BCMG Family Concerts - toy stories told through contemporary music


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Toys, dreams and games are the themes which link the musical choices in the 2014 edition of Birmingham Contemporary Music Group’s perennially-popular Family Concerts (CBSO Centre, Birmingham: Sunday, January 26– 11am & 2pm).

Thomas Adès ’ early masterpiece Living Toys occupies pride of place in a programme which also takes in quirky sonic invention from underground cult group Modified Toy Orchestra, giving abandoned electronic toys new life. There are fresh sounds from some familiar musical toys – a musical box and two melodicas – together with Colin Matthews’ contemporary take on a Mozartian musical dice game.

Created in collaboration with Birmingham-based theatre company Stan’s Cafe for the second year in succession, BCMG Family Concerts introduce children and their families to the world of contemporary music; the hour-long performances are often playful but never patronising.

The January concerts, under the musical direction the young Swedish conductor Christian Karlsen, weave music inspired by toys, dreams and games with theatrical and visual elements to a create colourful and engaging experience performed by BCMG’s top notch musicians.

Faith Wilson Arts Publicity (for BCMG) 0794 113 7453

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