Upcoming Events

Words from Abroad | Birmingham Contemporary Music Group

22.10.2020 @ 13.oo & 16.oo @ CBSO Centre Birmingham

A concert to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the birth of Romanian-born poet Paul Celan, featuring the three prize-winning compositions from the international composition competition in partnership with Ensemble o/modernt as well as other works.

Francisco Jose Andreo Gázquez (b. 1989)             Celan Pieces
Andrea Sordano (b. 1996)                                          Ein Körnchen Sands
Caterina Di Cecca (b. 1984)                                      Mit wechselndem Schlüssel

Param Vir (b. 1952)                                                      Wheeling Past the Stars
Christopher Fox (b. 1955)                                          This is the Wind
Donghoon Shin (b. 1983)                                           Couplet

Patricia Auchterlonie | voice    John Reid | piano      Alexandra Wood | violin      Ulrich Heinen | cello

Past Events

Sternklang @ Music for Cologne with Birmingham Contemporary Music Group 

29.08.20 | Hannover Berggarten

Birmingham Contemporary Music Group & Das Neue Ensemble  partner up to perform Karlheinz Stockhausen's Sternklang as part of the ACHT BRÜCKEN | EIGHT BRIDGES - Music for Cologne Festival, which every year brings contemporary music to the city since its start in 2011. 

Described as a "twilight fantasy", Sternklang (Star Sound, in English) is conceived as an outdoor performance, under an open sky with a clear view of the stars so that the singers and instrumentalists, who are distributed as spatially far apart groups in the sound field, can read some of their notes directly from the firmament.

Illuminate Women's Music | Tour Autumn 2019  

Snape Maltings, Bangor University, Huddersfield University, University College Oxford, Emmanuel College Cambridge, Centrala Birmingham

 

Compositions for voice and string quartet, including new works by composers Joanna Ward, Sarah Westwood, Yfat Soul Zisso, Blair Boyd, Caroline Bordignon and Angela Elizabeth Slater, featured alongside historical works by Barbara Strozzi, Rebecca Clarke, Ruth Crawford Seeger, Vivian Fine and many more.

WEAR | Opera in the City Festival 

23 & 24 08.19 | Bridewell Theatre @ 19.30 

Composed by Alistair White, WEAR is an award-nominated opera about fashion at the end of the world: in a future where the commercial use of time-machine technology has ripped the universe apart.  

  

Performing the role of The Writer 

  

Duncan House | Tête à Tête Opera Festival 

09.08.19 & 10.08.19 | Secret Location, 14.30 & 19.30 

Notes on the communal message board. Junk mail. Graffiti. Messages from the inner life of an apartment block, hinting at loneliness, isolation, and troubled communication. Collected by Danish composer Rasmus Zwicki during his three-year stay in London, the notes introduced him to British society, culture and language between the 2016 Brexit referendum and the 2019 Article 50 deadline. 

Performed with Plus-Minus ensemble and Ensemble Lydenskap for Tete-a-Tete festival.

 

Myth as Inspiration  

08.07.19 | Hellenic Centre, London @ 19.15 

A selection of musical works inspired by Greek Mythology which reflects upon the narrative of Life and Death. Our exploration of these themes begins with Manos Hadjidakis’ lyrically beautiful Song of Eurydice, then turns to two of Iannis Xenakis’ eerie masterpieces, Kottos and Charisma. We close with the première of a new song cycle by Dimitrios Rontsis, based on Homeric Hymns. 

Wheeling Past the Stars by Param Vir 

16.04.2019 | Birmingham Conservatory and BCMG 

Workshop day for the ISM, featuring Param Vir in conversation about his Tagore settings for soprano and cello. 

  

The Tsar Wants his Photograph Taken 

04.05.2019 | Bloomsbury Theatre @ 7:30pm 

Performing the role of Angèle 

Presented by UCL Hebrew and Jewish Studies  
By Kurt Weill and Georg Kaiser, and translated by Leo Doulton 

Conducted by Johann Stuckenbruck 

Harmoniae Naturales IV with Orpheus Sinfonia 

01.02.2019 | St George's Hanover Square @ 7:30pm 

...Like shining from Shook Foil for solo soprano and orchestra 

Harmoniae Naturales IV (premiere) for soprano, tenor, overtone singers and orchestra 

  

Music by Nicholas Korth

 

Ubu Ensemble: Berio Folk Songs 

11.11.2018 | The Drawing Room @ 1pm 

Berio Folk Songs with the Ubu Ensemble 

Music Theatre Wales: Passion 

Touring from 11.10.2018 to 10.11.2018 

Covering the role of Lei in Pascal Dusapin's opera Passion. 

  

'Music Theatre Wales and National Dance Company Wales present PASSION, a new dance-opera by Pascal Dusapin, created in collaboration with the London Sinfonietta and EXAUDI 

Bind me—I still can sing—. 

12.06.2018 | Royal Naval College Chapel, Trinity Laban @ 1pm 

Libby Larsen - Chanting To Paradise (1997) 

Vítězslava Kaprálová - Navzdy (Forever) op. 12 (1936-1937) 

Lili Boulanger - Clairières dans le ciel (selections) (1915) 

Clare Elton - Escape (2017) 

Kate Soper - Only The Words Themselves Mean What They Say (2010-2011) 

  

Mairi Grewar, piano 

Antonia Berg, Flute 

Anthems for Queer Youth 

14.05.2018 | Silk Street Music Hall, Guildhall School of Music and Drama @ 8pm 

'Over the course an hour, this performance explores these questions, weaving together a brand-new large-scale vocal piece by Robert Reid Allan with older music by LGBTQ+ composers and writers and a specially-devised performance from Glasgow-based performance art collective Savage Parade, together tracing the history of the development of queer identities in art and pointing the way to a better future for queer kids to come.'  
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Patricia Auchterlonie, soprano 
Robert Reid Allan, piano 
Savage Parade 
Alex Tay, projection mapping 
Gareth Mattey, director 

Pairs: music for voice and one instrument 

22.04.2018 | Courtauld Gallery @ 3pm 

2021 takes over the Courtauld Gallery with music for vocal and instrumental pairings. 

Kate Soper: Only the Words Themselves Mean What They Say (2010-2011) for soprano and flute 

Matthew Olyver: Purest White on the Sea of Heaven (2018: premiere) for soprano and flute 

Filthy Lucre: Lingua Ignota  

24.02.2018 @ 7:30pm | Hackney Showroom 

  

Borough New Music: My life by water 

27.02.2018 @ 1pm | St George the Martyr, Borough 

Harrison Birtwistle – Nine Settings of Lorine Niedecker (1998-2000) 
André Previn – Four Songs for Soprano, Cello and Piano (selection) (1994) 
Alessandro Viale  – Ich habe dich so lieb (2012) 

plus works for cello & piano by Lutoslawski, Berio and Vito Palumbo 

  

Patricia Auchterlonie (soprano), Urška Horvat (cello), Clare Simmonds (piano) 

London Contemporary Music Festival: Ragnar Kjartansson - An die Musik 

3.12.2017 @ 1-8pm | Ambika P3, Westminster University 

'A sculpture in sound. Radically repurposing one of Schubert's most famous songs, subjecting its melodies to extended repetition and multiplication, acclaimed Icelandic artist Ragnar Kjartansson presents the UK premiere of An die Musik, one of his transformative day-long performance pieces. 
Kjartansson's work is on one level a feat of endurance. On another it's an alchemical act of making music three-dimensional, of using durational extremes to melt one art form down and reshape it into another.' 

Borough New Music Series 3: haikus for four 

28.11.2017 @ 1pm | St George the Martyr, Borough 

Eva-Maria Houben - haikus for four  

Patricia Auchterlonie, voice - Antonia Berg, flute - Yoanna Prodanova - cello, Ben Smith - piano 

Borough New Music Series 3: Saariaho - Haas - Emmerson 

14.11.2017 @ 1pm | St George the Martyr, Borough 

Lonh- Kaija Saariaho 
Georg Friedrich Haas - Ein Schattenspiel 
Simon Emmerson - Time Past IV 

    with Ben Smith, piano and Chris McCormack, electronics  

Clocks, Clouds and Delusions 

10.11.2017 | Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Music Hall 

UBU Ensemble, directed by Simon Wills 

John Woolrich - Spalanzani's Daughter   
Ligeti - Kammerkonzert 
Maxwell Davies - Miss Donnithorne's Maggot 

Borough New Music Series 3: Last Words 

07.11.2017 @ 1pm | St. George the Martyr, Borough 

Salvatore Sciarrino - Due melodie per soprano e pianoforte 

Ben Smith - New Work 
Kate Soper - Only the words themselves mean what they say 
Salvatore Sciarrino - Ultime rose (from Vanitas) 

      With Ben Smith, Yoanna Prodanova, and Antonia Berg  

This is Rattle: Ades 

18.09.2017 @ 7:30 pm | Milton Court Concert Hall 

9 Settings of Celan- Harrison Birtwistle 

With the Guildhall New Music Ensemble, conducted by Richard Baker 

An Assembly: Music for Large Ensemble, Voice and Electronics 

16.05.17 @ 7pm | City, University of London 

An Assembly presents music for large ensembles, voices and electronics by some of the UK’s most exciting young composers, with a handful of UK and world premiere performances 

Directed by Jack Sheen.