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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 
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

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

27 Apr 
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

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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 
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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 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

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

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

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)

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

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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

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

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

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

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