For ages 7 – 97
Created in collaboration with Birmingham-based theatre company Stan’s Cafe, BCMG Family Concerts introduce young people and their families to the exciting world of contemporary music. These hour-long performances weave music inspired by toys, dreams and games with theatrical and visual elements to create colourful and engaging concerts to ignite young imaginations.
The musical wizardry of Thomas Adès conjures a child’s imaginary dream world in Living Toys, complete with angels and matadors, armies and heroes, and a great computer in deepest space. Early electronic toys will be transformed into musical instruments, and take their place in the BCMG ensemble, through and imagination of composers Richard Baker and Brian Duffy with the Modified Toy Orchestra. A tiny music box, most used to playing Brahms’ Lullaby and the Nutcracker Suite will resound with new sparkling melodies, and a musical dice game created by Mozart will be given new life by composer Colin Matthews.
There will be a fun activity café an hour before each performance – please turn up early and enjoy the whole Family Concerts experience!
Fun, liked the music. Not heard that sort of music before. I would come again.
Lauren, aged 10
Richard Baker/Brian Duffy: Game I, Tandy
Richard Baker/Brian Duffy: Game II, Speak & Spell
Colin Matthews: To Compose Without the Least Knowledge of Music
BCMG/SaM Apprentice Composer-in-Residence: verdreht
Thomas Adès: Living Toys
Richard Baker: Crank
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.