Please note that Oliver Knussen has replaced Ryan Wigglesworth as conductor for this concert.
BCMG closes its 16/17 season with a concert celebrating three established masters of the British contemporary scene.
Dazzling soprano Claire Booth joins BCMG to premiere Colin Matthews’ Sound Investment vocal work and perform Oliver Knussen’s Four Late Poems for solo soprano.
In 2016, Knussen was awarded both the 2016 Ivor Novello Award for Classical Music and the Queen’s Medal for Music 2015, such is the regard in which he is held. Here his music features twice – Songs Without Voices, being, literally, songs without voice.
Harrison Birtwistle is without question a leading European figure in contemporary music. Everything in his music, whether staged or not, is conceived as at least latent theatre. In Secret Theatre, one of his most performed ensemble works, instruments jostle to be heard, moving across the concert platform to emphasise their interactions without words.
[Colin Matthews] … the Isambard Kingdom Brunel of contemporary music: master of great time machines, steamy with energy derived from pulse and from massive, surging harmony, and openly displaying their structural engineering, all finished with a craftsman’s care.
Paul Griffiths, author and critic
Oliver Knussen: Songs Without Voices
Colin Matthews: new work (World premiere / BCMG Sound Investment commission) *
Oliver Knussen: Four Late Poems and an Epigram of Rainer Maria Rilke *
Harrison Birtwistle: Secret Theatre
Conductor: Ryan Wigglesworth
Soprano: Claire Booth *
Free pre-concert talk, 6.30-7pm. Open to all ticket holders.
Stay on after the concert for an informal discussion with fellow audience members and exchange ideas on this evening’s programme. Whether you have strong opinions or not – buy a drink from the bar, or just pull up a chair, and enjoy reflecting on the concert experience for up to an hour from the end of the performance.
£18 full price *
£16 concession *
£8 18-30, not in full time education
£1 under 18s
*Price includes a £3 per ticket commission/donation. See below for more information
A free concert programme is included in the ticket price for every BCMG concert at CBSO Centre.
Tickets can be booked in advance via: The Town Hall and Symphony Hall Box Office,
Broad Street, Birmingham, B1 2EA
Box Office: 0121 780 3333
Online: using the orange ‘Book Now’ button
On the door tickets can be purchased at CBSO Centre on concert nights subject to availability. All seating is unreserved unless otherwise stated. Concession tickets are available to over 65s, passport to leisure holders, wheelchair users and disabled patrons, and recipients of the following benefits: Income Support, Pensions Tax Credit and Disability Tax Credit. Disabled patrons can bring one companion to BCMG concerts free of charge. Disabled patrons can bring one companion to BCMG concerts free of charge.
THSH Per Ticket Commission and BCMG Donation
From April 2016 Town Hall and Symphony Hall introduced a ‘per ticket commission’ – £2.50 per ticket for online transactions and £3 per ticket for telephone and in person transactions. No fee applies to tickets priced £12.50 and under, unless they are posted, in which case there is a postage fee of £1.50. Tickets purchased in person at CBSO Centre for BCMG concerts are exempt of all THSH commission charges. However, a £3 voluntary donation will be added to tickets priced over £12.50. If you do not wish to make this donation, please request it be removed before paying. All donations will be greatly appreciated and will go towards BCMG’s charitable aims and objectives.
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.