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2 Apr

United Kingdom
 Wednesday, April 02, 2014 at 7.30pm 
Powder Her Face
English National Opera
London Coliseum
United Kingdom

Conductor: Timothy Redmond
Director: Joe Hill-Gibbins
Designer: Ultz
Lighting Designer: Adam Silverman
Movement Director: Imogen Knight
Librettist: Philip Hensher
Duchess: Amanda Roocroft
Maid: Clare Eggington
Hotel Manager: Alan Ewing
Electrician: Alexander Sprague

Powder Her Face charts the glamorous rise and seedy fall of the notorious socialite beauty Margaret, Duchess of Argyll. A former deb of the year, the ‘Dirty Duchess’ was at the centre of a scandalous divorce case in 1963, the year of the Profumo Affair, when the Establishment was caught with its pin-striped trousers round its ankles. Drawing on episodes from the Duchess’s colourful life, not least her sexually voracious appetite, a mythical portrayal of this elegant yet ultimately tragic figure emerges

Powder Her Face launched Adès’s international career in 1995 and remains one of his most performed works. His dazzlingly precocious score is as witty, poignant and memorable as the Duchess herself, paying homage to the popular idioms of cabaret and tango, as well as to Weill, Berg and Stravinsky.

Making his opera directing debut is Joe Hill-Gibbins, one of the most exciting talents in British theatre, in a new site-specific production created within Ambika P3, London’s newest performing environment. Productions at the Royal Court (The Village Bike) and Young Vic (The Glass Menagerie) have earned Hill-Gibbins a loyal following and his recent National Theatre staging of Marlowe’s Edward II has only served to confirm his reputation. Returning to ENO after triumphs in Janácek, Britten and Strauss is Olivier Award-winning soprano Amanda Roocroft as the infamous Duchess.

Performances until April 19th.

Thomas Ades : Powder Her Face

3 Apr

 Thursday, April 03, 2014 at 7.30pm 
Scottish Chamber Orchestra plays Silvestrov
Queens Hall
0131 668 2019

Scottish Chamber Orchestra

A tale of two wives lies behind this grand programme. Mozart’s future wife, Constanze Weber was the intended soloist for the ravishing soprano writing in the Et Incarnatus Est of his mass – an utterly sublime and arresting moment of pure love in music. Silvestrov’s The Messenger harks back to Mozart in a touching memorial for his own wife who died suddenly in her 40s.

The symphony between them needs no introduction: one of Mozart’s most famous and dramatic statements.

Valentin Silvestrov : The Messenger
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart : Symphony No 40
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart : Mass in C minor

4 Apr 
5 Apr

United Kingdom
 Saturday, April 05, 2014 at 16.00 hrs 
Junior Guildhall Wind Orchestra and Chamber Choir
Milton Court - Guildhall School of Music & Drama
Milton Court, Guildhall School of Music & Drama, EC2Y 9BH
United Kingdom
020 7638 8891

Tickets: tbc
Junior Guildhall Wind Orchestra and Chamber Choir under Matthew Down

A concert featuring the 'world music' inspired piece........
Postcards, Play-Sing-Dance

Jeffery Wilson : Postcards (Play-Sing-Dance)

6 Apr

United Kingdom
 Sunday, April 06, 2014 at 14.30 hrs 
Jeffery Wilson (Saxophones) Tim Watts (Piano)
Madingley Hall
University of Cambridge
United Kingdom
+44 (0)1223 746222

Tickets: tbc
Leading composer, performer and teacher Jeffery Wilson (saxophone) joins Tim Watts (piano)

A concert of premieres and seductive music for this most iconic instrument.

Joy Ellis : Goodnight Miss Parker (sop sax and piano)
Derek Rodgers : Soprano Saxophone Sonata
Jeffery Wilson : Iconic Sonata (Tenor Sax and Piano)

6 Apr

 Sunday, April 06, 2014 at 20:15 
Meesterpianist Emanuel Ax
Concertgebouw, Amsterdam
Het Concertgebouw, Concertgebouwplein 2-7, 1071 LN Amsterdam

Emanuel Ax - piano

Johannes Brahms : Tweede sonate in fis, op. 2
Brett Dean : Hommage à Brahms
Johannes Brahms : Vier Klavierstücke, op. 119
Missy Mazzoli : Bolts of Loving Thunder
Johannes Brahms : Variaties en Fuga over een thema van G.F. Händel in Bes, op. 24

6 Apr

United Kingdom
 Sunday, April 06, 2014 at 13:00 
Woolrich: 60th Birthday Celebration
St John's, Smith Square
London, SW1P 3HA
United Kingdom
+44 (0)20 7222 1061

London Sinfonietta
Royal Academy of Music Manson Ensemble

The London Sinfonietta performs a lunchtime concert with the Royal Academy of Music Manson Ensemble, to celebrate the 60th birthday of John Woolrich.

John Woolrich : In the Mirrors of Asleep; Envoi
John Woolrich : Farewell; Watermark; A Dramolet

6 Apr

United Kingdom
 Sunday, April 06, 2014 at 7.30pm 
Momo Kodama plays Toshio Hosokawa
Wigmore Hall, London
36 Wigmore St, London W1
United Kingdom

Momo Kodama

Born in Osaka and raised in Germany, Momo Kodama studied with Germaine Mounier at the Paris Conservatoire before establishing her career in the 1990s.

Her wide concert repertoire encompasses the great keyboard works of Bach and Beethoven and embraces exquisite new scores by Misato Mochizuki and Toshio Hosokawa. This recital turns to the fertile ground of the keyboard ‘study’, opening with Bach’s three-movement concerto ‘after the Italian taste’, before charting the multi-layered soundworlds of Hosokawa’s entrancing Etudes.

J.S. Bach : Italian Concerto in F BWV971
Toshio Hosokawa : Etude I – VI for piano
Claude Debussy : Études Books I & II

7 Apr

United Kingdom
 Monday, April 07, 2014 at 7.30pm 
Carter, Per Nørgård, Toshio Hosokawa and more
Wigmore Hall, London
36 Wigmore St, London W1
United Kingdom

Colin Currie

Colin Currie’s affinity with Elliott Carter was reinforced when the two men met and discovered a shared sense of humour. The bell-like sonorities of the composer’s brief Figment V, written in 2009 as a present for his teenage grandson, and Toshio Hosokawa’s hypnotic Reminiscence, contrast with the virtuosity of Per Nørgård’s I Ching-inspired Fire Over Water, the impassioned outbursts of Dave Maric’s flamboyant Sense and Innocence and the complexities of Rolf Wallin’s new score.

Elliott Carter : Figment V for solo marimba
Per Nørgård : Fire Over Water from I Ching
Toshio Hosokawa : Fire Over Water from I Ching
Bruno Mantovani : Moi, jeu ...
Dave Maric : Sense and Innocence
Joseph Pereira : Word of Mouth II
Rolf Wallin : Realismos Magicos

8 Apr

United States
 Tuesday, April 08, 2014 at 8pm 
BCMG in Washington: Oliver Knussen residency
Library of Congress
Washington DC
United States

Conductor: Oliver Knussen
Mezzo-soprano: Lucy Schaufer
Baritone: Andrew Sauvageau
Piano: Huw Watkins

Birmingham Contemporary Music Group is a global leader in the performance of innovative new music and BCMG Artist-in-Association Oliver Knussen leads the Group in a program that showcases the Library’s rich commissioning and presenting legacies. Knussen’s Ophelia Dances, commissioned by the Koussevitzky Foundation, will be on display alongside the manuscript for Schoenberg’s Serenade.

Igor Stravinsky : Septet
Oliver Knussen : Ophelia Dances
Niccolò Castiglioni : Tropi
Ruth Crawford Seeger : Three Songs
Oliver Knussen : Ophelia’s Last Dance
Arnold Schoenberg : Serenade

9 Apr 
10 Apr

United Kingdom
 Thursday, April 10, 2014 at 7.30pm 
John Casken Oboe Concerto world premiere
Bridgewater Hall, Manchester
Lower Mosley Road
United Kingdom
44 (0) 161 907 9000

Sir Mark Elder conductor | Stéphane Rancourt oboe

Pre-concert at 6.30pm:
John Casken, one of Britain’s most distinguished composers - and Emeritus Professor of Music at The University of Manchester - will talk about his long-awaited Concerto for Oboe, 'Apollinaire’s Bird', which receives its world premiere tonight.

A thrilling work of musical theatre, Weill’s 'The Seven Deadly Sins', the composer’s last major collaboration with Bertolt Brecht, is a great modern parable about the evils of greed and capitalism. Singers and a dancer take us from one American city to another, and from one sin to the next, envying, lusting and covetting with splendid impunity.

The split personality of the ‘sinner’, Anna, is played by a dancer (her soul) and a singer (her rational side). Her mother is played by the bass, the baritone is her father and the two tenors are her brothers.

The Hallé’s exceptional (and invariably virtuous) Stéphane Rancourt gives the world premiere of another major new Hallé commission, John Casken’s 'Oboe Concerto'.

Dmitri Shostakovich : The Golden Age: music from the ballet
John Casken : Oboe Concerto
Kurt Weill : The Seven Deadly Sins

10 Apr

 Thursday, April 10, 2014 at 7.30pm 
MacMillan Veni, Veni Emmanuel
Usher Hall

John Storgårds Conductor
Colin Currie Percussion
Rosie Staniforth Cor Anglais

Vaughan Williams’ timeless Fantasia and Sibelius’ uplifting sixth symphony frame one of the SCO’s signature works. Back in 1992, they premiered MacMillan’s Veni, Veni Emmanuel at the BBC Proms, and it has since been played more than 400 times! Scottish percussionist Colin Currie has made the piece his own and hearing him is a thrilling experience. This will be a night of drama and riches. Before the concert SCO Chief Executive Roy McEwan will discuss how to programme an SCO Season, and commissioning new works.

Pre-concert talk 6.45pm (Free to ticket holders)

Vaughan Williams : Fantasia on a theme of Thomas Tallis
James MacMillan : Veni, veni emmanuel
Jean Sibelius : The Swan of Tuonela
Jean Sibelius : Symphony No 6

11 Apr

 Friday, April 11, 2014 at 7.30pm 
Shankar Plays Shankar
Usher Hall

Royal Scottish National Orchestra
Kristjan Järvi Conductor
Anoushka Shankar Sitar

From the Beatles to the world’s greatest orchestras, Ravi Shankar was an artist who brought worlds together. His daughter Anoushka joins the RSNO for a rare performance of his ravishing Raga-Mala. It’s exactly the sort of vibrant musical discovery we’ve come to expect from Kristjan Järvi – but you haven’t heard the half of it, as Järvi introduces two hauntingly beautiful modern classics by Arvo Pärt. Instantly familiar from TV and film soundtracks, they’re even lovelier when performed live.

Pre-concert talk 6.45pm

Arvo Pärt : Fratres
Arvo Pärt : Symphony No3
Ravi Shankar : Raga-Mala (Sitar Concerto No2)

11 Apr

United States
 Friday, April 11, 2014 at 8pm 
BCMG in Washington: Oliver Knussen residency
Library of Congress
Washington DC
United States

Pianist Huw Watkins joins BCMG musicians for a special evening of British and American chamber music, with a varied program of landmark twentieth-century works, including the Washington premiere of Elliott Carter’s final work Epigrams. The concert unwraps the world premiere of a new piano trio by American composer Marc Neikrug, paired with Frank Bridge’s Piano Trio No. 2 (dedicated to Elizabeth Sprague Coolidge in 1929.)

There will be pre-concert conversation at 6.30pm in the Whittall Pavilion with Oliver Knussen and Marc Neikrug – no tickets required.

Benjamin Britten : Phantasy Quartet
Elliott Carter : Epigrams
Marc Neikrug : Piano Trio
Oliver Knussen : Cantata
Frank Bridge : Piano Trio No.2

11 Apr

United States
 Friday, April 11, 2014 at 7.30 pm 
Life, Love and Death
Turner Hall Ballroom
Milwaukee, WI
United States

Tickets: Single tickets are $35, $25, and $15. Students are 50% off.
Ft. Sean-nós singer Iarla Ó Lionáird. UWM faculty artists Lee Ann Garrison, Brooke Thiele, Dean Valadez and Patrick Lichty, and artist Shannon Molter will exhibit multimedia art installations. Artistic Director and UWM Dance faculty Dani Kuepper will choreograph dance to Phil Kline’s Exquisite Corpses. PM will also perform Life by Louis Andriessen, with a film by Marijke van Warmerdam. Stay afterward for a mesmerizing performance by Milwaukee’s own Gypsy Noir band, The Vitrolum Republic!

12 Apr

 Saturday, April 12, 2014 at 17:00 
Riccardo Panfili World Premiere
Lucerne Festival

Human Rights Orchestra Ensemble | Music classes of the Kantonsschule Reussbühl/KSR | Alessio Allegrini conductor | Riccardo Panfili composer

To change the world through music: that’s the vision and aim of the Musicians for Human Rights organized by Alessio Allegrini, the principal horn player of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA. Through their performances they hope to enhance awareness of issues surrounding human rights and to support specific projects as well. For one thing, human rights can only become reality if all human beings are aware of their rights (along with their corresponding obligations). Moreover, music entails a peaceful coexistence: a way of listening to each other which calls for the involvement of all participants. The Musicians for Human Rights will conduct a several-ay-long workshop with Lucerne students. The participants will discuss the theme of human rights and with these professionals will closely study a new score by the Italian composer Riccardo Panfili. It’s a double challenge, as music teacher Rolf Stucki-Sabeti says, for “in music and human rights alike, you learn to understand what is different and other.”

Riccardo Panfili : The Last Land

13 Apr

 Sunday, April 13, 2014 at 4pm 
Quatuor Artemis - Elisabeth Leonskaja
Salle Pleyel
252 rue u Fauborg Saint-Honore, 75008 Paris

Quatuor Artemis
Vineta Sareika : violin
Gregor Sigl : violin
Friedemann Weigle : viola
Eckart Runge : cello
Elisabeth Leonskaja : piano

Franz Schubert : Quatuor à cordes n° 14 "La Jeune Fille et la Mort"
Gyorgy Kurtág : Officium Breve in memoriam Andreae Szevránszky op. 28
Johannes Brahms : Quintette pour piano et cordes op. 34

13 Apr

United Kingdom
 Sunday, April 13, 2014 at 7.30pm 
Snapshot Songs
Barbican Hall, London
Barbican, Silk Street, London EC2
United Kingdom
020 7638 8891

Snapshot Songs is an ambitious new performance that celebrates London’s zeitgeist. Led by composer Stuart Hancock and associate artist Liv Bradbury, the performance will feature 150 performers who have attended workshops and auditions across London.

Snapshot Songs is based on England’s vibrant song-cycle tradition – in which a series of songs is performed in sequence as a single event.

Collaborations between the composer and musicians, singers and spoken-word artists of all ages and backgrounds have been taking place for over six months to compose music and song lyrics for the commission.

The Snapshot Songs community of singers will be sharing the stage of Guildhall School’s new venue Milton Court with DrumHeads and the London Schools Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Peter Ash.

Creative collaborators on the project have included members of Only Connect, Body & Soul, Barbican Young Poets, and Future Band.

Contemporary Composers : Various

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18 Apr

United Kingdom
 Friday, April 18, 2014 at 7.30pm 
Easter at King's
King's College Chapel
United Kingdom

Guy Johnston cello
Aleksandra Zamojska soprano
Anna Radziejewska alto
Jaros³aw Brêk baritone
BBC Concert Orchestra
Philharmonia Chorus
Stephen Cleobury conductor

“a liberating, totally absorbing creation which sweeps the listener towards a different world”
(Sir Nicholas Kenyon on The Protecting Veil)

A celebration of the life of revered composer John Tavener with one of his most well known works. The Protecting Veil is a sublime meditation inspired by the Orthodox Feasts commemorating the life of the Virgin Mary, ending with her tears. Lutos³awski’s searing Lachrimosa precedes Szymanowski’s beautiful Stabat Mater.

John Tavener : The Protecting Veil
Witold Lutoslawski : Lacrimosa
Karol Szymanowski : Stabat mater, Op 53

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23 Apr

 Wednesday, April 23, 2014 at 7.30pm 
The Michael Nyman Band
Queens Hall
0131 668 2019

The Michael Nyman Band

As one of Britain's most innovative and celebrated composers, Michael Nyman's work encompasses operas and string quartets, film soundtracks and orchestral concertos. Far more than merely a composer, he's also a performer, conductor, bandleader, pianist, author, musicologist and now a photographer and film-maker.

Accompanied by his band, Michael’s appearance at The Queen’s Hall offers a rare chance to see the master in action.

Michael Nyman : The Draughtman's Contract
Michael Nyman : The Cook
Michael Nyman : The Thief
Michael Nyman : A Zed and Two Noughts
Michael Nyman : Prospero’s Books
Michael Nyman : The Piano

23 Apr

United States
 Wednesday, April 23, 2014 at 8:00pm 
2014 TED Fellow Bora Yoon Performs New CD 4/23
Asia Society
725 Park Avenue, NYC
United States

Tickets: $20
Bora Yoon

Sunken Cathedral, the new multimedia album from 2014 TED Fellow/Korean-American composer and performer Bora Yoon, introduces a contemporary sonic journey through the chambers of subconscious. By blending digital devices, found objects, and instruments from a variety of cultures and centuries with her own voice, Yoon creates a series of surreal soundscapes that range from choral, electronic, ambient, industrial, spoken-word, symphonic, and early music, to express the cyclical and transcendental nature of music.

Bora Yoon : Sunken Cathedral

24 Apr

United Kingdom
 Thursday, April 24, 2014 at 7.30pm 
Patrick Zimmerli Aspects of Darkness and Light
Wigmore Hall, London
36 Wigmore St, London W1
United Kingdom

Joshua Redman

Satoshi Takeishi

Scott Colley
double bass

Escher String Quartet

Joshua Redman’s work as curator of the Wigmore Jazz Series has delivered high-octane performances at the Hall over the past two years. The saxophonist and composer returns for what promises to be a red-letter date in the 2013–14 Season calendar.

Patrick Zimmerli’s Aspects of Darkness and Light, a rich mix of jazz, classical and world music styles, blurs genre-defining boundaries to create a thrilling new listening experience.

Patrick Zimmerli : Aspects of Darkness and Light

25 Apr 
26 Apr

United Kingdom
 Saturday, April 26, 2014 at 7.30pm 
Codebreaker - world premiere
Barbican Hall, London
Barbican, Silk Street, London EC2
United Kingdom
020 7638 8891

Hertfordshire Chorus
London Orchestra da Camera
David Temple conductor
Naomi Harvey soprano

Codebreaker charts the story of Alan Turing, brilliant mathematician and scientist, key figure at Bletchley Park, who committed suicide aged 41. McCarthy's inspirational work weaves Turing's own words and those of famous poets within music both tender and stirring.

Felix Mendelssohn : Hebrides Overture, Fingal's Cave
Vaughan Williams : Toward the Unknown Region
Ludwig Van Beethoven : Meeresstille und glückliche Fahrt
James McCarthy : Codebreaker

26 Apr

 Saturday, April 26, 2014 at 8pm 
Boundless: Beyond the Borders of Sound
Blusson Spinal Chord Centre
313 West 18th Ave

Tickets: 15-25
Fringe Percussion Ensemble:

Daniel Tones
Jonathan Bernard
Martin Fisk
Brian Nesselroad
Timothy Van Cleave
Graeme Tofflemire

Join Fringe Percussion for an evening of exceptional music that harnesses the boundless energy of sound. Be treated to a rhythmic, vibrant, and captivating body of work by acclaimed composers Mark Applebaum, Bob Becker (Nexus), Derek Charke, and David Lang (Bang on a Can).

The program also features the Vancouver concert premieres of Steve Reich’s Mallet Quartet and Canadian icon Bruce Mather’s sensuous Clos d’Audignac. Experience some of the best music for percussion in a leveled 360 and birds eye view of the performers in the unconventional spiraled atrium of the Blusson Spinal Cord Centre.

Bob Becker : Unseen Child
Steve Reich : Mallet Quartet
Mark Applebaum : Catfish
Bruce Mathers : Clos d'Audignac
Derek Charke : Trio
David Lang : The So-Called Laws of Nature Part 2

27 Apr

United Kingdom
 Sunday, April 27, 2014 at 6.30pm 
Words and music: an evening in three parts
CBSO Centre
Berkley Street. B1 2LF
United Kingdom

Conductor: Martyn Brabbins
Viola: Christopher Yates *
Director: David Sawer ~
Actors: William Oxborrow & Thomas Howes ~
Sound by Design ~

Howard Skempton’s Only the Sound Remains for viola and ensemble takes its title from the first line of The Mill-Water, a poem on the sad loss of rural industry by Edward Thomas. The sense of nostalgia and elegy that pervades Thomas’ poem is beautifully encapsulated in Skempton’s 35-minute piece. Led by the viola, the ensemble seems to paint a series of long-forgotten landscapes, affirming Skempton’s precious ability to find beauty and expressive power in the simplest musical objects.

BCMG/SaM Apprentice Composer-in-Residence Shiori Usui has been described as a composer with ‘individual ears’ (The Times) and her music has already been performed in Japan, Europe and the US by a diverse range of soloists, ensembles and orchestras. Her new piece takes inspiration from the BBC’s Blue Planet series (originally titled ‘Deep’) and promises to transport both players and audience to the bottom of the ocean.

Skempton’s friendship with Morton Feldman was perhaps his most important single influence. Samuel Beckett/Morton Feldman’s Words and Music deliberates on the comparative power of these two modes of expression. Here presented in a strikingly unusual way, this 40-minute piece, initially written for radio, sees Joe (Words) and Bob (Music), struggle to formulate expressions on themes including love and age under the command of the mysterious Croak. At the heart of the piece is an intensely moving section in which Bob tries to teach Joe how to sing.

Howard Skempton : Only the Sound Remains
Shiori Usui : Deep
Morton Feldman : Words and Music

27 Apr

 Sunday, April 27, 2014 at 4pm 
Leylâ et Majnûn ou L'Amour mystique
Salle Pleyel
252 rue u Fauborg Saint-Honore, 75008 Paris

Nacer Khemir : storyteller
Didier Benetti : conducting
Gombodorj Byambajargal : song
Enkhajargal Dandarvaanchig "Epi" : song
Salar Aghili : song
Ariana Vafadari : song
Raza Hussain Khan : song
Marianne Svasek : song
Naziha Meftah : song
Annas Habib : song
Bruno Le Levreur : song
Levon Minassian : doudouk
Henri Tournier : flûtes
Haroun Teboul : ney
Driss El Maloumi : oud
Jasser Haj Youssef : viole d'amour
Jean Bollinger : trumpet
Laurent Clouet : clarinet
John Boswell : percussion
Joël Grare : percussion
Maël Guezel : percussion
Nicolas Lamothe : percussion
Shanghai Percussion Ensemble
Julien Carton : piano
Alban Sautour : piano
Sarah Nemtanu : violin
Tiphaine Gaigne : violin
Young-Eun Koo : violin
Samuel Nemtanu : violin
Jacques Gandard : violin
Guillaume Barli : violin
Agnès Domergue : viola
Julien Gaben : viola
Laurent Muller : viola
Gregoire Korniluk : cello
Jérôme Lefranc : cello
Philippe Noharet : doublebass
Anne Sophie Versnaeyen : orchestration

Armand Amar : Leylâ et Majnûn ou l'Amour mystique
Armand Amar : Oratorio mundi
Armand Amar : Collaboration artistique John Boswell
Armand Amar : Livret de Leili Anvar

28 Apr 
29 Apr

United Kingdom
 Tuesday, April 29, 2014 at 7.30pm 
Basel Symphony Orchestra
St David's Hall
St David's Hall, The Hayes, Cardiff CF10 1AH
United Kingdom
029 2087 8444

Basel Symphony Orchestra
Conductor Dennis Russell Davies
Cello Matt Haimovitz

Three minimalist classics: Harmonielehre started life as a dream in which John Adams saw a tanker in San Francisco Bay shoot out of the water like a rocket. From the glittering pulsating rhythms of its opening, through to its closing shimmering light, optimism and energy, this is a roller-coaster of a piece that never lets go for one moment. Hear it next to the fragile stillness of Arvo Part's These Words and Philip Glass's recent Second Cello Concerto, based on the music for the film Naqoyqatsi.

Arvo Pärt : These Words
Philip Glass : Cello Concerto No 2, "Naqoyqatsi "

30 Apr

United Kingdom
 Wednesday, April 30, 2014 at 7.30pm 
Van der Aa: Here
Queen Elizabeth Hall, London
South Bank, London SE1
United Kingdom
08700 606 096

Baldur Bronnimann conductor
Claron McFadden soprano
Mark van de Wiel clarinet
Sound Intermedia sound design
London Sinfonietta

“One of the most distinctive young composers in Europe today. Michel van der Aa's ability to fuse music, text and visual images into a totally organic whole sets him apart from nearly all his contemporaries.” Andrew Clements, The Guardian

A black plexiglass cabin, spotlit on an empty stage; an anonymous female figure; a tape recorder shuffling the soundtrack; and just eleven repeated chords.

These are the bare components that make up Michel van der Aa’s intriguing and compelling and complete Here Trilogy, receiving its UK premiere.

With echoes of the spatial manipulation in the works of Escher, combining electric and natural sounds, Here Trilogy explores the clash between the individual and their everyday surroundings, creating a haunting sense of paralysis, separation and isolation.

The programme also features the world premiere of Hysteresis, a new clarinet concerto co-commissioned by the London Sinfonietta for Principal Clarinetist Mark van de Wiel.

Michael van der Aa : Memo for violin & portable cassette recorder
Michael van der Aa : Hysteresis
Michael van der Aa : Here Trilogy

1 May

United Kingdom
 Thursday, May 01, 2014 at 3.15pm 
Tavener and Taverner
St Paul's Knightsbridge
32a Wilton Place, London SW1X 8SH
United Kingdom

BBC Singers
Peter Philips conductor

Join the BBC Singers in a short afternoon concert at St Paul's, Knightsbridge, as they remember a composer who formed a significant part of their history: the late John Tavener. Under the baton of Peter Phillips the BBC Singers perform his iconic tender hymn The Lamb alongside the mournful Funeral Ikos.
Hear the choral masterwork of his near namesake, master of early 16th century music John Taverner, in the six-part intricate polyphony of Missa Corona Spinea.

This concert will be broadcast live on BBC Radio 3.

John Taverner : Missa Corona Spinea
John Tavener : Funeral Ikos
John Tavener : The Lamb
John Tavener : Two Hymns to the Mother of God

1 May

United Kingdom
 Thursday, May 01, 2014 at 8pm 
Uncovering the political voice of classical music
United Kingdom

Tickets: £5/6
The Riot Ensemble / Neil Luck / Audrey Chen / The Broom Brigade

On May Day, Nonclassical uncovers the political voice of classical music and raises it to dangerous decibels. It’s a march on Dalston championing both iconic and new works charged with sociopolitical consciousness – get ready to take contemporary classical to the streets and lift a sonically defiant finger to the establishment.

The night opens with a free, symbolic outdoor performance in Gillett Square of Louis Andriessen’s punchy Workers Union performed by The Riot Ensemble, a collective of top emerging musicians. The march on Dalston then continues at The Shacklewell Arms, exploring iconic works of powerful revolutionary fervor, featuring Luigi Nono’s electroacoustic Non Consumiamo Marx on the 1968 student protests and culminating with Frederic Rzewski’s poignant masterpieces Coming Together and Attica, written in response to the tragic Attica prison riots.

Paired with these established works will be fresh new music that address politics today: composer/performer Neil Luck creatively reinterprets Cornelius Cardew’s Treatise with a modern day twist, The Broom Brigade performs White Haired Boy a new irreverent satirical opera on Boris Johnson by the MAAP Collective, and renowned experimental musician Audrey Chen expressively improvises with voice and cello on the May Day theme.

Between live performances, Nonclassical DJs will be spinning unique politically-themed sets, featuring music from Hans Eisler to Dead Prez.

Frederic Rzewski : Coming Together & Attica
Luigi Nono : Non Consumiamo Marx
Cornelius Cardew : Treatise (re-interpreted by Neil Luck)
MAAP Collective : Music from White Haired Boy
Audrey Chen : Free improvisation with cello & voice

1 May

United Kingdom
 Thursday, May 01, 2014 at 7.30pm 
Thomas Adès and Nico Muhly
Jerwood Hall
United Kingdom

Nicholas Collon conductor
Iestyn Davies countertenor
Aurora Orchestra

Internationally-acclaimed countertenor Iestyn Davies joins the Aurora Orchestra as it looks heavenwards for a programme which contemplates virtue, peace, and celestial heights. Bach’s meditation on purity and the resistance of sin Widerstehe doch der Sünde is performed alongside Gluck’s ravishing depiction of the wonder of Elysium from the opera Orfeo ed Euridice, and works by two of the brightest stars in the firmament of living composers, Thomas Adès and Nico Muhly (including an arrangement of Herbert Howells’ King David created by Muhly specially for this concert). Schubert’s effervescent Fifth Symphony – written before the composer’s 20th birthday and filled with optimism and vitality – completes a sparkling programme.

Nico Muhly : Drones on ‘O Lord, whose mercies numberless’
Herbert Howells : King David
Christoph Willibald Gluck : ‘Che puro ciel’ from Orfeo ed Euridice
J.S. Bach : Cantata BWV 54, ‘Widerstehe doch der Sünde’
Thomas Ades : Three Studies from Couperin
Franz Schubert : Symphony No 5 in B flat

2 May 

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