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Lucy Thraves

Deputy Editor

Brian Ferneyhough to receive honorary doctorate from Royal Birmingham Conservatoire

3:57, 26th November 2018

Composer Brian Ferneyhough is to receive an honorary doctorate from the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire to recognise his contribution to contemporary classical music.

He will receive the doctorate on 9 December as part of a day of concerts and events arranged by Birmingham Contemporary Music Group (BCMG) to celebrate the his 75th birthday.

Fellow composer Howard Skempton, who will host a live interview with Ferneyhough as part of the day’s events, said that Ferneyhough’s music ‘has a rare lyrical intensity. It is true both to its time and to itself, and is thus also timeless.

‘These qualities have made Ferneyhough an international figure, one of the most influential composers of the last 60 years.’

The award will be presented by Professor Alison Honour during an afternoon concert which includes Ferneyhough’s string quartet Dum Transisset I-IV performed by the Arditti Quartet, and Adagissimo played by NEXT, a group of early-career musicians participating in a new contemporary music course launched by the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire and BCMG.

Brian Ferneyhough day is at Royal Birmingham Conservatoire on Sunday 9 December. For tickets and details visit bcmg.org.uk/ferneyhough or phone 0121 616 2616.

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