Kevin Volans is one of the world’s least predictable and most distinctive composers. Early in his career Volans studied in Cologne with Karlheinz Stockhausen and Mauricio Kagel and was previously listed by BBC Music Magazine as one of the 50 most important living composers. Today, Volans’ music is regularly performed by many of the top international orchestras and ensembles.
His first commission for BCMG, the quiet and contemplative The Partenheimer Project, was premiered in 2008 at Birmingham’s Ikon Gallery. His second promises to be a substantial, high-energy and spectacular piece for piano and ensemble. The internationally acclaimed Barry Douglas joins BCMG to premiere Piano Concerto No. 4 – the first Sound Investment premiere of the scheme’s 25th anniversary year.
Douglas’ powerful playing always compels and rewards attention
The other premiere of the evening, String Quartet No. 12, comes from one of the most distinguished string quartets of its generation, the Cologne-based Signum Quartet – here making their Birmingham debut. Collaborations with living composers are an integral aspect of this outstanding Quartet’s work and we are delighted to welcome them into our 16/17 programme.
Kevin Volans: String Quartet No. 12 (World premiere) ~
Kevin Volans: Piano Concerto No. 4 (World premiere / BCMG Sound Investment commission) *
Conductor: Geoffrey Paterson *
Piano: Barry Douglas *
Guest Artists: Signum Quartet ~
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.
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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.
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