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31 Oct 
1 Nov 
2 Nov

United Kingdom
 Sunday, November 02, 2014 at 7.30pm 
Sally Beamish Equal Voices
Barbican Hall, London
Barbican, Silk Street, London EC2
United Kingdom
020 7638 8891

Gianandrea Noseda conductor
Nelson Freire piano
Shuna Sendall soprano
Marcus Farnsworth baritone
London Symphony Chorus
Simon Halsey chorus director
London Symphony Orchestra

One of the season’s highlights features a new choral work by Sally Beamish based on poetry by Andrew Motion, commissioned by the LSO to commemorate the centenary of World War I.

Gianandrea Noseda directs an Elgar rarity first performed in London in January 1915 to demonstrate sympathy with Belgian suffering during World War I. Brazilian pianist Nelson Freire first performed Beethoven’s 'Emperor' Concerto at the age of 12, and it has remained a centrepiece of his repertoire.

Edward Elgar : Carillon
Ludwig Van Beethoven : Piano Concerto No 5 (‘Emperor’)
Sally Beamish : Equal Voices

3 Nov

United Kingdom
 Monday, November 03, 2014 at 8pm 
Interference Patterns
Kings Place
Kings Cross, London
United Kingdom

Tickets: £11.50, online savers £9.50
Ensemble Matisse

New Dots presents the world premieres of four audio-visual collaborations, combining film and live music performed by the acclaimed Ensemble Matisse. Created by 4 pairs of composers and film-makers, this specially commissioned program is a bold exploration of the creative interplay between music and film, showing artistic diversity from abstract animation to the exploration of natural visual effects and everyday sounds. Our creative pairs have wrestled with imposing boundaries for themselves in order to have the freedom to create something truly collaborative, that could not have come about any other way. We’re thrilled to also present the latest work by Jan Vriend that explores this idea: freedom cannot exist without boundaries. Jan has written Degrees of Freedom for Ensemble Matisse; it seeks to test the boundaries to breaking point

Jan Vriend : Degrees of Freedom
Daniel Kidane : New work
Ewan Campbell : New work
Lisa Illean : Passage
Liam Taylor-West : of Joy

3 Nov

United States
 Monday, November 03, 2014 at  
Philip Glass : The Trial
Various Venues
United States
(646) 522-9442

Music Theatre Wales

The meeting of two extraordinary minds – Philip Glass and Franz Kafka.

Kafka’s nightmarish tale of a man arrested and prosecuted for an unknown crime by a relentless and inaccessible authority has lost none of its chilling potency down the years. Now, Philip Glass brings his signature music and dramatic force to this literary classic. Working with Christopher Hampton as librettist, this new opera, sung in English, faithfully follows Kafka’s original story, relishing the author’s notorious paranoia and bizarre sense of humour.

Philip Glass and Music Theatre Wales have developed a striking creative relationship over the years, and Glass has long cherished the idea of turning The Trial into an opera. Join them in experiencing this creative partnership’s unique reimagining of Kafka’s prophetic tale.

The Trial is a co-commission and co-production between Music Theatre Wales, the Royal Opera House, Theater Magdeburg and Scottish Opera. It is in two acts with one interval and will last approximately 2 hours 20 minutes.

Oxford Playhouse
Mon 3 November | 7.30pm
01865 305305

The Anvil
Tue 4 November | 7.45pm
01256 844244

Theatr y Sherman Theatre
Fri 7 November | 7.30pm
029 2064 6900

Clwyd Theatr Cymru
Sun 9 November | 7.30pm
0845 330 3565

Birmingham Repertory Theatre
Mon 10 November | 7.30pm
0121 236 4455

Philip Glass : The Trial

4 Nov 
5 Nov 
6 Nov

 Thursday, November 06, 2014 at 7.30pm 
John Adams: Absolute Jest at City Halls
City Halls

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Doric String Quartet

Markus Stenz

Comedy is a serious business. Beethoven knew that when his exuberant Second Symphony cheerfully booted the classical rule-book out of the window; and John Adams certainly knew it when he leafed through the scherzos of Beethoven’s late string quartets and transformed them into Absolute Jest: a one-off concerto for string quartet that takes Beethoven seriously enough to laugh along with him. As soloists, the Doric String Quartet definitely get it: and guest conductor Markus Stenz gets it too, pairing Beethoven and Adams with two riotously inventive French Baroque showpieces that prove that the best jokes never get old.
Prelude: 6.45pm in the Recital Room
Markus Stenz in conversation.
Post-Concert Coda (approximately 10 minutes after the main concert)
Why not stay on in the auditorium as the Doric String Quartet play Janáček’s String Quartet No.1 ‘Kreutzer Sonata’ (1923).

The main concert will be broadcast live on BBC Radio 3, presented by Andrew McGregor.

Jean-Philippe Rameau : Suite No.1 from Les Indes Galantes
John Adams : Absolute Jest for string quartet and orchestra
Jean-Féry Rebel : Chaos (from Les Élémens)
Ludwig Van Beethoven : Symphony No. 2 in D major

7 Nov

United Kingdom
 Friday, November 07, 2014 at 7.30pm - 9.30pm 
Contemporary British Piano Music - a living tradition
St John's, Smith Square
London, SW1P 3HA
United Kingdom
+44 (0)20 7222 1061

Tickets: £20, £15, £10 (£18, £13.50, £9)
Mark Bebbington, piano

The piano lies at the heart of contemporary British music; yet its discreet presence is often taken for granted - or even ignored. In this exploratory recital, Mark Bebbington, a leading British pianist with an international reputation for his recordings and performances of British music, reveals these contrasting contemporary works and amply demonstrates the vitality and enduring presence of the piano into the 21st century.

Franz Liszt : La Lugubre Gondola
John McCabe : Tenebrae
Robert Matthew-Walker : Fantasy Sonata: Hamlet (Piano Sonata No.3) Op.34
Richard Causton : Non mi comporto male
Ian Venables : Caprice, Op.35
David Briggs : Piano Sonata

8 Nov

United Kingdom
 Saturday, November 08, 2014 at 7.00 pm 
Piano duet recital
Schott Recital Room @ Bauer & Hieber
48 Great Marlborough Street, London W1F7BB
United Kingdom

Tickets: £10(£7 concessions)

Classics, 20th-century classics and contemporary.
including works by Frank Bayford, John Mitchell, Janet Graham and:

Wolfgang Mozart : Andante with Variations, K 501
Paul Hindemith : Sonata
Franz Schubert : Duo (Lebenssturme)
Anthony Green : Variations, Collages and Epilogue on a theme by Frank Bayford
Derek Foster : Two Chrysalids
Derek Foster : Three Albumtracks
Richard Rodney Bennett : Capriccio

8 Nov

United Kingdom
 Saturday, November 08, 2014 at 7.30pm 
Birtwistle at 80
King's College Chapel
United Kingdom

Oliver Knussen

Harrison Birtwistle is one of the major musical figures internationally and this concert sees BCMG and Oliver Knussen showcase works from across his career in his 80th birthday year – the fourth such concert of 2014 following performances in Birmingham, London, and at the BBC Proms.

Silbury Air (1977, revised 2003), a Birtwistle classic, brings to the fore the composer’s continuing fascination in the medieval and the mythic, taking its inspiration from the prehistoric mound of Silbury Hill in Wiltshire. Carmen Arcadiae Mechanicae Perpetuum (The Perpetual Song of Mechanical Arcady – 1977) is much more clockwork and pulse dominated then the melody focused Silbury Air. The main inspiration for the piece coming from artist Paul Klee, whose influence on Birtwistle has been paramount. Fantasia on all the notes (2012), employs two groups of instruments, winds and strings, which are linked and fused by means of a third force, a harp.

Completing the programme will be: the UK premiere of Goehr’s chamber symphony … between the Lines, which was premiered in May 2014 in Berlin; a repeat performance of Richard Causton’s Chamber Symphony, a piece dominated by bristling brass, winds, and percussion; and a new work by student composer Patrick Brennan.

Secret Theatres: the Music of Harrison Birtwistle brings some of the world’s finest performers to Cambridge for a celebration of one of Britain’s leading composers in his 80th year.

Harrison Birtwistle : Carmen arcadiae mechanicae perpetuum
Harrison Birtwistle : Fantasia on all the notes
Alexander Goehr : … between the Lines
Patrick Brennan : Polly Roe
Richard Causton : Chamber Symphony
Harrison Birtwistle : Silbury Air

9 Nov

United Kingdom
 Sunday, November 09, 2014 at 3 pm 
Still in this world
St James, Piccadilly
Piccadilly, London
United Kingdom

Tickets: £10
Jan Goodkin, soprano
Vincent Lawlor, baritone
Laurel Pardue, violin
Catherine Herriott, piano

Music for Remembrance Sunday by Ravel, Britten, Arvo Part, Oliver Knussen and "Still in this world", a new piece by Miriam Mackie, reflecting on life in Britain during the last war.

Miriam Mackie : Still in this world

10 Nov 
11 Nov 
12 Nov 
13 Nov

United States
 Thursday, November 13, 2014 at  
EABD (ElectroAcoustic Barn Dance
Pollard Hall
University of Mary Washington, 1301 College Avenue Fredericksburg, VA 22401
United States

Andrea Cheeseman - Clarinets

Karen Power : an alsation ate my dog (2005)

14 Nov 
15 Nov

United Kingdom
 Saturday, November 15, 2014 at 7.30pm 
Autumn Concert
Ripon Cathedral, Ripon, North Yorkshire
Minster Rd, Ripon HG4 1QS
United Kingdom
+44 1765 601856

Tickets: £20 reserved ; £18 unreserved
The Ripon Choral Society & orchestra

Patrick Lee : Sacrifices
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart : Requiem

16 Nov

United Kingdom
 Sunday, November 16, 2014 at 7.30pm 
London Sinfonietta on Tour
Turner Sims, Southampton

United Kingdom

Southampton University music students
London Sinfonietta

The London Sinfonietta perform side-by-side with music students from Southampton University, in the world premiere of Michael Finnissy's Remembrance Day . Among the most distinguished British composers working today, this is his major new work for baritone soloist, choir and orchestra, setting wartime texts by Henry Lamont Simpson.

Michael Finnissy : Remembrance Day

17 Nov 
18 Nov

 Tuesday, November 18, 2014 at 7pm 
London Sinfonietta on Tour
Tchaikovsky Concert Hall
Triumfalnaya Ploshchad, 4/31

Vladimir Jurowski conductor
London Sinfonietta

The London Sinfonietta performs new Russian and British music under conductor Vladimir Jurowski, at Moscow's annual contemporary music festival Drugoye Prostranstvo (The Other Space).

This event is part of the UK-Russia Year of Culture 2014, devised by Foreign Secretary William Hague and the Russian Federation’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov as the biggest ever exchange between our two countries. The British Council will program UK events in Russia while The Russian Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs lead on Russian events in the UK.

Oliver Knussen : Coursing
Anton Safronov : CHRONOS ... DREAM
Harrison Birtwistle : Carmen Arcadiae
Olga Bochikhina : Chagall's Clock
Julian Anderson : Khorovod
Thomas Ades : Living Toys

19 Nov

United Kingdom
 Wednesday, November 19, 2014 at 7.30pm 
BBC Symphony Orchestra / Brett Dean: The Annunciation
Barbican Hall, London
Barbican, Silk Street, London EC2
United Kingdom
020 7638 8891

BBC Symphony Orchestra
Josep Pons conductor
BBC Singers

Respighi’s intimate evocations of Botticelli’s art, including the central ‘Adoration of the Magi’, preface Brett Dean’s festive Christmas cantata, The Annunciation, inspired by and commissioned for the 800th birthday of Bach’s own Thomanerchor (St Thomas’s Choir) in Leipzig, where it was premiered. The Annunciation depicts the journey of the three kings from darkness into light, in a four-part work for chamber orchestra and choir. 'Dean succeeds in achieving something that cannot be valued too highly: integrity' RBB Kulturradio.
In the second half Josep Pons presents Strauss’s effervescent theatre suite for Molière’s satire Le bourgeois gentilhomme, a showcase for the orchestra’s stylish versatility.

Ottorino Respighi : Trittico Botticelliano
Brett Dean : The Annunciation
Richard Strauss : Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme

20 Nov 
21 Nov

United Kingdom
 Friday, November 21, 2014 at 7.30pm 
The world stage premiere of composer John Adams’s latest work
English National Opera
London Coliseum
United Kingdom


N.B Performances continue until 5th December.

Director Peter Sellars returns to ENO for what will undoubtedly be one of the most significant events in London’s contemporary music season: the world stage premiere of John Adams’s latest dramatic work, The Gospel According to the Other Mary. ENO enjoys a unique association with Adams, having staged all three of his major operas, most recently The Death of Klinghoffer in 2012.

Using a text fashioned by Sellars from Biblical sources as well as several 20th-century writers (including Primo Levi), leading US composer Adams has created what Sellars describes as an attempt to ‘set the Passion story in the eternal present, in the tradition of sacred art’. The Gospel According to the Other Mary is an interpretation of the Resurrection from the perspective of two women close to Jesus (Mary Magdalene and Martha), in which the narrative switches between the Biblical past and the worldly present, drawing parallels between Christ’s Passion and contemporary events such as the Arab Spring.

Designer George Tsypin, responsible for the opening ceremony of 2014 Sochi Olympiad, resumes his partnership with Sellars, which began with Theodora at Glyndebourne, while ENO regular Patricia Bardon (Mary Magdalene) leads a cast that includes a major role for the ENO Chorus.

The Gospel According to the Other Mary is sung and surtitled in English | Running time: 2hrs 20mins

Pre-performance talk with Peter Sellars and Christopher Cook: 27 Nov, 5.15 – 6pm, £5/£2.50 concs.

Signed performance 3 Dec.

John Adams : The Gospel According to the Other Mary

21 Nov

United Kingdom
 Friday, November 21, 2014 at 7.30pm 
Karl Jenkins' 70th Birthday
St David's Hall
United Kingdom

Karl Jenkins conductor
David Childs euphonium
Kathryn Rudge soprano
Cor Caerdydd choir
BBC National Orchestra of Wales

Karl Jenkins celebrates turning 70 at St David's Hall, conducting three of his most-loved and acclaimed works.

Karl Jenkins : FOR THE FALLEN
Karl Jenkins : Euphonium Concerto
Karl Jenkins : The Armed Man

22 Nov 
23 Nov

United Kingdom
 Sunday, November 23, 2014 at 8pm 
London Sinfonietta on Tour: Huddersfield
St Pauls Hall
United Kingdom

Ilan Volkov conductor
BBC Singers
London Sinfonietta

The London Sinfonietta and BBC Singers perform the world premiere of Stabat Mater Dolorosa, written especially for them by James Dillon.

Composer in Residence at hcmf// this year, Dillon is one of the most celebrated but least performed composers in the UK, describing his music as like ‘stepping into the magic circle.’

In this new work for choir, ensemble and electronics, Dillon explores the myth surrounding one of the most important texts in Biblical history. Combining the original Latin text with excerpts from an essay by radical feminist writer Julie Kristeva, John Donne’s A Valediction:Forbidding Mourning and even a letter to Picasso from his mother, this contemporary rendering of Mary’s lamentation at the foot of the cross will have a powerful, expressive impact.

Commissioned by BBC Radio 3, hcmf// and Casa da Música Porto.

James Dillon : Stabat Mater Dolorosa

23 Nov

United Kingdom
 Sunday, November 23, 2014 at 10.30 
Charles Ives Day
Barbican Hall, London
Barbican, Silk Street, London EC2
United Kingdom
020 7638 8891

Speakers include Robin Bowman, Dr William Brooks, Professor J. Peter Burkholder, Michael Finnissy, Dr David Nicholls and Dr Evan Rothstein.

The music of Charles Ives is a rich tapestry of allusions, both musical and textual, ranging from the writings of the Transcendentalists and European poetry to American vernacular music and childhood memories.

Ives scholar J. Peter Burkholder leads this exploration of Ives’ sources and models. The all-day event includes performances of new Ives-inspired works by composition staff and students, a song masterclass from Robin Bowman, and an evening concert.

Charles Ives : Various

23 Nov

United Kingdom
 Sunday, November 23, 2014 at  
Inspire concert with musicians from the BBC SO
BBC Maida Vale Studios, London
Maida Vale One, Delaware Road, London
United Kingdom

Tickets: Free

The BBC has commissioned eight talented young composers to write a piece for obbligato instrument and ensemble of BBC SO musicians. Each composer has taken as a starting point one story from One Thousand and One Nights, the inspiration for Rimksy-Korsakov’s Scheherazade.

This concert will be recorded for future broadcast on BBC Radio 3.

Contemporary Composers : Various

23 Nov

United States
 Sunday, November 23, 2014 at 4:00 pm 
Thanksgiving 2014
Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist
812 N Jackson St. MIlwaukee WI
United States

Tickets: $35, $25, $15
Present Music Ensemble, Hearing Voices, Bucks Native American Singing and Drumming Group, Milwaukee Handbell Choir

Gather together as handbells, instruments, drums and voices start the holiday season. Present Music‘s vocal ensemble, Hearing Voices, will perform alongside Milwaukee Handbell Choir and the Bucks Native American Singing and Drumming Group. Celebrate creation with Ince’s Hammers and Whistlers, commissioned by PM in 2006, with jubilant sounds from the brass and choirs and be a part of Kevin’s newest sound montage!

Kamran Ince : Hammers and Whistlers
Kamran Ince : Gloria Everywhere

24 Nov 
25 Nov 
26 Nov

United Kingdom
 Wednesday, November 26, 2014 at 7.30pm 
Jonathan Dove The Passing of the Year
Barbican Hall, London
Barbican, Silk Street, London EC2
United Kingdom
020 7638 8891

Simon Halsey choral director
London Symphony Chorus

Simon Halsey directs the London Symphony Chorus in Rachmaninov’s moving setting of texts taken from the All-Night Vigil of the Russian Orthodox liturgy, first performed in March 1915 at a concert to benefit the Russian war effort.

Jonathan Dove : The Passing of the Year
Sergei Rachmaninov : All-Night Vigil (‘Vespers‘)

27 Nov 
28 Nov 
29 Nov

United Kingdom
 Saturday, November 29, 2014 at 15:00 
James Dillon World Premiere
Huddersfield Town Hall
Huddersfield Town Hall, Ramsden Street, Huddersfield HD1 2TA
United Kingdom

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Noriko Kawai piano
Steve Schick

The world premiere of a large scale orchestral work by renowned composer James Dillon is always a cause for celebration - and doubly so when that work is premiered in the UK! hcmf// is delighted to present the premiere of Physis 1 & II, commissioned by the Orchestre de Paris, alongside a performance of Dillon's piano concerto Andromeda by soloist Noriko Kawai and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, first premiered at the BBC Proms in 2006 to critical acclaim.
To be recorded for future broadcast in ‘Hear and Now’, BBC Radio 3’s Saturday late-night contemporary music programme.

Héctor Parra : L’absència
James Dillon : Concerto for Piano 'Andromeda'
James Dillon : Physis No. I & II

30 Nov 

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