Thursday 16 December

Centrala, Birmingham

8pm  -  9pm



Join Birmingham Contemporary Music Group's NEXT musicians in an exciting performance full of beautiful sounds at Centrala. Escape the Christmas music, come to Digbeth. 


Julian Anderson, Scherzo with trains (1993) 9’

Clarinet: Heather Ryall                  

Clarinet: George Blakesley          

Basset Horn: Beth Nichol                              

Bass Clarinet: Emily Wilson          


Edmund Finnis, Brother (2021/2015) 11’

Violin: Claudia Dehnke

Viola: Cameron Howe


Harrison Birtwistle, Duets for Storab (1983) 12’

Flute: Leila Hooton

Flute: Rebecca Speller


Franco DonatoniSoft (1989) 10’

Bass Clarinet: Heather Ryall


Anna ThorvaldsdottirSpectra (2017) 9’

Violin: Olivia Jago

Viola: Cameron Howe

Cello: Carwyn Jones



“The echo is, to some extent, an original sound, and therein is the magic and charm of it.”  Henry David Thoreau

This quote, from Hendy David Thoreau’s nineteenth century memoir Walden; or Life in the Woods, is from the book’s third chapter; “sounds”. It was this chapter which was part of composer Julian Anderson’s inspiration for his clarinet quartet Scherzo (with trains) a piece which also makes use of the rhythms of high-speed trains.

The idea of an echo is very much prevalent in Anna Thorvaldsdottir’s atmospheric string trio Spectra, which the composer describes as an ‘ecosystem of materials that are carried from one performer – or performers – to the next.’

Echoes of the past abound in Harrison Birtwistle’s Duets for Storab, named after an ancient Viking prince, who – legend has it – sought refuge on the Hebridean isle of Raasay but was chased down and killed by the hostile islanders. Having previously lived on the island, this was the last music Birtwistle completed there while calling it home.

Immerse yourself in these evocative sounds, as our NEXT musicians perform in the vibrant surroundings of Digbeth’s Centrala Gallery.



ECHOS - BCMG NEXT @ CENTRALA is brought to you as part of the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group's NEXT study course, in collaboration with the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire. The NEXT study course offers a unique 1 year training programme for music students and professional musicians, looking for a career as performers of contemporary music. 



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