Some of the diverse projects we’ve had the pleasure to work on

Paul Robeson

Body And Soul

Sonic Cinema teamed up with the London-based jazz composer and musician Peter Edwards and the Nu Civilisation Orchestra Ensemble to present a new, BFI-commissioned score to this groundbreaking drama. In his screen debut, Robeson delivers an electrifying performance as an escaped convict trying to pass as a local preacher in the Deep South. Body and…Read more Body And Soul


A programme of work exploring musical paths that converge at the crossroads of jazz and classical music, where Charlie Parker meets Igor Stravinsky, Wayne Shorter meets Jean Sibelius and Steve Williamson meets Arnold Schoenberg. Firebird features new original works by our composer-conductors – Peter Edwards, Binker Golding and James McKay – inspired by the work…Read more Firebird


Joni Mitchell’s album, Hejira blends folk, jazz and pop influences, and uses the Prophet Muhammad’s Hijra as a jumping-off point to tell stories of personal journeys, figuratively and literally. New arrangements of Mitchell’s tracks were commissioned for large ensemble by Tomorrow’s Warriors from their alumni Cassie Kinoshi, Max De Lucia and Peter Edwards. Premiered at Royal Festival Hall,…Read more Hejira

Nu Civilisation Orchestra-Painting by Emma Godebska


The Nu Civilisation Orchestra presents a sonic and visual tribute to Joe Harriott, the free form Jamaican jazz genius who settled in London in 1952. A Bebop player at heart, Harriott fused the influences of Charlie Parker with his own Jamaican musical sensibility to create his unique sound, in which his Caribbean roots were always…Read more Parallel

Yazz Ahmed with fluegelhorn


Commissioned by Tomorrow’s Warriors from British-Bahraini trumpeter/composer, Yazz Ahmed (pictured) for an all-female edition of Nu Civilisation Orchestra in March 2015, Polyhymnia is inspired by the lives of six influential and incredible statements of womanhood –  individuals who inspired fundamental change in norms and attitudes, changed the course of history or who quietly, each day become more powerful sources of inspiration. Polyhymnia…Read more Polyhymnia

Mingus-The Black Saint And The Sinner Lady album cover

The Black Saint And The Sinner Lady

It’s all about sex! Described in The Guardian by music writer, Richard Williams as ‘…one of his most enthralling works. The album (with liner notes shared between Mingus and his psychiatrist) modifies the traditional blues and folk materials of jazz by bold, rhythmic variations, stark contrasts between dense, low-end harmonies and […] soaring alto sax,…Read more The Black Saint And The Sinner Lady

Duke Ellington

The Harlem Suite

We collaborated with the BBC Concert Orchestra on a performance of Duke Ellington’s A Tone Parallel To Harlem (Harlem Suite) conducted by Keith Lockhart on 24 March 2013 at Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre as part of the Hidden Voices concert (part of The Rest Is Noise Festival), broadcast on BBC Radio 3 on 17 April 2013.  

Nu Civilisation Orchestra-The Jazz Ticket

The Jazz Ticket

Peter Edwards leads the Nu Civilisation Orchestra in an evening filled with exhilarating classic big band sounds and the specially-commissioned: A Journey with the Giants of Jazz. Though these Giants of Jazz are now gone, their enduring music gains new life through the stellar performances of the young people taking part in The Jazz Ticket nationwide music programme.…Read more The Jazz Ticket

Duke Ellington meets HM Queen Elizabeth

The Queen’s Suite

In 1958 Duke Ellington was presented to HM Queen Elizabeth II at a private reception, a meeting of such impact that he promised to compose a suite in her honour. Inspired by the beauty and majesty of nature, The Queen’s Suite – one of Ellington’s most beautiful works – remained hidden from the public until…Read more The Queen’s Suite

The Stuart Hall Project

The Stuart Hall Project Live Soundtrack

  Peter Edwards directs the Nu Civilisation Orchestra Ensemble in a performance of music by Miles Davis and other  jazz greats as the live soundtrack to John Akomfrah’s acclaimed 2013 film, The Stuart Hall Project.