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United Kingdom
 Thursday, June 30, 2016 at 1pm 
Britten Sinfonia At Lunch 2015-16
St Andrew’s Hall
United Kingdom

Britten Sinfonia Academy
Members of Britten Sinfonia

Kenneth Hesketh : Concerto Salmigondis for Chamber Orchestra

1 Jul

United Kingdom
 Friday, July 01, 2016 at 1pm 
Britten Sinfonia At Lunch 2015-16
West Road Concert Hall
West Road, Cambridge
United Kingdom

Britten Sinfonia Academy
Members of Britten Sinfonia

Kenneth Hesketh : Concerto Salmigondis for Chamber Orchestra

1 Jul

United Kingdom
 Friday, July 01, 2016 at  
Festival d'Aix en Provence

United Kingdom

It is written that little drops sweat on the forehead
of the word,
And this word changes people's dreams in blue
ink spread on sheets.

It is written that the one who loves his homeland
will give some protecting warmth to his children.
Fady Jomar et Catherine Verlaguet, Kalîla wa Dimna, scene 9 (2016)
“Tell me the story of those two men whose friendship, shattered by a treacherous liar, was transformed into hostility and hatred”, said the King of India to the prince of philosophers responsible for teaching him to reign. Thus begins one of the chapters of this great classic of Arabic literature, The Book of Kalila and Dimna, written by Ibn al-Muqaffa' in the eighth century, based on an ancient collection of animal tales from far-away India. In a reworking of the fable of the Lion, whose friendship with the Ox is maligned by the ambitious Jackal, this world premiere opera by Moneim Adwan treads a fine line between the human and the animal, fable and tragedy, Arabic and French, Western form and Eastern music, to tell the story of idealism crushed by ambition. In a staging by Olivier Letellier, the Festival d’Aix will be introducing this opera form that showcases all the musicality of the Arabic language.

ON 1, 10 AND 17 JULY AT 5:00PM
ON 2, 6, 8, 12 AND 16 JULY AT 8:00PM

Moneim Adwan : KALÎLA WA DIMNA

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8 Jul

United Kingdom
 Friday, July 08, 2016 at 11am 
Christian Lindberg Premiere
Cheltenham Festival

United Kingdom

Christian Lindberg trombone
Roland Pöntinen piano

This programme unites trombone supremo Christian Lindberg with fellow Swede Roland Pöntinen, and promises to showcase their phenomenal technical mastery and captivating stage presence. Bringing to life some of Russia’s most spellbinding pieces of musical storytelling in The Firebird and Pictures at an Exhibition, they also perform a brand new work by Lindberg composed especially for this recital pairing.

Christian Lindberg : Black Hawk Eagle
Robert Schumann : Fantasiestücke
Igor Stravinsky : 3 Movements from ‘The Firebird’
Isaac Albéniz : El Albaicín from ‘Iberia’
Modest Mussorgsky : Pictures at an Exhibition

8 Jul

United Kingdom
 Friday, July 08, 2016 at 9.30pm 
Zubin Kanga: Dark Twin
Cheltenham Festival

United Kingdom

Zubin Kanga piano / electronics

Australian pianist Zubin Kanga calls it ‘music of mystery and multiplicity’: Dark Twin is a quite literally electrifying programme featuring multiple identities, malevolent doppelgängers and mischievous trickery, with the assistance and interference of electronics, computer interaction and multimedia. Whether playing through an avatar, inserting himself into old films, or creating complex loops of sound, this ‘adept subverter of the piano concert experience’ (Limelight, Australia) pushes the sonic and visual capabilities of the piano to the limit.

Stefan Prins : Piano Hero No 1 for keyboard, live electronics and live video
Julian Day : Dark Twin for piano and electronics
Neil Luck : 2018 for piano and electronics
Adam de la Cour : Transplant the Movie! for piano and video
Michael van der Aa : Transit for piano, electronics and video
Patrick Nunn : Morphosis for piano, 3D sensors and live electronics
Kate Moore : October for piano, digital pedals and live electronics

9 Jul

United Kingdom
 Saturday, July 09, 2016 at 2pm 
Andriessen, Reich & Maric
Cheltenham Festival

United Kingdom

Dave Maric piano/electronics
Musicians from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama
Goldfield Ensemble

Alongside Reich’s impressive Nagoya Marimbas and Louis Andriessen’s work ‘for any loud sounding group of instruments’, composer Dave Maric acts as soloist in his new concerto for upright piano and electronics. Tapping into the essence of the upright he grew up with, Vigil sees the piano as both instrument and storyteller – from Maric’s father’s arrival in the UK as a political refugee from war-torn Yugoslavia, to Dave’s teenage experiments with electronics and beyond.

Louis Andriessen : Workers Union
Steve Reich : Nagoya Marimbas
Dave Maric : Vigil

9 Jul

United Kingdom
 Saturday, July 09, 2016 at 5pm 
Ritual in Transfigured Time
Cheltenham Festival

United Kingdom

Goldfield Ensemble
Langham Research Centre
Rob Godman sound design

What happens when technology becomes obsolete? This concert takes sounds and images from the 1940s, technologies developed in the 1950s, and the unique sonorities of salvaged objects like the innards of old toy pianos, and journeys through the improbable soundscapes of the past century. With new works from Arlene Sierra and Kathy Hinde, the ensembles explore the ‘newness’ of the old and the strangeness of our technological archeology.

Edgar Varèse : Poème électronique
Arlene Sierra : Ritual in Transfigured Time
Kathy Hinde : Singularity
Jonathan Harvey : Ricercare una melodia
Tristan Murail : Les Ruines Circulaires
Langham Research Centre : Muffled Cyphers

10 Jul

United Kingdom
 Sunday, July 10, 2016 at  
Music for Piano and Film
Cheltenham Festival

United Kingdom

Clare Hammond piano

A pianist of ‘amazing power and panache’ (The Telegraph), Clare Hammond is renowned for her performances of contemporary music. Her latest project features two new commissions, both featuring film shorts as a backdrop to the music. Ken Hesketh’s score, specially written for Clare, accompanies the expressionist film Hände; while Ed Hughes’s The Nose is a new score to a short film inspired by Nikolai Gogol’s dream-like story of a government official whose nose goes missing.

Ed Hughes : The Nose
Kenneth Hesketh : Notte Oscura
Thomas Ades : 3 Mazurkas
Piers Hellawell : Piani, Latebre
Kenneth Hesketh : Hände

11 Jul

United Kingdom
 Monday, July 11, 2016 at 3.30pm 
Nigel Osborne Premiere
Buxton Festival
3 The Square, Buxton, Derbyshire SK17 6AZ
United Kingdom
01298 70395

Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Ensemble 10/10

The contemporary ensemble of Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Ensemble 10/10 present a new work by Nigel Osborne written to commemorate the 20th anniversary of Srebrenica, a collection of songs composed by people of all faiths and backgrounds from the town. He arranges songs by rock ‘n’ rollers sent unwillingly to war, by women who were raped and abused, by families of victims, by people missing the solidarity of former Yugoslavia, by Roma passing by, and by children looking for beauty and hope.

Benjamin Britten : Sinfonietta, Op 1
Nigel Osborne : Bosnian Voices

12 Jul

 Tuesday, July 12, 2016 at 7pm 
David Philip Hefti Premiere
Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival

0431-23 70 70

Baiba Skride, Violin
Lauma Skride, Piano

Since 1990, the Paul Hindemith Prize has been awarded every year as part of the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival. The prize is awarded to and intended to promote exceptional young composers of contemporary music. At the same time, the prize honors the music educator, Paul Hindemith, who was commissioned in 1932 to compose the "Plöner Musiktag" work for the State Education Board in Plön. Past prize winners include Lera Auerbach (2005), Michel van der Aa (2006), Dai Fujikura (2007), Márton Illés (2008), Johannes Maria Staud (2009), Sascha Lino Lemke (2010), Markus Lehmann-Horn (2011), Li Bo (2012), Maximilian Schnaus (2013) and Bernd Richard Deutsch (2014). In 2015 the Swiss composer David Philip Hefti was awared. At the same time he obtained the commission to compose a new work for the SHMF, which will be premiered by the renowned Latvian sisters Baiba and Lauma Skride . In addition, works composed by Paul Hindemith and the new prizewinner will also be played.

David Philip Hefti : Poème noctambule for violine and piano

12 Jul

United Kingdom
 Tuesday, July 12, 2016 at 9.30pm 
Festival d'Aix en Provence

United Kingdom

Benjamin de la Fuente sets the tone for this one-off evening with a work in an unusual format. Playing on different perceptions of sound, from electronic music to chamber music, this versatile artist is particularly alive to the subtle notions of “gesture” and musical invention. Echoing this world premiere, creations by today’s composers complete the program, highlighting the richness and diversity of the contemporary repertoire. Ever eager to support and promote contemporary creation, the Académie is teaming up with SACEM to commission new works from young composers. In a world premiere, they are interpreted by former Académie artists.

Benjamin de la Fuente : Piece for two string quartets, drums and recorded voice

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15 Jul

United Kingdom
 Friday, July 15, 2016 at 7.30pm 
Fidelio Trio
Cheltenham Festival

United Kingdom

Fidelio Trio
Sinéad Morrissey poet/reader

Alongside a premiere from 2015 RPS Composition Prize-winner Hunter Coblentz comes a new Beyond Borders-funded collaboration between Belfast residents Sinéad Morrissey and Piers Hellawell. The poetic sequence of 2014 T.S. Eliot Prize-winner Morrissey muses on the theme of migration, borders and sanctuary, and develops the poetic transfiguration in Schoenberg’s Verklärte Nacht.

Piers Hellawell : Up By The Roots
Hunter Coblentz : Trio
Michael Zev Gordon : In the Middle of Things
Arnold Schoenberg : Verklärte Nacht

16 Jul

United Kingdom
 Saturday, July 16, 2016 at 8pm 
Sally Beamish Showcase
Cheltenham Festival

United Kingdom

Red Note Ensemble
Crawford Logan actor

Hailing from Scotland, like Sally Beamish herself, the outstanding Red Note Ensemble comes to Cheltenham with a 60th birthday tribute to this ever-distinctive composer. The Sins is a semi-theatrical work for actor and ensemble, taking as its starting point a new translation by Phil Hind of the ‘seven deadly sins’ section from Langland’s 14th century narrative poem Piers Plowman. Modern and medieval allegories merge powerfully with Beamish’s own emotionally vivid language.

Sally Beamish : Commedia
Sally Beamish : Piobaireachd for piano
Sally Beamish : The Sins

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United Kingdom
 Sunday, July 24, 2016 at 3.30pm 
Howells and Lancaster
Three Choirs Festival
Three Choirs Festival Association 7c College Green Gloucester GL1 2LX
United Kingdom
01452 768928

Anna Gillingham soprano

Juliet Curnow contralto

Peter Harris tenor

James Geidt baritone

St Cecilia Singers

The Bristol Ensemble

Jonathan Hope conductor

3.30 pm Cirencester Parish Church

£27, £22

A coach will depart from Lower Westgate Street at 2.15 pm. Ticket £9 return

Philip Lancaster's new War Passion for chamber choir and ensemble is a telling of the Passion story interspersed with words by nine First World War poets, offering both a commentary on the Passion and a parallel narrative recounting the experience and sacrifice of that war. It is paired with the searing Requiem by Herbert Howells, inspired by the death from polio of the composer's nine-year-old son Michael.

Herbert Howells : Requiem
Philip Lancaster : War Passion

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26 Jul

United Kingdom
 Tuesday, July 26, 2016 at 7.30pm 
BBC Symphony Orchestra and Sir Andrew Davis
Royal Albert Hall, London
Kensington Gore, London SW7 2AP
United Kingdom
020 7589 8212

Ray Chen violin
The BBC Symphony Chorus
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Sir Andrew Davis conductor

Vaughan Williams’s Toward the Unknown Region was his first large-scale masterpiece, setting the visionary words of Walt Whitman.
Sir Andrew Davis also conducts Tchaikovsky’s swashbuckling The Tempest and the first performance of Anthony Payne’s Of Land, Sea and Sky. Bruch’s radiant First Violin Concerto completes the programme.

Pyotr Tchaikovsky : The Tempest
Anthony Payne : Of Land, Sea and Sky
Max Bruch : Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor
Ralph Vaughan Williams : Toward the Unknown Region

27 Jul

United Kingdom
 Wednesday, July 27, 2016 at 7pm 
Michael Berkeley Premiere
Royal Albert Hall, London
Kensington Gore, London SW7 2AP
United Kingdom
020 7589 8212

Paul Dukas’s brief, intoxicating ballet La Péri opens tonight’s Prom, before Chloë Hanslip gives the world premiere of a new Violin Concerto by Michael Berkeley.

Jac van Steen conducts excerpts from one of the most dramatic and colourfully scored of all ballets, Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet, a highlight of our series marking 400 years since the death of Shakespeare.

Chloë Hanslip violin
Diego Espinosa tabla
BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Jac van Steen conductor

Paul Dukas : La Péri – Fanfare
Michael Berkeley : Violin Concerto
Sergei Prokofiev : Romeo and Juliet

28 Jul

United Kingdom
 Thursday, July 28, 2016 at 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm 
Sigyn Fosnes, Ásdis Valdimarsdóttir, Ruth Nelson, Kari Ravnan, Simon Lane
Aberystwyth Arts Centre, Aberystwyth
United Kingdom
01970 623232

Sigyn Fossnes (violin) Ásdis Valdimarsdóttir (viola) Ruth Nelson (viola) * Kari Ravnan (cello) Simon Lane (piano) Joseph Shiner (clarinet) * Anya Fadina (piano)*

Kenneth Hesketh : Threats and Declamations
Per Husby : ‘Mechanic Breath’ for violin, piano and music box

28 Jul

 Thursday, July 28, 2016 at 7pm 
The Exterminating Angel
Salzburger Festspiele
various, Salzburg, Austria
ttel.: +43-662-8045-500

With its fusion of realistic, surreal and religious elements, El ángel exterminador constitutes a summa of Buñuel’s oeuvre prior to his late French works. Thomas Adès has chosen the film as the basis for his third opera: ‘It’s territory that I like very much because it looks as though the people are in a room, but it’s not really about the room, they’re actually trapped in their own heads.’ The enclosed, self-contained situation links the subject with both of Adès’s earlier works for the stage: with the hotel room of the Duchess of Argyll in his chamber opera Powder Her Face (1995), described in a recent article in the Observer as already having the status of a modern classic, and with Prospero’s island in the Shakespeare-based opera The Tempest, which since its first performance in London in 2004 has also impressed audiences at the Met, the Vienna State Opera and other houses, further cementing Adès’s reputation as one of today’s most exciting (opera) composers. The librettist of The Exterminating Angel, Tom Cairns, who is also directing the premiere, has reduced the twenty-one main characters of Buñuel’s film to fifteen by merging a number of figures, still an astonishing number of protagonists, making The Exterminating Angel a true ensemble opera. In musical terms this means that it will deal less with the psychology of the individual figures than express the often abrupt changes in emotional temperature of the communication and human relationships, realizing individual and collective moods. ‘Particularly in opera, you have to deal with the creation of atmos-phere, of emotional atmosphere’, emphasizes Adès; however, this atmosphere should not have the character of decorative accompaniment but arise directly from the musical fabric. The fact that the situations in The Exterminating Angel constantly tip over into the absurd and surreal makes the story all the more attractive for Adès: the musicologist Richard Taruskin had already called him ‘a surrealist composer’ in 1999, and Tom Service, a writer on music intimately familiar with Adès’s works, admires how the composer casts even very familiar musical ingredients – major and minor chords, say, or sequences of simple intervals – in a wholly new light, making them sound ‘rich and strange’.


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Thomas Ades : The Exterminating Angel

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