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Melissa Bradshaw

BCMG presents Migrating Sounds

2:57, 21st November 2019

Birmingham Contemporary Music Group will present two premieres at their next concert, Migrating Sounds, on 15 December 2019 at Birmingham’s CBSO Centre.

A new work by Rebecca Saunders, Scar, receives its UK premiere at the concert. The piece is inspired by the idea of residual marks and the way in which paper is physically marked by annotated music. A Sound Investment co-commission, Scar is the culmination of Saunders’ growing relationship with BCMG, which started in 2017. Saunders was recently awarded the Ernst Von Siemens Music Prize, of which previous recipients include Yehudi Menuhin, Leonard Bernstein and Daniel Barenboim.

The world premiere of Richard Causton’s Transients will also feature on the programme, another BCMG Sound Investment commission. Causton is reader in Composition at the University of Cambridge and recently became an Honorary Patron of the Centre for Young Musicians.

A new version of Vito Žuraj’s Tension for two ensembles with NEXT musicians side-by-side, and Shiori Usui’s Deep, written as part of BCMG’s apprentice composer-in-residence scheme and inspired by the Blue Planet BBC TV series, will complete the repertoire for the evening’s theme of moving sounds.

Stephan Meier, artistic director of BCMG, comments: ‘Each piece has a different way of constructing ideas of place in our imagination. From the bottom of the ocean in Shiori Usui’s BCMG commission Deep, to the dreamcast of left to right movement in Rebecca Saunders’ UK premiere of Scar, the narratives of music history are continuously informed by music’s placement, and displacement through the world.’

Further details and tickets can be found at www.bcmg.org.uk.

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