty commissions selected for the New Music Biennial 2017! The project will be co-produced by Turner Sims and Tomorrow's Warriors as part of the ongoing artistic association between the two organisations, and will see the creation of a new work for the…Read more And the winner is…Peter Edwards & Nu Civilisation Orchestra

Discovering & Celebrating Strong Female Role Models

Nu Civilisation Orchestra Play Yazz Ahmed Tomorrow’s Warriors premieres a pioneering new work for an all-female ensemble from the Nu Civilisation Orchestra on 8 March at WOW! Women of the World Festival, The Purcell Room, Queen Elizabeth Hall. We caught up with rising star, Yazz Ahmed and composer for this new work, British-Bahrani composer and…Read more Discovering & Celebrating Strong Female Role Models

Celebrating 100 Goode Years: Happy Birthday Coleridge

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Last week Tomorrow’s Warriors artistic director, Gary CrosbyOBE was able to publicly share his admiration for his mentor at a special interactive concert during the London Jazz Festival.  Today, we are so very proud to celebrate the 100th birthday of the double bass jazz giant and unmatched legend, MrColeridge Goode: ‘Lord Master of the Lower Frequencies’.

Happy Birthday Coleridge! may you celebrate many more glorious years with your family and friends, and keep on inspiring future generations of jazz musicians and lovers of jazz music.

Please join us in celebrating Coleridge’s incredible talent, his influence on the jazz scene and beyond and, most of all, the pure generosity and humanity he shows to those who come after him. Send your appreciation by tweeting #OnceInACentury #ColeridgeGoode100 or commenting on Facebook.

Coleridge Goode, born 29 November 1914, Jamaica, West Indies.

Thanks to Coleridge Goode’s family for photographs and…

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Mingus’ BLACK SAINT gets NCO and Clod Ensemble treatment

The Nu Civilisation Orchestra is thrilled to be working on an exciting collaboration with the wonderful Clod Ensemble - an organisation described by The Guardian as 'one of those innovative and anarchic companies thrusting its way through traditional boundaries of drama,' and whose 'winning combination of music and experimental physical theatre has made them pioneers of contemporary music theatre' (Total Theatre). We asked…Read more Mingus’ BLACK SAINT gets NCO and Clod Ensemble treatment