A lovely evening. Informal and comfortable, friendly atmosphere. The music was beautiful and the artwork superb.
Field Notes audience member, Wem Town Hall, March 2014
An evening of creative magic with internationally renowned artists, Field Notes is a unique collaboration that proves it’s the unfamiliar creative experiences which are often the most memorable.
Using old county maps and graphic scores as common starting points, composer Howard Skempton and artist Matthew Harris have each created a brand new work for these performances. Harris’ intricately layered artworks will be on view and available to enjoy up close as four of BCMG’s world-class musicians perform Skempton’s new piece, Field Notes, and short pieces by other leading composers.
In addition, this captivating evening will feature a commissioned ‘behind-the-scenes’ film of the collaboration by filmmaker Chris Smart, and introductions from the artists – all in an informal and relaxed atmosphere.
Visual artist Harris makes abstract artworks constructed through marking, piecing, patching, dyeing, cutting and hand-stitching cloth and paper. Skempton’s joyous, sparse, enigmatic music has featured at the BBC Proms and has been widely performed by many of the UK’s top orchestras and ensembles.
PLEASE NOTE: this concert is taking place on the same day as the Bupa Great Birmingham Run, meaning some roads in the city centre and south Birmingham will be closed at points during the day. For more information, visit the Travel & Accommodation page of the Bupa Great Birmingham Run website.
Oliver Knussen: Cantata
Melinda Maxwell/Howard Skempton: Improvisation
Betsy Jolas: Music to Go
Judith Weir: The Bagpiper’s String Trio
Cornelius Cardew: Treatise (excerpts realised by Howard Skempton)
Howard Skempton: Field Notes
Matthew Harris: Works on cloth and paper: Pittcroft Whip Ha; The New Peeces
There will be a free pre-concert talk from 6.30-7pm with Stephen Newbould, Howard Skempton and Matthew Harris. Open to all ticket holders.
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.