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The Drummer Boy of Waterloo

Categories: New Work

A new Children’s Opera in One Act by Megg Nicol and David Stoll.
A young, orphaned boy is taken to work in a North Country mill. This is his story – how he escaped to the field of battle at Waterloo.
The Drummer Boy of Waterloo is a new children’s opera, specially written to mark the bi-centenary of The Battle of Waterloo.

Performance Times:
Saturday 7th November 3.00pm and 6.00pm
Sunday 8th November 3.00pm

Tickets: £15 (£7.50 under 16)

Cast and Production:
The Children of Jubilee Opera
Peter Brathwaite Baritone
Jubilee Opera Orchestra
Kenneth Sillito Leader
Lee Reynolds Conductor
Lucy Bradley Director
Claire Lyth Designer
Ian Scott Lighting Designer
Jenni Wake-Walker Producer


Music by Julian Dawes

Categories: Concerts, New Work
Tags: composer, concert, forge arts centre, holywell string quartet, Jewish music, julian dawes, live concert, The Forge Arts Venue

Julian Dawes

A Concert Of Commemorative Music By Julian Dawes

The Forge Arts Venue
3-7 Delancey Street, London NW1 7NL

Wednesday the 13th January 2016 at 7.30pm

To listen to extracts of works by Julian Dawes and to buy scores of his music, visit

Love, Life and Lyric for Soprano and Piano
Reflection on Psalm 43 for Piano (first concert performance)
Homage for String Quartet
Wedding Song for Soprano, Violin and Piano (first performance)
Sonata for Piano (first performance)
Bagatelle for a Wedding for String Quartet
Four Songs form the Song of Solomon for Mezzo Soprano, Tenor and Piano (first performance)
String Quartet (Slow Movement)
Sonata for Violin and Piano

Holywell String Quartet
Sophie Lockett – Violin
Louisa Stuber – Violin
Vivienne Bellos – Soprano
Cantor Jason Green – Tenor
Camille Maalawy – Mezzo Soprano
Helena Massip – Soprano
Mitra Alice Tham – Piano
Stephen Dickinson – Piano
Alexander Knapp – Piano
Andrew Gellert – Piano

Tickets: £11/9 online; £12/10 on the door

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Thalassa Ensemble, London

Categories: Concerts, New Work

Music of the Spheres

The inaugural concert by new London ensemble, The Thalassa Ensemble takes place at St Cuthbert’s Church, Fordwych Rd, London NW2 3TN at 7.30 pm and includes music by Diana Burrell, Philip Cashian, Cheryl Frances-Hoad, Patrick Nunn, Natalie Bleicher, Jennifer Fowler and Karen Tanaka.

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A Celebration of Music by Female Composers

Categories: Concerts, New Work

“A Celebration of Music by Female Composers” with Soprano Katerina Mina & Pianist Andrea Benecke

A wonderful opportunity to listen to music by six female composers of the 19th, 20th & 21st centuries, including the World Premiere of British composer Rosemary Duxbury’s piece “Kabir says…”. The programme includes also song cycles by German composers Clara Schumann and Fanny Hensel-Mendelssohn, Viennese-born socialite Alma Mahler and Italian contemporary composer Carlotta Ferrari. German pianist and composer Andrea Benecke will also perform her very own piano pieces during the concert.

The programme, except R. Duxbury’s World Premiere, has already been performed at SteinwayHaus Hamburg and the next day of this concert, on 26th February, it will be performed at SteinwayHaus Munich, with further plans to present it also in Vienna in Summer/Autumn 2016.

For more information about the musicians Soprano Katerina Mina, pianist Andrea Benecke and composers Rosemary Duxbury & Carlotta Ferrari, please visit their websites at,, & respectively!


Pesach Cantata Première

Categories: Concerts, New Work
Tags: contemporary work, Jewish music, julian dawes, New London Synagogue, pesach

Julian Dawes’ new Pesach (Passover) Cantata will have its premiere at the New London Synagogue, 33 Abbey Road NW8 0AT, on Sunday 10th April 2016 at 7.30pm.

Julian writes:
“As many of you will know Jewish themes are an important part of my work as a composer, and a theme which has been a recurring is the story of The Exodus. My cantata, Shirat Hayam (The Song Of The Sea) was first performed in December 2013. The Death of Moses, first performed in 2003, is a cantata based on a sequence of poems which imaginatively and dramatically describe what the experience of death might have been like for Moses.

“Which brings me to my third major work with an Exodus theme, Pesach Cantata for Soloists, Chorus and Chamber Ensemble. It is dedicated to Cantor Jason Green and to the New London Synagogue. It has an inspired libretto by Rabbi Roderick Young in which a Grandfather relates the story of Passover to his Grandchild, which in turn is illuminated by three other characters, Miriam, Aaron and Rabban Gamliel (a Talmudic sage who is featured in the Haggadah).

“All the familiar themes of the traditional Seder experience make their appearance in the Pesach Cantata. As Rabban Gamliel explains, it is an evening of “listening and telling the endless beautiful cycle.” The Grandfather describes the different aromatic dishes that diverse Jewish communities around the world use at their Seder Table: “These are the scents of Jewish homes on the eve of Pesach. Each scent curls around a point on the map, the map of our wanderings.” The 10 plagues, the 4 Questions, and the 4 Children all make their appearance in Roddy Young’s evocative libretto.

“The role of the Grandfather will be sung by Cantor Jason Green, the Grandchild by Zev Green, Miriam by Martha Jones, Aaron by Mark Nathan and Rabban Gamliel by Julien Van Mellaerts. The chorus will be our very own New London Singers, supplemented by eight professional singers, and the instrumental parts will be played by The New London Chamber Ensemble, led by Sophie Lockett and conducted by Vivienne Bellos.

“Please come and help make this performance a memorable precursor to Pesach.”

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Archaeus Quartet play Leonard Salzedo

Categories: Concerts, New Work
Tags: archaeus string quartet, hanbleden valley churches, leonard salzedo

Archaeus Quartet

near Henley on Thames
SATURDAY MAY 28th at 7.30 pm
Mozart quartet in G K387
Salzedo quartet no. 5 Op.32/1
Schubert quintet in C Op.163 with Nick Roberts- cello

Tickets £15.00 under 18’s free. From: Mrs C Allen, 2 Wargrave Hall, High St,
Wargrave, Berks RG10 8DA enclosing SAE.
tel. 01189 403555. email

Hambleden Valley Churches

Two Piano Gala Feat at the London Piano Festival

Categories: Concerts, New Work
Tags: kings place, london piano festival, nico muhly, two pianos in concert

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London Piano Festival Saturday 8th October, 7.00pm

Tonight’s concert brings together a wonderful group of pianist friends and colleagues to explore the riches, complexities and joys of music for two pianos.

The works chosen are almost exclusively from the 20th Century and include two French orchestral masterpieces in their initial, pianistically-revealing versions. A number of rarities are present including the extraordinary Fantasia Contrappuntistica by Busoni, a true homage to the works of JS Bach and a piece greatly admired and recorded by Alfred Brendel at the beginning of his career.

Rachmaninoff’s early Suite No. 1 is, by turns, hauntingly Russian, quasi Wagnerian and strikingly minimalist in its evocation of ecstatic passion, obsessional grief and the clangorous sounds of Orthodox Easter festivities.

The third part of the concert is designed to add a fun, extended encore-like atmosphere to the proceedings with Nico Muhly’s Fast Patterns, receiving its World Premiere. This will be followed by the Roaring Twenties excitement of Milhaud’s Le Boeuf sur le Toit, a selection of sultry Piazzola Tangos and will finish with the evergreen melodies of Gershwin’s opera Porgy & Bess recreated for two pianos by the Australian virtuoso Percy Grainger.

Stephen Kovacevich
Katya Apekisheva
Ronan O’Hora
Charles Owen
Martin Roscoe
Kathryn Stott
Ashley Wass

Busoni Fantasia contrappuntistica (O’Hora & Roscoe)
Debussy Lindaraja; Prélude à l’apres-midi d’un faune (Kovacevich & Owen)
Rachmaninoff Suite No. 1 (Owen & Apekisheva)
Ravel La Valse (O’Hora & Wass)
Nico Muhly Fast Patterns* (Owen & Apekisheva)

Milhaud Le Boeuf sur le Toit (Apekisheva & Wass)
Piazzolla Tangos (Stott & Wass)
Grainger Fantasy on Gershwin’s ‘Porgy & Bess’ (Stott & Roscoe)

*World Premiere

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Julian Joseph in Concert at the London Piano Festival

Categories: Concerts, New Work
Tags: jazz, julian joseph, kings place, london piano festival, new compositions


Saturday 9th October at 2.00pm – Hall 1

Hailed as one of the finest pianists to emerge from this side of the Atlantic, Julian Joseph has performed extensively for over two decades, firmly establishing himself as a towering figure in the contemporary jazz world. Equally admired for his electrifying piano playing and extensive compositions, he is also a respected bandleader, inspirational collaborator and an engaging broadcaster; in essence a true champion of music.

Drawing inspiration from the classical as well as the rock and pop worlds, Julian Joseph considers all influences essential to his music making, His own challenging and innovative works are deeply rooted in the jazz tradition and reveal his unique voice combined with those of his predecessors.

For the London Piano Festival’s closing concert, Julian will create a unique mixture of pieces to include a selection of his own compositions linked with many well-loved jazz standards by Gershwin, Ellington and Porter. All of these will be announced from the stage.

‘The London pianist Julian Joseph’s music unfolds as a dramatic narrative with each twist and subplot marked by a stab, riff or unexpected change of key. The foundations are solid; clear melodies and strong harmonic structures’ Financial Times, February 2015

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19th London New Wind Festival

Categories: Concerts, New Work
Tags: Anne Boyd, Catherine Plugyers, Elizabeth Lutyens, Janet Beat, Jennifer Fowler, London New Wind Festival, St Cyrpian's Church London

Catherine Plugyers - Director London New Wind Festival

Catherine Plugyers – Director London New Wind Festival

Friday October 21st 7.30pm
St Cyprian’s Church, Glentworth St, London


Elizabeth Lutyens Footfalls for Flute and Piano
Catherine Pluygers Posthorn for Solo Horn
Jenny Fowler New Work for Bassoon Solo (first performance)
Janet Beat Two Images for Woodwind Quartet (first performance)
Anne Boyd (TBC) Market Garden for Solo Piano

And includes music by Bernard Stevens (TBC), David Blake, Cornelius Cardew, Lawrence Casserly and brand new pieces as a result of our annual call.

Telephone: 020 8699 1101

English Chamber Orchestra: A Concert for Max

Categories: Concerts, New Work

English Chamber Orchestra

English Chamber Orchestra

Sir Peter Maxwell Davies was one of the most influential pioneers in British music for more than half a century, creating ground-breaking works in all forms and areas of musical life, writing for all types of musician from famous virtuosi to children’s choirs and folk ensembles.

The English Chamber Orchestra is proud of its outreach programme, Close Encounters, which is run by the musicians in the orchestra and takes music into many settings within communities and schools around the UK and abroad.


Sir Peter Maxwell Davies

Sir Peter Maxwell Davies

Presenter Tom Service is joined by a host of artists and composers close to Max for this special evening in which we present his music alongside new works written in his memory.

    • Peter Maxwell Davies Seven in Nomine
    • Peter Maxwell Davies Sea Eagle for Solo Horn
    • Colin Matthews New piece
    • David Matthews New piece
    • James MacMillan Seraph for Trumpet and Strings
    • Peter Maxwell Davies Strathclyde Concerto No 5 for Violin and Viola
    • Peter Maxwell Davies Farewell to Sromness for solo piano

Sir James MacMillan (conductor)
Alison Balsom (trumpet)
Daniel Hope (violin)
Lawrence Power (viola)
Simon Crawford-Philips (piano, director)
Richard Watkins (horn)
Tom Service (presenter)

Hebrides Ensemble and Psappha in 25th Birthday Concert Series

Categories: Concerts, New Work
Tags: contemporary music, hebrides ensemble, psappha

Hebrides EnsembleOver the past quarter of a century, Hebrides has premiered no fewer than 140 new pieces of music, more than half of which we have commissioned ourselves. From cutting edge digital programmes to classics of the modern repertoire, Hebrides has always championed the very best in chamber music and our 25th birthday events honour this extraordinary legacy.

And what better way to mark the occasion than by joining forces with Psappha, England’s foremost contemporary music ensemble who also celebrate their 25th birthday this year. Together, we mark the start of a new chapter with a powerful new co-commission from David Fennessy that sets string sextet against cimbalom in a stark and compelling modern soundworld. With its austere angles and driving sense of pulse, it forms a thrilling contrast to Transfigured Night, Schoenberg’s beautiful masterpiece for string sextet, which follows two lovers as they share their secrets in the glow of the moonlight.

Psappha New Music Ensemble



8 November 2016 @ 7.30PM St Andrew’s in the Square, Glasgow
9 November 2016 @ 7.30PM The Queen’s Hall, Edinburgh
10 November 2016 Peel Hall, University of Salford, The Red Brick Sessions
11 November 2016 @ 7.15PM Howard Assembly Room, Leeds
12 November 2016 @ 7.30PM Pontio Arts and Innovation Centre, Bangor University.

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String Talk at The Underground Theatre, Eastbourne

Categories: Concerts, New Work
Tags: archaeus string quartet, leonard salzedo, stringtalk, the underground theatre

Ann Hooley
Ann Hooley and Elizabeth Turnbull, founder members of the Archaeus Quartet, formed “String Talk” in 1989 presenting programmes of duos and solos for violin and viola from a repertoire extending from Baroque to the present day. Leonard Salzedo wrote his Sonata Op.132 especially for Elizabeth and Ann.
Their programme today will include the complete two-part Inventions by J.S Bach (1685-1750), Sonata for violin and viola Op.132 by Salzedo (1921-2000) and a work by Allessandro Rolla (1757-1841)

Tickets @ £10.00 (UGT members £9; students £5) can be obtained from:
or from Eastbourne Tourist Information
or, if available, on the door
TEL: 0843 289 1980

Marius Neset and London Sinfonietta Perform Snowmelt

Categories: Concerts, New Work
Tags: london sinfonietta, marius neset, snowmelt, turner sims

Turner Sims Concert Hall, University of Southampton, 22nd November at 8.00pm
Highfield Road Southampton, Hampshire SO17 1BJ United Kingdom
Norwegian composer and saxophonist Marius Neset leads an orchestral performance of music from his forthcoming new album.
Marius Neset - photo by Lisbeth Holton

Snowmelt (live performance of new recording)

Wunderkind saxophonist Marius Neset exploded on to the UK stage in 2010 when he performed at Ronnie Scott’s as part of his mentor Django Bates’ 50th birthday celebrations. Using a palette of visceral instrumental sounds, his music mixes the lyricism of his Scandinavian roots with the high-octane fury of Bates and Zappa.

Following the world premiere of his new album Snowmelt at the EFG London Jazz Festival, here now is a second live performance at Turner Sims Southampton. This music stretches the boundaries of contemporary jazz, demanding infectious energy and lightning virtuosity from nineteen London Sinfonietta players and a jazz quartet, with Neset at their helm.

Neset’s music has an infectious energy and a harmonic dynamism which is very different, and hugely refreshing. The Telegraph

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Severnside Composers’ Alliance

Categories: Concerts, New Work
Tags: bristol, madeleine mitchell, severnside composers alliance, violin

madeleine-mitchell-violinSevernside Composers Alliance presents
A St. Cecilia’s Day concert featuring
Madeleine Mitchell – violin and Geoffrey Poole – piano
Tuesday 22 November, 2016 7.30pm
St. George’s Bristol, Great George Street, Bristol BS1 5RR
or from St. George’s box office: 0845 40 24 001

Eclectic virtuoso of the violin, Madeleine Mitchell, has inspired living composers to a
staggering degree
BBC Radio 3.

…One of Britain’s liveliest musical forces, the indefatigably adventurous violinist,
Madeleine Mitchell.
Richard Morrison, the Times

A violinist in a million,…staggering virtuosity and unparalleled musicianship. Michael
Tumelty, Glasgow Herald

Olivier Messiaen Theme & Variations (1932)
Steven Kings Prelude, Cumulation, Trio
Sulyen Caradon Dorian Dirge
Jolyon Laycock The Persistence of Memory (world premiere)
Michael Nyman Taking it as Read (2007)
Ludwig van Beethoven Violin Sonata no.10 in G op 96 (1812)

Metallics – Psappha Soloists

Categories: Concerts, New Work
Tags: charlotte bray, helmut lachenmann, jonathan harvey, psappha, stylianos dimou, tom harrold


Metallics – Psappha Soloists

Psappha at St. Michael’s, 36-38 George Leigh Street, Ancoats, Manchester, M4 5DG

Saturday 03 December 2016, 19:30

Benjamin Powell (piano), Tim Williams (cimbalom), Benedict Holland (violin) and Jennifer Langridge (cello)

Join us in our St Michael’s home for this special collaboration with Curated Place.

Steve Reich
Cello Counterpoint

Peter Maxwell Davies
Sonatina for violin & cimbalom

Jonathan Harvey
Tombeau de Messiaen for piano and electronics

Tom Harrold
Speechless Skies for solo cello

Nuria Bonet
Pota for cimbalom and electronics

Charlotte Bray
Oneiroi for solo piano

Helmut Lachenmann
Toccatina for solo violin

Stylianos Dimou
Metallicas (world première)

The centrepiece of this performance is the world premiere of Stylianos Dimou’s Metallicas where acoustic sounds undergo electronic transformation resulting in the assembly of sonic twins.

Featuring emerging composers alongside established 20th century greats the programme has been curated to showcase Psappha’s virtuoso musicians in an eclectic mix of music that – along with tape and electronics – explores the sonorities of each individual instrument.

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London Sinfonietta at St John’s Smith Square

Categories: Concerts, New Work
Tags: hans abrahamsen, london sinfonietta, morgan hayes, simon holt

Hans Abrahamsen - Schnee

Tuesday 6th December at 7.30pm, St John’s Smith Square, London

A concert as part of the London Sinfonietta’s 2016-2017 Southbank Residency

Michael Cox piccolo
Thierry Fischer conductor
London Sinfonietta
Morgan Hayes Overture: The Kiss (2016) (world premiere of a London Sinfonietta commission)
Simon Holt: Fool is Hurt (2015) (UK premiere of a London Sinfonietta co-commission)
Hans Abrahamsen: Schnee (2008)

Journey into a frozen wilderness

From the delicacy of a single snowflake, whispering as it falls from the sky, to vast, impenetrable snowdrifts – Hans Abrahamsen’s monumental artwork Schnee is an all-encompassing experience. In this hour-long tour de force Abrahamsen uses a series of interlocking canons to create a magnificent and ethereal piece of musical architecture. The loneliness and quietude of this frozen landscape finds resonance in Simon Holt’s piccolo concerto – Fool is Hurt – a work inspired by the isolation of the central character in the Federico Fellini film La Strada.

Simon Holt’s work has been co-commissioned with the NOVA Ensemble and supported by the London Sinfonietta Pioneers

This concert is supported by the RVW Trust

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Bath Abbey Christmas Story

Categories: Concerts, New Work
Tags: bath abbey, bristol ensemble, jools scott, shean bowers

Jools Scott

Jools Scott

Bristol Ensemble

December 10, 2016, 7:00 pm
Bath Abbey

Shean Bowers conducts the world premiere of And There Was Light by Jools Scott, performed by the Boys’ and Girls’ choirs and Melody Makers of Bath Abbey and the Bristol Ensemble, with narration from Tim Delap (History Boys, Woman In Black). This 55 minute Christmas extravaganza is a fresh telling of an old story, with familiar carols and melodies, two new carols with words by Sue Curtis, framed by narrated passages from the King James’ Bible Christmas story.

Not to be missed!

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Send a Piano to Cuba – a Concert of Cuban Music

Categories: Concerts, New Work
Tags: ann liebeck, cuba, marcos madrigal, venezuelan composers

Bolivar Hall, Venezuelan Embassy, London
January 21st 2017, 7.30pm

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Ann Liebeck

The brilliant multi-prize winning international Cuban pianist Marcos Madrigal will join opera singer Ann Liebeck in an exciting programme of songs and solo piano music by some of Cuba’s most famous classical composers little heard in the UK. The programme will include two UK premieres by contemporary composers,Grammy winner Yalil Guerra who is based in Los Angeles and Jose Maria Vitier from Havana. Marcos won an important prize for his new cd Cuba piano music of Ernesto Lecuona last year in Paris. Opera singer Ann Liebeck specialises in performances of Latin American music and especially tango.She recently returned from Havana where she led opera workshops at the prestigious Instituto Superior de Arte.

The Hermes experiment at Kings Place

Categories: Concerts, New Work
Tags: kings place, the hermes experiment, timothy salter

Thursday 16th February, Kings Place, Hall 2 at 8.00pm
The Hermes Experiment
Concert includes first performance of a new work by Timothy Salter, The blood-dimmed tide, for voice, clarinet, harp and double bass, commissioned by The Hermes Experiment. The text, poetic extracts interspersed with political and philosophical statements, relates to the subject of revolution, and the work will be performed in a concert of music that commemorates the centenary of 1917.


Light and Matter, performed by Psappha

Categories: Concerts, New Work
Tags: light and matter, psappha, world premiere performances

Thursday 16th February, St Michael’s, Manchester at 7.30pm
Psappha - Light and Matter
A programme that explores the music of extremes. From Coult’s skittish piano solos with bluesy jambouree to Duddell’s REM-inspired Nightswimming. We travel through the complex rhythmic structures of Xenakis’ Psappha to a continuous transformation of light on glinting leaves in Saariaho’s Light and Matter. Continuing McPherson’s series for solo and virtual instruments, Williams Machine was a birthday present to Psappha. Hall’s Advert – wedding dress reflects on the society of today through a series of hard-hitting poems by Polish writer Agnieszka Dale in a collaboration with electronic artist Mira Calix.

Tom Coult – Two Games and a Nocturne (Psappha commission, world première)
Joe Duddell – Nightswimming
Emily Hall – Advert – wedding dress (Psappha commission, world première)
Gordon McPherson – Williams Machine (world première)
Kaija Saariaho – Light and Matter
Xenakis – Psappha


New Clarinet Concerto by Patrick Hawes

Categories: Concerts, New Work
Tags: emma johnson, norwich, patrick hawes, st andrews halls

Sunday 12th March, St Andrew’s Halls, Norwich at 3.00pm
Emma Johnson
The premiere performance of Patrick’s new Clarinet Concerto written especially for Emma Johnson. Emma will be performing alongside the St Thomas Orchestra of Norwich, conducted by Christopher Adey.

The Clarinet Concerto features on Emma’s new album An English Fantasy, recorded with the BBC Concert Orchestra conducted by Phil Ellis and released on Nimbus Records.

Patrick Hawes’s Clarinet Concerto [is] musically nourishing…a fine work….gorgeous…” GRAMOPHONE (Aug 2016)


Foundling Folk – Three Cane Whale

Categories: Experimental, New Work
Tags: alex vann, folk and minamalist crossover, mandolin, paul bradley, pete judge, three cane whale

24th March 20177, The Foundling Museum London at 7.00pm
Three Cane Whale

Multi-instrumental trio Three Cane Whale perform an intimate acoustic gig for Folk at the Foundling. Hailing from Bristol, Three Cane Whale brings together mandolinist Alex Vann (Spiro), trumpeter Pete Judge (Get the Blessing) and acoustic guitarist Paul Bradley (Scottish Dance Theatre). Influenced by both folk and minimalist music, they perform intricate works with a cinematic sweep and intimate delicacy.

Their eponymous debut album was chosen by Cerys Matthews as one of her top five modern folk albums, followed by Holts And Hovers, awarded Roots Editor’s Choice Album of 2013. Their latest album Palimpsest was chosen by The Telegraph as one of the best folk music albums of 2016. Recent projects include a live recording from The Old Barn on Kelston Roundhill in Somerset, for new independent label Kelston Records, and the soundtrack to the independent feature Brown Willy (2016), filmed on location in Cornwall.


MacMillan St Luke Passion

Categories: Choral, Concerts, New Work
Tags: bristol bach choir, bristol ensemble, macmillan, red maids school chamber choir

Saturday 1 April at 7.30pm, Bristol Cathedral
Bristol Bach ChoirBristol Ensemble joins the Bristol Bach Choir and The Red Maids’ School Chamber Choir for an evening of passion, power, precision and poignancy in this performance of MacMillan’s St Luke Passion. The programme also includes Barber’s intensely moving Adagio for Strings and Tallis’ Lamentations of Jeremiah.


Norfolk and Norwich Festival – Beethoven with Thomas Ades

Categories: Concerts, Festivals, New Work

Friday 26th May, St Andrew’s Hall at 7.30pm
Britten Sinfonia

Thomas Adès conductor
Mark Stone baritone

Gerald Barry Beethoven
Beethoven Symphony No. 1
Beethoven Symphony No. 2

In this concert, which is centred on the work and influence of Beethoven, we hear his witty first symphony paired with the virtuosic second. These are complemented by Gerald Barry’s powerful setting of Beethoven’s famous love letter to his “immortal beloved”. Hearing how one of the most celebrated composer/conductors working today will interpret and illuminate these iconic works, is sure to be a major event in the classical music calendar.

‘Adès makes you hear things with which you thought you were familiar as if they were completely new’ The Guardian – click here to read the full article

Pre-concert talk 6.30pm Baritone Mark Stone discusses Gerald Barry’s Beethoven.

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Archaeus Quartet in Hastings

Categories: Concerts, New Work
Tags: archaeus string quartet, leonard salzedo

Saturday 24th June, St Clement’s Church, Old Town, Hastings at 7.30pm
Archaeus Quartet

The Archaeus Quartet: Ann Hooley, Rosemary Lock, Elizabeth Turnbull, Martin Bradshaw

Beethoven quartet in G Op.18 No.2
Salzedo quartet No.1 Op.1
Schubert quintet in C Op.163 with Julia Bradshaw

Tickets £10.00 on the door. Accompanied children, free.

Oxford Pro Musica – Midsummer Night’s Dream

Categories: Choral, Concerts, New Work
Tags: eric whitacre, exeter college chapel, oxford pro musica

Thursday 13th July, Exeter College Chapel, OX1 3DP, 7.30pm
Oxford Pro Musica

Midsummer Night’s Dream

A concert of modern choral classics both secular and sacred. Featuring Eric Whitacre’s Leonardo Dreams of his Flying Machine and the ever-popular Sleep, together with Mäntyjärvi’s striking and effective Shakespeare Songs plus other outstanding modern pieces suitable for a summer evening. Come along and hear something new!

Musical Director – Mark Jordan

Tickets £12 (£10 students) available online and on the door.


Bristol Harbour Festival

Categories: Concerts, Festivals, New Work
Tags: bristol ensemble, bristol harbour festival, handel 300th anniversary, water music

Sunday 23rd July, SS Great Britain, Bristol, 5.30pm
Bristol Harbour Festival

Handel’s Water Music 300th Anniversary celebrated at Bristol Harbour Festival

The Bristol Ensemble will take centre stage at this year’s Bristol Harbour Festival which will conclude with a 45-minute performance of Handel’s Water Music in the Floating Harbour at 5.30pm on Sunday 23 July. The Bristol Ensemble will perform on a flotilla of boats, with flares marking the finale beside Brunel’s SS Great Britain.

The dramatic performance will mark the 300th anniversary of the first legendary performance of the famous piece. In July 1717, the premiere was given in front of the King and his court aboard a flotilla of boats on the River Thames, so it is fitting that this recreation will take place on the water beside one of Bristol’s most exciting historic landmarks: Brunel’s SS Great Britain. Brunel was a great fan of Handel’s music, and requested that ‘See the Conqu’ring Hero Comes’ from Judas Maccabaeus was performed at an underwater party held inside his new Thames Tunnel during its construction in the 1820s; Brunel later had the same piece performed at an event marking the completion of the Royal Albert Bridge, Plymouth.

Bristol’s 300th anniversary performance of Handel’s Water Music is possible thanks to public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.

Earlier on Sunday 23 July, children from local primary schools involved with ‘Preludes’ music project will perform a new composition on the SS Great Britain and BBC Radio Bristol stage in Brunel Square. They will work with ‘Preludes’ teachers and musicians from the Bristol Ensemble, taking inspiration from Handel’s Water Music before premiering their Bristol Harbour Festival performance.

For more information on the performance including details of the flotilla route and timings follow the link


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Sarah Campbell at St Lawrence Jewry

Categories: Choral, Concerts, Festivals, New Work, Women musicians

Monday 7th August, St Lawrence Jewry, Guildhall Yard, London, EC2V 5AA, 1.00pm
Sarah Campbell

Sarah Campbell, trumpet Zeynep Özsuca-Rattle, piano

We warmly welcome the return of this talented musician and, making her first appearance with us, her equally accomplished pianist. The Vivaldi/Bach Trumpet Concerto in D major will feature, together with an arrangement of Bach’s Bist du Bei Mir.

Sarah Campbell was born in Wigan, Lancashire where she began learning cornet at the age of 8. In 2009, she received a scholarship to study at the Guildhall School of Music with Paul Beniston where she graduated with a First Class Honours Degree, before completing a Master of Arts at the Royal Academy of Music. Sarah is in demand as a versatile orchestral player throughout London and the rest of the UK. As Joint Principal T rumpet of the Southbank Sinfonia (2015) Sarah has performed Peter Maxwell Davies’ ‘The Lighthouse’ at the Royal Opera House, recorded with the BBC Concert Orchestra as well as touring to Hong Kong and Italy.


Bang on a Can at Proms

Categories: Concerts, Experimental, Festivals, New Work

Thursday 17th August, BBC Proms, Royal Albert Hall, London, 10.15pm
Bang on a Can

Bang on a Can late night Prom

Bang on a Can represents all that is most gleefully non-conformist and boundary-breaking in new music. Celebrating its 30th birthday this year, this pioneering American artistic collective and its three composer-directors, Michael Gordon, David Lang and Julia Wolfe, bring their signature energy to this Late Night Prom, together with their six-piece amplified ensemble.

The All-Stars perform classic works by Wolfe, Lang and Louis Andriessen alongside an 80th-birthday tribute to Philip Glass and a world premiere by Michael Gordon, performed by the Proms Youth Ensemble. Expect propulsive rhythms and plenty of big grooves.


Four Violas at St Lawrence Jewry Summer Festival

Categories: Concerts, New Work, Women musicians

Monday 21st August, St Lawrence Jewry, Guildhall Yard, London, EC2V 5AA, 1.00pm

Kesari Pundarika

The Bridge Viola Ensemble – Katherine Clarke, Anna Growns, Henrietta Hill, Kesari Pundarika

A rare opportunity to listen to music composed for the unusual combination of four violas! The Ensemble’s programme will feature the Bach Chaconne arranged by Ichiro Nodaira, together with York Bowen’s Fantasia for four violas Op 41 No 1.


Ensemble Canon Japan

Categories: Concerts, Festivals, New Work, Women musicians

Thursday 24th August, St Lawrence Jewry, Guildhall Yard, London, EC2V 5AA, 1.00pm
Ensemble Canon Japan

Ensemble Canon Japan

Toshiko Matsudaira, soprano Yoko Yokoyama, mezzo-soprano Yoshiko Toyonaga, piano

Ensemble Canon (Canon means Flower Sound in Japanese) is a vocal ensemble consisting of 2 singers: Toshiko (Soprano) and Yoko (mezzo-soprano) with Yosinko, their pianist.
The group’s performances showcase the beauty of Japanese song.

From Bach’s Präludium Cis-Dor BWV 848 via Mendelsohn duets to Japanese Art Song and folk songs with such intriguing titles as Gooey, Gooey, Soft and Sticky, Pass Along and Where are you all from!


European Contemporary Composers Orchestra

Categories: Concerts, Experimental, New Work, Women musicians
Tags: ecco, european contemporary composers orchestra, vienna

12 October 2017 at the University of Music and Performing Arts, Vienna, Austria
European Contemporary Chamber Orchestra
The European Contemporary Composers Orchestra (ECCO)

ECCO is a project of the ECF committee of ECSA. It aims to establish itself as a pan-European “body of sound” dedicated to the performance, circulation and promotion of contemporary art music. In practice, it is a network of active ensembles, orchestras and young professionals, supporting creative dialogue among composers and performers and offering young professionals the opportunity to develop their skills with ensembles experienced in contemporary performing practices on an international level. By its educational dimension, ECCO serves as a pro-active development and networking arena for professional composers and performers, especially young and emerging ones.


The next ECCO concert will take place in Vienna on 12 October 2017 at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna. The concert will be performed by Wiener Concert-Verein and feature the following string orchestra pieces:

Fenster – Gerald Resch (Austria)

Lacrimae – Krešimir Seletković (Croatia)

Respectus – Rene Eespere (Estonia)

Brittle Fluid – Tyler Futrell (Norway)

Sinfonietta- The Night of Fireworks – Aleksandra Chmielewska (Poland)

Per Archi – Lojze Lebič (Slovenia)

Plainsongs for Strings – Jennifer Fowler (UK)

Previous editions of ECCO have featured the Chamber Orchestra of Soloists (KOS) of the Society of Slovene Composers (Vienna 2011), the Silesian Philharmony (Vienna 2013), the Sturm und Klang ensemble (Brussels 2015, 2016 and 2017), the BBC Singers (London 2015), the RTV Slovenia Symphony Orchestra (Ljubljana 2016) and the Big Band of RTV Slovenia. Among the conductors who have contributed to the ECCO concerts are Thomas Van Haeperen, Jessica Cottis, Sigi Feigl, James Morgan, Jürgen Bruns and Chunghi Min.

Penelope by Psappha

Categories: Concerts, Experimental, New Work, Women musicians
Tags: Anna Clyne, Molly Joyce, Penelope, psappha

Thursday 26 October 2017, 19:30
Hallé St Peter’s, 40 Blossom Street, Ancoats Manchester M4 6BF

Psappha Ensemble

Molly Joyce – Rave (UK première)

Anna Clyne – Steelworks

Sarah Kirkland Snider – Penelope*

Richard Balcombe – conductor*
Jessica Walker – vocalist*
Psappha Ensemble

Three striking works from brilliant US-based composers.

A woman’s husband appears at her door after an absence of twenty years. A veteran of an unnamed war, he doesn’t know who he is and she doesn’t know who he’s become. While they wait together for his return to himself, she reads him the Odyssey, and in the journey of that book she finds a way into his memory and the terror and trauma of war. Suspended somewhere between art song, indie rock, and chamber folk, the music of Penelope moves from moments of elegiac reflection to dusky post-rock textures in a meditation on memory, identity, and what it means to come home.

Rave gives the impression of impossible virtuosity, transforming the piano into a multi-dimensional piano/organ hybrid. Giving a fascinating glimpse into a disappearing world, the music of Steelworks interacts with film and with recorded interviews of employees at the last steelworks factory in Brooklyn.


Creative Composing Lab

Categories: Experimental, Masterclasses, New Work, Youth

Sunday 12th November 2017, 10.00am to 6.00pm, CBSO Centre
Birmingham Contemporary Music Group

Creative Composing Lab is specially designed to allow young people the opportunity to compose music with and for professional musicians, guided by the expert knowledge of composer/workshop leader David Horne.

The Autumn workshop will focus on the nature and character of individual instruments. Focussing on a selection of instruments, we will explore how to compose idiomatically for the performers (i.e. in a way that works well for a particular instrument and exploits it’s unique character). As composers, we can chose whether or not to compose music that is easy or hard to play – but it is important that we know the difference, and we will discover this in the workshop!

If you love creating music or you need ideas for your GCSE, BTEC or A-level composition, Creative Composing Lab is for you.

Participants need some notation skills. Family and friends are welcome to the free performance of all music created at 5pm.

Places are free, but need to be booked in advance. A suggested donation of £12 per participant will ensure we can continue our workshop programme.


Psappha and the BBC Philharmonic

Categories: Broadcasts, Concerts, Experimental, Festivals, New Work
Tags: New Music Northwest Festival

New Music Northwest Festival

Tuesday 14th November 2017 at 7.30pm, The Studios MediaCityUK

New Music Northwest Festival


David Horne Resonating Instruments
Tom Coult Two Games and a Nocturne

Psappha Ensemble

Laura Bowler 3811 Nautical Miles
Larry Goves New Work (world première)
Mario Duarte Metztli
Grace-Evangeline Mason Kintsukouroi

BBC Philharmonic
Mark Heron conductor

Resonating Instruments is rhapsodic and volatile, entwining the ensemble around a solo cimbalom. “An absorbing work” – The Times.

Two Games and a Nocturne alternates skittish piano solos with bluesy jamboree in a work that, in Coult’s own words, “does what it says on the tin” with its two playful games followed by a gently swaying night-time reverie.

In this joint concert with the BBC Philharmonic we give well-deserved second performances of two of Psappha 25th anniversary commissions.

Psappha has now allocated all tickets for this event. If you would still like to come to the performance you can apply for tickets through BBC Audiences. Applications for tickets opens on 30 October and close on 5 November. For more information please click HERE.


Psappha at St Michaels

Categories: Concerts, New Work
Tags: psappha, St Michaels, wonderland

Friday 17th November 2017, at 7.30pm St Michaels, Manchester, UK
Psappha Ensemble


Music inspired by fantasy, surrealism and Led Zeppelin
Mark-Anthony Turnage Grazioso!
Richard Whalley Wonderland
Mark-Anthony Turnage Slide Stride
Brian Elias Geranos
Philip Cashian Leonora Pictures (world première)
Nicholas Kok Conductor
Psappha Ensemble

Leonora Pictures takes inspiration from the fantastical characters and landscapes of Lancashire-born surrealist artist Leonora Carrington. This piece was written to showcase Psappha’s virtuosic musicians. Geranos imagines Theseus’ dance after his escape from the Minotaur with music that mirrors the mazes of the Labyrinth while Wonderland celebrates the miracle of nature.The programme also features works by Mark-Anthony Turnage inspired by Led Zeppelin’s guitarist and the extrovert jazz of Fats Waller.

*Philip Cashian’s new work is supported by the PRS for Music Foundation Composers’ Fund


Laura Snowden – Julian Bream Trust

Categories: Concerts, New Work, Women musicians
Tags: Laurs Snowden, wigmore hall

Tuesday 21st November 2017, at 7.30pm – Wigmore Hall

Laura Snowden - guitar

Laura Snowden performs rarely heard music by Giulio Regondi and Hans Erich Apostel with a brand new work by Olli Mustonen.

Award-winning classical guitarist and composer Laura Snowden was handpicked by Julian Bream to give the Bream Trust concert at Wigmore Hall in 2015, including the world premiere of Julian Anderson’s Catalan Peasant with Guitar. She was featured on the front cover of Classical Guitar Magazine Fall 2016 with an in-depth article describing her as “linking guitar’s past, present and future”. Laura was the first guitarist to graduate from the prestigious Yehudi Menuhin School, where guitar tuition was made possible by a donation from the Rolling Stones, and was invited by guitarist John Williams to perform at Shakepeare’s Globe with her folk ensemble Tir Eolas.

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
Cello Suite No.3 in C major BWV1009
Fernando Sor (1778-1839)
Introduction and Variations on a Theme by Mozart Op. 9
Giulio Regondi (1822-1872)
Introduzione e capriccio Op. 23
Olli Mustonen (b.1967)
Sonata No. 2 (world première) [1]
Agustín Barrios Mangoré (1885-1944)
Vals Op. 8 No. 3
Vals Op. 8 No. 4
Hans Erich Apostel (1901-1972)
Sechs Musiken Op. 25
Joaquin Rodrigo (1901-1999 )
En los trigales
Zarabanda Lejana
3 piezas españolas
Invocación y danza

Commissioned by The Julian Bream Trust


Snape Maltings – Christmas Weekend

Categories: Choral, Concerts, Family, Festivals, New Work, Youth

Friday 15 – Sunday 17 December, 2017 at Snape maltings in Suffolk

Snape Maltings

A weekend of festive activities and concerts for both children and adults, including The Snowman and Paddington Bear’s First Concert with live orchestra and fun family activities around the site including workshops, storytelling sessions and a trail. Plus start the month with the Co-op Juniors’ Christmas Spectacular in the Land of Oz.


Slapstick Festival Silent Comedy Gala

Categories: Concerts, Experimental, Family, Festivals, New Work, Youth
Tags: bristol ensemble, comedy festival bristol

Friday 26th January at 7.30pm, Colston Hall, Bristol

Silent Comedy Gala Billboard

Bristol’s stand-out annual comedy celebration returns for a fourteenth edition at Colston Hall – a unique celebration of the best onscreen classic silent comedy, live music and guest appearances by living legends of British comedy.

The host for this year’s gala show is soon to be announced and the film programme is an incredible triple-bill of laugh-out-loud comedy classics all accompanied by world class live musical accompaniment.

Buster Keaton’s best loved and most innovative film Sherlock Jr (1924) joins Charlie Chaplin’s A Dog’s Life (1918) to headline the show with live music.

Sherlock Jr is accompanied by the world premiere of a new, semi-improvised score composed by Guenter A. Buchwald and performed by the renowned European Silent Screen Virtuosi and members of Bristol Ensemble. A Dog’s Life features Chaplin’s own composition for the film and will be performed by a 15-piece Bristol Ensemble conducted by maestro Guenter A. Buchwald.

Plus: Laurel & Hardy’s hilarious comedy short Angora Love (1929) and live performance from innovative, award-winning visual comedy performers The Kagools and with our exciting guest host this looks like being our finest and funniest Gala event to date!

£10.50 to £60.00 incl. booking fee

Gold Premium Ticket Package:
£60.00* (limited to 50)
Access to exclusive post-show VIP after show experience with complimentary drink
Gala merchandise souvenir
Commemorative VIP lanyard (for access to post-show drinks)
One premium ticket located in the stalls
Exclusive limited souvenir event poster (not for sale)
Souvenir mini-programme
*Including all booking fees


Hebrides Ensemble – Heading Eastwards (New Galloway)

Categories: Concerts, New Work
Tags: hebrides ensemble

Sunday 11 February at 3.00pm, CatStrand, New Galloway
Hebrides Ensemble

Hebrides Ensemble perform
Bartók: Mikrokosmos (selection of movements)
Janáček: Dumka
Nigel Osborne: The Piano Tuner
Dvořák: Dumky Trio (Piano Trio No. 4 in E Minor)
Osborne: Adagio for Vedran Smailovic

Eastern European composers Dvořák, Janáček and Bartók travelled extensively, absorbing folk influences and imbuing their music with traditional forms. Nigel Osborne is one of the most travelled composers alive today whose thirst for foreign cultures has taken him all over the globe. In his piano trio The Piano Tuner, taken from his opera of the same name based on the intriguing Daniel Mason novel about a piano-tuner sent to the Burmese jungle to tune a grand piano, Osborne explores the synthesis between Western and south-east Asian tuning in this powerful piece.


Hebrides Ensemble – Heading Eastwards (Perth Concert Hall)

Categories: Concerts, New Work
Tags: hebrides ensemble

Monday 12 February at 1.00pm, Perth Concert Hall
Hebrides Ensemble

Hebrides Ensemble perform
Bartók: Mikrokosmos (selection of movements)
Janáček: Dumka
Nigel Osborne: The Piano Tuner
Dvořák: Dumky Trio (Piano Trio No. 4 in E Minor)

Eastern European composers Dvořák, Janáček and Bartók travelled extensively, absorbing folk influences and imbuing their music with traditional forms. Nigel Osborne is one of the most travelled composers alive today whose thirst for foreign cultures has taken him all over the globe. In his piano trio The Piano Tuner, taken from his opera of the same name based on the intriguing Daniel Mason novel about a piano-tuner sent to the Burmese jungle to tune a grand piano, Osborne explores the synthesis between Western and south-east Asian tuning in this powerful piece.


Hebrides Ensemble – Heading Eastwards (Banchory)

Categories: Concerts, New Work
Tags: hebrides ensemble

Tuesday 13 February at 7.30pm Woodend Barn, Banchory
Hebrides Ensemble

Hebrides Ensemble perform
Bartók: Mikrokosmos (selection of movements)
Janáček: Dumka
Nigel Osborne: The Piano Tuner
Dvořák: Dumky Trio (Piano Trio No. 4 in E Minor)
Osborne: Adagio for Vedran Smailovic

Eastern European composers Dvořák, Janáček and Bartók travelled extensively, absorbing folk influences and imbuing their music with traditional forms. Nigel Osborne is one of the most travelled composers alive today whose thirst for foreign cultures has taken him all over the globe. In his piano trio The Piano Tuner, taken from his opera of the same name based on the intriguing Daniel Mason novel about a piano-tuner sent to the Burmese jungle to tune a grand piano, Osborne explores the synthesis between Western and south-east Asian tuning in this powerful piece.


Caught in Treetops with Psappha

Categories: Concerts, Experimental, New Work, Women musicians
Tags: Anna Clyne, charlotte bray, lucy armstrong, psappha

Thursday 15th February 2018 at 7.30pm, St. Michael’s, Ancoats, Manchester


Charlotte Bray Caught in the Treetops*
Anna Clyne Paintbox
Robert Reid Allan The Palace of Light
Lucy Armstrong Space Adventure
Michael Cryne In Cloud Light
Will Frampton The Greening Variations
Bethan Morgan-Williams In Kenopsia
James Williamson Fault-Klang

Benedict Holland Violin*
Psappha Ensemble

The life-changing effects of the atomic bomb are explored in Anna Clyne’s immersive soundscape which combines recorded voice, breathing and other sound loops with a sonorous cello line.

Bound together by a sense of mystery and a relentless energy Charlotte Bray’s work for solo violin and ensemble responds to two contrasting lunar poems. The concert also showcases the next generation of talent with our pick of the best works from Psappha’s emerging composer schemes.

Psappha: Demystifying New Music
Pre-concert talk – 6.40pm – free to ticket holders
Learn more before you see it played. Come early, get a drink and settle into your seats for a special talk that will introduce you to the composers and the inspiration behind the music being performed tonight.


Bach, The Universe and Everything

Categories: Concerts, Experimental, Family, New Work
Tags: bach, kings place, orchestra of the age of enlightenment

Sunday 18th February at Kings Place, London, 11.30am

Steven Devine director
Ciara Hendrick alto
James Way tenor
James Newby baritone
Professor Kishan Dholakia guest scientist

Seeing Life in a New Light

Marvel at our extraordinary universe and the music of Bach with our new Sunday morning series for inquiring and curious minds, with divine music, lively conversation and stimulating science.

For this morning’s session we’re joined by Professor Kishan Dholakia from the University of St Andrew’s enticingly-named Optical Manipulation Group. A world-expert in the physics of light, he’s fascinated by how the science of photonics can use imaging to help unravel the mysteries of the brain.

Alongside Professor Dholakia’s talk, we’ll be performing one of Bach’s most varied cantatas, BWV 83. Mixing joyful arias with funereal sounds, it’s a rollercoaster journey celebrating the glories of life as well as the sadness of death.

Our very own Sunday service is a place to bond with music lovers and revel in the wonders of science. There is no better way to start a Sunday morning.

In this concert we’ll be playing Bach’s cantata Erfreute Zeit im neuen Bunde (Joyful time in the new covenant).

In partnership with the Institute of Physics.


Psappha perform Boulez

Categories: Concerts, New Work, Pre-concert event
Tags: Halle St Peters, pierre boulez, psappha

Thursday March 22nd 2018, Hallé St Peter’s in Manchester, 7:30pm,

Le Marteau sans maître – A twentieth century classic

Pierre Boulez - 1972  -  France / Ile-de-France (region) / Paris  -  Pierre Boulez, Paris, 1972  - Philippe Gras / Le Pictorium. Image shot 1972.

Takemitsu Towards the Sea
Tom Harrold New Work (World première)*
Berio Naturale
Boulez Le Marteau sans Maître

Jamie Phillips Conductor
Jessica Gillingwater Mezzo soprano
Psappha Ensemble

Meaning The Hammer Without a Master, Boulez’ iconic work is a classic of the twentieth century whose sonority and sense of time and direction were profoundly influenced by music from Asia and Africa. Rising star Tom Harrold’s new work has been commissioned by Psappha to complement the Boulez.

Berio’s Naturale pairs live musicians with recordings of Sicilian street vendors highlighting the contrast between flowing folk melodies and the raw, natural voice of the street singer. Takemitsu’s Towards the Sea recalls the ebb and flow of the ocean and was commissioned by the Greenpeace Foundation for their Save the Whale campaign.

*The Tom Harrold commission is supported by the Fidelio Charitable Trust.

Psappha: Demystifying New Music
Pre-concert film – 6.00pm – free to ticket holders
Barrie Gavin’s 2005 film: Pierre Boulez: Living in the Present. Learn more before you see it played. Come early, get a drink and settle into your seats for a special screening of this intimate portrait of a remarkable artist and his inspiration.


Sacred Debussy with the CBSO

Categories: Concerts, Family, Festivals, New Work
Tags: debussy festival, mirga, symphony hall birmingham

Saturday 24th March, Symphony Hall, Birmingham, 7.00pm

Symphony Hall, Symphony Hall, 8 Centenary Square, Broad Street, Birmingham, B1 2EA

Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla

Debussy (orch. Matthews) La cathédrale engloutie, 5′
Bach Organ solo, 10′
Messiaen O Sacrum Convivium, 5′
Messiaen Dieu parmi nous, 10′
Debussy Danse sacrée et danse profane, 9′
Debussy Le Martyre de Saint Sébastien, 35′

“What rules do you follow?”

…asked Claude Debussy’s music teacher. “Pleasure,” he replied. But pleasure can unlock whole worlds. 100 years after his death, join Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla and the CBSO as they set out in search of the wonder, the power and the sheer beauty of music’s quietest revolutionary.

We’ll journey through sensual pleasures and sacred ecstasies, children’s games and bold new sounds, culminating in a concert performance of Debussy’s fairytale opera Pelléas et Mélisande. It’s an adventure that’ll involve our entire musical family, plus musical groups from across the whole city.


Piano40 Premieres at Southbank

Categories: Concerts, New Work, Women musicians
Tags: cecilia mcdowall, piano40, purcell room, sarah rodgers, women composers

21st May 2018 at 7.45pm, Purcell Room, Southbank Centre, London

Piano40 Graphic

Experience a selection from Piano40’s unique repertoire for eight hands at two pianos, including three premiere performances, as they return for their tenth Southbank Centre recital.

Piano40 have built their reputation on programming works especially composed for the ensemble, alongside original works from the 19th century. 33 composers have written for the group to date.

Jeremy Brown piano
Helen Cawthorne piano
Richard Deering piano
Craig White piano


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