After many years at BCMG, this will be my and Jackie Newbould’s final season, and I feel a particular pride and anticipation in presenting a season bursting with new works. Ranging from the strikingly original young voice of Edmund Finnis, through to the unique magic of Benedict Mason, a major international figure whose joyous music explores space and sound and is too seldom heard in the UK. We also premiere pieces by Melinda Maxwell and Zöe Martlew, better known perhaps to BCMG audiences as performers in the ensemble.
For family audiences we’re delighted to welcome MishMash Productions’ newly devised touring show featuring musicians from the brilliant Aurora Orchestra, and we have our own Families@4 concerts in February and May as well as a new collaborative project with Ikon Gallery as part of the Family Arts Festival in the autumn.
In addition to our CBSO Centre projects, we’ll present new site-specific work by Michael Wolters at the Birmingham Weekender festival, take part in the University of Birmingham’s exciting new CrossCurrents festival, visit the Wigmore Hall with Howard Skempton’s significant new setting of The Rime of the Ancient Mariner for baritone Roderick Williams, and take BCMG commissions to the El Cervantino Festival in Mexico as part of the UK/Mexico Year of Culture.