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9 Aug

United Kingdom
 Thursday, August 09, 2012 at 6.30pm 
Sibelius, Delius, Grieg & Nørgård
Royal Albert Hall, London
Kensington Gore, London SW7 2AP
United Kingdom
020 7589 8212

Roderick Williams baritone
Steven Osborne piano
John Storgårds conductor

In his first Prom as Principal Guest Conductor of the BBC Philharmonic, John Storgårds bookends his programme with two Sibelius symphonies.

Delius's decadent Cynara serves as a vocal upbeat to Grieg's evergreen piano concerto. The remaining element is new to these shores, an exciting and dynamic work from the prolific, unpredictable doyen of Nordic symphonists.

Jean Sibelius : Symphony No. 6 in D minor
Frederick Delius : Cynara
Per Nørgård : Symphony No. 7 (UK Premiere)
Jean Sibelius : Symphony No. 3 in C major

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14 Aug

United Kingdom
 Tuesday, August 14, 2012 at 10 pm 
London Sinfonietta at the BBC Proms 2012
Royal Albert Hall, London
Kensington Gore, London SW7 2AP
United Kingdom
020 7589 8212

André de Ridder conductor
Tom Service on-stage presenter
Byron Fulcher trombone
Sound Intermedia sound projection
London Sinfonietta
London Sinfonietta Academy Ensemble

A pocket history of post-war music

In a late-night prom the London Sinfonietta present a programme showcasing a diverse selection of contemporary techniques and styles developed since the mid-twentieth century. Solo instrumental writing sits side-by-side with large orchestral forces, electronic techniques, aleatoric composition, and experimentalism in this programme which features György Ligeti's rarely-performed Poème Symphonique for 100 metronomes, Jonathan Harvey's Mortuos Plango, Vivos Voco composed using electronic techniques and recordings of Winchester Cathedral's largest bell, and John Cage's famous 4'33''.

In Louis Andriessen's 1983 work De Snelheid for large orchestra divided into three seperate ensembles, the London Sinfonietta are joined by players from the London Sinfonietta Academy Ensemble.

Gyorgy Ligeti : Poème Symphonique for 100 metronomes
Luciano Berio : Sequenza V (for solo trombone)
Iannis Xenakis : Phlegra
Jonathan Harvey : Mortuos plango, vivos voco
Louis Andriessen : De Snelheid
John Cage : 4’33

15 Aug 
16 Aug 
17 Aug

United Kingdom
 Friday, August 17, 2012 at 7.45pm 
Cage Centenary Celebration
Royal Albert Hall, London
Kensington Gore, London SW7 2AP
United Kingdom
020 7589 8212

Tickets: £7.50-£36.00
John Tilbury piano, prepared piano
Frank Denyer piano
Aki Takahashi piano
Christian Wolff piano
David Behrman live electronics
Takehisa Kosugi live electronics
Keith Rowe
Vicki Bennett
Steve Beresford
Adam Bohman
Jonathan Bohman
John Butcher
Karen Constance
Angharad Davies
Rhodri Davies
Patrick Farmer
Ram Gabay
Christoph Heemann
Lina Lapelyte
John Lely
Anton Lukoszevieze
Dylan Nyoukis
Mariam Rezaei
Robyn Schulkowsky
Ilan Volkov conductor
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

To mark the centenary of John Cage's birth, Ilan Volkov has curated a programme that reflects the composer's iconoclastic thinking, fertile imagination and arresting humour.

John Tilbury, who has for decades been associated with Cage's work tonight plays the exquisitely beautiful Concerto for Prepared Piano and Orchestra. Cassette players and plucked cactuses are just two examples of the blindingly original yet almost naively simple thinking that saw Cage - wittingly or otherwise - upturn practically every musical rule in the book.

John Cage : 101
John Cage : Improvisation III
Christian Marclay : Luggage 2012 - improvisation for orchestra
John Cage : Atlas eclipticalis/Winter Music/Cartridge Music
John Cage : Concerto for Prepared Piano and Orchestra
John Cage : Four2
John Cage : But what about the noise of crumpling paper ...
John Cage : Experiences II
John Cage : ear for EAR (Antiphonies)
John Cage : Branches

18 Aug

United Kingdom
 Saturday, August 18, 2012 at 3 pm 
Proms Saturday Matinee
Cadogan Hall
5 Sloane Terrace, London, SW1X 9DQ
United Kingdom

Conductor: Nicholas Collon
Birmingham Contemporary Music Group
London Sinfonietta Voices

Mezzo-soprano: Lucy Schaufer
Counter-tenor: Andrew Watts
Piano: Huw Watkins
Narrator: Samuel West

Linked Ophelia pieces by Oliver Knussen, 60 this year, follow Alexander Goehr’s reflection on Bach’s compositional procedures, which Knussen himself premiered, wearing his conductor’s hat.

Also born in 1952, Simon Bainbridge has developed a darker, less mercurial kind of idiom. Inspired by Hieronymus Bosch’s extraordinary triptych, his eagerly awaited new work is a labyrinthine journey featuring mezzo-soprano and counter-tenor.

There will be no interval.

Alexander Goehr : … a musical offering (J.S.B. 1985) …
Oliver Knussen : Ophelia Dances
Oliver Knussen : Ophelia's Last Dance
Simon Bainbridge : The Garden of Earthly Delights

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25 Aug

United Kingdom
 Saturday, August 25, 2012 at 7.30 pm 
Goehr, Knussen, Grime & Debussy
Royal Albert Hall, London
Kensington Gore, London SW7 2AP
United Kingdom
020 7589 8212

Tickets: £7.50 - £36 / £5 Promming on the day
Oliver Knussen conductor
Claire Booth soprano
Polly May mezzo-soprano
Clare McCaldin mezzo-soprano
New London Chamber Choir
BBC National Chorus of Wales

After an 80th-birthday revival of Goehr’s imaginary ballet, Knussen’s Third Symphony prefaces Helen Grime’s 60th-birthday tribute to him. Debussy’s incidental music for a mystery play appears complete for the first time in Proms history.

Alexander Goehr : Metamorphosis/Dance
Oliver Knussen : Symphony No. 3
Helen Grime : Night Songs
Claude Debussy : The Martyrdom of St Sebastian

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1 Sep

United Kingdom
 Saturday, September 01, 2012 at 7:30pm - 10:00pm 
Cool Fusion
St. Michael's Church Chester Sq, London
Chester Square, Victoria, London, SW1W 9HH
United Kingdom

Tickets: £12/£10 concessions, from or 0844 888 9991, booking fee applies
Lambeth Wind Orchestra
Putney Arts Theatre
Coronel Percussion
Cool Fusion Jazz
Cool Fusion Electronica
Mark Pampel (piano)
PIP Theatre Company

Cool Fusion is one of the largest voluntary-arts initiatives in the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad. It presents a series of four performances of new music and drama in historic London venues, celebrating the Olympics and Paralympics within London's vibrant culture. It is a partnership of London Composers Forum, Colchester New Music and Putney Writers' Circle.

Developed collaboratively by twelve composers and four writers, Cool Fusion uses wind orchestra, percussion ensemble, electronics and actors to weave a narrative of exceptional human endeavour. The performance is framed by historical episodes, from sandals to scandals, chariots to wheelchairs, outside track to winners’ podium. These are interwoven with works exploring the parallels between music and physical culture, in rhythms of pace, endurance, determination and achievement.

For the St Michael's performance, Cool Fusion is joined by the PIP Theatre Company. PIP – Pursuing Independent Paths is a Westminster-based charity for young adults with learning disabilities; the PIP drama students will be presenting the premiere of Journey of the Torch, a music theatre piece presenting their interpretation of the Olympic torch’s journey from Greece to London, across a myriad of different land and seascapes. Showcasing the inimitable talents of PIP Theatre Company members, Journey of the Torch is the culmination of a series of workshops with composer Andy Bungay, writer Linda Redshaw and drama therapists Rebecca Blake and Alison Singleton. The PIP students have played a leading role in collaborative story development, creating a soundtrack and performing original music.

Texts and libretti for musical works are contributed by Rita Adam (Four Minute Mile), Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (Dorando: An Olympic Tale) and Linda Redshaw (Outside Track, Journey of the Torch). Additional non-musical drama pieces are contributed by Marcia Kelson and Dan Clarke.

This performance and outreach project are supported by Westminster City Council, Vital Regeneration and BNP Paribas, and by public funding from the National Lottery through Arts Council England.

Mark Garnham : Fanfare for the Olympic Flame (London 2012)
David Arditti : Time and Tide
Cedric Peachey : Gold, Silver & Bronze
Alan Parsons : Fanfare for 2012
Mark Pampel : THE FINAL
PIP Theatre Company : Journey of the Torch
Martin Jones : Four Minute Mile
Phil Baker : Triumphal Laurels – Canzona ii from Canzonae Olympiae for Brass Quartet & Timpani
Luca Tieppo : Dorando: An Olympic Tale
Mark Pampel : Against the Odds
Stuart Russell : Distance/Time
Alan Taylor : Episode I from Five Incomplete Episodes
Andy Bungay : Outside Track
Alan Hilton : Olympic Fanfare

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6 Sep

United Kingdom
 Thursday, September 06, 2012 at 8pm 
Nonclassical: John Cage 100
The Macbeth
70 Hoxton Street Shoreditch N1 6LP
United Kingdom

Tickets: £5
Lore Lixenberg, Gregory Rose | vocals
Robert Worby | electronics
Leon Michener | prepared electroacoustic piano
Kerry Yong | keyboards / electronics

As part of a 2-day event marking one hundred years (to the day!) since the birth of the great John Cage, we’re happy to announce a very special Nonclassical club night with live sets from some of the most exciting new exponents of John Cage’s music.

John Cage : Song Books

7 Sep 
8 Sep

United Kingdom
 Saturday, September 08, 2012 at 7:00pm - c. 9:30pm 
Morton Feldman's "Triadic Memories"
Schott Recital Room @ Bauer & Hieber
48 Great Marlborough Street, London W1F7BB
United Kingdom

Tickets: £10/£5 concessions
Luke Berryman (piano)

"Triadic Memories" is a vast single-movement work lasting approximately two hours. Like other compositions of Morton Feldman's final years, it's closely related to the aesthetics of Mark Rothko's paintings, and is characterised by stasis and extremely quiet dynamics. The unusual title refers partly to an attempt to evoke memory itself: listening to this piece is like flicking through an old photograph album. Its delicate, slowly-shifting harmonies reach toward something that was once definite, but is now lost in time. It was perhaps this fragility that led the composer to aptly describe the piece as "the largest butterfly in captivity".

"Triadic Memories" has only been performed a handful of times across the world, and the 25th anniversary of Feldman's death falls in the first week of September. All in all, this concert promises to be a special occasion.

Morton Feldman : Triadic Memories
Karlheinz Stockhausen : Klavierstück IX

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