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The Rime of the Ancient Mariner

 04 December 2015 at 8pm 

The Rime of the Ancient Mariner

CBSO Centre, Birmingham
Berkley Street, Birmingham
United Kingdom


BCMG presents works by two outstanding British composers, forming another chapter in both artistsí long-established relationships with the Group.

The premiere of Howard Skemptonís substantial setting of Coleridgeís masterpiece The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, written for Roderick Williams and BCMG, forms the second half of the concert. This is the second major commission for Skempton from friends and patrons Maurice and Sheila Millward; their first, Only the Sound Remains for viola and ensemble, was premiered to much acclaim in February 2010.

Itís always a delight to revive past BCMG commissions and Dominic Muldowneyís 2011 Sound Investment commission, a series of songs setting poetry by Thomas, Auden and Betjeman, is one of several works by the former Music Director of the National Theatre that form this eveningís first half. Complementing these will be three further settings Ė two of Shakespeare, and the world premiere of a song setting A E Housmanís Smooth between sea and land.

Dominic Muldowney : Five cabaret songs #: Adlestrop (Edward Thomas); At Last the Secret is Out, Foxtrot, Funeral Blues (WH Auden); Uffington (John Betjeman)
Dominic Muldowney : Two Shakespeare settings #: Winter, Fear No More
Dominic Muldowney : Smooth between sea and land (World premiere / BCMG commission) #
Howard Skempton : The Rime of the Ancient Mariner

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