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18 Nov 
 
19 Nov 
 
20 Nov



United Kingdom
 Tuesday, November 20, 2012 at 7.30pm - 9pm 
Sounds of the New
The Forge, London
3-7 Delancey Street, London, NW1 7NL
United Kingdom

Tickets: £9/7 online, £10/8 on the door
Ligeti Quartet
Richard Jones (viola)
Anna Patalong (soprano)
Tessa Marchington (piano)

New Dots launch concert to showcase emerging composers and musicians based in the UK

Tickets - http://www.forgevenue.org/whats-on/eventdetails/20-nov-12-contemporary-classical-the-forge/


Lloyd Moore : Six Songs for soprano and piano
Goncalo Gato : Shapes for string quartet
Helgi Ingvarsson : Become for viola and piano
Stephen Hicks : 2 inventions for string quartet
Edward Nesbit : A Pretence of Wit for soprano and piano
William Dougherty : The Aureole Effect for string quartet

21 Nov 
 
22 Nov



United Kingdom
 Thursday, November 22, 2012 at 8pm 
Olivier Messiaen: Quartet for the end of Time
Turner Sims, Southampton

United Kingdom

Netia Jones/Lightmap video design
John Constable piano

Landmarks is the London Sinfonietta's new series of chamber concerts, featuring performances of seminal music combined with short video interventions setting a context for the composer, the work, and its impact on the musical and cultural life of the 20th century. The first subject is Olivier Messiaen and his Quartet for the end of Time, premiered in a prisoner of war camp in 1941 where the composer himself was incarcerated.

At this performance, the ticket price includes a complimentary drink after the concert.

The London Sinfonietta are proud to be Associate Arists at Turner Sims, Southampton.


Olivier Messiaen : La Colombe
Olivier Messiaen : Plainte Calme
Olivier Messiaen : Theme and Variations
Olivier Messiaen : Quartet for the End of Time

23 Nov



United Kingdom
 Friday, November 23, 2012 at 7.30 pm 
Brand New Music for Winds
Regent Hall
275 Oxford St., London W1 2DJ
United Kingdom

Tickets: Tickets at Door (£10 (6) whole event, £8 (5) concert only.
15th London New Wind Festival

Charlotte Munro, Flutes
Catherine Pluygers, Oboes
Phil Edwards, Clarinets
Henryk Sienkiewicz, Horn
Glyn Williams, Bassoon
Alan Tomlinson, Trombone
Robert Coleridge, Piano



6-7 Composers Forum - discussing their work- chaired by Stephen Mark Barchan
7.30 Concert

Programme Includes:

* Ewan Campbell But I Digress
for Wind Quartet and Piano
* Richard Peat Wind Quintet
*** Ari Ben-Shabetai Winks
for Wind Quintet
** Tom Owen Womb
for full Ensemble
* Enid Luff Scherzo
for Winds (Flute, Horn and Trombone)
* Stephen Mark Barchan Blasted to Bits
for Solo Trombone & Electronics
** Colleen Muriel The Nearness of the Beloved
for Flute and Piano
Hilary Tann Doppelganger
for Solo Piano
* Henryk Sienkiewicz Sonatina
for Horn and Piano
* Chris Mortlock Dialogue
for Bassoon and Piano


* world premier
** london premier
*** european premier


Ari Ben-Shabetai : Winks - for woodwind quintet
Richard Peat : Wind Quintet
Enid Luff : Scherzo

24 Nov



United Kingdom
 Saturday, November 24, 2012 at 1 pm 
Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival: Rihm
Huddersfield Town Hall
Huddersfield Town Hall, Ramsden Street, Huddersfield HD1 2TA
United Kingdom

Tickets: £10.00-£15.00
Maja Solveig Kjelstrup Ratkje voice
Leigh Melrose baritone
Nicolas Altstaedt cello
Matthias Pintscher conductor
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

The only Scottish orchestra to have won a Royal Philharmonic Society Award for best ensemble, the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra returns to Huddersfield with an exciting programme of works by featured composers Matthias Pintscher, Wolfgang Rihm and hcmf// Composer in Residence Maja Solveig Kjelstrup Ratkje.

Maja Solveig Kjelstrup Ratkje : Concerto for Voice and Orchestra
Wolfgang Rihm : Versuchung
Matthias Pintscher : Songs from Solomon's Garden

24 Nov



United Kingdom
 Saturday, November 24, 2012 at 7.30 pm 
Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival: Pintscher
Huddersfield Town Hall
Huddersfield Town Hall, Ramsden Street, Huddersfield HD1 2TA
United Kingdom

Tickets: £15.00-£19.00
Erik Schumann violin
Frode Haltli accordion
Matthias Pintscher conductor
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

The BBC SSO's second concert is centered around a work by its first Artist-in-Association, New York-based composer and conductor Matthias Pintscher. The UK Premiere of Dai Fujikura's Tocar y luchar and works by Arne Nordheim and Luigi Nono complete the programme.

Dai Fujikura : Tocar y luchar
Matthias Pintscher : Mar'eh
Arne Nordheim : Spur
Luigi Nono : No hay caminos hay que caminar

24 Nov



United Kingdom
 Saturday, November 24, 2012 at 2 pm 

York Minster
York
United Kingdom

Tickets: free
The Micklefield Male Voice Choir



Patrick Lee : IF (for TTBB chorus & piano)

24 Nov



United Kingdom
 Saturday, November 24, 2012 at 11.30am 
Insight:Richard Baker
CBSO Centre, Birmingham
Berkley Street, Birmingham
United Kingdom

Tickets: Free event
Composer Richard Baker
Composer/sound artist Nye Parry
BCMG percussionist Julian Warburton

Join us for this mid-morning event with composer Richard Baker, composer/sound artist Nye Parry and BCMG percussionist Julian Warburton, to gain an insight into Richard Baker’s working method and get a first taste of his Sound Investment piece for ensemble and electronics, which we premiere in our February 2013 concert.




25 Nov



United Kingdom
 Sunday, November 25, 2012 at 7.30 pm 
Beethoven, Webern and Kurtág
Wigmore Hall, London
36 Wigmore St, London W1
United Kingdom
02079352141
http://www.wigmore-hall.org.uk

Tickets: £10
Midori

violin

Özgür Aydin

piano


Since making her debut at the age of eleven with the New York Philharmonic almost 30 years ago, the violinist Midori has established a record of achievement which sets her apart as a musician and innovator. Midori’s devotion to thought-provoking programmes is reflected in her recital’s combination of three Beethoven violin sonatas with the aphoristic music of Webern’s Four Pieces Op. 7 and the time-bending, sound-altering world of György Kurtág’s Tre pezzi for violin and piano Op. 14e.

Ludwig Van Beethoven : Violin Sonata No. 2 in A Op. 12 No. 2
Anton Webern : Four Pieces Op. 7
Ludwig Van Beethoven : Violin Sonata No. 6 in A Op. 30 No. 1
Gyorgy Kurtág : Tre pezzi Op. 14e
Ludwig Van Beethoven : Violin Sonata No. 9 in A Op. 47 ‘Kreutzer’

26 Nov 
 
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29 Nov



United Kingdom
 Thursday, November 29, 2012 at 7.30pm 
Natasha Paremski performs Shostakovich
Cadogan Hall
5 Sloane Terrace, London, SW1X 9DQ
United Kingdom
02075898212

Tickets: £40, £32.50, £25, £15
Conductor - Rory Macdonald
Piano - Natasha Paremski
Trumpet - Mike Allen
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra


This delectable programme of spine-tingling works opens with the Fantasia on a Theme of Thomas Tallis by Vaughan Williams. The majesty of the English Renaissance meets the pre-war innocence of early twentieth-century England, as a theme by Thomas Tallis resonates through Vaughan Williams’ rich string textures. In the fascinating Piano Concerto No.1 for Piano, Trumpet and Strings by Shostakovich, the piano dominates, but both soloists shine with quickfire exchanges and rhythmic verve. The Walk to the Paradise Garden, from the opera A Village Romeo and Juliet by Delius, is a gloriously seductive work, its sumptuous orchestration dripping with nostalgia. As if this wasn’t enough, the epic Fifth Symphony by Sibelius is one of his masterpieces, building to a climactic finale with its unforgettable horn theme.

Box Office: 020 7730 4500



Ralph Vaughan Williams : Fantasia on a Theme of Thomas Tallis
Dmitri Shostakovich : Piano Concerto No.1 for Piano, Trumpet and Strings
Frederick Delius : The Walk to the Paradise Garden
Jean Sibelius : Symphony No.5

30 Nov 
 
1 Dec



United Kingdom
 Saturday, December 01, 2012 at 7.30pm 
Britten - Song Cycles I
Wigmore Hall, London
36 Wigmore St, London W1
United Kingdom
02079352141
http://www.wigmore-hall.org.uk

Ann Murray DBE
mezzo-soprano
John Mark Ainsley
tenor
Robin Tritschler
tenor
Marcus Farnsworth
baritone
Malcolm Martineau
piano

Britten and Pears gave the first public performance of Seven Sonnets of Michelangelo at Wigmore Hall in September 1943. The work includes one of the composer’s finest songs, his coruscating setting of Michelangelo’s metaphysical poem ‘Veggio co’ bei vostri occhi un dolce lume’.
This programme spans the creative course of Britten’s song-writing career, opening with a sequence drawn from his many fabulous folksong arrangements and including The Poet’s Echo, a cycle of Pushkin settings written during a holiday visit to the Soviet Union in 1965.
Supported by the Britten-Pears Foundation.


Benjamin Britten : On this Island Op. 11
Benjamin Britten : Songs and Proverbs of William Blake Op. 74
Benjamin Britten : Seven Sonnets of Michelangelo Op. 22
Benjamin Britten : The Poet's Echo Op. 76
Benjamin Britten : Folksongs

2 Dec



United Kingdom
 Sunday, December 02, 2012 at  
New Music Show 3
Queen Elizabeth Hall, London
South Bank, London SE1
United Kingdom
08700 606 096
http://www.rfh.org.uk

Martyn Brabbins conductor *
Huw Watkins piano +
Sound Intermedia sound projection
London Sinfonietta
London Sinfonietta Academy Ensemble

The New Music Show is the London Sinfonietta's platform for new music from the very best emerging talent from the UK and abroad. Enjoy a festival-in-a-day with performances, installations, talks and opportunities to participate.

Performances from 4.00pm throughout the afternoon and evening:

Set 1: 4.30pm
John Cage Suite for Toy Piano
Andrew Hamilton solo piece
Juliana Hodkinson Stills

Set 2: 6.00pm*
Tansy Davies Nature (London premiere) +
Larry Goves Trends in personal relationships (first professional performance)

Set 3: 7.30pm*
David Fennessy 13 Factories (UK premiere)
Andrew Norman Try (London premiere)
Gerald Barry Lisbon

Late-set: 9.00pm with Oliver Coates and guest artist Serafina Steer
Alvin Lucier Music for cello and one or more amplified vases
Serafina Steer songs
Charlie Usher Yawl Ketch Schooner Brig

Plus, throughout the day, Hidden gives the chance to discover a series of specially-commissioned new works in hidden spaces around Southbank Centre. Sign up on the day to book your space.



3 Dec



United Kingdom
 Monday, December 03, 2012 at 7.30pm 
Britten - The String Quartets
Wigmore Hall, London
36 Wigmore St, London W1
United Kingdom
02079352141
http://www.wigmore-hall.org.uk

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


Wigmore Hall’s newly appointed Associate Artists explore Britten’s three numbered string quartets, compositions shaped by intellectual complexity and profound compassion. The Takács Quartet has lived with these works for many years, crafting interpretations that seize listeners with their insight, captivating honesty and sense of awe.
Wigmore Hall played host to the first UK performance of the composer’s String Quartet No. 1 in April 1943 and provided the platform for the November 1945 world première of String Quartet No. 2, complete with its mighty ‘Chacony’, a tribute to Henry Purcell.
Peter Eyre will read excerpts from Thomas Mann’s Death in Venice before the performance of String Quartet No. 3, which finds echoes in the novella.


Benjamin Britten : String Quartet No. 1 in D Op. 25
Benjamin Britten : String Quartet No. 2 in C Op. 36
Benjamin Britten : String Quartet No. 3 Op. 94

3 Dec



United Kingdom
 Monday, December 03, 2012 at 19:30-21:30 
ACM Ensemble - Music of the Upbow
International Anthony Burgess Foundation Centre
Engine House, Chorlton Mill, 3 Cambridge Street, Manchester, M1 5BY
United Kingdom
http://www.anthonyburgess.org/

Tickets: £3
Following their performance of Abrahamsen's Schnee in June, ACM Ensemble invites its audience to a further exploration of the subtle and delicate sounds of Danish contemporary music. Along with commissions from two emerging British composers, the program represents Danes from three generations, concluding with the UK premiere of Steen-Andersen's strikingly original masterpiece Amid.



Simon Steen-Andersen : rerendered
Bent Sorensen : Angelus Waltz
Bent Sorensen : The Hill of the Heartless Giant
David Futers : windows and door: Demark (1)
Lars Bagger : Propior Deo
David Curington : Flute, Clarinet and Violin Nos. 1-3
Simon Steen-Andersen : Amid

4 Dec 
 
5 Dec 
 
6 Dec 
 
7 Dec



United Kingdom
 Friday, December 07, 2012 at 4.30pm 
Families@4: Looking to the Heavens
Bramall Music Building
University of Birmingham, Edgbaston
United Kingdom

Tickets: £4 adults / free for under 16s (all children must be accompanied by an adult)
Birmingham Contemporary Music Group



Activities in foyer from 4pm

This fun, bite-sized and interactive concert for young people and their families will explore the heavenly music of Olivier Messiaen’s Quartet for the end of time and extracts from one of the 20th century’s most important compositions, Arnold Schoenberg’s Pierrot Lunaire.

Get close up to the music and musicians in this informal and relaxed performance. Come early and take part in activities in the foyer.

Best suited to children aged 7+
Performances will last around one hour



7 Dec



United Kingdom
 Friday, December 07, 2012 at 7.30pm 
Looking to the Heavens
Symphony Hall, Birmingham
Broad Street, Birmingham, West Midlands, B1 2EA
United Kingdom
0121 200 2000
symphonyhall@necgroup.co.uk
http://boxoffice.necgroup.co.uk/iccsym.asp

Tickets: £10 - £42
Conductor: Andris Nelsons
Soprano: Claire Booth *
City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
Birmingham Contemporary Music Group

Arnold Schoenberg’s Pierrot Lunaire was premiered at the Berlin Choralion-Saal on 16 October 1912. The small mixed ensemble that Schoenberg invented for this masterpiece of early atonal music has over the last 100 years become a ‘standard ensemble’, spawning a large repertoire for this grouping of instruments by subsequent composers.

Pierrot Lunaire is a three-part work that sets German translations of poems by Albert Giraud. The eight instruments played by five performers are arranged differently in every number and produce an amazing variety of sound. A striking feature of the work is the vocalist’s Sprechstimme (speech-singing), an eerie declamation between song and speech, where the pitch is sounded but not held; instead, the vocalist immediately leaves the note, falling or rising to the next.

The first of three performances of Pierrot Lunaire in our 25th anniversary season follows a CBSO performance of Bruckner’s Eighth Symphony. Composed just 20 years before Schoenberg’s tour de force, Bruckner’s symphony is one of late Romantic music’s most overwhelming experiences.

Concert preceded by a free 30-minute piano recital at 6.15pm, performed by one of the rising stars of Birmingham Conservatoire.




Anton Bruckner : Symphony No. 8
Arnold Schoenberg : Pierrot Lunaire

7 Dec



United Kingdom
 Friday, December 07, 2012 at Activities in foyer from 4pm. Concert starts at 4.30pm 
Quartet for the End of Time
Bramall Music Building
University of Birmingham, Edgbaston
United Kingdom

Tickets: £4 adults / free for under 16s (all children must be accompanied by an adult)


On a bitingly cold January night in 1941, at the Stalag VIIIA German prisoner-of-war camp, an extraordinary piece of music was performed for the first time by a group of four prisoners - a clarinettist, violinist, cellist and pianist. The composer was Olivier Messiaen, the piece Quartet for the End of Time. Drawing inspiration from birdsong and ancient Hindu rhythms, and with movements with titles such as ‘Dance of fury, for the seven trumpets’ and ‘Tangle of rainbows, for the Angel who announces the end of time’, the piece is a 20th century classic.

Come and join us for this hour-long informal concert, hear excerpts of the piece, and learn the amazing story behind the music and about the lives of the musicians who performed it.


Olivier Messiaen : Quartet for the End of Time

8 Dec 
 
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13 Dec



United Kingdom
 Thursday, December 13, 2012 at 7.30pm 
The Great O Anthems
Grosvenor Chapel, London
South Audley Street, London W1K 2PA
United Kingdom
http://www.grosvenorchapel.org.uk

Tickets: Tickets price £12 (under 25's £5,other concessions £10) includes a glass of wine
London Concord Singers
Malcolm Cottle (conductor)

The Magnificat Antiphons for the last seven days of Advent, the Great O Anthems, have inspired composers over the centuries and London Concord Singers present a survey of the settings, each anthem set by a different composer. One anthem is sung to the original plainchant whilst another is in a setting by the 17th century English composer Robert Ramsey, the remaining settings are by contemporary composers from Estonia, Poland and the UK. Those of Arvo Pärt, Pavel Lukaszewski, Bob Chilcott and Keith Roberts are from taken from complete settings of all seven antiphons. Whilst that of Cecilia MacDowell, which was premiered earlier this year, is from a set commissioned from seven different composers by Merton College Choir. The Magnificat Antiphons will be complemented by a magnificent Magnificat by Andrea Gabrieli for three choirs.

The concert will be completed with a selection of music for Advent including the premiere of Robert Hugill’s advent motet Propre es tu.


Arvo Pärt : O Immanuel, from Sieben Magnificat-Antiphonen
Pawel Lukaszewski : O Radix Jesse, from Antiphonae (O Antiphons)
Bob Chilcott : O Adonai, from Advent Antiphons
Keith Roberts : O Clavis David, from Veni
Cecilia McDowall : O Oriens
Robert Hugill : Propre es tu

14 Dec



United Kingdom
 Friday, December 14, 2012 at 20:00 
Philip Glass at 75: Koyaanisqatsi
Barbican Hall, London
Barbican, Silk Street, London EC2
United Kingdom
020 7638 8891
http://www.barbican.org.uk/eticketing

Tickets: £10 –35
Godfrey Reggio director

Britten Sinfonia
Philip Glass Ensemble
Trinity Laban Chamber Choir
Stephen Jackson choir director
Michael Reisman conductor

A live screening of Koyaanisqatsi the unforgettable 1982 film set to a new arrangement of Glass’ film score for his ensemble and orchestra.

Godfrey Reggio’s 1982 time-lapse cinematic vision of American cities and landscapes Koyaanisqatsi has been described as a ‘visual tone poem.’ In this wordless vision of nature and civilization is Reggio’s view of an ‘unbalanced world’, the collision of man with technology and the inadequate, humiliated state of language. As iconic as Reggio’s film is Glass’s score – momentous in its gradations of tempi, its seismically shifting harmonies and its seminal pitting of synthesized sounds against the weight of the orchestra. Here the Britten Sinfonia and the Philip Glass ensemble play the composer’s revised orchestration as a live accompaniment to the film.


Philip Glass : Koyaanisqatsi

15 Dec 
 
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18 Dec



United Kingdom
 Tuesday, December 18, 2012 at 3.00pm 
Christmas Cracker - Matinee Performance
Cadogan Hall
5 Sloane Terrace, London, SW1X 9DQ
United Kingdom
02075898212

Tickets: £45, £35, £25, £15
Conductor - Nick Davies
Vocalist - Mary Carewe
Vocalist - Michael Dore
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra


Known for its blend of yuletide magic, Christmas Cracker is a firm favourite with Royal Philharmonic Orchestra audiences. Back for two concerts this year, the Orchestra will be joined by Mary Carewe and Michael Dore who will delight you with such merriments as Have Yourself a Merry Christmas, Mary’s Boy Child, Sleigh Ride, The Little Road to Bethlehem and not forgetting the sing-along carols. With Sloane Square looking so festive, these concerts are a must to start your own Christmas celebrations!

Box Office: 020 7730 4500




18 Dec



United Kingdom
 Tuesday, December 18, 2012 at 7.30pm 
Christmas Cracker - Evening Performance
Cadogan Hall
5 Sloane Terrace, London, SW1X 9DQ
United Kingdom
02075898212

Tickets: £45, £35, £25, £15
Conductor - Nick Davies
Vocalist - Mary Carewe
Vocalist - Michael Dore
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

Known for its blend of yuletide magic, Christmas Cracker is a firm favourite with Royal Philharmonic Orchestra audiences. Back for two concerts this year, the Orchestra will be joined by Mary Carewe and Michael Dore who will delight you with such merriments as Have Yourself a Merry Christmas, Mary’s Boy Child, Sleigh Ride, The Little Road to Bethlehem and not forgetting the sing-along carols. With Sloane Square looking so festive, these concerts are a must to start your own Christmas celebrations!

Box Office: 020 7730 4500




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