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4 Jul 
 
5 Jul



United Kingdom
 Thursday, July 05, 2012 at 8pm 
Cheltenham Festival 2012
Cheltenham Festival

United Kingdom

Tickets: £15, unreserved seating
BBC Singers
David Hill conductor




Hugh Wood : From the Pisan Cantos LXXXI (BBC commission, first performance)
Lauri Supponen : new work (RPS commission; first performance)
Jonathan Harvey : Marahi
Judith Bingham : new work (BBC commission, first performance)
Giles Swayne : Magnificat
John Tavener : Unto the end of the world (first performance)
Einojuhani Rautavaara : Mass (UK premiere)

5 Jul



United Kingdom
 Thursday, July 05, 2012 at 11:00 
The Nash Ensemble
Cheltenham Festival

United Kingdom

Ian Brown piano
Richard Watkins horn
Marianne Thorsen violin
Philip Dukes viola
Paul Watkins cello



Two venerable British composers, both 80 this year, hear brand new pieces of theirs on this first Thursday of the Festival. Hugh Wood features in the BBC Singers’ concert later on; but here, the hugely distinguished members of the Nash Ensemble premiere a new work by Alexander Goehr for the combination that Brahms first wrote for in 1865 – horn, violin and piano.



Wolfgang Mozart : Piano Quartet in G minor
Alexander Goehr : Horn Trio (premiere)
Frank Bridge : Phantasy Piano Quartet
Johannes Brahms : Horn Trio in Eb Op.40

6 Jul



United Kingdom
 Friday, July 06, 2012 at 1.00pm 
Piano and chamber music by London Composers
St Mary's Church, Putney
High Street, Putney, London SW15 1SN
United Kingdom
020 8394 6061
http://www.stmarysputney.co.uk
parish.admin@parishofputney.co.uk

Tickets: Free




Miriam Mackie : Sonata for flute and piano
Derek Foster : Two inventions
Peter Terry : Brighton

7 Jul



United Kingdom
 Saturday, July 07, 2012 at 7.00 pm - 9.00 pm 
From Here to Here
The Art Pavilion, Mile End
Mile End Park, Grove Road, London E3
United Kingdom
http://www.artpavilion.info/

Tickets: Free
Contakt: Kerry Andrews, Paul Burnell, Karen Burnell, Deborah Edwards, Derek Foster, Ann Wolff

These sound performances are part of an exhibition of art works that focus on our physical sense of place and time.

Kerry Andrews : From here to here: a line of enquiry
Paul Burnell : Survey
Deborah Broderick Edwards : From here to there and back
Derek Foster : Letting Go
Ann Wolff : Ferry Event
Ann Wolff : Pavilion Exam

7 Jul



United Kingdom
 Saturday, July 07, 2012 at 16.30 
Babur in London
Cheltenham Festival

United Kingdom

Tickets: £25
The Opera Group

Life is short; work is long.

Work is building an empire and a dynasty,

A place your people can call their own,

Making something that will live after you.

In a London suburb, four young men and women are preparing a terrorist act. As their mission draws closer, they are disturbed by the ghost of Babur. first Mughal Emperor - poet and warrior. Challenging their convictions, he calls them “children playing at battle, in love with death”, but what are his motives for interfering?

Babur in London tells a haunting story of four young people in today’s society grappling with their beliefs, the consequences of their actions, and their feelings for each other. The piece combines the contemporary poetry of Jeet Thayil with original music by Edward Rushton and will be directed by John Fulljames.

Suggested age suitability 14 +



Edward Rushton : Babur in London

7 Jul



United Kingdom
 Saturday, July 07, 2012 at 8pm (See website for more performances) 
Written on Skin
Festival d'Aix en Provence

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

Tickets: 240, 190, 110, 55 and 30 €
Festival d’Aix-en-Provence new production
In coproduction with the Nederlandse Opera Amsterdam, the Royal Opera House Covent Garden London, the Théâtre du Capitole de Toulouse, the Teatro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino


A rich lord welcomes into his house the artist he has commissioned to complete a book of illuminations. This work, he hopes, will immortalise the ruthless practice of his political power and the calm contentment brought to him by domestic order, embodied in the humility and childish obedience of his wife Agnes.

However the creation of the book becomes a catalyst for his wife’s rebellion. After a first successful attempt at seduction, Agnes uses her new intimacy with the illuminator to change the very content of the book and so forces her husband to see her as she really is. This opens the path for an extraordinary and final act of provocation.

Written on Skin, based on an Occitan legend from the 12th century and performed under the cold gaze of 21st-century angels, explores the explosive consequences of self-discovery and the limitations of the power that one human being can exert on another.

Commissioned by the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence and other co-producing opera houses, this world premiere was created by two of the most prominent artists of our time.


George Benjamin : Written on Skin

7 Jul



United Kingdom
 Saturday, July 07, 2012 at 11:00 
Wellensian Consort
Cheltenham Festival

United Kingdom

Tickets: £12
Christopher Finch Conductor



In the lofty spaces of Deerhurst’s magnificent Saxon church, this all-British programme is sung by one of the UK’s finest chamber choirs. Formed by alumni of Wells Cathedral School to celebrate the 1100th anniversary of the school in 2009, the Wellensian Consort won the BBC Radio 3 Choir of the Year competition in November 2010.



Michael Tippett : Five Spirituals (A Child of Our Time)
Ronald Corp : Dhammapada (extracts)
Giles Swayne : Missa Tiburtina

8 Jul 
 
9 Jul



United Kingdom
 Monday, July 09, 2012 at  
Summer Concert
Enfield Grammar School
Enfield, North London
United Kingdom

Joshua Wilson, bassoon
EYSO conducted by Philip Colman



Kelvin Thomson : Boojum

10 Jul 
 
11 Jul 
 
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14 Jul



United Kingdom
 Saturday, July 14, 2012 at 8pm 
Harmonielehre @ Peckham Multi-Storey Car Park
Peckham Rye Multi-Storey Car Park

United Kingdom
http://www.trosp.me/harm

Tickets: Free
TROSP Orchestra

This July the 100 piece TROSP Orchestra returns to Peckham Rye Multi-Storey car park to play John Adams' HARMONIELEHRE: a huge orchestral piece which Adams says was inspired by a dream in which he "watched a gigantic supertanker take off and thrust itself into the sky like a Saturn rocket".

John Adams : HARMONIELEHRE

15 Jul



United Kingdom
 Sunday, July 15, 2012 at 19:30 
London Symphony Orchestra / Valery Gergiev
Barbican Hall, London
Barbican, Silk Street, London EC2
United Kingdom
020 7638 8891
http://www.barbican.org.uk/eticketing

Tickets: £10 / 15 / 19.50 / 27 / 35
Valery Gergiev conductor
Renée Fleming soprano*
London Symphony Orchestra


La mer is an ambient, rich depiction of the ever-changing face of the sea. Originally composed for soprano Renée Fleming, Dutilleux said while writing Le temps l’horloge (Time and the clock), that for inspiration he ‘constantly thought of her voice’s character, of her power of lyrical expression’. Shéhérazade tells the tale of how one lucky maiden saves her head night after night by keeping the sultan enthralled with her stories of Arabian legends. Petrushka is the magical story of a straw and sawdust puppet that comes to life complete with human thoughts and emotions.


Change of programme
Please note the change of programme from some early listings

Pre-concert performance
6 – 6.45pm, Barbican Hall
Guildhall Artists at the Barbican
Ravel Piano Trio performed by the Rhodes Piano Trio
Free entry



Claude Debussy : La Mer
Henri Dutilleux : Le temps l’horloge
Maurice Ravel : Shéhérazade
Igor Stravinsky : Petrushka

16 Jul



United Kingdom
 Monday, July 16, 2012 at 7:15 pm - 9:00 pm 
The Turn of the Screw
Buxton Festival
3 The Square, Buxton, Derbyshire SK17 6AZ
United Kingdom
01298 70395
http://www.buxtonfestival.co.uk/
lee@buxtonfestival.co.uk

Tickets: £10 - £48
NI Opera

Opera in a prologue and two acts.

Libretto by Myfanwy Piper, after the story by Henry James, sung in English
Based on Henry James’s classic ghost story, Benjamin Britten’s masterpiece is a compact and chilling tale of the supernatural.

When an eager young governess is sent from London to look after two orphaned children in a remote English country house, she quickly discovers that the apparent idyll is not as it seems. Mystery envelops the house as sinister spirits from the past return to reveal a terrible secret of innocence lost, and we begin to wonder who is really possessed, the naïve young governess or the two strange children in her care?

This tense and compelling tale, combined with a scintillating score of radiant and haunting music, creates one of the twentieth century’s greatest and most gripping operas.

NI Opera, an ambitious and imaginative new company, has assembled a wonderful cast for this new production including Fiona Murphy, Andrew Tortise, Giselle Allen and Yvonne Howard.



Benjamin Britten : The Turn of the Screw

17 Jul



United Kingdom
 Tuesday, July 17, 2012 at 6:00PM 
BBC Proms Plus Portrait 2012: Saariaho
Royal College of Music, London
Prince Consort Rd, London SW7
United Kingdom

Tom Service presenter
Kaija Saariaho in conversation
London Sinfonietta Academy Ensemble


The London Sinfonietta Academy Ensemble are joined by Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho and broadcaster Tom Service to present a BBC Proms Plus Portrait.

In Tocar, the title of which translates, from Spanish, as 'to touch, to play', Saariaho explores 'how two instruments can touch each other'. Meanwhile, Serenatas, a collection of five small pieces, the order of which is chosen by the performers, reflects on material from two of Saariaho's orchestral works Mirage and Notes on Light.




Kaija Saariaho : Tocar
Kaija Saariaho : Serenatas

18 Jul



Austria
 Wednesday, July 18, 2012 at 7.30 p.m 
Solaris
Bregenz Festival

Austria
http://www.bregenzerfestspiele.com

Tickets: 40-95 EURO


Responsibility, guilt, memory

What would it be like if some unimaginable force were able to give material form to all our repressed emotions and thoughts? To resurrect, from our memories, people who once were close to us – as beings that confront us with our past and yet remain permanently out of reach and beyond our comprehension? What would happen to us as a result? That is exactly what Solaris is about, the famous novel by Polish science fiction author Stanis³aw Lem published in 1961, and which the German composer Detlev Glanert has now turned into an opera.


Solaris is the story of the psychologist Kelvin, who is dispatched to a space station which is orbiting the distant planet Solaris and on which strange things have been happening. Arriving on board, Kelvin is straight away warned about weird apparitions of the kind that relentlessly plague the crew members. None of the crew seem able to rid themselves of the "guests". It isn't long before Kelvin's personal phantasm appears in the form of his former wife, Harey, who killed herself at the age of nineteen, and who now starts revisiting him.


It is the planet's gigantic ocean which makes all these strange beings materialise, projecting the crew members' feelings of guilt into their lives once again, with persistence and indifference. Haunted by guilty memories, the rational scientist Kelvin is increasingly beset by irrational thoughts and feelings. In the end he is the one most deeply affected by the nightly visitations of beings which the plant bodies forth from the crew members' own memories.





Further performances
22 July - 11.00 a.m.
25 July - 7.30 p.m.

Introductory talk in the Festspielhaus will be start one hour before performance




Detlev Glanert : Solaris

19 Jul 
 
20 Jul



Ireland
 Friday, July 20, 2012 at  
Hilltown 5th New Music Festival
Hilltown New Music Festival
Castlepollard
Ireland
http://www.hilltown.ie/buytickets.html
http://www.hilltown.ie

Tickets: http://www.hilltown.ie/buytickets.html
Quiet Music Esnemble, David Toop, Barbara Luneburg, Hilltown Ensemble, Strange Attractor, Kirkos Ensemble, Karen Power.

John Cage:
Child of Tree, Chorales, Four, Four4, Four6
Ryoanji , Inlets, Music for Clarinet
ASLSP, Radio Music, One10
Sculptures Musicales
Music also by: Oliver Knussen, Norah Constance Walsh, Sinéad Finegan, Conal Ryan, Trevor Furlong, Derek Ball, Gráinne Mulvey

Hilltown New Music Festival 2012
Friday 20th - Sunday 22nd July

The Hilltown New Music Festival is an international weekend festival of contemporary music, sonic and visual installations around the medieval castle keep in the grounds of Hilltown House, Castlepollard, Co.Westmeath.


Karen Power : some things just are

21 Jul



United Kingdom
 Saturday, July 21, 2012 at 7:30pm - 10:00pm 
Cool Fusion
All Saints Church, West Dulwich
Lovelace Road, SE21 7JY
United Kingdom
020 8676 4550
http://www.all-saints.org.uk
vicar@all-saints.org.uk

Tickets: £12/£10 concessions, from ticketline.co.uk/cool-fusion or 0844 888 9991, booking fee applies
Lambeth Wind Orchestra
Putney Arts Theatre
Coronel Percussion
Cool Fusion Jazz
Cool Fusion Electronica
Mark Pampel (piano)

Cool Fusion is one of the largest voluntary-arts initiatives in the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad. It presents a series of four performances of new music and drama in historic London venues, celebrating the Olympics and Paralympics within London's vibrant culture. It is a partnership of London Composers Forum, Colchester New Music and Putney Writers' Circle.

Developed collaboratively by twelve composers and four writers, Cool Fusion uses wind orchestra, percussion ensemble, electronics and actors to weave a narrative of exceptional human endeavour. The performance is framed by historical episodes, from sandals to scandals, chariots to wheelchairs, outside track to winners’ podium. These are interwoven with works exploring the parallels between music and physical culture, in rhythms of pace, endurance, determination and achievement.

Texts and libretti for musical works are contributed by Rita Adam (Four Minute Mile), Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (Dorando : An Olympic Tale) and Linda Redshaw (Outside Track). Additional non-musical drama pieces are contributed by Marcia Kelson and Dan Clarke.

In the run-up to the world premiere at All Saints West Dulwich, Cool Fusion is working on a local outreach project with Kids' Company in Lambeth, exploring the Cool Fusion's themes through percussion, movement, visual art and English. Some of the results will be unveiled at the All Saints performance.

This performance and outreach project are supported by public funding from the National Lottery through Arts Council England.


Mark Garnham : Fanfare for the Olympic Flame (London 2012)
David Arditti : Time and Tide
Cedric Peachey : Gold, Silver & Bronze
Alan Parsons : Fanfare for 2012
Mark Pampel : THE FINAL
Martin Jones : Four Minute Mile
Phil Baker : Triumphal Laurels – Canzona ii from Canzonae Olympiae for Brass Quartet & Timpani
Luca Tieppo : Dorando: An Olympic Tale
Mark Pampel : Against the Odds
Stuart Russell : Distance/Time
Alan Taylor : Episode I from Five Incomplete Episodes
Andy Bungay : Outside Track
Alan Hilton : Olympic Fanfare

21 Jul



United Kingdom
 Saturday, July 21, 2012 at 3.00pm 
Songs from the Exotic
King's Head Theatre, London
115 Upper Street, Islington, N1 1QN
United Kingdom
02074780160
http://kingsheadtheatre.ticketsolve.com/shows/873482965/events

Tickets: £12
Cerys Jones (mezzo-soprano)
Tim Watts (piano)


Quests for spiritual enlightenment and sensual discovery...memories of lovers, long ago and faraway...the incomparable strangeness of the everyday...
Ideas of the exotic are explored in all their mystery and potency in a programme of songs based on translations of Hindu, Spanish, Polish, Serbian, German and Gaelic poetry.


Gustav Holst : Vedic Hymns, Op. 24 (selection)
Samuel Barber : Three Songs, Op. 45
Foulds John : 'Exotic' (from 'Essays in the modes')
Judith Weir : Songs from the exotic
Tim Watts : White Shadow

22 Jul 
 
23 Jul 
 
24 Jul 
 
25 Jul 
 
26 Jul 
 
27 Jul 
 
28 Jul



Scotland
 Saturday, July 28, 2012 at 7.30pm 
John Cage at 100
City Halls
Glasgow
Scotland

Tickets: Free (unreserved seating) limited to 4 tickets per application (not suitable for young children).
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
John Tilbury piano+
Ilan Volkov conductor



Endlessly innovative, John Cage's music defied category and blurred the lines between composition, improvisation and performance art. A theorist, philosopher and artist, he remained at the forefront of the American avant-garde until his death in 1992. The BBC SSO celebrates the centenary of Cage's birth with an evening of genre-defying performances. His tireless experimentations in sound questioned what music can be. As well as his Concerto for Prepared Piano and Orchestra, the concert features music for the human voice, cassette players, percussion, and an amplified cactus played by the evening's curator and BBC SSO Principal Guest Conductor, Ilan Volkov.

The concert, which is also part of this year's Merchant City Festival, will be recorded for future broadcast in BBC Radio 3's Saturday late-night new music programme Hear and Now.



John Cage : Concerto for Prepared Piano
John Cage : Atlas Eclipticalis, Winter Music
John Cage : But what about the noise...
John Cage : ear for EAR (Antiphonies)
John Cage : Improvisation III
John Cage : Child of Tree

28 Jul



United Kingdom
 Saturday, July 28, 2012 at 7:30pm - 10:00pm 
Cool Fusion
Cecil Sharp House
2 Regent's Park Road, Camden, London NW1 7AY
United Kingdom
http://www.efdss.org

Tickets: £12/£10 concessions, from ticketline.co.uk/cool-fusion or 0844 888 9991, booking fee applies
Lambeth Wind Orchestra
Putney Arts Theatre
Coronel Percussion
Cool Fusion Jazz
Cool Fusion Electronica
Mark Pampel (piano)

Cool Fusion is one of the largest voluntary-arts initiatives in the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad. It presents a series of four performances of new music and drama in historic London venues, celebrating the Olympics and Paralympics within London's vibrant culture. It is a partnership of London Composers Forum, Colchester New Music and Putney Writers' Circle.

Developed collaboratively by twelve composers and four writers, Cool Fusion uses wind orchestra, percussion ensemble, electronics and actors to weave a narrative of exceptional human endeavour. The performance is framed by historical episodes, from sandals to scandals, chariots to wheelchairs, outside track to winners’ podium. These are interwoven with works exploring the parallels between music and physical culture, in rhythms of pace, endurance, determination and achievement.

Texts and libretti for musical works are contributed by Rita Adam (Four Minute Mile), Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (Dorando : An Olympic Tale) and Linda Redshaw (Outside Track). Additional non-musical drama pieces are contributed by Marcia Kelson and Dan Clarke.

For the Cecil Sharp House performance, Cool Fusion is running a local outreach project with Kids' Company in Camden, exploring the Cool Fusion's themes through percussion and other art forms. Some of the results will be unveiled at this performance.

This performance and outreach project are supported by public funding from the National Lottery through Arts Council England.


Mark Garnham : Fanfare for the Olympic Flame (London 2012)
David Arditti : Time and Tide
Cedric Peachey : Gold, Silver & Bronze
Alan Parsons : Fanfare for 2012
Mark Pampel : THE FINAL
Martin Jones : Four Minute Mile
Phil Baker : Triumphal Laurels – Canzona ii from Canzonae Olympiae for Brass Quartet & Timpani
Luca Tieppo : Dorando: An Olympic Tale
Mark Pampel : Against the Odds
Stuart Russell : Distance/Time
Alan Taylor : Episode I from Five Incomplete Episodes
Andy Bungay : Outside Track
Alan Hilton : Olympic Fanfare

29 Jul 
 
30 Jul 
 
31 Jul 
 
1 Aug



United Kingdom
 Wednesday, August 01, 2012 at 1.00-2.00pm 
Lunchtime concert series
St John-at-Hampstead, London
Church Row, London NW3
United Kingdom

Tickets: Free concert
John Campbell Trumpet
Graeme Thewlis- Piano and Baritone

Chamber music-performances of works for Trumpet and Piano. Selection of English and British Sea Songs for Baritone and Piano.

Esther Hopkins : Kings Quoit (i) Dwelling Places

1 Aug



Ireland
 Wednesday, August 01, 2012 at 9am - 10pm 
ISSTA Conference
Cork School of Music
Union Quay, Cork, Irelnad
Ireland
http://issta.ie

Tickets: €40
The Irish Sound, Science and Technology Association (ISSTA) announces a Call for Submissions for its second annual Convocation. The four categories includes Musical Works, Sound Art/Installations, Papers/Posters and Workshops.

Noise has become ubiquitous in most of our lives. As listening is an imaginative activity, so noise is a cultural construct, and has always been a presence in our music, communication and environment. From Russolo to the post-digital arts, noise has been increasingly accepted into the realm of artistic practice as valid and evocative material. This Convocation will draw upon both science and art, theory and practice, in exploring these spaces and focuses on how contemporary science and technology affects the concept of noise.

The second annual Irish Sound, Science and Technology Convocation (ISSTC) will be held August 1-2, 2012 at the Cork School of Music and St. John’s College in Cork.

The Irish Sound, Science and Technology Association (ISSTA) announces a Call for Submissions for its second annual Convocation. The four categories includes Musical Works, Sound Art/Installations, Papers/Posters and Workshops.

Noise has become ubiquitous in most of our lives. As listening is an imaginative activity, so noise is a cultural construct, and has always been a presence in our music, communication and environment. From Russolo to the post-digital arts, noise has been increasingly accepted into the realm of artistic practice as valid and evocative material. This Convocation will draw upon both science and art, theory and practice, in exploring these spaces and focuses on how contemporary science and technology affects the concept of noise.

The second annual Irish Sound, Science and Technology Convocation (ISSTC) will be held August 1-2, 2012 at the Cork School of Music and St. John’s College in Cork.


Karen Power : birds I view through cracks (2010)

2 Aug 
 
3 Aug 
 

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