Thea Musgrave's music is published by Novello & Co. and Chester Music.

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Thomas LeBrocq
Music Sales Group - London

Mattie Kaiser (N. America inquiries only) 
G. Schirmer Inc. - New York


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World Premiere of Voices of our Ancestors

Mattie Kaiser


world premiere

Thursday 9 July, 7.30pm 
St Bride's Church, London

The Chapel Choir of Selwyn College
Cambridge Onyx Brass Simon Hogan (Organ) 
Nicholas Cleobury (Conductor)

Now in her 80s, Thea Musgrave is one of the UK’s most vibrant and imaginative composers. The Voices of our Ancestors juxtaposes fascinating poems from across the centuries, cultures and the globe, inspired by the chance finding of the Vedic Creation Hymn (circa 1500 BCE). She writes ‘After immersing myself in the poetry of other cultures and distant times, I have chosen 11 other poems which astonishingly spoke with great meaning to me today. To dramatize the situations described in the poems, my operatic and story-telling experience gives a theatrical dimension to what is essentially a concert piece.’ This fabulous new work uses movement and positioning to add both dramatic and sonic impact. 

Born in Scotland, yet living in the US this is Musgrave’s first major work for chorus and ensemble in the UK since 1996. JAM is delighted to bring home this highly accomplished composer, reminding audiences of her outstanding artistic ability. Mealor’s beautiful a cappella song cycle (JAM commission 2010) and Patterson’s powerful work for all forces (JAM commission 2005) are joined by stunning works from Whitacre and Lauridsen. This concert is a must for lovers of choral music! 

Please note at 6.45pm there will be a pre-concert talk by Thea Musgrave.


Ticket information. 

BBC Symphony Orchestra Total Immersion

Mattie Kaiser

Monday, February 10, 2014

The BBC Symphony Orchestra will be celebrating the 85th birthday of Thea Musgrave with a collection of her dramatic music as part of their Total Immersion series. 

It has been announced that the Barbican will play host to a selection of performances and talks by the internationally acclaimed composer on February 15th 2014. 

For more information, please visit the Barbican website. 


11.00am, Frobisher Room 4, Level 4
Talk: An introduction to the music of Thea Musgrave

Free entry (limited availability). Admission guaranteed with Day Pass*

1.00pm, Barbican Hall
A selection of chamber music

Richard Baker, conductor
Guildhall Ensemble
Tickets £12

3.00pm, Frobisher Room 4, Level 4
Talk: An introduction to the music in this evening’s concerts

Free entry (limited availability). Admission guaranteed with Day Pass

5.00pm, St Giles Cripplegate
Programme to include:
Rorate Coeli 
On the Underground Set No. 1 (On gratitude, love & madness)
On the Underground Set No. 2 (The Strange & the Exotic)
On the Underground Set No. 3 (A Medieval Summer)

BBC Singers
Tickets £12 (unreserved seating)

7.30pm, Barbican Hall
Programme to include:
The Seasons
Songs for a Winter’s Evening
Turbulent Landscapes

Martyn Brabbins, conductor
Martin Owen, horn
Lisa Milne, soprano
Tickets £8-24

*Total Immersion Day Pass available at £26-38