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28 Feb



United Kingdom
 Tuesday, February 28, 2017 at 7.30pm 
Philip Sawyers: Birth of a Symphony
St John's, Smith Square
London, SW1P 3HA
United Kingdom
+44 (0)20 7222 1061
http://sjss.org.uk
info@sjss.org.uk

Tickets: £25, £20, £15, £10
Clare Hammond, piano
April Fredrick, soparano
Kenneth Woods, conductor
English Symphony Orchestra

The English Symphony Orchestra embark on a multi-year celebration of the enduring place of the symphony in today’s musical life with the world premiere of Philip Sawyers’ Symphony No. 3. Previous symphonies by Sawyers, who holds the ESO’s “John McCabe Composer in Association” chair, have been greeted with universal acclaim.

“...strong personality, genuine substance and warm-hearted integrity. Symphony strikes me a formidably rigourous, intelligent and nourishing statement.” Gramophone

Emerging piano superstar Clare Hammond performs Mozart’s fiery Piano Concerto in D minor, and soprano April Fredrick gives the London premiere of Songs of Loss and Regret.

There will be a pre-concert talk at 6.30pm


Philip Sawyers : Fanfare
Philip Sawyers : Songs of Loss and Regret
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart : Piano Concerto No. 20 in D minor K466
Philip Sawyers : Symphony No. 3

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United Kingdom
 Friday, March 03, 2017 at 7.30pm 
Oliver Knussen Conducts Grime
Wigmore Hall, London
36 Wigmore St, London W1
United Kingdom
02079352141
http://www.wigmore-hall.org.uk

BCMG

BCMG’s relationship with Helen Grime stretches back to the 2009 premiere of her three-movement work A Cold Spring. One of the UK’s leading young composers, Grime’s music was performed at the BBC Proms and Aldeburgh Music Festival in 2015. In January 2016, Grime was announced as Wigmore Hall Composer in Residence for its 16/17 and 17/18 seasons.

Built around the premiere of Grime’s Sound Investment Piano Concerto – written for the virtuosic Huw Watkins – are tributes to Carter, Boulez and Maxwell Davies, all significant influences on Helen’s music.

Carter’s 1982 Triple Duo is Grime’s favourite piece by this late great composer. Commissioned for Peter Maxwell Davies’ performing group The Fires of London, this scintillating work sees three pairs of instruments vie to express their own ideas and moods.



Elliott Carter : Canon for 4 – Homage to William
Pierre Boulez : Dérive 1
Peter Maxwell Davies : Unbroken Circle
Helen Grime : Piano Concerto
Helen Grime : A Cold Spring
Elliott Carter : Triple Duo

4 Mar 
 
5 Mar



United Kingdom
 Sunday, March 05, 2017 at 7.30pm 
Oliver Knussen Conducts Grime
CBSO Centre
Berkley Street. B1 2LF
United Kingdom
http://www.bcmg.org.uk
info@bcmg.org.uk

BCMG, Knussen, Watkins

BCMG’s relationship with Helen Grime stretches back to the 2009 premiere of her three-movement work A Cold Spring. One of the UK’s leading young composers, Grime’s music was performed at the BBC Proms and Aldeburgh Music Festival in 2015. In January 2016, Grime was announced as Wigmore Hall Composer in Residence for its 16/17 and 17/18 seasons.

Built around the premiere of Grime’s Sound Investment Piano Concerto – written for the virtuosic Huw Watkins – are tributes to Carter, Boulez and Maxwell Davies, all significant influences on Helen’s music.



Elliott Carter : Canon for 4 – Homage to William
Pierre Boulez : Dérive 1
Peter Maxwell Davies : Unbroken Circle
Helen Grime : Piano Concerto
Helen Grime : A Cold Spring
Elliott Carter : Triple Duo

6 Mar



United Kingdom
 Monday, March 06, 2017 at 1pm 
Dowland, Anon, Britten, Stephen Goss and Purcell
Wigmore Hall, London
36 Wigmore St, London W1
United Kingdom
02079352141
http://www.wigmore-hall.org.uk

Carolyn Sampson soprano
Matthew Wadsworth lute

Carolyn Sampson and Matthew Wadsworth appear to share a sixth sense, connecting one to the other in performance to reach the deepest recesses of imagination and spiritual insight. Their lunchtime programme is fuelled by the vitality of English song, with its close relationship to folk art and poetry, and by the creative genius of Dowland, Purcell and Britten.



John Dowland : Shall I strive with words to move
John Dowland : Now, O now I needs must part
John Dowland : Come again! Sweet love doth now invite
John Dowland : A Dream
B Tommy Andersson : Galliarda
Benjamin Britten : The Shooting of his Dear
Benjamin Britten : I will give my love an apple
Benjamin Britten : The Soldier and the Sailor
Stephen Goss : The Miller's Tale for solo theorbo
Henry Purcell : Retir'd from any Mortal's sight Z581
Henry Purcell : O solitude, my sweetest choice Z406
Henry Purcell : When first Amintas sued for a kiss Z430

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United Kingdom
 Sunday, March 19, 2017 at 7pm 
New London Children’s Choir
Barbican Hall, London
Barbican, Silk Street, London EC2
United Kingdom
020 7638 8891
http://www.barbican.org.uk/eticketing

Members of the New London Children’s Choir
Ronald Corp director
Alexander Wells piano
Members of the New London Orchestra

The NLCC celebrates its 25th anniversary with new commissions alongside choral favourites by Britten and others.

Over the past 25 years NLCC has built a tradition of commissioning new music for children’s voices. Previous composers include Joseph Phibbs, Tansy Davies, Diana Burrell, John Woolrich and Gary Carpenter.This tradition, as well as contributing to the body of music available for children’s voices, ensures that choir members have valuable experience working with composers in bringing new works to life. And so it’s fitting that the choir’s 25th birthday be marked by a new body of work.

Launched by Ronald Corp OBE in 1991, the NLCC offers a unique opportunity for children aged 7–18 to learn to sing and to enjoy all kinds of music. Members are offered extraordinary opportunities, appearing with some of the world’s finest symphony orchestras and conductors. They have toured with Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds, performed at numerous charity events and featured on the soundtrack of the 2015 Disney film, Cinderella.


Christopher Hussey : Sing, London!
Benjamin Britten : Rossini Suite
Sally Beamish : Two Blake settings
Diana Burrell : 'You spotted snakes'
Karl Jenkins : 'Panis angelicus'
Katrina Toner : 'The Little Boy Lost'
Ronald Corp : Songs from Riddle me this
Russell Hepplewhite : 'Secret City'
Ronald Corp : 'Cargoes'
Toby Young : Shakespeare Songs
Paul Archbold : 'Be not afeard'
Ronald Corp : Flower Songs
Tom Smail : 'Thro’ midnight streets'
Benjamin Britten : 'I mun be married on Sunday'

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21 Mar



United Kingdom
 Tuesday, March 21, 2017 at 7.30pm 
Nash Inventions
Wigmore Hall, London
36 Wigmore St, London W1
United Kingdom
02079352141
http://www.wigmore-hall.org.uk

Nash Ensemble
Chamber Ensemble in Residence
Martyn Brabbins conductor
Adrian Brendel cello
Roderick Williams baritone

The Nash Ensemble is joined by Martyn Brabbins and Roderick Williams for its annual survey of the best in British contemporary music.

Their programme includes works by Huw Watkins and Julian Anderson recently premièred by the Nash. There’s a London première for Sir Peter Maxwell Davies’s A Sea of Cold Flame, the last of his many settings of poems by Orcadian writer George Mackay Brown, two pieces by Colin Matthews, his virtuosic Fuga and a new work specially written for Roderick Williams, and another world première, Simon Holt’s wind quintet. The latter’s title, a hybrid of the Spanish words for ‘bagatelle’ and ‘cobwebs’, reflects its breathtaking lightness of touch.



Huw Watkins : String Trio
Colin Matthews : Fuga for ensemble
Peter Maxwell Davies : A Sea of Cold Flame for baritone, solo cello and string quartet
Colin Matthews : It Rains for baritone and ensemble
Simon Holt : Bagatelarañas for wind quintet
Julian Anderson : Van Gogh Blue for ensemble

22 Mar



United Kingdom
 Wednesday, March 22, 2017 at 7pm 
Steve Reich & Terry Riley
Nottingham Contemporary
Weekday Cross Nottingham NG1 2GB
United Kingdom
0115948975
www.nottinghamcontemporary.org/how-get-us

Timothy Lines clarinet
Darragh Morgan violin
Tim Gill cello
Huw Davies electric guitar
Sound Intermedia
London Sinfonietta side by side with Nottingham University students

The seminal minimalist scores of Steve Reich and Terry Riley changed the direction of music in the 1960s, their deft use of repetition and slow harmonic rhythms creating hypnotic soundscapes. Following its sell-out performance in 2015, the London Sinfonietta returns to Nottingham Contemporary with Reich’s iconic New York, Electric and Cello Counterpoints and his Violin Phase before joining University of Nottingham music students for Riley’s improvisatory In C.



Steve Reich : Come Out to Show Them
Steve Reich : New York Counterpoint
Steve Reich : Cello Counterpoint
Steve Reich : Electric Counterpoint
Steve Reich : Violin Phase
Terry Riley : In C

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25 Mar



United Kingdom
 Saturday, March 25, 2017 at 7.30pm 
BCMG at Thomas Adès Day BCMG
Wigmore Hall, London
36 Wigmore St, London W1
United Kingdom
02079352141
http://www.wigmore-hall.org.uk

BCMG

Few contemporary composers have proved as consistently inventive as Thomas Adès. BCMG and the Calder Quartet perform as part of Wigmore Hall’s day-long exploration of his eloquently expressive chamber music, including Adès’ BCMG Sound Investment commission Concerto Conciso and his string quartet Arcadiana.

The delicate, introverted music of György Kurtág deliciously contrasts with the virtuosic, extroverted nature of Gerald Barry’s. Both composers regularly feature in Adès programmes.



Gyorgy Kurtág : Officium breve
Gyorgy Kurtág : Officium breve
Gyorgy Kurtág : Officium breve
Leos Janacek : Selections from On an overgrown path
Gyorgy Kurtág : Selections from Játékok
Gerald Barry : Octet
Thomas Ades : Concerto Conciso
Leos Janacek : In the Mists
Thomas Ades : Arcadiana

25 Mar



United Kingdom
 Saturday, March 25, 2017 at 7.30pm 
Shostakovich: New Babylon
LSO St Luke's, London
161 Old Street London EC1V 9NG
United Kingdom
020 7638 8891
http://www.lso.co.uk/lsostlukes/
admin@lso.co.uk

Sasha Grynyuk


An exceptional opportunity to hear the score as the composer himself intended - Shostakovich’s hitherto lost original piano score to the newly restored and expanded avant-garde Soviet masterpiece about the revolutionary 1871 Paris Commune.

Shostakovich’s spectacular first film score, New Babylon, was written when he was just 23 years old and is, alongside The Nose, his most important early dramatic work. Numerous re-writes of the film were demanded even before shooting started and the directors’ final cut completed in December 1928, when the composer was contracted to join the production. His myriad musical quotations matched a fast cross-cut film to produce a work of astonishing complexity and precision unequalled in silent film composition.

However, after two industry preview screenings with the composer himself performing his original solo piano score, the Moscow Sovkino office ordered the removal of over 20% of the film. Re-editing Shostakovich’s score to match proved impossible, parts were incomplete and early performances, a series of debacles, were beyond the abilities of cinema orchestras. Remaining copies of the piano score, destined for smaller cinemas and now unfitted for the re-edited film, were sold off. A rare surviving copy has provided the material for this first public performance.

USSR 1929 Dir Grigorii Kozintsev, Leonid Trauberg 95 min

We're delighted to be joined by John Leman Riley, author of Shostakovich: A Life in Film to introduce the screening.

An original REALITY production, produced and restored by Marek Pytel with Jane Elliott



Dmitri Shostakovich : New Babylon

25 Mar



United Kingdom
 Saturday, March 25, 2017 at 7pm 
TURNING POINTS: LIGETI
Kings Place
Kings Cross, London
United Kingdom

Sound Intermedia co-producers
Jonathan Cross presenter
Jonathan Berman conductor*
London Sinfonietta

Altered time

“I am in a prison”, György Ligeti once wrote. “One wall is the avant-garde, the other wall is the past, and I want to escape.”

The second event in this new series at Kings Place celebrates one of the 20th century’s most progressive minds. Ligeti found his escape plan – his turning point – in a more spontaneous approach to composition, using free-form drawings to express shape, colour and contour before committing a single note to the page. From the compelling absurdity of Poeme Symphonique for 100 metronomes to the glittering colours of his Melodien, we explore Ligeti’s radical, time-bending compositional methods.




Gyorgy Ligeti : Pòeme Symphonique
Gyorgy Ligeti : Artikulation
Gyorgy Ligeti : 10 Pieces for wind quintet
Gyorgy Ligeti : Melodien

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