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7 Nov

United Kingdom
 Tuesday, November 07, 2017 at 1pm - 2pm 
Last Words - Soprano, Flute, Cello & Piano
St George the Martyr
Borough High Street, London
United Kingdom

Tickets: Free admission
Patricia Auchterlonie (soprano), Antonia Berg (flute), Ben Smith (piano), Yoanna Prodanova (cello)

Series 3 of Borough New Music opens with works by composers from Italy, Canada and the UK. Songs by Sciarrino are set either side of the two centrepieces of this recital: the UK premiere of Kate Soper's 'Only The Words Themselves Mean What They Say'(2010-11), and a world premiere by exciting young pianist-composer Ben Smith (b. 1991).

Kate Soper : Only the words themselves mean what they say (2010-11)
Ben Smith : New Work
Salvatore Sciarrino : Ultime rose (from Vanitas) (1981)
Salvatore Sciarrino : Due melodie per soprano e pianoforte (1978)

8 Nov 
9 Nov 
10 Nov 
11 Nov 
12 Nov

United Kingdom
 Sunday, November 12, 2017 at 7.30pm 
Takács Quartet
Wigmore Hall, London
36 Wigmore St, London W1
United Kingdom

Takács Quartet
Associate Artists

Wigmore Hall’s Associate Artists pair the first of Mozart’s ‘Prussian’ Quartets, a composition written with the chamber music-loving, cello-playing Frederick the Great in mind, with a new work by the Australian composer Carl Vine. The folk-inspired melodies and soaring lyricism of Brahms’s third string quartet occupy the concert’s second half.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart : String Quartet in D major K575 'Prussian'
Carl Vine : New work
Johannes Brahms : String Quartet No. 3 in B flat major Op. 67

13 Nov 
14 Nov

United Kingdom
 Tuesday, November 14, 2017 at 1pm - 2pm 
Babbitt-Haas-Emmerson - Piano, Soprano & Electronics
St George the Martyr
Borough High Street, London
United Kingdom

Tickets: Free admission
Ben Smith (piano), Patricia Auchterlonie (soprano)

Lauded for her 'natural charm and grace' (Classical Source, 2017), the soprano Patricia Auchterlonie joins the pianist Ben Smith for a recital featuring works for soprano or piano with fixed electronics. The contrasting programme of Babbitt, Haas and Emmerson spans iconic works written between 1964 and 2004.

Milton Babbitt : Philomel (1964)
Georg Friedrich Haas : Ein Schattenspiel (2004)
Simon Emmerson : Time Past IV (1985)

15 Nov 
16 Nov 
17 Nov

United Kingdom
 Friday, November 17, 2017 at 1pm 
Britten Sinfonia; Nik Bärtsch piano
Wigmore Hall, London
36 Wigmore St, London W1
United Kingdom

Britten Sinfonia
Nik Bärtsch piano

Nik Bärtsch’s music was praised by The New York Times for blending ‘post-modernism with a precision groove honed in the spirit of James Brown’. As curator, Bärtsch has set his latest work alongside works by Sarah Kirkland Snider, Judd Greenstein and the winner of OPUS2017, Britten Sinfonia’s competition for unpublished composers.

Sarah Kirkland Snider : Pale As Centuries
OPUS 2017 Winner : New Work
Judd Greenstein : City Boy
Nik Bärtsch : New Work

17 Nov

United Kingdom
 Friday, November 17, 2017 at 7.30pm 
BBC SSO in Birmingham
Symphony Hall, Birmingham
Broad Street, Birmingham, West Midlands, B1 2EA
United Kingdom
0121 200 2000


Feel the energy, as powerhouse conductor Ilan Volkov conducts Beethoven’s 'Eroica' Symphony, and makes some dynamic discoveries.

With the two explosive chords, Beethoven’s Eroica symphony launched a new era for music – and created a world of limitless sonic possibility. So Ilan Volkov and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra pair it with three dazzlingly inventive new pieces in an evening drawing inspiration from Volkov's renowned Tectonics Festival in Reykjavik and Glasgow.

Cassandra Miller Miller : Round
John Croft : Lost Work
Salvatore Sciarrino : Allegoria della notte

18 Nov

United Kingdom
 Saturday, November 18, 2017 at  
Nico Muhly: Marnie
English National Opera
London Coliseum
United Kingdom


Marnie is a compelling psychological thriller set in England during the late 1950s. A young woman makes her way through life by embezzling from her employers, before she moves on and changes her identity. When her current boss Mark Rutland catches her red-handed, he blackmails her into a loveless marriage. Marnie is left with no choice but to confront the hidden trauma from her past.

Following Two Boys in 2011, this is the composer Nico Muhly’s second world premiere for ENO. With a libretto by Nicholas Wright, Marnie is based on the novel by Winston Graham, by special arrangement with Universal Pictures. It examines the cost of freedom, the limitations of forgiveness and the impossibility of escaping the past, in music that is direct and powerful.

Tony Award-winning director Michael Mayer makes his UK opera debut, collaborating with ENO Music Director Martyn Brabbins. Grammy Award-winning mezzo Sasha Cooke sings the title role, while acclaimed bass-baritone Daniel Okulitch sings Mark Rutland. They are joined by ENO favourite Lesley Garrett.

18 Nov - 03 Dec 2017

Nico Muhly : Marnie

18 Nov

United Kingdom
 Saturday, November 18, 2017 at 10.00am - 1.00pm 
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19 Nov 
20 Nov

United Kingdom
 Monday, November 20, 2017 at 7.30pm 
Stockhausen: Stimmung & Cosmic Pulses
Barbican Hall, London
Barbican, Silk Street, London EC2
United Kingdom
020 7638 8891

Robert Henke laser artist
Jacqueline Barron soprano
Zoe Freedman soprano
Heather Cairncross mezzo-soprano
Guy Elliott tenor
Angus Smith tenor
Gregory Rose bass/director
Stephen Montague assistant sound projection
Kathinka Pasveer sound projection

For the tenth anniversary of Stockhausen’s death we present rare performances of two of his defining masterpieces: the meditative, trance-like Stimmung and the earth-shattering Cosmic Pulses.

Ten years ago, Karlheinz Stockhausen ceased composing on a physical plane – but his music always reached beyond the merely visible. Cosmic Pulses and Stimmung create musical spaces of rapturous, visionary beauty and intensity, and these performers are profoundly committed.

Every Stockhausen performance is a major event, of course – not many composers born in the 20th century speak more directly, or with such an original voice. Stimmung and Cosmic Pulses come from opposite ends of his extraordinary career, and here Cosmic Pulses will be accompanied by a laser installation from audio-visual artist Robert Henke. This is music that demands to be heard – and felt – live, and it’s performed today by artists who knew the composer intimately.

Karlheinz Stockhausen : Stimmung
Karlheinz Stockhausen : Cosmic Pulses

21 Nov

United Kingdom
 Tuesday, November 21, 2017 at 1pm - 2pm 
Sensations - Ben Smith, Piano
St George the Martyr
Borough High Street, London
United Kingdom

Tickets: Free admission
Ben Smith (piano)

A solo piano recital by the enterprising young pianist Ben Smith. Based in London and specialising in contemporary music, Smith is interested in – amongst other things – phenomenological and semiotic approaches to musical analysis, and compositional encounters with silence and repetition. This concert is the third in Series 3 of Borough New Music, of which Smith is a Guest Artistic Director.

Julian Anderson : Sensation (2015-16)
Conlon Nancarrow : Three Canons for Ursula (1988)
Robert Reid Allan : The Palace of Light (2016)

22 Nov

United Kingdom
 Wednesday, November 22, 2017 at  
Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival
Room CAM1/10, University of Huddersfield, Huddersfield, HD1 3DH
United Kingdom
44 (0) 1484 430528

Martyn Brabbins conductor
London Sinfonietta

Explore some of the London Sinfonietta’s most iconic commissions as part of our 50th anniversary celebrations. From the architectural principles that guide Xenakis’ Thallein, to the richness of Birtwistle’s Silbury Air, inspired by the mystery of the prehistoric Silbury Hill in Wiltshire, these landmark pieces give a sense of the musical journey the London Sinfonietta has taken.

Wed 22 & Sat 25 Nov
Huddersfield | London

Iannis Xenakis : Thallein for chamber orchestra
Colin Matthews : Contraflow
Wolfgang Rihm : Chiffre ii: Silence to be beaten
Harrison Birtwistle : Silbury Air

23 Nov

United Kingdom
 Thursday, November 23, 2017 at 7.45pm 
Hull Chamber Music Society
Middleton Hall
University of Hull, HU6 7RX
United Kingdom

Tickets: £5.00 - £14.00
Ellipsis Ensemble: piano, flute, oboe
James Gilchrist: tenor

Life and Love
A programme exploring themes of life and love through vocal and instrumental narrative. The programme will include works by Bach, Handel, Vaughan Williams, and Dubery, and Roxanna Panufnik’s setting of Shakespeare Sonnets: Generation of Love.

David Dubery : Swans in Flight
David Dubery : An August Midnight

24 Nov 
25 Nov

United Kingdom
 Saturday, November 25, 2017 at  
Music and Reformation
St Michael and All Angel Church, , Bedford Park
Bath Rd, Chiswick, London W4 1TT
United Kingdom

Tickets: Full price £14, Concession £12, Students ticket £5
Guest Conductor: Marc Dooley
Leader : Iwona Boesche

Cecilia McDowall : Floreat Oriana
Richard Wagner : Parsifal: Prelude and Good Friday Music
Felix Mendelssohn : Symphony No.5 (Reformation)
Bach Bach Stokowski : Ein Feste Burg ist unser Gott

25 Nov

United Kingdom
 Saturday, November 25, 2017 at 7.30pm 
Arlene Sierra/Bartók/Dvořák
Bridgewater Hall, Manchester
Lower Mosley Road
United Kingdom
44 (0) 161 907 9000

BBC Philharmonic

The music of American-born, London-based composer Arlene Sierra brilliantly evokes the natural world, and this BBC Philharmonic commission will lift us out of town and into spaces far beyond. You’ll also hear sounds of the countryside in Dvorák’s joyous Eighth Symphony, but the urgency of Bartók’s First Piano Concerto is firmly rooted in the city. Two longtime favourites from France cross the Channel to join us: conductor Ludovic Morlot and piano dynamo Jean-Efflam Bavouzet.

Arlene Sierra : Nature Symphony
Béla Bartók : Piano Concerto No 1
Antonin Dvorak : Symphony No 8 in G major

26 Nov 
27 Nov 
28 Nov

United Kingdom
 Tuesday, November 28, 2017 at 1pm - 2pm 
Haikus - Soprano, Cello, Piano, Flute
St George the Martyr
Borough High Street, London
United Kingdom

Tickets: Free admission
Antonia Berg (flute), Patricia Auchterlonie (soprano), Ben Smith (piano), Yoanna Prodanova (cello)

Borough New Music is delighted to feature the composer Eva-Maria Houben in Series 3. Since 2000, Houben's music has been published by Edition Wandelweiser (Haan), and several CDs of her music have been released by Edition Wandelweiser Records. In this concert, the performers explore just one part of Houben's vast body of 'Haikus'.

Eva-Maria Houben : Haikus for four (I, V, VIII, IX)

29 Nov 
30 Nov

United Kingdom
 Thursday, November 30, 2017 at 7.30pm 
Tan Dun: The Martial Arts Trilogy
Barbican Hall, London
Barbican, Silk Street, London EC2
United Kingdom
020 7638 8891

London Symphony Orchestra

Bringing together three masterpieces of Chinese cinema, Tan Dun’s trilogy sets the Martial Arts tradition originally found in Chinese opera into a modern context, giving it an international appeal through film. Traditional delicate solos on cello, violin and piano, thundering percussion and the soaring strings of a live orchestra; all these elements of Tan Dun’s score play an essential role in the big screen depiction of clashing armies, flying warriors and forbidden romances.

While Tan Dun first attracted attention with works that mixed Chinese folkloric instruments and techniques with elements of avant-garde Western classical music, it was arguably the scores for his Martial Arts Trilogy that propelled him to international fame.;

Tan Dun : The Martial Arts Trilogy

1 Dec 
2 Dec

United Kingdom
 Saturday, December 02, 2017 at 7.30pm 
City of London Sinfonia presents Modern Mystics: The Protecting Veil
St John's, Smith Square
London, SW1P 3HA
United Kingdom
+44 (0)20 7222 1061

City of London Sinfonia
Alexandra Wood director
Matthew Barley cello, presenter

Journey to the centre of Sir John Tavener’s The Protecting Veil through living programme notes, in a performance by the City of London Sinfonia and Matthew Barley.

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Part of Southbank Centre’s year-long festival, Belief and Beyond Belief, The Protecting Veil blurs the lines between humanity and divinity – a glimpse into otherworldliness through the rituals and seasons celebrated around Mary, the Mother of God.

Move even closer to the powerful music in this performance with City of London Sinfonia and Matthew Barley, as they invite audiences to explore the music’s meaning through Living Programme Notes.

In this performance directed from the cello by Matthew Barley, the venue is transformed through lighting and intimate seating, so as to immerse the audience in Tavener’s ecstatic vision.

John Tavener : The Protecting Veil for cello & strings

3 Dec

United Kingdom
 Sunday, December 03, 2017 at Doors open at 7:00 pm, recital begins at 7:30pm 
Ealing Guitar Society
St Matthew's Church Hall
St Matthew's Church Hall (behind the church), North Common Road, London, W5 2QA
United Kingdom

Tickets: £13 (£10 concessions)

Full Programme:

Mauro Giuliani – Grande Ouverture Op.61

Isaac Albeniz – Asturias (Leyenda), from ‘Suite Espanola’ Op.47, No.5

Rumores de la Caleta, from ‘Recuerdos de Viaje, Op.71, No.6

Mark Houghton – Sonatine, for solo guitar

Django Reinhardt – Nuages (arr. Roland Dyens)

Gary Ryan – Hot Club Français


Helen Walker – Five Divertissements

Roland Dyens - Libra Sonatine:
· India
· Largo
· Fuoco

Antonio Jobim/Vinicious de Moraes – Felicidade (arr Roland Dyens)

Gary Ryan – Benga Beat

Helen Walker : 'Five Divertissements for Guitar'

3 Dec

United Kingdom
 Sunday, December 03, 2017 at 4pm 
Institute of Contemporary Arts
The Mall London, England SW1Y 5AH
United Kingdom

Tre Voci

Meditative cello improvisations by London-based trio Tre Voci meet thrilling Iranian drumming in this fascinating musical collaboration accompanied by live visuals.

Immerse yourself in the plethora of sounds slowly orbiting the audience in the first half, before hearing "the best hand-drummer worldwide" (ORF) Mohammad Reza Mortazavi, and his mesmerisingly fast drumming, bringing the programme to an ecstatic close.

Tre Voci (Torun Stavseng, Gregor Riddell and Colin Alexander) will perform their own improvisations and new compositions, including the world premiere of a new work by David Stephen Grant, in which they collaborate with Mohammad Reza Mortazavi and Norwegian soprano Silje Aker Johnsen.

David Stephen Grant : New Work

4 Dec 
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6 Dec

United Kingdom
 Wednesday, December 06, 2017 at 7.30pm 
Royal Festival Hall, London
South Bank, London SE1
United Kingdom
020 7840 4242

Pascal Rophé conductor
Royal Academy of Music Manson Ensemble side by side with
London Sinfonietta

Trans came to Stockhausen in a dream, and this extraordinary orchestral masterpiece is every bit as dream-like in performance. The conductor is invisible, half the orchestra is hidden behind a vividly lit gauze, and those left in view are instructed to move like puppets. As listeners we are held in a trance, caught somewhere between the real and the imaginary, the present and the future. Pascal Rophé conducts this all-Stockhausen programme, as we celebrate a composer who has played a key part in the London Sinfonietta’s history.

Karlheinz Stockhausen : Zodiac for orchestra
Karlheinz Stockhausen : Trans

7 Dec

United Kingdom
 Thursday, December 07, 2017 at 19:00 
London Contemporary Music Festival
Ambika P3
35 Marylebone Rd, Marylebone, London NW1 5LS, UK
United Kingdom

An Assembly

'The capital's most adventurous and ambitious festival of new music' (The Guardian) is back for its sixth edition. Returning to the epic, subterranean surroundings of Ambika P3, LCMF 2017 offers a week of multi-disciplinary events and new commissions.

Andy Ingamells and Maya Verlaak : Tape Piece

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