CrossCurrents is a new nine-day University of Birmingham festival that brings together internationally acclaimed professional performers and student musicians, as well as some of the UK’s most respected composers.
BCMG close the inaugural CrossCurrents festival with a multifaceted and scintillating programme featuring no fewer than twelve world premieres. As the New Music Ensemble presented Luciano Berio’s Folk Songs on the first day of CrossCurrents, BCMG close the festival performing a new set of specially commissioned songs by eleven composers, including compositional staff at the University of Birmingham and Birmingham Conservatoire. Along with Charlotte Bray, Judith Weir, Richard Baker and post-graduates from each institution, these composers have been invited to write their own ‘folk songs’ inspired by Berio’s 1964 original.
CrossCurrents presents concerts interspersed with workshops, talks, foyer performances and exhibitions. For full concert and events listings, including ticket prices, please go to: birmingham.ac.uk/events
Luciano Berio: Erdenklavier #
Luciano Berio: Wasserklavier
Tansy Davies: grind show (Integra commission 2007)
Judith Weir: Distance and Enchantment
Judith Weir: On Buying a Horse *
Judith Weir: Blackbirds and Thrushes *
Morton Feldman: The Viola in My Life II ~
Richard Baker: crank
Michael Zev Gordon: Seize The Day (World premiere/ BCMG Sound Investment commission)
Various composers #*:* CrossCurrents * (World premiere)
#Judith Weir, Richard Baker, Charlotte Bray, Joe Cutler, Howard Skempton, Ed Bennett, Michael Zev Gordon, Scott Wilson, Daria Kwiatkowska, Federico Favali, Patrick Giguere
Conductor: Richard Baker
Mezzo-soprano: Lucy Schaufer *
Viola: Christopher Yates ~
Piano: Siwan Rhys #
Bramall Music Building,
University of Birmingham, Edgbaston,
Information No.0121 414 8861
The Bramall Music Building has direct from the street access to the auditorium for wheelchair users. All of the other floors are accessible from one of two lifts.