Ondrej AdamekCanal Serenade was a celebration of Birmingham’s canals: music travelling on water, by narrow boat; a serenade for a city built on investing in the new. Ondrej's first Sound Investment, Share the Space formed part of the single work jointly written by Richard Baker, Yannis Kyriakides and Adámek, and featured our partners Ex Cathedra and BEAST.

We are thrilled to work once again with Ondrej, this time for a commission celebrating Birmingham’s rich cultural identity.

Adámek’s new piece will align with BCMG’s programming to form new creative partnerships with different communities around the city, and the world.

The commission will be the culmination of Adámek’s work with the ensemble in recent years. The composer worked closely with BCMG for our Music in Dialogue series, funded as part of Arts Council England’s Transforming Narratives initiative.

In 2019, BCMG welcomed musicians from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Birmingham to establish cultural exchange between intercontinental musical traditions, with a performance of Adámek’s Karakuri and improvisations, between BCMG’s players and the visiting guest artists. Testament to just how essential such initiatives are, Adámek’s new commission will be written for Bangladeshi singer and multi-instrumentalist, Neel Kamrul.

Support Ondrej's Commission

Born in Prague in 1979, Ondřej Adámek has received commissions from ensembles and contemporary music festivals across Europe. Adámek seeks out new ways of playing classical instruments and his works often feature unconventional instrumentation. Adámek creates dramatic, yet personal, music with a powerful rhythmic architecture.

Ondřej's first piece for BCMG was Share the Space, part of our inaugural Canal Serenade, written for Birmingham's canals. Since it's world premiere we've gone on to the perform the work in Utrecht, for the opening of Gaudeamus Muziekweek. 

Support Ondrej's commission today and get: 

  • Behind-the-scenes updates & priority news
  • An invitation to rehearsals & first performance reception
  • Your name in the score (£150+ Sound Investor level up)
  • Opportunity to buy a score signed by the composer

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Get closer to the music

Hear first

As a supporter you will receive behind-the-scenes updates on the piece, from the composer and BCMG.

You'll hear first about exciting developments with the music and be invited to a reception at the world premiere.

Attend rehearsals

There’s something magic about being in the room as a new piece is prepared for its first ever performance.

Something we’ve heard this time and again from the hundreds of supporters across the years. Rehearsals provide unparalleled access to the music. 

For £20, you'll be a Note Maker and invited to an open rehearsal. 

Sound Investors and up get to attend ALL rehearsals, including the first (many think this is the best - the music has never been heard before!).

Named in the score

For £150, you will be thanked personally in the first pages of the score. 

Whenever and wherever the piece is played again you'll be recognised for your part bringing it into existence! 

ALL supporters, at all levels, get the chance to purchase a score, signed by the composer. 

These are exclusive perusal scores available only for supporters.

Commissioners get all of this, and more – special opportunities to meet the composer and an invitation to a BCMG VIP event.

Choose your journey

Now choose your level of support. Scroll down for all benefits.

To set up a regular donation please specify under 'Other' the monthly amount you wish to give. 

Minimum monthly donation of £15 for 10 months.


All Sound Investment benefits relate to your chosen commission. Any funds raised in excess of the commission cost will go towards the cost of the performance.

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Note Maker

£20 and up or minimum £5 per month*

As a Note Maker you will receive the following benefits:

  • Updates on the composer and the progress of their work
  • Invitation to one rehearsal and special reception at the premiere
  • Opportunity to purchase a signed score

Sound Investor

£150 and up or minimum £15 per month*

As a Sound Investor you will receive all the benefits of a Note Maker, plus:

  • Invitation to rehearsals of your piece
  • Thanked for support in the score
  • A signed copy of the score cover received at the premiere


£500 and up or minimum £50 per month*

Commissioners receive all the benefits of a Sound Investor, plus:

  • Special opportunity to meet the composer and/or performers
  • Invitation to one VIP event
  • Special season review letter from BCMG’s Artistic Director

*for a minimum of 10 months