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

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Upcoming Performances

Stockholm International Composer Festival: Concert 1
Nov
22
7:30 PM19:30

Stockholm International Composer Festival: Concert 1

  • Konserthuset, Stockholm, Sweden (map)
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The Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra (RSPO) and Norrköping Symphony Orchestra will celebrate the work of Thea Musgrave. The festival, which has honoured classical music’s most important composers over its twenty-two-year history, runs from November 22-25 and will provide a comprehensive overview of Musgrave’s long career, in four orchestral and chamber concerts. American and Finnish conductors Karen Kamensek and Dalia Stasevska, will programmes packed with premieres, not least the first outing of Musgrave's Night Windows for Oboe and 15 Strings, written for and performed by Nicholas Daniel.

Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra
Karen Kamensek, conductor
Nicholas Daniel, oboe

Musgrave: Loch Ness – A Postcard from Scotland
Musgrave: The Seasons
Musgrave: Night Windows for oboe and 15 Strings (World Premiere)
Musgrave: Turbulent Landscapes

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Stockholm International Composer Festival: Concert 4
Nov
25
7:30 PM19:30

Stockholm International Composer Festival: Concert 4

Members of the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra & Nicholas Daniel, oboe

Musgrave: A Song for Christmas
Musgrave: Music for Horn and Piano
Musgrave: From One to Another I
Musgrave: Niobe for oboe and tape
Musgrave: Narcissus for flute and digital delay
Musgrave: From Spring to Spring for marimba
Musgrave: Threnody for english horn and piano
Musgrave: Dawn for oboe solo
Musgrave: Snow for soprano, english horn and viola

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Trinity Laban: A Christmas Carol
Dec
14
7:30 PM19:30

Trinity Laban: A Christmas Carol

London's Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance stage a new production of  Thea Musgrave’s 1979 opera A Christmas Carol as part of their new season focus Venus BlazingA Christmas Carol closely follows Charles Dickens’ beloved novel and will be given its second ever UK performance by the opera and vocal students of the conservatoire.

More details to be announced in the autumn

 

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Trinity Laban: A Christmas Carol
Dec
15
7:30 PM19:30

Trinity Laban: A Christmas Carol

London's Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance stage a new production of  Thea Musgrave’s 1979 opera A Christmas Carol as part of their new season focus Venus BlazingA Christmas Carol closely follows Charles Dickens’ beloved novel and will be given its second ever UK performance by the opera and vocal students of the conservatoire.

More details to be announced in the autumn

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BBC SSO: Turbulent Landscapes Scottish Premiere
Aug
9
7:30 PM19:30

BBC SSO: Turbulent Landscapes Scottish Premiere

Vaughan Williams’s epic paean to the power and spirituality of the sea brings together a huge ensemble for one of his most opulent, captivating creations. Setting mystical verse by Walt Whitman, it’s both a celebration of the might of the ocean, and a mystical glimpse into the infinite.

Here we also celebrate the 90th birthday of one of Scotland’s most internationally renowned composers, Thea Musgrave, with her remarkable Turbulent Landscapes, a powerful musical journey through six vivid land and seascapes by J. M. W. Turner.

Musgrave: Turbulent Landscapes (Scottish premiere)
Vaughan Williams: A Sea Symphony

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Martyn Brabbins Conductor
Edinburgh Festival Chorus
Christopher Bell Chorus Director
Elizabeth Watts Soprano
Christopher Maltman Baritone

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BBC Prom 33: Phoenix Rising
Aug
7
7:30 PM19:30

BBC Prom 33: Phoenix Rising

Musgrave's Phoenix Rising opens to Brahms's powerful A German Requiem at this year's BBC Proms. Marking the composer's 90th birthday this year, Richard Farnes leads the BBC Symphony Orchestra in this orchestral work which traces a journey from darkness to light, enacting the conflict both spatially and musically.

BBC Symphony Orchestra
Richard Farnes, conductor

Musgrave: Phoenix Rising
Brahms: A German Requiem

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NYCOS On the Underground
Aug
5
3:00 PM15:00

NYCOS On the Underground

Quite simply one of the world’s most exceptional youth choruses, the National Youth Choir of Scotland brings together the nation’s outstanding young singers aged 16 to 25. It is internationally renowned for the detail, power and passion of its vivid music making, and has a long history of acclaimed performances. The Choir brings to life the witty settings of strange and exotic poems from the London Underground by renowned Scottish composer Thea Musgrave as well as works by Whitacre, Tippett and Vaughan Williams.

Vaughan Williams: Five Mystical Songs
Tippett: Five Spirituals from A Child of Our Time
Musgrave: On the Underground Set II
Whitacre: When David Heard

National Youth Choir of Scotland
Christopher Bell, conductor

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From the Soundhouse: Narcissus
Jun
29
7:30 PM19:30

From the Soundhouse: Narcissus

The Royal College of Music's electronic series From the Soundhouse returns with a varied and exciting programme.

New works by RCM composers sit alongside Thea Musgrave’s programmatic piece for solo flute with digital delay, inspired by Greek mythological figure Narcissus, and Bye Bye Butterfly by revered composer of electronic music, Pauline Oliveros.

Oliveros: Bye Bye Butterfly
Thea Musgrave: Narcissus
Matthew Lomax: New work (world premiere)
Connor D’Netto: New work (world premiere)

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A Celebration in Wells: Choral Evensong
Jun
24
3:00 PM15:00

A Celebration in Wells: Choral Evensong

The Wells Cathedral School, The Choir of Wells Cathedral, and their conductor Matthew Owens host a celebration of Musgrave's chamber and choral music. Thea will work with students at the music school and hear the choir premiere two new choral works: Missa Brevis and A Collect for John the Baptist.

Choral Eucharist
Wells Cathedral Choir
Matthew Owens, director

Featuring:
Musgrave: A Collect for John the Baptist (world premiere)

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A Celebration in Wells: Choral Eucharist
Jun
24
9:45 AM09:45

A Celebration in Wells: Choral Eucharist

The Wells Cathedral School, The Choir of Wells Cathedral, and their conductor Matthew Owens host a celebration of Musgrave's chamber and choral music. Thea will work with students at the music school and hear the choir premiere two new choral works: Missa Brevis  and A Collect for John the Baptist.

Choral Eucharist
Wells Cathedral Choir
Matthew Owens, director

Featuring:
Musgrave: Missa Brevis (world premiere)

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Musgrave at Wells
Jun
22
1:00 PM13:00

Musgrave at Wells

  • Cedars Hall, Wells Cathedral School, UK (map)
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The Wells Cathedral School Contemporary Music Ensemble give a short concert of chamber works by Thea Musgrave, introduced by the composer. Following the performance, there will be a Q&A session and a lecture to the school's composition students. 

Wells Cathedral School Contemporary Music Ensemble

Musgrave: Canta Canta
Musgrave: Take Two Oboes
Musgrave: Niobe

Free Entry, no booking required

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BBC SSO Musgrave Portrait Concert
Jun
15
7:30 PM19:30

BBC SSO Musgrave Portrait Concert

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra mark Musgrave's 90th birthday with a special event showcasing her work. At the centre of the concert is 'Two’s Company', a piece commissioned by the BBC in 2005, which brings together the seemingly incompatible sound worlds of percussion and the oboe for a dialogue that’s by turns frivolous, frustrated and eventually harmonious. The two soloists for whom it was written, Evelyn Glennie and Nicholas Daniel, perform it here. Join them and conductor Jac van Steen to celebrate an artist who, in the words of The Guardian, “communicates on the most immediate level, because it's often so sheerly pleasurable to listen to.” The concert also includes a rare chance to hear a performance of Aaron Copland’s Second Symphony, which dates from the early 1930s, and 'Celebration', an exuberant work by Musgrave's lifelong friend Richard Rodney Bennett (1936-2012).

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Nicholas Daniel, oboe
Evelyn Glennie, percussion
Jac van Steen, conductor

Musgrave: Song of the Enchanter
Copland: Short Symphony (Symphony No 2)
Musgrave: Two's Company
R. Bennett: Celebration
Musgrave: Memento Vitae - Concerto in Homage to Beethoven
Musgrave: Phoenix Rising

 

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Naumberg Orchestral Concerts Opening
Jun
12
7:30 PM19:30

Naumberg Orchestral Concerts Opening

  • Naumburg Bandshell, Central Park New York, NY (map)
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The Naumburg Orchestral Concerts is in its 113th season and continues to feature free, outdoor classical concerts at the Naumburg Bandshell in Central Park, New York. Ensemble LPR kicks off the 2018 Naumburg Orchestral Concerts season on Tuesday, June 12, performing repertoire favorites alongside works by some of today's greatest living composers. The concert includes the East Coast premiere of Thea Musgrave's Aurora

Started in 1905, the Naumburg Orchestral Concerts seeks to build new and broader audiences for classical music. It is the oldest, continuous, free, outdoor, western classical music concert series in the world. The performances occur on Tuesdays throughout June and July, with each one drawing thousands of attendees. All the events are broadcast live on Classical 105.9 WQXR and at www.wqxr.org.

Ensemble LPR
Ankush Bahl, conductor
Tessa Lark, violin

David Handler, (1980): Title TBD, (2108), (World Premiere)
Thea Musgrave, (1928-): Aurora, (1999), (East Coast premiere)
John Corigliano, (1938- ): The Red Violin: Suite for Violin and Orchestra, (1999),
Pytor Ilyich Tchaikovsky, (1840-93): Serenade for Strings in C Major, Op. 48, (1880)
Claude Debussy, (1862-1918): Clair de Lune (1890), L. 75, (arr. Lipton)

 

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Commotio Choir: Vote 100
Jun
9
7:30 PM19:30

Commotio Choir: Vote 100

  • St John the Evangelist, 109A Iffley Road, Oxford (map)
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Oxford's Commotio Choir present music by women composers on the centenary of the Representation of the People Act. To include works by Rebecca Clarke, Rolande Falcinelli, Vítězslava Kaprálová, Elizabeth Maconchy, Cecilia McDowall, Thea Musgrave, Grace-Evangeline Mason and Florence Price.

Commotio Choir
Matthew Berry, conductor

Featuring Musgrave: On the Underground Set II (1995)

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Marsyas Trio at Rush Hour
Jun
8
6:30 PM18:30

Marsyas Trio at Rush Hour

The Marsyas Trio celebrates the centenary of women’s suffrage in Britain with music for flute, cello and piano written by female composers from the 19th and 20th centuries, including Amy Beach, Louise Farrenc, Fanny Mendelssohn and Thea Musgrave. Beat rush hour and enjoy an intimate chamber recital within the historic and grand Ironmongers’ Hall, right in the heart of the City of London. This concert features the premiere performance of Musgrave's Canta Canta with flute arrangement.

 Featuring Musgrave: Canta Canta

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Late Music Ensemble – Thea Musgrave at 90
Jun
2
7:30 PM19:30

Late Music Ensemble – Thea Musgrave at 90

  • St. Saviourgate Unitarian Chapel St. Saviourgate, York (map)
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York's Late Music Ensemble celebrates Thea Musgrave’s 90th birthday year with her solo works for flute, cello, and piano, plus music related by themes of friendship and celebration. The programme features works by her sometime teacher Nadia Boulanger and fellow emigré and Tanglewood tutor Bohuslav Martinů. The concert will be preceded by introductory talk by James Whittle on the subject of Musgrave's music (6.45 pm). 

Flute: Jennifer Cohen
Piano: Alice Masterson
Cello: William Descrettes
Electronics: Lynette Quek
Ensemble Director: James Whittle

Featuring:

Thea Musgrave: Narcissus (1987) for solo flute and digital delay
Thea Musgrave: D.E.S. – In Celebration (2016) for solo cello
Thea Musgrave: Snapshots (2009) for solo piano
Martin Suckling: Three Venus Haiku (2009) for cello and piano
Nadia Boulanger: Three Pieces for Cello and Piano (1914)
Joseph Kudirka: 21st Century Music (2008) for three parts
Thomas Crawley: Movement (2018, WP) for trio
Bohuslav Martinů: Trio for Flute, Cello and Piano (1944)

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Virtuoso Singers at ChoralFest USA
Jun
2
3:00 PM15:00

Virtuoso Singers at ChoralFest USA

Harold Rosenbaum and The New York Virtuoso Singers repeat highlights from their Musgrave at 90 Birthday concert to Symphony Space's epic ChoralFest. 

This annual event features about a dozen choirs from the New York region and beyond, singing in a FREE marathon concert. Each choir will perform for approximately 25 minutes. Audience members may come and go, or remain the entire time. The hope and dream is to give choirs public exposure in an important New York City venue, to inspire choir directors to explore the vast repertoire of American and other choral music for future concerts, and to instill and reinforce a love of choral music to audience members.

The New York Virtuoso Singers
Harold Rosenbaum, conductor

Musgrave: Rorate Coeli (1977)
Musgrave: The Voices of Our Ancestors (2014) 
Musgrave: Selections from the operas

Free Admission

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A Birthday Concert in NYC
May
27
8:00 PM20:00

A Birthday Concert in NYC

  • 145 West 46th Street New York, NY, 10036 United States (map)
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The New York Virtuoso Singers
Harold Rosenbaum, conductor
Nicholas Daniel, oboe

Musgrave: Dawn (2012)
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.

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