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1 Oct 
2 Oct

United Kingdom
 Wednesday, October 02, 2013 at 7.45 
The Wasp Factory
Covent Garden - Royal Opera House
Covent Garden, London
United Kingdom

Tickets: £20-40
Royal Opera

Director Ben Frost
Libretto David Pountney
Set designs Mirella Weingarten
Costume designs Boris Bidjan Saberi
Lighting design Lucy Carter

The Wasp Factory recounts the disturbing acts of a troubled teenager on a remote Scottish island. The Sacrifice Poles, Boiling Pool, Ice Chamber and Volt Room are names Frank has given to places in his world – an isolated environment, where he is left to his own devices by his reclusive father. Frank invents his own warrior cult and, using a homemade device called the Wasp Factory, develops a brutal way of predicting the future.

Director and composer Frost creates three-dimensional sonic structures that envelop an audience in extremes of volume and texture. Mirella Weingarten’s set designs evoke a bleak, natural landscape. With lighting by Lucy Carter, The Wasp Factory promises to be as chilling as it is powerful.

Wednesday 2 October 2013, 7.45pm | Linbury Studio Theatre
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Thursday 3 October 2013, 7.45pm | Linbury Studio Theatre
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Friday 4 October 2013, 7.45pm | Linbury Studio Theatre
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Saturday 5 October 2013, 7.45pm | Linbury Studio Theatre
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Monday 7 October 2013, 7.45pm | Linbury Studio Theatre
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Tuesday 8 October 2013, 7.45pm | Linbury Studio Theatre
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Ben Frost : The Wasp Factory

3 Oct 
4 Oct

 Friday, October 04, 2013 at 7.30pm 
RSNO - Season Opener: Oundjian Conducts The Planets
Usher Hall

Tickets: £11.50-£36
Peter Oundjian (CONDUCTOR)
Jean-Yves Thibaudet (PIANO)
Ladies of the RSNO Chorus
Royal Scottish National Orchestra

Holst’s The Planets is quite simply one of the most thrilling orchestral showpieces of the twentieth century; a fantastic musical voyage to the very
edge of infinity and beyond. Peter Oundjian begins the Season in spectacular style, but first there’s a centenary tribute to Benjamin Britten, and piano legend Jean-Yves Thibaudet makes history with the UK premiere of a new concerto by world-renowned Scottish composer, James MacMillan. It’s the start of an incredible journey: be there!

Benjamin Britten : Simple Symphony
James MacMillan : Piano Concerto No. 3
Gustav Holst : The Planets

4 Oct

United Kingdom
 Friday, October 04, 2013 at 8pm 
In C with Pantha Du Prince & The Bell Laboratory, Matthew Herbert & stargaze and Joshua Light Show
Barbican Hall, London
Barbican, Silk Street, London EC2
United Kingdom
020 7638 8891

Tickets: £17.50 - 22.50

Acknowledged by many as the father of minimalism and hypnotic repetition, Terry Riley gets a fitting celebration with two of today’s most innovative electronic artists re-interpreting his most influential piece from 1964 – In C.

Matthew Herbert collaborates with the young European music collective stargaze to create his version of In C, sampling their live acoustic patterns, digitally processing them before blending the results back in with the instruments.

Pantha Du Prince revisits his highly successful collaboration with the percussion ensemble The Bell Laboratory to weave chimes, bells and his trademark electronic pulses into Riley's composition.

To make it even a more special event, the performance will be immersed in stunning psychedelic visuals created live by the legendary Joshua Light Show.

Making their UK debut with founder Joshua White, the masters of hallucinogenic lighting who were resident artists at Bill Graham’s Fillmore East during the late 1960s and performed at Woodstock, Newport Jazz Festival and other historic events of that era. They produced the live and colourful projections behind great bands including The Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, The Doors and The Who.

'It felt like a sudden explosion of dancing wasn't far off, but what happened instead was a standing ovation' Resident Advisor on Pantha du Prince & The Bell Laboratory at Queen Elizabeth Hall (February 2013)

Terry Riley : In C

4 Oct

United Kingdom
 Friday, October 04, 2013 at 8pm 
Autumn Chamber Music Series at Benslow
Benslow Music, Peter Morrison Hall
Hitchin, Hertfordshire SG4 9RB
United Kingdom
01462 459446

Tickets: £12 (free entry for full time students and young people)
The Coull String Quartet

Box Office: 01462 459446

5 Oct

 Saturday, October 05, 2013 at 8pm 
Hear and Now 1: Pintscher conducts Boulez
City Halls

Tickets: Free
Marisol Montalvo soprano
Matthias Pintscher conductor
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

Boulez's song cycle for soprano and orchestra, Pli selon pli (Fold by Fold), is a major work of 20th century composition. Subtitled "a portrait of Mallarmé" its musical language inhabits the same world as the Symbolist poet's texts, using fragments of poetry and a vast range of instruments to cast its mysterious spell. It's a meeting of two great French artistic revolutionaries; over fifty years after its inception, its mix of music and text remains a provocative and intensely immersive experience.

The BBC SSO is conducted by its Artist-in-Association, Matthias Pintscher, whose works have been championed by Boulez himself; and the electrifying American soprano Marisol Montalvo is the soloist in an evening celebrating the music of one of the world's great avant-garde figures.

Please note that there will be no interval in this concert (the performance will last for approximately 70 minutes). The evening will be presented by regular BBC Radio 3 Hear and Now presenter, Ivan Hewett. This performance of Pli selon pli is scheduled to be broadcast in Hear and Now on Saturday 2 November, please check the BBC Radio 3 website or Radio Times to confirm precise details.

Pierre Boulez : Pli selon pli (Portrait de Mallarmé): for soprano and orchestra

6 Oct

United Kingdom
 Sunday, October 06, 2013 at 7.30pm 
Graphic Scores
Jerwood Hall
United Kingdom

Tickets: £10 £15 £22
Joanna MacGregor piano
Elaine Mitchener voice
Tom Arthurs trumpet
Oliver Coates cello
Isambard Khroustaliov electronics

How do you play a picture? Composers and artists from John Cage to Brian Eno have experimented with notation to create extraordinary visual scores that rival the best contemporary art.

This transatlantic programme spans classical, experimental and jazz, in works featuring graphic art, comic strip and abstract art. Innovative pianist Joanna MacGregor is at the heart of a super group of the UK’s most original musicians who perform music by George Crumb, Cathy Berberian, Fred Frith, John Cage, Wadada Leo Smith, Cornelius Cardew, Tom Phillips RA and Jennifer Walshe against the striking visual backdrop of their projected scores.

Contemporary Composers : Various

6 Oct

United Kingdom
 Sunday, October 06, 2013 at 7.30pm 
20th century classics: Ligeti and Schoenberg
CBSO Centre
Berkley Street. B1 2LF
United Kingdom

Tickets: £1-£14

Cond. Oliver Knussen

Ligeti, a composer whose music has infiltrated popular consciousness thanks to Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey, remained a maverick throughout his career, consistently challenging the received wisdoms and ideologies of the composing avant-garde. His four-movement Chamber Concerto is considered one of his greatest works. Each movement strongly contrasts in character – from the shimmering ‘micro-polyphonic’ texture of the first, to the strongly mechanical, clockwork rhythms of the third.

Arnold Schoenberg’s Chamber Symphony Op. 9 was a model for Ligeti’s Chamber Concerto (in instrumentation if not textures or forms). His later masterpiece Five Pieces for Orchestra, here given in its arrangement for ensemble, serves as a superb example that atonal music can be as moving and expressive as tonal music – from terror, anxiety and chaos to wistfulness and beauty.

Completing this exhilarating programme are two pieces by composers with connections to these two greats and a recent work by one of today’s most promising young British composers.

Alexander Goehr, whose father studied under Schoenberg in the 1920s, composed his impeccably crafted Suite for flute and harp with string trio, clarinet and horn at the behest of Benjamin Britten. Castiglioni, like his friend and champion Ligeti, was an ‘outsider’ from the mainstream European avant-garde – Tropi is characterised by the interchange of loud, virtuosic passages with ones of mute sparseness. Helen Grime’s Luna, premiered by the Scottish Red Note Ensemble in 2011, takes its inspiration from the Ted Hughes poem Harvest Moon.

Niccolò Castiglioni : Tropi
Arnold Schoenberg : Five Pieces for Orchestra (ensemble version)
Helen Grime : Luna
Alexander Goehr : Suite Op.11
Gyorgy Ligeti : Chamber Concerto

6 Oct

United Kingdom
 Sunday, October 06, 2013 at 6pm 
Stockhausen: Gruppen
Royal Festival Hall, London
South Bank, London SE1
United Kingdom
020 7840 4242

Tickets: £25, £15
Luigi Nono’s uncompromising post-war meditations on form, silence and timbre form a fitting precursor to one of the pinnacles of the Darmstadt School’s output. A landmark in 20th century composition, Gruppen must be seen to be believed. Stockhausen’s testament to serial composition is scored for three independent orchestras, each with its own conductor, bringing over 100 players together on stage to create a momentous tower of sound. As the music ebbs and flows, Stockhausen’s kaleidoscopic colours and shifting textures evoke the rise and fall of the Graubünder Alps which were the work’s inspiration. Rarely performed, few other pieces have such a dramatic impact in live performance.

Martyn Brabbins conductor
Baldur Bronnimann conductor
Geoffrey Paterson conductor
London Sinfonietta
Royal Academy of Music Manson Ensemble

Karlheinz Stockhausen : Gruppen
Luigi Nono : Canti per 13
Luigi Nono : Polifonica – Monodia – Ritmica

7 Oct

 Monday, October 07, 2013 at 8pm 
Orchestre Symphonique d'Etat de São Paulo - Marin Alsop - Nelson Freire
Salle Pleyel
252 rue u Fauborg Saint-Honore, 75008 Paris

Orchestre Symphonique d'Etat de São Paulo
Marin Alsop : conducting
Nelson Freire : piano

Clarice Assad : Terra Brasilis - Fantaisie sur l'hymne national brésilien
Frederick Chopin : Concerto pour piano n° 2
Gustav Mahler : Symphonie n° 1 "Titan"

8 Oct 
9 Oct

United Kingdom
 Wednesday, October 09, 2013 at 7.30pm 
Dame Evelyn Glennie & the British Sinfonietta
St David's Hall
St David's Hall, The Hayes, Cardiff CF10 1AH
United Kingdom
029 2087 8444

Tickets: £13.50-£27.50
Dame Evelyn Glennie & the British Sinfonietta
Soloist Dame Evelyn Glennie Percussion
Conductor Anthony Gabriele
Soloist Dawn Hardwick Piano

The world's foremost percussion soloist joins forces with one of the UK's leading independent professional orchestras for an evening of outstanding live music.
Dame Evelyn Glennie recently took a lead role in the opening ceremony of the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London, performing to a global audience of 900 million people, leading a team of 1000 drummers and accompanying the lighting of the cauldron. She has famously overcome profound deafness to become the first person in musical history to create and sustain a career as a full-time solo percussionist.
The St David's Hall stage will be filled with a selection of instruments from Evelyn's personal collection of over 2000 percussion instruments from around the world, along with a 50-piece professional orchestra; the British Sinfonietta.
The programme will feature pieces for Percussion and Orchestra from Iceland, the Netherlands and New Zealand along with a number of familiar orchestral items. The concert will culminate in a double concerto for Percussion, Piano & Orchestra, with Evelyn joined by the outstanding Welsh pianist Dawn Hardwick.
The British Sinfonietta will also be joined by the combined forces of two Welsh choirs, Cor CF1 and Cor Godre'r Garth, to perform an item in each half of the concert.

Askell Masson : Konzertstuck
Modest Mussorgsky : Night on the Bare Mountain
G Faure : Pavane
Jacob Ter Veldhuis : Barracuda Concerto
Alexander Borodin : Polovtsian Dances
Camille Saint-Saëns : Danse Macabre
John Psathas : View from Olympus

10 Oct

United Kingdom
 Thursday, October 10, 2013 at 7.30pm 
The Arcomis International Brass Event: Opening Gala Concert
St David's Hall
St David's Hall, The Hayes, Cardiff CF10 1AH
United Kingdom
029 2087 8444

Tickets: £10-£28.50
Conductor Martyn Brabbins
Horn David Pyatt
Trombone Peter Moore
Trumpet Tine Thing Helseth

The Brass Event is designed to ignite the imagination and broaden horizons, as audiences draw inspiration from exceptional performances and experience some of the world’s leading brass players. One extraordinary event over one long weekend and an unrepeatable opportunity to see and hear some of the best musicians from the world of brass all in one place.

The Brass Event opens with inspired British brass concertos and an Armenian firecracker, performed by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and three of Europe’s most celebrated soloists: David Pyatt, Peter Moore and Tine Thing Helseth.

Paul Dukas : Fanfare from La Péri
Oliver Knussen : Horn Concerto
Mark-Anthony Turnage : Yet Another Set To
Alexander Arutunian : Trumpet Concerto
Igor Stravinsky : Firebird Suite (1919 edition)

11 Oct

United Kingdom
 Friday, October 11, 2013 at 19.00 
John Turner & Friends. Celebrating English Music
St Edmund's Church, Southwold
Bartholomew Green, Southwold
United Kingdom

John Turner, Recorder
Lesley-Jane Rogers, Soprano
Harvey Davies, Piano
Heather Bills, Cello

William Alwyn : Seascapes for soprano, recorder & piano
Peter Dickinson : Sonatina
Christopher Wright : Helter Skelter for cello & piano
Sebastian Forbes : Southwold Serenade
Joseph Phibbs : Pierrot for recorder & piano
Geraint Lewis : A Blackbird Singing for recorder & piano
John Joubert : Three Villanelles
Nicholas Marshall : The Swallows of Summer
Malcolm Lipkin : Naboth's Vineyard
Robin Orr : Fugue in C minor
Kenneth Leighton : Animal Heaven
David Dubery : Three Songs to Poems by Robert Graves
David Matthews : Night Sky
Gordon Crosse : The Thing with Feathers
Anthony Gilbert : Behind all This
Karel Janovicky : Festive Fantasia and Fugue
Thomas Pitfield : Prelude, Minuet and Reel
Peter Hope : June Notes
Alan Bullard : Canonic Proverbs
Richard Rastell : Three Songs for Our Time
Mervyn Burtch : Three Kipling Songs

12 Oct

United States
 Saturday, October 12, 2013 at 7:30 pm 
Third Coast
Marcus Center - Vogel Hall
929 N. Water Street
United States

Tickets: Best Tickets - $35; Good Tickets - $25; Bargain Tickets - $15; Student Tickets 50% off
Present Music, along with Chicago's Third Coast Percussion

Steve Reich : Daniel Variations

12 Oct

United Kingdom
 Saturday, October 12, 2013 at 8pm 
Zbigniew Preisner & Lisa Gerrard Diaries of Hope (UK premiere)
Barbican Hall, London
Barbican, Silk Street, London EC2
United Kingdom
020 7638 8891

Tickets: £20-30

Leading Polish film composer Zbigniew Preisner conducts the Britten Sinfonia strings and Crouch End Festival Chorus in the UK premiere of Diaries of Hope – a new work inspired by the diaries and poems of Polish children who were victims of the Holocaust.

Lisa Gerrard from spellbinding duo Dead Can Dance – nominated for an Oscar for her vocals on major film Gladiator and two Golden Globes for The Insider and Ali – performs in the principal vocal role alongside boy soprano Archie Buchanan.

Best known for his scores for the films of Krzysztof Kieslowski (Dekalog, The Double Life Of Veronique, Three Colours Blue and more) and for Requiem for my friend, his moving tribute to Kieslowski, Preisner is one of the most celebrated film composers of his generation and recipient of many accolades including a Silver Bear from the Berlin Film Festival and two Césars from the French Film Academy.

Zbigniew Preisner : Diaries of Hope

12 Oct

 Saturday, October 12, 2013 at 14:45 
Duruflé, Wolfgang Rihm and a new Manneke Work
Concertgebouw, Amsterdam
Het Concertgebouw, Concertgebouwplein 2-7, 1071 LN Amsterdam

Tickets: 30 Euros
Groot Omroepkoor
Gijs Leenaars (dirigent)
Olivia Vermeulen (mezzosopraan)
Falko Hönisch (bariton)
Leo van Doeselaar (orgel)

Daan Menneke : Canti
Wolfgang Rihm : Passions-Texte
Maurice Duruflé : Requiem

12 Oct

 Saturday, October 12, 2013 at 9pm 
Asko|Schönberg goes retro: Stravinsky and Elvis in 'The Fifties'
Concertgebouw, Amsterdam
Het Concertgebouw, Concertgebouwplein 2-7, 1071 LN Amsterdam

Tickets: 21-36 Euros
Etienne Siebens (dirigent)
Lauren Armishaw (sopraan)
Jeannet Landré (fluit)
Margreet Bongers (fagot)

André Jolivet : Rhapsodie à sept
Igor Stravinsky : Septet
Bruno Maderna : Musica su due dimensioni
Kees van Baaren : Septet
Igor Stravinsky : Three Songs from William Shakespeare
Michael Daugherty : Dead Elvis

13 Oct

United Kingdom
 Sunday, October 13, 2013 at 7.30pm 
Quatuor Ebène
Wigmore Hall, London
36 Wigmore St, London W1
United Kingdom

Tickets: £15 £20 £25 £30
Quatuor Ebène

French composer Bruno Mantovani has forged a major international career since graduating from the Paris Conservatoire in the late 1990s.
His String Quintet receives its UK première in this concert. Mozart’s String Quintet in G minor K516, completed in May 1787, distils the restless energy of its composer’s professional setbacks to deliver a transcendent response to personal cares.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart : String Quintet in C K515
Bruno Mantovani : String Quintet
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart : String Quintet in G minor K516

13 Oct

United Kingdom
 Sunday, October 13, 2013 at 4pm 
The Arcomis International Brass Event: Closing Gala
St David's Hall
St David's Hall, The Hayes, Cardiff CF10 1AH
United Kingdom
029 2087 8444

Tickets: £10-£28.50
Conductor Clark Rundell
Trumpet Håkan Hardenberger

The Brass Event is designed to ignite the imagination and broaden horizons, as audiences draw inspiration from exceptional performances and experience some of the world’s leading brass players. An extraordinary event over the long weekend and an unrepeatable opportunity to see and hear some of the best musicians from across the world of brass.

A concert of works featuring BBC National Orchestra of Wales and soloist Håkan Hardenberger whose thirty-year career has redefined the instrument for the twenty-first century.

Paul Hindemith : Konzertmusik for brass and strings, Op. 50
Tobias Broström : Lucernaris
HK Gruber : 3 MOB Pieces
Malcolm Arnold : Symphony No. 5

14 Oct 
15 Oct 
16 Oct

United Kingdom
 Wednesday, October 16, 2013 at 7.30pm 
Arditti Quartet
Wigmore Hall, London
36 Wigmore St, London W1
United Kingdom

Tickets: £15 £20 £25 £30
Arditti Quartet

To celebrate his 60th birthday, Irvine Arditti has assembled a captivating collection of works to demonstrate the Arditti Quartet’s brilliance, artistic vitality and uncanny understanding of contemporary chamber music.
The world première of Akira Nishimura’s fifth string quartet, written as a birthday present to Irvine Arditti, crowns a programme that also offers two UK premières and two modern masterpieces for solo violin. The concert opens with Brian Ferneyhough’s hypnotic Intermedio alla ciaccona, first performed by Irvine Arditti in 1986.

Brian Ferneyhough : Intermedio alla ciaccona (for solo violin)
Robert HP Platz : strings (Echo VII)
Hilda Paredes : Cuerdas del destino
Francisco Guerrero : Zayin I + II (for string trio)
John Cage : Eight Whiskus (for solo violin)
Akira Nishimura : Quartet No. 5

16 Oct

 Wednesday, October 16, 2013 at 7.30pm 
Hebrides Ensemble
Queens Hall
0131 668 2019

Tickets: £14
Hebrides Ensemble

Jane Irwin, Soprano

The celebrated Hebrides Ensemble welcomes back the fabulous Jane Irwin to sing Berio's captivating Folk Songs. This rich, colourful programme is full of beautiful melody, exotic harmony and haunting nostalgia.

“phenomenal playing... fired with authority” (The Scotsman)

Herbert Howells : Rhapsodic Quintet Op31
Toru Takemitsu : And then I knew 'twas Wind
Maurice Ravel : Introduction and Allegro
Minoru Miki : Marimba Spiritual
Luciano Berio : Folk Songs

17 Oct 
18 Oct

United Kingdom
 Friday, October 18, 2013 at 7.30pm 
BBC Philharmonic Mahler’s Companions
Bridgewater Hall, Manchester
Lower Mosley Road
United Kingdom
44 (0) 161 907 9000

Tickets: £10-35
HK Gruber conductor | Lucy Hall soprano

Manchester has always welcomed musicians from different lands. During his time as the BBC Philharmonic's official Composer /Conductor, the Austrian maverick HK "Nali" Gruber has shown us a few things that we never realised about ourselves - like just how close Vienna is to the Mancunian way. In 2010 during the Mahler in Manchester festival we asked a number of composers to take their inspiration from Mahler and create new works to accompany all of his symphonies. Tonight Nali gives you a second chance to enjoy four of these Mahler companions again.

Kurt Schwertsik : Nachtmusiken
Anthony Payne : The Period of Cosmographie
Detlev Glanert : Einsamkeit
David Matthews : Symphony No. 7

19 Oct 
20 Oct

United States
 Sunday, October 20, 2013 at 7:15pm 
Jazz Legend Chico Hamilton performs Oct - Dec
DROM, New York
, 85 Ave A (b/w 5th & 6th St) in East Village
United States
(212) 777-1157

Tickets: $15
Chico Hamilton
Euphoria band

Sundays this Fall: 10.20 + 11.17 + 12.15

In yet another strong showing by this venerable drummer, 92 year-old percussionist and band leader Foreststorn “Chico” Hamilton celebrates his working life in a trio of concerts – EUPHORIC: Celebrating the Life & Music of Chico Hamilton. Known for fashioning finely textured sounds with small ensembles, Chico leads his long-time working group Euphoria featuring Nick Demopoulos (guitar), Paul Ramsey (bass), Evan Schwam (flute + reeds), Mayu Saeki (flute), and Jeremy Carlstedt (drums + percussion) as well as special featured guests TBA. Program includes some new original material as well as works off of Chico’s latest vivacious albums: Revelation and Euphoric (Joyous Shout!). Saluted by the Kennedy Center as a "Living Jazz Legend", and appointed to the President’s Council on the Arts, this NEA Jazz Master is considered one of the most important living jazz artists and composers. According to Jazz Improv NY, “he sounds more creative and artistic than ever.”

WHEN: Sunday, October 20 @ 7:15PM
Sunday, November 17 @ 7:15PM
Sunday, December 15 @ 7:15PM

WHERE: DROM, 85 Avenue A (b/w 5th & 6th St), New York City; Train F to 2nd Avenue, 10009

HOW: $15/Advance $12. To reserve, call DROM at 212.777.1157 or visit

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Chico Hamilton : Euphoria

21 Oct

 Monday, October 21, 2013 at 8pm 
Musikverein, Vienna
Bösendorferstr. 12, 1010 Wien, Österreich
+43 1 505 81 90

Tickets: 5-26 Euros

Franz Schubert : Quartettsatz c-Moll, D 703
Gyorgy Ligeti : Streichquartett Nr. 1, „Métamorphoses nocturnes“
Gyorgy Kurtág : Streichquartett, op. 1
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart : Streichquartett A-Dur, KV 464

22 Oct

United Kingdom
 Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 7pm/7.15pm/7.30pm 
The Rape of Lucretia

United Kingdom

Tickets: £8-£85
Conductor Nicholas Collon / Jack Ridley (15 Nov)
Director Fiona Shaw
Set Designer Michael Levine
Costume Designer Nicky Gillibrand
Lighting Designer Paul Anderson

The Glyndebourne Tour Orchestra

Male Chorus Allan Clayton / Andrew Dickinson (15, 22 Nov)
Female Chorus Kate Valentine
Collatinus David Soar
Junius Oliver Dunn
Tarquinius Duncan Rock
Lucretia Claudia Huckle
Bianca Catherine Wyn-Rogers
Lucia Ellie Laugharne

Given its first ever performance at Glyndebourne in 1946, Benjamin Britten created this opera with the poet Ronald Duncan, who wrote about their collaboration: ‘Britten and I worked at the same desk. We first discussed the shape of the whole drama and then spent several days working over this in order to reduce it to its essential simplicity. We kept our work fluid – even after it had gone to the printer and engraver, much to their dismay.’

The result of this close collaboration is an extraordinary and tightly focussed treatment of a legend which has acquired numerous layers in painting, poetry and drama. Lucretia is raped by the tyrant Tarquinius Superbus, ruler of Rome, and elects to kill herself rather than live with the shame. The action of the opera is commented on throughout by a Male and Female Chorus who occupy another dimension, at times narrating the story and at times voicing the thoughts of the different characters.

The central role of Lucretia is one which engages the talents of a singing actress to the utmost and one with which director Fiona Shaw will empathise keenly, drawing on her own experiences as both a performer and a director.

It was in describing this work that Britten coined the term ‘chamber opera’, creating a work of distilled power and refinement with a cast of eight and an orchestra of 12 players and piano.

For full list of venues and dates, see here:

Benjamin Britten : The Rape of Lucretia

23 Oct

United Kingdom
 Wednesday, October 23, 2013 at 7.30 p.m. 
Birthday Composers and Friends
Regent Hall
275 Oxford St., London W1 2DJ
United Kingdom

Tickets: £8 (£5)
Catherine Pluygers (oboes), Phil Edwards (clarinets), Henryk Sienkewicz (horn), Alan Tomlinson (trombone), Robert Coleridge (piano)

16th London New Wind Festival - 2nd concert

Anthony Green : Cornish Headland, Balkan Lake and Moonscape
Derek Foster : Piano Piece 1975
Jane Serter : To reach and to hold on
Witold Lutoslawski : Epitaph for oboe and piano
Priaulx Rainier : Suite for clarinet and piano
George Nicholson : Darkness Visible
Luca Vanneschi : Canto Notturno for solo oboe

24 Oct

 Thursday, October 24, 2013 at 8pm 
Funkhause am Wallrafplatz, Köln
Funkhaus am Wallrafplatz
Klaus-von-Bismacksaal, Köln

SWR Vokalensemble Stuttgart
Ensemble musikFabrik
Conductor Marcus Creed
IRCAM computer music design Gregory Beller

The time of beginning based on Ovid, the time of the first men, the time of civilizations: Raphaël Cendo has arranged his epic for choir, ensemble, and electronics in three large chapters, with, by way of an epilogue, uses this fragment of Heraclitus: If one does not hope, one will not find the unhoped-for, since there is no trail leading to it and no path. Registre, according to the composer, designates the book of memories, "memory of lights that transmitted a common, far away, past, milestones of our Humanity".

Raphaël Cendo : Registre des lumières
Francesco Filidei : Finito ogni gesto

24 Oct

United Kingdom
 Thursday, October 24, 2013 at 7.30pm 
The Hallé
Bridgewater Hall, Manchester
Manchester M1 5HA
United Kingdom
44 (0) 161 907 9000

Tickets: £11-38
The Hallé
Markus Stenz conductor | Carolyn Sampson soprano | Neal Davies bass-baritone | Hallé Choir

This event celebrates The Royal Philharmonic Society Bicentenary 1813-2013.

Principal Guest Conductor Markus Stenz has forged a strong relationship with the Hallé Choir and here directs one of the great masterpieces of the choral repertoire, Brahms’s German Requiem. Its title aside, the work has an appeal that transcends both national boundaries and religious beliefs (Brahms even considered naming it a ‘Human Requiem’) and it remains a deeply moving experience for audiences everywhere. While its musical language is unmistakably that of Brahms, it also looks back to Bach and to the composers of the Renaissance. Brahms’s progression from suffering to eventual consolation is thus both dramatically and musically fascinating. Wolfgang Rihm is a composer who never fails to confound and enthral. The concert opens with his Tribute (Über die Linie VIII), an homage to Benjamin Britten commissioned by the Royal Philharmonic Society and given its world premiere by Sir Mark and the Hallé at the 2013 Aldeburgh Festival.

Wolfgang Rihm : A Tribute (Über die Linie VIII)
Johannes Brahms : A German Requiem

25 Oct

 Friday, October 25, 2013 at 7pm 
Musica Electronica Nova Festival, Wroclaw
Wroclaw Philharmonic Concert Hall

Jean-Frédéric Neuburger piano
The Wrocław Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra
Conductor Pascal Rophé
IRCAM computer music design Thomas Goepfer*, Arshia Cont**, Gilbert Nouno**

Zygmunt Krauze : Rzeka podziemna
Philippe Manoury : Echo-Daimónon
Jonathan Harvey : Speakings

26 Oct 
27 Oct

 Sunday, October 27, 2013 at 4 pm 
Fall Extravaganza, Musical Matinees Concert Series
St. Philip's Anglican Church, Vancouver, B.C.
3737 W. 27th Ave. Vancouver, BC V6S 1R2

Tickets: $20 adults, $15 seniors and children 11+ years old, children under 11 free
Corey Hamm - piano
Michael Murray - piano
Brenda Campbell - soprani

Fall Extravaganza Concert
Sunday October 27, 2013 at 4:00pm
Featuring world-famous pianist Corey Hamm

Glenn Sutherland : Two Songs from the firmament

28 Oct

United Kingdom
 Monday, October 28, 2013 at 7.30pm 
Michael Nyman Solo Piano and Film: Music from and for Film
Town Hall, Birmingham
Victoria Square B3 3DQ
United Kingdom
0121 780 3333

Tickets: £22.50/£27.50
Michael Nyman

British composer Michael Nyman returns to Birmingham in an intimate performance at Town Hall, playing solo piano music from films that he has collaborated on with directors including Peter Greenaway, Jane Campion and Neil Jordan.

Accompanied by a selection of films that Nyman personally recorded whilst on his travels, the evening provides a fascinating insight into the visual and musical world.

Michael Nyman : Various

29 Oct

United Kingdom
 Tuesday, October 29, 2013 at 7.30pm 
Frank Zappa: 200 Motels
Royal Festival Hall, London
South Bank, London SE1
United Kingdom
020 7840 4242

Tickets: £25-£45
Claron McFadden soprano
Southbank Sinfonia
BBC Concert Orchestra
Jurjen Hempel conductor

One of the music events of the year Frank Zappa's legendary 1971 work 200 Motels is performed live in concert for the first ever time in the UK.

This colossal piece, one of the most ambitious that Zappa ever wrote, is performed by the full forces of the BBC Concert Orchestra, Southbank Sinfonia, London Voices and a large cast of rock musicians, singers and actors.

Banned from live performance at the time of its composition, and a cult classic on film and on record ever since, 200 Motels can finally be heard on stage in its full glory.

Please note, this event contains sexually explicit material and is suitable for audiences aged 18+

Frank Zappa : 200 Motels

29 Oct

 Tuesday, October 29, 2013 at 7.30 
Contemporary Concert | The Yellow Wallpaper
BBC Hoddinott Hall

Tickets: £8 - £10

Conductor | Thierry Fischer
Soprano | Elizabeth Atherton
Violin | Baiba Skride

Simon Holt's The Yellow Wallpaper tells the story of feminist writer Charlotte Perkins Gillman. Experience the story of this woman's obsession with her enclosed surroundings. Accompanied by two 1930s masterpieces: Franz Schmidt's Fourth Symphony and Berg's Violin Concerto. Composed with furious intensity and pre-emptive of Berg's own untimely death, the Concerto is best known as his own requiem.

Alban Berg : Violin Concerto
Simon Holt : The Yellow Wallpaper
Franz Schmidt : Symphony No 4

30 Oct

United Kingdom
 Wednesday, October 30, 2013 at 1.15 pm 
Notus Winds Wind Quintet
Victoria Rooms, Bristol

United Kingdom

Tickets: Free
Charlotte Ashton (flute), Eleanor Tinlin (oboe), Jordan Black (clarinet), Jonathan Davies (bassoon), Carys Evans (horn)

Chamber Music Recital

Jonathan Palmer : Crystal Eyes for Wind Quintet

31 Oct

United Kingdom
 Thursday, October 31, 2013 at 7.30pm 
Covent Garden - Royal Opera House
Covent Garden, London
United Kingdom

Royal Opera

‘Man is an abyss – you feel giddy when you look into it.’ So declares Wozzeck in Alban Berg’s harrowing psychological drama. The title character is a disturbed man who is used for experimentation, taunted for his poverty and inarticulacy, and finally, in despair, driven to murder the only person he loves. The opera is based on the incomplete play Woyzeck by Georg Büchner. It was given its premiere in 1925 in Berlin and rapidly became extremely successful.

Berg’s music is both rapturous and terrifying. The score is richly varied, from the depiction of Wozzeck’s terrifying visions to Marie’s exquisitely gentle lullaby to her son, to the black comedy of the Doctor and the Captain’s music. Berg also draws heavily on folk song, giving a vivid picture of the working-class community in which the characters live. A white-tiled laboratory provides the claustrophobic setting for Keith Warner’s uncompromising staging. The production marked Warner’s directorial debut at Covent Garden and received an Olivier Award in 2003 for Best New Opera Production.

31st October; 5th, 8th, 12th, 15th November

Alban Berg : Wozzeck

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