About the group

Dark Inventions is a contemporary music group based in the North of England that commissions, performs and records music from the 20th and 21st centuries.

Formed in 2012 by Christopher Leedham and Martin Scheuregger, the group’s projects include: a theatrical production of Pierrot Lunaire in a new English translation (National Centre for Early Music, 2013); appearances at the Edinburgh Fringe performing two new works from Scottish composer Neil Thomas Smith (St Mary’s Cathedral, 2014); and a tour of the North of England featuring a specially-commissioned work from Philip Cashian (Firewheel, 2014).

In their first CD, Hinterland, three ensemble works are interspersed with four freshly-minted folk song arrangements. Their second album, Firewheel, features new works by emerging British composers, as the group works in collaboration with University of York Music Press on a mentoring and publishing scheme.

The group have appeared at venues and festivals including: Capstone Theatre (Liverpool); Coastival (Scarborough); Engine House (Manchester); The Forge, Camden (London); Lit & Phil (Newcastle); York Spring Festival; and have featured on BBC Radio 3’s In Tune.

Dark Inventions has been supported by Arts Council England, Britten-Pears Foundation and Sound and Music.


  • Neil Smith

    Neil Smith (flutes)

    Neil is a Scottish flautist, musicologist and composer.  He studied composition and flute in York and Stuttgart and is currently completing his PhD on German composer Mathias Spahlinger at the University of Nottingham. Neil’s music has been performed by groups such as the WDR Symphony Orchestra, Schlagquartett Köln, Red Note Ensemble, Ensemble 10/10, and Dark […]

  • Jonathan Sage (clarinets)

    Jonathan Sage is a freelance clarinettist based in York. As concerto soloist, he has appeared with the London Mozart Players, Dartington Festival Orchestra, Ergodos Orchestra, YMS Orchestra, Milne Graden Chamber Orchestra and the Scarborough Symphony Orchestra. He has given recitals throughout Europe, performing at festivals/events including Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, Late Music Festival (York), Sampler […]

  • Rebecca Smith (violin)

    Rebecca enjoys a varied performing career of chamber music, orchestral playing, and solo/collaborative projects.  She has recently graduated with an MMus Distinction from the Royal Northern College of Music, where she studied with Maciej Rakowski. Whilst at RNCM, Rebecca was awarded the Weil prize in chamber music; other highlights include performing Steve Reich’s Different Trains […]

  • Cecily Smith Nesbitt (cello)

    Cecily Smith is a cellist living and working in the North West. She has a keen interest in contemporary music and ideas-sharing within the arts, and enjoys improvising and pairing her voice with the cello. As a keen chamber musician she has giving string quartet recitals throughout the UK, most recently at St John’s, Smith […]

  • Delia Stevens

    Delia Stevens (percussion)

    Originally from Leicestershire, Delia began playing percussion at the age of ten, going onto study at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester. Graduating with a First Class Honours, her versatility as a musician has allowed her to appear as a soloist, chamber, session and orchestral musicians on platforms around the world. As a […]

  • Kate Ledger (piano)

    Kate is a pianist specialising in the performance of contemporary and experimental music. She studied with Philip Thomas and Ian Pace through the University of Huddersfield and is currently based in York where she teaches at York St. John’s University, the University of York and the University of Hull. She has played with Distractfold ensemble […]

  • Christopher Leedham (Artistic Director)

    Christopher Leedham is a composer and conductor.  His compositional interests lie in formulating narrative threads in abstract musical structures and the development of complex musical webs utilising only the simplest of musical ideas. He has recently completed a PhD in Composition at the University of York under the supervision of Roger Marsh. Before York he studied […]

  • Martin Scheuregger

    Martin Scheuregger (Artistic Director)

    Martin Scheuregger is a musicologist and composer, currently working as a Research Fellow on the Score to Sound project at the Contemporary Music Research Centre, University of York. He takes an inter-disciplinary approach to research, combining musical analysis and composition as he explores notions of time and brevity in music. Recent work has seen him […]

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