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Birmingham Contemporary Music Group - winter/spring 2015 concerts 

Birmingham Contemporary Music Group offers a monthly fix of inventive, enquiring contemporary music in a Spring 2015 programme that encompasses new French music, a songbook for the 21st century and a celebration of close BCMG collaborator, composer David Sawer. In February, a song by Gerald Barry becomes the 75th work to be commissioned and premiered through BCMG’s Sound Investment, music’s first and oldest ‘crowd-funding’ scheme, (one of three Sound Investment firsts this Spring). Featured artists include conductors Franck Ollu, Jonathan Berman and BCMG Artist-in- Association Oliver Knussen, pianist Nicholas Hodges and sopranos Gillian Keith and Rebecca Von Lipinski.

 

THE CONCERTS – MONTH BY MONTH

 

JANUARY

UK FIRSTS

BCMG begins 2015 with a taste of France in a concert which features two world premieres and three UK premieres, including the latest Sound Investment commission by a Swedish composer who studied at IRCAM, Ivo Nilsson and the welcome return of a 2002 BCMG Sound Investment commission by Marc-André Dalbavie.

Widely acknowledged as an expert in the field of contemporary and French music, conductor Franck Ollu introduces a clutch of composers new to BCMG. Noted French composers Pascal Dusapin, Frédéric Durieux, Allain Gaussin, and Dalbavie, can list the composing greats Messiaen, Xenakis, Donatoni and Boulez amongst their various teachers. With pianist Nicholas Hodges.

DATE: 31 JANUARY VENUE: CBSO CENTRE, BIRMINGHAM

 

FEBRUARY

21ST CENTURY SONGBOOK/GERALD BARRY PREMIERE

Contemporary song is in the spotlight in a programme at Wigmore Hall, London and in Birmingham featuring ‘miniature’ works for soprano and ensemble by a dazzling array of composers, including Poul Ruders, Osvaldo Golijov, Detlev Glanert, Salvatore Sciarrino, Milton Babbitt, Jonathan Harvey, Aldo Clementi and a new Sound Investment commissioned song by Gerald Barry. In the late 1980s, composer and BCMG Artist-in-Association John Woolrich and soprano Mary Wiegold began to commission works for a contemporary Songbook; the result was a compendium of songs by some 200 composers (including classical, jazz and rock composers) and an invaluable portrait of contemporary vocal music at the end of the 20th century. Jonathan Berman conducts, with sopranos Gillian Keith and Rebecca von Lipinski.

DATE: TUESDAY 24 FEBRUARY, WIGMORE HALL, LONDON

FRIDAY 27 FEBRUARY, CBSO CENTRE, BIRIMINGHAM

 

MARCH

SIMON BAINBRIDGE: PATH TO OTHONA, FOR FAMILIES AND SCHOOLS

BCMG’s hugely successful Family and Schools concerts return with Pathway and Places, a concert centred on Simon Bainbridge’s Path to Othona for ensemble and alto-flute. The immersive musical journey is a collaboration with Birmingham theatre company Stan’s Cafe, and features specially commissioned photography by Paul Gaffney, atmospheric lighting, projections (including visuals generated by the audience) and theatre directed by James Yarker. Christopher Austin conducts a programme that also features works by Tansy Davies, Peter Maxwell Davies, Betsy Jolas, Edmund Finnis and a new work by Duncan Chapman.

Family and schools concerts are just part of an extensive and imaginative BCMG programme that offers creative music making for children and young people, progressing from school sessions, to out of school projects, workshops and concerts, led by BCMG musicians and some of the UK’s finest music animateurs.

DATE: SUNDAY 8 MARCH, CBSO CENTRE, BIRMINGHAM

 

APRIL

OLIVER KNUSSEN CONDUCTS HENZE, PERLE, STRAVINSKY AND PREMIERE OF NEW WORK BY ARNE GIESHOFF

The 26-year-old UK based German composer Arne Gieshoff, joins BCMG as a Sound and Music Apprentice Composer-in-Residence in 2014/15, working closely with BCMG musicians, and the ensemble’s Artist-in-Association, Oliver Knussen throughout the season. Knussen will conduct a concert, with a new work by Gieshoff taking its place alongside pieces by Stravinsky, George Perle and Hans Werner Henze’s musical evocation of Jean Genet’s Le Miracle de Rose. Gieshoff is a winner of the Royal Philharmonic Society Composition Prize in 2012, the recent recipient of the prestigious Mendelssohn Scholarship and the Theodore Holland Intercollegiate Composition Prize from the Royal Schools of Music and was a Leverhulme Young Composer at the London Philharmonic Orchestra.

DATE: SATURDAY 25 APRIL, CBSO CENTRE, BIRMINGHAM

 

MAY

FANTASMAGORIA: DAVID SAWER CELEBRATION

BCMG has commissioned and recorded a number of works by David Sawer, and present three new works in celebration of the composer and his influences, conducted by Martyn Brabbins. Drama, or a fascination with theatrical possibilities, is present in much of Sawer’s music, including the concert’s featured works: Between, a short solo piece for harp, the transformative Good Night and Sawer’s play on illusion and change of perspective, Cat’s eye, which takes inspiration from the Victorian “Fantascope’ magic lantern. The concert also features works Mauricio Kagel, with whom Sawer studied, Gerald Barry and one of Sawer’s favourite Stravinsky works, Octet.

DATE: SATURDAY 9 MAY, CBSO CENTRE, BIRMINGHAM

 

JUNE

HOWARD SKEMPTON & MATTHEW HARRIS/FIELD NOTES @ SPITALFIELDS MUSIC SUMMER FESTIVAL

Following 2014 rural tours of Herefordshire, Warwickshire, Wiltshire and Shropshire, Howard Skempton’s extraordinary collaboration with textile artist Matthew Harris, Field Notes, comes to London as part of Spitalfields Music Summer Festival 2015.

Matthew Harris’s intricately layered artworks, constructed through marking, piecing, patching, dyeing, cutting and hand-stitching cloth and paper, and Howard Skempton’s joyous, enigmatic music feature in a programme which also includes works by Oliver Knussen, Betsy Jolas and master of the Queen’s Music, Judith Weir. Inspired by ancient maps and graphic scores, Field Notes finds a fitting home at East London’s Bishopsgate Institute, which houses its own collection of historic local maps.

DATE: SATURDAY 13 JUNE, BISHOPSGATE INSTITUTE, LONDON E1

 

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Booking information

BCMG Birmingham concerts CBSO Centre

Tickets can be booked in advance via:

The Town Hall and Symphony Hall Box Office, Broad Street, Birmingham, B1 2EA

Ticket Line: 0121 345 0491

Online: bcmg.org.uk

Tickets for all BCMG evening concerts at CBSO Centre, Birmingham are priced

£14 full price, £10 concessions , £1 under 16s

A free concert programme is included in the ticket price for every BCMG concert at CBSO Centre.

Wigmore Hall Songbook concert Tickets: £30 / £25 / £20 / £15 Box Office: 020 7935 2141 Online: wigmore-hall.org.uk

 

Fields Notes

spitalfieldsmusic.org.uk

Booking opens February 2015