nonclassical is a music promoter, record label and events producer presenting the best new classical, experimental and electronic music. Crossing genre and defying convention, we develop, produce and promote innovative music – supporting emerging artists and bringing new music to new audiences.
Founded in 2004 by composer Gabriel Prokofiev, nonclassical began as a clubnight focused on presenting new music in non-traditional performance spaces. We have since presented events across the UK and worldwide, and our record label is home to artists including Tansy Davies, Aisha Orazbayeva, Gabriel Prokofiev, Langham Research Centre, Tom Richards and in 2019, we are proud to be presenting the release of award-winning composer Dominic Murcott’s The Harmonic Canon.
Recent highlights and achievements have included the large-scale Rise of the Machines club series at Village Underground and Ambika P3, as well as curating events at Barbican’s Sound Unbound, National Theatre’s River Stage, and the Royal Albert Hall. Our work has also been taken overseas, notably at Talinn Music Week (Estonia), Sziget Festival (Hungary) and Music Estranha (Brazil). But our bread and butter is bringing new classical music to unconventional spaces and collaborating with artists from other genres – Steve Reich with Juan Atkins at XOYO, Grisey with Nathan Fake at Bloc, plus events at Oval Space, The Roundhouse and a variety of East London pubs. This is on top of our core series of clubnights – bi-monthly events at The Victoria in Dalston, featuring live performances and DJs.
At the heart of all nonclassical activity is Artist Development. We work closely with Associate Artists, giving them opportunities to play and curate our bi-monthly events at The Victoria. Our Outside the Lines series of digital EPs champions new composers and performers, and artists featured on these releases have gone on to release further music on nonclassical. In 2016, we launched our Associate Composer scheme, providing emerging composers with a number of performance and curating opportunities, paid commissions and artistic mentoring.