Best suited to children aged 7+
‘Feel fantastic! Amazing compositions. 7 year old engrossed throughout.’
In the depths of the ocean live weird and wonderful creatures of all shapes and sizes. What is it like to live in such a cold dark place and what do they hear down there? These are the questions composer Shiori Usui asked herself when composing Deep.
Join us for this hour-long informal concert and discover the undersea world that Shiori’s musical imagination created and more music inspired by the sea and its creatures: The Kraken Wakes by John Woolrich for contrabass clarinet and For Strings (Waves, Shingle, Seagulls) by Howard Skempton.
Presented by Peter Wynne-Willson, the concert also includes music featuring the lowest and highest instruments of the orchestra. Margaret’s Galliard for contrabassoon by Colin Matthews will continue the theme of all sounds deep, and David Lang’s lend/lease, a duet for piccolo and percussion will bring us gently back to the surface.
Come early to take part our fun Activity Café from an hour before the concert!
Families@4 are late afternoon concerts for ages 7 – 97 that take place on the same day as BCMG evening concerts and explore music from the evening programme in a relaxed and
Are you a string player of any ability, young or old? Come join our string section to perform For Strings by Howard Skempton. To take part all you need to do is arrive 30 minutes before the concert for a quick briefing with the composer.
Howard Skempton: For Strings (Waves, Shingle, Seagulls) +
John Woolrich: The Kraken Wakes *
David Lang: lend/lease ^
Colin Matthews: Margaret’s Galliard ~
Shiori Usui: Deep (preview world premiere) #
Conductor: Martyn Brabbins #
Piccolo: Elizabeth May ^
Contrabass: Mark O’Brien *
Contrabassoon: Margaret Cookhorn ~
Woodblocks: Julian Warburton ^
Strings: Alexandra Wood, Gabriel Dyker, Ulrich Heinen +
Information No.0121 616 2616
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.
Who is BCMG and what is contemporary music?
There are lots of different kinds of contemporary music. BCMG is one of Europe’s leading ensembles that play classical music being written by today’s composers and also music from the 20th century. Formed by musicians from the CBSO in 1987, we are devoted to the commissioning, performing and engaging people with new music.
Will my child be able to see?
Yes, the seating is raked throughout so everyone will be able to see.
Will my child like the music?
We know that children are very open-minded in their musical tastes, so we make no assumptions about what they like or don’t like. We think carefully about which pieces to include in the programme and hope we have chosen music that will excite their musical curiosity.