About BCMG

Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, recognised by Arts Council England as a National Portfolio Organisation, emerged from within the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra in 1987 and quickly established a reputation for exciting performances, innovative audience-building and learning initiatives, and a central commitment to composers and the presentation of new work. As a world-leading contemporary ensemble, BCMG has premiered over 160 works, most commissioned through its pioneering Sound Investment scheme, with a family of Investors supporting each new piece. In addition, BCMG’s extensive Learning and Participation Programme supports young people as composers, performers and listeners of new music through an exciting range of projects in- and out-of-school.

Thomas Adès leads BCMG through Gerald Barry's The Importance of Being Earnest