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28 Sep

United Kingdom
 Wednesday, September 28, 2016 at 7.30pm 
BBC Symphony Orchestra/Oramo
Barbican Hall, London
Barbican, Silk Street, London EC2
United Kingdom
020 7638 8891

BBC Symphony Orchestra
Sakari Oramo conductor
Russell Braun baritone

BBC SO Chief Conductor Sakari Oramo launches the 2016-17 season with a UK premiere from Brett Dean and Richard Strauss’s extravagant tone poem.

Knocking at the Hellgate is drawn from the BBC SO’s Artist in Association Dean’s much-admired 2010 opera Bliss and the orchestra are joined by the Canadian baritone Russell Braun for the work. Richard Strauss’s epic and autobiographical celebration of a hero’s life, one of his most extravagant and popular tone-poems, provides late-romantic splendour.

Brett Dean : Knocking at the Hellgate (Suite from Bliss)
Richard Strauss : Ein Heldenleben

29 Sep 
30 Sep 
1 Oct

United Kingdom
 Saturday, October 01, 2016 at 7.30-9.30pm 
London Contemporary Chamber Orchestra Annual Concert
St George the Martyr
Borough High Street, London
United Kingdom

London Contemporary Chamber Orchestra conducted by Alan Taylor

Pieces chosen by the orchestra from their open call for scores and pieces written by members of the London Composers' Forum in response to paintings by Kandinsky.

John Gourlay : The Weaving Midnight Moon

2 Oct 
3 Oct 
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6 Oct

United Kingdom
 Thursday, October 06, 2016 at 1.10 p.m. 
Friends' Meeting House
Ship Street, Brighton, E.Sussex
United Kingdom

Tickets: £5

Wolfgang Mozart : Fantasia in C minor, K475
Derek Foster : Two inventions
Anthony Green : Fantasia on the name David John de Warrenne
Anthony Green : Celebration (first public performance)
Franz Schubert : Wanderer Fantasy, D760

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13 Oct

United Kingdom
 Thursday, October 13, 2016 at 7.30pm 
St John's, Smith Square
London, SW1P 3HA
United Kingdom
+44 (0)20 7222 1061

Marco Angius conductor
Anna Radziejewska mezzo soprano
London Sinfonietta

Each time Salvatore Sciarrino begins a new composition, he finds himself “staring into a black hole”, uncertain which way to turn. This teetering sensation is what makes his music so compelling live, as we hover on the edge of the abyss with him. At times it is fragile and sparse, at others a frenzy of activity, all the while threatening to collapse into silence. Now the elder statesman of Italian music, Sciarrino has just been awarded the Venice Biennale’s Golden Lion. He has paved the way for a new wave of emerging composers, whose music is paired here with that of Luciano Berio – the grandfather of the Italian avant-garde.

Daniela Terranova : Notturno in forma di rosa
Francesco Filidei : Ballata No. 2
Salvatore Sciarrino : Immagina il deserto
Salvatore Sciarrino : ... da un divertimento
Luciano Berio : Folksong Suite

14 Oct

United Kingdom
 Friday, October 14, 2016 at 7.30pm 
The Seven Ages of Man | a choral journey through life
St Sepulchre-without-Newgate, London
Holborn Viaduct, EC1A 2DQ
United Kingdom
020 7236 1145

Tickets: £12 (until 9 October) / £15 (£10 students)
Londinium (chamber choir)
Andrew Griffiths (conductor)

Inspired by Shakespeare's "All the world's a stage" monologue from 'As You Like It', this beguiling programme of unaccompanied choral music traces a course from the cradle to the grave. An intriguing and eclectic journey begins with the tender sounds of Eric Whitacre's 'Sleep My Child', and ends with William Harris' luscious 'Bring us, O Lord God', taking in music old (Dufay, Tallis, Gabrieli, Byrd) and new (Dominick Argento's 'There was a naughty boy', Bob Chilcott’s 'Even such is time'), as well as evergreen works by Bruckner, Parry and Holst. The centrepiece of is Thea Musgrave's 2014 Proms commission 'Ithaca', a celebration of life's journey in all its splendour.

Thea Musgrave : Ithaca
Eric Whitacre : Sleep My Child
Dominick Argento : There was a naughty boy
Bob Chilcott : Even Such is Time

15 Oct

United Kingdom
 Saturday, October 15, 2016 at 7.30pm 
Helen Grime Day
Wigmore Hall, London
36 Wigmore St, London W1
United Kingdom


BCMG performs as part of Wigmore Hall’s ‘Helen Grime Day’. Grime’s Seven Pierrot Miniatures display the composer’s uncanny feeling for instrumental colours and textural contrasts, whilst her Clarinet Concerto is a study in virtuosity that grows more meditative as it unfolds.

Knussen and Carter have been formative influences in Grime’s career. A connection alluded to through her Embrace, Knussen’s delightful Songs without Voices and Carter’s Au Quai, itself written for Knussen’s 50th birthday.

Helen Grime : Embrace
Helen Grime : Seven Pierrot Miniatures
Oliver Knussen : Songs Without Voices
Helen Grime : Clarinet Concerto
Elliott Carter : Au Quai
Helen Grime : Luna
Leos Janacek : Concertino

15 Oct

United Kingdom
 Saturday, October 15, 2016 at 1pm 
Helen Grime Day
Wigmore Hall, London
36 Wigmore St, London W1
United Kingdom

Alexandra Wood violin
Rachel Roberts viola
Philip Higham cello
Nicholas Daniel oboe
Huw Watkins piano

Chamber music occupies the centre ground of Helen Grime’s work, embracing everything from pieces for solo oboe to scores conceived for small ensemble.

Three Whistler Miniatures draw inspiration from chalk and pastel pieces exhibited at Boston’s Isabella Stewart Museum, while Aviary Sketches comprises five miniatures influenced by the alluring ‘assemblage boxes’ of American artist and sculptor Joseph Cornell.

Helen Grime : Three Whistler Miniatures
Helen Grime : Aviary Sketches (after Joseph Cornell)
Helen Grime : To see the summer sky
Helen Grime : Five North Eastern Scenes
Helen Grime : Oboe Quartet

16 Oct 
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19 Oct

United Kingdom
 Wednesday, October 19, 2016 at 19:00 
Solos, Duos and Trios by Birtwistle, Benjamin, Silvina Milstein & Rob Keeley
The Great Hall, King's College London
Strand, WC2R 2LS
United Kingdom

Tickets: free
Lontano, conducted by Odaline de la Martinez;
Fiammetta Tarli & Ivo Varbanov Piano Duo

Listening to the expressive interplay of simultaneously unfolding melodies tends to make us oblivious to the material source of the sounds. The solos, duos, and trios in this concert feature pairs of violins, trumpets, double basses and pianos, or single instruments playing pairs of lines. Submerged in the interactions between distinct, yet inseparable, musical lines, as for Shakespeare’s Trinculo in The Tempest, the music magically becomes disembodied and we find ourselves enthralled by the ‘tune of our catch, played by the picture of Nobody’.

Tickets free from

Harrison Birtwistle : Five Antiphonies for Amelia, for 2 trumpets
Silvina Milstein : While your sound lingered on in lions and rocks for 2 trumpets and harp
Rob Keeley : Six Duos for 2 violins
George Benjmain : Piano Figures
Silvina Milstein : in a bowl of grey-blue leaves for 2 pianos
George Benjamin : Three Miniatures for Solo Violin
Harrison Birtwistle : Harrison's Clocks 1 & 4
Rob Keeley : Fiestas for 2 pianos

20 Oct 
21 Oct 
22 Oct

United Kingdom
 Saturday, October 22, 2016 at 7.30pm 
The Gildas Quartet - Webern, Ligeti and Whalley
St Vincent's Chapel
St Vincent Street
United Kingdom

Tickets: £12, £8
Gildas Quartet

The critically acclaimed Gildas Quartet return to Edinburgh to perform a special concert featuring Harry Whalley, the first composer in Residence for St. Vincents Chapel, Stockbridge. Featuring a newly commissioned composition A Report to History written specifically for the quartet and the chapel.

Harry Whalley : Seven Rocks
Harry Whalley : A Report to History
Gyorgy Ligeti : Quartet No 1
Anton Webern : 5 movements for string quartet

23 Oct

United Kingdom
 Sunday, October 23, 2016 at 7.30pm 
LSO St Luke's, London
161 Old Street London EC1V 9NG
United Kingdom
020 7638 8891

EXAUDI vocal ensemble
James Weeks conductor

Veering from extreme vocal pyrotechnics to delicate sound-traceries, EXAUDI’s annual showcase features an eclectic line-up of new work, including Leo Chadburn’s homage to the art of holiday postcard-writing, Jürg Frey’s luminous setting of an ancient Chinese proverb, and a major new work from Andrew Hamilton marking the centenary of the Easter Rising. Newton Armstrong’s subtle merging of live and recorded voices, Claudia Molitor’s absurdist vocalising and Naomi Pinnock’s exploration of the borders of sense and nonsense complete the programme.

Naomi Pinnock : The Writings of Jakob Br.
Newton Armstrong : Partial Objects
Jürg Frey : Shadow and Echo and Jade
Leo Chadburn : Affix Stamp Here
Claudia Molitor : Maulwurf Kitzeln
Andrew Hamilton : Proclamation of the Republic

24 Oct 
25 Oct

United Kingdom
 Tuesday, October 25, 2016 at 7.30pm 
Jane Eyre: a world premiere concert-performance of the opera by John Joubert
Ruddock Performing Arts Centre
King Edward's School Edgbaston Park Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham B15 2UA
United Kingdom
0121 472 9585

Tickets: £33, £24, £19, £18, £10
English Symphony Orchestra
Kenneth Woods, Conductor
April Fredrick, Soprano - as Jane Eyre
David Stout, Baritone - as Rochester
with full supporting cast

Since its first publication in 1847, Charlotte Bronte’s fatalistic masterpiece ‘Jane Eyre’ has inspired countless re-readings and retellings.

Now, marking Bronte’s 200th anniversary and his own 90th birthday, the revered British composer John Joubert will finally see the world premiere concert and recording of Jane Eyre, his long-awaited third opera.

The unforgettable tale of an obsessive love threatened by an unutterable secret, the opera has been more than 20 years in the gestation. It is, says conductor Kenneth Woods, “Joubert’s undoubted magnum opus”.

With a single public showing as an amateur production some years ago, Joubert has since substantially revised it for this official world premiere, but the idea had taken root as far back as 1969. That’s when, while writing his song-cycle, ‘Six Poems of Emily Bronte’, he was drawn into the world of the Bronte sisters and, inexorably, ‘Jane Eyre’. The result is a major operatic work, with a score of translucent beauty, of foreboding; suffused with a sense of the destiny that may hold terrors, may hold love – but may not be withheld.

“Those words did not die inarticulate on your lips. I heard them clear and soft: a thought too solemn perhaps, but sweet as music...” – Edward Rochester, ‘Jane Eyre’

Further information:

English Symphony Orchestra: The International Orchestra of Elgar Country

Somm Recordings

John Joubert : Jane Eyre - an opera in two acts

26 Oct

United Kingdom
 Wednesday, October 26, 2016 at 7.30pm 

St. George's Hall Concert Hall
St. George's Hall, Liverpool
United Kingdom

Ensemble 10/10, Clark Rundell, conductor

27 Oct 
28 Oct

United Kingdom
 Friday, October 28, 2016 at 7.30pm 
Stephen Hough UK Premiere
Wigmore Hall, London
36 Wigmore St, London W1
United Kingdom

The Prince Consort
Christina Gansch soprano
Jennifer Johnston mezzo-soprano
Tim Mead countertenor
Andrew Staples tenor
Jacques Imbrailo baritone
Alisdair Hogarth artistic director, piano
Stephen Hough piano

Stephen Hough, named by The Economist as one of twenty living polymaths, has achieved distinction not only as a concert pianist but also as a composer, poet, essayist and writer.

His collaboration with The Prince Consort has yielded an acclaimed recording and continues with this programme of new works, including the first performance of Hough’s Dappled Things.

Stephen Hough : Herbstlieder
Stephen Hough : Dappled Things
Stephen Hough : Three Grave Songs
Stephen Hough : Other Love Songs

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