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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 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

15 May 
16 May 
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 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 7.30pm 
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 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

23 May

United Kingdom
 Thursday, May 23, 2013 at 7.30pm 
Helen Grime New work
Bridgewater Hall, Manchester
Lower Mosley Road
United Kingdom
44 (0) 161 907 9000

Tickets: £36-£10 £3 student tickets available
The Hallé

Sir Mark Elder conductor | Paul Lewis piano

Paul Lewis is internationally recognised as one of the leading pianists of his generation. An acclaimed interpreter of the classical repertoire, here he performs Mozart’s exquisite A major concerto. Although clouds occasionally darken the Mozartian sky, the work is largely a sunny affair, particularly its ebullient finale.

The concert begins with a new piece by the Hallé’s Associate Composer Helen Grime, while after the interval Sir Mark conducts Mahler’s First Symphony. This remarkable work begins with bird-calls and distant military fanfares before proceeding via a wonderfully rustic Ländler and an evocation of a Jewish funeral to its inspirational, life-affirming conclusion.

Helen Grime : New work
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart : Piano Concerto No.23, K488
Gustav Mahler : Symphony No.1

24 May 
25 May

United Kingdom
 Saturday, May 25, 2013 at 7.30 
Wolfgang Rihm, Mahler and Shostakovich
Barbican Hall, London
Barbican, Silk Street, London EC2
United Kingdom
020 7638 8891

Tickets: £30 £25 £20 £15 £10

Ingo Metzmacher conductor
Johan Reuter baritone

High, gleaming sonorities and a sense of enchantment link Wolfgang Rihm’s new piece with Mahler’s beguiling songs from the magical folktae collection, Des Knaben Wunderhorn, sung by the much sought-after Danish baritone Johan Reuter. Songs of a very different kind permeate Shostakovich’s dramatic 11th symphony, an almost cinematic evocation of the 1905 Revolution. The composer wove nine popular revolutionary songs into his dramatic portrayal, with its ominous, icy opening and terrifying Bloody Sunday massacre during which 1,000 workers were gunned down. Shostakovich chose the dark-toned violas for his poignant lament for the dead, before a tumultuous finale that whips up an urgent fervour for justice.

Wolfgang Rihm : Nähe-fern-1
Gustav Mahler : Songs from “Des Knaben Wunderhorn”
Dmitri Shostakovich : Symphony No. 11

26 May 
27 May 
28 May

United Kingdom
 Tuesday, May 28, 2013 at 7.30pm 
Symphony Hall, Birmingham
Broad Street, Birmingham, West Midlands, B1 2EA
United Kingdom
0121 200 2000

Tickets: £10 - £55
ndris Nelsons conductor
Kristine Opolais soprano
Mark Padmore tenor
Hanno Müller-Brachmann baritone
CBSO Chorus, CBSO Youth Chorus and CBSO Children’s Chorus

“My subject is War, and the pity of War.” Benjamin Britten composed his War Requiem for the new Coventry Cathedral, but it’s become one of the defining achievements of modern music, a timeless and profoundly moving exploration of man’s inhumanity to man. The CBSO gave its world premiere: this music is in our blood, and every performance is special to us. Be there as Andris Nelsons and an international team of soloists bring this deeply personal masterpiece to Symphony Hall before taking the work on tour.

6.15pm Pre-concert talk: Britten: War Requiem – CBSO Chorus Director Simon Halsey shares his experience of Britten’s choral masterpiece.

Benjamin Britten : War Requiem

28 May

United Kingdom
 Tuesday, May 28, 2013 at 7.30pm 
BBC Singers at St David’s Cathedral Festival
St Davids Cathedral
St Davids Cathedral, The Close St Davids, Pembrokeshire SA62 6RH
United Kingdom
01437 721204

Tickets: £22, £15, £8 (under 16s half price)
Claire Seaton soprano
Giles Underwood baritone
Nick Cleobury conductor
Daniel Cooke organ
BBC Singers
St David's Cathedral Choristers
Members of BBC NOW Brass

The BBC Singers perform an exciting programme of British composers for St David's Cathedral Festival, in collaboration with JAM, who have been commissioning and performing new music for the past ten years. The concert includes this year's festival commission, The Farthest Shore by Paul Mealor.

This concert will be broadcast live on Radio 3

Benjamin Britten : Rejoice in the Lamb
James MacMillan : Cantos Sagrados
Paul Mealor : The Farthest Shore

29 May 
30 May 
31 May 
1 Jun

United Kingdom
 Saturday, June 01, 2013 at 7.30pm 
Mauricio Kagel: The Pieces of the Compass Rose
Queen Elizabeth Hall, London
South Bank, London SE1
United Kingdom
08700 606 096

Tickets: £22, £15, £9
Thierry Fischer conductor
London Sinfonietta

“The sound references are never used anecdotally; every one of them is integrated by Kagel’s extraordinary harmonic imagination into a world in which nothing is what it seems, and in which every new vista contains a genuine surprise.” Andrew Clements

Discover The Pieces of the Compass Rose, an extraordinary musical travelogue taking you from the north east of Brazil to the Gulf of Finland via the South American Andes. This is a rare performance of all eight movements, inspired by places located at each point of the compass relative to Kagel's native Argentina.

The distinctive sound of the salon band orchestration is accompanied by a huge array of unusual percussion instruments: cushions, a conch, even an axe chopping wood. A composer whose cultural and musical outlook embraced a life lived crossing continents, The Pieces of the Compass Rose is Kagel's response to the diverse soundworlds evoked by geography, language and ethics.

Mauricio Kagel : The Pieces of the Compass Rose (complete)

2 Jun 
3 Jun

United Kingdom
 Monday, June 03, 2013 at 7pm 
At The World's Edge
Salisbury Playhouse
Malthouse Lane, Salisbury, SP2 7RA, UK
United Kingdom
0845 241 9651

Tickets: From £7.50
Anna Jones director
Elspeth Brooke composer
Seonaid Goody puppetry
London Sinfonietta

Following on from their success in the London Sinfonietta’s inaugural Blue Touch Paper programme promoting the next generation of composers and interdisciplinary collaborators, composer Elspeth Brooke, puppeteer Seonaid Goody and director Anna Jones continue their ground-breaking collaboration to create an original version of an extraordinary myth.

At The World’s Edge tells the story of Persephone’s descent into the Underworld and her mother’s epic search to get her back. Composed for chamber trio, electronic soundscape and puppeteers, this powerful new work combines humour, virtuosity and adventure to create a feast for the eyes and ears.

Performed as part of Salisbury International Arts Festival 2013. Suitable for audiences aged eight and above.

R. Murray Schafer : The Crown of Ariadne (two movements)
Simon Holt : Shadow Realm
Elspeth Brooke : At the World’s Edge

4 Jun 
5 Jun 

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