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27 Jan

United Kingdom
 Tuesday, January 27, 2015 at 6pm - 7.30pm 
Fidelio Trio Project
Royal Holloway University of London
Egham, Surrey
United Kingdom

Tickets: Free
The Fidelio Trio
Darragh Morgan - violin
Adi Tal - cello
Mary Dullea - piano

The music department at Royal Holloway have developed a relationship with The Fidelio Trio, the UK’s leading piano trio ensemble and exponents of contemporary music for the idiom, and welcome them to the College this term for a day devoted to new music written for piano trio.

Mark Bowden : Airs No Oceans Keep
Gavin Higgins : The Ruins of Detroit
Ed Bennett : Slow Down
Nathan James Dearden : Riffs for piano trio
Kelvin Thomson : Montage

28 Jan 
29 Jan 
30 Jan

United Kingdom
 Friday, January 30, 2015 at 7.30pm 
Oliver Knussen conducts Academy Manson Ensemble
Royal Academy of Music
Marylebone Road, London
United Kingdom

Tickets: £7.50 (concessions £5.50)
Oliver Knussen conductor
Academy Manson Ensemble

Oliver Knussen, recently appointed as the Academy’s Richard Rodney Bennett Professor of Music, launches his new relationship with Academy Manson Ensemble.

Knussen dedicated the first of his Two Organa to Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, Visiting Professor of Composition at the Academy. The Academy’s Head of Composition Philip Cashian studied with Knussen; and the latest generation in this teaching line is Cashian’s own PhD student Ryan Latimer.

Oliver Knussen : Two Organa, op.27
Richard Rodney Bennett : Dream dancing
Philip Cashian : Skein
Ryan Latimer : new work
Peter Maxwell Davies : A Mirror of Whitening Light

31 Jan

United Kingdom
 Saturday, January 31, 2015 at Various times, all day 
Total Immersion: Percussion!
LSO St Luke's, London
161 Old Street London EC1V 9NG
United Kingdom
020 7638 8891

BBCSO and others

Talks on and concerts of percussion music by contemporary composers.

Contemporary Composers : Various

1 Feb 
2 Feb 
3 Feb 
4 Feb

United Kingdom
 Wednesday, February 04, 2015 at 1pm 
Britten Sinfonia At Lunch 3
Wigmore Hall, London
36 Wigmore St, London W1
United Kingdom

Jacqueline Shave, Miranda Dale violins Clare Finnimore, Catherine Musker violas Caroline Dearnley cello

Vaughan Williams’ Phantasy for string quintet, which displays his distinctive and expressive style, was dedicated to William Wilson Cobbett, whose famous competition encouraged young composers to write chamber music. Winner of our own Cambridge University Composers workshop , Ben Comeau’s work receives its premiere and we hear Beethoven’s transitional and tumultuous quintet “The Storm”.

Ludwig Van Beethoven : String Quintet in C major, Op.29
Ben Comeau : New work
Vaughan Williams : Phantasy Quintet

5 Feb 
6 Feb 
7 Feb 
8 Feb

United Kingdom
 Sunday, February 08, 2015 at 7.30pm 
LSO St Luke's, London
161 Old Street London EC1V 9NG
United Kingdom
020 7638 8891

Jan St Werner
Taigen Kawabe
Kathy Alberici
Zoya Bassi

One half of the iconoclastic German duo Mouse on Mars, sometime member of Microstoria, and creator of numerous questing solo projects, Jan St. Werner has been making electronic music for over 20 years

Inspired by the concepts of time and memory, and based on the acoustic phenomena derived by phrasing and musical time-stretching, Miscontinuum has been developed and refined over a period of four years.

Featuring live video from Zoya Bassi and contributions from Dylan Carlson (Earth), Markus Popp (Oval), Taigen Kawabe (Bo Ningen) and Kathy Alberici (Drum Eyes), Werner brings his electronic opera to London for the first time.

Jan St Werner : Miscontinuum

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12 Feb

United Kingdom
 Thursday, February 12, 2015 at 7.30pm 
Milton Court - Guildhall School of Music & Drama
Milton Court, Guildhall School of Music & Drama, EC2Y 9BH
United Kingdom
020 7638 8891

James MacMillan conductor
BBC Singers
London Sinfonietta

James MacMillan’s music has long been moving and exciting British audiences, and his choral music in particular can create a profound and powerful impact.

The London Sinfonietta and BBC Singers perform works ranging from the deeply spiritual Cum vidisset Jesus, through the philosophically moral After Virtue to the intensely personal Catherine’s Lullabies, written for the birth of the composer’s daughter.

The programme also includes a selection of some recently unearthed Church Songs by Polish composer Henryk Górecki.

James MacMillan : After Virtue
Henryk Gorecki : Church Songs
James MacMillan : Sun Dogs
James MacMillan : Cum vidisset Jesus (When Jesus had seen his Mother)
James MacMillan : They saw the stone had been rolled away
James MacMillan : Alleluia
James MacMillan : Catherine’s Lullabies

13 Feb 
14 Feb

United Kingdom
 Saturday, February 14, 2015 at 7.30pm 
Sir Simon Rattle and the Berliner Philharmoniker
Royal Festival Hall, London
South Bank, London SE1
United Kingdom
020 7840 4242

Berliner Philharmoniker
Sir Simon Rattle conductor
Kate Royal soprano
Magdalena Kožená mezzo-soprano
London Symphony Chorus
CBSO Chorus

Sir Simon Rattle concludes The London Residency by conducting Mahler's epic Second symphony, a suitably climactic work to celebrate this landmark series.

Composed a century apart, Mahler’s 85-minute Symphony No.2 Resurrection and Helmut Lachenmann’s 15-minute Tableau share an intense engagement with the natural and imagined world. The alluring textures of Lachenmann’s virtuosic musique concrète instrumentale provide a prelude to the climax of The London Residency: Mahler’s dramatic symphonic epic with Dies Irae plainchant, pastoral dance, teeming fish, a nightingale, off-stage brass, transcendent solo voices and a vast choir.

Also on 15th February

Helmut Lachenmann : Tableau
Gustav Mahler : Symphony No 2 (Resurrection)

15 Feb 
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18 Feb

United Kingdom
 Wednesday, February 18, 2015 at 1.10pm 
Manchester Mid-day Concerts Society
Bridgewater Hall, Manchester
Manchester M1 5HA
United Kingdom
44 (0) 161 907 9000

Tickets: £11.50, £9.50, £7.00
Cavaleri Quartet
Martyn Jackson violin
Ciaran McCabe violin
Ann Beilby viola
Rowena Calvert cello

Leos Janacek : Quartet No. 2 Intimate Letters
David Dubery : Cuarteto Iberico: (Los fantasmas de los tiempos pasados)

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22 Feb

United Kingdom
 Sunday, February 22, 2015 at 7pm 
CBSO Youth Orchestra
Symphony Hall, Birmingham
Broad Street, Birmingham, West Midlands, B1 2EA
United Kingdom
0121 200 2000

CBSO Youth Orchestra
Edward Gardner conductor
Denis Kozhukhin piano

Mahler’s First Symphony begins by creating the world – and ends by storming Heaven itself. Well, the CBSO Youth Orchestra likes a challenge, and if you’ve heard our inspirational young players before, you’ll know that under the baton of CBSO principal guest conductor Edward Gardner we’re in for something very special indeed. Twentieth century classics by Lutoslawski and Prokofiev raise the curtain with an explosion of colour.

Witold Lutoslawski : Symphony No 4
Sergei Prokofiev : Piano Concerto No 1
Gustav Mahler : Symphony No 1

23 Feb 
24 Feb

United Kingdom
 Tuesday, February 24, 2015 at 7.30pm 
The Songbook
Wigmore Hall, London
36 Wigmore St, London W1
United Kingdom

Conductor: Jonathan Berman
Sopranos: Gillian Keith
Rebecca von Lipinski


This special Songbook programme is a rare opportunity to hear a hand-picked selection of 17 songs for soprano and small ensemble, commissioned over a ten year period from the late 1980s by composer/BCMG Artist-in-Association John Woolrich and soprano Mary Wiegold. In addition we celebrate the 75th Sound Investment premiere since the commissioning scheme launched in 1992.

In total, around 200 works were commissioned for The Songbook by inviting composers to write a ‘song’ (whatever that suggested to them in terms of choice of text, duration and musical language) and not a piece of vocal chamber music.

Along with distinguished soloists Gillian Keith and Rebecca von Lipinski, BCMG presents a programme focusing on songs from the collection by European composers (plus an American and an Argentinian) in a concert that helps to establish these pieces as part of the repertoire. Complementing these will be a new ‘song’ by Gerald Barry, himself a brilliant writer for voice as anyone who heard BCMG’s European premiere performances of his acclaimed opera The Importance of Being Earnest in April 2012 will know.

Today, Woolrich and Wiegold’s Songbook compendium is a portrait of what a wide range of composers were up to at the end of the 20th century. Most British composers are represented in the collection, plus music from many other countries, and not just contemporary classical: there are songs by jazz composers (Mike Garrick, Keith Tippett) and rock composers (Joby Talbot and Elvis Costello).

Jonathan Harvey: You
Milton Babbitt: Quatrains
Gerald Barry: Crossing the Bar (world premiere / BCMG Sound Investment commission)
Thomas Adès: Life Story
Kurt Schwertsik: Human Existence…
Der Herr weis was der Wil
singt meine schwäne
Harrison Birtwistle: White and Light
Olga Neuwirth: The Cartographer Song
Poul Ruders: Alone
Osvaldo Golijov: Sarajevo
Detlev Glanert: Contemplated by a Portrait of a Divine
Niccolo Castiglioni: Vallis Clausa
Salvatore Sciarrino: Due Risvegli e il Vento
Aldo Clementi: Wiegenlied
Franco Donatoni: An angel within my heart

Contemporary Composers : Various

25 Feb

United Kingdom
 Wednesday, February 25, 2015 at 17:30 
Tokaido Road: A Journey after Hiroshige
Milton Court - Guildhall School of Music & Drama
Milton Court, Guildhall School of Music & Drama, EC2Y 9BH
United Kingdom
020 7638 8891

Nicola LeFanu music
Nancy Gaffield libretto
Caroline Clegg director
Dominic Wheeler conductor

Nicola LeFanu’s acclaimed piece of music theatre, composed for Okeanos’s unique blend of Western and Japanese instruments, receives its London premiere. Through art, poetry, mime and music, Tokaido Road tells the story of the artist Hiroshige and his travels on Japan’s ancient Eastern sea road from Edo to Kyoto.

Nicola LeFanu : Tokaido Road: A Journey after Hiroshige

26 Feb 

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