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2014/15 Highlights from Boosey & Hawkes London

(August 2014)

The 2014/15 season brings an extensive collection of new works by Boosey & Hawkes composers, together with centenary celebrations for Panufnik and 80th birthday events for Birtwistle and Maxwell Davies.

14 September 2014, Glasgow
Maxwell Davies Max at 80

Peter Maxwell Davies’s 80th birthday is celebrated at Glasgow’s Concert Halls with a Max at 80 day of three concerts on 14 September. The Hebrides Ensemble and guitarist Timothy Walker explore Max’s chamber music and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra programme – hotfoot from the Late Night Prom in London on 8 September, the birthday itself  – features the recent Concert Overture: Ebb of Winter and the composer’s classic An Orkney Wedding, with Sunrise complete with bagpipe finale. Max will attend the day and appear in conversation with Svend Brown before the SCO concert.
Concert info

24 September 2014
Panufnik Centenary

The centenary of Andrzej Panufnik falls on 24 September and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra celebrates its historic link with the composer and conductor with the Piano Concerto and Sinfonia Elegiaca. Other highlights through the autumn include a series of Panufnik performances in Katowice, with the London Symphony Orchestra and Antonio Pappano visiting the new NPRSO concert hall on 18 October with Symphony No.10 (repeated at the Barbican in London the following day). A Panufnik day of chamber music, songs, films and discussions takes place at Kings Place on 30 November.
> Birmingham concert info
> Katowice concert info
> Kings Place concert info

2-5 October, The Cumnock Tryst festival

The new Scottish festival founded by James MacMillan in his native town of Cumnock in Ayrshire is launched this year, including performances by violinist Nicola Benedetti, the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and The Sixteen. The festival aims to bring some of the world's greatest musicians into local churches and halls, with the community at the heart of all of its activities.
> Festival info

4-6 October, Vienna/St Pölten
Deutsch Triple Concerto

The most recent work by Austrian Composer Bernd Richard Deutsch, who recently won the Hindemith Prize, is a triple brass concerto for trumpet, trombone, tuba and orchestra, premiered in Vienna on 4 October. Following two performances at the Musikverein, the Tonkünstler Orchestra under Andrés Orozco-Estrada tours the new concerto to the Festspielhaus in St Pölten.
> Concert info

5 October, London
Clyne Secret Garden
Andriessen Tapdance

Colin Currie’s percussion festival ‘Metal Wood Skin’ at the Southbank Centre features a newly commissioned work by Anna Clyne for drum set and recorded voice based on The  Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett. The Queen Elizabeth Hall programme also welcomes the Asko|Schönberg Ensemble for the UK premiere of Andriessen’s Tapdance with Currie as soloist on an inward journey from toe-tapping charleston to melancholic withdrawl. The concert’s extrovert finale is Andriessen’s classic Hoketus.
> Read more on Tapdance
> Concert info

9-14 October, New York
Rouse Thunderstuck

Christopher Rouse’s residency with the New York Philharmonic continues with a new ten-minute concert opener for orchestra, entitled Thunderstuck, paying homage to rock 'n' roll. Alan Gilbert conducts four performances at Lincoln Center and the orchestra also features Rouse’s Flute Concerto and Iscariot this season with Leonard Slatkin and David Zinman on the rostrum.
> Concert info

12 October, London
Reich Quartet

The Colin Currie Group premieres the latest work by Steve Reich, a Quartet for two pianos and two vibraphones, reputedly the composer’s ‘desert island ensemble’. Following the Southbank Centre performances the work is toured by Currie to Cologne, New York, Paris, Ghent, Rotterdam, Amsterdam, Cardiff and Glasgow within all-Reich programmes featuring repertoire including SextetMallet Quartet and Drumming.
> Read more about Colin Currie’s percussion festival
> Concert info

14 October, Bruges
Turnage Passchendaele

Mark-Anthony Turnage’s new orchestral work commemorating the centenary of the First World War is premiered by the Philharmonia Orchestra in the Bruges Concertgebouw conducted by Nicholas Collon. Turnage has a special interest in the conflict in Flanders, following his researches for his opera The Silver Tassie and song cycle The Torn Fields. The UK premiere of Passchendaele follows with the CBSO Youth Orchestra in Birmingham (2 November), and the work travels to Los Angeles in 2015 for performance by the Orange County Youth Symphony Orchestra.
> Read interview about Passchendaele
> Bruges concert info
> Birmingham concert info

16 October, Grayshott (Surrey)
 Jenkins The Healer

The latest choral/orchestral work by Karl Jenkins is The Healer, a cantata for St Luke exploring themes of healing across times and cultures. The composer conducts the Excelsis Choir and the London Mozart Players for two UK performances in Grayshott and travels across the Atlantic to Carnegie Hall for the work’s US premiere on 19 January 2015 presented by Distinguished Concerts International New York.
> Concert info

24 October, Munich
Birtwistle Responses

Pierre-Laurent Aimard is soloist in Birtwistle’s new piano concerto Responses: Sweet disorder and the carefully careless. Following the premiere in Munich with the Bavarian Radio Orchestra to launch the Musica Viva series (24 October), the concerto travels on with Aimard to the Casa Música in Porto (1 November) and the Southbank Centre in London (6 December) as part of a Birtwistle 80th series (see below). The US premiere follows with the Boston Symphony Orchestra (12 February 2015).
> Munich concert info
> Porto concert info
> London concert info
> Boston concert info 

22 October, Dresden
Bettison New work

Oscar Bettison’s new work for contemporary ensemble Musikfabrik is a cartoon/music collaboration with animation by Paul Barritt inspired by the surreal Krazy Kat comic strip by George Herriman which ran in Hearst publications from 1913 to 1944. Bettison is providing Overture, Prologue and Epilogue with other music by Harry Partch and from David Lang. Following the premiere at the TonLagen festival in Dresden (22 October), the programme is repeated at the Essen Philharmonie (31 October) and in Cologne (16 November)
> Dresden concert info
> Essen concert info
> Cologne concert info

6 November, Amsterdam
van der Aa Violin Concerto

Michel van der Aa’s new Violin Concerto for Janine Jansen is premiered with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra conducted by Vladimir Jurowski. Following performances in Amsterdam (6/7 November) and at the Essen Philiharmonie (8 November), Jansen travels to Norway for a performance with the Bergen Philharmonic conducted by Andrew Litton (4 December). Van der Aa has recently composed a series of works in which a soloist is pitted against a larger group, including the cello concerto Up-close, which won the Grawemeyer Award, and the clarinet concerto Hysteresis.
> Amsterdam concert info
> Essen concert info
> Bergen concert info

7 November, Utrecht
MacMillan Percussion Concerto No.2

With MacMillan’s first percussion concerto Veni, Veni, Emmanuel established as the most performed in the repertoire, there is eager anticipation for his second, written for Colin Currie and due for premiere by the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic in Utrecht on 7 November.  The new concerto receives UK and French premieres by the Philharmonia Orchestra in London  (11 December) and the  Orchestre nationale du capitole de Toulouse (19 December), with first North and South American performances following in 2015/16 at the Cabrillo Festival, by the Baltimore Symphony and the São Paulo Symphony, all with Currie as soloist.
> Utrecht Concert info
> London Concert info
> Toulouse Concert info 

19 November/5 December/13 February, London
Dean BBC Symphony Orchestra residency

Three concerts this coming season at the Barbican mark Brett Dean’s Artist in Association role with the BBC Symphony Orchestra. Dean's Christmas cantata The Annunciation receives its UK premiere with the BBC Singers under Josep Pons (19 November), his trumpet concerto for Håkan Hardenberger Dramatis personae has its London premiere conducted by Jukka-Pekka Saraste (5 December), and his dramatic cantata The Last Days of Socrates receives its UK premiere with John Tomlinson in the title role and the BBC Symphony Chorus under John Storgårds (13 February).
> Read more on Dean’s BBC residency
> Concert info

4 December, Birmingham / 5 April, London
MacMillan St Luke Passion

James MacMillan’s new St Luke Passion receives its first UK performances this season, following its premiere at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam last March. The hour-long setting sees MacMillan adopting a pared-back approach, with all the vocal music sung by choral forces and a baroque-style chamber orchestra. The UK premiere is at Symphony Hall in Birmingham with the CBSO, CBSO Chorus and Youth Chorus (4 December) and the first London performance is on Easter Sunday (5 April) at the Barbican with Britten Sinfonia forces, both conducted by the composer.
> Read interview about St Luke Passion
> Birmingham concert info
> London concert info

4-7 December, London
Birtwistle 80th at Southbank Centre

A three day celebration at the Southbank Centre to round off Birtwistle’s 80th birthday year includes a programme featuring Theseus Game with the London Sinfonietta and In Broken Images with students from the Royal Academy of Music (5 December), the UK premiere of Birtwistle’s Responses for piano and orchestra with Pierre-Laurent Aimard, the London Philharmonic Orchestra and Vladimir Jurowski (6 December), and Colin Currie and Tamara Stefanovich joining forces for The Axe Manual for percussion and piano (7 December). As an upbeat across the Thames, Andrey Lebedev premieres Birtwistle’s Construction with Guitar Player – a new 15-minute guitar work commissioned by the Julian Bream Trust  – at St John’s Smith Square (4 December).
> Concert info

6 December, London
Turnage Contusion

Mark-Anthony Turnage’s new string quartet for the Belcea Quartet is premiered at the Wigmore Hall on 6 December. The new work, entitled Contusion, follows Twisted Blues with Twisted Ballad also written for the Belcea Quartet in 2008. After the premiere in London, the Belcea Quartet performs Contusion at the Queen’s Hall in Edinburgh (8 December), De Doelen in Rotterdam (9 December) and the Handelsbeurs in Ghent (10 December).
> Concert info

28 January, London
Lindberg New work for soprano and orchestra

The first new work under Magnus Lindberg’s new residency with the London Philharmonic Orchestra is written for soprano Barbara Hannigan and will be premiered under the baton of Vladimir Jurowski at the Royal Festival Hall on 28 January. The UK premiere of Lindberg’s Piano Concerto No.2  takes place on 21 March with Yefim Bronfman as soloist, following performances in the USA, Netherlands, Japan, Taiwan, Canada, Sweden and Finland.
> Concert info

31 January, Birmingham
MacMillan Seven Angels

Ex Cathedra gives the world premiere of James MacMillan’s new large-scale work for choir and ‘Biblical’ instruments. Jeffrey Skidmore conducts the performance at the Town Hall in Birmingham on 31 January. Angels have been a recurring theme in MacMillan’s output, including Parthenogenesis, Clemency and numerous choral works, and the new 40-minute work looks towards their appearance at the Last Judgement.
Concert info

8 March, New York
Carter The American Sublime

James Levine was a strong supporter of Elliott Carter’s music in his final decades and commissioned this setting of five poems by Wallace Stevens for baritone and ensemble, composed in 2011. The first performance at Carnegie Hall on 8 March by the MET Chamber Ensemble conducted by Levine is the last of Carter’s late works to be premiered following the composer’s death in 2012.
> Concert info

8 March, London
Chin Alice in Wonderland

The Barbican presents the UK premiere on 8 March of Unsuk Chin’s Alice in Wonderland, the Korean-born composer’s acclaimed operatic version of the classic book by Lewis Carroll. Combining surrealist fantasy with dark psychology, the opera features singers including Rachel Gilmore, Andrew Watts, Dietrich Henschel and Jane Henschel, the BBC Symphony Orchestra and conductor Baldur Brönnimann. The new multimedia staging by Netia Jones is a collaborative venture with the Los Angeles Philharmonic (performances on 27/28 February). Chin’s operatic sequel, Alice through the looking glass, has been commissioned by The Royal Opera in London for premiere in 2019.
> Concert info 

26-28 March, New York
Adams Scheherazade.2

Leila Josefowicz is soloist in the premiere of John Adams’s new ‘Dramatic Symphony for Violin and Orchestra’ at Lincoln Center on 26 March, with commissioners including the New York Philharmonic, the Royal Concertgebouw in Amsterdam and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. Josefowicz has given over a hundred performances of Adams’s Violin Concerto and The Dharma at Big Sur, and has collaborated closely with the composer on the new 40-minute score. Scheherazade.2  takes a contemporary view on woman as storyteller/hostage, taking it well beyond the Arabian Nights exoticism of Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade. Performances in the US follow this season in Cincinatti and Atlanta before the work travels internationally with Josefowicz in 2015/16.
> Concert info

11 April, London
Chin Mannequin

Unsuk Chin’s new orchestral work, Mannequin, is premiered at the Southbank Centre in London by the National Youth Orchestra on 11 April. The 30-minute work is based on an ETA Hoffmann story and is described by the composer as "an imaginary choreography". Future performances follow with the Orquestra Sinfonica do Porto Casa da Música and the Boston Symphony Orchestra.
> Concert info

17 April, Hong Kong
Chen New Work

Qigang Chen’s new orchestral work is premiered by the Hong Kong Philharmonic conducted by Zhang Xian. Co-commissioned by the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and Radio France, performances in Liverpool and Paris follow in future seasons. Recent works by Chen, who shares his creative time between Beijing and Paris, include a piano concerto Er Huang for Lang Lang and a trumpet concerto Joie Eternelle for Alison Balsom performed by the China Philharmonic at the BBC Proms this summer.
> Concert info

21 April, Paris
Shepherd New Work

Sean Shepherd’s new work for the Ensemble Intercontemporain is premiered at the Philharmonie in Paris on 21 April, conducted by Matthias Pintscher. This new 30-minute ‘concerto for ensemble’ follows performances of Shepherd’s Blur by the EIC in Paris, Cologne and Lucerne in 2012. The young American composer’s recent works include Tuolumne for the Cleveland Orchestra and Songs for the New York Philharmonic.
> Concert info

11 May, Madrid
Rautavaara Balada

Finnish composer Einojuhani Rautavaara has long been planning a new work based on texts by Lorca, as a successor to his Cancion de nuestro tiempo of 1993. The project will come to fruition in Madrid on 11 May with a new 20-minute score for choir and orchestra, Balada. The premiere at the Auditorio features the Orchestra and Choir of the Comunidad de Madrid conducted by Victor Pablo Pérez.
> Concert info

12 June, Aldeburgh / June, London
Birtwistle The Cure

Birtwistle’s new chamber opera, The Cure, for two singers and ensemble will be premiered at the Aldeburgh Festival as part of a double bill with The Corridor. The new score examines the myth of Medea restoring to life Jason’s father Aeson, as told in Ovid’s Metamorphoses. Text is by Birtwistle’s frequent collaborator David Harsent, and the staging is by Martin Duncan with designs by Alison Chitty. The double bill will transfer from Aldeburgh to the Linbury Theatre at The Royal Opera in London, with the London Sinfonietta as ensemble, conducted by Geoffrey Paterson.
> Aldeburgh opera info
> London opera info

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