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27 Nov 
28 Nov 
29 Nov

United Kingdom
 Saturday, November 29, 2014 at 15:00 
James Dillon World Premiere
Huddersfield Town Hall
Huddersfield Town Hall, Ramsden Street, Huddersfield HD1 2TA
United Kingdom

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Noriko Kawai piano
Steve Schick

The world premiere of a large scale orchestral work by renowned composer James Dillon is always a cause for celebration - and doubly so when that work is premiered in the UK! hcmf// is delighted to present the premiere of Physis 1 & II, commissioned by the Orchestre de Paris, alongside a performance of Dillon's piano concerto Andromeda by soloist Noriko Kawai and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, first premiered at the BBC Proms in 2006 to critical acclaim.
To be recorded for future broadcast in ‘Hear and Now’, BBC Radio 3’s Saturday late-night contemporary music programme.

Héctor Parra : L’absència
James Dillon : Concerto for Piano 'Andromeda'
James Dillon : Physis No. I & II

30 Nov 
1 Dec 
2 Dec 
3 Dec

United Kingdom
 Wednesday, December 03, 2014 at 1pm 
Michael Berkeley, Crawford Seeger, Patrick John Jones and Nielsen
Wigmore Hall, London
36 Wigmore St, London W1
United Kingdom

Britten Sinfonia

The great Danish composer Carl Nielsen’s fondness for wind instruments relates closely to his love of nature. He was inspired to write his Wind Quintet after hearing Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante for four winds; likewise, Michael Berkeley turned to past models for his Re-Inventions, based on the famous two-part Inventions of JS Bach.

The programme includes the London première of Uncanny Vale, a new work by Patrick John Jones, the winner of OPUS2014, Britten Sinfonia and Wigmore Hall’s open call for submissions from unpublished UK composers.

Michael Berkeley : Re-Inventions
Ruth Crawford Seeger : Suite for wind quintet
Patrick John Jones : Uncanny Vale
Carl Nielsen : Wind Quintet Op. 43

4 Dec

United Kingdom
 Thursday, December 04, 2014 at 7.30pm 
CBSO MacMillan’s St Luke Passion
Symphony Hall, Birmingham
Broad Street, Birmingham, West Midlands, B1 2EA
United Kingdom
0121 200 2000

City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
CBSO Chorus
CBSO Youth Chorus
James MacMillan conductor
Toby Spence tenor
Richard Watkins horn

James MacMillan has been called the greatest British composer since Britten, and his music is urgent, melodious, and burning to communicate. The UK premiere of his St Luke Passion – co-commissioned for the 40th anniversary of the CBSO Chorus – is a major event, and with the composer himself conducting our famous choruses, this is a chance to experience musical history in the making.

6.15pm Pre-concert talk: James MacMillan introduces the UK premiere of his St Luke Passion, in conversation with Stephen Maddock.

Benjamin Britten : Serenade for tenor, horn and strings
James MacMillan : St Luke Passion

4 Dec

United Kingdom
 Thursday, December 04, 2014 at 6pm 
Nash Commissions
Wigmore Hall, London
36 Wigmore St, London W1
United Kingdom

Nash Ensemble
Chamber Ensemble in Residence
Martyn Brabbins

The works will be introduced by the composers in conversation from the stage.

Mark-Anthony Turnage : Returning for string sextet
Peter Maxwell Davies : The Last Island for string sextet

5 Dec

United Kingdom
 Friday, December 05, 2014 at 7.30pm 
Queen Elizabeth Hall, London
South Bank, London SE1
United Kingdom
08700 606 096

David Atherton conductor
Geoffrey Paterson conductor*
Royal Academy of Music Manson Ensemble^
London Sinfonietta

Sir Harrison Birtwistle in conversation, interspersed by The Message for trumpet, clarinet and side drum and two new additions to his duet series (world premieres)
In Broken Images*
Theseus Game*

Few other composers have played such an integral role in the London Sinfonietta’s growth as Sir Harrison Birtwistle, whose music has always remained defiantly uncategorisable. Once considered the bad boy of British music, Birtwistle’s extraordinary output has transformed him into a contemporary icon. Now in his 80th year, this is a chance to get under the skin of one of music’s most challenging minds as we relive his 21st century commissions and premiere new additions to his series of duets. Join us for the celebration.

Harrison Birtwistle : The Message
Harrison Birtwistle : In Broken Images
Harrison Birtwistle : Theseus Game

6 Dec 
7 Dec 
8 Dec 
9 Dec

United Kingdom
 Tuesday, December 09, 2014 at 7.30pm 
Mozart, Pēteris Vasks and Smetana
Wigmore Hall, London
36 Wigmore St, London W1
United Kingdom

Artemis Quartet

The Berlin-based Artemis Quartet, founded 25 years ago at the Musikhochschule in Lübeck, stands today among the world’s leading chamber ensembles.

Its commitment to new music is boldly stated with Pēteris Vask’s Fifth String Quartet, a two-movement exploration of the conscious states of presence and distance influenced by the Latvian composer’s compassion for ‘a world tortured by grief and contradictions’.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart : String Quartet in G K387
Pēteris Vasks : String Quartet No. 5
Bedøich Smetana : String Quartet No. 1 in E minor ‘From my life’

10 Dec

United Kingdom
 Wednesday, December 10, 2014 at 6.30pm 
BFI Southbank, London
London, SE1 8XT
United Kingdom
020 7928 3232

London Sinfonietta

The BFI’s major season, Sci-Fi: Days of Fear and Wonder, plays host to a meeting of music and film. Five solo voyages have been specially written by emerging composers for double bass, cello, tuba, viola and flute, each brought to the screen by artists at Central Saint Martins. All five films will be premiered over an hour-long screening, accompanied live by the London Sinfonietta soloists.

Blue Touch Paper is where we light the fuse of new work, with different art forms in alternative spaces.

Part of BFI Southbank’s Sonic Cinema strand.

Contemporary Composers : Various

11 Dec

United Kingdom
 Thursday, December 11, 2014 at 19:30 
LSO on Film: The Magic and Majesty of Alexandre Desplat
Barbican Hall, London
Barbican, Silk Street, London EC2
United Kingdom
020 7638 8891

Alexandre Desplat conductor
London Symphony Orchestra

From The King’s Speech to the final adventures of Harry Potter, the LSO celebrates the wonderfully immersive music of one of Hollywood’s most sought-after film composers with a selection of his favourite scores, introduced and conducted by Alexandre Desplat himself.

The LSO and Desplat have collaborated closely in recent years, recording scores for films such as Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Parts I & II, Zero Dark Thirty, Philomena, Rise of the Guardians, The Queen, The Ides of March and The Monuments Men.

Programme to include music from:
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
The King's Speech
The Queen
Twilight: New Moon
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Girl with a Pearl Earring
The Ghost Writer
Ides of March
Moonrise Kingdom
The Grand Budapest Hotel

Alexandre Desplat : Various

12 Dec

United Kingdom
 Friday, December 12, 2014 at 8.00pm 
Spitalfields Festival
United Kingdom

Scanner electronics

Our 2013 Associate Artist and electronic musician Scanner returns to Spitalfields with leading avant-garde Polish ensemble Kwartludium.

Instrumental quartet Kwartludium has built a reputation for presenting striking new music across Europe. In this rare London visit they, collaborate with Scanner to explore part improvised works that respond to visual scores. Wild, dynamic and exhilarating, you can expect an evening of shifting moods and dangerous interaction.

Jerzy Kornowicz : Gullfoss
Carl Bergstrom-Nielsen : Strategies 3
Aleksandra Gryka : Shapes and sizes
Kwartludium & Scanner : Open form based on collective improvisation

13 Dec 
14 Dec

United Kingdom
 Sunday, December 14, 2014 at 7pm 
Spitalfields Festival
United Kingdom


Known for their bold explorations of contemporary repertoire, Quatuor Diotima return to Spitalfields contrasting four radically different works amid the atmospheric backdrop of Shoreditch Church.

At the centre of the performance, is the world premiere Sam Hayden’s newly commissioned Transience. This is contrasted with his late mentor Jonathan Harvey’s frenetic third quartet, often regarded as a ‘modern masterpiece’, French composer Gérard Pesson’s Bitume, written for Quatuor Diotima and premiered in 2013, and the bold emotional palette of Bartók’s String Quartet No.4.

Gérard Pesson : Bitume
Sam Hayden : Transience
Jonathan Harvey : String Quartet No.3
Bela Bartok : String Quartet No.4

15 Dec

United Kingdom
 Monday, December 15, 2014 at 9.30pm 
Spitalfields Festival
United Kingdom

The Clerks
Edward Wickham director

A new work of live and recorded music incorporating music by Isaac, JS Bach and Webern devised by Edward Wickham with music by Christopher Fox

Vocal group The Clerks take you on a journey through musical ‘hauntings’ in a new work exploring the way we hear, remember and recall music. Following a traditional melody that has been used by composers across generations, from Bach to Webern, they immerse you in sound, moving from the contemporary to the ancient and back again, in a series of ‘hallucinations’ linking music from across the centuries.

Christopher Fox : Phantom Voices

16 Dec

United Kingdom
 Tuesday, December 16, 2014 at 7.30pm 
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
Covent Garden - Royal Opera House
Covent Garden, London
United Kingdom

Conductor David Briskin
Orchestra Orchestra of the Royal Opera House
Alice Lauren Cuthbertson
Jack/The Knave of Hearts Federico Bonelli

Follow Alice down the rabbit hole in Christopher Wheeldon’s thrillingly entertaining ballet.

Joby Talbot : Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

17 Dec

United Kingdom
 Wednesday, December 17, 2014 at 6.30pm 
Alice in Wonderland
St David's Hall
United Kingdom

Arts Active

The Unknown Theatre Company working with Arts active present the strange and surreal wonderland of this famous children's book. The young cast bring alive this cheeky, comical and inventively presented show for all ages to enjoy together. You'll be humming the toe tapping tunes for months in this visually appealing, larger than life presentation. Adapted for stage and with original music by Helen Woods.

17th–20th December

Helen Woods : Alice in Wonderland

18 Dec 
19 Dec

United Kingdom
 Friday, December 19, 2014 at 1.10pm 
Diana Mathews, viola
St James's Church
Piccadily, London
United Kingdom

Diana Mathews, viola

Free lunchtime concert at 1.10pm, St James's Church, Piccadilly

David Matthews : Darkness Draws In, Op.102
Elisabeth Lutyens : Echo of the Wind
Howard Skempton : Moto perpetuo
Alfred Schnittke : Herrn Alfred Schlee zum 90 Geburtstag
Tristan Murail : C’est un jardin secret
Tristan Murail : C’est un jardin secret
David Matthews : Winter Journey, Op.32a

20 Dec

United Kingdom
 Saturday, December 20, 2014 at 4.00pm 
Friends' Meeting House
Ship Street, Brighton, E.Sussex
United Kingdom

Johan de Cock, Piano

Brighton-based pianist, Johan de Cock, presents an afternoon recital of original Christmas piano music for the whole family at the Brighton Friends' Meeting House in Ship Street on Saturday, 20 December 2014 at 4:00pm.
Alongside Christmas works by Bach, Mendelssohn, Bartók, Liszt and Tchaikovsky, Johan will also be premiering new, original Christmas-inspired pieces by Frederick Stocken (UK), Stephan Beneking (Germany), and Trevor du Buisson (South Africa). The concert will last about an hour. For more information, please see

Contemporary Composers : Various

21 Dec 
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27 Dec

United Kingdom
 Saturday, December 27, 2014 at 7.30pm 
The Very Best of John Williams
Barbican Hall, London
Barbican, Silk Street, London EC2
United Kingdom
020 7638 8891

London Concert Orchestra
Anthony Inglis conductor

Nothing can compare to the iconic film scores of John Williams. Hosted by irrepressible showman and conductor Anthony Inglis, this concert is a fitting celebration of his most popular music from ET to Star Wars and beyond.

Programme includes themes from:

Star Wars
Indiana Jones
Schindler’s List
Jurassic Park
Harry Potter
Close Encounters
Memoirs Of A Geisha

John Williams : Various

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