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1 Jun



United Kingdom
 Wednesday, June 01, 2016 at 7.30pm 
DUETS IN A FRAME
St. John's Smith Square, London
Smith Square, London SW1P 3HA
United Kingdom
020 7222 1061
http://www.sjss.org.uk/

Martyn Brabbins conductor
London Sinfonietta

London Sinfonietta has been in an extended duet with Sir Harrison Birtwistle for over 45 years, a relationship that has been reflected in an evolving series of commissions for pairs of Principal Players. This journey reaches its peak with the world premiere of Five Lessons in a Frame, in which five of these duets are linked by a new chorale. As relationships with Tansy Davies and Francisco Coll also continue, so a new one begins – with a commission from Tom Coult, one of the most promising young voices of his generation, praised for his iridescent timbres and clear, articulate gestures.

#DuetsInAFrame


Francisco Coll : Liquid Symmetries
Tom Coult : Spirit of the Staircase
Tansy Davies : Falling Angel
Harrison Birtwistle : Five Lessons in a Frame

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United Kingdom
 Saturday, June 11, 2016 at 4pm 
Birmingham Contemporary Music Group
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
Ilan Volkov conductor

Inspired by Darwin’s The Origin of Species, Julian Anderson’s The Comedy of Change is a seven-movement exploration of changes, contrasts and development, while Benedict Mason’s Nodding Trilliums and Curve-Lined Angles is a joyous, extravagant quadruple percussion concerto. Mason’s new piece is very much an unknown quantity and, if recent pieces are a guide, surprises are to be expected.

‘Breathtaking… the new piece by Benedict Mason overturned all preconceptions of what a new piece should be’ The Telegraph


Bendict Mason : Nodding Trilliums and Curve-Lined Angles
Bendict Mason : New Work
Julian Anderson : The Comedy of Change

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17 Jun



United Kingdom
 Friday, June 17, 2016 at 7.30pm 
BBC Symphony Orchestra
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

BBC Symphony Orchestra
Benjamin Appl baritone
Oliver Knussen conductor

It’s almost impossible to hear Butterworth and Berg without our knowledge of things to come. Is the Englishman’s dreamily alluring orchestral rhapsody an eerie foreboding of his own death in WWI? Is the shrill, titanic tussle of Berg’s concluding march a premonition of the impending cataclysm? There are other influences – the poignancy of A.E. Housman’s elegiac poems, the unmistakable imprint of Mahler on Berg’s giant canvas – but what engulfs them and Elgar’s extravagant Bach transcription is the thrilling immediacy and immense power of a gargantuan orchestra. Carter’s ruminations on Wallace Stevens and two new works by English composers complete the programme.


J.S. Bach : Fantasia & Fugue in C minor
Arthur Butterworth : A Shropshire Lad: Rhapsody for Orchestra
Gary Carpenter : Willie Stock
Elliott Carter : The American Sublime
Charlotte Bray : New Work
Alban Berg : Three Pieces

17 Jun



United Kingdom
 Friday, June 17, 2016 at 7.30pm 
Mogens Christensen World Premiere
St Magnus Festival
St Magnus Cathedral, Kirkwall
United Kingdom

Randers Kammerorkester
David Riddell Conductor
Brit-Tone Müllertz Soprano

The Danish Sinfonietta (Randers Kammerorkester) was established in 1945 and is Denmark’s only full-time chamber orchestra. Under their Scottish conductor, David Riddell, they have given performances all over the world and, after a highly successful appearance at the 2013 Festival we are delighted to welcome them back.

Gustav Helsted : Decet Op.18
Mogens Christensen : New work
Richard Wagner : Wesendonck Lieder

18 Jun 
 
19 Jun



United Kingdom
 Sunday, June 19, 2016 at 10pm 
Orkney Camerata
St Magnus Festival
St Magnus Cathedral, Kirkwall
United Kingdom

Orkney Camerata

Eastern Europe is represented by the unique musical character of the Armenian composer (and priest) Komitas alongside the folk music-inspired works of the Hungarian composer Bartok and Georgian composer Tsintzadze.

The music of Pärt has become universally recognised but here the Estonian composer pays tribute to Britten in a dark and moving commemoration. Two new works specially created for the 40th anniversary of the Festival complete the programme alongside music very close to home by the Festival’s founder.

Orkney’s own chamber orchestra draws together local musicians and has been performing since 1994 working on occasion alongside other local groups such as the Mayfield Singers, the Winter Choir and St Magnus Festival Chorus.


Sulkhan Tsintsadze : Miniatures
Sheena Phillips : Night Airs
Komitas , : Music for Strings
Béla Bartók : Romanian Dances
Andra Patterson : The world was all before them
Arvo Pärt : Cantus After Benjamin Britten
Peter Maxwell Davies : 4 Sanday Tunes

19 Jun



United Kingdom
 Sunday, June 19, 2016 at 7pm 
LSO Soundhub Showcase
LSO St Luke's, London
161 Old Street London EC1V 9NG
United Kingdom
020 7638 8891
http://www.lso.co.uk/lsostlukes/
admin@lso.co.uk

Chamber ensembles from the LSO

LSO Soundhub provides a flexible environment where composers can explore, collaborate and experiment, pushing their music in unexpected directions. These Showcases give an opportunity to hear what they’ve been working on in the last year.

This concert will feature music by Phase I composers Yasmeen Ahmed, Ben Gaunt, Oliver Leith and Lee Westwood, performed by chamber ensembles from the LSO.


Contemporary Composers : Various

20 Jun



United Kingdom
 Monday, June 20, 2016 at 7pm 
Maxwell Davies World Premiere
St Magnus Festival
St Magnus Cathedral, Kirkwall
United Kingdom

MUSICIANS FROM ROYAL CONSERVATOIRE OF SCOTLAND
WITH SANDAY COMMUNITY SCHOOL

Musicians from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland join pupils from Sanday Community School and their string instructors in the world première of music specially written to celebrate the wedding of Wendy Bowen, the school's head teacher.

The rest of the concert will include string music played by students from the RCS.

Glenys Hughes Conductor

Maxwell Davies Wendy’s Wedding Music *World Premiere*

and a selection of string music from the RCS Performers


Peter Maxwell Davies : Wendy’s Wedding Music

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22 Jun



United Kingdom
 Wednesday, June 22, 2016 at 7.30pm 
Ryan Wigglesworth UK premiere
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

BBCSSO
Carolin Widmann violin
Ryan Wigglesworth conductor

Debussy’s glittering ‘symphonic sketches’, their fleeting swell and ebb, sunrise and storm here seem inexorably tied to a French lineage of voluptuous orchestral colour and musical portraiture of the natural world.
Wigglesworth’s reworking of his Aldeburgh commission for the Britten Centenary takes inspiration from the English Baroque, interspersing transcriptions of incidental music from Purcell’s forerunner Matthew Locke with his own shadowy distorted ‘doubles’. Shadows and echoes also abound in Rebecca Saunders’ arresting concerto, her trembling, hyperactive protagonist vividly, shockingly interrupted by torrents of orchestral sound before subsiding to a contemplative haunting stasis.


Hector Berlioz : Marche Troyenne
Hector Berlioz : Royal Hunt and Storm
Rebecca Saunders : Still
Ryan Wigglesworth : Locke’s Theatre
Claude Debussy : La Mer

23 Jun



United Kingdom
 Thursday, June 23, 2016 at 7.30pm 
Hebrides Ensemble and Max
St Magnus Festival
St Magnus Cathedral, Kirkwall
United Kingdom

Hebrides Ensemble

The Hebrides Ensemble celebrates its 25th anniversary with a programme that reflects a concert in the first St Magnus Festival given by the Fires of London 40 years ago. This is also a tribute concert to a significant founder of the Festival Peter Maxwell Davies (Max) bringing together his clever re-workings of Renassiance music with his beautiful Piano Trio based around a trip to Fair Isle which sits a little further north between Orkney and Shetland. Thomas Adès’s music comes from his large-scale opera of The Tempest and pays tribute to Shakespeare’s anniversary whilst Messiaen’s early work was a celebratory piece written for his first wife. Adding to our 40 Festival premières is a new work from John Gourlay, an alumnus of the St Magnus Composers’ Course.


Peter Maxwell Davies : Kinloche his Fantassie
John Gourlay : New Work
Claude Debussy : Syrinx
Peter Maxwell Davies : Piano Trio
Peter Maxwell Davies : Theme and Variations for violin and piano
Thomas Ades : Court Studies from the Tempest
Peter Maxwell Davies : Renaissance Scottish Dances

23 Jun



United Kingdom
 Thursday, June 23, 2016 at 7.30-9.30pm 
Hebrides Ensemble & Max
St Magnus Cathedral
Kirkwall, Orkney
United Kingdom

Tickets: £10, £20 & £25 (Conc. £8, £15 & £19)
The Hebrides Ensemble

The Hebrides Ensemble celebrates its 25th anniversary with a programme that reflects a concert in the first St Magnus Festival given by the Fires of London 40 years ago. This is also a tribute concert to a significant founder of the festival, Peter Maxwell Davies and, adding to the 40 festival premières is a new work from John Gourlay, an alumnus of the St Magnus Composers' Course.

John Gourlay : Midsummer Sunrise

23 Jun



United Kingdom
 Thursday, June 23, 2016 at 11am 
Benedict Mason’s Meld
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



One of the Featured Composers at Aldeburgh Festival 2016, Benedict Mason has written a series of pieces, Music for Concert Halls, for performance in specific concert venues (his most recent work in the series, Horns Strings and Harmony, will be given its second performance by Birmingham Contemporary Music Group at the Aldeburgh Festival on 11 June).
Meld, his commission for Aurora Orchestra and Chantage at the 2014 BBC Proms, is one of the most striking pieces ever to have been written for the Royal Albert Hall – ‘mysterious, mad and ecstatic… an avant-garde happening that left one speechless with its epic zaniness’, wrote The Times in its 5-star review of the event.
Based on an original idea by director of photography Andreas Schimanski and captured by multiple cameras positioned around the Royal Albert Hall, the film is a cinematic response to the unique geography of this non-proscenium piece. With cameras attached to individual performers as they move throughout the space, the film turns the traditional performance model on its head, placing the audience at the centre of the experience.


Bendict Mason : Meld

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25 Jun



United Kingdom
 Saturday, June 25, 2016 at 7.30pm 
Fidelio Trio
Gregynog Festival
Gregynog Hall (and other venues), Tregynon, Newtown, Powys SY16 3PN, UK
United Kingdom
01686 207100
http://gregynogfestival.org/
post@gregynogfestival.org

Darragh Morgan, violin
Adi Tal, cello
Mary Dullea, piano
with Sinéad Morrissey, poet



E J MOERAN : Piano Trio
Donnacha Dennehy : Bulb
Piers Hellawell : New Work
Sam Perkin : Fron-goch

25 Jun



United Kingdom
 Saturday, June 25, 2016 at 3.30pm 
Robert Irvine Cello
St Magnus Festival
St Magnus Cathedral, Kirkwall
United Kingdom

As part of a project in aid of UNICEF, Robert Irvine asked many composers to write small works for solo cello on the theme “children and their suffering in the world”. These works have been recorded for CD release by Delphian Records but we hear them live here for the first time alongside Bach's beautiful and delicate C major suite.


Robert Irvine Cello

J.S. Bach : Suite for Solo Cello in C major BWV 1009
James MacMillan : Knock-Knock
Sally Beamish : Miranda Dreaming
Edward McGuire : Elegaic Lullaby
Mark-Anthony Turnage : Amelie’s Tango
Eleanor Alberga : Ride Through
Tom Irvine : Safety
John De Simone : Misremembrance
Gabriel Jackson : Child Song
William Sweeney : Caolas
David Fennessy : 5 Hofer Photographs

25 Jun



United Kingdom
 Saturday, June 25, 2016 at 3pm 
Arditti Quartet, Aimard and Stefanovich
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

Arditti Quartet
Tamara Stefanovich, Pierre-Laurent Aimard, Jonas Olsson piano


A chance to gain an extended insight into the three Featured Composers at this year’s Festival – Julian Anderson, Rebecca Saunders and Benedict Mason. While their music is so different that it’s easy to forget the instruments are the same – each has written pieces for string quartet and pieces for piano, giving us a fascinating opportunity to compare their approaches. One of the world’s leading contemporary music quartets, the Ardittis, join a group of outstanding pianists for a typically ambitious exploration.

Julian Anderson : New Work
Julian Anderson : String Quartet No.2
Rebecca Saunders : Crimson
Rebecca Saunders : Shadow
Rebecca Saunders : Fletch for string quartet
Bendict Mason : The Four Slopes of Twice Among Gliders of her Gravity for piano and tape
Bendict Mason : String Quartet No.3

26 Jun



United Kingdom
 Sunday, June 26, 2016 at 7pm 
The Hogboon: Sir Peter Maxwell Davies
Barbican Hall, London
Barbican, Silk Street, London EC2
United Kingdom
020 7638 8891
http://www.barbican.org.uk/eticketing

Sir Simon Rattle conductor
LSO Discovery Choirs
London Symphony Chorus
Simon Halsey choral director
Guildhall School Musicians
London Symphony Orchestra


Sir Simon Rattle’s LSO Discovery concert includes a brand new children’s opera, The Hogboon, by Peter Maxwell Davies and Berlioz’s Symphonie fantastique, performed by young people alongside the LSO.

Story-telling is at the heart of this concert. Berlioz uses a gargantuan orchestra to depict his ‘Fantastical Symphony’ portraying a swirling ball, a cackling March to the Scaffold and dreams good and bad. Maxwell Davies bases his new opera on a local monster myth from his home in Orkney.

Rattle believes that classical music is for everyone, and has long been a leading advocate for living composers, and for music education and outreach to new audiences. He has specially devised this concert to incorporate the LSO Discovery children’s choirs, London Symphony Chorus, and students from Guildhall School, alongside members of the London Symphony Orchestra.

Suitable for children aged 10+


Peter Maxwell Davies : The Hogboon

26 Jun



United Kingdom
 Sunday, June 26, 2016 at 2.30pm 
Chamber Choir Ireland
Gregynog Festival
Gregynog Hall (and other venues), Tregynon, Newtown, Powys SY16 3PN, UK
United Kingdom
01686 207100
http://gregynogfestival.org/
post@gregynogfestival.org

Chamber Choir Ireland



David Fennessy : chOirland
Charles Villiers Stanford : Three Motets
Gerald Barry : Long Time
Stephen McNeff : A half darkness
Tarik O'Reagan : Scattered Rhymes
Frank Martin : Songs of Ariel
Paul Hillier : On Raglan Road arr. Hillier

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