Solo Performances

St Ann’s Kew – Summer Concert Series

3.30pm 30 May 2021

St. Anne’s Church, Kew Green, TW9 3AA

S T R A T H A I L – the duo comprising Louise McMonagle and Neil Georgeson – aims to bring a new identity to cello & piano concert repertoire, championing new compositions, experimental sounds, and exploring different ways of improvising. 

In this concert they present three pieces which reflect their experiences of isolation this year. In the first, composer Reiko Füting creates a musical meditation where fragments of folk songs, Bach, Beethoven, Schubert, Schumann, Mahler, and Schönberg are hinted at, enveloped in the warmth of resonant open strings and natural harmonics. Ann Cleare uses the two instruments uniquely to probe the relation between inner and outer worlds of soun, and Eric Wubbels’ frenetic piece alternates compulsive loops of thought and repetitive behaviour with plateaus of regular, “idling” motion….

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Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival

23 November 2020

An HCMF / Riot Ensemble co-commission premiered at the 2020 online edition of Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival

Hannah Kendall – Tuxedo: Hot Summer No Water (2020) for solo cello, music box, and police whistle

Living Room Live

Wednesday 5 August 2020

Lutoslawski – Sacher Variation

Ailie Roberson – Skydance

Samantha Fernando – Fault Line

Trish Clowes – Round by The Ness (world premiere)

Zoe Martlew – Salat Babilya

Zeitgeist Gallery / Riot Ensemble World Premiere

23 June 2020

In these restricted times, performances move online, and new work continues.

Ailie Robertson – Skydance (2020) for solo cello

Strathail at Listen! Cambridge *POSTPONED*

Doors 7.30pm Friday 26 June 2020

Unitarian Church, 5 Emmanuel Road, Cambridge CB1 1JW

Strathail is a new project from Scottish cellist Louise McMonagle and pianist Neil Georgeson from the Shetland Islands. Together they aim to bring a new identity to cello and piano concert repertoire, championing new compositions, experimental sounds and exploring different ways of improvising.

This concert will include pieces by contemporary composers with whom Louise has had the pleasure of working with in the past, including Trish Clowes, Kit Downes, Nikki Iles, Gwylym Simcock, Euan Stephenson and Joe Cutler. They have commissioned a number of brand new compositions for performances in 2020.


8.30pm 19 March 2020

Royal Birmingham Conservatoire

Saxophonist Trish Clowes and cellist Louise McMonagle escape genre to bring a soundscape of creativity, exploring their respective jazz and experimental backgrounds.


7pm 17th March 2020

Cardiff University Concert Hall, Cardiff CF10 3EB

Riot Ensemble concert, programme to include:

Luciano Berio – Sequenza XIV (2002) for solo cello

Fenella Humphreys & Louise McMonagle

7pm 5th March 2020

91-95 Clerkenwell Rd

Violinist Fenella Humphreys and cellist Louise McMonagle join forces to bring you a spectacular evening of virtuosic solos and duos, full of terrifying feats of virtuosity. Alongside works by Ravel, Bartok, Berio and Saariaho, the programme will include world premieres of new Caprices for solo violin by Freya Waley-Cohen, Laurence Osborn and Oliver Leith, and a new set of variations on Paganini’s 24th Caprice by composers including Sally Beamish, Tom Coult, James Joslin, Heloise Werner and Seonaid Aitken.

Programme includes:

Luciano Berio – Sequenza XIV (2002)

Kaija Saariaho – Spins and Spells (1997)

Aaron Holloway-Nahum – For Reasons, Perhaps To Do With Sorrow (2006)




8pm Monday 25 November 2019

Music Room, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, L1 9BP

Riot Ensemble concert, programme to include:

Luciano Berio – Sequenza XIV for solo cello (2002)


1.10pm Thursday 24 October 2019

Cosmo Rodewald Concert Hall, University of Manchester, M13 9PL

Riot Ensemble concert, programme to include:

Luciano Berio – Sequenza XIV for solo cello (2002)


8pm 12th October 2019

The Vortex Jazz Club, 11 Gillett Square, Dalston N16 8AZ

Eclectic music and performers join forces again for the eighth edition of the Emulsion Festival, co-curated by Trish Clowes and Tom Harrison.

Programme to include:

Josephine Stephenson – Anamnesis (2012) for solo cello


1.05pm 13th July 2019

St Alfege Church, Greenwich Church Street, London SE10 9BJ

Scottish musicians Louise McMonagle and Neil Georgeson return to their roots in a programme for cello and piano exploring Scottish composers.

Kenneth Leighton – Elegy (1980)

Sally Beamish – Gala Water (1994)

James MacMillan – Sonata no.1 for Cello & Piano (2000)


26 June 2019

KM28, Karl Marx Str 28, 12043 Berlin


Elliot Carter – Figment for Cello Alone (1994)

Anna Thorvaldsdottir – Transitions (2014)

Aaron Holloway-Nahum – For Reasons, Perhaps to do with Sorrow (2006)

Laurence Osborn – Pteranodon (2012)

Luciano Berio – Sequenza XIV (2002)


7.30 8th April 2019

Crypt on the Green, London EC1R 0EA

Programme to include:

Anna Thorvaldsdottir – Transitions for solo cello (2014)

Celebrate the release of Riot Ensemble’s latest CD, SPEAK, BE SILENT, out on HCR/NMC Recordings. In lieu of tickets we will collect funds to support Play for Progress, a charity that delivers therapeutic and educational music programmes for traumatised and socially isolated unaccompanied minor refugees.

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7.30pm 2nd April 2019

City University of London, EC1V 4PB

Riot Ensemble programme including:

Benedikt Schiefer Kanon for cello and live electronics (2007)

John Cage Harmonies 12-18 of 44 Harmonies from Apartment House 1776 (1976) (arranged for cello & piano by Leo Chadburn) with pianist Neil Georgeson

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