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19 Aug 
20 Aug

United Kingdom
 Tuesday, August 20, 2013 at 8pm 
Music on Summer Tuesdays Series
Benslow Music, Peter Morrison Hall
Hitchin, Hertfordshire SG4 9RB
United Kingdom
01462 459446

Tickets: £12 (free entry for full time students and young people)
Julian Perkins - harpsichord
Stephen Preston - baroque flute

A Bach Evening

21 Aug 
22 Aug 
23 Aug

United Kingdom
 Friday, August 23, 2013 at 7.30pm 
Paul Bunyan
Millennium Centre, Cardiff
Cardiff Bay, Cardiff, Wales
United Kingdom

WNO Youth Opera

Britten and Auden’s satirical take on the American dream returns to the stage in a colourful new production. To mark the centenary of the birth of this great composer, we present the first performances by the acclaimed Welsh National Opera Youth Opera in the Donald Gordon Theatre. This spectacular staging includes the forces of Only Boys Aloud and Stephen Fry as the voice of Paul Bunyan.

If you have yet to experience the vibrancy and excellence of WNO Youth Opera, Paul Bunyan is the perfect opportunity. Propelled forward by the dramatic presence of the chorus, Britten’s operetta plays to the strengths of this exceptional ensemble.

Paul Bunyan is supported by the Britten-Pears Foundation, David Seligman OBE & Philippa Seligman with the Seligman Gift, The Schafer Bursary, Paul & Marie Carson, The Gibbs Charitable Trust, The N Smith Charitable Settlement and Angus Allnatt Charitable Foundation, The Idlewild Trust, and The Atlantic Foundation.

Also supported by the WNO Partnership.

"Paul Bunyan is an opera I have loved for years - Britten's music is witty and surprising. Watching the Youth Opera bring it to life is going to be really thrilling for me."

Rhian Hutchings, WNO MAX Director

Further performance: 24th August

Benjamin Britten : Paul Bunyan

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1 Sep

United Kingdom
 Sunday, September 01, 2013 at  

United Kingdom

Music Theatre Wales

Music: Mark-Anthony Turnage
Based on the play by Steven Berkoff


Eddy: Marcus Farnsworth
Dad: Gwion Thomas
Mum: Sally Silver
Wife: Louise Winter

Conductor: Michael Rafferty
Director: Michael McCarthy
Design: Simon Banham
Lighting Design: Ace McCarron

The return of our award-winning production of Mark-Anthony Turnage’s first opera, a brilliant and provocative work that exploded onto the stage in 1988.

Based on the play by Steven Berkoff, Greek catapults us into the seedy, boozy East End London world of Eddy and his family.

Inspired by Berkoff’s incendiary combination of poetry, physical theatre and knockabout humour, Turnage had no qualms in tearing up the rule book and producing a ground-breaking contemporary classic: an opera fizzing with high voltage energy and raw emotion.

“blisteringly realised by Music Theatre Wales ... this opera has lost none of its power. All the music’s edges are still razor-sharp, with rap and free jazz cutting into the urban angst and wistful lyricism.” Daily Telegraph

“Marcus Farnsworth is the most convincing Eddy I’ve ever seen; he embodies the anguished, violently truth-seeking youth in a riveting performance. Gwion Thomas is no less engaging as dad, café manager and policemen. And Sally Silver as Eddy’s distraught Mum joins her voice with that of Louise Winter’s sensual Wife to form a two-headed Sphinx of virtuoso terror.” The Times

Tuesday 1 October
Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff
Friday 4 October
Town Hall, Birmingham
Monday 21 October
Linbury Studio Theatre, Royal Opera House, London
Tuesday 22 October
Linbury Studio Theatre, Royal Opera House, London
Friday 25 October
Linbury Studio Theatre, Royal Opera House, London
Saturday 26 October
Linbury Studio Theatre, Royal Opera House, London
Tuesday 12 November
RNCM, Manchester

Mark-Anthony Turnage : Greek

2 Sep 
3 Sep 
4 Sep

United Kingdom
 Wednesday, September 04, 2013 at 8pm 
Workers Union Ensemble
United Kingdom

Workers Union Ensemble

We’re delighted that our first monthly event after the summer will be in a NEW VENUE for us, The Shacklewell Arms. Headliner Workers Union Ensemble are an exciting new music ensemble dedicated to performing new works. For example, they’ve currently joined forces with LSO Soundhub for a special PRS scheme ‘Constructing a Repertoire’, which helps emerging composers gain exposure and have new work performed.

Joe Cutler : tbc
Larry Polansky : tbc
Matthew Shlomowitz : tbc
Laurence Crane : tbc
Ryan Latimer : tbc

5 Sep 
6 Sep 
7 Sep

United States
 Saturday, September 07, 2013 at 4:00pm 
Lynden Sculpture Garden
2145 West Brown Deer Road, Milwaukee 53217
United States

Tickets: $15 thru July 31; $20 thru Sept. 7; 12 and under free; students 12+ 50% off
Present Music
Third Coast Percussion

Present Music kicks off its 2013-2014 season with bangs, clatters, whistles and more as ninety nine percussionists descend on Milwaukee to perform John Luther Adams' 'Inuksuit' in an amazing garden landscape of sculptures. The audience meanders among an aural adventure of tomtoms, whirly tubes, sirens, megaphones, conch shells, cymbals, temple gongs, wind machines, and bells.

John Luther Adams : Inuksuit

7 Sep

United Kingdom
 Saturday, September 07, 2013 at 8pm 
Autumn Chamber Music at Benslow
Benslow Music, Peter Morrison Hall
Hitchin, Hertfordshire SG4 9RB
United Kingdom
01462 459446

Tickets: £12 (free entry for full time students and young people)
David Campbell - clarinet
and friends

7 Sep

United Kingdom
 Saturday, September 07, 2013 at 7.30pm 
St John's, Smith Square
London, SW1P 3HA
United Kingdom
+44 (0)20 7222 1061

Tickets: £10
The Northamptonshire County Youth Choir, conductor Graham Tear,

Rivers is a multi-faith choral piece, that weaves a beautiful tapestry of sound from the sacred scripture of 8 world faiths, seeking to explore the unifying spiritual truths running through them all.

Concert in memory of: the centenary visit to St John Smith Square of Abdu'l-Baha, who came to the UK after 40 years of imprisonment in Palestine for his beliefs on the oneness of human-kind and the spiritual unity of all religion.

Richard Leigh : Rivers

7 Sep

 Saturday, September 07, 2013 at 1.30pm 
Tyalgum Festival of Classical Music
Tyalgum Festival
Tyalgum, NSW

Lunaire Collective

Paul Kopetz : Mythical Creatures

8 Sep

United Kingdom
 Sunday, September 08, 2013 at 12 pm and 4 pm 
Toshi Ichiyanagi and Shiori Usui
Ikon, Birmingham
1 Oozells Square, B1 2HS
United Kingdom
0121 248 0708

Tickets: Free

Birmingham Contemporary Music Group performs music by Japanese composers Toshi Ichiyanagi and Shiori Usui across Ikon’s galleries as part of the 4 Squares Weekender. BCMG’s players will be scattered amongst Ikon’s current exhibition Something that Floats / Something that Sinks by Japanese artist Shimabuku.

The playful, experimental nature of both Ichiyanagi and Usui’s music – including Usui’s Crack Up, a piece composed from the sound of a friend’s laughter – goes hand-in-hand with Shimabuku’s work, which encourages visitors to enjoy experiences as if they are happening to them for the first time.

4 Squares Weekender is a weekend of outdoor arts from Friday 6 – Sunday 8 September 2013 marking the opening of the Library of Birmingham and featuring stunning artists from across the UK and beyond. Organised by the city’s major arts organisations, of BCMG is one, the city’s central square – Oozells in Brindleyplace, Centenary, Chamberlain and Victoria – will be transformed with live music, dance, art, film, circus, theatre … and a dose of the unexpected. And it’s all free of charge.

Toshi Ichiyanagi : Various
Shiori Usui : Various

9 Sep 
10 Sep 
11 Sep

United Kingdom
 Wednesday, September 11, 2013 at 1.00 pm - 2.00 pm 
Fien Barnett Neefs and Jeffery Wilson
Cramphorn Theatre, Chelmsford
Fairfield Road, Chelmsford, Essex
United Kingdom

Tickets: free
Fien Barnett Neefs on Harp and Jeffery Wilson on Saxophones and Piano

Some improvised music and originals

Jeffery Wilson : Forever - For Sax and Harp

11 Sep

United Kingdom
 Wednesday, September 11, 2013 at 1.00pm 
Lunch Hour Concerts
Doncaster Museum Art Gallery
United Kingdom
01302 734293

Tickets: £4 (+conc)
John Turner, Recorder
Harvey Davies, Piano

John Parry : The Nightingale Rondo
Antony Hopkins : Pastiche Suite
Peter Hope : Geordie Tunes
Thomas Pitfield : Prelude, Minuet & Reel
Roy Heaton Smith : Sonatina alla Fantasia op.23
Barry Ferguson : The Untamed has a Language but no Words
Christopher Wright : In Celebration
David Dubery : Mrs. Harris in Paris (Valse Temptation)

12 Sep 
13 Sep

United Kingdom
 Friday, September 13, 2013 at 8pm 
Autumn Chamber Music Series at Benslow
Benslow Music, Peter Morrison Hall
Hitchin, Hertfordshire SG4 9RB
United Kingdom
01462 459446

Tickets: £12 (free entry for full time students and young people)
The Fitzwilliam String Quartet

Box Office: 01462 459446

13 Sep

United Kingdom
 Friday, September 13, 2013 at 7.30pm 
Collaborations: performers and composers together now
Lauderdale House
Waterlow Park, Highgate Hill, London N6 5HG
United Kingdom

Tickets: £11, £9
Niall O'Riordan, flute
Yeu-Meng Chan, piano

Felicity Hayward, soprano
Catherine Herriott, piano

British and French music from 1913-2013, including new work by Alex Butters, Miriam Mackie and Jacob Shirley

Miriam Mackie : Sonata for flute and prepared piano
Alex Butters : Triskaidekaphobia
Jacob Shirley : A soft-edged reed of light

13 Sep

United Kingdom
 Friday, September 13, 2013 at 7.30pm 
Collaborations: performers and composers together now
Lauderdale House
Waterlow Park, Highgate Hill, London N6 5HG
United Kingdom

Tickets: £11, £9
Felicity Hayward, soprano
Catherine Herriott, piano
Niall O'Riordan, flute
Yeu-Meng Chan, piano

British and French music 1913-2013

13 Sep

United Kingdom
 Friday, September 13, 2013 at 8.00 pm 
Saxology in Recital
All Saints Church
Little Totham, Essex CM9 8LU
United Kingdom
01621 852844

Tickets: £7.50 Concs £6.50
The talented members of the Saxology quartet display the virtuosity of their instruments in a programme of contemporary British music and fresh arrangements of American jazz standards.

Jeffery Wilson : Circus Acts and Folk Song Suite

13 Sep

United Kingdom
 Friday, September 13, 2013 at 7.30 
American Lulu: eight nights at the Young Vic
Young Vic
66 The Cut, London, SE1 8LZ, UK
United Kingdom
020 7922 2922

Tickets: £10, £19.50, £25, £32.50
Angel Blue
Jacqui Dankworth
Donald Maxwell
Robert Winslade Anderson
Jonathan Stoughton
Paul Curievici
Simon Wilding
Paul Reeves

John Fulljames director
Gerry Cornelius conductor
Magda Willi design
Finn Ross video
Guy Hoare light
Carolyn Downing sound design
Emma Woodvine dialect coach

Unfinished at his death in 1935, Alban Berg’s opera Lulu is a tantalising prospect for anyone grappling with its completion. Setting her own libretto Olga Neuwirth re-works the first two acts and composes an entirely original third, transporting Berg’s femme fatale to the smoky jazz clubs of 1950s America where Lulu, a young and aspiring dancer, finds herself at the mercy of some dark, predatory characters. As Lulu looks back at her life, scarred by its tumultuous events, she must come to terms with a sordid history of sex, murder and suicide.

A co-production between The Opera Group, Young Vic, Scottish Opera and Bregenzer Festspiele, in association with the London Sinfonietta.

Music of Act I and II adapted and reorchestrated by Olga Neuwirth
Text of Act I and II adapted by Olga Neuwirth and Helga Utz using translations into English by Richard Stokes and Catherine Kerkhoff-Saxon
Music and text for Act III by Olga Neuwirth and translated into English by Catherine Kerkhoff-Saxon

Alban Berg : Lulu

14 Sep 
15 Sep

United Kingdom
 Sunday, September 15, 2013 at 9.30pm 
Postal Pieces
Kings Place
90 York Way, London, N1 9AG
United Kingdom
020 7520 1440

Tickets: £4.50
Paul Silverthorne solo viola
Tim Gill solo cello
John Constable solo piano
London Sinfonietta

What transforms silence into music? And can one exist without the other? Our traditional methods of listening are grounded in something we rarely even acknowledge, but silence, space and cognition are at the heart of both Morton Feldman and James Tenney’s music. While Feldman’s spacious works have echoes of Rothko’s contemplative, abstract canvasses, Tenney’s music asks the audience to ‘really listen to the sounds, get inside them, notice the details’. Often sparsely notated, with cryptic instructions, they will transform the way you perceive your experience as a listener.

James Tenney : Having Never Written a Note for Percussion
Morton Feldman : The Viola in my Life 3
James Tenney : Cellogram
Morton Feldman : Last Pieces, No. 1
James Tenney : Swell Piece for Alison Knowles
Morton Feldman : Four Instruments

16 Sep 
17 Sep 
18 Sep

United Kingdom
 Wednesday, September 18, 2013 at 7.30pm 
Inon Barnaton Piano
Wigmore Hall, London
36 Wigmore St, London W1
United Kingdom

Tickets: £15 £20 £25 £30
Inon Barnatan

Le Figaro has written of his ‘impeccable musicality and phrasing’, while Gramophone described him as a ‘born Schubertian’.
Inon Barnatan’s artistic journey continues this season with a typically thought-provoking and engaging programme, complete with the first performance of a specially commissioned work by Matthias Pintscher and Ronald Stevenson’s thrilling Peter Grimes Fantasy.

Claude Debussy : Suite bergamasque
Ronald Stevenson : Peter Grimes Fantasy on themes from Britten
Maurice Ravel : La Valse
Matthias Pintscher : New commission
Franz Schubert : Piano Sonata in A D959

18 Sep

United Kingdom
 Wednesday, September 18, 2013 at 8pm 
Kronos Quartet / Kimmo Pohjonen / Samuli Kosminen – Uniko
Barbican Hall, London
Barbican, Silk Street, London EC2
United Kingdom
020 7638 8891

Tickets: £20-35
Kronos Quartet / Kimmo Pohjonen / Samuli Kosminen – Uniko

Maverick accordionist Kimmo Pohjonen and sampling guru Samuli Kosminen join forces with Kronos Quartet in a stimulating and emotionally charged show around the concept of dreams.

With its lighting effects, surround sound and projections, Uniko opens up a multidimensional field of experience - reaching new emotional levels through the processing of expressive accordion and accordion samples with the electrified sound of the string quartet, together with electronic live loops and images.

Commisioned by Kronos Quartet, Kimmo Pohjonen and Samuli Kosminen composed Uniko over an eighteen month period before the Uniko World premiere in Helsinki in 2004.

Kimmo Pohjonen : Uniko
Samuli Kosminen : Uniko

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