BCMG musicians in concert

Birmingham Contemporary Music Group 2015/16 season


A full press release and associated images can be downloaded using the links in the right column.

Birmingham Contemporary Music Group presents a typically adventurous journey through new music in its 2015/16 season, serving up 13 world premieres in an ambitious season of extraordinary 20th and 21st century music.

BCMG’s 2015/16 season includes:

A new ensemble work by the gloriously unpredictable Benedict Mason, performed alongside his 1990 BCMG commission, the joyous, extravagant quadruple percussion concerto, Nodding Trilliums & Curved-­‐Lined Angles, and Charles Ives’s Piano Trio, conducted by Ilan Volkov.

A new song cycle by Howard Skempton -­‐ his most substantial work to date -­‐ based on Coleridge’s epic poem, The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, with baritone Roderick Williams. English verse also inspires three new settings of works by Shakespeare and AE Houseman by Dominic Muldowney, performed alongside Muldowney’s Six Cabaret Songs (which were commissioned by BCMG Sound Investors in 2011, as part of the ensemble’s pioneering crowd-­‐funding scheme), with BCMG and Roderick Williams conducted by the composer.

New works on a more intimate scale by Richard Baker, John Woolrich and Luke Bedford feature in a programme of chamber ‘firsts’ to close the season.

Leading instrumentalists, oboist and BCMG Founder Member, Melinda Maxwell and cellist Zöe Martlew, reveal their composing talents in two new commissions.

The season also features outstanding works by some of the finest musical minds of the 20th and 21st century including recent RPS Music Award winner Hans Abrahamsen (featuring Liebeslied and his re-­‐composition of Carl Neilsen’s Three Piano Piece Op59), Claude Vivier, Morton Feldman, and Charles Ives. Platonic ID for 13 instrumentalists by Dutch composer Rozalie Hirs receives its UK premiere.

Featured British composers include Master of the Queen’s music Judith Weir, Julian Anderson, Jonathan Harvey, Tansy Davies and Charlotte Bray. BCMG Artist in Association Oliver Knussen, Ilan Volkov and Richard Baker are amongst the featured conductors.

The world premiere of Edmund Finnis’ glistening, dancing Parallel Colour, is one of nine works commissioned by BCMG Sound Investors performed in the 2015/16 season. BCMG’s engagement with audiences also finds new voice in 2015/16 in Audience Exchange: informal post­‐concert gatherings, facilitated by Dr Jonathan Gross, in which audience members exchange ideas about a concert’s featured music

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

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