BCMG appoints Arne Gieshoff as 2014 BCMG/SaM Apprentice Composer-in-Residence


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Birmingham Contemporary Music Group and Sound and Music have appointed the young London-based German composer Arne Gieshoff as Apprentice Composer-in-Residence for 2014.

Lauded for the “punchy energy” (The Guardian) of his work, Arne Gieshoff is already recognized as a composer for whom “every single note counts” (The Scotsman). His works have already been performed in Britain, Germany, Luxembourg, Canada and China by a diverse range of soloists, ensembles and orchestras including the Philharmonia Orchestra, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, and his compositions have been broadcast by, amongst others, BBC Radio 3.

BCMG’s Apprentice Composer-in-Residence scheme, funded by the Leverhulme Trust, is a joint initiative with Sound and Music (SaM), where it is part of SaM’s Embedded programme, supported by the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation. Now in its seventh year, BCMG’s scheme has given valuable practical encouragement and support to an impressive roster of emerging composers – including Charlotte Bray (2010), Seán Clancy (2011) and Joanna Lee (2012) – who are rapidly establishing themselves as part of the UK’s musical landscape.

During 2014 Arne Gieshoff will spend time working with Birmingham Contemporary Music Group (BCMG) and contributing to the life of the ensemble. He will gain a unique insight into the way BCMG works by attending performances, rehearsals and workshops and he will participate in the Group’s extensive learning and participation programme.

Arne Gieshoff has already written a short work for BCMG – a playful riff for trombone and two melodicas which was premiered at BCMG’s Family Concerts in January 2014. His second composition will be a chamber-scale work for a larger BCMG ensemble, to be premiered at the end of his residency in late 2014/early 2015.

During the year he will be supported by composer-mentors associated with BCMG, including BCMG’s Artist in Association, Oliver Knussen. He will also have the opportunity to workshop his new chamber work with BCMG’s players several months before its first performance – a valuable opportunity for an emerging composer.

Faith Wilson Arts Publicity (for BCMG) 0794 113 7453

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