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Liverpool Philharmonic's contemporary music ensemble

"The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic's avant-garde flying squad, Ensemble 10/10."
The Times

Ensemble 10/10 is the contemporary music ensemble of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra.


Ensemble 10/10 gratefully acknowledges financial support from the PRS for Music Foundation.

The Ensemble

10/10 was founded by two RLPO members, clarinettist Nicholas Cox and cellist Hilary Browning. Since its first concert on 22 November 1997 at 10.10pm, it has become established as a regular feature of Liverpool concert life, under the baton of conductor Clark Rundell.

The Music

10/10’s concerts are an eclectic mixture of new commissions, world premieres and contemporary classics given in an informal atmosphere. The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic has commissioned a huge range of UK composers for the Ensemble, as well as many from abroad. 10/10 explores the best new music from around the world, but equally it actively supports local composers – concerts always include music from the North west. 


In the 2013/14 season Ensemble 10/10 will perform in St George's Hall Concert Room, in the Great Hall of The Cornerstone, part of Liverpool Hope University’s Creative Campus, and at the Epstein Theatre.


Ensemble 10/10 is the winner of two awards at the 2009 RPS Music Awards, the Concert Series and Festivals category and, along with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, the Ensemble category.

Ensemble 10/10’s 2008 programme showed remarkable integrity and imagination and a pleasing element of surprise. The jury was impressed by the Ensemble’s clear sense of artistic ambition, allied to the quality of the connection with its audiences. Ensemble 10/10 has become an integral part of the RLPO’s activity and the jury hopes it will go on to become a lasting part of the Liverpool scene.

On the Road

10/10 made its debut outside Liverpool at the 2000 Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival and returned there in November 2010. It has performed in York and at the Glastonbury Festival and performs regularly at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester. In 2010, 10/10 made its Wigmore Hall debut in collaboration with the Al Farabi concerto series.

Phil Channel

Currently on the Phil Channel you can watch Ensemble 10/10’s world premiere of Gary Carpenter’s One Million Tiny Operas about Britain from the 2009/2010 season and featuring the soloists Loré Lixenberg and Jennifer John, as well as a spotlight on the life and work of Mieczysław Weinberg, composer of last season’s premiere Lady Magnesia.

In May 2010 Ensemble 10/10 performed the world premiere of the new Clarinet concerto, “Dove of Peace: Hommage to Piccasso” by the acclaimed Spanish composer Benet Casablancas. The Phil Channel now includes a film of the entire performance by RLPO Principal Clarinet, Nicholas Cox, with Ensemble 10/10.


The Ensemble is featured on four CDs; “When Worlds Collide”, the music of Frank Zappa in a collaboration with The Muffin Men, 2003; the music of John Casken.  Gary Carpenter's Die Flimmerkiste, Stephen Pratt's Lovebytes and Michael Torke’s “Tahiti are available from our online CD store. Ensemble 10/10 enjoys an ongoing relationship with BBC Radio 3, who have broadcast several concerts.

Ensemble 10/10 in St George's Hall


Watch the performance of Gary Carpenter's One Million Tiny Operas About Britain by Ensemble 10/10, conducted by Clark Rundell

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