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22 Apr 
23 Apr

United Kingdom
 Tuesday, April 23, 2013 at 7.30pm 
Heart of Darkness
Cadogan Hall
5 Sloane Terrace, London, SW1X 9DQ
United Kingdom

Tickets: £40, £32.50, £25, £15
Nicholas Collon, conductor
Samuel West, narrator
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

A heady mixture of new music and established classics, this concert combines two renowned masterworks with the London première of the Suite from Tarik O’Regan’s recent opera, Heart of Darkness. Inspired by Joseph Conrad’s novella, O’Regan’s opera has already met with great acclaim for its ‘music of startling beauty’ (The Observer) and ‘a magical and haunting sound-world’ (The Telegraph).

Elgar’s Cockaigne Overture is a vibrant celebration of London, depicting a couple exploring the metropolis, enjoying sounds from church bells to a brass band. The Second Symphony by Sibelius is one of his most engaging and beautiful compositions, overflowing with exhilarating orchestral textures.

Box Office: 020 7730 4500

Edward Elgar : Cockaigne Overture
Tarik O'Reagan : Suite from Heart of Dearkness for narrator and orchestra
Jean Sibelius : Symphony No.2

23 Apr

United Kingdom
 Tuesday, April 23, 2013 at  
Mopomoso On Tour

United Kingdom


"Improvising is important to me", says guitarist, John Russell, "because it is the closest I get to what music is."

We are very excited to have the opportunity to work with Mopomoso co-founder John Russell to produce the first UK tour of Mopomoso.

MOPOMOSO stands for MOdernismPOstMOdernism SO what? and was founded in 1991 by guitarist John Russell and pianist, trumpeter and composer Chris Burn to promote improvised music and its relationship to other forms of contemporary music making Mopomoso has since then presented hundreds of concerts, special events and workshops.

The tour aims to both showcase the work of Mopomoso to a wider audience, and promote the ideas and artists in each city. A series of sets from some of Mopomoso's core players will be complemented with improvisers from each city. With a firm focus on free improvisation, musical references could range from jazz, rock, folk, classical, electronic, world and computer-generated music, representing the broad brush stroke spirit of inclusion embodied in the Mopomoso aesthetic.

About this tour, John Russell says:
“In its monthly series, which takes place at The Vortex - ‘London’s listening jazz club’, Mopomoso offers audiences the chance to hear some of the best music around, in an intimate and friendly setting. Programmed by myself, and now in its 21st year, this tour will recreate some of that ambience with a varied programme of contrasting approaches to free improvisation. By its very nature no two concerts will be the same and we can safely guarantee you won’t have heard anything like this before!”

Date: April 23 - April 30 2013
Venue: UK tour
Produced by: Sound and Music and Mopomoso

MOPOMOSO . : Various

24 Apr 
25 Apr

United States
 Thursday, April 25, 2013 at 7pm 
Composers Concordance 'Chamber People' 
Turtle Bay Music Schoo
244 East 52nd Street
United States

Tickets: free

Valerie Coleman - flute
Michiyo Suzuki - clarinet
Lynn Bechtold, Mioi Takeda, and Yibin Li - violin
Michael Midlarsky - cello
Dimitri Dover - piano

As Gustav Mahler wrote, "In its beginnings, music was merely chamber music, meant to be listened to in a small space by a small audience." On April 25th at 7pm, Composers Concordance ("enterprising new music organization" -NYTimes) presents an eclectic program of contemporary chamber music premieres. Featured composers include Dave Soldier ("resolutely uninterested in stylistic limits" -NYTimes), Gene Pritsker ("audacious…multitalented" -NYTimes), Dan Cooper ("especially fascinating" -American Record Guide), Evan Hause ("particularly compelling" -NYTimes), Leo Kraft ("beautiful" -NYTimes), Frank J. Oteri ("passionate" -San Francsico Chronicle), and Raul Quines ("highly imaginative" -Sir Georg Solti). Featured performers include flutist Valerie Coleman (of the Grammy-nominated Imani Winds), clarinetist Michiyo Suzuki (of the Grammy-nominated Absolute Ensemble), as well as the intrepid violinists Lynn Bechtold, Mioi Takeda, and Yibin Li, renowned cellist Michael Midlarsky, and the exceptional pianist Dimitri Dover. Don't miss this fun chamber music event, plus a reception, at the Turtle Bay Music School's Richmond Room (244 East 52nd St).

Gene Pritsker : 'Universe Contains Innumerable Elements
Dan Cooper : Tba
Leo Kraft : 'Brief Encounters
David Soldier : Ultraviolet Railroad
Evan Hause : Piano Trio
Frank J. Oteri : Spurl
Raul Quines : Impressões

26 Apr

United Kingdom
 Friday, April 26, 2013 at 11am 
The Arditti Quartet: 40 Years Young
Barbican Hall, London
Barbican, Silk Street, London EC2
United Kingdom
020 7638 8891

Tickets: £15
Arditti Quartet

A celebration of the Arditti Quartet and its 40 years of breaking the boundaries of new music

Jonathan Harvey : String Quartet No 1
Brice Pauset : New work
Elliott Carter : String Quartet No 5
Gyorgy Kurtág : Aus der Ferne III & V
Helmut Lachenmann : Grido

26 Apr

United States
 Friday, April 26, 2013 at 8:00pm 
Jump on the Dance Wagon Festival
Ailey Citigroup Theatre
400 West 55th Street
United States

Tickets: $25-$30
Jump on the Dance Wagon Festival
Celebrating its second annual festival, Jump On the DanceWagon (J/DW) presents a unique opportunity for four emerging contemporary choreographers to share the stage and premiere their new works at the venerable Ailey Citigroup Theater. This innovative split-bill features 20 minutes of work by four women: Alyson Laury (Alyson Laury Dance); Marianne Delehanty (MarDel Dance); Megan Lynn (Asterial Dance company); and the debut of choreographer Frances Lai Baca (Lai Baca Dance).

J.S. Bach : TBA

26 Apr

United Kingdom
 Friday, April 26, 2013 at 7.30-9.00 pm 
St. Cyprian's Church
Baker Street, London
United Kingdom

Tickets: £10
The Arch Orchestra, conducted by Chloé Vansoeterstede.

Tom Smail : Soliloquy for Strings

27 Apr

United States
 Saturday, April 27, 2013 at 8:00pm 
Jump on the Dance Wagon Festival
Ailey Citigroup Theatre
400 West 55th Street
United States

Tickets: $25-$30
Celebrating its second annual festival, Jump On the DanceWagon (J/DW) presents a unique opportunity for four emerging contemporary choreographers to share the stage and premiere their new works at the venerable Ailey Citigroup Theater. This innovative split-bill features 20 minutes of work by four women: Alyson Laury (Alyson Laury Dance); Marianne Delehanty (MarDel Dance); Megan Lynn (Asterial Dance company); and the debut of choreographer Frances Lai Baca (Lai Baca Dance).

J.S. Bach : TBA

28 Apr

United States
 Sunday, April 28, 2013 at 4:30pm 
Jump on the Dance Wagon Festival
Ailey Citigroup Theatre
400 West 55th Street
United States

Tickets: $25-$30
Celebrating its second annual festival, Jump On the DanceWagon (J/DW) presents a unique opportunity for four emerging contemporary choreographers to share the stage and premiere their new works at the venerable Ailey Citigroup Theater. This innovative split-bill features 20 minutes of work by four women: Alyson Laury (Alyson Laury Dance); Marianne Delehanty (MarDel Dance); Megan Lynn (Asterial Dance company); and the debut of choreographer Frances Lai Baca (Lai Baca Dance).

J.S. Bach : TBA

28 Apr

United States
 Sunday, April 28, 2013 at 8pm-9pm 
'The Rite of Spring - Through an Eclectic Spectrum' by Gene Pritsker
The Cutting room
44 E 32nd Street, NYC
United States
(212) 691-1900

Tickets: 15
performed by Sound Liberation:
Chanda Rule - voice, LeeAnet Noble - percussion/rap/tap dance, Franz Hackl - trumpet, Greg Baker - guitar, Dan Cooper - 7-string bass guitar / flute, Gernot Bernroider - drums and Gene Pritsker on guitar/rap/Di.J.

The Rite of Spring was premiered on the 29th of May in 1913 at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées in Paris, France. The ballet caused quite a stir with its sexual and unconventional movements as well as Stravinsky's unique and avant-garde music. It has been reported that the performance caused a riot, where people were literally out of their seats jumping and pounding one another. I always regarded this as the first mosh pit of the 20th century. As a teenager studying music, I was strongly influenced by 'The Rite of Spring'. I listened to it over and over until what sounded like noise at first revealed itself to be the most incredible piece of music I have ever heard. I have always wanted to reinterpret this music through my own experience. On April 28th at the Cutting Room, with my band Sound Liberation and 100 years after its premiere in Paris, I will present my 45 minute composition. This new look at 'The Rite' interprets the various elements of this music using my eclectic methods and ideas: writing hip-hop and jazz songs, using improvisational techniques (like the ones used in African and Indian music), incorporating DJ and electronic elements and employing the various genres and techniques that have been developed since the premiere of this masterpiece

Gene Pritsker : The Rite of Spring - Through an Eclectic Spectrum

28 Apr

 Sunday, April 28, 2013 at 4pm 
Orchestre National d'Île de France - Enrique Mazzola - François-Frédéric Guy
Salle Pleyel
252 rue u Fauborg Saint-Honore, 75008 Paris

Tickets: 10-30 euros
Orchestre National d'Île-de-France
Enrique Mazzola : conducting
François-Frédéric Guy : piano

Alberto Colla : Symphonie des prodiges, troisième symphonie
Maurice Ravel : Concerto pour la main gauche
Hector Berlioz : Symphonie fantastique

28 Apr

United Kingdom
 Sunday, April 28, 2013 at 1.30pm and 4pm 
BCMG Family Concerts
CBSO Centre, Birmingham

United Kingdom

Tickets: £6 adults / £4 under 16s / £16 group ticket (admits four people – the group must contain at least o
Birmingham Contemporary Music Group
Conductor: Richard Baker
Piano: Nicolas Hodges

Our Family Concerts introduce young people and their families to the exciting world of contemporary music. These hour-long performances weave theatre with the music to create fun, colourful and engaging concerts to ignite young imaginations.

Before and after the performances there will be a fun activity café where young people can create their own music using BCMG’s wonderful array of instruments - and gobble a few cakes! Activities will run around an hour before each performance so please turn up early and enjoy the whole BCMG Family Concerts experience.

Best suited to children aged 7+
Performances will last around one hour

Duncan Chapman : New work for electronics
Judith Weir : Musicians Wrestle Everywhere
BCMG/SAM Apprentice composer-in-residence : new work
Julian Anderson : Scherzo (with trains)
Olivier Messiaen : Oiseaux Exotiques

29 Apr 
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6 May

United Kingdom
 Monday, May 06, 2013 at 7.30pm 
James Clarke, Alex Mincek, Michael Pelzel and Mauro Lanza
Wigmore Hall, London
36 Wigmore St, London W1
United Kingdom

Tickets: £10
Arditti Quartet

JACK Quartet

The Arditti Quartet’s worldwide reputation rests secure on almost 40 years of excellence in the performance and development of contemporary music.
The JACK Quartet can likewise cite a glorious record of achievement in bringing new work to life.
This showcase concert offers audiences the thrilling prospect of hearing the birth of two string octets by Mauro Lanza (b.1975) and James Clarke (b.1957).

James Clarke : 2012-S for 2 string quartets
Alex Mincek : String Quartet No. 3 ‘lift – tilt – filter – split’
Michael Pelzel : …vers le vent…
Mauro Lanza : Der Kampf zwischen Karneval und Fasten for 8 strings

7 May 
8 May 
9 May 
10 May

United Kingdom
 Friday, May 10, 2013 at Various 
A Scream and an Outrage
Barbican Hall, London
Barbican, Silk Street, London EC2
United Kingdom
020 7638 8891

Tickets: £12.50-22.50
BBC Singers
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Jayce Ogren conductor
Claudio Prima Sailor (folksinger)
Helga Davis Scholar (improviser and vocalist)
Hila Plitmann Peasant (soprano)
Chris Burchett Soldier (baritone)

The A Scream and an Outrage weekend kicks off with two world premieres of specially-commissioned new pieces by Nico Muhly and Pulitzer Prize-winning composer David Lang.

Unrivalled interpreters of the contemporary repertoire, the BBC Singers will open the evening with Muhly’s latest composition, An Outrage; followed by Lang’s new percussion concerto titled man made, performed by the BBC Symphony Orchestra with Brooklyn-based innovators So Percussion.

The second half will feature the European premiere concert performance of Italian-American composer Paola Prestini’s new multimedia cantata, Oceanic Verses - in a new version for the Barbican stage.

For more information about the mini-festival:

Contemporary Composers : Various

11 May

United Kingdom
 Saturday, May 11, 2013 at 7.30 pm 
Universal listening machines
Schott Recital Room @ Bauer & Hieber
48 Great Marlborough Street, London W1F7BB
United Kingdom

Tickets: £10. Concessons £7.
Contakt - an experimental ensemble of composers and performers:

Kerry Andrews, cello
Karen Burnell, tenor horn
Paul Burnell, oboe
Deborah Broderick Edwards, piano/recorder
Derek Foster, piano
Ann Wolff, voice

A (belated) concert to mark the centaries of Alan Turing and John Cage

John Cage : Perpetual Tango
Morton Feldman : Intermission VI
Erik Satie : Seul a la Maison
Erik Satie : Le Tango Perpetuel
Paul Burnell : An Even Dustier Version of 'Seul a la Maison'
Paul Burnell : Flax Field Dew
Kerry Andrews : dream machine
Derek Foster : I Demand a Recount
Deborah Broderick Edwards : And Then
Deborah Broderick Edwards : The Touring Machine
Ann Wolff : A Very Big Noise

11 May

United Kingdom
 Saturday, May 11, 2013 at 10am etc. 
Simon Bainbridge Study Day
Wigmore Hall, London
36 Wigmore St, London W1
United Kingdom

Tickets: £3 concessions £2
Musicians From The Royal Northern College Of Music

Clark Rundell

Wigmore Hall and the Royal Northern College of Music are delighted to focus on the beguiling, beautiful and haunting music of Simon Bainbridge, one of the towering figures of British music.
Simon is a composer who has never stood still. The sheer variety in the sound worlds he creates provides ample testament to a truly extraordinary sonic and structural imagination.
In partnership with the Royal Northern College of Music.

Simon Bainbridge : Various

11 May

United Kingdom
 Saturday, May 11, 2013 at 7.30pm 
English National Opera
London Coliseum
United Kingdom

Tickets: Various

Wozzeck tells the story of a simple soldier, troubled by visions, who murders his unfaithful partner and dies, leaving behind an orphaned child. Berg’s early 20th-century masterpiece comes to ENO for the first time in 25 years.

This new production is by acclaimed director Carrie Cracknell. One of the most exciting young British directors of her generation, Carrie Cracknell is an Associate Director at the Young Vic, where her recent production of A Doll’s House was a critical success (‘If you ever see a production of the play, see this one’ Sunday Telegraph; ‘Carrie Cracknell ... set the Young Vic ablaze with her production over the summer ... Ibsen’s play reconsidered with fresh rabid emotion’ New York Times; ‘The best production of an Ibsen I’ve ever seen’ Kerry Shale, BBC Radio 4 Saturday Review).

Cracknell was previously co-Artistic Director at the Gate Theatre, London where her productions included Nick Payne’s version of Electra (co-production with Young Vic); Lucy Kirkwood’s adaptation of Hedda; I Am Falling (transferred to Sadler’s Wells); Mark Ravenhill’s Armageddon; and The Sexual Neuroses of our Parents by Lukas Barfuss.

Wozzeck is conducted by ENO’s award-winning Music Director Edward Gardner, whose conducting of Peter Grimes (2012) was described as having ‘breathtaking lyrical ferocity’ (The Guardian).

All performances:

Sat 11 May 2013 19:30
Mon 13 May 2013 19:30
Wed 15 May 2013 19:30
Sat 18 May 2013 18:30
Thu 23 May 2013 19:30
Sat 25 May 2013 19:30

Alban Berg : Wozzeck

12 May

United Kingdom
 Sunday, May 12, 2013 at 7.30pm 
Schubert, Britten, Ian Wilson and Schnittke
Wigmore Hall, London
36 Wigmore St, London W1
United Kingdom

Tickets: £10 £12 £14 £16
David Cohen
Charles Owen

Established as one of the most successful and charismatic young instrumentalists of today, Belgian cellist David Cohen’s programme includes a new piece which he has commissioned especially for this concert from Belfast-born composer, Ian Wilson.
‘David Cohen performs with striking style and wonderful expression’ The Strad
‘Cohen played with a finely judged, romantic edge and conjured a ravishing sound from his beautiful and truly exceptional Montagnana instrument’ Classical Source
Owen White Management
Sponsored by Patricia Morton

Franz Schubert : Arpeggione Sonata in A minor D821
Benjamin Britten : Cello Sonata in C Op. 65
Ian Wilson : The little Spanish prison
Alfred Schnittke : Suite in Old Style (arr. for cello and piano by David Cohen)

12 May

United Kingdom
 Sunday, May 12, 2013 at 6pm 
Choral Evensong
St Pancras Parish Church
United Kingdom

Tickets: not applicable
Choir of St Pancras Church

Miriam Mackie : Invocation of St Pancras

13 May 
14 May

United Kingdom
 Tuesday, May 14, 2013 at 7.30pm 
Elias String Quartet
Wigmore Hall, London
36 Wigmore St, London W1
United Kingdom

Tickets: £15 £20 £25 £30
Elias String Quartet

Jonathan Biss

As the 2012/13 season unfolds, Jonathan Biss is set to present over 30 concerts worldwide devoted to the music of Schumann and its multi-faceted nature.
Schumann: Under the Influence continues at Wigmore Hall carrying the American pianist’s desire to present the composer’s music ‘exactly as it is – deeply poetic, fragile, obsessive, evocative, whimsical, internal’. Pre- and post-echoes of the Schumannesque will also sound in each programme, creating concerts rich in fantasy, emotional contrasts and fleeting moods.
The Jonathan Biss Schumann Series is supported by Dunard Fund.

Henry Purcell : Fantasias (a selection)
Robert Schumann : String Quartet in A minor Op. 41 No. 1
Timothy Andres : New work
Robert Schumann : Piano Quartet in Eb Op. 47

15 May 
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17 May

United Kingdom
 Friday, May 17, 2013 at 7.30pm 
Jonathan Lloyd, Brahms and Tippett
Barbican Hall, London
Barbican, Silk Street, London EC2
United Kingdom
020 7638 8891

Tickets: £30 £25 £20 £15 £10

James Gaffigan conductor
Stephen Hough piano

This, the second of our concerts featuring Stephen Hough performing Brahms, opens with another new piece by Jonathan Lloyd, this time for the BBC SO winds. Brahms’s Piano Concerto No. 2 is an epic, highly symphonic work, the longest written up to that time. Famous for the glorious cello melody that opens the slow movement as well as a corruscating and innovative Scherzo, this masterful concerto is hugely admired by Hough. Completing the cycle of Tippett symphonies we reach the first, a work conceived while Tippett was in prison as a conscientious objector and completed as war ended in 1945. Bursting with vitality and insistent rhythms, it has many of hallmarks of his later style, with a darkly Purcellian set of variations and a highly wrought double fugue to finish.

Jonathan Lloyd : new balls
Johannes Brahms : Piano Concerto No. 2 in B flat major
Michael Tippett : Symphony No.1

17 May

United States
 Friday, May 17, 2013 at 8:00pm 
BMOP Ends Season w/ Gen X Composers 5/17
Jordan Hall, Boston
30 Gainsborough Street
United States

Tickets: $20-$50. Students $10.
Boston Modern Orchestra Project (BMOP)

The Boston Modern Orchestra Project (BMOP), the nation’s premier orchestra dedicated exclusively to commissioning, performing, and recording new orchestral music, celebrates Generation X by featuring works by young and emerging composers including: the world premiere of Play (2013) commissioned by BMOP and written by 33-year-old Andrew Norman; the New England premiere of Sea-Blue Circuitry (2011) by 35-year-old Mason Bates; and the New England premiere of Path of Echoes: Symphony No. 1 (2006) by 36-year-old Huang Ruo.

Andrew Norman : Play
Mason Bates : Sea-Blue Circuitry
Huang Ruo : Path of Echoes: Symphony No.1

18 May

United States
 Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 

Church of St. Mary the Virgin
145 West 46 St. NY, NY
United States

Tickets: Free $10 suggested donation
ILLUMINATIONS OF THE NIGHT, for orchestra [2013]*
PERI MAUER, Composer

New York Repertory Orchestra
David Leibowitz, conductor

*World Premiere

Peri Mauer : ILLUMINATIONS OF THE NIGHT, for orchestra [2013]

18 May

United Kingdom
 Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 10:30pm 
Nonclassical @ Northern Chords
The Sage
Newcastle Upon-Tyne
United Kingdom

Tickets: Free

We’re looking forward to making our North East debut next month, as we host a late night event at the Sage Gateshead as part of the Northern Chords festival. The live programme spans a broad range of contemporary music, while our DJ sets will as usual be threading electronics beats and textures into these avant garde sound worlds. And to top it all off, entry is free!

Steve Reich : Cello Counterpoint
Magnus Lindberg : Piano Trio (3rd movement)
George Crumb : Movement from Solo Cello Sonata
Gabriel Prokofiev : Cello Multitracks
Arvo Pärt : Fratres for String Quartet
Béla Bartók : Fuga from Sonata for Solo Violin

18 May

United Kingdom
 Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 7.30pm 
Ian Parrott - A Celebration
Y Tabernacl, Machynlleth
Machynlleth, Powys, Wales
United Kingdom

Lesley-Jane Rogers, soprano
John Turner, Recorder
Harvey Davies, Piano
Deian Rowlands, Harp

Also songs and piano solos by Edward Elgar and Peter Warlock

Ian Parrott : Songs of Renewal (1995)
Ian Parrott : Credigion: Three Pieces with interludes (1975)
Ian Parrott : Dedication: Ffarwel I Aberystwyth (2007)
Ian Parrott : In Phaeacia
Andrew Cusworth : Llyn cau
David Dubery : Wagtails on the Dyfi
William Mathias : Improvisations Op10
David Cox : Mr. Playford's Musical Banquet
Mervyn Burtch : Three Kipling Songs (2006)

18 May

United Kingdom
 Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 7.30 pm 
Bruton Choral Society Anniversary Concert
Kings Memorial Hall,
Bruton, Somerset
United Kingdom

Bruton Choral Society and Orchestra
(Conductor: Barbara Jenkinson)

Choral and Orchestral Concert

Jonathan Palmer : Sweet Somerset A Cantata for Chorus, Soprano and Mezzo-Soprano Soloists, and Orchestra

18 May

 Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 14:15 
Concertgebouw, Amsterdam
Het Concertgebouw, Concertgebouwplein 2-7, 1071 LN Amsterdam

Radio Kamer Filharmonie
Clark Rundell - dirigent
Erik Bosgraaf - blokfluit

An unforgettable evening out
The Concertgebouw is one of the best concert halls in the world, famous for its exceptional acoustics and varied programme. It serves as the home base of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, and features performances by the world’s best orchestras, conductors and soloists. Bernard Haitink once praised the Concertgebouw as the best instrument in the orchestra that it houses. The wide-ranging programme offers an excellent selection of classical, pop and jazz music. Attend a concert and have an evening you will never forget. Come experience inspiring music in the beautiful surroundings of the Main Hall or the more intimate Recital Hall.

Peter Adriaansz : Rising & Falling
Pierre Boulez : Dialogue de l'ombre double
Louis Andriessen : Suite uit ROSA, the Death of a Composer (bew. L. Andriessen/Rundell)

18 May

United Kingdom
 Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 7.30pm 
Illuminating Britten
CBSO Centre, Birmingham
Berkley Street, Birmingham, B1 2LF
United Kingdom
0121 767 4050

Tickets: In advance: £14 full price / £8 concession / £5 under 16s // On the door: £16 full price / £10 conc
Birmingham Contemporary Music Group
Oboe: Melinda Maxwell
Clarinet: Joanna Patton
Piano: Malcolm Wilson
Violin: Alexandra Wood
Viola: Christopher Yates
Cello: Ulrich Heinen
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 downhill 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 for Clarinet and Piano
Benjamin Britten : Elegy
Aaron Copland : Nocturne and Ukelele Serenade
Benjamin Britten : Going downhill on a bicycle
Oliver Knussen : Cantata
Hans Werner Henze : Olly on the shore
Alban Berg : Adagio
Benjamin Britten : Suite
Benjamin Britten : Phantasy Quartet

19 May 
20 May 
21 May

United Kingdom
 Tuesday, May 21, 2013 at 7.30pm - 9pm 
Sounds of the New
The Forge, London
3-7 Delancey Street, London, NW1 7NL
United Kingdom

Atea Quintet
Richard Uttley (piano)

The second concert presented by New Dots to showcase emerging composers and musicians, featuring 4 world premieres and 1 UK premiere. It will be an informal evening with new, interesting music, interviews with composers and musicians, hopefully some laughs and a few drinks.

Piers Tattersall : At a distance of less than a yard
Emma-Ruth Richards : Caught on the Corner
Aaron Holloway-Nahum : How to Avoid Huge Ships
Yuko Ohara : Double Helix
Michael Cutting : New Work

22 May

United Kingdom
 Wednesday, May 22, 2013 at 7:45PM 
In Portrait: Luke Bedford
Purcell Room, Southbank Centre
United Kingdom
0844 875 0073

Tickets: £15
Presented by the London Sinfonietta.

Sian Edwards conductor

Luke Bedford has fast become one of the most important composers of his generation, in part on the evidence of past work for the London Sinfonietta. This new ensemble composition is a major 25-minute work, which will be performed for a second time after the interval to give the rare instant second chance for an audience to get to know this brand-new composition. The programme also includes an ensemble arrangement of the 2011 double-soloist and string ensemble composition Wonderful Two-Headed Nightingale, and music by Gérard Grisey, whose music holds a fascination for Bedford.

Luke Bedford's new work is commisioned by the London Sinfonietta with the generous support of Michael and Patricia McLaren-Turner.

Luke Bedford : Wonderful No-Headed Nightingale (UK premiere of ensemble version)
Gérard Grisey : Périodes from Les Espaces Acoustiques
Luke Bedford : Renewal

22 May

United States
 Wednesday, May 22, 2013 at 7:30pm 
Organist Gail Archer Wraps Up NYC Tour 5/22
St. Paul the Apostle Church
405 West 59th Street
United States

Tickets: Free
Organist Gail Archer

Internationally renowned star concert organist Gail Archer celebrates the distinctive voice of organ music in The Muses Voice: A Celebration of International Women Composers – a five-concert series touring the churches and synagogues of New York City. Performing a colorful collection of organ music spanning 19th – 21st century female composers, Archer is slated to premiere two works: the New York premiere of The Everlasting Crown by Judith Bingham; and the world premiere of And the Greatest of These is Love by Alla Borzova. Hailed for championing contemporary organ music by female composers, Archer will also feature works by Nadia Boulanger, Jeanne Demessieux, Sofia Gubaidulina, Judith Bingham and Jennifer Higdon, to name a few. Several of these works are being recorded for Archer’s next album to be released in Spring 2013.

Eleanor Daley : Trinitas, I. “And the spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters” Genesis 1:2, II. “To the thirsty I will give water without price from the fountain of life” Revelation 21:6, III. And I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh” Acts 2:17
Nancy Van de Vate : Prelude for Organ
Karen P. Thomas : Dar eltehab-e jazbe-ye’ yeganeggy...burning with ecstatic harmony...”
Anna Paolo Santillan Alcocer : Hope of Dawn
Jennifer Higdon : Ceremonies Suite, Meditation, Prayer Song, Celebration

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