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19 Mar

United Kingdom
 Sunday, March 19, 2017 at 7pm 
New London Children’s Choir
Barbican Hall, London
Barbican, Silk Street, London EC2
United Kingdom
020 7638 8891

Members of the New London Children’s Choir
Ronald Corp director
Alexander Wells piano
Members of the New London Orchestra

The NLCC celebrates its 25th anniversary with new commissions alongside choral favourites by Britten and others.

Over the past 25 years NLCC has built a tradition of commissioning new music for children’s voices. Previous composers include Joseph Phibbs, Tansy Davies, Diana Burrell, John Woolrich and Gary Carpenter.This tradition, as well as contributing to the body of music available for children’s voices, ensures that choir members have valuable experience working with composers in bringing new works to life. And so it’s fitting that the choir’s 25th birthday be marked by a new body of work.

Launched by Ronald Corp OBE in 1991, the NLCC offers a unique opportunity for children aged 7–18 to learn to sing and to enjoy all kinds of music. Members are offered extraordinary opportunities, appearing with some of the world’s finest symphony orchestras and conductors. They have toured with Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds, performed at numerous charity events and featured on the soundtrack of the 2015 Disney film, Cinderella.

Christopher Hussey : Sing, London!
Benjamin Britten : Rossini Suite
Sally Beamish : Two Blake settings
Diana Burrell : 'You spotted snakes'
Karl Jenkins : 'Panis angelicus'
Katrina Toner : 'The Little Boy Lost'
Ronald Corp : Songs from Riddle me this
Russell Hepplewhite : 'Secret City'
Ronald Corp : 'Cargoes'
Toby Young : Shakespeare Songs
Paul Archbold : 'Be not afeard'
Ronald Corp : Flower Songs
Tom Smail : 'Thro’ midnight streets'
Benjamin Britten : 'I mun be married on Sunday'

19 Mar

United States
 Sunday, March 19, 2017 at 4pm 
Amid a Crowd of Stars
Washington National Cathedral
3101 Wisconsin Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20016
United States

Tickets: $25-79
New York Polyphony
Cathedral Choral Society
Michael McCarthy, Director

Grammy nominated vocal quartet New York Polyphony joins forces with the Cathedral Choral Society in a programme of medieval and moden music

Andrew Smith : Amid a Crowd of Stars

20 Mar 
21 Mar

United Kingdom
 Tuesday, March 21, 2017 at 7.30pm 
Nash Inventions
Wigmore Hall, London
36 Wigmore St, London W1
United Kingdom

Nash Ensemble
Chamber Ensemble in Residence
Martyn Brabbins conductor
Adrian Brendel cello
Roderick Williams baritone

The Nash Ensemble is joined by Martyn Brabbins and Roderick Williams for its annual survey of the best in British contemporary music.

Their programme includes works by Huw Watkins and Julian Anderson recently premièred by the Nash. There’s a London première for Sir Peter Maxwell Davies’s A Sea of Cold Flame, the last of his many settings of poems by Orcadian writer George Mackay Brown, two pieces by Colin Matthews, his virtuosic Fuga and a new work specially written for Roderick Williams, and another world première, Simon Holt’s wind quintet. The latter’s title, a hybrid of the Spanish words for ‘bagatelle’ and ‘cobwebs’, reflects its breathtaking lightness of touch.

Huw Watkins : String Trio
Colin Matthews : Fuga for ensemble
Peter Maxwell Davies : A Sea of Cold Flame for baritone, solo cello and string quartet
Colin Matthews : It Rains for baritone and ensemble
Simon Holt : Bagatelarañas for wind quintet
Julian Anderson : Van Gogh Blue for ensemble

22 Mar

United Kingdom
 Wednesday, March 22, 2017 at 7pm 
Steve Reich & Terry Riley
Nottingham Contemporary
Weekday Cross Nottingham NG1 2GB
United Kingdom

Timothy Lines clarinet
Darragh Morgan violin
Tim Gill cello
Huw Davies electric guitar
Sound Intermedia
London Sinfonietta side by side with Nottingham University students

The seminal minimalist scores of Steve Reich and Terry Riley changed the direction of music in the 1960s, their deft use of repetition and slow harmonic rhythms creating hypnotic soundscapes. Following its sell-out performance in 2015, the London Sinfonietta returns to Nottingham Contemporary with Reich’s iconic New York, Electric and Cello Counterpoints and his Violin Phase before joining University of Nottingham music students for Riley’s improvisatory In C.

Steve Reich : Come Out to Show Them
Steve Reich : New York Counterpoint
Steve Reich : Cello Counterpoint
Steve Reich : Electric Counterpoint
Steve Reich : Violin Phase
Terry Riley : In C

23 Mar

 Thursday, March 23, 2017 at 7.30pm 
Scottish Chamber Orchestra: SCO and The Sixteen
Queens Hall
0131 668 2019

Sir James Macmillan: conductor (Tryst); Harry Christophers: conductor (Stabat Mater); The Sixteen

The glorious choral sound of The Sixteen captivates and inspires Sir James MacMillan – and his latest major work for them is the climax of this special concert.

In the first half the composer himself conducts Tryst – one of the very first pieces he wrote for the SCO back in the late 1980s. Inspired by his folksong of the same name, this is a showpiece that the Orchestra has performed to great effect all over the world.

COMPOSER INSIGHTS: 6.30pm Sir James MacMillan introduces his Stabat Mater in conversation with Svend Brown.

James MacMillan : Tryst
James MacMillan : Stabat Mater

24 Mar 
25 Mar

United Kingdom
 Saturday, March 25, 2017 at 7pm 
Kings Place
Kings Cross, London
United Kingdom

Sound Intermedia co-producers
Jonathan Cross presenter
Jonathan Berman conductor*
London Sinfonietta

Altered time

“I am in a prison”, György Ligeti once wrote. “One wall is the avant-garde, the other wall is the past, and I want to escape.”

The second event in this new series at Kings Place celebrates one of the 20th century’s most progressive minds. Ligeti found his escape plan – his turning point – in a more spontaneous approach to composition, using free-form drawings to express shape, colour and contour before committing a single note to the page. From the compelling absurdity of Poeme Symphonique for 100 metronomes to the glittering colours of his Melodien, we explore Ligeti’s radical, time-bending compositional methods.

Gyorgy Ligeti : Pòeme Symphonique
Gyorgy Ligeti : Artikulation
Gyorgy Ligeti : 10 Pieces for wind quintet
Gyorgy Ligeti : Melodien

25 Mar

United Kingdom
 Saturday, March 25, 2017 at 7.30pm 
BCMG at Thomas Adès Day BCMG
Wigmore Hall, London
36 Wigmore St, London W1
United Kingdom


Few contemporary composers have proved as consistently inventive as Thomas Adès. BCMG and the Calder Quartet perform as part of Wigmore Hall’s day-long exploration of his eloquently expressive chamber music, including Adès’ BCMG Sound Investment commission Concerto Conciso and his string quartet Arcadiana.

The delicate, introverted music of György Kurtág deliciously contrasts with the virtuosic, extroverted nature of Gerald Barry’s. Both composers regularly feature in Adès programmes.

Gyorgy Kurtág : Officium breve
Gyorgy Kurtág : Officium breve
Gyorgy Kurtág : Officium breve
Leos Janacek : Selections from On an overgrown path
Gyorgy Kurtág : Selections from Játékok
Gerald Barry : Octet
Thomas Ades : Concerto Conciso
Leos Janacek : In the Mists
Thomas Ades : Arcadiana

25 Mar

United Kingdom
 Saturday, March 25, 2017 at 7.30pm 
Shostakovich: New Babylon
LSO St Luke's, London
161 Old Street London EC1V 9NG
United Kingdom
020 7638 8891

Sasha Grynyuk

An exceptional opportunity to hear the score as the composer himself intended - Shostakovich’s hitherto lost original piano score to the newly restored and expanded avant-garde Soviet masterpiece about the revolutionary 1871 Paris Commune.

Shostakovich’s spectacular first film score, New Babylon, was written when he was just 23 years old and is, alongside The Nose, his most important early dramatic work. Numerous re-writes of the film were demanded even before shooting started and the directors’ final cut completed in December 1928, when the composer was contracted to join the production. His myriad musical quotations matched a fast cross-cut film to produce a work of astonishing complexity and precision unequalled in silent film composition.

However, after two industry preview screenings with the composer himself performing his original solo piano score, the Moscow Sovkino office ordered the removal of over 20% of the film. Re-editing Shostakovich’s score to match proved impossible, parts were incomplete and early performances, a series of debacles, were beyond the abilities of cinema orchestras. Remaining copies of the piano score, destined for smaller cinemas and now unfitted for the re-edited film, were sold off. A rare surviving copy has provided the material for this first public performance.

USSR 1929 Dir Grigorii Kozintsev, Leonid Trauberg 95 min

We're delighted to be joined by John Leman Riley, author of Shostakovich: A Life in Film to introduce the screening.

An original REALITY production, produced and restored by Marek Pytel with Jane Elliott

Dmitri Shostakovich : New Babylon

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 Thursday, March 30, 2017 at 8.30pm 
Philharmonie de Paris
221, avenue Jean-Jaurès 75019 Paris, France
+33 (0)1 44 84 44 84

Ensemble intercontemporain
Matthias Pintscher

On the occasion of its fortieth anniversary, The Ensemble Intercontemporain has commissioned seven new works from seven different composers. Each of the works will be based on one of the days of the biblical Genesis.

Marc Andre : New Work
Franck Bedrossian : New Work
Chaya Czernowin : New Work
Stefano Gervasoni : New Work
Joan Magrané Figuera : New Work
Marko Nikodijevic : New Work
Anna Thorvaldsdottir : New Work

30 Mar

 Thursday, March 30, 2017 at 2pm 
Afternoon Performance - MacMillan Conducts MacMillan
City Halls

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Annelien Van Wauwe clarinet (BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist)
James MacMillan conductor

Sir James MacMillan isn’t just one of the most significant artists working in Scotland today: he’s a creative figure of international importance. Any premiere by MacMillan is a major occasion, but his Fourth Symphony takes the Scottish renaissance composer Robert Carver as a starting point for a musical journey of far-reaching power and beauty. “MacMillan’s new symphony holds a candle to Mahler” wrote The Arts Desk of the world premiere in 2015; in this first Scottish performance, MacMillan himself conducts – and shares the stage with young Dutch clarinet star Annelien Van Wauwe in Finzi’s lovely concerto, and the cosmic vision of an elder statesman amongst Scottish composers, John Maxwell Geddes who celebrates his 75th birthday this year.

John Maxwell Geddes : Voyager
Gerald Finzi : Clarinet Concerto in C minor
James MacMillan : Symphony No 4

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