When it comes to the music of Benedict Mason, it is best to expect the unexpected.
In 1990 BCMG premiered the exotically-named and exotic-sounding Nodding Trilliums and Curve-Lined Angles by Benedict Mason – a joyous, extravagant quadruple percussion concerto. In 2006 we gave performances of Mason’s ! with conductor Franck Ollu, another virtuosic roller-coaster that had our musicians playing all manner of unusual instruments alongside their own. Like Nodding Trilliums, the title of which refers to the flora and fauna of Western Massachusetts, Ives’ Piano Trio shares a ‘New England’ connection. Included at Mason’s suggestion, the Trio – one of Ives’ greatest works – is a reflection on the composer’s time at Yale University.
The late great Hungarian György Ligeti had the highest regard for Benedict Mason’s exciting, thought-provoking and colourful music and their work shares something of the same aesthetic. The premiere of Mason’s Meld by the chamber choir Chantage and Aurora Orchestra, proved to be one of the absolute highlights of the 2014 BBC Proms – with ripples of pizzicato orbiting the hall like musical Mexican waves, cellos populating the grand tier boxes, and fierce clusters from the organ cutting through.
We cannot predict what Benedict Mason’s new work for BCMG will be, which is the best possible endorsement we could give it!
Benedict Mason: Nodding Trilliums & Curve-Lined Angles (BCMG commission 1990)
Charles Ives: Piano Trio
Benedict Mason: Horns Strings and Harmony (World premiere / BCMG Sound Investment commission)
There will be a free pre-concert talk from 6.30-7pm with Stephen Newbould and Benedict Mason. 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.