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9 Mar



United Kingdom
 Saturday, March 09, 2013 at 8 pm 
Cyril Scott/ Leopold Stokowsi & Rachmaninov
West Road Concert Hall
West Road, Cambridge
United Kingdom
http://www.westroad.org
info@westroad.org

Tickets: £20, £14, £10
Peter Donohoe - Piano
Martin Yates - Conductor
Symphony Orchestra of Cambridge University

Cyril Scott - Pelleas and Mellisand (UK Premier)
Mussorgsky/Stokowski Pictures at an Exhibition
Rachmaninov Piano Concerto 3
with PETER DONOHOE


Cyril Scott : Pelleas and Mellisanda

10 Mar



United Kingdom
 Sunday, March 10, 2013 at 7.30pm 

CBSO Centre, Birmingham
Berkley Street, Birmingham, B1 2LF
United Kingdom
0121 767 4050
http://www.bcmg.org.uk
info@bcmg.org.uk

Tickets: In advance: £14 full price / £8 concession / £5 under 16s // On the door: £16 full price / £10 conc
Birmingham Contemporary Music Group
Conductor: Oliver Knussen
Baritone: Leigh Melrose

Works by American experimentalists provide the setting for the world premiere of BCMG/SAM Apprentice Composer-in-Residence Joanna Lee’s new piece for baritone and ensemble, conducted by Oliver Knussen, who has mentored Joanna through her residency.

Young composer Joanna Lee is widely regarded as a strikingly original voice in the musical world, whose music has already received glowing reviews from critics including the Telegraph’s Ivan Hewett and the Birmingham Post’s Christopher Morley.

The beginning of the 20th century saw composers in the United States begin to turn away from the European conventions on which their music had been modelled. It was in this period of change that experimentalism was born and America subsequently became, as it remains, a major source of new musical ideas for European musicians.

There will be a free pre-concert talk from 6.30-7pm with Joanna Lee, open to all ticket holders.



Joanna Lee : new work

10 Mar



United Kingdom
 Sunday, March 10, 2013 at 9.45pm 
Thumb late-night
CBSO Centre, Birmingham
Berkley Street, Birmingham
United Kingdom

Tickets: Free
Alexandra Wood Viola
Kyle Horch Saxophone

This concert represents a significant milestone for the Birmingham-based Thumb. It sees the world premiere of the ensemble’s first commission, written by BCMG’s 2011 Apprentice Composer-in-Residence, Seán Clancy – a double concerto for BCMG musicians Alexandra Wood and Kyle Horch.

Through funding from the Musicians Benevolent Fund, Thumb seek to be recognised as a commissioner of new and exciting repertoire and build on their current portfolio of over 50 premieres.



Howard Skempton : In Tandem
Joe Cutler : Sikorski B
Seán Clancy : Strange to See You Again

10 Mar



United Kingdom
 Sunday, March 10, 2013 at 10pm approx 
Crossing the Atlantic
CBSO Centre, Birmingham
Berkley Street, Birmingham
United Kingdom

Tickets: Free
Thumb Ensemble

The Thumb set will take place following Birmingham Contemporary Music Group’s Crossing the Atlantic concert. Thumb’s partnership with BCMG (including mentoring and this concert) has been generously supported by the Musicians Benevolent Fund.

Joe Cutler : Sikorski B
Howard Skempton : In Tandem
Seán Clancy : Strange to See You Again

11 Mar 
 
12 Mar



United Kingdom
 Tuesday, March 12, 2013 at 7.30pm 
Martyn Brabbins conducts Sir Peter Maxwell Davies
Cadogan Hall
5 Sloane Terrace, London, SW1X 9DQ
United Kingdom
02075898212

Tickets: £40, £32.50, £25, £15
Martyn Brabbins, conductor
Jack Liebeck, violin
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

A concert devoted to music by one of Britain’s most dynamic composers, Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, who regularly works with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, and who collaborated with the Orchestra in choosing this programme. Sir Peter Maxwell Davies will introduce each of his pieces, giving the audience a fantastic insight into his compositional practices.

The Sixth Symphony was written with members of the Royal Philharmonic in mind, and was premièred by the RPO. Maxwell Davies’ Violin Concerto combines enthralling originality with the influence of Scottish folk music. Of the irrepressible An Orkney Wedding, with Sunrise, Gramophone wrote: 'Davies is a master storyteller in this vividly detailed tone-painting of a rustic, often raucous, all-night wedding celebration.' The Independent added: 'It brought the house down.'

Box Office: 020 7730 4500

http://www.cadoganhall.com/event/royal-philharmonic-orchestra-130312/




Peter Maxwell Davies : Symphony No.6
Peter Maxwell Davies : Violin Concerto No.1
Peter Maxwell Davies : An Orkney Wedding, with Sunrise

13 Mar



United Kingdom
 Wednesday, March 13, 2013 at 7.30pm 
HK Gruber presents Oedipus Rex
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: £34, £27, £23, £19, £14, £10
BBC Philharmonic

HK Gruber Conductor
Richard Watkins Horn
Timothy Robinson Tenor
Ian Bostridge Oedipus
Angelika Kirchschlager Jocasta
Darren Jeffery Creon
Matthew Best Tiresias
Timothy Robinson Shepherd
Neal Davies Messenger
Hallé Choir

Expect the unexpected with new music and performance in the foyer of The Bridgewater Hall.

In a ravaged land, a terrified people cry out for deliverance, but even great leaders can hide terrible secrets. Hear a timeless story made startlingly new, as HK Gruber and some of the greatest singers of our time join forces in Stravinsky's astonishing opera Oedipus Rex.

It's the jaw-dropping finish to a night of myth, poetry and basic instincts: from Britten's rapturous Serenade, through the passionate emotion of James MacMillan's The Sacrifice.

Students get discounted tickets for this concert with the Sonic Card.


James MacMillan : The Sacrifice: Three Interludes
Benjamin Britten : Serenade for tenor, horn and strings
Igor Stravinsky : Oedipus Rex

13 Mar



United Kingdom
 Wednesday, March 13, 2013 at 2pm 
Baroque Spring and British Music
St. Paul's, Knightsbridge
St Paul’s Church, Knightsbridge 32a Wilton Place London SW1X 8SH
United Kingdom
http://www.stpaulsknightsbridge.org

Tickets: Free
Andrew Griffiths conductor
James McVinnie continuo
BBC Singers

The BBC Singers perform Italian Baroque and British contemporary music for Holy Week including Lotti's setting of the ‘Crucifixus' text. Listen to the ten interweaving voice parts of Scarlatti's Stabat Mater cascade through the beautiful interior of St Paul's Knightsbridge in a concert that also includes James MacMillan's homage to Renaissance masters of polyphony in his Tenebrae Responsories.

Domenico Scarlatti : Stabat Mater in C minor
James MacMillan : Tenebrae Responsories
Antonio Lotti : Crucifixus

14 Mar



United Kingdom
 Thursday, March 14, 2013 at 7.30pm 
Los Angeles Philharmonic / Dudamel LA Phil International Associate Residency Green Umbrella Concert
Barbican Hall, London
Barbican, Silk Street, London EC2
United Kingdom
020 7638 8891
http://www.barbican.org.uk/eticketing

Tickets: £9-35
LA Phil New Music Group
Gustavo Dudamel conductor
John Adams conductor
Joseph Pereira percussion

The LA Phil’s Green Umbrella concert series has created a legion of fans for contemporary classical music in Los Angeles. Now it comes to London as Gustavo Dudamel conducts a major new work from the pen of Unsuk Chin, one of the most fascinating and evocative composers alive. Her music is sensuous, enchanting and constantly surprising – combining an extraordinary facility for orchestral colour with a firm capacity for orchestral organization. Gustavo Dudamel conducts his own orchestra in the European premiere of a major new work from this truly international talent.

Unsuk Chin : Graffiti
Joseph Pereira : Concerto for Percussion and Chamber Orchestra
John Adams : Son of Chamber Symphony

14 Mar



United Kingdom
 Thursday, March 14, 2013 at 6pm 
Cage’s Water Music
Ikon, Birmingham
1 Oozells Square, B1 2HS
United Kingdom
0121 248 0708
http://www.ikon-gallery.co.uk/

Tickets: Free
Christopher Hobbs Piano

BCMG and IKON Gallery present Cage’s Water Music for piano (plus radio, whistles, water containers and a deck of cards) as part of a live internet concert curated by the Forum of Contemporary Music Leipzig – the biggest highlight of the international art and music festival CAGE100. The concert will be one of several Water Music performances across Leipzig’s sister cities from 8 – 15 March, including Bologna, Houston and Lyon – all streamed live on www.cage100.com.

The setting for this six-minute piece is Ikon’s exhibition of work by the Russian artist Timur Novikov – who along with Cage and others, created and performed Water Symphony in St. Petersburg in 1988, a piece symbolising the unification of American capitalist and Soviet state culture.


John Cage : Water Music

14 Mar



United Kingdom
 Thursday, March 14, 2013 at 7pm 
Margaret Leng plays Cage at the Barbican Art Gallery
Barbican Hall, London
Barbican, Silk Street, London EC2
United Kingdom
020 7638 8891
http://www.barbican.org.uk/eticketing

Tickets: Free to The Bride and the Bachelors same-day ticket holders
Margaret Leng Tan Pianist

Pianist and pre-eminent Cage interpreter Margaret Leng Tan performs Cage's monumental Four Walls from 1944.

Hailed as the 'revelation of a masterpiece' when she first premiered it at Huddersfield Contemporary Music festival in 1989, this one-time only performance invites you to engage with Cage's work and its compelling beauty.


John Cage : Four Walls

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 
 
28 Mar 
 
29 Mar 
 
30 Mar 
 
31 Mar 
 
1 Apr 
 
2 Apr 
 
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 
 

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