BCMG has increasingly explored the contemporary chamber repertoire in recent seasons, and we extend that journey with no less than four new works from composers with strong BCMG connections. It was our Artist-in-Association John Woolrich who originally encouraged BCMG to commission smaller-scale pieces, and as a composer of such deft chamber works as In the Mirrors of Asleep, which we have performed many times, asking John to write one of these was an obvious choice (BCMG’s, not his!).
Zoë Martlew is primarily known as a performer, playing cello with BCMG on a number of occasions. She is also a talented emerging composer, and this seems the ideal time for her first BCMG commission. Luke Bedford returned to the UK last year from a period in Berlin – an experience that has influenced his music in subtly interesting ways. Richard Baker’s output includes a string of miniature works, finely crafted and always a delight for the ear. His new commission will be a more extended chamber piece featuring oboist Melinda Maxwell.
Completing the programme are Weir’s Blue-Green Hill, an elaboration of a folk-inspired miniature first written for BCMG’s tour of India in 2002, and a revival of Skempton’s Field Notes, a hit of our 2014/15 season.
Judith Weir: Blue-Green Hill
Luke Bedford: In Black Bright Ink (World premiere / BCMG Sound Investment commission)
Richard Baker: new work (World premiere / BCMG Sound Investment commission)
Howard Skempton: Field Notes (BCMG, Craftspace and Arts Alive co-commission 2014)
John Woolrich: Swan Song (World premiere / BCMG Sound Investment commission)
Zoë Martlew: Broad St. Burlesque (World premiere / BCMG Sound Investment commission)
There will be a free pre-concert talk from 6.30-7pm with Stephen Newbould, Richard Baker, Zoë Martlew, Luke Bedford and John Woolrich. Open to all ticket holders.
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