No figure in British contemporary music is more respected than Oliver Knussen… every piece makes its point perfectly and shows Knussen’s mastery of his musical language and influences.

The Guardian

At the end of 2018, BCMG will give the Birmingham premiere of Oliver Knussen’s RPS Award shortlisted O Hototogisu! – fragment of a japonisme at CBSO Centre. To celebrate this good news, we have re-opened this commission for support.

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One of the pre-eminent composer-conductors in the world today, BCMG Artist-in-Association, Oliver Knussen needs little introduction to those familiar with contemporary music. An artist of extraordinary skill and precision, and recipient of the 2015 Queen’s Medal of Music, we are extremely excited to work with Knussen for his first BCMG commission, and particularly delighted to share the opportunity to support it with our Sound Investors, many of whom will have attended a concert conducted by the composer.