New Music Concert Listings

Latest Comps & Opps

Site Search

New Members

Other Resources
News Archive

New Music Concert Listings

Welcome to the Composition:Today New Music Concert Listings.
Advertise your contemporary classical music concert free of charge.
Add your listing here or if you prefer, send details to (Concert must include new music)

Show: All Countries UK only US only Other International
Previous Month | Next Month
2 Dec

United Kingdom
 Friday, December 02, 2016 at 7.30pm 
A Christmas Carol BBC Symphony Orchestra
Barbican Hall, London
Barbican, Silk Street, London EC2
United Kingdom
020 7638 8891

BBC Symphony Orchestra
Martin André conductor
BBC Singers
Actors to be announced

Bah, humbug. Join Ebenezer Scrooge and the BBC Symphony Orchestra, for Charles Dickens’s festive tale, adapted by composer Neil Brand.

A version of the seasonal classic adapted for actors, the BBC Singers and the BBC Symphony Orchestra by the composer, in which Ebenezer Scroooge questions his ghostly guides and demands answers to the great questions we all face. Enjoy the perfect festive treat with this timeless classic.

Adapted for actors and orchestra by Neil Brand.

This concert also includes a Journey Through Music event for families with children aged between 8 and 16.

Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov : Christmas Eve Suite
Neil Brand : A Christmas Carol

2 Dec

United Kingdom
 Friday, December 02, 2016 at 6pm 
Singers at Six: Music for the season of Advent
St Giles, London
Cripplegate, Fore Street, London EC2
United Kingdom
020 8699 8883

BBC Singers
Graham Ross conductor

The BBC Singers enliven a dark winter’s evening with a selection of stunning festive works.

This concert complements the BBC Singers and BBC Symphony Orchestra’s performance of ‘A Christmas Carol’ in the Barbican Hall at 7.30pm. Click the link below for further details.

Ticket holders for ‘A Christmas Carol’ can claim discounted tickets for this BBC Singers at Six concert.

John Tavener : Two Hymns to the Mother of God
Judith Weir : Drop Down, Ye Heavens, from Above
Arnold Bax : I Sing of a Maiden
Simon Preston : There is no rose
Gabriel Jackson : O Clavis David
Cecilia McDowall : Ave Maria
Matthew Martin : Adam Lay Ybounden
Herbert Howells : A Spotless Rose
Richard Rodney Bennett : I wonder as I wander
Owain Park : Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day
Benjamin Britten : A Hymn to the Virgin

2 Dec

United States
 Friday, December 02, 2016 at 8pm 
Studies on Silence
ArtShare LA
801 E. 4th Place, Los Angeles, CA 90013
United States

Tickets: $10.00

Studies on Silence
December 2, 2016

Simon Steen-Andersen: Study for String Instrument #3
On Structure: On Silence
John Cage: One8

Jennifer Bewerse, cello
Jennifer Bewerse & Rachel Beetz

Parking is free during events directly across the street from ArtShare, up the ramp.

John Cage : One8

3 Dec

United States
 Saturday, December 03, 2016 at 8:00pm 

South Oxford Space
138 South Oxford Street, Brooklyn, NY 11217
United States
(718) 398-3078

Tickets: $10/20
Stanichka Dimitrova, Igor Pikayzen, violins, Chieh-Fan Yiu, viola Michael Katz, cello

“The Composer as Rebel” is the second of four concerts of PhiloSonia’s inaugural season “Revelations. The concert reflects on composers’ conscious decision to break away from established norms and develop their own unique style.

About PhiloSonia’s 2016-17 Season Revelations:
This season of four concerts takes you on a journey through the struggles and triumphs of
different composers as expressed through their masterpieces.

Ludwig Beethoven : String Quartet Op 59, #3
Alfred Schnittke : String Quartet #3

4 Dec

United Kingdom
 Sunday, December 04, 2016 at 7pm 
London Symphony Orchestra / John Adams
Barbican Hall, London
Barbican, Silk Street, London EC2
United Kingdom
020 7638 8891

John Adams conductor
Joelle Harvey soprano
Jennifer Johnson Cano mezzo-soprano
Daniel Bubeck, Brian Cummings, Nathan Medley counter-tenors
Davone Tines bass
London Symphony Chorus
Simon Halsey chorus director
London Symphony Orchestra

John Adams conducts his sparkling opera-oratorio El Niño, a contemporary re-imagining of the traditional nativity story told from different perspectives.

No composer in recent history has made a bigger impression in the world of opera than John Adams. Time and again his operas and works for the stage have struck a balance between the old and the new – classical forms live comfortably alongside contemporary musical techniques and traditional stories and narratives find relevance in the modern day.

El Niño explores the issues surrounding the traditional nativity story paying particular attention to the character of Mary and the journey of motherhood. The libretto, compiled by Adams himself, draws on a variety of sources from pre-Christian prophets to twentieth century Hispanic female writers. Adams responds to his text and chosen subject with music of astounding diversity and unabashed brilliance.

John Adams : El Niño

5 Dec 
6 Dec

United Kingdom
 Tuesday, December 06, 2016 at 7.30pm 
St. John's Smith Square, London
Smith Square, London SW1P 3HA
United Kingdom
020 7222 1061

Michael Cox piccolo
Thierry Fischer conductor
London Sinfonietta

Journey into a frozen wilderness

From the delicacy of a single snowflake, whispering as it falls from the sky, to vast, impenetrable snowdrifts – Hans Abrahamsen’s monumental artwork Schnee is an all-encompassing experience. In this hour-long tour de force Abrahamsen uses a series of interlocking canons to create a magnificent and ethereal piece of musical architecture. The loneliness and quietude of this frozen landscape finds resonance in Simon Holt’s piccolo concerto – Fool is Hurt – a work inspired by the isolation of the central character in the Federico Fellini film La Strada.

Morgan Hayes : New Work
Simon Holt : Fool is Hurt
Hans Abrahamsen : Schnee

7 Dec

United Kingdom
 Wednesday, December 07, 2016 at 7.30pm 
BBC Symphony Orchestra/Saraste
Barbican Hall, London
Barbican, Silk Street, London EC2
United Kingdom
020 7638 8891

BBC Symphony Orchestra
Jukka-Pekka Saraste conductor

An invigorating concert featuring the world premiere of a Concerto for Brass and Orchestra, Haydn’s Symphony No 83 amusingly nicknamed ‘The Hen’, and Stravinsky’s epic The Firebird.

The BBC SO’s brass section shines as soloists in this world premiere of Diana Burrell’s new concerto which is followed by Haydn and his clucking hen. Stravinsky’s The Firebird – the work that seized the ears of Paris’s elite with its urgent rhythms and evocative Russian folk melodies – offers a splendid ending to a colourful concert.

Diana Burrell : Concerto for brass and orchestra
Joseph Haydn : Symphony No 83, The Hen
Igor Stravinsky : The Firebird

8 Dec

United Kingdom
 Thursday, December 08, 2016 at 7.30pm 
50th Anniversary Concert
Priory Church of the Order of St John
St John's Square, Clerkenwell Road London, EC1V 4JJ
United Kingdom

Tickets: Under 25's £5, full price £12
London Concord Singers
Jessica Norton (conductor)

London Concord Singers and music director Jessica Norton celebrate the 50th anniversary of the choir's founding in 1966 with a programme stretching from Josquin to three world premieres; Alison Willis's 'Thou has made me endless' the winner of the choir's 50th Anniversary Composition Competition, Robert Hugill's 'Dominus illuminatio mea' and a new work by Jessica Norton.

Alison Willis : Thou hast made me endless
Robert Hugill : Dominus illuminatio mea
Jessica Norton : New work

8 Dec

 Thursday, December 08, 2016 at 8pm 
Sofia Gubaidulina Violin Concerto In tempus praesens
Philharmonie Hall, Berlin


Berliner Philharmoniker
Christian Thielemann Conductor
Gidon Kremer Violin
Anne Schwanewilms Soprano
Wiebke Lehmkuhl Contralto
Michael Schade Tenor
Franz-Josef Selig Bass
Rundfunkchor Berlin
Gijs Leenaars Chorus Master

After a break of almost ten years, Gidon Kremer is returning to the Berliner Philharmoniker. The programme starts with Sofia Gubaidulina’s violin concerto In tempus praesens, in which an ethereal and filigree solo part excitingly encounters an energetic orchestral sound. Conductor and Bruckner specialist Christian Thielemann will then present the composer’s Mass in f minor, a monumental work audibly inspired by Beethoven’s Missa solemnis.

Sofia Gubaidulina : Violin Concerto In tempus praesens
Anton Bruckner : Mass No. 3 in F minor

8 Dec

United States
 Thursday, December 08, 2016 at 7pm -10pm 
The Loft at Liz's
453 S La Brea Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036
United States
(323) 939-4403 ext. 5

Tickets: RVSP - Free (requested donation)
On December 8, 2016, in conjunction with the Blue exhibition at The Loft at Liz’s, Lauren Kasmer presents Not So Blue, an evening of small bites, R&B, hip-hop, video and wearable art. The event is free and donations benefit two local charitable organizations who will feed and shelter women and children in need.
Specifically, Lauren has enlisted artist Douglas Wilcox and Chef Yukari Kajihara for blue themed related edibles. Rhythm and blues band Bite the Blue and hip-hop artists Ubiquitous Love Tribe will provide musical accompaniment.

Jennifer Ricciardi : UV Blue

9 Dec 
10 Dec

 Saturday, December 10, 2016 at 2.15pm 
Concertgebouw, Amsterdam
Het Concertgebouw, Concertgebouwplein 2-7, 1071 LN Amsterdam

Radio Filharmonisch Orkest
Groot Omroepkoor
Nationaal Kinderkoor
Markus Stenz - dirigent
Peter Dijkstra - koordirigent
Joélle Harvey - sopraan
Jennifer Cano - mezzosopraan
Aubrey Allicock - bariton
Daniel Bubeck - countertenor
Nathan Medley - countertenor
Brian Cummings - countertenor

John Adams : El Niño

10 Dec

 Saturday, December 10, 2016 at 8pm 
Hear and Now - Scottish Inspirations
City Halls

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Martin Roscoe piano
Thomas Dausgaard conductor

An evening of new music with the BBC SSO, all with Scottish connections…

Sally Beamish’s new piano concerto is inspired by her family and the famous whirlpool at Corryvreckan; here it is premiered by its dedicatee, Martin Roscoe. Helen Grime, meanwhile, finds inspiration in a painting by Joan Eardley while Jay Capperauld’s Fèin-Aithne (a Scots Gaelic phrase that translates as ‘self-knowledge’) explores identity in modern-day Scotland.

The concert ends with the Scottish Premiere of the late Peter Maxwell Davies’s Ninth Symphony, a single movement work which makes use of an off-stage brass sextet to both ambiguously celebrate and question military music. The Symphony was hailed at its premiere as a “brilliantly crafted work” (The Sunday Times) and “indisputably one of Maxwell Davies’s most engaged orchestral works” (The Guardian). The orchestra’s new Chief Conductor Thomas Dausgaard conducts.

The concert will be recorded for future broadcast on BBC Radio 3.

(Catterline in Winter, Helen Grime’s first Eardley Picture, will be performed by the BBC SSO on Thursday 22 September 2016)

Helen Grime : Snow (No.2 from Two Eardley Pictures)
Sally Beamish : Piano Concerto No 2 'Cauldron of the Speckled Seas'
Jay Capperauld : Fèin-Aithne
Peter Maxwell Davies : Symphony No.9

10 Dec

United States
 Saturday, December 10, 2016 at 7:30pm 
The Dessoff Choirs Hosts Holiday Sing-in Concert
St. Peter's Church
619 Lexington Avenue
United States

Tickets: $25-35
The Dessoff Choirs

Hailed as “one of the great amateur choruses of our time (New York Today) for its “full-bodied sound and suppleness (The New York Times),” The Dessoff Choirs celebrates the holidays as part of its 92nd season. This year, it presents a trio of concerts featuring seasonal repertoire and contemporary arrangements of carols, including Handel’s Messiah, the quintessential classical music highpoint of the Christmas season; Bach’s Lobet den Herrn, alle Heiden, BWV 230, Gregg Smith’s Twelve Days of Christmas; and Robert Parsons’s Ave Maria, to name a few.

J.S Bach : Lobet den Herrn
Robert Parsons : Ave Maria
G F Handel : Hallelujah

11 Dec

United Kingdom
 Sunday, December 11, 2016 at 7.30pm 
Schubert and Krzysztof Penderecki
Wigmore Hall, London
36 Wigmore St, London W1
United Kingdom

Belcea Quartet

Polish composer Krzysztof Penderecki’s large and influential output includes works infused with allusions to nineteenth-century music.

His String Quartet No. 4, commissioned by Wigmore Hall, receives its world première in this compelling programme, placed by the Belcea Quartet together with early and late Schubert and the concentrated power of Penderecki’s own String Quartet No. 2.

Franz Schubert : String Quartet in E flat D87
Krzysztof Penderecki : String Quartet No. 4
Krzysztof Penderecki : String Quartet No. 2
Franz Schubert : String Quartet in D minor D810 'Death and the Maiden'

12 Dec

 Monday, December 12, 2016 at 8.30pm 
Jonglerie musicale
IRCAM/Centre Pompidou-Grande salle-Paris


Jérôme Thomas Juggler
L'Instant donné
Lorenzo Bianchi, Benoit Meudic, Augustin Muller IRCAM Computer Music Design
Frédéric Bevilacqua, Norbert Schnell Scientific Advisors (Sound Music Movement Interaction Team – IRCAM-STMS)
Emmanuel Fléty, Alain Terrier Conception and Construction of the IRCAM-STMS Augmented Balls
Bernard Revel Lighting Design
Conception Jérôme Thomas
Viola Ferraris, Florence Huet, Chloé Mazet, Ria Rehfuß, Jérôme Thomas Jugglers
Stanislav Makovsky, Moondog, Guillaume Tiger music
Bernard Revel Lighting Design
Emmanuelle Grobet Costumes and Props

Thanks to Jérôme Thomas, juggling is now recognized in France as a unique and distinct art. Conceptualized for a septet which includes a juggler, Dels dos principis is the fruit of an already established collaboration between the artist and the composer Henry Fourès. "Through the intervention of music technology and its new tools, the gestural characteristics are translated, manipulated and composed in a veritable chamber music score." Henry Fourès. Purely electronic works presented as solos, duos, and quartets of circus artists will complete the evening. PLAK and Elastic were developed during the In vivo Électro workshop during IRCAM's 2016 ManiFeste academy.

Gerard Grisey : Stèle
Henry Fourès : Dels dos Principis

13 Dec

United Kingdom
 Tuesday, December 13, 2016 at 8.30pm 
Cafe Oto, London
22 Ashwin Street, London, E8 3DL
United Kingdom

London Sinfonietta
Kammer Klang

Georg Philipp Telemann : Fantasie in A minor
Samantha Fernando : Kinesphere
Georg Philipp Telemann : Fantasie in D minor
Kaija Saariaho : NoaNoa
Georg Philipp Telemann : Fantasie in G minor
Brian Ferneyhough : Cassandra’s Dream Song

13 Dec

United Kingdom
 Tuesday, December 13, 2016 at 7.30pm 
Christmas with the BBC Singers
Milton Court - Guildhall School of Music & Drama
Milton Court, Guildhall School of Music & Drama, EC2Y 9BH
United Kingdom
020 7638 8891

BBC Singers
Bob Chilcott conductor
Tanya Houghton harp
Gemma Beeson piano
Finchley Childrens Music Group

A celebration of Christmas by three masters of writing for the voice from three different generations: Benjamin Britten, John Rutter and Bob Chilcott, who also conducts the BBC Singers.

Chilcott unveils a new work, as well as provides a catchy new arrangement of Jingle Bells. Joined by a small ensemble of instrumentalists and the Finchley Children’s Music Group, here’s a perfect way to get into the Christmas spirit.

Benjamin Britten : A Ceremony of Carols, Op 28
John Rutter : Angel's Carol
Bob Chilcott : My Perfect Stranger
Benjamin Britten : A New Year Carol
Bob Chilcott : On Christmas Night
James Lord Pierpont : Jingle Bells

13 Dec

United States
 Tuesday, December 13, 2016 at 7:30pm 
Organist Gail Archer Performs Free Concert
Church of the Gesu
1145 Wisconsin Avenue
United States

Tickets: Free
Gail Archer (organ)

Gail Archer is an international concert organist, recording artist, choral conductor and lecturer who draws attention to composer anniversaries or musical themes with her annual recital series including Max Reger: The Last Romantic, The Muse’s Voice, An American Idyll, Liszt, Bach, Mendelssohn and Messiaen. Ms. Archer was the first American woman to play the complete works of Olivier Messiaen for the centennial of the composer’s birth in 2008; Time Out New York recognized the Messiaen cycle as “Best of 2008” of classical music and opera. Her recordings include the forthcoming, A Russian Journey in fall, 2016, The Muse’s Voice, Franz Liszt: A Hungarian Rhapsody, Bach: The Transcendent Genius, An American Idyll, A Mystic In the Making (Meyer Media), and The Orpheus of Amsterdam: Sweelinck and his Pupils (CALA Records). Her summer, 2016 European tour took her to Denmark, Germany, Italy, the Czech Republic, the Ukraine and Russia. Highlights include Santa Maria del Fiore, Florence, Italy, St. Wenceslaus Church, Prague, Czech Republic, St. Paul’s Church, Odessa, Ukraine, Holmens Church, Copenhagen, Denmark, and the fifth century church of San Vitale, Ravenna, Italy, a UNESCO World Heritage site, famous for its extraordinary mosaics. She is the founder of Musforum, an international network for women organists to promote and affirm their work. Ms. Archer is college organist at Vassar College, and director of the music program at Barnard College, Columbia University, where she conducts the Barnard-Columbia Chorus. She serves as director of the artist and young organ artist recitals at historic Central Synagogue, New York City.

14 Dec

United Kingdom
 Wednesday, December 14, 2016 at 1pm 
Webern, Sohrab Uduman and Schoenberg
Wigmore Hall, London
36 Wigmore St, London W1
United Kingdom

Britten Sinfonia

Schoenberg’s Verklärte Nacht, his first published work, led the composer to the borderlands between late Romanticism and atonality.

Heard here in Eduard Steuermann’s arrangement for piano trio, this impassioned work is paired with a new piano trio written by Sohrab Uduman, winner of OPUS2016, Britten Sinfonia and Wigmore Hall’s competition for unpublished composers.

Anton Webern : Vier Stücke Op. 7
Sohrab Uduman : "Dann klingt es auf…"
Arnold Schoenberg : Verklärte Nacht Op. 4

14 Dec

United Kingdom
 Wednesday, December 14, 2016 at 7.30pm 
London Symphony Orchestra / Fabien Gabel
Barbican Hall, London
Barbican, Silk Street, London EC2
United Kingdom
020 7638 8891

Fabien Gabel conductor
James Ehnes violin
London Symphony Orchestra

Rising star Fabien Gabel conducts a programme highlighting the subtle connections between French and Russian repertoire.

Shostakovich’s searing Violin Concerto No 1 forms the centrepiece of this concert, performed here by the inimitable James Ehnes. The concerto was written during a time of great turmoil for Shostakovich, and was supressed for almost a decade before its first performance. This darkly dramatic work revels in devil-may-care virtuosity for orchestra and soloist alike.

A pair of works created by Ravel bookend the programme. La valse is a musical depiction of the birth and eventual destruction of the waltz genre that saw its heyday amidst the grandeur and excess of fin-de-siecle Vienna. Ravel’s iconic arrangement of Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition brings the concert to a thrilling close, with Ravel’s flawlessly crafted orchestration breathing life and colour into Mussorgsky’s magnum opus.

Maurice Ravel : La Valse
Dmitri Shostakovich : Violin Concerto No 1
Michael Taplin : Ebbing Tides
Modest Mussorgsky : Pictures at an Exhibition

15 Dec

United Kingdom
 Thursday, December 15, 2016 at 7.30pm 
BBC Symphony Orchestra/Finley
Barbican Hall, London
Barbican, Silk Street, London EC2
United Kingdom
020 7638 8891

BBC Symphony Orchestra
Santtu-Matias Rouvali conductor
Gerald Finley baritone

Two Russian blockbusters frame the UK premiere of True Fire: a new commission specially written for Barbican featured artist Gerald Finley.

Prokofiev said that his Fifth Symphony depicted ‘the greatness of the human spirit’. It’s a gripping climax to a concert that begins with Tchaikovsky’s star-crossed romance, and features Kaija Saariaho’s ravishing True Fire, performed by its dedicatee.

Saariaho’s music combines intense emotion with a shimmering, visionary sonic beauty, and this setting of poetry by Emerson and Seamus Heaney was created with the intelligence and burnished tone of Finley’s singing very much in mind. The results are both surprising, and exquisitely lovely: ’This is a profound, important work‘, declared the LA Times at last year’s world premiere.

Pyotr Tchaikovsky : Overture to Romeo & Juliet
Kaija Saariaho : True Fire
Sergei Prokofiev : Symphony No 5

16 Dec 
17 Dec

 Saturday, December 17, 2016 at 2.15pm 
Concertgebouw, Amsterdam
Het Concertgebouw, Concertgebouwplein 2-7, 1071 LN Amsterdam

Radio Filharmonisch Orkest
James Gaffigan - dirigent
Nicola Benedetti - viool

Guus Janssen : Dutch mambo
Wynton Marsalis : Vioolconcert in D Nederlandse
Igor Stravinsky : Le sacre du printemps, tableaux de la Russie païenne en deux parties

17 Dec

United States
 Saturday, December 17, 2016 at 4:00pm 
The Dessoff Choirs Host Holiday Messiah Sing-in
James Memorial Chapel
3041 Broadway
United States

Tickets: $15
The Dessoff Choirs

The Messiah Sing is a beloved seasonal event and the start of a new tradition for Dessoff. It marks the ensemble’s debut at the James Memorial Chapel at the Union Theological Seminary. All singers and non-singers alike are invited to join with the choir on the work’s many choruses while Dessoff singers will have the opportunity to perform the solo arias.

G F Handel : MESSIAH

18 Dec

United States
 Sunday, December 18, 2016 at 4:00pm 
The Dessoff Choirs Perform Holiday Sing-in
St. John's Episcopal Church
319 St. John's Place
United States

Tickets: $25-35
The Dessoff Choirs

Hailed as “one of the great amateur choruses of our time (New York Today) for its “full-bodied sound and suppleness (The New York Times),” The Dessoff Choirs celebrates the holidays as part of its 92nd season. This year, it presents a trio of concerts featuring seasonal repertoire and contemporary arrangements of carols, including Handel’s Messiah, the quintessential classical music highpoint of the Christmas season; Bach’s Lobet den Herrn, alle Heiden, BWV 230, Gregg Smith’s Twelve Days of Christmas; and Robert Parsons’s Ave Maria, to name a few.

J.S. Bach : Lobet den Herrn
Robert Parsons : Ave Maria
John Tavener : God is With Us

19 Dec 
20 Dec 
21 Dec 
22 Dec 
23 Dec 
24 Dec 
25 Dec 
26 Dec 
27 Dec

United States
 Tuesday, December 27, 2016 at 8:00 p.m. 
Pianist Kayta Grineva Celebrates the Holidays
Carnegie Hall
New York
United States

Tickets: $35 and up
Katya Grineva (piano)

Celebrating her 16th annual solo appearance at Carnegie Hall, classical pianist Katya Grineva presents an evening of holiday music and virtuoso romantic masterpieces for one night only, Tuesday, December 27, at 8:00 p.m. The Russian native, whose dream it was to one day play at the iconic venue, is the first woman to perform as a soloist at Carnegie this many times. Known for her deep connection to the Romantics, Katya mixes staples by Mozart and Chopin with various seasonal chestnuts. Performing works from her holiday album A Classical Holiday, Katya showcases new arrangements of Christmas classics including Silent Night, Sleigh Ride, and I’ll be Home for Christmas as well as traditional carols and pieces from The Nutcracker. (

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart : Sonata in A Major

28 Dec 
29 Dec 
30 Dec 
31 Dec 

Previous Month | Next Month