Birtwistle Games in London- a celebrationAs celebration of Sir Harrison Birtwistle's 70th birthday, there are a series of nine concerts of his music, also including work from composers such as Ligeti and Feldman.
Birtwistle Games (title inspired by Francis Bacon) opens with the Endymion Ensemble playing Nenia, the Death of Orpheus, Linoi and Orpheus Elegies. Participants include the Philharminia with Earth Dances on the 31 October, pianist Pierre-Laurent Aimard with Harrison's Clocks (Nov 3) and the BBC Symphony Orchestra with a concert staging of the opera The Second Mrs Kong (Nov 9.)
And the Aldeburgh Almeida Opera presents the most recent Birtwistle opera, the Io Passion, Saturday 20 Nov HUDDERSFIELD Lawrence Batley Theatre, 01484 430528 / www.hcmf.co.uk; Friday 26 Nov MANCHESTER Royal Northern College of Music, 0161 907 5555 / www.rncm.ac.uk
Monday 29 Nov DURHAM Gala Theatre, 0191 332 4041 / www.galadurham.co.uk & www.durham.ac.uk/music
Intruigingly there will also be a display of Birtwistle's work as an artist in the Festival Hall.
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