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9 Apr

United Kingdom
 Tuesday, April 09, 2013 at 8pm 
UBS Soundscapes: Eclectica - Tansy Davies: Troubairtiz
LSO St Luke's, London
161 Old Street London EC1V 9NG
United Kingdom
020 7638 8891

Tickets: £10 £15 £22

British composer Tansy Davies first worked with the LSO in 2005, composing her work Tilting as part of the UBS Sound Adventures scheme. This Eclectica evening at St Luke’s places Davies’ music, with its hints of funk, experimental rock, industrial techno, atonalism and electronica, centre stage - her darkly powerful and acclaimed album Troubairitz is recreated by the Azalea Ensemble, duo Anna Snow and Damien Harron, and conductor Chris Austin. Ensemble New Noise will give a rare performance of Aquatic, while percussionist Joby Burgess will play ritualistic funk hybrid Dark Ground.

Tansy Davies : Troubairtiz

10 Apr 
11 Apr

United Kingdom
 Thursday, April 11, 2013 at 7.30pm 
Beethoven, Olli Mustonen, Stravinsky and Ravel
Wigmore Hall, London
36 Wigmore St, London W1
United Kingdom

Tickets: £15 £20 £25 £30
Pekka Kuusisto
Olli Mustonen

Olli Mustonen’s art draws on the special qualities of spiritual tranquillity and emotional intensity of his Karelian ancestors. The Finnish pianist and composer joins forces with Pekka Kuusisto, acclaimed for the visceral commitment of his music-making. Their programme spans more than two centuries of repertoire for violin and piano, complete with Mustonen’s neoromantic Violin Sonata.

Ludwig Van Beethoven : Violin Sonata No. 6 in A Op. 30 No. 1
Oli Mustonen : Violin Sonata No. 6 in A Op. 30 No. 1
Igor Stravinsky : Duo Concertante
Maurice Ravel : Violin Sonata in G

12 Apr

United Kingdom
 Friday, April 12, 2013 at 7.30pm 
Sunken Garden
Barbican Hall, London
Barbican, Silk Street, London EC2
United Kingdom
020 7638 8891

Tickets: £50-£16

A world premiere and a brand new collaboration with the Barbican, Sunken Garden tells a multi-layered story of a missing person and those who are searching for him. What connects the disappearance of a software engineer, a neurotic film-maker and a gullible patroness of the arts? This new film-opera explores hoax and dark truth, with a libretto from Cloud Atlas novelist David Mitchell.

Composer, director and film-maker Michel van der Aa makes his ENO debut with this enthralling multimedia ‘occult mystery’, combining live performance, music, 2D and 3D film. Van der Aa’s technique of mixing live and recorded images and sounds have won him great international acclaim, with The Guardian praising him for ‘his ability to fuse music, text and visual images into a totally organic whole’. His prize-winning music theatre piece After Life premiered at the Barbican in 2010.

Baritone Roderick Williams takes the main role, conducted by ENO guest André de Ridder.

Apr 12, 13, 15, 16, 18, 19, 20 at 7.30pm
7 performances. Running time: 1hr 40mins approx (no interval)
Pre-performance talk, Mon Apr 15, 5.15–6.00pm, £5/£2.50 concs

Michael van der Aa : Sunken Garden

12 Apr

United Kingdom
 Friday, April 12, 2013 at 7.30pm 
Jonathan Lloyd, Brahms and Tippett with the BBC Symphony Orchestra
Barbican Hall, London
Barbican, Silk Street, London EC2
United Kingdom
020 7638 8891

Tickets: £30 £25 £20 £15 £10
Sir Andrew Davis conductor
Stephen Hough piano

Our Artist in Focus, Stephen Hough, returns to perform Brahms’s tumultuous first Piano Concerto with Sir Andrew Davis. Hough has written of the ‘burst of utter, natural, divine genius’ that propels this concerto, ‘it’s flame flares with such intensity, and such promise of more to come, that I find myself overwhelmed by it’. As part of our Tippett retrospective, we come to his fourth and final symphony, which follows a life-cycle from birth to death in a single movement, complete with breathing effects; an astonishing example of the imaginative vitality of the composer’s late years. Jonathan Lloyd, whose own fourth symphony was written for the BBC SO, makes a welcome return with a new work for strings.

Jonathan Lloyd : old racket
Johannes Brahms : Piano Concerto No. 1, in D minor
Michael Tippett : Symphony No. 4

13 Apr

United Kingdom
 Saturday, April 13, 2013 at 7.30pm 
London Symphony Orchestra: LSO Futures - Symphonic Sound Worlds
Barbican Hall, London
Barbican, Silk Street, London EC2
United Kingdom
020 7638 8891

Tickets: £10 £15 £19.50 £27 £36
François-Xavier Roth conductor
London Symphony Orchestra

At the centre of this concert, which showcases the full forces of the LSO, is the world premiere of Panufnik Variations, a project that brings together graduates from across the Panufnik Scheme’s seven-year history. Taking a theme from Andrzej Panufnik’s Universal Prayer as a starting-point, the work features a series of variations showcasing the sounds and styles of nine Panufnik Scheme alumni, bookended by an opening and conclusion by Colin Matthews.

Anton Webern : Passacaglia
Pierre Boulez : Notations
Colin Matthews : Panufnik Variations
Claude Debussy : La Mer

13 Apr

United Kingdom
 Saturday, April 13, 2013 at 5pm 
LSO Futures
Barbican Hall, London
Barbican, Silk Street, London EC2
United Kingdom
020 7638 8891

Tickets: £10 £15 £19.50
François-Xavier Roth conductor
Jason Yarde saxophone
Andrew McCormack piano
LSO Chamber Ensembles

The first of two concerts masterminded by François-Xavier Roth, which place new commissions against the backdrop of 20th-century classics that continue to inspire. Here, dazzling inventions in instrumental sound are explored by LSO chamber ensembles, alongside the world premiere of Modo Hit Blow for brass and percussion by Jason Yarde, Panufnik and UBS Sound Adventures: Pioneers Scheme alumnus.

Edgard Varèse : Ionisations for Percussion
Jason Yarde : Hit Blow for Brass and Percussion
Igor Stravinsky : Symphonies of Wind Instruments
John Adams : Chamber Symphony

14 Apr

United Kingdom
 Sunday, April 14, 2013 at 7.30pm 
Illuminating Britten
Wiltshire Music Centre
Bradford upon Avon
United Kingdom

Tickets: £18 full price / £16-17 concession

Concert 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 down Hill 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 Op. 5, for Clarinet and Piano
Benjamin Britten : Elegy for solo viola
Aaron Copland : Nocturne
Aaron Copland : Ukelele Serenade
Benjamin Britten : Going down Hill on a Bicycle (A Boy’s Song), for violin and piano (1931)
Oliver Knussen : Cantata Op. 15, for oboe and string trio
Hans Werne Henze : Olly on the Shore, for piano
Alban Berg : Adagio, for violin, clarinet and piano
Benjamin Britten : March, Lullaby and Waltz, three pieces for violin and piano from ‘Suite Op. 6’, for violin and piano
Benjamin Britten : Phantasy Quartet, for oboe and string trio

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19 Apr

United Kingdom
 Friday, April 19, 2013 at 7.30pm 
Beethoven, Simpson and Tippett with the BBC Symphony Orchestra
Barbican Hall, London
Barbican, Silk Street, London EC2
United Kingdom
020 7638 8891

Tickets: £30 £25 £20 £15 £10
Martyn Brabbins conductor
Nicola Benedetti violin

Tippett found inspiration for the Promethean energy and structural force of his Second Symphony in Beethoven’s own symphonies: the vigorously assertive opening Allegro, and balletic curlicues of the scherzo-like Presto owe much to his hero’s example, while the mosaic-like orchestration of the slow movement hint at the shimmering orchestral tapestries Tippett was to explore later in his career. Appropriately, Beethoven’s Apollonian Violin Concerto prefaces the performance, presented by Nicola Benedetti. One of our most promising young composers, Mark Simpson, clarinettist winner of the 2006 BBC Young Musician of the Year and already a BBC Proms/Guardian Young Composer of the Year, is represented by his richly imagined tone poem A Mirror-Fragment …

Mark Simpson : A mirror-fragment…
Ludwig Van Beethoven : Violin Concerto in D major
Michael Tippett : Symphony No. 2

20 Apr

United Kingdom
 Saturday, April 20, 2013 at 7.30pm 
Schumann, Sean Hickey and Chopin
Wigmore Hall, London
36 Wigmore St, London W1
United Kingdom

Tickets: £10 £14 £17 £20
Klara Min

Resident in New York, South Korean pianist Klara Min has performed extensively throughout North America and Europe. Having recently made her acclaimed debut in Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall, New York, she now makes her London debut with this recital.
‘Min plays with the most ravishing tone I’ve heard … her dynamic control is out of this world.’ American Record Guide

Robert Schumann : Arabeske in C Op. 18
Robert Schumann : Fantasiestücke Op. 12
Sean Hickey : Cursive
Frederick Chopin : 3 Mazurkas
Frederick Chopin : Piano Sonata No. 3 in B minor Op. 58

20 Apr

United Kingdom
 Saturday, April 20, 2013 at 7.30pm 
Plymouth University Student Composers Concert
Sherwell Theatre
Sherwell Theatre, Plymouth University
United Kingdom

Tickets: Free
Plymouth University Student Sinfonia and Guests

Jason Mitchell, conductor
Jennifer Harris, artistic director

This is a wonderful opportunity to hear Plymouth student performers and composers in a programme of new music.

The works range from solo performances, string quartet and orchestra to musical theatre singers.

Maury van Loon : Alpha
David Everson : Concerto for Piano
Jason Mitchell : Mythology Odyssey: A Symphonic Poem
Jennifer Harris : The Da Vinci Suite Movement 4: Mirror Songs & choruses from The Sound of Roses

21 Apr 
22 Apr 
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

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

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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