Do we need a new compass?

12 March 2022, 4pm

Sprengel Museum, Hannover


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.



Gabriella Teychenné Conductor

Anna Dennis Soprano

Kaspar Querfurth (b.1990)  cold pastoral  World Premiere*
Celeste Oram (b. 1990)  Pierrot Laborieux  9’ (2018)
Robert Reid Allan (b.1991)  Terry Helenson's Revolutionary Dreams 20’ (2018)
Daniele Ghisi (b.1984)  Black Rain  World Premiere*


*Commissioned by FontanaMIXensemble funded by the Ernst von Siemens Music Foundation

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