Family Concerts Pathways and Places illustration

An exciting collaborative Family Concert joins BCMG's 2015 season

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Sunday 8 March 2015, CBSO Centre, Birmingham

BCMG link with Stan’s Cafe, GRAIN and the Library of Birmingham
for new family concerts

• Music by UK’s leading living composers, themed around ‘landscape’

• Children asked to create their own artwork to be used in the concert experience

• Internationally-acclaimed photographer Paul Gaffney presents atmospheric photographs, creating a visual journey through the music

Pathways and Places, performed on Sunday 8 March, brings together contemporary classical music with projected photographs by one of the UK’s leading image makers, postcards from the Library of Birmingham archive, atmospheric lighting and narration. The result will be a colourful concert that leads the audience through a mystical landscape, created especially for children aged 7 years and above.

The BCMG ensemble will perform six pieces, each inspired by or linked to the theme of landscape. Simon Bainbridge’s Path to Othona was inspired to create the work by a visit to Othona in Essex, site of an ancient Roman fort and Saxon Chapel and also now home to rare birds, mammals and flora. It is a place considered by some to have mystical and magical qualities.

The Library of Birmingham has also opened its archive to BCMG and Stan’s Cafe, and a series of vintage postcards will help to illustrate Peter Maxwell Davies’ The Runes from a Holy Island. Conducted by Christopher Austin, the BCMG ensemble will also perform pieces by Tansy Davies, Edmund Finnish and Betsy Jolas.

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