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15 Mar



United Kingdom
 Friday, March 15, 2013 at 7.30 pm 
Cyril Scott/ Leopold Stokowsi & Rachmaninov
Cadogan Hall
5 Sloane Terrace, London, SW1X 9DQ
United Kingdom
02075898212

Tickets: £20, £16, £5
Peter Donohe - Piano
Martin Yates - Conductor
Symphony Orchestra of Cambridge University



Cyril Scott : Pelleas and Mellisanda
Leopold Stokowski : Pictures at an Exhibition (Mussorgsky)
Sergei Rachmaninov : Piano Concerto No.3

15 Mar



United Kingdom
 Friday, March 15, 2013 at 7pm 
Studio Concert: Zhubanov, Gribbin and Prokofiev
BBC Maida Vale Studios, London
Maida Vale One, Delaware Road, London
United Kingdom
02085761227

Tickets: Free
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Alan Buribayev conductor
Finghin Collins piano

Kazakh conductor Alan Buribayev conducts Akhmet Zhubanov and Khamidi Latyf’s symphonic arrangement from the opera Abai. Both composers were pivotal in the development of Kazakh musical culture in the 20th century. Irish pianist Finghin Collins joins the BBC SO for the UK premiere of The Binding of the Years, by Belfast-born composer Deirdre Gribbin. The concert opens with three new chamber works by composers from the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, and closes with Prokofiev’s nostalgic final symphony, completed in 1952, the year before his death.

Contemporary Composers : Guildhall Octets
Zhubanov/ Hamidi : Wedding Dances from the opera Abai
Deidre Gribbin : The Binding of the Years
Sergei Prokofiev : Symphony No. 7

16 Mar



United Kingdom
 Saturday, March 16, 2013 at 7.30pm 
The Gospel According to the Other Mary / John Adams
Barbican Hall, London
Barbican, Silk Street, London EC2
United Kingdom
020 7638 8891
http://www.barbican.org.uk/eticketing

Tickets: £15-65
Los Angeles Philharmonic
Gustavo Dudamel conductor
Peter Sellars director / librettist
Kelley O’Connor Mary
Tamara Mumford Martha
Russell Thomas Lazarus
Daniel Bubeck countertenor
Brian Cummings countertenor
Nathan Medley countertenor
Michael Schumacher dancer
Anani Sanouvi dancer
Troy Ogilvie dancer
Los Angeles Master Chorale
Grant Gershon music director

Their 1987 music drama Nixon in China has become the most popular American opera since Porgy and Bess. Now the powerhouse creative partnership that is John Adams and Peter Sellars unveil their new work for Barbican audiences, played and conducted by the musicians for whom it was written. The Gospel According to the Other Mary is a 90-minute oratorio for orchestra, chorus and soloists, based on the New Testament stories of Lazarus and Jesus’s Passion and which draws on evocative Mexican poetry. The score is played here in its European premiere by the orchestra which Adams has described as ‘one of the most supple and flexible of any in the world.’

John Adams : The Gospel According to the Other Mary

17 Mar



United Kingdom
 Sunday, March 17, 2013 at 4.00pm - 6pm 

Royal Holloway University of London
Egham, Surrey
United Kingdom

Tickets: £10 and £5




Kelvin Thomson : The Silence of the Bees

17 Mar



United Kingdom
 Sunday, March 17, 2013 at 7.30 
Beethoven, Osvaldo Golijov and Dvořák
Wigmore Hall, London
36 Wigmore St, London W1
United Kingdom
02079352141
http://www.wigmore-hall.org.uk

Tickets: £12-28
St. Lawrence String Quartet

Since winning the Banff International String Quartet Competition in 1992, the St. Lawrence Quartet has delighted audiences with its spontaneous, passionate and dynamic performances. The St. Lawrences, noted Alex Ross in The New Yorker, ‘are remarkable not simply for the quality of their music-making … but for the joy they take in the act of connection.’
The programme opens with the last of Beethoven’s Op. 18 string quartets, in which the composer showed his unfailing mastery of the style developed by Haydn and Mozart. Argentine composer Osvaldo Golijov enhanced his long and fruitful association with the St. Lawrences in 2011 when he created Qoheleth for the group, a new work inspired by core texts from the book of Ecclesiastes. Dvořák’s final string quartet brings the concert to a joyful close.


Ludwig Van Beethoven : String Quartet in Bb Op. 18 No. 6
Osvaldo Golijov : New work (UK première)
Antonin Dvorak : String Quartet No. 14 in Ab Op. 105

18 Mar 
 
19 Mar 
 
20 Mar



United Kingdom
 Wednesday, March 20, 2013 at 7.30 
Alexander Goehr and George Benjamin
Wigmore Hall, London
36 Wigmore St, London W1
United Kingdom
02079352141
http://www.wigmore-hall.org.uk

Tickets: £10-30
Fretwork

Susan Bickley
mezzo-soprano
Tabea Zimmermann
viola
Antoine Tamestit
viola
George Benjamin
piano

London-born George Benjamin began composing at the age of seven and gained granite-like foundations for his future career through childhood composition and piano lessons with Peter Gellhorn. He went on to study with Olivier Messiaen in Paris and Alexander Goehr at Cambridge University, while attracting international attention with his orchestral work Ringed by the Flat Horizon. Wigmore Hall’s George Benjamin Series, a significant addition to the venue’s growing commitment to contemporary chamber music and song, presents fascinating perspectives on the composer’s diverse works within the context of programmes of music by his influences and colleagues.

Alexander Goehr : Three sonnets and two fantasias
George Benjamin : Piano Figures
George Benjamin : Viola, Viola
Alexander Goehr : from Shadow of Night Op. 86
Alexander Goehr : Sur terre, en l'air

21 Mar 
 
22 Mar 
 
23 Mar



United Kingdom
 Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 7.30 
Aurora Orchestra: Insomnia
Jerwood Hall
London
United Kingdom

Tickets: £12-30
Nicholas Collon conductor
Allan Clayton tenor
Thomas Gould violin
William Reynolds designer/lighting designer
Aurora Orchestra

For the first in its 2013 New Moves series, Aurora collaborates with tenor Allan Clayton to produce a unique and haunting theatrical concert built around Britten’s Nocturne. The programme charts a course through the darkness of a troubled night, with other repertoire including Vivaldi’s La Notte (‘The Night’) and James MacMillan’s Deep but Dazzling Darkness with solo violinist Thomas Gould, commissioned for the opening of LSO St Luke's in 2003.

Antonio Vivaldi : Flute Concerto in G minor Op 10 No 2, La Notte ('The Night')
James MacMillan : A Deep but Dazzling Darkness
Gyorgy Ligeti : Poème Symphonique for 100 metronomes
Benjamin Britten : Nocturne
Ivor Gurney : Sleep

24 Mar 
 
25 Mar 
 
26 Mar



United Kingdom
 Tuesday, March 26, 2013 at 8pm 
Manchester Camerata: UpClose III
Bridgewater Hall, Manchester
Lower Mosley Road
United Kingdom
44 (0) 161 907 9000
http://www.halle.co.uk/publishedSite/aidsdayconcert.asp
box@bridgewater-hall.co.uk

Tickets: £10
Camerata Principal Players


UpClose is our eclectic series of laid-back concerts in smaller, more intimate venues around the city, shining a light on hidden gems, both in terms of the music and the venues themselves. Relax and unwind with a drink and enjoy a blend of classical and contemporary music at close quarters. Arrive early for contemporary sound-based artworks by John Hyatt and Lewis Sykes, taking inspiration from the music at each event.

The centre-piece of this concert is Olivier Messiaen's Quartet for the End of Time, one of the most emotionally wrenching and spiritually reflective works written for chamber group. Written for the unusual combination of piano, violin, cello and clarinet, the work received its first performance outside in the rain in a German prisoner of war camp in 1941 on a collection of damaged instruments. This reflective programme also features a performance by Camerata’s principal cellist, Hannah Roberts, of Bach’s D minor Cello Suite, and a new chamber work by Camerata’s composer in residence.


J.S. Bach : Suite for solo cello No.2 in D minor
Chris Mayo : World Première by Manchester Camerata’s Composer in Residence
Olivier Messiaen : Quartet for the End of Time

27 Mar 
 
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3 Apr



United Kingdom
 Wednesday, April 03, 2013 at 7pm 
The Firework-Maker's Daughter
Linbury Studio Theatre
Covent Garden, London WC2E 9DD
United Kingdom
020 7304 4000
http://www.roh.org.uk

Composer David Bruce
Libretto Glyn Maxwell
Director John Fulljames
Designer Dick Bird
Puppetry design Steve Tiplady
Puppetry design Sally Todd
Lighting Designer Guy Hoare

This opera by award-winning composer David Bruce and poet Glyn Maxwell is based on an acclaimed children’s novel by Philip Pullman. John Fulljames’s imaginative staging, with puppet designs by Indefinite Articles, follows Lila’s adventures as she undertakes a perilous quest. With the help of a talking elephant, Lila sets out to discover the secret of becoming a firework-maker. Bruce’s score is characterized by infectious energy and spirited humour, offering musical fireworks of its own.

NB: PERFORMANCES from 3rd April to 13th April

More details: http://www.roh.org.uk/productions/the-firework-makers-daughter-by-john-fulljames


David Bruce : The Firework-Maker's Daughter

4 Apr 
 
5 Apr 
 
6 Apr



United Kingdom
 Saturday, April 06, 2013 at 7.30pm 
Into the Little Hill: Part of Wigmore Hall's George Benjamin Day
Wigmore Hall, London
36 Wigmore St, London W1
United Kingdom
02079352141
http://www.wigmore-hall.org.uk

Tickets: £15 / £20 / £25 / £30
BCMG

George Benjamin’s jewel-like, award-winning chamber opera – a contemporary re-imagining of the Pied Piper fable – has gone on to enjoy worldwide success since its premiere in 2006.

The opera tells the tale of a morally bankrupt politician who, desperate to shore up a flagging public vote, promises to exterminate a plague of rats. A faceless stranger arrives and offers his services; but when the Mayor refuses to pay up, his actions have terrible repercussions. All the roles in Into the Little Hill are performed by two female singers, while the richly-expressive and alluring score combines conventional instruments with basset-horns, cornets, a cimbalom, and even banjo and mandolin.

Also drawing on a classic fable, David Sawer’s stage work, Rumpelstiltskin, was premiered and toured by BCMG in 2009/10 to universal acclaim. In this concert we premiere a 30-minute instrumental suit compiled by Sawer from his scintillating Rumpelstiltskin score.

Completing the programme is Italian composer Franceso Antonioni’s BCMG 2009 Sound Investment commission Ballata (dell’abbandono e della fortuna), which takes its sources from two songs: a lullaby from southern Italy and a ballade, Ecco la primavera, composed in the 15th century by the Florentine Franceso Landini.


George Benjamin : Into the Little Hill

6 Apr



United Kingdom
 Saturday, April 06, 2013 at 7.30pm 
George Benjamin Day
Wigmore Hall, London
36 Wigmore St, London W1
United Kingdom
02079352141
http://www.wigmore-hall.org.uk

Tickets: £15 £20 £25 £30
Birmingham Contemporary Music Group

Susanna Andersson
soprano
Hilary Summers
contralto
George Benjamin
conductor

International influences informed George Benjamin’s musical outlook from a young age. Born in London in 1960, he began composing at the age of seven and studied piano and composition during his formative years with the distinguished German musician Peter Gellhorn. Benjamin went on to study during his teens with Olivier Messiaen in Paris and Alexander Goehr in Cambridge.
Wigmore Hall’s George Benjamin Day offers a thick slice of the composer’s strikingly vivid creative world, spanning everything from his early Sonata for violin and piano and the intricate Shadowlines to a concert performance of his acclaimed chamber opera of 2006, Into the Little Hill.


Franceso Antonioni : Ballata
David Sawer : Rumpelstiltskin Suite
George Benjamin : Into the Little Hill

7 Apr



United Kingdom
 Sunday, April 07, 2013 at 7.30pm 

CBSO Centre
Berkley Street, Birmingham, B1 2LF
United Kingdom
http://www.cbso.co.uk
info@cbso.co.uk

Tickets: £14 full price / £8 concession / £5 under 16s // On the door: £16 full price / £10 concession / £6
Birmingham Contemporary Music Group
Conductor: George Benjamin
Soprano: Rebecca Bottone
Contralto: Hilary Summers

George Benjamin’s jewel-like, award-winning chamber opera - a contemporary re-imagining of The Pied Piper fable – has gone on to enjoy worldwide success since its premiere in 2006.

The opera tells the tale of a morally bankrupt politician who, desperate to shore up a flagging public vote, promises to exterminate a plague of rats. A faceless stranger arrives and offers his services; but when the Mayor refuses to pay up, his actions have terrible repercussions. All the roles in Into the Little Hill are performed by two female singers, while the richly-expressive and alluring score combines conventional instruments with basset-horns, cornets, a cimbalom, and even banjo and mandolin.

Also drawing on a classic fable, David Sawer’s stage work, Rumpelstiltskin, was premiered and toured by BCMG in 2009/10 to universal acclaim. In this concert we give the Birmingham premiere of Sawer’s 30-minute instrumental Rumpelstiltskin Suite, compiled from his scintillating Rumpelstiltskin score.

Completing the programme is Italian composer Franceso Antonioni’s BCMG 2009 Sound Investment commission Ballata (dell’abbandono e della fortuna), which takes its sources from two songs: a lullaby from southern Italy and a ballade, Ecco la primavera, composed in the 15th century by the Florentine Franceso Landini.

There will be a free pre-concert talk from 6.30-7pm with George Benjamin, David Sawer and Francesco Antonioni, open to all ticket holders.



Franceso Antonioni : Ballata
David Sawer : Rumpelstiltskin Suite
George Benjamin : Into the Little Hill

8 Apr 
 
9 Apr



United Kingdom
 Tuesday, April 09, 2013 at 8pm 
UBS Soundscapes: Eclectica - Tansy Davies: Troubairtiz
LSO St Luke's, London
161 Old Street London EC1V 9NG
United Kingdom
020 7638 8891
http://www.lso.co.uk/lsostlukes/
admin@lso.co.uk

Tickets: £10 £15 £22
LSO

British composer Tansy Davies first worked with the LSO in 2005, composing her work Tilting as part of the UBS Sound Adventures scheme. This Eclectica evening at St Luke’s places Davies’ music, with its hints of funk, experimental rock, industrial techno, atonalism and electronica, centre stage - her darkly powerful and acclaimed album Troubairitz is recreated by the Azalea Ensemble, duo Anna Snow and Damien Harron, and conductor Chris Austin. Ensemble New Noise will give a rare performance of Aquatic, while percussionist Joby Burgess will play ritualistic funk hybrid Dark Ground.

Tansy Davies : Troubairtiz

10 Apr 
 
11 Apr



United Kingdom
 Thursday, April 11, 2013 at 7.30pm 
Beethoven, Olli Mustonen, Stravinsky and Ravel
Wigmore Hall, London
36 Wigmore St, London W1
United Kingdom
02079352141
http://www.wigmore-hall.org.uk

Tickets: £15 £20 £25 £30
Pekka Kuusisto
violin
Olli Mustonen
piano

Olli Mustonen’s art draws on the special qualities of spiritual tranquillity and emotional intensity of his Karelian ancestors. The Finnish pianist and composer joins forces with Pekka Kuusisto, acclaimed for the visceral commitment of his music-making. Their programme spans more than two centuries of repertoire for violin and piano, complete with Mustonen’s neoromantic Violin Sonata.

Ludwig Van Beethoven : Violin Sonata No. 6 in A Op. 30 No. 1
Oli Mustonen : Violin Sonata No. 6 in A Op. 30 No. 1
Igor Stravinsky : Duo Concertante
Maurice Ravel : Violin Sonata in G

12 Apr



United Kingdom
 Friday, April 12, 2013 at 7.30pm 
Sunken Garden
Barbican Hall, London
Barbican, Silk Street, London EC2
United Kingdom
020 7638 8891
http://www.barbican.org.uk/eticketing

Tickets: £50-£16
ENO

A world premiere and a brand new collaboration with the Barbican, Sunken Garden tells a multi-layered story of a missing person and those who are searching for him. What connects the disappearance of a software engineer, a neurotic film-maker and a gullible patroness of the arts? This new film-opera explores hoax and dark truth, with a libretto from Cloud Atlas novelist David Mitchell.

Composer, director and film-maker Michel van der Aa makes his ENO debut with this enthralling multimedia ‘occult mystery’, combining live performance, music, 2D and 3D film. Van der Aa’s technique of mixing live and recorded images and sounds have won him great international acclaim, with The Guardian praising him for ‘his ability to fuse music, text and visual images into a totally organic whole’. His prize-winning music theatre piece After Life premiered at the Barbican in 2010.

Baritone Roderick Williams takes the main role, conducted by ENO guest André de Ridder.


Performances
Apr 12, 13, 15, 16, 18, 19, 20 at 7.30pm
7 performances. Running time: 1hr 40mins approx (no interval)
Pre-performance talk, Mon Apr 15, 5.15–6.00pm, £5/£2.50 concs


Michael van der Aa : Sunken Garden

12 Apr



United Kingdom
 Friday, April 12, 2013 at 7.30pm 
Jonathan Lloyd, Brahms and Tippett with the BBC Symphony Orchestra
Barbican Hall, London
Barbican, Silk Street, London EC2
United Kingdom
020 7638 8891
http://www.barbican.org.uk/eticketing

Tickets: £30 £25 £20 £15 £10
Sir Andrew Davis conductor
Stephen Hough piano


Our Artist in Focus, Stephen Hough, returns to perform Brahms’s tumultuous first Piano Concerto with Sir Andrew Davis. Hough has written of the ‘burst of utter, natural, divine genius’ that propels this concerto, ‘it’s flame flares with such intensity, and such promise of more to come, that I find myself overwhelmed by it’. As part of our Tippett retrospective, we come to his fourth and final symphony, which follows a life-cycle from birth to death in a single movement, complete with breathing effects; an astonishing example of the imaginative vitality of the composer’s late years. Jonathan Lloyd, whose own fourth symphony was written for the BBC SO, makes a welcome return with a new work for strings.


Jonathan Lloyd : old racket
Johannes Brahms : Piano Concerto No. 1, in D minor
Michael Tippett : Symphony No. 4

13 Apr



United Kingdom
 Saturday, April 13, 2013 at 7.30pm 
London Symphony Orchestra: LSO Futures - Symphonic Sound Worlds
Barbican Hall, London
Barbican, Silk Street, London EC2
United Kingdom
020 7638 8891
http://www.barbican.org.uk/eticketing

Tickets: £10 £15 £19.50 £27 £36
François-Xavier Roth conductor
London Symphony Orchestra

At the centre of this concert, which showcases the full forces of the LSO, is the world premiere of Panufnik Variations, a project that brings together graduates from across the Panufnik Scheme’s seven-year history. Taking a theme from Andrzej Panufnik’s Universal Prayer as a starting-point, the work features a series of variations showcasing the sounds and styles of nine Panufnik Scheme alumni, bookended by an opening and conclusion by Colin Matthews.

Anton Webern : Passacaglia
Pierre Boulez : Notations
Colin Matthews : Panufnik Variations
Claude Debussy : La Mer

13 Apr



United Kingdom
 Saturday, April 13, 2013 at 5pm 
LSO Futures
Barbican Hall, London
Barbican, Silk Street, London EC2
United Kingdom
020 7638 8891
http://www.barbican.org.uk/eticketing

Tickets: £10 £15 £19.50
François-Xavier Roth conductor
Jason Yarde saxophone
Andrew McCormack piano
LSO Chamber Ensembles

The first of two concerts masterminded by François-Xavier Roth, which place new commissions against the backdrop of 20th-century classics that continue to inspire. Here, dazzling inventions in instrumental sound are explored by LSO chamber ensembles, alongside the world premiere of Modo Hit Blow for brass and percussion by Jason Yarde, Panufnik and UBS Sound Adventures: Pioneers Scheme alumnus.

Edgard Varèse : Ionisations for Percussion
Jason Yarde : Hit Blow for Brass and Percussion
Igor Stravinsky : Symphonies of Wind Instruments
John Adams : Chamber Symphony

14 Apr



United Kingdom
 Sunday, April 14, 2013 at 7.30pm 
Illuminating Britten
Wiltshire Music Centre
Bradford upon Avon
United Kingdom

Tickets: £18 full price / £16-17 concession
BCMG

Concert introduced by BCMG Artist-in-Association John Woolrich.

BCMG celebrates Britten’s centenary with a programme of early works, framing them with similarly small-scale pieces from composers with close connections to him.

Elegy for solo viola is an affecting, technically assured work, composed in a single day by the 17 year-old Britten. Crafted a year later, Going down Hill on a Bicycle is an experimental, almost Schoenbergian piece for violin and piano. Throughout his life Britten enjoyed writing for specific performers and composed his Phantasy Quartet, when just 19, for the leading English oboist of the day, Leon Goossens.

One the fascinating things about these early Britten works is that although beautifully crafted, they show Britten at a crossroads, before he knew what direction his music would take. His Suite for violin and piano from 1935 is more characteristically Britten, showing that at 21 the young composer had started to find his voice.

No composer mattered more to young Britten than Alban Berg, whose Four Pieces for Clarinet and Piano are the composer’s only true miniatures. Oliver Knussen met and was encouraged by Britten when young, and Henze’s Olly on the Shore pictures BCMG’s Artist-in-Association standing on the same stretch of Suffolk shoreline that Britten called home. Copland’s smoky, blues-inspired Nocturne and ukulele pastiche Serenade date back to before he first met Britten at his home in Snape.


Alban Berg : Four Pieces Op. 5, for Clarinet and Piano
Benjamin Britten : Elegy for solo viola
Aaron Copland : Nocturne
Aaron Copland : Ukelele Serenade
Benjamin Britten : Going down Hill on a Bicycle (A Boy’s Song), for violin and piano (1931)
Oliver Knussen : Cantata Op. 15, for oboe and string trio
Hans Werne Henze : Olly on the Shore, for piano
Alban Berg : Adagio, for violin, clarinet and piano
Benjamin Britten : March, Lullaby and Waltz, three pieces for violin and piano from ‘Suite Op. 6’, for violin and piano
Benjamin Britten : Phantasy Quartet, for oboe and string trio

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