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12 Feb

United Kingdom
 Friday, February 12, 2016 at 1pm 
auf tönernen füssen
The Cello Factory
33-34 Cornwall Road Southwark SE1 8TJ
United Kingdom

Carin Levine (flute), Silje Aker Johnsen (soprano), Rohan de Saram (‘cello)


Composers’ Competition finalist (World Première)

Beat Furrer : auf tönernen füssen
Helmut Lachenmann : temA
Gabriel Iranyi : Begegnungen
Elliot Carter : Enchanted Preludes

12 Feb

United Kingdom
 Friday, February 12, 2016 at 7.30pm 
Louis Andriessen: La Commedia
Barbican Hall, London
Barbican, Silk Street, London EC2
United Kingdom
020 7638 8891

BBC Symphony Orchestra
Martyn Brabbins conductor
Claron McFadden soprano
Cristina Zavalloni female voice
Andrew Sauvageau male voice
Synergy vocals

As the climax of Andriessen: M is for Man, Music & Mystery, a performance of La Commedia: his huge, riotous reinvention of Dante.

Hell, Heaven, and a whole teeming world in between: Dante’s Divine Comedy was the inspiration for Louis Andriessen’s La Commedia, but Andriessen crams every scene of this opera with invention, anarchy and raw creative energy.

The story of La Commedia may be timeless, but Andriessen offers a startlingly new vision of everything he touches. Referencing everything from Bach to Hollywood by way of Stravinsky and electronics, this remains, unmistakably 'a rich, important achievement by one of Europe's greatest living composers' (The Guardian).

Louis Andriessen : La Commedia

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20 Feb

United Kingdom
 Saturday, February 20, 2016 at 7.30pm 
BBC Philharmonic Rhapsody In Blue
Bridgewater Hall, Manchester
Lower Mosley Road
United Kingdom
44 (0) 161 907 9000

Nicholas Collon conductor | Lawrence Power viola | Jonathan Scott piano

One spark is all it takes. A flash of light, a tiny shard of fire – and the imagination ignites. Tonight, we’ve a whole shower of Sparks from our new Composer in Association Mark Simpson.

And what follows is a positive starburst of musical colour, whether it’s James MacMillan’s wild, fantastic Viola Concerto – played by the artist who gave its first ever performance in 2014, Lawrence Power – or the smouldering clarinet opening of Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue. It used to be one of Leonard Bernstein’s party pieces; tonight, Mancunian keyboard star Jonathan Scott will really go to town.

And finally: Stravinsky’s The Firebird, a tale of green-clawed demons, beautiful princesses and a magical bird of flame. The dynamic young British conductor Nicholas Collon will really set things ablaze.

Preview at 6.30pm:
Recently appointed as the BBC Philharmonic's Composer in Association at the age of just 26, Mark Simpson talks about his future plans with the orchestra.

Mark Simpson : Sparks
James MacMillan : Viola Concerto
George Gershwin : Rhapsody in Blue

20 Feb

United Kingdom
 Saturday, February 20, 2016 at 7.30pm 
BCMG at CrossCurrents
Bramall Music Building
University of Birmingham, Edgbaston
United Kingdom


CrossCurrents is a new nine-day University of Birmingham festival that brings together internationally acclaimed professional performers and student musicians, as well as some of the UK’s most respected composers.

BCMG close the inaugural CrossCurrents festival with a multifaceted and scintillating programme featuring no fewer than twelve world premieres. As the New Music Ensemble presented Luciano Berio’s Folk Songs on the first day of CrossCurrents, BCMG close the festival performing a new set of specially commissioned songs by eleven composers, including compositional staff at the University of Birmingham and Birmingham Conservatoire. Along with Charlotte Bray, Judith Weir, Richard Baker and post-graduates from each institution, these composers have been invited to write their own ‘folk songs’ inspired by Berio’s 1964 original.

CrossCurrents presents concerts interspersed with workshops, talks, foyer performances and exhibitions. For full concert and events listings, including ticket prices, please go to:

Luciano Berio : Erdenklavier
Luciano Berio : Wasserklavier
Tansy Davies : Grind Show
Judith Weir : Distance and Enchantment
Judith Weir : On Buying a Horse
Judith Weir : Blackbirds and Thrushes
Morton Feldman : The Viola in My Life II
Richard Baker : crank
Michael Zev Gordon : Seize The Day
Contemporary Composers : CrossCurrents

21 Feb

United Kingdom
 Sunday, February 21, 2016 at 7.15pm 
Figaro Gets a Divorce Elena Langer
Millennium Centre, Cardiff
Cardiff Bay, Cardiff, Wales
United Kingdom

Conductor Justin Brown (TBA 24 March)
Director David Pountney
Set Designer Ralph Koltai
Costume Designer Sue Blane
Lighting Designer Linus Fellbom
Assistant Set Designer Robin Don

Figaro David Stout
Susanna Marie Arnet
Count Mark Stone
Countess Elizabeth Watts
Serafin Naomi O’Connell
The Cherub Andrew Watts
The Major Alan Oke
Angelica Rhian Lois

So, was it really happy ever after for the Almaviva household? Has the distant thunder of revolution turned into a storm from which they cannot escape? What does the world of Figaro sound like in the hands of a contemporary composer?

These questions have intrigued David Pountney. So much so that he decided to provide some answers. He’s done this by commissioning a new opera by Elena Langer for which he has written the libretto. Comic moments collide with touching ones in an opera which is part comedy, part political thriller. Langer and Pountney have created an affectionate sequel to Mozart’s classic, a testimony to human courage and resilience.

The characters of The Marriage of Figaro are some of the best-loved in opera. For those of us who have seen the opera before, they can feel like people we know, even friends. Figaro Gets a Divorce, therefore, is a one-off reunion, a chance to catch-up with these old friends.

• Performances start at 7.15pm, except Cardiff on Sunday 21 February at 4pm

• Running time approximately two hours including one interval

• Sung in English with surtitles in English (and Welsh in Cardiff and Llandudno)

Co-production with Grand Théâtre de Genève.
Supported by The Boltini Trust, WNO Commissions Group and WNO Partners.

Performances: Sunday, February 21, 2016 - Thursday, April 7, 2016


The Bristol Hippodrome
17 Mar
Milton Keynes Theatre
31 Mar
Venue Cymru, Llandudno
10 Mar
Birmingham Hippodrome
3 Mar
Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff
21 Feb - 27 Feb
Theatre Royal, Plymouth
7 Apr
Mayflower Theatre, Southampton
24 Mar

Elena Langer : Figaro Gets a Divorce

22 Feb

United Kingdom
 Monday, February 22, 2016 at 7.30pm 
Bartók, Aurélio Edler-Copes and Debussy
Wigmore Hall, London
36 Wigmore St, London W1
United Kingdom

Ensemble intercontemporain
Gilles Durot percussion
Samuel Favre percussion
Dimitri Vassilakis piano
Sébastien Vichard piano

Born in Brazil in 1976, Aurélio Edler-Copes has written for many of the world’s leading contemporary music ensembles. His latest score for piano and percussion was created for the exceptional collective talents of Ensemble intercontemporain.

The programme also includes Bartók’s Sonata for two pianos and percussion and Debussy’s three-movement En blanc et noir.

Béla Bartók : Seven Pieces from Mikrokosmos for two pianos BB120
Aurélio Edler-Copes : Presence for two pianos and percussion
Béla Bartók : Sonata for two pianos and percussion

23 Feb 
24 Feb

United Kingdom
 Wednesday, February 24, 2016 at 7.30pm 
Coronet Theatre
28 New Kent Road London SE1 6TJ
United Kingdom
+44 (0)20 7701 1500

Joana Carneiro conductor
Michel van der Aa director
Samuel West actor
Sound Intermedia sound projection
London Sinfonietta

When Portuguese poet Fernando Pessoa died in 1935 he left behind a trunk filled with unfinished and unpublished writings, among which were the pages that make up his posthumous masterpiece The Book of Disquiet – the autobiography of his alter ego Bernando Soares. Michael Van der Aa’s score transforms Pessoa’s collection of dream vignettes and autobiographical anecdotes into a hypnotic work that mixes spoken word, performed by Samuel West, with music, electronics and video, probing the true nature of the ever-elusive self.

Michael van der Aa : THE BOOK OF DISQUIET

24 Feb

United Kingdom
 Wednesday, February 24, 2016 at 1pm 
Donatoni, Daníel Bjarnason and Debussy
Wigmore Hall, London
36 Wigmore St, London W1
United Kingdom

Britten Sinfonia
Emer McDonough flute
Clare Finnimore viola
Lucy Wakeford harp

Flute, viola and harp may not be the most familiar trio combination, but it certainly lends itself to the rich exploration of colour and harmonies typical of Debussy’s output.

A deeply expressive curiosity in soundscapes and association with visual art is also infused in the music of Icelandic composer Daníel Bjarnason, whose new work features alongside Debussy in this programme.

Daniel Bjarnason : New work
Franco Donatoni : Marches
Claude Debussy : Syrinx
Franco Donatoni : Small II
Claude Debussy : Sonata for flute, viola and harp

25 Feb

United Kingdom
 Thursday, February 25, 2016 at 20:05 
Glyndebourne, Lewes, BN8 5UU
United Kingdom
+44 (0)1273 815000

Creative team
Composer David Bruce
Librettist Glyn Maxwell
Conductor Sîan Edwards
Director Bijan Sheibani
Designer Giles Cadle
Lighting designer Paule Constable
Movement director Aline David
Assistant director Lucy Bradley
Assistant conductor Lee Reynolds
Music preparation Matt Fletcher, Ashley Beauchamp

Pierre Stuart Jackson
Karl Tristan Hambleton
Johan James Hall
Ursula Marta Fontanals-Simmons
Agnes Robyn Allegra Parton

GYO Chorus
Youth Orchestra
Southbank Sinfonia

If someone you knew declared that life had no meaning, how would you convince them it does?

That’s the question a group of teenagers ask themselves in Nothing, a compelling new youth opera that premieres at Glyndebourne this February.

They decide that each of the group must give up an object that means something to them. This starts with toys and clothes, but things quickly escalate as the classmates go to ever more extreme lengths to try to persuade their friend there are things worth caring about.

In Nothing members of Glyndebourne Youth Opera aged 14-19 perform alongside professional singers. It is the latest in a line of pioneering youth operas that have premiered on the main stage at Glyndebourne.

The opera has been adapted from Danish author Janne Teller’s award-winning novel by composer David Bruce and librettist Glyn Maxwell. Their popular adaptation of Philip Pullman’s The Firework Maker’s Daughter wowed audiences in the UK and New York.

We recommend this production for those aged 12 and over.

Performances: 25–27 February

David Bruce : Nothing

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27 Feb

United Kingdom
 Saturday, February 27, 2016 at 7.30pm 
Egidija Medekšaitė, Leo Chadburn, Martin Arnold and more
Wigmore Hall, London
36 Wigmore St, London W1
United Kingdom

Apartment House

Wigmore Hall’s contribution to contemporary chamber music and repertoire development goes from strength to strength, as this unmissable programme richly demonstrates.

Apartment House, formed by cellist Anton Lukoszevieze in 1995, became the first contemporary music ensemble to win the coveted Royal Philharmonic Society Award for Chamber Music and Song in 2012.

In this programme for string quartet, piano, percussion and harmonium, the ensemble gives the first performance of Freezywater, a Wigmore Hall commission by Leo Chadburn, known to many as the ‘transgressive pop’ artist Simon Bookish. Works by Lithuanian composer Egidija Medekšaitė, Toronto-based composer and performer Martin Arnold, and Dutch/Brazilian composer Luiz Henrique Yudo add to the concert’s ear-catching mix of world and UK premières.

Egidija Medekšaitė : Pratiksha
Henning Christiansen : Modeller: First Series Op. 33
Leo Chadburn : Freezywater
Martin Arnold : Stain Ballad
John White : Newspaper Reading Machine

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4 Mar

United Kingdom
 Friday, March 04, 2016 at 7.30pm 
Kings Place
Kings Cross, London
United Kingdom

Gregory Rose conductor
Players from CoMA Sussex and CoMA London
London Sinfonietta

For over a decade, Contemporary Music for All’s ground-breaking Open Score project has been at the forefront of a movement to help contemporary music reach new audiences – creating innovative, flexibly-scored works playable by ensembles of all shapes and sizes. Join us for the start of a nationwide weekend of celebration featuring five ensembles, as we partner with CoMA to perform some of the organisation’s most iconic creations, and premiere a new commission by Hannah Kendall.

Philip Cashian : Braggadocio
Donnacha Dennehy : A Fatal Optimist
Gabriel Jackson : Melancholy Processional
Tansy Davies : Feather and Groove
Michael Nyman : In C Interlude
Roxanna Panufnik : CoMAchord
Michael Finnissy : Plain Harmony
Jonathan Harvey : Climbing Frame
Hannah Kendall : Into pieces
Philip Cashian : Mechanik

4 Mar

United Kingdom
 Friday, March 04, 2016 at  
English National Opera
London Coliseum
United Kingdom


Divine ruler of Egypt, husband to Nefertiti, father of a new religion. Akhnaten decrees that the sun god rules supreme, and the old gods must be banished from their temples.

But instead, his people turn upon their Pharaoh as a traitor. Akhnaten must die. Will his new faith live on?

Watching Akhnaten is a thought-provoking, absorbing experience.

This extraordinary work has not been seen in London for 30 years and forms the last of Philip Glass’s trilogy of ‘portrait’ operas in which he looks at figures from the fields of science (Einstein), politics (Gandhi) and religion (Akhnaten).

This hypnotically mesmerising work uses texts drawn from ancient hymns, prayers, letters and inscriptions sung in their original Egyptian, Hebrew and Akkadian.

ENO’s new production is directed by Improbable theatre company’s Phelim McDermott and follows his spectacular stagings of Glass’s Satyagraha and The Perfect American.

Performances until 18th March

Philip Glass : AKHNATEN

5 Mar

United Kingdom
 Saturday, March 05, 2016 at 7.00pm 
Anthony Green at 70. Piano recital
Schott Recital Room @ Bauer & Hieber
48 Great Marlborough Street, London W1F7BB
United Kingdom

Tickets: £10 (£7 concessions)
Anthony Green

Saturday March 5th, 7.00pm

Anthony Green - Contemporary Piano Recital

Celebrating three birthdays and an anniversary, Anthony Green plays 3 Intermezzos, 12 Inventions and the Fourth Sonata by Frank Bayford (who is 75) Housman's Spinney by John Mitchell (who is 70) and a number of pieces by himself (he is also 70) including the premiere of his Sonata No.7. There is also a Panegyric for Anthony Green at 70 by Nick Ray, pieces by Schoenberg and Webern and Elegy No.1, Toccata and Indian Diary by Busoni (150th anniversary).

Tickets: £10 (£7 concessions) from 020 7534 0710 or on the door.

Nick Ray : Panegyric for Anthony Green at 70
Anthony Green : Piano Sonata no.7

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9 Mar

United Kingdom
 Wednesday, March 09, 2016 at 7.30pm 
Composer Focus: Thomas Adès
Barbican Hall, London
Barbican, Silk Street, London EC2
United Kingdom
020 7638 8891

Thomas Adès conductor
Anne-Sophie Mutter violin
Samuel Dale Johnson baritone
London Symphony Orchestra

In recent years composer-conductor Thomas Adès has become an unstoppable creative force. In this LSO composer focus series he conducts his own works alongside the music that influenced and informed his development as a composer.

Adès’ striking ‘voyage for orchestra’ Polaris is inspired by the magnetic pole-star, with its harmonies rotating hypnotically around a central pitch. Brahms’ legendary Violin Concerto is then performed by Anne-Sophie Mutter in anticipation of Adès’ own work Brahms for Baritone and Orchestra. Brahms is an ‘anti-homage’ to the composer inspired by the cold logic of his music, taking his compositional compulsions to extreme conclusions.

The programme closes with Adès’ one-movement symphony Tevot. As ever with Adès the dual meaning of the title is key to understanding the work fully, in this case ‘Tevot’ is both the Hebrew for ‘bars of music’ and used in the Bible to refer to Noah’s ark. Over its one-movement span the listener is guided through a monumental journey contrasting moments of incredible turbulence with sudden stasis and calm.

Thomas Ades : Polaris
Johannes Brahms : Violin Concerto
Thomas Ades : Brahms
Thomas Ades : Tevot

10 Mar

United Kingdom
 Thursday, March 10, 2016 at 7.30pm 
Coronet Theatre
28 New Kent Road London SE1 6TJ
United Kingdom
+44 (0)20 7701 1500

Susanna Malkki conductor
London Sinfonietta

Much more than just a piece of music, Enno Poppe’s Speicher is a complex structure of variations and repetitions that pushes its 22 players to their interpretative and technical extremes. But it is just as immersive for its audience as it is for those on stage. Speicher is an adventure in active listening –gradually revealing clues as to what might be coming next through an unpredictable network of derivations. As we, too, become part of the unfolding music, so it truly comes alive. Developed over five years and premiered in Europe in 2013, this will be its landmark UK premiere.

Enno Poppe : Speicher

11 Mar

United Kingdom
 Friday, March 11, 2016 at 7pm 
Luigi Nono Concert
The Warehouse
13 Theed Street London
United Kingdom

Roberto Fabbriciani (flute) Mary Dullea (piano) , Silje Aker Johnsen (soprano), Thorolf Thuestad (sound)

Luigi Nono : Sofferte Onde Serene
Luigi Nono : La Fabbrica Illuminata
Luigi Nono : Das Atmende Klarsein

12 Mar

United Kingdom
 Saturday, March 12, 2016 at 7.30 pm 
The Musket Ball - Oratorio
Old Royal Naval Chapel
United Kingdom

Tickets: £10 - £15
Christina Birchall-Sampson - Soprano
Lynette Alcantara - Mezzo
Mark Dobell - Tenor
Benjamin Bevan - Baritone

Epsom Chamber Choir
EC4 Orchestra

Piers Maxim - Composer/Conductor

A Threnody to the memory of The Honourable Admiral John Byng

piers maxim : The Musket Ball

13 Mar

United Kingdom
 Sunday, March 13, 2016 at 6.30pm 
Uroboros Ensemble
The Warehouse
13 Theed Street London
United Kingdom

Uroboros Ensemble

This concert will be followed by the announcement of the prize winners of the London Ear Festival Composers’ Competition 2016

Harrison Birtwistle : Quartet for oboe and string trio
Suzanne Stelzenbach : New work
Michael Finnissy : June
Helmut Zapf : Trio 1
Heinz Holliger : Mobile
Elliott Carter : Trilogy

13 Mar

United Kingdom
 Sunday, March 13, 2016 at 4pm 
LSO Futures: Concert 1
LSO St Luke's, London
161 Old Street London EC1V 9NG
United Kingdom
020 7638 8891

François-Xavier Roth conductor
LSO Chamber Orchestra

LSO Futures, the LSO's biennial festival of contemporary music, returns with two chamber symphonies written at opposite ends of the 20th century that follow a world premier from the 21st.

Donald Glaser won the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1960 for his invention of the bubble chamber, a piece of equipment used for the study of subatomic particles. This is how we begin the 2016 edition of LSO Futures, with a breakthrough: a world premiere from Darren Bloom inspired by this landmark scientific event. Then it’s two chamber symphonies, two more breakthroughs and two very different composers: Schoenberg’s chamber symphony, written on the brink of his revolutionary break with tonality, and Thomas Adès’s, a work of staggering maturity and accomplishment from the 19 year old who would go on to become one of Britain’s leading living composers.

Darren Bloom : Dr Glaser's Experiment
Thomas Ades : Chamber Symphony
Arnold Schoenberg : Chamber Symphony

13 Mar

United Kingdom
 Sunday, March 13, 2016 at 7pm 
Barbican Hall, London
Barbican, Silk Street, London EC2
United Kingdom
020 7638 8891

François-Xavier Roth conductor
Synergy Vocals
London Symphony Orchestra

LSO Futures, the LSO's biennial festival of contemporary music, returns with two 20th-century masterpieces and a world premiere for the 21st.

François-Xavier Roth opens with Ligeti's Atmosphères, a swirling sound mass that rebelled as much against traditional forms as it did against the prevailing dogma of serialism. And Berio's Sinfonia, a monumental work from the Italian master, famous for its haunting ode to the late Martin Luther King and a middle movement that weaves three centuries of musical fragments into a rich tapestry of familiar quotations. 50 years on from their premieres, these two works provide a fitting frame for a new work by former LSO Panufnik composer Elizabeth Ogonek.

Gyorgy Ligeti : Atmosphères
Elizabeth Ogonek : Sleep & Unremembrance
Luciano Berio : Sinfonia

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