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9 Nov

United Kingdom
 Friday, November 09, 2012 at 7:00pm - c. 9:30pm 
Morton Feldman's "Triadic Memories"
Holywell Music Room, Oxford
Holywell Street, Oxford
United Kingdom

Tickets: £10 / £8 seniors / £5 students
Luke Berryman

"Triadic Memories" is a vast single-movement work lasting approximately two hours. Like other compositions of Morton Feldman's final years, it's closely related to the aesthetics of Mark Rothko's paintings, and is characterised by stasis and extremely quiet dynamics. The unusual title refers partly to an attempt to evoke memory itself: listening to this piece is like flicking through an old photograph album. Its delicate, slowly-shifting harmonies reach toward something that was once definite, but is now lost in time. It was perhaps this fragility that led the composer to aptly describe the piece as "the largest butterfly in captivity".

"Triadic Memories" has only been performed a handful of times across the world, and the 25th anniversary of Feldman's death falls this year. All in all, this concert promises to be a special occasion.

Rob Keeley : Ballade
Karlheinz Stockhausen : Klavierstück IX
Morton Feldman : Triadic Memories

10 Nov 
11 Nov

United Kingdom
 Sunday, November 11, 2012 at 7:30pm 
Brahms, Jonathan Dove and Elgar
Wigmore Hall, London
36 Wigmore St, London W1
United Kingdom

Tickets: £12 £16 £22 £24
The Schubert Ensemble

In this fitting programme for Remembrance Sunday the Schubert Ensemble performs Elgar’s warm, autumnal Piano Quintet, written at the end of World War I, together with Brahms’s deeply personal Piano Quartet No. 3, with possibly the most gorgeous slow movement in the repertoire. These late romantic masterpieces contrast vividly with Jonathan Dove’s sparkling and energetic Piano Quintet, written for the Ensemble in 2009.

‘…they demand superlatives’ Sunday Times

‘…outstanding in every respect’ Guardian

Johannes Brahms : Piano Quartet No. 3 in C minor Op. 60
Jonathan Dove : Piano Quintet
Edward Elgar : Piano Quintet in A minor Op. 84

12 Nov

United Kingdom
 Monday, November 12, 2012 at 1:00 PM 
The Mavron Quartet
St David's Hall
United Kingdom

Tickets: £5.50 in advance
The Mavron Quartet

The Mavron Quartet, St David's Hall's Ensemble in Residence, is Wales' leading string Quartet. Since forming in 2002 the quartet has worked collaboratively with a range of artists to produce and perform new works, alongside outreach work with St David's Hall and the CAVATINA Chamber Music Trust.

In association with Live Music Now Wales

Giovanni Battista Viotti : String Quartet No 1 in F
Hugh Wood : String Quartet No 1

13 Nov

United Kingdom
 Tuesday, November 13, 2012 at 7.30pm 
Chloë Hanslip performs Brahms
Cadogan Hall
5 Sloane Terrace, London, SW1X 9DQ
United Kingdom

Tickets: £40, £32.50, £25, £15
Conductor - Christoph Koenig
Violin - Chloë Hanslip
Royal Philharmonic Ochestra

He may have been overshadowed by Wagner, but without Weber the history of opera would be very different. Weber’s Der Freischütz, with its atmospheric Overture, is considered the first important German Romantic opera – and had a huge impact on Wagner himself. Brahms and Wagner were rivals, splitting the musical world with their different approaches to composition, yet few can now resist the sunny charm of the Violin Concerto by Brahms. With its lyrical opening movement, exquisite, singing Adagio and vigorous finale, the Concerto is an ideal showcase for the talents of Chloë Hanslip. Dvorák’s Eighth Symphony is one of his most joyous, full of Bohemian folk-tunes and orchestral colour.

Box Office: 020 7730 4500

Carl Maria von Weber : Der Freischütz Overture
Johannes Brahms : Violin Concerto
Antonin Dvorak : Symphony No.8

14 Nov

United Kingdom
 Wednesday, November 14, 2012 at 7:30pm 
Colin Matthews, Schumann and Mozart
Wigmore Hall, London
36 Wigmore St, London W1
United Kingdom

Tickets: £10
Elias String Quartet

Mozart fashioned his Clarinet Quintet for Anton Stadler, a great Viennese wind player and fellow Freemason. The score periodically places the clarinet centre stage while generally treating the instrument as an equal chamber music partner. This concert opens with the world première of a new work, specially written by Colin Matthews for the Elias Quartet.

In creating string quartets, Schumann observed, ‘the composer must possess an intimate knowledge of the genre’s history, but should strive to produce more than mere imitations of Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven.’ He followed his advice to brilliant effect in the third of his Op. 41 quartets, displaying inventive ingenuity throughout.

Colin Matthews : String Quartet No. 4
Robert Schumann : String Quartet in A Op. 41 No. 3
Wolfgang Mozart : Clarinet Quintet in A K581

15 Nov 
16 Nov 
17 Nov

United Kingdom
 Saturday, November 17, 2012 at 7pm 
If on a Winter's Night...
Schott Recital Room @ Bauer & Hieber
48 Great Marlborough Street, London W1F7BB
United Kingdom

Siobhan Mooney (mezzo soprano)
Dominic Saunders (piano)

Martin Gaughan : Lines of Leaving

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 -

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 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.

24 Nov

United Kingdom
 Saturday, November 24, 2012 at 2 pm 

York Minster
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 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

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

Tickets: £10


Özgür Aydin


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 
27 Nov 
28 Nov 
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

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

Ann Murray DBE
John Mark Ainsley
Robin Tritschler
Marcus Farnsworth
Malcolm Martineau

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

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

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

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 7.30pm 
Looking to the Heavens
Symphony Hall, Birmingham
Broad Street, Birmingham, West Midlands, B1 2EA
United Kingdom
0121 200 2000

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

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

8 Dec 
9 Dec 

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