Do we need a new compass?

10 March 2022, 6pm

AngelicA | Centro di Ricerca Musicale - Teatro San Leonardo


Birmingham Performance


Addressing the need for new directions in contemporary music, bringing our concert culture up to the tempo of global developments, and updating our international musical co-ordinates, seven young composers are answering the question, Do we need a new compass?

During a time when global connectivity is both revolutionised by technology, and held back by politics and pandemic, we are determined to move into a better future together. Do we need a new compass sees 3 concerts in 3 countries, by 3 ensembles; FontanaMIX Ensemble, Das Neue Ensemble, and of course Birmingham Contemporary Music Group. Featuring brand new commissions, these events will be touching and powerful for both the ensembles, and our audiences. Each ensemble has chosen two composers to write a new piece for one of the other ensembles – creating a beautiful and equal exchange between groups.

Join us in a celebration of unity within the arts, and togetherness in the world. 45 artists and 15 composers from 5 countries, building tomorrow’s music together.



Fontana Mix Ensemble

Francesco La Licata conductor


Lucy Armstrong (b. 1991) Dynamic Corpse (2022) world premiere

Katharina Roth (b. 1990) ballet blanc (2022) absolute rhyme

Fausto Romitelli (b.1963-2004) The Sand of Time (1991)  

Franco Donatoni (b.1927-2000) Ronda (1984) 

Salvatore Sciarrino (b.1947) Inverse Space (1985)


Birmingham Contemporary Music Group

Gabriella Teychenne conductor


Carmel Smickersgill Brute (2021) world premiere 

Celeste Oram Pierrot Laborieux (2018) Italian premiere

Robert Reid Allan Terry Helenson's Revolutionary Dreams (2018) Italian premiere

Kaspar Querfurth Cold Pastoral (2021) world premiere

Daniele Ghisi Black Rain (2021) world premiere


Das NeueEnsemble

Stephan Meier conductor


Chia-Ying Lin (b.1990) Dear Heart-Strings, (2021) world premiere

Nicolas Tzortzis (b.1978) … De ce qui est en lutte (2015) Italian premiere

 Andrea Sarto (b.1979) Noli me tangere V (2021) world premiere

Vassos Nicolaou (b.1971) Anima (2010) Italian premiere


With the support of Ernst von Siemens Music FoundationBologna UNESCO City of Music;
with the collaboration of AngelicA | Music Research Center


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