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25 May



United Kingdom
 Thursday, May 25, 2017 at 3pm 
STEVEN ISSERLIS
Bath Festival

United Kingdom

Steven Isserlis, cello

Bach’s cello suites are among his very finest music and Steven Isserlis’s performances are justly of world renown. Britten’s Cello Suites, written for the great cellist Rostropovich, mirror them in depth of emotional expression and Kurtag’s miniature character pieces add the icing on the cake of a fascinating programme.

J.S. Bach : Solo Cello Suite No. 5
Gyorgy Kurtag : Az Hit
Gyorgy Kurtag : Pilinszky János: Gérard de Nerval
Gyorgy Kurtag : In memoriam Ferenc Wilheim
Benjamin Britten : Solo Cello Suite No. 3

25 May



Wales
 Thursday, May 25, 2017 at 7.30pm 
Marsyas Trio
Vale of Glamorgan Festival
Vale of Glamorgan
Wales
http://www.valeofglamorganfestival.org

Marsyas Trio

Six works for flute, cello and piano by six women composers. Whilst each has a unique musical voice, they are bound together by a strong sense of place – encompassing a Buenos Aires dance hall, the rain forests of Papua New Guinea, the Chinese countryside at night and the landscape of Wales

Cecilia McDowall : Not just a place - Dark memories from an old tango hall
Judith Weir : Several Concertos
Hilary Tann : In the Theatre of Air
Chen Yi : Night Thoughts
Steph Power : and ante
Elisenda Fábregas : Voices of the Rainforest

26 May



United Kingdom
 Friday, May 26, 2017 at 7:30 pm 
Mirrors and Meditations
Church of the Sacred Heart
25 South Street, Exeter EX1 1EB
United Kingdom
01392 667080
www.exeterphoenix.org.uk

Tickets: £11
Jonathan Storer - Violin
Stephen Beville - Piano

Internationally acclaimed pianist and composer Stephen Beville and concert-violinist Jonathan Storer perform a meditative programme featuring Arvo Part's Fratres, Spiegel im Spiegel, Beville's Monodrama (world premiere) and Beethoven's Kreutzer Sonata, Op 47.

Frederick Chopin : Two Nocturnes, Op 27
Frederick Chopin : Ballad No 3 in A-flat, Op 36
Arvo Part : Fratres (1977/80)
Stephen Beville : Monodrama (2011)
Ludwig Van Beethoven : Sonata in A, Op 47, 'Kreutzer'
Arvo Part : Spiegel im Spiegel (1978)

27 May 
 
28 May 
 
29 May 
 
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31 May



Germany
 Wednesday, May 31, 2017 at 8pm 
Simon Rattle conducts Adès, Mozart and Stravinsky
Philharmonie Hall, Berlin

Germany

Berliner Philharmoniker
Sir Simon Rattle Conductor
Imogen Cooper Piano

“Simon Rattle and friends”: that’s how one could describe this concert. The composer Thomas Adès, whose Dances from “Powder Her Face” we hear here, and Imogen Cooper, the soloist in Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 25, have both been artistic associates for many years. One could say the same about Stravinsky’s Le Sacre du printemps, which Rattle has conducted in Berlin repeatedly, including in 2003 at the first dance project of the Philharmoniker’s Education Programme. In addition, Sir Simon Rattle conducts the German premiere of Chant funebre, an early work by Stravinsky which was long considered lost and rediscovered only recently.



Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart : Piano Concerto in C major K. 503
Thomas Ades : Powder Her Face Suite
Igor Stravinsky : Chant funèbre
Igor Stravinsky : Le Sacre du printemps

1 Jun 
 
2 Jun



United Kingdom
 Friday, June 02, 2017 at 7.30pm 
Thomas Adès Beethoven Symphony Cycle
Barbican Hall, London
Barbican, Silk Street, London EC2
United Kingdom
020 7638 8891
http://www.barbican.org.uk/eticketing

Adès
Britten Sinfonia

The opening concert of a three year project between Thomas Adès and Britten Sinfonia, performing Beethoven’s Symphony Cycle alongside music by contemporary composer Gerald Barry.

‘Thomas Adès makes you hear things with which you thought you were familiar as if they were completely new’ wrote the Guardian’s Tom Service. In this opening concert of Adès's Beethoven Symphony cycle project with Britten Sinfonia, he sheds new light on these monuments of orchestral repertoire. Here Beethoven’s witty first symphony is paired with the virtuosic second, complemented by Gerald Barry’s powerful setting of Beethoven’s love letter to his ‘immortal beloved’.



Gerald Barry : Beethoven
Ludwig Van Beethoven : Symphony No 1 in C major, Op 21
Ludwig Van Beethoven : Symphony No 2 in D major, Op 36

2 Jun



United States
 Friday, June 02, 2017 at 7:30pm - 9:00pm 
Not Less Than the Good
Morgan Library
New York
United States

Tickets: $25 /$20
New Thread Quartet
J.D. McClatchy
David Morneau

Not Less Than the Good is a musical sunrise, a celebration of morning as embraced by Thoreau in Walden. Thoreau wrote about morning as a metaphor for intellectual and spiritual awakening: “The morning, which is the most memorable season of the day, is the awakening hour.” Commissioned by New Thread Quartet and composed by David Morneau, Not Less Than the Good simulates a sunrise by combining the meditative playing of the saxophone quartet with ambient synthesizers. The music grows from a single quiet note, adding notes and timbres, growing in fullness and depth. Underneath this are sounds recorded during the pre-dawn and early morning hours at Walden Pond: a chorus of insects, the lone song of dawn’s first bird which is joined by others in a raucous counterpoint, and the splashing of morning swimmers. The hour-long performance is punctuated by readings of excerpts from Walden—a secular prayer of hope for enlightenment—performed by poet J. D. McClatchy.

Morneau composed Not Less Than the Good for the bicentennial of Thoreau’s birth (July 12, 2017). In Walden, Thoreau invites us to reject the life we’re expected to live, through a pursuit of self enlightenment, through the effort to wake up. His words remain vital today. “I know of no more encouraging fact than the unquestionable ability of man to elevate his life by a conscious endeavor.”


David Morneau : Not Less Than the Good

2 Jun



United States
 Friday, June 02, 2017 at 7:30pm 
Odyssey Opera Continues Wilde Opera Nights with Patience, or Bunthorne's Bride
Boston University Theatre
264 Huntington Avenue
United States

Tickets: $25 and Up
Reginald Bunthorne: Aaron Engebreth (baritone)
Patience: Sara Heaton (soprano)
Archibald Grosvenor: Paul Max Tipton (baritone)*
Lady Jane: Janna Baty (mezzo-soprano)
Colonel Calverley: James Maddalena (baritone)
Lieut. The Duke of Dunstable: Steve Goldstein (tenor)
Lady Angela: Jaime Korkos (soprano)*
Lady Ella: Sara Womble (soprano)*
Lady Saphir: Heather Gallagher (mezzo-soprano)*
Conductor: Gil Rose
Stage Director: Frank Kelley

Odyssey Opera completes its Wilde Opera Nights series, a season-long exploration of operatic works inspired by the writings and world of Oscar Wilde. For two nights, Odyssey Opera presents a fully-staged performance of Arthur Sullivan and W.S. Gilbert’s early hit, Patience; or, Bunthorne’s Bride (1881). Inspired by the aesthetes of Victorian England of the late 1800s, this two-act comic opera delves into the world that Wilde skewered with his pen. Directed by Frank Kelley, with conductor Gil Rose and full orchestra and chorus, Patience welcomes back several Odyssey Opera alumni to the stage including lead vocalists Aaron Engrebreth (baritone) as Reginald Bunthorne and Sara Heaton (soprano) as Patience.

Arthur Sullivan : Patience, or Bunthorne's Bride

3 Jun



United States
 Saturday, June 03, 2017 at 7:30pm 
Odyssey Opera Continues Wilde Opera Nights with Patience, or Bunthorne's Bride
Boston University Theatre
264 Huntington Avenue
United States

Tickets: $25 and Up
Reginald Bunthorne: Aaron Engebreth (baritone)
Patience: Sara Heaton (soprano)
Archibald Grosvenor: Paul Max Tipton (baritone)*
Lady Jane: Janna Baty (mezzo-soprano)
Colonel Calverley: James Maddalena (baritone)
Lieut. The Duke of Dunstable: Steve Goldstein (tenor)
Lady Angela: Jaime Korkos (soprano)*
Lady Ella: Sara Womble (soprano)*
Lady Saphir: Heather Gallagher (mezzo-soprano)*
Conductor: Gil Rose
Stage Director: Frank Kelley


Odyssey Opera completes its Wilde Opera Nights series, a season-long exploration of operatic works inspired by the writings and world of Oscar Wilde. For two nights, Odyssey Opera presents a fully-staged performance of Arthur Sullivan and W.S. Gilbert’s early hit, Patience; or, Bunthorne’s Bride (1881). Inspired by the aesthetes of Victorian England of the late 1800s, this two-act comic opera delves into the world that Wilde skewered with his pen. Directed by Frank Kelley, with conductor Gil Rose and full orchestra and chorus, Patience welcomes back several Odyssey Opera alumni to the stage including lead vocalists Aaron Engrebreth (baritone) as Reginald Bunthorne and Sara Heaton (soprano) as Patience.

Arthur Sullivan : Patience, or Bunthorne's Bride

3 Jun



Netherlands
 Saturday, June 03, 2017 at 1pm 
The New Babylon
Holland Festival
Amsterdam
Netherlands

performing
Radio Filharmonisch Orkest, Groot Omroepkoor, Nederlands Kamerkoor
conductor
Markus Stenz
choral conductor Netherlands Radio Choir
Klaas Stok
choral conductor Nederlands Kamerkoor
Boudewijn Jansen
soprano
Marisol Montalvo (Inanna), Guibee Yang (Die Seele), Gabriele Schnaut (Euphrat)
tenor
Jussi Myllys (Tammu), Steven Ebel (Priester)
bass-bariton
Robert Bork (Priesterkönig/Der Tod)
countertenor
Kai Wessel (Skorpionmensch)
speaking voice
Franz Mazura (Ezechiel)
bass
Simon Duus (Der Schreiber)
production
NTR ZaterdagMatinee


The Israelite exile Tammu and the priestess Inanna declare their love for each other within the walls of Babylon. Tammu is sacrificed, and Inanna descends into the underworld to bring back her lover. Babylon is the second opera by Jörg Widmann, who studied under Wolfgang Rihm. Philosopher Peter Sloterdijk wrote the libretto. The world premiere at the Bavarian State Opera in 2012 was spectacular, thanks to Widmann’s overwhelming music. A concert version is being performed at the NTR Saturday Matinee. The Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, the Netherlands Radio Choir and the Nederlands Kamerkoor, conducted by Markus Stenz, promise virtuoso vocal scores and a ‘Babylonian’ polyphony of styles and sounds.





Joerg Widmann : The New Babylon

4 Jun 
 
5 Jun 
 
6 Jun



United Kingdom
 Tuesday, June 06, 2017 at 7.30pm 
Thomas Adès Beethoven Symphony Cycle
Barbican Hall, London
Barbican, Silk Street, London EC2
United Kingdom
020 7638 8891
http://www.barbican.org.uk/eticketing

Ades
Britten Sinfonia

Beethoven's Third is paired with Barry's ferocious orchestral masterpiece Chevaux de Frise in this second collaboration between Adès and Britten Sinfonia.

Arguably the symphony that changed everything and kick-started the Romantic period in music is the focus of this concert. Conducting Britten Sinfonia, Adès places Beethoven’s towering Eroica symphony alongside Gerald Barry’s Chevaux de Frise.



Gerald Barry : Chevaux de Frise
Ludwig Van Beethoven : Symphony No 3 in E-flat major, Eroica

7 Jun 
 
8 Jun 
 
9 Jun



Netherlands
 Friday, June 09, 2017 at 8.30pm 
George Crumb, John Cage, Henry Cowell
Holland Festival
Amsterdam
Netherlands

Margaret Leng Tan

Metamorphoses, Book I (2017) is George Crumb’s long-awaited new work for amplified piano. He is the Holland Festival’s composer in focus this year. Crumb wrote this com­position specifically for pianist Margaret Leng Tan. He once called her ‘a sorceress of the piano’ because she is so thoroughly familiar with the unusual sound palette and playing techniques he requires. Tan caused a furore with her virtuoso performance of Crumb’s famous Makrokosmos cycle, and worked for a long time with John Cage, whose The Perilous Night is on the programme too. There are also compositions by one of the founders of the American ex­perimental tradition, Henry Cowell, some of which are played entirely without using the piano keys.



John Cage : The Perilous Night
Henry Cowell : The Tides of Manaunaun
Henry Cowell : Aeolian Harp
Henry Cowell : The Banshee
George Crumb : Advertisement
George Crumb : Metamorphoses, Book I

9 Jun



United Kingdom
 Friday, June 09, 2017 at  
Charlie Parker’s YARDBIRD
English National Opera
London Coliseum
United Kingdom

ENO

In the empty twilight between life and death, saxophonist Charlie Parker composes his final masterpiece.

09 Jun - 17 Jun 2017

Hackney Empire and English National Opera present the European Premiere of Charlie Parker’s YARDBIRD, a jazz-infused chamber ‘be-bopera’ by Daniel Schnyder with libretto by award winning African-American poet Bridgette A. Wimberly.

Lawrence Brownlee stars as the legendary saxophonist—a role crafted around the effortless, improvisational style that makes him one of music’s most sought after tenors.

In the empty twilight between life and death, saxophonist Charlie Parker composes his final masterpiece, revisiting the inspirations, demons and women who fueled his creative genius.

Set in the famed NYC jazz club Birdland, the opera is as uncompromising in its artistic vision as the “Yardbird” himself.



Daniel Schnyder : Charlie Parker’s YARDBIRD

10 Jun



Netherlands
 Saturday, June 10, 2017 at 8.30pm 
robots/non/robots
Holland Festival
Amsterdam
Netherlands

Mouse on Mars

They will all be performing together on one stage: the avant-garde orchestra Ensemble Musikfabrik, the electronic pioneers Mouse on Mars, conductor André de Ridder, and an array of percussion robots. This concert will certainly be an exceptional combination of electronic and acoustic sounds. Mouse on Mars has been at the forefront of electronic music for years now. Band members Jan St. Werner and Andi Toma prove their place with these two new compositions. The evening will begin in complete darkness with a performance of De Umbris Idearum... The acousmatic memory palace. This dark and experimental composition includes percussion robots and a lighting installation which responds to the music. It will be followed by the larger and lighter work Paeanumnion, a compelling hybrid of electronic and orchestral music.



Mouse on Mars : De Umbris Idearum … The acousmatic memory palace
Mouse on Mars : Paeanumnion

10 Jun



United Kingdom
 Saturday, June 10, 2017 at 11am 
A Film Music War Requiem
Snape Maltings, Aldeburgh
Snape Maltings Concert Hall,Snape,Suffolk,IP17 1SP
United Kingdom
+44 (0)1728 687110
http://www.aldeburgh.co.uk
enquiries@aldeburgh.co.uk

London Sinfonietta
Gerry Cornelius conductor
Andrew Watts countertenor

Olga Neuwirth’s War Requiem takes as its starting point not poetry or sacred texts, but a silent film – a prophetic anti-war parable made in France just one month before the outbreak of the Great War. Performed to the backdrop of the film, Neuwirth’s score, she says, ‘brushes against the grain’ in the spirit of the Viennese satirist Karl Kraus. In two shorter works, Goethe and Gertrude Stein serve as jumping-off points for a composer who regularly questions shared cultural memories.



Olga Neuwirth : Five Daily Miniatures
Olga Neuwirth : …morphologische Fragmente…
Olga Neuwirth : Maudite soit la guerre – A Film Music War Requiem

11 Jun



United Kingdom
 Sunday, June 11, 2017 at  
Brett Dean Hamlet
Glyndebourne
Glyndebourne, Lewes, BN8 5UU
United Kingdom
+44 (0)1273 815000
http://glyndebourne.com
info@glyndebourne.com

Hamlet Allan Clayton
Gertrude Sarah Connolly
Ophelia Barbara Hannigan
Claudius Rod Gilfry
Polonius Kim Begley
Ghost of Old Hamlet John Tomlinson
Horatio Jacques Imbrailo
Laertes David Butt Philip
Rosencrantz Rupert Enticknap
Guildenstern Christopher Lowrey

London Philharmonic Orchestra
The Glyndebourne Chorus



A story of betrayal, revenge and madness

To be, or not to be. This is Hamlet’s dilemma, and the essence of Shakespeare’s most famous and arguably greatest work, given new life in operatic form in this original Glyndebourne commission.

Thoughts of murder and revenge drive Hamlet when he learns that it was his uncle Claudius who killed his father, the King of Denmark, then seized his father’s crown and wife.

But Hamlet’s vengeance vies with the question: is suicide a morally valid deed in an unbearably painful world?

‘The themes of life and death, love and betrayal have opera written all over them.’
—Brett Dean, Composer

Shakespeare’s Hamlet reconfigured for a world premiere

Dean’s colourful, energetic, witty and richly lyrical music expertly captures the modernity of Shakespeare’s timeless tale, while also exploiting the traditional operatic elements of arias, ensembles and choruses.

Matthew Jocelyn’s inspired libretto is pure Shakespeare, adhering to the Bard’s narrative thread but abridging, reconfiguring and interweaving it into motifs that highlight the main dramatic themes: death, madness, the impossibility of certainty and the complexities of action.

Sung in English with English supertitles



Brett Dean : Hamlet

11 Jun



United Kingdom
 Sunday, June 11, 2017 at 7pm 
Paradise Lost: 350th Anniversary
Milton Court - Guildhall School of Music & Drama
Milton Court, Guildhall School of Music & Drama, EC2Y 9BH
United Kingdom
020 7638 8891
http://www.gsmd.ac.uk/miltoncourt

Melos Sinfonia
Oliver Zeffman conductor
Singers to be announced
Actor to be announced

'The Melos Sinfonia marks the 350th anniversary of John Milton’s poem Paradise Lost with music inspired by the epic.

Milton's Paradise Lost – dictated by the blind poet to assistants over a period of six years – sets out to ‘justify the ways of God to Man’. The Melos Sinfonia will mark the epic’s 350th anniversary with three works inspired by it: Haydn's Creation, and two new commissions. Presented alongside extracts from the poem, this will be a memorable tribute to one of the greatest texts in the English language.

The Melos Sinfonia is an energetic orchestra based in London which, through ambitious programming and enterprising projects, provides talented young musicians with invaluable experience and exposure. Players are drawn from the major conservatoires and universities across the UK, as well as from orchestras such as the European Union Youth Orchestra, Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester, Britten-Pears Orchestra and Southbank Sinfonia.



Joseph Haydn : 'The Representation of Chaos' from The Creation
Joe Rust : The Fall of the Rebel Angels
Edward Nesbit : Near Paradise
Joseph Haydn : The Creation, Part 3

12 Jun 
 
13 Jun



United Kingdom
 Tuesday, June 13, 2017 at 3pm 
Deborah Pritchard World Premiere
Snape Maltings, Aldeburgh
Snape Maltings Concert Hall,Snape,Suffolk,IP17 1SP
United Kingdom
+44 (0)1728 687110
http://www.aldeburgh.co.uk
enquiries@aldeburgh.co.uk

Jonathan Berman conductor
Harriet MacKenzie violin
Catrin Finch harp
with Maggi Hambling artist

A concert complementing visual artist Maggi Hambling’s Festival exhibition, with music by Debussy, Robert Saxton and Deborah Pritchard performed in front of projections of the artworks.

Pritchard’s two concertos are based on some of artist Maggi Hambling’s most recent canvases, matching their muscular dynamism and distinctive use of colour and texture in works of taut structure and opaque beauty.

Edge follows her new pieces on climate change and the melting of the polar ice cpas. The music is performed in front of projections of the original artworks, complemented by Robert Saxton’s Stanley Spencer-inspired elegy and Debussy’s dances. Interspersed with conversations with artist and composer, this complementary concert to Hambling’s Festival exhibition illuminates both the music and the art that inspired it.



Claude Debussy : Danse sacrée et danse profane
Robert Saxton : The Resurrection of the Soldiers
Deborah Pritchard : Wall of Water; Edge

14 Jun 
 
15 Jun 
 
16 Jun 
 
17 Jun



United Kingdom
 Saturday, June 17, 2017 at 7pm 
The Story of Magnus Erlendsson
St Magnus Festival
St Magnus Cathedral, Kirkwall
United Kingdom

2017 is the 900th anniversary of the death of St Magnus, murdered at the command of his cousin on the island of Egilsay. This specially commissioned dramatic work tells the story of Magnus, his early life, his religious commitment and the journey leading towards his murder and martyrdom. Local historian and storyteller Tom Muir narrates the tale with a large cast of singers, actors and musicians. This performance takes place in the monument, the Cathedral, created in St Magnus’s memory by his nephew Rognvald and showcases the work of two local collaborators, Gemma McGregor and Ron Ferguson.



Francis Church Magnus
Kristin Linklater Thora
Tom Muir Narrator

Vivia Leslie Director
Alasdair Nicolson Conductor

The Assembly Project
Heather Rendall Organ
Singers and Actors from the community of Orkney
St Magnus Cathedral Choir
Boys from Kirkwall Grammar School


Gemma McGregor : The Story of Magnus Erlendsson

17 Jun



United Kingdom
 Saturday, June 17, 2017 at 1pm 
Paul Crabtree World Premiere
St Magnus Festival
St Magnus Cathedral, Kirkwall
United Kingdom

BBC Singers

A rare treat from the BBC Singers, bringing a masterpiece of the choral repertoire to the lunchtime concert. Frank Martin’s Mass has a luminous quality which is profoundly beautiful and, though written in the 1920s, was kept in a bottom drawer by the composer for 40 years. Hillborg’s work exploits the virtuoso technique of the choir in a work whose sounds go beyond text setting whilst Paul Crabtree’s new work, premiered here, provides reflections on Stanley Spencer paintings with biblical texts. Music by Maxwell Davies completes the programme with his Mackay Brown settings reflecting the Orkney winter.



Frank Martin : Mass for Double Choir
Anders Hillborg : Muoayiyoum
Paul Crabtree : New Work
Peter Maxwell Davies : The House of Winter

18 Jun



United Kingdom
 Sunday, June 18, 2017 at 2.30pm 
Geoff Palmer World Premiere
St Magnus Festival
St Magnus Cathedral, Kirkwall
United Kingdom

Edinburgh Quartet

One of the UK’s oldest quartets, and originally the resident quartet in Edinburgh University, the Edinburgh Quartet has an enviable reputation for the commissioning and performing of living composers alongside the standard repertoire.



Joseph Haydn : String Quartet Op. 77 No. 2
Geoff Palmer : New Work
Ludwig Van Beethoven : String Quartet Op. 59 No. 1

19 Jun



United Kingdom
 Monday, June 19, 2017 at 3pm 
Stuart MacRae, Marco Ramelli World Premieres
St Magnus Festival
St Magnus Cathedral, Kirkwall
United Kingdom

Alison McNeill Voice
Sasha Savaloni Guitar

Alison McNeill and Sasha Savaloni present a selection of music by living composers. As part of their residency with Enterprise Music Scotland, Stuart McRae was commissioned to create a work specially for this performance which will receive its première in this concert alongside his setting of Middle English texts from 2008. Stephen Goss’s piece draws on Mahler and the inspiration of the Arts and Crafts chapel in Surrey in a work about remembrance and peaceful contemplation. Whilst the work of the young guitarist Marco Romelli, who studies composition at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland completes the programme.



Stuart MacRae : Four Attar Songs
Stephen Goss : Watts Chapel for solo guitar
Marco Ramelli : Moon
Stuart MacRae : The Life of this World

19 Jun



United Kingdom
 Monday, June 19, 2017 at 1pm 
Philip Cashian World Premiere
St Magnus Festival
St Magnus Cathedral, Kirkwall
United Kingdom

Gildas Quartet

Schubert’s most well known quartet, written near the end of his life, takes his own song as its title and the music of this song as a starting point for its second movement. The music weaves a passionate and intense web of texture and melody, almost Beethovenian in scale, with sudden dramatic and dynamic shifts. Philip Cashian is Head of Compostion at the Royal Academy of Music and is an acclaimed composer performed throughout the world. His second quartet is co-commissioned by the St Magnus International Festival and Britten Pears Foundation and its movements have the titles Swarming, Drifting, Freezing, Reeling.

The award-winning Gildas Quartet has instantly earned itself a reputation for its refreshing approach and exciting precision combining a love of the classic repertoire and music of today. The quartet has worked closely with the likes of Harrison Birtwistle and Colin Matthews and has a commitment to commissioning new work.

Tickets £25, £20, £12 Concessions £19, £15, £8

Duration 1 hour



Philip Cashian : String Quartet No. 2
Franz Schubert : String Quartet No. 14 in D minor, D.810 Death and the Maiden

20 Jun 
 
21 Jun



United Kingdom
 Wednesday, June 21, 2017 at 13.00 
New Music, New Directions
St Magnus Festival
St Magnus Cathedral, Kirkwall
United Kingdom

The Assembly Project

Eight new works conducted by eight student conductors. This concert presents music hot off the press. Each new work has been written in the preceding eleven days of the St Magnus Composers’ Course and represents an intense collaboration with the musicians of The Assembly Project and the course tutors. A participant from Orkney Conductors’ Course will conduct each new work. Watch this space for the talents of the future.



Contemporary Composers : New Work

22 Jun 
 
23 Jun



United Kingdom
 Friday, June 23, 2017 at 7.30pm 
BCMG & Knussen
Snape Maltings, Aldeburgh
Snape Maltings Concert Hall,Snape,Suffolk,IP17 1SP
United Kingdom
+44 (0)1728 687110
http://www.aldeburgh.co.uk
enquiries@aldeburgh.co.uk

Birmingham Contemporary Music Group
Claire Booth soprano
Robert Murray tenor
Marie-Christine Zupancic flute
Oliver Knussen conductor

A world premiere by Oliver Knussen is always a major occasion, and this one – a setting of haiku chosen personally by Knussen – comes as a wonderful surprise.

The inspiration was personal: a tribute to Stephen and Jackie Newbould, the former directors and creative spirits behind Birmingham Contemporary Music Group. So it’s entirely fitting that Knussen conducts BCMG tonight, and that the programme is as beautifully assembled as we’ve come to expect from these regular and very welcome visitors to Snape. Stravinsky’s oriental songs complement Knussen’s Japanese texts; Jo Kondo’s graceful, elusive Three Songs Tennyson Sung were a BCMG commission. A sequence of miniatures by Harrison Birtwistle – including three premieres – brings two of the most original creative forces in British music thrillingly into alignment.



Harrison Birtwistle : Chorale 1
Igor Stravinsky : Balmont & Japanese Lyrics
Jo Kondo : Three Songs
Harrison Birtwistle : Chorale 2
Jo Kondo : Standing
Harrison Birtwistle : Chorale 3
Oliver Knussen : Hototogisu

24 Jun



Netherlands
 Saturday, June 24, 2017 at 5pm 
Sacred Environment Kate Moore
Holland Festival
Amsterdam
Netherlands



Sacred Environment is a ground-breaking new work by the Dutch-Australian composer Kate Moore and visual artist Ruben van Leer, commissioned by the Holland Festival and NTR Radio. The oratorio is being performed and sung by the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra and the Netherlands Radio Choir. The Australian singer Alex Oomens goes on a virtual reality dream-track towards the Hunter Valley in Australia, originally the territory of the Dharug, Darkinjung and Wonnarua people. The audience will follow her on a big screen in search of the stoneless temple. In this piece, the changing meaning of sacred ground in our demythologised society is being explored. A similar issue is touched upon in Haunted Landscape by George Crumb, the festival’s composer in focus this year. The concert opens with Steven Mackey’s energetic piece Lost and Found. Expect multi-layered soundscapes.



Steven Mackey : Lost and Found
George Crumb : A haunted landscape
Kate Moore : Sacred Environment

24 Jun



Netherlands
 Saturday, June 24, 2017 at 9.30pm 
Tom Jenkinson Premiere
Holland Festival
Amsterdam
Netherlands

James McVinnie Organ
Tom Jenkinson Bass Guitar

Tom Jenkinson is famous as Squarepusher for his rapid and unsettling beats. He is also a phenomenal bass player and has been fascinated by the organ from an early age. In this concert, he shares the stage with James McVinnie, who was an organist at Westminster Abbey, and is also a virtuoso performer of contemporary music. McVinnie has worked with composers like Nico Muhly and Oneohtrix Point Never (Holland Festival, 2014). The programme includes an earlier organ work Jenkinson wrote for McVinnie, as well as a piece written especially for this Proms concert: a duet for organ and bass guitar, in which Jenkinson is also playing. McVinnie also performs a rarely heard organ work by Philip Glass and an early work by organ giant Olivier Messiaen.



Tom Jenkinson : Selection from: Solo Electric Bass 1
Tom Jenkinson : Space Frame Suite
Olivier Messiaen : Le banquet céleste
Philip Glass : Mad Rush
Tom Jenkinson : new work (2017) for electric bass and organ

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