Nottingham Chamber Music Festival

Nottingham Contemporary, Weekday Cross, Nottingham NG1 2GB

Free Admission

Saturday, 15th July
Miniatures at Nottingham Contemporary
1:00pm / 2:00pm / 3:00pm

Carla Rees, flute
Sarah Watts, bass clarinet

Music and Art dance together! New music ensemble rarescale perform a kaleidoscope of clarinet and flute duos in art space of Nottingham Contemporary. Musicians Sarah Watts and Carla Rees showcase chamber music (some with audience participation!) with three different sets of short concerts. Visit the galleries to hear these extraordinary artists for a musical adventure on your Saturday afternoon.

Where: Nottingham Contemporary, Weekday Cross, Nottingham NG1 2GB
When: 1:00pm / 2:00pm / 3:00pm. Each performance lasts approximately 30 minutes
Tickets: Free Admission, donations suggested

Carla Rees, flute
Sarah Watts, bass clarinet

rarescale is a flexible-instrumentation contemporary chamber music ensemble, formed by Carla Rees in 2003 with the aim of creating and championing new repertoire for low flutes. Bringing together performers with a passion for new music, collaboration and supporting the work of both emerging and established composers, rarescale has a core of 9 players who perform in a combination of small chamber formations. At the heart of the ensemble is a long-term collaboration between Carla Rees and low clarinets specialist Sarah Watts, exploring the potential of their instruments and bringing new works to an international audience.

The group performs frequently in the UK and abroad and actively collaborates with composers at all stages of their careers. They have performed throughout the UK, including at Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, Dartington International Summer School and at the UK Microfest Festival of Microtonal Music. Internationally, rarescale has performed in the USA for the National Flute Association of America, Sonic Circuits Festival in Washington DC, Spark Festival in Minneapolis, and recitals in New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco. rarescale has also performed in recitals and flute festivals in France, Germany, Greece, Slovenia, Costa Rica and Canada.

rarescale celebrated its 10th Anniversary in 2013 with the premieres of 17 new works in ten days, at a competition for composers at the Royal College of Music, and a Concerto Gala Concert at Shoreditch Church. The ensemble has recorded for BBC Radio 3 and NMC, as well as 6 discs for its own label, rarescale records.

rarescale is a registered charity, which also incorporates an educational flute ensemble for advanced players, rarescale Flute Academy, and until 2019 held an annual summer school for flute players and composers. rarescale is affiliated with Tetractys Publishing, which publishes many of rarescale’s key repertoire works. During the pandemic, members of the ensemble explored telematic performance systems to enable them to perform together over the internet, as well as working on several recording projects which are due for release in 2023.