Come and hear the results of BCMG musicians working with The People’s Orchestra as part of a national Festival of Contemporary Music for All. This biannual festival encourages non-professional musicians to perform new music and commissions pieces written especially for those players.
The central piece in the programme will be the world premiere of I am Swimming by Nigel Osborne. Nigel is a recipient of many awards both for his music and for his humanitarian work in areas of conflict. Most recently he won the British Composer Award for Inspiration at the BASCA 2017 British Composer Awards. I am Swimming is a 30 minute work, with accompanying film, that charts the journey of a refugee using the words of child refugees that Nigel has met and worked with through his work with SAWA, a charity in Lebanon working with Syrian refugees. We are delighted that Celebrating Sanctuary Birmingham will be supporting this event and joining us for a discussion on the wider issues Nigel’s piece raises.
Also in the programme will be a clutch of other new commissions including works by George Lewis, Jack White and Ailís Ní Ríain composed especially for the festival.
Saturday 3 March 2018, 8pm
CBSO Centre, Berkley Street, Birmingham, B1 2LF
Dan Watson conductor
Suzie Purkis mezzo-soprano
The People’s Orchestra
George Lewis Arcades
Ailís Ní Ríain Seálan
Jack White Hummingbird
Nigel Osborne I Am Swimming
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CBSO Centre is equipped with adapted toilet facilities, key signposting in Braille and the hall is fitted with an infra-red amplification system (receivers are available on request). Limited free parking can be arranged on request.
Access to CBSO Centre’s concert hall, bar and toilets is all flat, with no steps or ramps. The hall configuration is flexible, meaning we can accommodate specific seating requests.
Guide dogs are very welcome at BCMG concerts. You can either keep them with you in the auditorium during the concert or event, or we will be happy to look after your dog for you in the foyer while you enjoy the performance.