BCMG’s relationship with Helen Grime stretches back to the 2009 premiere of her three-movement work A Cold Spring. One of the UK’s leading young composers, Grime’s music was performed at the BBC Proms and Aldeburgh Music Festival in 2015. In January 2016, Grime was announced as Wigmore Hall Composer in Residence for its 16/17 and 17/18 seasons.
Built around the premiere of Grime’s Sound Investment Piano Concerto – written for the virtuosic Huw Watkins – are tributes to Carter, Boulez and Maxwell Davies, all significant influences on Helen’s music.
Grime counts Oliver Knussen among her mentors and shares his eloquence, but her palette is all her own … She writes as though her music needs to be told …
Carter’s 1982 Triple Duo is Grime’s favourite piece by this late great composer. Commissioned for Peter Maxwell Davies’ performing group The Fires of London, this scintillating work sees three pairs of instruments vie to express their own ideas and moods.
Elliott Carter: Canon for 4 – Homage to William
Pierre Boulez: Dérive 1
Peter Maxwell Davies: Unbroken Circle
Helen Grime: Piano Concerto (World premiere / BCMG Sound Investment & Wigmore Hall co-commission) *
Helen Grime: A Cold Spring (Aldeburgh Music, BCMG and Sue Knussen Trust co-commission 2009)
Elliott Carter: Triple Duo
Conductor: Oliver Knussen
Piano: Huw Watkins *
Free pre-concert talk, 6.30-7pm. Open to all ticket holders.
£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.