As we work towards a homecoming, Artistic Director, Stephan Meier says:

"BCMG actively promotes the comeback of cultural life, in responsible conditions, and we have been preparing specific formats and programmes alongside the digital season we have brought to you over the past few months. However, some time still has to pass before we are able to fully announce next season.

We would like to share with you the artistic ideas that are keeping us most busy. Not just because they are made for being shared, but also because there is already some digital content available that might increase your appetite!

Looking forward to seeing you back in real as soon as legislation and circumstances permit."

We are delighted to announce our first live concert after lockdown. On 29 August, at Berggarten in Hannover, we will be performing Karlheinz Stockhausen's Sternklang. Conceived as an outdoor performance, under an open sky with a clear view of the stars, the work is music "for the sinking of the individual into the cosmic whole" and Berggarten offers the ideal setting for such a unique piece. 

Our BCMG at Home digital season will continue with more original content to enjoy from the comfort of your home. Next season will also see more new commissions as part of our Soliloquies & Dialogues series. Digital premieres will take place throughout the summer and autumn, and we are working with our partners to bring these wonderful commissions live to you in a series of mini concerts around Birmingham.

To celebrate what would have been the 100th birthday of Paul Celan, one of the most important poets of the Twentieth Century, we opened a call for scores in partnership with O/Modernt. As we begin to heal our own world, we are delighted to present the winning works, and celebrate a voice that melded words to a world that had ruptured in war and was still working to heal in his own time.

2021 will see the world premiere of our most recent Sound Investment commission by composer Christian Mason, on words by Paul Griffiths. The concert, conducted by Emilio Pomarico and featuring NEXT musicians side-by-side, will also include music by Helmut Lachenmann.

We are also working with our friends at IKON to perform John Cage’s Ryoanji under the Cherry Blossom in Brindleyplace in Birmingham. Although we are not yet sure of when we will be able to welcome you back in the concert hall, we are very excited to share with you our artistic planning for the 2020-2021 season. Dates and venues of events will be confirmed as soon as possible and communicated via our website, social media channels, and regular newsletters. We are constantly monitoring the development of government advice so please note that necessary changes to the programme might be beyond our control. 

Looking forward to seeing you at a future event very soon!