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14 Feb

United States
 Sunday, February 14, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. 
Ecce Ensemble Premieres Switch Opera at Le Lab
Le Laboratoire
650 East Kendall Street
United States

Tickets: $40
Ecce Ensemble
written and composed by John Aylward, directed by Laine Rettmer (Loft Opera), and conducted by Jean-Philippe Wurtz (Ensemble Linea). Featuring two vocalists—Amanda DeBoer Bartlett (soprano) and Mikhail Smigelskii (bass-baritone)

As the 2015-16 contemporary music ensemble-in-residence at Cambridge’s Le Laboratoire, the Ecce Ensemble premieres Switch, a contemporary opera.

John Aylward : Switch

15 Feb 
16 Feb

 Tuesday, February 16, 2016 at 20:15 
Concertgebouw, Amsterdam
Het Concertgebouw, Concertgebouwplein 2-7, 1071 LN Amsterdam


Nederlands Studenten Orkest
Bas Wiegers - dirigent
Arthur Jussen - piano

Claude Debussy : Général Lavine
Trevor Grahl : New work
Maurice Ravel : Pianoconcert voor de linkerhand in D
Béla Bartók : Concert voor orkest, Sz. 116

17 Feb 
18 Feb

United States
 Thursday, February 18, 2016 at 730-830 
Gene & The Violinists - The Violin Music of Gene Pritsker -
Le Poisson Rouge
United States

Tickets: 10
Peter Krysa, Lynn Bechtold, Mioi Takeda - (Miolina Duo), Gregor Kitzis, Hajnal K. Pivnick & Yuko Naito-Gotay

Composer Gene Pritsker presents a concert of his music for violin; “I noticed that I have many compositions for the violin, including 11 concertos, numerous solo pieces and loads of chamber music. I decided, why not have a concert featuring only the violin?.” Five violinists, some of whom have collaborated with Gene for over 20 years and some for whom this is a first collaboration, will perform solos, duos, works for violin and Samplestra (pre recorded electronics) and compositions for violin and Di.J. (with GP). In addition there will be a premiere of a brand new chamber piece written for solo violin, a five violin ensemble, rapper and Di.J. The violinists are: Peter Krysa, Lynn Bechtold, Mioi Takeda - (Miolina Duo), Gregor Kitzis, Hajnal K. Pivnick & Yuko Naito-Gotay. Besides compositions that have been performed around the world many times such as: ‘Bach Partita ReMix’, ‘Misfortune Has it’s Uses’, ‘Empty Bottles’, ‘Opposite Extreme of Benevolence’, this concert will also feature four premieres, including two movements for the solo violin piece ‘Tango In V’, a new violin and Samplestra composition; ‘Waiting III’, the violin duet ‘No Conviction, a Hope and that is All’ and the aforementioned new chamber piece.

Gene Pritsker : Misfortune Has it’s Uses
Gene Pritsker : Empty Bottles
Gene Pritsker : Opposite Extreme of Benevolence
Gene Pritsker : Tango In V
Gene Pritsker : Waiting III

19 Feb

United States
 Friday, February 19, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. 
Ecce Ensemble Premieres Switch Opera
Le Laboratoire
650 East Kendall Street
United States

Tickets: $20
Amanda DeBoer Bartlett (soprano) and Mikhail Smigelskii (bass-baritone)
Ecce Ensemble

As the 2015-16 contemporary music ensemble-in-residence at Cambridge’s Le Laboratoire, the Ecce Ensemble premieres Switch, a contemporary opera written and composed by John Aylward, directed by Laine Rettmer (Loft Opera), and conducted by Jean-Philippe Wurtz (Ensemble Linea). Featuring two vocalists—Amanda DeBoer Bartlett (soprano) and Mikhail Smigelskii (bass-baritone)—backed by the Ecce Ensemble, Switch explores the relationship between an artist and his muse.

John Aylward : Switch

19 Feb

 Friday, February 19, 2016 at 20:30 
Philharmonie de Paris
221, avenue Jean-Jaurès 75019 Paris, France
+33 (0)1 44 84 44 84

Solistes de l’Ensemble intercontemporain

Over the past century, attention to timbre has transfigured composition, and this concert is a testament to the variety of approaches taken in this area. Šenk and Taïra juxtapose different timbres, seeking contrast and perspective, while Blank, Saunders and Schnittke try to close the distance between instruments, merging them into a stream of metamorphic sound textures.
Coproduction Ensemble intercontemporain, Philharmonie de Paris

Alfred Schnittke : Hymn, pour violoncelle, harpe et timballes
Nina Senk : Réflections, pour trompette et piano
Yoshihisa Taïra : Monodrame IV, pour vibraphone
Rebecca Saunders : Behind the Velvet Curtains, pour piano, harpe, trompette et violoncelle
William Blank : Flow, pour trompette, hautbois, harpe, violon et violoncelle

20 Feb

United Kingdom
 Saturday, February 20, 2016 at 7.30pm 
BBC Philharmonic Rhapsody In Blue
Bridgewater Hall, Manchester
Lower Mosley Road
United Kingdom
44 (0) 161 907 9000

Nicholas Collon conductor | Lawrence Power viola | Jonathan Scott piano

One spark is all it takes. A flash of light, a tiny shard of fire – and the imagination ignites. Tonight, we’ve a whole shower of Sparks from our new Composer in Association Mark Simpson.

And what follows is a positive starburst of musical colour, whether it’s James MacMillan’s wild, fantastic Viola Concerto – played by the artist who gave its first ever performance in 2014, Lawrence Power – or the smouldering clarinet opening of Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue. It used to be one of Leonard Bernstein’s party pieces; tonight, Mancunian keyboard star Jonathan Scott will really go to town.

And finally: Stravinsky’s The Firebird, a tale of green-clawed demons, beautiful princesses and a magical bird of flame. The dynamic young British conductor Nicholas Collon will really set things ablaze.

Preview at 6.30pm:
Recently appointed as the BBC Philharmonic's Composer in Association at the age of just 26, Mark Simpson talks about his future plans with the orchestra.

Mark Simpson : Sparks
James MacMillan : Viola Concerto
George Gershwin : Rhapsody in Blue

20 Feb

United States
 Saturday, February 20, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. 
Ecce Ensemble Premieres Switch Opera
Le Laboratoire
650 East Kendall Street
United States

Tickets: $20
Ecce Ensemble
Amanda DeBoer Bartlett (soprano) and Mikhail Smigelskii (bass-baritone)

As the 2015-16 contemporary music ensemble-in-residence at Cambridge’s Le Laboratoire, the Ecce Ensemble premieres Switch, a contemporary opera written and composed by John Aylward, directed by Laine Rettmer (Loft Opera), and conducted by Jean-Philippe Wurtz (Ensemble Linea). Featuring two vocalists—Amanda DeBoer Bartlett (soprano) and Mikhail Smigelskii (bass-baritone)—backed by the Ecce Ensemble, Switch explores the relationship between an artist and his muse.

John Aylward : Switch

20 Feb

United Kingdom
 Saturday, February 20, 2016 at 7.30pm 
BCMG at CrossCurrents
Bramall Music Building
University of Birmingham, Edgbaston
United Kingdom


CrossCurrents is a new nine-day University of Birmingham festival that brings together internationally acclaimed professional performers and student musicians, as well as some of the UK’s most respected composers.

BCMG close the inaugural CrossCurrents festival with a multifaceted and scintillating programme featuring no fewer than twelve world premieres. As the New Music Ensemble presented Luciano Berio’s Folk Songs on the first day of CrossCurrents, BCMG close the festival performing a new set of specially commissioned songs by eleven composers, including compositional staff at the University of Birmingham and Birmingham Conservatoire. Along with Charlotte Bray, Judith Weir, Richard Baker and post-graduates from each institution, these composers have been invited to write their own ‘folk songs’ inspired by Berio’s 1964 original.

CrossCurrents presents concerts interspersed with workshops, talks, foyer performances and exhibitions. For full concert and events listings, including ticket prices, please go to:

Luciano Berio : Erdenklavier
Luciano Berio : Wasserklavier
Tansy Davies : Grind Show
Judith Weir : Distance and Enchantment
Judith Weir : On Buying a Horse
Judith Weir : Blackbirds and Thrushes
Morton Feldman : The Viola in My Life II
Richard Baker : crank
Michael Zev Gordon : Seize The Day
Contemporary Composers : CrossCurrents

21 Feb

United Kingdom
 Sunday, February 21, 2016 at 7.15pm 
Figaro Gets a Divorce Elena Langer
Millennium Centre, Cardiff
Cardiff Bay, Cardiff, Wales
United Kingdom

Conductor Justin Brown (TBA 24 March)
Director David Pountney
Set Designer Ralph Koltai
Costume Designer Sue Blane
Lighting Designer Linus Fellbom
Assistant Set Designer Robin Don

Figaro David Stout
Susanna Marie Arnet
Count Mark Stone
Countess Elizabeth Watts
Serafin Naomi O’Connell
The Cherub Andrew Watts
The Major Alan Oke
Angelica Rhian Lois

So, was it really happy ever after for the Almaviva household? Has the distant thunder of revolution turned into a storm from which they cannot escape? What does the world of Figaro sound like in the hands of a contemporary composer?

These questions have intrigued David Pountney. So much so that he decided to provide some answers. He’s done this by commissioning a new opera by Elena Langer for which he has written the libretto. Comic moments collide with touching ones in an opera which is part comedy, part political thriller. Langer and Pountney have created an affectionate sequel to Mozart’s classic, a testimony to human courage and resilience.

The characters of The Marriage of Figaro are some of the best-loved in opera. For those of us who have seen the opera before, they can feel like people we know, even friends. Figaro Gets a Divorce, therefore, is a one-off reunion, a chance to catch-up with these old friends.

• Performances start at 7.15pm, except Cardiff on Sunday 21 February at 4pm

• Running time approximately two hours including one interval

• Sung in English with surtitles in English (and Welsh in Cardiff and Llandudno)

Co-production with Grand Théâtre de Genève.
Supported by The Boltini Trust, WNO Commissions Group and WNO Partners.

Performances: Sunday, February 21, 2016 - Thursday, April 7, 2016


The Bristol Hippodrome
17 Mar
Milton Keynes Theatre
31 Mar
Venue Cymru, Llandudno
10 Mar
Birmingham Hippodrome
3 Mar
Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff
21 Feb - 27 Feb
Theatre Royal, Plymouth
7 Apr
Mayflower Theatre, Southampton
24 Mar

Elena Langer : Figaro Gets a Divorce

21 Feb

 Sunday, February 21, 2016 at 14:00 
Discovering Music 2: Anthony Payne
City Halls

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Stephen Johnson presenter
Martyn Brabbins conductor

As Anthony Payne celebrates his 80th birthday year, Stephen Johnson talks to him about his life as composer, writer and teacher – and about his work on the realisation of the sketches to Edward Elgar's Third Symphony, for which he is best known. Payne’s own compositions, however, are very much his own voice; here the BBC SSO, conducted by Martyn Brabbins, focuses on a selection of his music including 1985’s The Spirit’s Harvest, which was first performed at that year’s BBC Proms. There will be one interval of approximately 15 minutes.

Free tickets available from Monday 2 November 2015.

Anthony Payne : Various

22 Feb

United Kingdom
 Monday, February 22, 2016 at 7.30pm 
Bartók, Aurélio Edler-Copes and Debussy
Wigmore Hall, London
36 Wigmore St, London W1
United Kingdom

Ensemble intercontemporain
Gilles Durot percussion
Samuel Favre percussion
Dimitri Vassilakis piano
Sébastien Vichard piano

Born in Brazil in 1976, Aurélio Edler-Copes has written for many of the world’s leading contemporary music ensembles. His latest score for piano and percussion was created for the exceptional collective talents of Ensemble intercontemporain.

The programme also includes Bartók’s Sonata for two pianos and percussion and Debussy’s three-movement En blanc et noir.

Béla Bartók : Seven Pieces from Mikrokosmos for two pianos BB120
Aurélio Edler-Copes : Presence for two pianos and percussion
Béla Bartók : Sonata for two pianos and percussion

23 Feb 
24 Feb

United Kingdom
 Wednesday, February 24, 2016 at 1pm 
Donatoni, Daníel Bjarnason and Debussy
Wigmore Hall, London
36 Wigmore St, London W1
United Kingdom

Britten Sinfonia
Emer McDonough flute
Clare Finnimore viola
Lucy Wakeford harp

Flute, viola and harp may not be the most familiar trio combination, but it certainly lends itself to the rich exploration of colour and harmonies typical of Debussy’s output.

A deeply expressive curiosity in soundscapes and association with visual art is also infused in the music of Icelandic composer Daníel Bjarnason, whose new work features alongside Debussy in this programme.

Daniel Bjarnason : New work
Franco Donatoni : Marches
Claude Debussy : Syrinx
Franco Donatoni : Small II
Claude Debussy : Sonata for flute, viola and harp

24 Feb

United Kingdom
 Wednesday, February 24, 2016 at 7.30pm 
Coronet Theatre
28 New Kent Road London SE1 6TJ
United Kingdom
+44 (0)20 7701 1500

Joana Carneiro conductor
Michel van der Aa director
Samuel West actor
Sound Intermedia sound projection
London Sinfonietta

When Portuguese poet Fernando Pessoa died in 1935 he left behind a trunk filled with unfinished and unpublished writings, among which were the pages that make up his posthumous masterpiece The Book of Disquiet – the autobiography of his alter ego Bernando Soares. Michael Van der Aa’s score transforms Pessoa’s collection of dream vignettes and autobiographical anecdotes into a hypnotic work that mixes spoken word, performed by Samuel West, with music, electronics and video, probing the true nature of the ever-elusive self.

Michael van der Aa : THE BOOK OF DISQUIET

24 Feb

 Wednesday, February 24, 2016 at 7.30pm 
WatkinsComposer Portrait: Huw Watkins
BBC Hoddinott Hall

BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Garry Walker Conductor
Lesley Hatfield Violin
Philip Dukes Viola
Josephine Knight Cello
Robert Plane Clarinet
Huw Watkins Piano
Ruby Hughes Soprano

Join us at our home, BBC Hoddinott Hall, to learn more about Huw Watkins’ works, as well as a chance to hear the composer himself perform. This programme shows the breadth and diversity of his music, from chamber to symphonic.

Huw Watkins : Anthem
Huw Watkins : Speak Seven Seas
Huw Watkins : Remember
Huw Watkins : Partita
Huw Watkins : Double Concerto for Viola and Cello

25 Feb

 Thursday, February 25, 2016 at 10:00-13:00 and 14:00-17:00 
Composition: Wales - Open Workshop
BBC Hoddinott Hall

BBC National Orchestra of Wales

Free workshops open to the public: 10:00-13:00 and 14:00-17:00
Come and hear the latest in composition in Wales, as composers worthy of wider exposure have the opportunity to hear their works performed by the Orchestra.
Tickets: FREE
BBC National Orchestra of Wales Audience Line: 0800 052 1812
No fees apply to tickets bought through the BBC National Orchestra of Wales Audience Line.
Wales Millennium Centre Ticket Office 029 2063 6464

Contemporary Composers : Various

25 Feb

United States
 Thursday, February 25, 2016 at various 
In the Chamber

United States

Tickets: 15-35 and 100 (house concert)
Present Music

Propulsive. Pulsing. This season’s Chamber concert explores music in motion, from the spiritual longing of Ince’s Curve to the "vigorous, tidy romp" of PM-commissioned composer Michael Torke (White Pages and Blue Pages, 1995), to the magnetic force of Caroline Mallonee.

Artistic director Kevin Stalheim says “For our chamber concerts, each musician’s performance becomes extremely intense and more personal. Combining this intensity with the closeness and intimacy of several small performance spaces always results in a very powerful experience for the musicians and the audience.”

Up-close. Intimate.

25 Feb

United Kingdom
 Thursday, February 25, 2016 at 20:05 
Glyndebourne, Lewes, BN8 5UU
United Kingdom
+44 (0)1273 815000

Creative team
Composer David Bruce
Librettist Glyn Maxwell
Conductor Sîan Edwards
Director Bijan Sheibani
Designer Giles Cadle
Lighting designer Paule Constable
Movement director Aline David
Assistant director Lucy Bradley
Assistant conductor Lee Reynolds
Music preparation Matt Fletcher, Ashley Beauchamp

Pierre Stuart Jackson
Karl Tristan Hambleton
Johan James Hall
Ursula Marta Fontanals-Simmons
Agnes Robyn Allegra Parton

GYO Chorus
Youth Orchestra
Southbank Sinfonia

If someone you knew declared that life had no meaning, how would you convince them it does?

That’s the question a group of teenagers ask themselves in Nothing, a compelling new youth opera that premieres at Glyndebourne this February.

They decide that each of the group must give up an object that means something to them. This starts with toys and clothes, but things quickly escalate as the classmates go to ever more extreme lengths to try to persuade their friend there are things worth caring about.

In Nothing members of Glyndebourne Youth Opera aged 14-19 perform alongside professional singers. It is the latest in a line of pioneering youth operas that have premiered on the main stage at Glyndebourne.

The opera has been adapted from Danish author Janne Teller’s award-winning novel by composer David Bruce and librettist Glyn Maxwell. Their popular adaptation of Philip Pullman’s The Firework Maker’s Daughter wowed audiences in the UK and New York.

We recommend this production for those aged 12 and over.

Performances: 25–27 February

David Bruce : Nothing

26 Feb 
27 Feb

United Kingdom
 Saturday, February 27, 2016 at 7.30pm 
Egidija Medekšaitė, Leo Chadburn, Martin Arnold and more
Wigmore Hall, London
36 Wigmore St, London W1
United Kingdom

Apartment House

Wigmore Hall’s contribution to contemporary chamber music and repertoire development goes from strength to strength, as this unmissable programme richly demonstrates.

Apartment House, formed by cellist Anton Lukoszevieze in 1995, became the first contemporary music ensemble to win the coveted Royal Philharmonic Society Award for Chamber Music and Song in 2012.

In this programme for string quartet, piano, percussion and harmonium, the ensemble gives the first performance of Freezywater, a Wigmore Hall commission by Leo Chadburn, known to many as the ‘transgressive pop’ artist Simon Bookish. Works by Lithuanian composer Egidija Medekšaitė, Toronto-based composer and performer Martin Arnold, and Dutch/Brazilian composer Luiz Henrique Yudo add to the concert’s ear-catching mix of world and UK premières.

Egidija Medekšaitė : Pratiksha
Henning Christiansen : Modeller: First Series Op. 33
Leo Chadburn : Freezywater
Martin Arnold : Stain Ballad
John White : Newspaper Reading Machine

27 Feb

 Saturday, February 27, 2016 at 8pm 
McCabeHear and Now – Beamish/Payne/MacMillan/McCabe
City Halls

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Robert Cohen cello
Glasgow Chamber Choir *
Martyn Brabbins conductor

Musical inspiration comes in many forms. The late John McCabe was transfixed by the pattern of sounds coming from a Japanese amusement arcade, which gave rise to his ‘musical entertainment’ Joybox. Sally Beamish’s Second Cello Concerto takes its cue from the wanderings of Robert Cohen’s grandfather and weaves together elements of Polish and South African folksongs with migratory birdcalls. Sir James MacMillan’s faith remains as central to his writing as ever; here his motet for ensemble and chorus is given its UK Premiere by the Glasgow Chamber Choir. Anthony Payne’s dynamic and monumental Time’s Arrow from 1990, meanwhile, is nothing less than an orchestral evocation of ‘The Big Bang’, acclaimed as “a work of stunning confidence with exceptional clarity of thought and argument.” Martyn Brabbins conducts the BBC SSO in this concert for BBC Radio 3’s Hear and Now, which brings together works by four of the leading British composers of our time.

John McCabe : Joybox
Sally Beamish : Cello Concerto No.2: The Song Gatherer
James MacMillan : Hodie Puer Nascitur
Anthony Payne : Time's Arrow

27 Feb

 Saturday, February 27, 2016 at 7.30pm 
Scottish Chamber Orchestra: John Storgårds conducts Vaughan Williams Symphony No 5
Queens Hall
0131 668 2019

John Storgårds: conductor; Helena Juntunen: soprano

A new work by celebrated Icelandic composer Hafliði Hallgrímsson takes English literature as its foundation, forming a song cycle based on poetry by E.E. Cummings, Christina Rosetti and William Blake. The brilliant Finnish soprano Helena Juntunen delivers the deeply emotional lyrics.

One of Vaughan Williams’ most tranquil works, his Symphony No 5, conjures tonal images of the English countryside and often alludes to the sounds of Elizabethan polyphony. The concert opens with Elgar’s richly melodic Introduction and Allegro, a heartfelt tribute to the ‘sweet borderland’ of Herefordshire where the composer was living at the time. The concert is conducted by the wonderfully sympathetic John Storgårds.

Composer Insights: 6.30pm - Hafliði Hallgrímsson introduces his new song cycle.

Edward Elgar : Introduction and Allegro
Hafliði Hallgrímsson : Song Cycle
Vaughan Williams : Symphony No 5

28 Feb 
29 Feb 
1 Mar 
2 Mar 
3 Mar 
4 Mar

United Kingdom
 Friday, March 04, 2016 at  
English National Opera
London Coliseum
United Kingdom


Divine ruler of Egypt, husband to Nefertiti, father of a new religion. Akhnaten decrees that the sun god rules supreme, and the old gods must be banished from their temples.

But instead, his people turn upon their Pharaoh as a traitor. Akhnaten must die. Will his new faith live on?

Watching Akhnaten is a thought-provoking, absorbing experience.

This extraordinary work has not been seen in London for 30 years and forms the last of Philip Glass’s trilogy of ‘portrait’ operas in which he looks at figures from the fields of science (Einstein), politics (Gandhi) and religion (Akhnaten).

This hypnotically mesmerising work uses texts drawn from ancient hymns, prayers, letters and inscriptions sung in their original Egyptian, Hebrew and Akkadian.

ENO’s new production is directed by Improbable theatre company’s Phelim McDermott and follows his spectacular stagings of Glass’s Satyagraha and The Perfect American.

Performances until 18th March

Philip Glass : AKHNATEN

4 Mar

United Kingdom
 Friday, March 04, 2016 at 7.30pm 
Kings Place
Kings Cross, London
United Kingdom

Gregory Rose conductor
Players from CoMA Sussex and CoMA London
London Sinfonietta

For over a decade, Contemporary Music for All’s ground-breaking Open Score project has been at the forefront of a movement to help contemporary music reach new audiences – creating innovative, flexibly-scored works playable by ensembles of all shapes and sizes. Join us for the start of a nationwide weekend of celebration featuring five ensembles, as we partner with CoMA to perform some of the organisation’s most iconic creations, and premiere a new commission by Hannah Kendall.

Philip Cashian : Braggadocio
Donnacha Dennehy : A Fatal Optimist
Gabriel Jackson : Melancholy Processional
Tansy Davies : Feather and Groove
Michael Nyman : In C Interlude
Roxanna Panufnik : CoMAchord
Michael Finnissy : Plain Harmony
Jonathan Harvey : Climbing Frame
Hannah Kendall : Into pieces
Philip Cashian : Mechanik

5 Mar

 Saturday, March 05, 2016 at 7.30pm 
Tourbillon Grisey
IRCAM/Centre Pompidou-Grande salle-Paris


Composition, Sound Installation, Video and Animation Daniele Ghisi
Inspired by the eponymous book by John W. Dunne
Script Daniele Ghisi, Luigi Acerbi, Paolo Puggioni
Script Assistant Maryam Babaei
Video Assistant Luca Morino
Graphic Advisor Davide Bordogna
Visuals drawn by Luca Nava
Divertimento Ensemble
IRCAM Computer Music Design Manuel Poletti
IRCAM Sound engineer Sylvain Cadars
Photo credits Miroslav Barták, From Old Books, Karl Jahnke
Copies of the Illustrated London News shoLondon News/Mary Evans Picture Library
Audio credits Tebblofang, empraetorius, HollowRiku, lucaslara, nebulousflynn, exterminat, Omar Alvarado, RutgerMuller, Runey, SunnySideSound
Additional thanks to Mattia Bergomi, Sylvain Cadars, Aaron Einbond, Carla Felotti, Maria Giulia Ganassini, Boris Labbé, Virgilio Maffeis and family, Yann Philippe, Andrea Rota, Christopher Trapani, Paul Slocum and Vincenzo Picariello

"Abolish all material in favor of length is a dream that I have followed for several years. Vortex Temporum is perhaps only the story of an arpeggio in space and time, below and beyond our auditory window that my memory has let swirl around during the months dedicated to writing this piece." This masterpiece by Gérard Grisey has inspired numerous artists, such as Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker who choreographed it, before turning it into an exposition of movement for a museum space. Three archetypical images characterize this "tourbillion of time": the time of men and language, the wide time of whales and the rhythm of sleep, the extreme contraction of the time of birds.

In the work by Daniele Ghisi, also marked by Grisey, An Experiment with Time includes several temporal cycles - a day, a year, a lifetime. Following the installation that premiered opening night of ManiFeste-2015, the Italien composer presents here the final version of the diary inspired by John William Dunne's text, a curious machine that dilates time and enables past, present, and future to coexist.

Daniele Ghisi : An Experiment With Time
Gerard Grisey : Vortex Temporum
Raphaël Cendo : Radium

5 Mar

United Kingdom
 Saturday, March 05, 2016 at 7.00pm 
Anthony Green at 70. Piano recital
Schott Recital Room @ Bauer & Hieber
48 Great Marlborough Street, London W1F7BB
United Kingdom

Tickets: £10 (£7 concessions)
Anthony Green

Saturday March 5th, 7.00pm

Anthony Green - Contemporary Piano Recital

Celebrating three birthdays and an anniversary, Anthony Green plays 3 Intermezzos, 12 Inventions and the Fourth Sonata by Frank Bayford (who is 75) Housman's Spinney by John Mitchell (who is 70) and a number of pieces by himself (he is also 70) including the premiere of his Sonata No.7. There is also a Panegyric for Anthony Green at 70 by Nick Ray, pieces by Schoenberg and Webern and Elegy No.1, Toccata and Indian Diary by Busoni (150th anniversary).

Tickets: £10 (£7 concessions) from 020 7534 0710 or on the door.

Nick Ray : Panegyric for Anthony Green at 70
Anthony Green : Piano Sonata no.7

6 Mar

United States
 Sunday, March 06, 2016 at 4:00pm 
Organist Gail Archer Performs in Oakland
First Presbyterian Church of Oakland
2619 Broadway
United States

Tickets: Suggested donation $10
organist Gail Archer

Gail Archer is a Grammy-nominated, international concert organist, recording artist, choral conductor and lecturer. Lucid Culture proclaimed, "Like the composers she chooses, Archer's playing spans the range of human emotions—with Bach, there’s always plenty to communicate, but this time out it was mostly an irresistibly celebratory vibe." Ms. Archer's recordings span the seventeenth to the twenty-first centuries, a festive discography that highlights her musical mastery on grand Romantic instruments as well as Baroque tracker organs. Her most recent compact disc, Bach, the Transcendent Genius, celebrates the brilliant improvisations on Lutheran hymn tunes of the "Great 18" chorale preludes (MM1013). Ms. Archer is college organist at Vassar College, and director of the music program at Barnard College, Columbia University where she conducts the Barnard-Columbia Chorus. She serves as director of the artist and young organ artist recitals at historic Central Synagogue, New York City.

J.S. Bach : Great 18

7 Mar 
8 Mar 
9 Mar

 Wednesday, March 09, 2016 at 9pm 
Lunatree: Arvo Pärt in context
Concertgebouw, Amsterdam
Het Concertgebouw, Concertgebouwplein 2-7, 1071 LN Amsterdam


Frederik Van Rossum : Arvo Pärt in Santiago de Compostela
Arvo Part : Es sang vor langen Jahren (arr. Lunatree)
Arnold Marinissen : De nachtegaal en de roos
Philip Glass : Music in Similar Motion
Ramūnas Motiekaitis : After Sunset Cycles
Brian Eno : Discreet Music
Arvo Part : Darf ich...
Steve Reich : Double Sextet
Arvo Part : Arbos (arr. Lunatree)

9 Mar

United Kingdom
 Wednesday, March 09, 2016 at 7.30pm 
Composer Focus: Thomas Adès
Barbican Hall, London
Barbican, Silk Street, London EC2
United Kingdom
020 7638 8891

Thomas Adès conductor
Anne-Sophie Mutter violin
Samuel Dale Johnson baritone
London Symphony Orchestra

In recent years composer-conductor Thomas Adès has become an unstoppable creative force. In this LSO composer focus series he conducts his own works alongside the music that influenced and informed his development as a composer.

Adès’ striking ‘voyage for orchestra’ Polaris is inspired by the magnetic pole-star, with its harmonies rotating hypnotically around a central pitch. Brahms’ legendary Violin Concerto is then performed by Anne-Sophie Mutter in anticipation of Adès’ own work Brahms for Baritone and Orchestra. Brahms is an ‘anti-homage’ to the composer inspired by the cold logic of his music, taking his compositional compulsions to extreme conclusions.

The programme closes with Adès’ one-movement symphony Tevot. As ever with Adès the dual meaning of the title is key to understanding the work fully, in this case ‘Tevot’ is both the Hebrew for ‘bars of music’ and used in the Bible to refer to Noah’s ark. Over its one-movement span the listener is guided through a monumental journey contrasting moments of incredible turbulence with sudden stasis and calm.

Thomas Ades : Polaris
Johannes Brahms : Violin Concerto
Thomas Ades : Brahms
Thomas Ades : Tevot

10 Mar

United Kingdom
 Thursday, March 10, 2016 at 7.30pm 
Coronet Theatre
28 New Kent Road London SE1 6TJ
United Kingdom
+44 (0)20 7701 1500

Susanna Malkki conductor
London Sinfonietta

Much more than just a piece of music, Enno Poppe’s Speicher is a complex structure of variations and repetitions that pushes its 22 players to their interpretative and technical extremes. But it is just as immersive for its audience as it is for those on stage. Speicher is an adventure in active listening –gradually revealing clues as to what might be coming next through an unpredictable network of derivations. As we, too, become part of the unfolding music, so it truly comes alive. Developed over five years and premiered in Europe in 2013, this will be its landmark UK premiere.

Enno Poppe : Speicher

11 Mar

United Kingdom
 Friday, March 11, 2016 at 7pm 
Luigi Nono Concert
The Warehouse
13 Theed Street London
United Kingdom

Roberto Fabbriciani (flute) Mary Dullea (piano) , Silje Aker Johnsen (soprano), Thorolf Thuestad (sound)

Luigi Nono : Sofferte Onde Serene
Luigi Nono : La Fabbrica Illuminata
Luigi Nono : Das Atmende Klarsein

12 Mar

United Kingdom
 Saturday, March 12, 2016 at 7.30 pm 
The Musket Ball - Oratorio
Old Royal Naval Chapel
United Kingdom

Tickets: £10 - £15
Christina Birchall-Sampson - Soprano
Lynette Alcantara - Mezzo
Mark Dobell - Tenor
Benjamin Bevan - Baritone

Epsom Chamber Choir
EC4 Orchestra

Piers Maxim - Composer/Conductor

A Threnody to the memory of The Honourable Admiral John Byng

piers maxim : The Musket Ball

13 Mar

United Kingdom
 Sunday, March 13, 2016 at 7pm 
Barbican Hall, London
Barbican, Silk Street, London EC2
United Kingdom
020 7638 8891

François-Xavier Roth conductor
Synergy Vocals
London Symphony Orchestra

LSO Futures, the LSO's biennial festival of contemporary music, returns with two 20th-century masterpieces and a world premiere for the 21st.

François-Xavier Roth opens with Ligeti's Atmosphères, a swirling sound mass that rebelled as much against traditional forms as it did against the prevailing dogma of serialism. And Berio's Sinfonia, a monumental work from the Italian master, famous for its haunting ode to the late Martin Luther King and a middle movement that weaves three centuries of musical fragments into a rich tapestry of familiar quotations. 50 years on from their premieres, these two works provide a fitting frame for a new work by former LSO Panufnik composer Elizabeth Ogonek.

Gyorgy Ligeti : Atmosphères
Elizabeth Ogonek : Sleep & Unremembrance
Luciano Berio : Sinfonia

13 Mar

United Kingdom
 Sunday, March 13, 2016 at 4pm 
LSO Futures: Concert 1
LSO St Luke's, London
161 Old Street London EC1V 9NG
United Kingdom
020 7638 8891

François-Xavier Roth conductor
LSO Chamber Orchestra

LSO Futures, the LSO's biennial festival of contemporary music, returns with two chamber symphonies written at opposite ends of the 20th century that follow a world premier from the 21st.

Donald Glaser won the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1960 for his invention of the bubble chamber, a piece of equipment used for the study of subatomic particles. This is how we begin the 2016 edition of LSO Futures, with a breakthrough: a world premiere from Darren Bloom inspired by this landmark scientific event. Then it’s two chamber symphonies, two more breakthroughs and two very different composers: Schoenberg’s chamber symphony, written on the brink of his revolutionary break with tonality, and Thomas Adès’s, a work of staggering maturity and accomplishment from the 19 year old who would go on to become one of Britain’s leading living composers.

Darren Bloom : Dr Glaser's Experiment
Thomas Ades : Chamber Symphony
Arnold Schoenberg : Chamber Symphony

13 Mar

United Kingdom
 Sunday, March 13, 2016 at 6.30pm 
Uroboros Ensemble
The Warehouse
13 Theed Street London
United Kingdom

Uroboros Ensemble

This concert will be followed by the announcement of the prize winners of the London Ear Festival Composers’ Competition 2016

Harrison Birtwistle : Quartet for oboe and string trio
Suzanne Stelzenbach : New work
Michael Finnissy : June
Helmut Zapf : Trio 1
Heinz Holliger : Mobile
Elliott Carter : Trilogy

14 Mar 
15 Mar 

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