BCMG begins 2015 with a taste of France in a concert featuring two world premieres and three UK premieres


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Saturday 31 January 2015, CBSO Centre, Birmingham

Birmingham Contemporary Music Group has at its heart the commissioning and performance of new works by the outstanding composers of our time and distinctive voices of the next generation. Since it was formed in 1987, BCMG has premiered some 160 new works and given over 600 performances of these pieces. Many have been commissioned with the help of a large number of individuals through BCMG’s pioneering Sound Investment scheme – music’s first and oldest ‘crowd-funding’ scheme.

BCMG begins 2015 with a taste of France in a concert which features two world premieres and three UK premieres, including the latest Sound Investment commission by Swedish composer Ivo Nilsson and the welcome return of a 2002 BCMG Sound Investment commission by Marc­‐André Dalbavie.

Widely acknowledged as an expert in the field of contemporary and French music, conductor Franck Ollu introduces a clutch of composers new to BCMG. Noted French composers Pascal Dusapin, Frédéric Durieux, Allain Gaussin, and Dalbavie, can list the composing greats Messiaen, Xenakis, Donatoni and Boulez amongst their various teachers.

Swedish composer and trombonist, Ivo Nilsson was taught by Allain Gaussin at IRCAM in Paris; his bright, nervously energetic music features widely in festivals across Europe, but is rarely performed in the UK. This concert includes two works. The first, the world premiere of Rapidità (Quickness) is inspired by Italo Calvino’s unfinished lecture essays on the virtues of great literature, “_Six Memos for the Millennium_, exploring concepts of Lightness, Quickness, Multiplicity, Exactitude and Visibility. Nilsson’s Rapidità has been commissioned via BCMG’s Sound Investment scheme and will form part of a six­‐part series of works for major European ensembles. The second Nilsson premiere, Doppler Wobbler, is a double concerto for viola (Christopher Yates), bassoon (Gretha Tuls) and ensemble.

Further press information from:
Sophie Cohen on 020 7428 9850 / 07711 551 787 / sophiecohen@blueyonder.co.uk

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