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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

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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

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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

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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

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United Kingdom
 Wednesday, July 19, 2017 at 7.30pm 
John Casken Kokoschka’s Doll
Buxton Festival
3 The Square, Buxton, Derbyshire SK17 6AZ
United Kingdom
01298 70395
http://www.buxtonfestival.co.uk/
lee@buxtonfestival.co.uk

Sir John Tomlinson, bass-baritone/ speaker; Rozanna Madylus, mezzo-soprano



The Art of Love Alma Mahler’s Life and Music: a sequence incorporating music by Alma and Gustav Mahler, Zemlinsky, Webern and Wagner

John Casken Kokoschka’s Doll (text by John Casken and Barry Millington)

From the middle of the 20th century onwards a fascination with Gustav Mahler’s music has gone hand in hand with exploration of his unique tortured sensibilities, and been coloured by his emotionally turbulent marriage to the extraordinary Alma Schindler. This imaginative programme, characteristic of Counterpoise’s keen focus on the blend of words with music in heightened dramatic settings, looks at Alma’s intense relationship with her husband, his music and that of his contemporaries, and brings a newly commissioned work for Sir John Tomlinson by the eminent composer John Casken. Counterpoise’s innovative projects always make for thought provoking and affecting music drama. This new work explores the passionate and overwrought relationship between Alma and expressionist painter Oskar Kokoschka, promising a moving and striking concert event to remember, with unequivocally one of our generation’s most prominent and well-loved artists.



John Casken : Kokoschka’s Doll

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