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23 Oct

United Kingdom
 Monday, October 23, 2017 at 1.00pm-2.00pm 
Air - Miloš Milivojevic (accordion)
St George the Martyr
Borough High Street, London
United Kingdom

Tickets: Free admission
Miloš Milivojevic (accordion)

The accordion is the featured instrument in this performance by the virtuoso Miloš Milivojevic — “A hurricane of imaginative invention” (Hilary Finch, The Times). Presenting the accordion as a truly global instrument, Milivojevic takes us from Argentinian music to works by lesser known composers from France, Belarus and Russia. A world premiere from London-based Robert Percy completes the set from this exceptional musician.

Astor Piazzolla : Milonga del Angel
Franck Angelis : Interier
Robert Percy : New Work
Viaceslav Semenov : Don Rhapsody
Victor Vlasov : Five views on Gulag Archipelago

24 Oct

United Kingdom
 Tuesday, October 24, 2017 at 1pm - 2pm 
Reverberate - Christopher Guild, Piano
St George the Martyr
Borough High Street, London
United Kingdom

Tickets: Admission free
Christopher Guild - Piano

Featured performer of Series 2 of Borough New Music, Christopher Guild performs the World Premiere of the first piano sonata by Ben Gaunt (b. 1984), and the mighty Piano Sonata No 2 by Poul Ruders.

Ben Gaunt : Piano Sonata No 1
Poul Ruders : Piano Sonata No 2

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30 Oct

United Kingdom
 Monday, October 30, 2017 at 7.30pm 
Wigmore Hall, London
36 Wigmore St, London W1
United Kingdom


Mobius, an international ensemble of seven outstanding musicians, returns to the Wigmore Hall with a typically eclectic programme, highlighting a world première by renowned American composer George Tsontakis. The commission, based on T.S. Eliot's Four Quartets, forms the centrepiece for other works in the evening beloved to the poet.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart : Clarinet Quintet in A major K581
Claude Debussy : Deux danses
George Tsontakis : New Work
Heitor Villa-Lobos : Assobio a jato
Ludwig Van Beethoven : Grosse Fuge in B flat major Op. 133

31 Oct

United Kingdom
 Tuesday, October 31, 2017 at 1pm - 2pm 
Reward - TL John Halford Competition Prizewinning Recital
St George the Martyr
Borough High Street, London
United Kingdom

Tickets: Admission free.
Pianists: Joe Howson, Ieva Dubova, Mahsa Salali, Marisa Munoz Lopez, Neus Peris Ferrer.

Michael Worboys : Bone Memories
Rotem Sherman : Home
Harry Palmer : Birthday Song for Erwin
Kaikhosru Sorabji : Transcendental Etude 20 'con fantasia'
Thomas Ades : Concert Paraphrase on Powder Her Face (Movst I & IV)
Toby Ingram : Into the Unknown
Hans Werne Henze : Präludien zu Tristan
Frederic Rzewski : Piano Piece IV

1 Nov 
2 Nov

United Kingdom
 Thursday, November 02, 2017 at 7.30pm 
Vaughan Williams, Jonathan Dove and Schumann
Wigmore Hall, London
36 Wigmore St, London W1
United Kingdom

James Gilchrist tenor;
Anna Tilbrook piano

James Gilchrist and Anna Tilbrook have developed their reading of Schumann’s Dichterliebe over many acclaimed performances and hours of deep thinking. They return to the composer’s Heine settings in a special programme, celebrating twenty years of their artistic collaboration, which also includes Vaughan Williams’s evocative first song cycle.

This concert also marks the end of a project many years in the making, that has seen the duo pairing new commissions with Schumann song cycles. This programme is crowned with the world première of Under Alter’d Skies by Royal Philharmonic Society Award-winner Jonathan Dove.

Ralph Vaughan Williams : Songs of Travel
Jonathan Dove : Under Alter'd Skies
Robert Schumann : Dichterliebe Op. 48

2 Nov

United Kingdom
 Thursday, November 02, 2017 at 7 for 7.30 
Brunel Museum
Railway Avenue, Rotherhithe, London SE16 4LF
United Kingdom
0207 231 3840

Tickets: £12.50
New ensemble Philomena: six sopranos

Newly commissioned work alongside 17th century song

Miriam Mackie : Sappho Fragments

3 Nov

United Kingdom
 Friday, November 03, 2017 at 7.30pm 
Mahler, Jolas and Boulanger
Barbican Hall, London
Barbican, Silk Street, London EC2
United Kingdom
020 7638 8891

BBC Symphony Orchestra/Storgårds

The doyenne of French composers, Betsy Jolas, brings one of her latest works to London, presented alongside music by Lili Boulanger and Gustav Mahler.

Betsy Jolas, born in 1926 and therefore a contemporary of Pierre Boulez, is one of French music’s greats and this concert features her work for piano, trumpet and orchestra, Histoires vraies from 2015 and written for the Festival Printemps des Arts in Monte-Carlo. The piece’s ‘stories’ aim to work with the ‘sounds we try not to hear’ and also bring together two players whose musical paths rarely cross: Håkan Hardenberger and Roger Muraro, one of France’s finest modernist pianists, who makes a rare UK appearance. Lili Boulanger, who died aged 24, gives us her atmospheric orchestral diptych juxtaposing morning and evening and Gustav Mahler’s folk-infused Fourth Symphony literally bursts into song to close the programme.

Gustav Mahler : Symphony No. 4
Lili Boulanger : D’un matin de printemps; D’un soir triste
Betsy Jolas : Histoires Vraies

4 Nov

United Kingdom
 Saturday, November 04, 2017 at 7.30pm 
Brett Dean/Beethoven/Sally Beamish/Elgar
Bridgewater Hall, Manchester
Lower Mosley Road
United Kingdom
44 (0) 161 907 9000

BBC Philharmonic

Completed at the end of 2016 and premiered by tonight’s soloist in the US in January, Sally Beamish’s potent and political new piece was written in response to Beethoven’s immaculate First Piano Concerto. You can trace connections between the works when pianist Jonathan Biss performs them both tonight. Brett Dean’s Testament also takes Beethoven as its inspiration, drawing on the composer’s desperate frustration with his growing deafness, while Elgar’s ever-cherished ‘Enigma’ Variations pays homage to his friends and family.

Brett Dean : Testament
Ludwig Van Beethoven : Piano Concerto No 1 in C major
Sally Beamish : Piano Concerto no. 3 "City Stanzas"
Edward Elgar : Enigma Variations

4 Nov

United Kingdom
 Saturday, November 04, 2017 at 8pm 
Cian Ciarán Presents: Rhys & Meinir
Hoddinott Hall
Millennium Centre, Cardiff Bay, Cardiff
United Kingdom

Cian Ciarán

For 20 years and counting a member of Super Furry Animals, Cian Ciarán comes together with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales. The World premiere performance of a work that has been almost two-decades in development features a full 84 piece orchestra and Cian Ciarán’s Rhys & Meinir promises a rare, aural experience that encapsulates the drama of ancient Welsh folklore, the envisioned splendour of rural Wales and the innate, musical curiosity of the intrepid composer.

Rhys and Meinir found love in the village of Nant Gwrtheyrn, North Wales and their childhood romance blossomed for all to see. On the day of their marriage, Meinir is nowhere to be found and the mystery leads Rhys into months of despair. When finally a thunder strike reveals Meinir’s final hiding place, Rhys is unable to live a second longer.

Cian Ciaran : Rhys & Meinir

4 Nov

United Kingdom
 Saturday, November 04, 2017 at 4.30pm 
Kings Place
90 York Way, London, N1 9AG
United Kingdom
020 7520 1440

Lucy Schaufer mezzo-soprano
Michael Cox flute
Darragh Morgan violin
Paul Silverthorne viola
Timothy Lines clarinet
Lucy Wakeford harp
London Sinfonietta

Curated by John Woolrich

Get to know Luciano Berio; one of the towering musical personalities of the post-war avantgarde, who constantly reinvented musical sound and form. His music drew inspiration from and reworked the vernacular of folk, pop and other classical music and indeed his own compositions. The London Sinfonietta collaborated a great deal with Berio during the 1970s and 1980s, helping both ensemble and composer to establish an international reputation.

Luciano Berio : Traditional folk song fragments

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7 Nov

United Kingdom
 Tuesday, November 07, 2017 at 1pm - 2pm 
Last Words - Soprano, Flute, Cello & Piano
St George the Martyr
Borough High Street, London
United Kingdom

Tickets: Free admission
Patricia Auchterlonie (soprano), Antonia Berg (flute), Ben Smith (piano), Yoanna Prodanova (cello)

Series 3 of Borough New Music opens with works by composers from Italy, Canada and the UK. Songs by Sciarrino are set either side of the two centrepieces of this recital: the UK premiere of Kate Soper's 'Only The Words Themselves Mean What They Say'(2010-11), and a world premiere by exciting young pianist-composer Ben Smith (b. 1991).

Kate Soper : Only the words themselves mean what they say (2010-11)
Ben Smith : New Work
Salvatore Sciarrino : Ultime rose (from Vanitas) (1981)
Salvatore Sciarrino : Due melodie per soprano e pianoforte (1978)

8 Nov 
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12 Nov

United Kingdom
 Sunday, November 12, 2017 at 7.30pm 
Takács Quartet
Wigmore Hall, London
36 Wigmore St, London W1
United Kingdom

Takács Quartet
Associate Artists

Wigmore Hall’s Associate Artists pair the first of Mozart’s ‘Prussian’ Quartets, a composition written with the chamber music-loving, cello-playing Frederick the Great in mind, with a new work by the Australian composer Carl Vine. The folk-inspired melodies and soaring lyricism of Brahms’s third string quartet occupy the concert’s second half.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart : String Quartet in D major K575 'Prussian'
Carl Vine : New work
Johannes Brahms : String Quartet No. 3 in B flat major Op. 67

13 Nov 
14 Nov

United Kingdom
 Tuesday, November 14, 2017 at 1pm - 2pm 
Babbitt-Haas-Emmerson - Piano, Soprano & Electronics
St George the Martyr
Borough High Street, London
United Kingdom

Tickets: Free admission
Ben Smith (piano), Patricia Auchterlonie (soprano)

Lauded for her 'natural charm and grace' (Classical Source, 2017), the soprano Patricia Auchterlonie joins the pianist Ben Smith for a recital featuring works for soprano or piano with fixed electronics. The contrasting programme of Babbitt, Haas and Emmerson spans iconic works written between 1964 and 2004.

Milton Babbitt : Philomel (1964)
Georg Friedrich Haas : Ein Schattenspiel (2004)
Simon Emmerson : Time Past IV (1985)

15 Nov 
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17 Nov

United Kingdom
 Friday, November 17, 2017 at 7.30pm 
BBC SSO in Birmingham
Symphony Hall, Birmingham
Broad Street, Birmingham, West Midlands, B1 2EA
United Kingdom
0121 200 2000


Feel the energy, as powerhouse conductor Ilan Volkov conducts Beethoven’s 'Eroica' Symphony, and makes some dynamic discoveries.

With the two explosive chords, Beethoven’s Eroica symphony launched a new era for music – and created a world of limitless sonic possibility. So Ilan Volkov and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra pair it with three dazzlingly inventive new pieces in an evening drawing inspiration from Volkov's renowned Tectonics Festival in Reykjavik and Glasgow.

Cassandra Miller Miller : Round
John Croft : Lost Work
Salvatore Sciarrino : Allegoria della notte

17 Nov

United Kingdom
 Friday, November 17, 2017 at 1pm 
Britten Sinfonia; Nik Bärtsch piano
Wigmore Hall, London
36 Wigmore St, London W1
United Kingdom

Britten Sinfonia
Nik Bärtsch piano

Nik Bärtsch’s music was praised by The New York Times for blending ‘post-modernism with a precision groove honed in the spirit of James Brown’. As curator, Bärtsch has set his latest work alongside works by Sarah Kirkland Snider, Judd Greenstein and the winner of OPUS2017, Britten Sinfonia’s competition for unpublished composers.

Sarah Kirkland Snider : Pale As Centuries
OPUS 2017 Winner : New Work
Judd Greenstein : City Boy
Nik Bärtsch : New Work

18 Nov

United Kingdom
 Saturday, November 18, 2017 at  
Nico Muhly: Marnie
English National Opera
London Coliseum
United Kingdom


Marnie is a compelling psychological thriller set in England during the late 1950s. A young woman makes her way through life by embezzling from her employers, before she moves on and changes her identity. When her current boss Mark Rutland catches her red-handed, he blackmails her into a loveless marriage. Marnie is left with no choice but to confront the hidden trauma from her past.

Following Two Boys in 2011, this is the composer Nico Muhly’s second world premiere for ENO. With a libretto by Nicholas Wright, Marnie is based on the novel by Winston Graham, by special arrangement with Universal Pictures. It examines the cost of freedom, the limitations of forgiveness and the impossibility of escaping the past, in music that is direct and powerful.

Tony Award-winning director Michael Mayer makes his UK opera debut, collaborating with ENO Music Director Martyn Brabbins. Grammy Award-winning mezzo Sasha Cooke sings the title role, while acclaimed bass-baritone Daniel Okulitch sings Mark Rutland. They are joined by ENO favourite Lesley Garrett.

18 Nov - 03 Dec 2017

Nico Muhly : Marnie

19 Nov 
20 Nov

United Kingdom
 Monday, November 20, 2017 at 7.30pm 
Stockhausen: Stimmung & Cosmic Pulses
Barbican Hall, London
Barbican, Silk Street, London EC2
United Kingdom
020 7638 8891

Robert Henke laser artist
Jacqueline Barron soprano
Zoe Freedman soprano
Heather Cairncross mezzo-soprano
Guy Elliott tenor
Angus Smith tenor
Gregory Rose bass/director
Stephen Montague assistant sound projection
Kathinka Pasveer sound projection

For the tenth anniversary of Stockhausen’s death we present rare performances of two of his defining masterpieces: the meditative, trance-like Stimmung and the earth-shattering Cosmic Pulses.

Ten years ago, Karlheinz Stockhausen ceased composing on a physical plane – but his music always reached beyond the merely visible. Cosmic Pulses and Stimmung create musical spaces of rapturous, visionary beauty and intensity, and these performers are profoundly committed.

Every Stockhausen performance is a major event, of course – not many composers born in the 20th century speak more directly, or with such an original voice. Stimmung and Cosmic Pulses come from opposite ends of his extraordinary career, and here Cosmic Pulses will be accompanied by a laser installation from audio-visual artist Robert Henke. This is music that demands to be heard – and felt – live, and it’s performed today by artists who knew the composer intimately.

Karlheinz Stockhausen : Stimmung
Karlheinz Stockhausen : Cosmic Pulses

21 Nov

United Kingdom
 Tuesday, November 21, 2017 at 1pm - 2pm 
Sensations - Ben Smith, Piano
St George the Martyr
Borough High Street, London
United Kingdom

Tickets: Free admission
Ben Smith (piano)

A solo piano recital by the enterprising young pianist Ben Smith. Based in London and specialising in contemporary music, Smith is interested in – amongst other things – phenomenological and semiotic approaches to musical analysis, and compositional encounters with silence and repetition. This concert is the third in Series 3 of Borough New Music, of which Smith is a Guest Artistic Director.

Julian Anderson : Sensation (2015-16)
Conlon Nancarrow : Three Canons for Ursula (1988)
Robert Reid Allan : The Palace of Light (2016)

22 Nov

United Kingdom
 Wednesday, November 22, 2017 at  
Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival
Room CAM1/10, University of Huddersfield, Huddersfield, HD1 3DH
United Kingdom
44 (0) 1484 430528

Martyn Brabbins conductor
London Sinfonietta

Explore some of the London Sinfonietta’s most iconic commissions as part of our 50th anniversary celebrations. From the architectural principles that guide Xenakis’ Thallein, to the richness of Birtwistle’s Silbury Air, inspired by the mystery of the prehistoric Silbury Hill in Wiltshire, these landmark pieces give a sense of the musical journey the London Sinfonietta has taken.

Wed 22 & Sat 25 Nov
Huddersfield | London

Iannis Xenakis : Thallein for chamber orchestra
Colin Matthews : Contraflow
Wolfgang Rihm : Chiffre ii: Silence to be beaten
Harrison Birtwistle : Silbury Air

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