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Melissa Bradshaw

BCMG to present world premiere of new work by Sir Harrison Birtwistle

8:28, 14th August 2019

Birmingham Contemporary Music Group (BCMG) will perform the world premiere of …when falling asleep, a new work by British composer Sir Harrison Birtwistle at a concert in Birmingham this autumn.

The event, Celebrating Sir Harrison Birtwistle at 85, marks the composer’s 85th birthday and will take place at the CBSO Centre, Birmingham on 22 September 2019 before touring to the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg on 6 October 2019.

Commissioned through BCMG’s new music commissioning scheme, Sound Investment, the new piece for soprano, reciter and ensemble is a companion piece to his 1999 work The Woman and the Hare. Birtwistle’s 1981 work Pulse Sampler will also be performed in a new version created especially for this performance by BCMG oboist Melinda Maxwell and percussionist Julian Warburton alongside performances by the 2019-20 NEXT Musicians.

Artistic director of BCMG Stephan Meier commented: ‘I am delighted that BCMG is now able to contribute this new work to our long relationship with Birtwistle. Sir Harry continues to pursue and counter romanticism, marrying it with modernity in his very own and unique style.’

Further information and ticket booking can be found here.


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