About Poliphonia

Promoting music of the americas since 2017

Who we are

Poliphonia is a charity founded in 2017 with the purpose of promoting the music of the Americas.

The idea of opening the charity came from the success a series of concerts and festivals premiering works by Latin American composers in the UK.

In 2011, the pianist Clélia Iruzun and the Coull Quartet promoted a concert at the Purcell Room, Southbank Centre where they premiered the Piano Quintet by Henrique Oswald among other works. It was the first concert of the festival Brazil Three Centuries of Music. They subsequently promoted several events in different venues always with the aspiration of exposing works by Brazilian composers to British audiences.

Principles of Our Work

Poliphonia aims to promote the revision and digitation of scores still in manuscript form and the performance of music of the Americas by established professional as well as young players.


Poliphonia emerged from the success of numerous concerts, festivals, recordings, premieres and score restorations in the UK and aims to expand its success in building a musical legacy of the Americas.


Some of our latest work.

Our Work

What we do

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Poliphonia will promote concerts in the UK with repertoire from composers from the Americas with the aim of introducing works by lesser known composers from this part of the world. It will also sponsor young players interested in learning this repertoire.

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The creation of bridges between professional musicians with knowledge of music from the Americas, and young performers playing together in workshops and concerts; guiding and introducing a new generation to this repertoire.

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Poliphonia aims to revise and digitise works still in manuscript form to facilitate the performance of such works and making online versions available free of charge on the website.

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Poliphonia will record and produce films of both performances and educational content introducing and promoting composers from the Americas.

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News and Events

Latest charity news and upcoming Poliphonia concerts


Concert: New World Sounds

1st February 2019 | 7:45pm | Purcell Room at Southbank Centre, Waterloo Clelia Iruzun – Piano Sarah Neill – Double Bass Coull Quartet Programme Marlos Nobre (Recife, Brazil: 1939-) – Desafio for piano and string quartet Alberto Ginastera (Buenos Aires, Argentina: 1916-1983) – Sonata No.1 Op.22 Allegro marcato, Presto misterioso, Adagio molto appassionato, Ruvido ed ostinato João Guilherme Ripper (Rio…

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Concert: Music from the Americas with Duo Jordan-Mattos

12th October 2018 | 7:30pm | October Gallery, 24 Old Gloucester Street, WC1N 3AL Lucas Jordan – Flute Fabricio Mattos – Guitar Programme Lowell Liebermann (New York, 1961-): Sonata, for Flute and Guitar Op.25 (1988) Leo Brouwer (La Havana, 1939-): Sonata ‘Mitología de las Aguas’ (2009) Mario Ferraro (Franca, 1965-): Quintal (2008) Astor Piazzolla (Mar del…


What we’ve been up to

It has been an exciting year so far for Poliphonia with three successful concerts! In January at the Warehouse, in May at the 1901 Arts Club both in London and in June at Albyn School in Aberdeen. At the launch concert at the Warehouse there were seven musicians taking part: the Coull Quartet, flutist Marcelo Barboza,…

Our Trustees

Board of trustees overlooking the Charity’s Functions and Events


Renato Martins

Finance Director

Renato Martins studied piano and graduated at the Conservatoire of Music in Rio. He continued his studies with Maria Curcio, Merces de Silva Telles and at Guildhall School of Music. He performed in Brazil, Argentina, Portugal and the UK but decided to study Management and moved to a career in the Oil and Gas and Renewables Industry. Despite not performing in public for a number of years, Renato remains passionate about music and continues to play, listen and read about music, especially researching new repertoire from composers of the Americas.

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Clelia Iruzun

Classical Pianist

Clélia Iruzun is one of Brazil’s leading classical musicians. Clélia studied at the School of Music in Rio de Janeiro and at the Royal Academy of Music where she gained the Recital Diploma and several prizes. She also worked with Nelson Freire, Merces de Silva Telles, Stephen Kovacevich and Fou Ts’Ong. Clélia Iruzun pursues a busy international career as soloist and chamber musician having performed in Europe, the Americas and Asia. She has also made several successful CDs with a variety of repertoire, from Latin American composers to the Mendelssohn Concertos and more recently the Piano Concertos by Albeniz and Mignone with the RPO and Jac van Steen for SOMM.


Nicholas Roberts

Cellist and member of Coull Quartet

Nick Roberts is the cellist of the Coull Quartet, the Quartet-in-Residence at the University of Warwick since 1977, performing and broadcasting throughout Europe, the USA and the Far East.  He studied with Joan Dickson and Amaryllis Fleming at the Royal College of Music and enjoyed a hugely varied career encompassing chamber music, chamber orchestras, contemporary music groups and commercial recording, before joining the Coull Quartet in 2000.  He has made a number of acclaimed recordings for the Black Box and SOMM labels, including the Piano Trios of Frank Bridge with the Bernard Roberts Piano Trio and Quartets by Sibelius, Benjamin Britten and Nicholas Maw with the Coull Quartet. 


Nadia Myerscough


Nadia Myerscough studied at the Royal Academy of Music with her father Clarence Myerscough and at Indiana University with Franco Gulli where she was awarded the Artist Diploma. Nadia has toured, both as a chamber music player and soloist, throughout Europe, the Seychelles, South America, Japan and the Far East, including a tour of Switzerland with the Festival Strings Lucerne. She has recorded for the Naxos and Meridian labels to great critical acclaim. She also teaches in distinguished schools in the UK and is regularly invited to Spain and Poland to give masterclasses.


Sarah Neil

Double Bass Player

Sarah Neil studied double bass and piano at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. She has worked extensively as a chamber musician and guest principal with many well-known ensembles and orchestras such as the Bolshoi Ballet, BBC Philharmonic and even alongside Luciano Pavarotti. She then joined the Scottish Opera, and made her permanent home in Scotland. More recently Sarah has dedicated her time to nurturing the next generation of double bass players, teaching and coaching in Scotland whilst continuing to perform widely.


Current and Past collaborators


The great guitarist Fabio Zanon will be playing in London @1901ArtsClub on the 28th March to launch his new CD Americas @GuitarCoop @poliphoniauk https://t.co/Se2Oo0P5D1

Listen to this wonderful performance of Quintal by Mario Ferraro by flutist Lucas Jordan and guitarist Fabricio Mattos. https://t.co/l2hTEsnYQj

What a pleasure to perform such a wonderful programme at @southbankcentre with music by @marlosnobre @joao_ripper #Ginastera and #AmyBeach with the @coullquartet and Sarah Martin

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Wonderful performance of Quintal by Mario Ferraro by flutist Lucas Jordan and guitarist Fabricio Mattos.
The concert took place last October in London.
www.youtube.com/watch?v=qGkgp0bGe8Q&feature=shareMario Ferraro - Quintal for flute and guitar Lucas Jordan, flute Fabricio Mattos, guitar October Gallery October 2018 Presented by Poliphonia www.poliphonia....
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The Poliphonia event at the Purcell Room Southbank Centre last Friday was a great success. Clelia Iruzun, the Coull Quartet and Sarah Neil performed works by Marlos Nobre, João Guilherme Ripper, Ginastera and Amy Beach. ... See MoreSee Less

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Still a few tickets left at the Purcell Room Southbank Centre for the concert coming up on the 1st February! A rare opportunity to listen to the PIano Quintet by American femaly composer Amy Beach! ... See MoreSee Less

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