Joel Bell

Soundhub Associate


Joel is a composer, improvisation leader and electric guitarist. His work has been characterized by the eclectic array of musicians he has worked with, and by taking risks both in the compositional process and in real-time performance.

He has worked as a jazz guitarist, written notated and semi-notated scores for contemporary ensembles such as Piano Circus and DuoDort, for the Takemitsu Society, collaborated with contemporary film-makers (such as Joe Banks) and acted as an improvisation director on many projects. He has had works performed in festivals in England and Europe, most recently premiering/conducting a new work for the Atlas Ensemble/Nieuw ensemble at the Atlas Festival in Amsterdam. He has performed with Experimentalstudio SWR, Evan Parker, Richard Barrett, Seb Roachford, Tim Garland, Oren Marshall, Jan Hendricks, Sura Susso, Oliver Coates, Martin Butler, Byron Wallen, Joji Hirota, Mark Hanslip, Frøy Aagre and is a regular member of contemporary/improvisation ensemble Notes Inégales.

His work have been performed by, among others:
Nieuw Ensemble/Atlas Ensemble
Birmingham Contemporary Music Group
Liam Noble
Tim Garland
Piano Circus
Notes Inégales
Southbank Sinfonia
Juliet Frasier

After studying composition at Birmingham Conservatoire with John Mayer (composer and leader of Indo-Jazz Fusions), he moved to London to complete his PhD in impact points between composition and improvisation, under the supervision of Richard Barrett and Peter Wiegold.


...born - just like that

Performed by members of the Atlas Ensemble and the Nieuw Ensemble, as part of the Atlas Festival, Amsterdam 2012. On Buddha's birthday a spotted fawn is born - just like that Basho


Performed by the Bash-O Quartet with guest Christian Forshaw at the Vibe Bar.

Kim Ashton

Soundhub Associate


After graduating from Cambridge University with a prize-winning double-starred first in music, Kim won a scholarship to study oboe at the Royal Academy of Music.

However, after a residency conducting the National Symphony Orchestra of Myanmar, composition took over and in 2014 he was awarded his PhD in composition at King’s College London (where he studied with Silvina Milstein and George Benjamin). He now teaches a range of subjects and lectures in composition and C20th analysis at Cambridge and at King’s College London.

His music has been performed at numerous festivals in Britain and Europe (Nyland (Sweden)­­­­­­, ATHELAS (Denmark), ManiFeste (France), Soundwaves, Sampler, Spitalfields, Little Missenden, Cambridge) and is recorded on Lorelt and Nonclassical labels (the latter disc was voted ‘No.1 Best Classical Album 2010’ in Chicago TimeOut). A selection of his recent works is shortly to be published by Composer’s Edition as part of Sound and Music’s New Voices Scheme.

A member of the European Network of Opera Academies, Kim conducted his own The boy the forest and the desert at London’s 2012 Grimeborn Opera Festival, and is currently at work on his third ‘opera’, Tonseisha, which was performed in part at the 2014 Tete a Tete festival with Arts Council Funding. Other recent work includes pieces for Ensemble InterContemporain at IRCAM, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, who performed a new piece in their groundbreaking NightShift pub tour, Lisbon’s Gulbenkian Orchestra, and the LSO (as part of the Panufnik Scheme).


Robert Allan

Soundhub Associate


Glasgow born and bred, Robert Allan (b. 1994) is a final year undergraduate at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, studying piano with Sinae Lee and Aaron Shorr and composition with Stuart MacRae.

Having commenced piano lessons at the age of seven, he went on to complete a diploma from Trinity College, London while still at school. Recent competition successes include being finalist in both the RCS’s Concerto and Bach competitions.

As a pianist, he has played with ensembles including the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and Red Note Ensemble under conductors including Garry Walker and Jessica Cottis, and with soloists including Nicola Benedetti. He was also recently appointed Associate Accompanist with the National Youth Choir of Scotland.

His recent compositions have also been praised for their “clarity and sonic inventiveness” (The Scotsman) and hailed as “exquisite… a real gem” (The Herald).


I am forever staring at the sky

Holly Mathieson // Red Note Ensemble // 5th May 2015 // Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Ledger Recital Room