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Upcoming Performances

World Premiere: Trumpet Concerto
Jul
6
7:00 PM19:00

World Premiere: Trumpet Concerto

One of the UK’s leading summer musical events, Cheltenham Music Festival, presents a bespoke all-British programme based around the World Premiere from the first female composer to be commissioned by the Festival in 1956, Thea Musgrave. Her Trumpet Concerto has been co-commissioned for our Festival by the CBSO in celebration of their centenary, and the LA Philharmonic for Festival Artistic Director Alison Balsom.

The new concerto, written specifically for Balsom, is inspired by a series of landscapes by the Scottish Artist Victoria Crowe. Around 18 minutes in length and in five movements it will demonstrate the full range of the Trumpet’s emotive capacity.

After another barnstorming success in 2017, audiences will be thrilled to see the return of Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla and the beloved City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra for the second symphonic concert of the weekend.  Thea will give a pre-performance talk at 6PM in the Cheltenham Town Hall.


City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra

Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla conductor
Alison Balsom trumpet

Ruth Gipps Symphony No. 2
Thea Musgrave Trumpet Concerto (World Premiere)
Vaughan Williams Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis
William Walton Troilus and Cressida Suite

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Night Windows: US Premiere - IDRS Conference
Jul
18
7:30 PM19:30

Night Windows: US Premiere - IDRS Conference

  • University of South Florida, Tampa, USA (map)
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Nicholas Daniel gives the US premiere of the chamber orchestra version of Thea Musgrave’s Night Windows for Oboe and Strings at the International Double Reed Society Conference in Tampa, Florida.

Night Windows is the title of a painting by Edward Hopper of a scene in one such lighted window. However the scenes in this work – though reflecting something of all the loneliness in so many of the Hopper paintings – are all imaginary: highly charged emotional moments. Loneliness: Anger: Nostalgia: Despair: Frenzy. 

The oboe and piano version of Night Windows was commissioned by the International Double Reed Society and it is dedicated to Nicholas Daniel. The International Double Reed Society (IDRS) was established in December 1971 as a world-wide organization of double reed (oboe and bassoon family) players, instrument manufacturers, and enthusiasts. The society has over 2,700 members from around the world. Within the United States, all 50 states as well as the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico are represented.

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Space Play at Tanglewood
Aug
11
10:00 AM10:00

Space Play at Tanglewood

TMC Fellows perform a program of works for larger ensembles, including the American premiere of Andrew Hamilton’s music for people who like art, Steve Reich’s Radio Rewrite, and Thea Musgrave’s Space Play. The program also includes the American premiere of a new work by Nathan Shields (a TMC co-commission with the Mendelssohn Academy Orchestra of the Leipzig Gewandhaus).

Andrew Hamilton: music for people who like art (American premiere)
Nathan Shields: New work (American premiere; TMC commission)
Steve Reich: Radio Rewrite
Thea Musgrave: Space Play

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BBC Proms... at Holy Sepulchre London
Aug
17
3:00 PM15:00

BBC Proms... at Holy Sepulchre London

The BBC Singers and Chief Conductor Sofi Jeannin take the Proms to the ‘Musicians’ Church’, Holy Sepulchre London (aka St Sepulchure-without-Newgate), where Proms founder-conductor Henry Wood first learnt the organ and was later laid to rest.

This varied conspectus of 20th-century English choral music opens with the setting of lines by the then Poet Laureate, John Masefield, that Walton composed for the unveiling of the church’s Henry Wood memorial window in 1946. Thea Musgrave’s Rorate Coeli joins the programme alongside works by Elizabeth Maconchy and Judith Weir.

BBC Singers | Sofi Jeanin, conductor

William Walton: Where does the uttered music go?
Benjamin Britten: Sacred and Profane
John Ireland: The Holy Boy(3 mins)
Thea Musgrave: Rorate coeli(11 mins)
Elizabeth Maconchy: Three Donne Songs – No. 1: A Hymn to God the Father
Ralph Vaughan Williams: Valiant-for-truth
Judith Weir: Missa del Cid
Joanna Lee: At this man’s hand (BBC commission: world premiere)

There will be no interval

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Alison Balsom plays Musgrave
Oct
2
7:30 PM19:30

Alison Balsom plays Musgrave

Alison Balsom gives the new Musgrave Concerto it’s second outing in Birmingham with Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, who celebrate their centenary this year. Walton’s Troilus and Cressida is British music at its most sensuous – and sensational. Mirga loves it, and as part of the CBSO’s centenary celebrations she’s giving it a long-overdue revival. It closes the concert.

Alison Balsom, Trumpet
Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla , Conductor
City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra

Gipps: Symphony No. 2, 21′
Thea Musgrave:  Trumpet Concerto (CBSO Centenary Commission), 20′
Walton: Troilus and Cressida: Suite, 35′

CBSO+ 6.15pm: Discover more about Thea Musgrave’s new CBSO Centenary Commission in this special preconcert talk with Alison Balsom and Jeremy Bushell – Principal Fourth Horn.

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Orchestra of the Swan: Green
Jun
19
2:30 PM14:30

Orchestra of the Swan: Green

Orchestra of the Swan visit the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire to present a concert celebrating new talent. They are joined by 2018 Bromsgrove International Musicians’ Competition-winner, Luke Jones (piano) and 2018 Conservatoire Prize-winner Domonkos Csabay, piano. Musgrave’s string orchestra work Green opens the concert, conducted by Andrew Griffiths.

Pre-concert talk: 1.30pm
Chris Morley (Music Critic, Birmingham Post), Thea Musgrave, our competition winner and a student from the composition department discuss the challenges and demands faced by young classical composers and soloists today.

Musgrave: Green
Mozart: Piano Concerto in A Major K414
Beethoven: Piano Concerto no3 op37 in C minor

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Aldeburgh Fesitval: Four Madrigals
Jun
17
4:00 PM16:00

Aldeburgh Fesitval: Four Madrigals

Aldeburgh Voices bring a programme of choral music inspired by the madrigal tradition to this year’s Aldeburgh Festival. Tippett’s experience as a conductor and his love for Tudor composers produced miniatures of delicate textures and vivid word-painting. But his Spirituals contain a world of communal suffering and hope that is barely contained by their deceptively simple refrains. Thea Musgrave’s Four Madrigals joins a vibrant British programme of Britten, Tippett, Weir and others.

Aldeburgh Voices
Ben Parry conductor
Jesse Flowers guitar

Thea Musgrave: Four Madrigals 8’
Michael Tippett :The Weeping Babe 3’
Michael Tippett: Two Madrigals 5’
Benjamin Britten: Nocturnal 19’
Roxanna Panufnik: O hearken thou 2’
Judith Weir: Love Bade Me Welcome 4’
Ben Parry: Spring Sonnets 6’
Michael Tippett: The Blue Guitar 17’
Five Spirituals from A Child of Our Time 10’

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Borough New Music 17: Rebecca Hepplewhite (Cello)
Jun
4
1:00 PM13:00

Borough New Music 17: Rebecca Hepplewhite (Cello)

  • St George the Martyr, Southwark, London (map)
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The cellist Rebecca Hepplewhite opens Series 17 of Borough New Music, curated by pianist Matthew Schellhorn. Her programme shows the versatility of the solo cello, with works ranging from Thea Musgrave to Sally Beamish, and including John Tavener’s beautiful 'Chant'. This lunchtime recital also includes two new commissions receiving their World Premieres: one by Marco Galvani (b. 1994) and Rebecca’s husband, Russell Hepplewhite (b. 1982).

"Rebecca has a sumptious and mahogany tone and bold arresting sound, and plays with both power and delicacy as required." - Fanfare Magazine

Rebecca Hepplewhite (cello)

Programme:
Marco Galvani (b. 1994): New Work (2018) World Premiere
Nimrod Borenstein (b. 1969): Soliloquy op. 59 (2012)
Thea Musgrave (b. 1928): D. E. S – In Celebration (2016)
Szymon Brzóska (b. 1981): The Wanderer (2009)
Colin Riley (b. 1963): something in our minds will always stay (2013)
Timothy Salter (b. 1942): Scintilla (2003)
Sally Beamish (b. 1956): Gala Water (1994)
John Tavener (1944-2013): Chant for Solo Cello (1995)
Russell Hepplewhite (b. 1982): New Work (2018) World Premiere

Free entry

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New Brunswick Chamber Orchestra: Green
Jun
2
5:00 PM17:00

New Brunswick Chamber Orchestra: Green

  • Christ Church 5 Paterson Street, New Brunswick, NJ (map)
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New Jersey’s New Brunswick Chamber Orchestra (now over 50 years old) continues its mission to ‘reframe’ classical music. There summer concert ‘Fragments’ features Musgrave’s string orchestra work Green.

‘FRAGMENTS’
Elena Kats-Chernin: Zoom and Zip
Thea Musgrave: Green
Caroline Shaw: Entr’acte
Benjamin Britten: Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge

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Orchestra of the League of Composers: Aurora
Jun
1
7:30 PM19:30

Orchestra of the League of Composers: Aurora

  • Miller Theatre at Columbia University, New York (map)
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The League of Composers, created in 1923, is America’s oldest organization devoted to contemporary music. The League draws on a remarkably rich history, including such groundbreaking premieres as Schönberg’s Die Glückliche Hand, Béla Bartók’s Village Scenes, Samuel Barber’s Piano Sonata and Anton Webern’s Symphony for Chamber Orchestra. The League also sponsored the American premiere of Igor Stravinsky’s ballet Le Sacre du Printemps, many pieces by Aaron Copland, György Ligeti’s Horn Trio, Karlheinz Stockhausen’s Harlequin, and many works by former honorary Board Co-Chairs Elliott Carter and Milton Babbitt.

Their orchestra’s second summer concert of 2019 features Thea Musrgave’s Aurora , whose symbolic title invoking the dawn, represents potential and burgeoning of young talent (the commissioning of this work coming from the Colburn School of Performing Arts).

The Orchestra of the League of Composers
Louis Karchin and David Fulmer, conductors
Heather Buck, soprano
Curtis Macomber, violin

Thea Musgrave: Aurora (1999)
Martin Boykan: Concerto for Violin and Orchestra (2003)
Friedrich Heinrich Kern: Von Taufedern und Sternen (2018)
Louis Karchin: Four Songs on Poems of Seamus Heaney (2018)

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String Quartet at Southbank
May
8
7:45 PM19:45

String Quartet at Southbank

  • The Purcell Room, Southbank Centre, London (map)
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Thea Musgrave’s 1958 String Quartet opens a concert by the Chilingirian Quartet, which includes the European premiere of Kareem Roustom’s first venture into the medium.

The Musgrave quartet was commissioned by the University of Glasgow. A single theme, heard in the cello at the beginning, gives rise to the main material of the whole work. There are three movements of contrasting character, which explore the many possibilities inherent in this one idea. 

Thea Musgrave: String Quartet
Kareem Roustom: String Quartet (Shades of Night) (European premiere)
Tchaikovsky: String Quartet No.1 in D, Op.11

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Hear Now Music Festival: Ensemble TM+
May
3
8:00 PM20:00

Hear Now Music Festival: Ensemble TM+

The HEAR NOW festival answers a two-fold need; for LA composers to be featured in a professional setting with superb performances; and for the audience to begin to know what LA composers are writing. Since 2011 HEAR NOW has introduced nearly 150 new and recent works by 113 individual Los Angeles-based composers. Over its 8-year history, it has expanded from two chamber music concerts to a 4-concert festival, and repeats a selection of festival works at locations encompassing downtown, the south bay, and Orange County. 

Ensemble TM+ has made a name for itself as one of the first French ensembles dedicated to contemporary and classical repertoires. Here they present a varied programme including Musgrave’s Piccolo Play.

William Kraft: Concerto for Percussion and Chamber Ensemble
Joseph Pereira: Glimpse
Thea Musgrave: Piccolo Play
Kay Rhie: Threshold
Alan Shockley: candlepin bowling deadwood

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