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17 Jun



United Kingdom
 Saturday, June 17, 2017 at 1pm 
Paul Crabtree World Premiere
St Magnus Festival
St Magnus Cathedral, Kirkwall
United Kingdom

BBC Singers

A rare treat from the BBC Singers, bringing a masterpiece of the choral repertoire to the lunchtime concert. Frank Martin’s Mass has a luminous quality which is profoundly beautiful and, though written in the 1920s, was kept in a bottom drawer by the composer for 40 years. Hillborg’s work exploits the virtuoso technique of the choir in a work whose sounds go beyond text setting whilst Paul Crabtree’s new work, premiered here, provides reflections on Stanley Spencer paintings with biblical texts. Music by Maxwell Davies completes the programme with his Mackay Brown settings reflecting the Orkney winter.



Frank Martin : Mass for Double Choir
Anders Hillborg : Muoayiyoum
Paul Crabtree : New Work
Peter Maxwell Davies : The House of Winter

17 Jun



United Kingdom
 Saturday, June 17, 2017 at 7pm 
The Story of Magnus Erlendsson
St Magnus Festival
St Magnus Cathedral, Kirkwall
United Kingdom

2017 is the 900th anniversary of the death of St Magnus, murdered at the command of his cousin on the island of Egilsay. This specially commissioned dramatic work tells the story of Magnus, his early life, his religious commitment and the journey leading towards his murder and martyrdom. Local historian and storyteller Tom Muir narrates the tale with a large cast of singers, actors and musicians. This performance takes place in the monument, the Cathedral, created in St Magnus’s memory by his nephew Rognvald and showcases the work of two local collaborators, Gemma McGregor and Ron Ferguson.



Francis Church Magnus
Kristin Linklater Thora
Tom Muir Narrator

Vivia Leslie Director
Alasdair Nicolson Conductor

The Assembly Project
Heather Rendall Organ
Singers and Actors from the community of Orkney
St Magnus Cathedral Choir
Boys from Kirkwall Grammar School


Gemma McGregor : The Story of Magnus Erlendsson

18 Jun



United Kingdom
 Sunday, June 18, 2017 at 2.30pm 
Geoff Palmer World Premiere
St Magnus Festival
St Magnus Cathedral, Kirkwall
United Kingdom

Edinburgh Quartet

One of the UK’s oldest quartets, and originally the resident quartet in Edinburgh University, the Edinburgh Quartet has an enviable reputation for the commissioning and performing of living composers alongside the standard repertoire.



Joseph Haydn : String Quartet Op. 77 No. 2
Geoff Palmer : New Work
Ludwig Van Beethoven : String Quartet Op. 59 No. 1

19 Jun



United Kingdom
 Monday, June 19, 2017 at 3pm 
Stuart MacRae, Marco Ramelli World Premieres
St Magnus Festival
St Magnus Cathedral, Kirkwall
United Kingdom

Alison McNeill Voice
Sasha Savaloni Guitar

Alison McNeill and Sasha Savaloni present a selection of music by living composers. As part of their residency with Enterprise Music Scotland, Stuart McRae was commissioned to create a work specially for this performance which will receive its première in this concert alongside his setting of Middle English texts from 2008. Stephen Goss’s piece draws on Mahler and the inspiration of the Arts and Crafts chapel in Surrey in a work about remembrance and peaceful contemplation. Whilst the work of the young guitarist Marco Romelli, who studies composition at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland completes the programme.



Stuart MacRae : Four Attar Songs
Stephen Goss : Watts Chapel for solo guitar
Marco Ramelli : Moon
Stuart MacRae : The Life of this World

19 Jun



United Kingdom
 Monday, June 19, 2017 at 1pm 
Philip Cashian World Premiere
St Magnus Festival
St Magnus Cathedral, Kirkwall
United Kingdom

Gildas Quartet

Schubert’s most well known quartet, written near the end of his life, takes his own song as its title and the music of this song as a starting point for its second movement. The music weaves a passionate and intense web of texture and melody, almost Beethovenian in scale, with sudden dramatic and dynamic shifts. Philip Cashian is Head of Compostion at the Royal Academy of Music and is an acclaimed composer performed throughout the world. His second quartet is co-commissioned by the St Magnus International Festival and Britten Pears Foundation and its movements have the titles Swarming, Drifting, Freezing, Reeling.

The award-winning Gildas Quartet has instantly earned itself a reputation for its refreshing approach and exciting precision combining a love of the classic repertoire and music of today. The quartet has worked closely with the likes of Harrison Birtwistle and Colin Matthews and has a commitment to commissioning new work.

Tickets £25, £20, £12 Concessions £19, £15, £8

Duration 1 hour



Philip Cashian : String Quartet No. 2
Franz Schubert : String Quartet No. 14 in D minor, D.810 Death and the Maiden

20 Jun 
 
21 Jun



United Kingdom
 Wednesday, June 21, 2017 at 13.00 
New Music, New Directions
St Magnus Festival
St Magnus Cathedral, Kirkwall
United Kingdom

The Assembly Project

Eight new works conducted by eight student conductors. This concert presents music hot off the press. Each new work has been written in the preceding eleven days of the St Magnus Composers’ Course and represents an intense collaboration with the musicians of The Assembly Project and the course tutors. A participant from Orkney Conductors’ Course will conduct each new work. Watch this space for the talents of the future.



Contemporary Composers : New Work

21 Jun



United Kingdom
 Wednesday, June 21, 2017 at 8pm 
ENSEMBLE KLANGFORUM
Festival d'Aix en Provence

United Kingdom
http://www.festival-aix.com/en

Ensemble Klangforum


For one night only, the excellent Viennese Klangforum ensemble – which we can hear from the orchestra pit for the creation of Philippe Boesmans’ Pinocchio – will be on stage to perform some contemporary music gems in a fusion of virtuosity and expressiveness. The programme includes solo works by the older and younger generations, alternating between solo and ensemble pieces, as well as a rendition of Berio’s irresistible Sequenza II.


Giacinto Scelsi : Okanagon for harp, amplified doublebass and tom-tom
Franco Donatoni : Argot two pieces for solo violin
Beat Furrer : Ira-Arca
Luciano Berio : Sequenza II for harp
Simone Movio : Logos II

22 Jun



United States
 Thursday, June 22, 2017 at 6pm - 7pm 
Gene & The Percussionists - The Percussion Music of Gene Pritsker -
Le Poisson Rouge
NYC
United States

Tickets: 10
Gene Pritsker
Patti Cudd
Michael Lipsey
Cesare Papett
Peter Jarvis
Jim Kempner

Composer Gene Pritsker presents a concert of his music for percussion. “Over the years I have written many percussion compositions, from solos to chamber music to percussion ensembles, etc. I decided to have a concert featuring some of these older compositors as well a few world premieres”. Four stellar percussionists and a poet will join Gene to perform solos, duos, chamber pieces, as well as compositions with Di.J. & Samplestra (pre recorded electronics). The concert will feature: Patti Cudd on ghatam (an ancient clay pot percussion instrument of South India), Michael Lipsey on talking drum (an hourglass-shaped drum from West Africa), Cesare Papetti on darbuka (a middle eastern goblet drum). Peter Jarvis on drum set with poet/comedian Jim Kempner perform ’Comedic Poems’ with Gene on Guitar. World premieres include ‘Melting Pot’ written for Patti Cudd for gahtam and Samplestra, a new quartet for darbuka, talking drum, ghatam and Di.J. as well as a new duo for electric guitar and darbuka. Other compositions include ‘Sitting’ for talking drum and Samplestra.

Gene Pritsker : Comedic Poems
Gene Pritsker : Encomium
Gene Pritsker : Melting Pot
Gene Pritsker : Sitting

23 Jun



United Kingdom
 Friday, June 23, 2017 at 7.30pm 
BCMG & Knussen
Snape Maltings, Aldeburgh
Snape Maltings Concert Hall,Snape,Suffolk,IP17 1SP
United Kingdom
+44 (0)1728 687110
http://www.aldeburgh.co.uk
enquiries@aldeburgh.co.uk

Birmingham Contemporary Music Group
Claire Booth soprano
Robert Murray tenor
Marie-Christine Zupancic flute
Oliver Knussen conductor

A world premiere by Oliver Knussen is always a major occasion, and this one – a setting of haiku chosen personally by Knussen – comes as a wonderful surprise.

The inspiration was personal: a tribute to Stephen and Jackie Newbould, the former directors and creative spirits behind Birmingham Contemporary Music Group. So it’s entirely fitting that Knussen conducts BCMG tonight, and that the programme is as beautifully assembled as we’ve come to expect from these regular and very welcome visitors to Snape. Stravinsky’s oriental songs complement Knussen’s Japanese texts; Jo Kondo’s graceful, elusive Three Songs Tennyson Sung were a BCMG commission. A sequence of miniatures by Harrison Birtwistle – including three premieres – brings two of the most original creative forces in British music thrillingly into alignment.



Harrison Birtwistle : Chorale 1
Igor Stravinsky : Balmont & Japanese Lyrics
Jo Kondo : Three Songs
Harrison Birtwistle : Chorale 2
Jo Kondo : Standing
Harrison Birtwistle : Chorale 3
Oliver Knussen : Hototogisu

24 Jun



Netherlands
 Saturday, June 24, 2017 at 9.30pm 
Tom Jenkinson Premiere
Holland Festival
Amsterdam
Netherlands

James McVinnie Organ
Tom Jenkinson Bass Guitar

Tom Jenkinson is famous as Squarepusher for his rapid and unsettling beats. He is also a phenomenal bass player and has been fascinated by the organ from an early age. In this concert, he shares the stage with James McVinnie, who was an organist at Westminster Abbey, and is also a virtuoso performer of contemporary music. McVinnie has worked with composers like Nico Muhly and Oneohtrix Point Never (Holland Festival, 2014). The programme includes an earlier organ work Jenkinson wrote for McVinnie, as well as a piece written especially for this Proms concert: a duet for organ and bass guitar, in which Jenkinson is also playing. McVinnie also performs a rarely heard organ work by Philip Glass and an early work by organ giant Olivier Messiaen.



Tom Jenkinson : Selection from: Solo Electric Bass 1
Tom Jenkinson : Space Frame Suite
Olivier Messiaen : Le banquet céleste
Philip Glass : Mad Rush
Tom Jenkinson : new work (2017) for electric bass and organ

24 Jun



Netherlands
 Saturday, June 24, 2017 at 5pm 
Sacred Environment Kate Moore
Holland Festival
Amsterdam
Netherlands



Sacred Environment is a ground-breaking new work by the Dutch-Australian composer Kate Moore and visual artist Ruben van Leer, commissioned by the Holland Festival and NTR Radio. The oratorio is being performed and sung by the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra and the Netherlands Radio Choir. The Australian singer Alex Oomens goes on a virtual reality dream-track towards the Hunter Valley in Australia, originally the territory of the Dharug, Darkinjung and Wonnarua people. The audience will follow her on a big screen in search of the stoneless temple. In this piece, the changing meaning of sacred ground in our demythologised society is being explored. A similar issue is touched upon in Haunted Landscape by George Crumb, the festival’s composer in focus this year. The concert opens with Steven Mackey’s energetic piece Lost and Found. Expect multi-layered soundscapes.



Steven Mackey : Lost and Found
George Crumb : A haunted landscape
Kate Moore : Sacred Environment

25 Jun 
 
26 Jun



Germany
 Monday, June 26, 2017 at 8.30pm 
Greek
Bayerische Staatsoper
Max-Joseph-Platz 2 D-80539 Munich
Germany
+49.(0)89.21 85 01
www.staatsoper.de/en/staatsoper.html
info@staatsoper.de

Mom/ Waitress 2/ Sphinx 1 Miranda Keys Wife/ Waitress 1/ Sphinx 2 Okka von der Damerau
Eddy Tim Kuypers
Dad/ Café Manager/ Chief of Police Robert Bork

Orchester Bayerisches Staatsorchester

An opera in two acts based on the play of the same name Steven Berkoff Composer: Mark-Anthony Turnage

Fate could not be more cruel: fulfilling a prophecy, Oedipus unknowingly murders his father and marries his mother. Since ancient times, this myth about the Theban ruler has been adapted by countless authors, unleashing its power on the stage and counteracted the idea of free will. The London actor and playwright Steven Berkoff locates his version of the tale in the socially deprived areas of his home city, letting the social pressures and cruelties of the present flow into the myth. Marc Anthony Turnage's operatic version is based on Berkoff's drama. It plays freely with the musical styles of the 20th Century, thereby unleashing its very own power. The work was first performed in 1988 at the Munich Biennale and was the composer's international breakthrough. Almost thirty years later, a young production team once again take on the piece's timeless questions as part of the Festival Workshop.



Mark-Anthony Turnage : Greek

27 Jun 
 
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3 Jul



France
 Monday, July 03, 2017 at  
PINOCCHIO
'Aix En Provence Festival
Palais de l'Ancien Archevêché 13100 Aix-en-Provence - France
France
festival-aix.com



ON 3, 7, 11 AND 14 JULY AT 8:00PM
ON 9 AND 16 JULY AT 5:00PM

Since writer Carlo Collodi unleashed him from his imagination and Geppetto fashioned him from a piece of wood, the puppet Pinocchio has been constantly transformed, adapted and revisited. Now playright and director Joël Pommerat has made an opera character of him, in an ideal collaboration with composer Philippe Boesmans, whose richly coloured musical universe, seems tailor-made for the small wooden figure. He presents the character as a rude and insolent person, eschewing all sentimentality to reconnect with the harsh world that Collodi portrays in his book. Reflecting his conception of theatre as a company endeavour, Joël Pommerat entrusts all the roles in this lyrical tale to six singers in disparate costumes – cabaret fairy, circus director, bad guy – all brought to life by a director who also narrates this story that speaks to everyone, both young and old alike.


Phillippe Boesmans : PINOCCHIO

4 Jul



United States
 Tuesday, July 04, 2017 at 11AM - 2PM 
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United States
 Tuesday, July 04, 2017 at 11AM - 2PM 
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5 Jul



France
 Wednesday, July 05, 2017 at 8pm 
ENSEMBLE KLANGFORUM
'Aix En Provence Festival
Palais de l'Ancien Archevêché 13100 Aix-en-Provence - France
France
festival-aix.com

ENSEMBLE KLANGFORUM


For one night only, the excellent Viennese Klangforum ensemble – which we can hear from the orchestra pit for the creation of Philippe Boesmans’ Pinocchio – will be on stage to perform some contemporary music gems in a fusion of virtuosity and expressiveness. The programme includes solo works by the older and younger generations, alternating between solo and ensemble pieces, as well as a rendition of Berio’s irresistible Sequenza II.


Giacinto Scelsi : Okanagon for harp, amplified doublebass and tom-tom
Franco Donatoni : Argot two pieces for solo violin
Beat Furrer : Ira-Arca
Luciano Berio : Sequenza II for harp
Simone Movio : Logos II

6 Jul 
 
7 Jul



United Kingdom
 Friday, July 07, 2017 at 8pm 
Matthew Herbert Requiem Live Premiere
Festival d'Aix en Provence

United Kingdom
http://www.festival-aix.com/en

Quartet Quatuor Van Kuijk
Electronic Music Matthew Herbert

The Van Kuijk Quartet steps up to play electronic music as it delivers one of the most iconic works of the genre into the hands of the unmissable British electronic musician, Matthew Herbert. First heard in a BBC Radio 3 broadcast, Requiem reveals all the modernity of the string quartet of yesterday and today through the prism of electronics.


Matthew Herbert : Requiem

8 Jul



United Kingdom
 Saturday, July 08, 2017 at 2.30pm 
Piano 4 Hands
Cheltenham Festival

United Kingdom

Waka Hasegawa & Joseph Tong piano



This ‘mixed bill’ of music for piano duet – four hands at one keyboard – has a certain neo-classical flavour, with a new arrangement of Prokofiev’s exuberant ‘Classical Symphony’ and David Matthews’ new Haydn variations. The other commission in this concert is from Daniel Kidane, a rising star alumnus of our first Cheltenham Composer Academy in 2013.



Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart : Andante with Variations in G, K 501
Franz Schubert : Fantasie in F minor D 940
David Matthews : Variations on a Theme by Haydn, Op. 144
Daniel Kidane : New work
Sergei Prokofiev : Classical Symphony (arr. Piano 4 Hands)

9 Jul



United Kingdom
 Sunday, July 09, 2017 at 3pm 
Kokoschka's Doll
Cheltenham Festival

United Kingdom

Rozanna Madylus mezzo-soprano
John Tomlinson bass
Counterpoise

For Alma Mahler, the painter Oskar Kokoschka (1886–1980) was just one of a string of eminent lovers, but for Kokoschka his brief affair with the widow of Mahler was to haunt the rest of his life. Shortly after the liaison ended, in 1914, he commissioned a life-size doll of Alma, which he took to concerts and other public events, finally destroying it at a party to which all his friends were invited. The Counterpoise ensemble explores their tempestuous affair and subsequent obsession through a sequence of music and text featuring the work of Gustav and Alma Mahler, Wagner, Webern and Zemlinsky, followed by the premiere of John Casken’s Kokoschka’s Doll.

As seen through the eyes of Kokoschka as an older man, world-renowned bass John Tomlinson evokes the passions unleashed by the affair against the background of the physical and psychological traumas the artist suffered in the First World War.



David Matthews : The Art of Love: Alma Mahler’s Life and Music
John Casken : Kokoschka’s Doll

9 Jul



Germany
 Sunday, July 09, 2017 at 8pm 
Philip Glass' 80th birthday
Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival

Germany
0431-23 70 70
http://www.shmf.de/en/Home

Daniel Hope, Violin
hr Symphony Orchestra
Hugh Wolff, Conductor

There is hardly anyone in the Western world who doesn’t know his music, as he wrote the film music to popular movies such as “The Hours” and “Kundun.” Philip Glass is like no other contemporary composer. With his radical reductions to repetitive motifs and rhythms, he creates a kind of trance-like effect that only a few can escape. His music has long been familiar to everyone - especially when Glass, as in the case of his first symphony, used three songs by David Bowie from his album “Low.” At the time, Glass was already 55 years old, and his first instrumental concerto, the Violin Concerto No. 1, had also been written just a few years earlier. But “age” is quite relative, and Philip Glass, who is celebrating his 80th birthday in 2017, still composes music that attracts old and young, establishment and underground alike.



Maurice Ravel : Une barque sur l’océan
Philip Glass : Violin Concerto no.1
Philip Glass : Symphony no.1 "Low Symphony“

10 Jul 
 
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12 Jul



United Kingdom
 Wednesday, July 12, 2017 at 12pm 
Brett Dean Gertrude Fragments
Buxton Festival
3 The Square, Buxton, Derbyshire SK17 6AZ
United Kingdom
01298 70395
http://www.buxtonfestival.co.uk/
lee@buxtonfestival.co.uk

Andrey Lebedev, guitar; Lotte Betts-Dean, mezzo-soprano



Both these exciting artists are already much travelled, and not only because they hail from Australia but have now settled in London, although Andrey moved there shortly after his birth in Moscow. The pairing of Mezzo-Soprano with Guitar has produced a programme full of exquisite delicacy, combining music from 4 composers all of whom had an exceptional innate sympathy with both guitar and the voice. Both artists share a passion for breaking boundaries across repertoire, which is both refreshing and inspirational. They have found connections such as between Britten and Dowland, and Brett Dean is without doubt one of the most successful and accessible of today’s composers.



John Dowland : Selection of lute songs arranged for voice and guitar
Benjamin Britten : Folksong Arrangements for voice and guitar
Brett Dean : Gertrude Fragments
Manuel de Falla : Canciones Populares Espanolas

13 Jul 
 
14 Jul 
 
15 Jul



United Kingdom
 Saturday, July 15, 2017 at 6pm 
Ryan Wigglesworth Premiere
Cheltenham Festival

United Kingdom

The Hallé
Roderick Williams baritone
Jonathon Heyward conductor

Hailed by Mark Elder as ‘a bright rising star’, American conductor Jonathon Heyward takes to the Town Hall stage with one of the Music Festival’s long-standing favourites, The Hallé.

Alongside one of the most beloved of romantic symphonies, and Mahler’s ‘songs of a wayfarer’ performed by captivating baritone Roderick Williams, Ryan Wigglesworth’s new work is inspired by themes from his 2017 opera for ENO, The Winter’s Tale, and is a co-commission with The Hallé, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and Bergen Philharmonic.



Ryan Wigglesworth : Clocks from a Winter’s Tale
Gustav Mahler : Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen
Pyotr Tchaikovsky : Symphony No 4

16 Jul 
 
17 Jul 
 

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