• The music of 2019 Ernst von Siemens Music Prize recipient and 2018 British Composer Award winner Rebecca Saunders is celebrated with performances of murmurs and CRIMSON - Molly’s Song 1 and a pre-concert talk with the composer
  • BCMG presents the world premiere of BCMG Apprentice Composer-in-Residence Donghoon Shin's Sheng Concerto performed by master of the ancient Chinese instrument, Wu Wei
  • A pre-concert talk, family concert and insight event invite audiences to get closer to the music

In a concert which explores how music can dissolve borders and broaden our understanding of the world, BCMG celebrates the music of Berlin-based British composer Rebecca Saunders at the CBSO Centre in Birmingham on Thursday 21 March with performances of evocative 2009 work murmurs – the inspiration for the title of this concert – and CRIMSON - Molly’s Song 1, a musical meditation on the final monologue of Molly Bloom in James Joyce’s Ulysses. The recipient of the 2019 Ernst von Siemens Music Prize and winner of the 2018 British Composer Award in the Small Chamber category, Rebecca Saunders will be present at the concert and can be heard in conversation with fellow composer Donghoon Shin in a pre-concert talk at 6.30pm.

The world-renowned ensemble also invites Chinese Sheng virtuoso Wu Wei to give the world premiere of a specially-commissioned Sheng Concerto by Korean-born BCMG Apprentice Composer in Residence 2017-18 and 2016 Royal Philharmonic Society Composition Prize winner, Donghoon Shin, at the CBSO Centre in Birmingham. The Sheng’s history spans more than 3000 years and one of the world’s foremost players of the Chinese ‘mouth organ’, Wu Wei, has dedicated his career to opening up new creative possibilities for the ancient instrument, collaborating with composers from all of the world to expand its repertoire. As part of BCMG’s Murmurs concert at the CBSO Centre in Birmingham on 21 March, Wu Wei joins BCMG musicians to perform Chinese composer Jia Guoping’s work for Sheng, cello and percussion, The Wind Sounds in the Sky, and gives the world premiere of Donghoon Shin’s BCMG-commissioned Sheng Concerto with musicians from the world-renowned ensemble conducted by Julien Leroy – a performance which marks the culmination of the Korean composer’s residency with BCMG.

In a special [email protected] concert at 2pm on Sunday 17 March, families are invited to the CBSO Centre in Birmingham to delve into the history of the Sheng and explore its music with Wu Wei and BCMG musicians performing works spanning centuries, and free activities taking place in the CBSO Centre foyer from 1pm. Later that day at 5pm, audiences are also invited to learn more about the ancient mouth organ at a special insight event, Meet the Sheng, in which Wu Wei discusses his instrument and demonstrates its sounds.

For press tickets please contact [email protected] / 07900 183 560

For further information on BCMG’s concert series visit https://www.bcmg.org.uk/

Concert listings information:

Sunday 17 March 2019, 2pm

CBSO Centre, Birmingham

Programme to include traditional and contemporary music for the sheng.

Sunday 17 March 2019, 5pm

CBSO Centre, Birmingham

(trad.) Gagaku music “Banchikicho no Choshi”

Xu Chaoming, arr. Wu Wei Chao yuan GE – melody from Kun opera 

Jia Guoping Excerpt from Wind Sounds in the Sky 
Vivaldi Excerpt from La Folia 

Kee yong Chong Jin Xin Hua Hai

Xiaosheng Zhao Calling Phoenix 

Wu Wei Dragon Dance

Thursday 21 March 2019, 6.30pm

CBSO Centre, Birmingham

Composers Rebecca Saunders and Donghoon Shin in conversation at the CBSO Centre, Birmingham

Thursday 21 March 2019, 7.30pm

CBSO Centre, Birmingham

Wu Wei Sheng
Julien Leroy Conductor

Rebecca Saunders (b. 1967) CRIMSON - Molly’s Song 1 (1995)
Donghoon Shin (b. 1983) Sheng Concerto (2019)WP BCMG 
Jia Guoping (b.1963) The Wind Sounds in the Sky (2002)
Rebecca Saunders murmurs (2009)

BCMG BCMG Commission WP World Premiere

Pre-concert talk, 6.30pm: Rebecca Saunders and Donghoon Shin in conversation at the CBSO Centre, Birmingham