The Royal Northern College of Music and the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra welcome the great Scottish-American composer Thea Musgrave to Manchester in this, her 90th year. The festival will contain three concerts of works by Musgrave as well as an introductory conversation with the composer, Clark Rundell leads the conservatoire's New Ensemble, Wind Orchestra and the BBC's orchestra in the north of England through a comprehensive selection of her music. Cellist Josephine Knight gives the world premiere of new work, From Darkness into the Light at the Media City Studio in Salford.
Feb 1 | RNCM Concert Hall
RNCM New Ensemble, RNCM Wind Orchestra
Musgrave: Lamenting with Ariadne
Musgrave: Power Play
Musgrave: Space Play
Musgrave: Journey Through a Japanese Landscape
Edgar Diver: New Work
Mark Heron, Melvin Tay, Alexander Webb conductor
For the second concert in the Royal Northern College of Music's festival, students from the conservatoire perform chamber works from right across Musgrave's career.
Musgrave: Voices from the Ancient World
Musgrave: Take Two Bassoons
Musgrave: Wind Quintet
Robin Wallington: New work
For the final concert of the festival, Clark Rundell the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra give performances of two world premieres: a new orchestral arrangement of Musgrave's 2011 Burns settings and new concerto for British cellist, Josephine Knight, From Darkness Into the Light. The concert will be recorded for broadcast on BBC Radio 3 later in the year.
Feb 2 | Philharmonic Studio, MediaCityUK
BBC Philhamonic Orchestra
Musgrave: Song of the Enchanter
Musgrave: Songs for a Winter's Evening
Musgrave: Five Songs for Spring (world premiere of orchestrated version)
Musgrave: From Darkness into the Light (world premiere)
Musgrave: The Seasons
Clark Rundell, Conductor
Free admission, by ticket application only – Ticket applications will be available at www.bbc.co.uk/tickets from 15 – 21 Jan 2018.
Southbank Sinfonia: Rush Hour Concert
Jessica Cottis, conductor
St John's Waterloo, London | 6pm
Judith Weir: Winter Song
Kate Whitley: Autumn Songs
Thea Musgrave: The Seasons
London's Southbank Sinfonia celebrate International Women's Day in a concert championing contemporary works composed by some of Britain's most respected female composers. Musgrave's 1988 The Seasons, inspired by Piero di Cosimo’s Caccia Primitiva Met Museum, NYC) concludes the concert.
Celebrating International Women’s Day, LA's Panic Duo present a program of women composers focusing on the important poetical, spiritual and musical voice of women in our society. This concert features recent works by Sara Graef, Kaija Saariaho, Thea Musgrave, Juhi Bansal, Vera Ivanova and Gilda Lyons.
featuring Musgrave: Colloquy
As part of the Brandenburg Choral Festival of London, Trinity Laban Chamber Choir, directed by Stephen Jackson, perform repertoire including Rorate Coeli in honour of one of Britain’s greatest living composers Thea Musgrave in celebration of her 90th birthday. They will be joined by fellow Trinity Laban vocal ensemble Rubythroat, directed by Linda Hirst, as they perform English music from the eighteenth and the twentieth century including Thomas Weelkes, Orlando Gibbons, and Vaughan Williams.
featuring Musgrave: Rorate Coeli
Barbara Day Turner and the San José Chamber Orchestra give the US premiere of Musgrave's string orchestra work Green (arranged in 2016). Melody and rhythm meet algorithms, melting glaciers and electronic interventions in this modern programme also featuring new music by Vivian Fung, Judith Shatin and William Susman.
Musgrave: Green for String Orchestra (2016) - US Premiere
New York Virtuoso Singers
Harold Rosenbaum, conductor
Musgrave: Rorate Coeli (1977)
Musgrave: The Voices of Our Ancestors (2014) US premiere
Musgrave: La Vida es Sueño (2017) world premiere
Musgrave: Manuela's Aria from Simón Bolívar (1994)
Musgrave: Duet and Lament from Harriet, the Woman Called Moses (1984)
Musgrave: Ensemble from Mary, Queen of Scots (1977)
Join Thea Musgrave, Dr Harold Rosenbaum, and the New York Virtuoso Singers in a celebratory birthday concert at The Church of St. Mary the Virgin, New York City. A longtime supporter of Thea's work, Rosenbaum conducts an evening of choral music and excerpts from Musgrave's grand operas.
Featuring Musgrave: Canta, Canta!
Lost Dog New Music Ensemble
A celebration of the contemporary music scene in the United Kingdom: 19 composers, 7 US/UK premiere, all four nations of the UK represented. In its third and final concert, the ensemble perform Musgrave's short song for clarinet, cello and piano Canta, Canta! - taken from her early work A Cantata for a Summer’s Day (1954). Her piece is the penultimate offering, rounding up a programme of Anderson, Davies, Grime and many more.
featuring Musgrave: Orfeo I
Flutist Patricia Spencer will perform a widely varied chamber recital exploring “musical connections”. Titled UNDINE and ORFEO, the program includes works giving the mythological stories of Orfeo and Undine, three composers connected with master teacher Nadia Boulanger, a flute/clarinet duo written by Harvey Sollberger in honor of Charles Wuorinen, and a trio by Rameau for flute, cello, and harpsichord.
Works by Rameau, Lili Boulanger, Carl Reinecke, Harvey Sollberger, Louise Talma, and Thea Musgrave – the last a staged solo flute piece depicting the story of Orfeo.