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The coming season brings an extensive collection of new and recent works by Boosey & Hawkes composers, together with the launch of celebrations for Leonard Bernstein at 100.

3 Sep, Milan / 4 Sep, Turin
Clyne This Midnight Hour (Italian premiere)

Anna Clyne’s recent 12-minute orchestral work This Midnight Hour receives its Italian premiere at the MiTo Festival with Ingo Metzmacher conducting the Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester. Further national premieres follow with the Radio-Symphonieorchester Wien (15 Sep) and by the BBC Philharmonic in Manchester (3 Mar) and BBC Symphony Orchestra in London (21 Mar) with Sakari Oramo touring the work to Zürich (24 Mar).
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8 Sep, Kaiserslautern
Rautavaara In the Beginning (world premiere)

Pietari Inkinen conducts performances throughout the season of Einojhuani Rautavaara’s final orchestral score composed before his death in 2016. The seven-minute work receives territorial premieres by the Deutsche Radio Philharmonie in Kaiserslautern and Saarbrücken (8 Sep), the Japan Philharmonic in Tokyo (17 Nov), the Kymi Sinfonietta in Kotka (29 Nov), the Gürzenich Orchester in Cologne (11 Mar) and the Prague Symphony (27 Jun).
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21 Sep, New York
Aa Blank Out (US premiere)

The Park Avenue Armory in New York City presents the US premiere of Michel van der Aa’s chamber opera for soprano and 3D film with Miah Persson on stage and Roderick Williams on film. This cutting-edge monodrama is based on the life and writings of Ingrid Jonker with its text probing a tragic mother-son relationship. Blank Out, premiered last year, has already been staged in Amsterdam, Rome, Beijing, Helsinki and Hannover.
> Concert info

22 Sep, Washington
Bernstein Centennial launch

The two-season celebration of Leonard Bernstein’s centennial is launched in Washington DC in September with events at the Kennedy Center. An evening titled Bernstein on Broadway is followed by a survey of his concert works in Washington throughout the season. Other American organisations honouring Bernstein include the New York Philharmonic, Carnegie Hall, New York City Ballet, American Ballet Theater, the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Ravinia Festival next summer.
> Concert info

29 Sep/21 Oct/19 Nov, London/Birmingham/Manchester
Jenkins Symphonic Adiemus

Karl Jenkins conducts a programme touring to three UK cities this autumn including selections from his new Symphonic Adiemus, which rescores hits from his best-selling series for SATB choir and full symphony orchestra, making the music available for concerts by mixed choirs for the first time. The programme also includes numbers from The Peacemakers and a full performance of The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace in the lead up to the centenary of the end of World War I hostilities in 1918.
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13 Oct, Fátima / 15 Oct, Lisbon
MacMillan The Sun Danced (world premiere)

Commissioned for the centenary of the Fátima shrine, James MacMillan’s new score for soprano, chorus and orchestra retells the miracles observed in the small Portuguese town, now a major pilgrimage centre. Following the premiere in Fátima on the celebration day itself, the 15-minute work is performed in Lisbon by the Gulbenkian Orchestra and Choir, conducted by Joana Carneiro.
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19 Oct, Istanbul + European tour
Turnage Shadow Walker (world premiere)

Vadim Repin and Daniel Hope are violin soloists in Mark-Anthony Turnage’s new double concerto written for the Borusan Istanbul Philharmonic Orchestra and Sascha Goetzel. The orchestra tours the work to the Essen Philharmonie (20 Oct), Ljubljana (21 Oct), the Musikverein in Vienna (23 Oct) and Zürich (25 Oct).
> Concert info

21 Oct, Amsterdam / 29 Oct, Essen
Aa Sunken Garden (new concert version)

Michel van der Aa’s 3D opera, with libretto by novelist David Mitchell, is presented in a new semi-staged concert version in the ZaterdagMatinee series in Amsterdam and at the Essen Philharmonie. The original cast of Roderick Williams, Katherine Manley and Claron McFadden on stage and Jonathan McGovern and Kate Miller-Heidke on film is reunited with conductor André de Ridder. The US premiere of Sunken Garden in the fully staged version opens at the Dallas Opera on 9 March.
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29 Oct, Beijing
Chen La joie de la souffrance (world premiere)

Qigang Chen’s new violin concerto is unveiled by Maxim Vengerov and the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra at the Beijing Music Festival. Long Yu also conducts the European premiere with Chad Hoopes as soloist and the Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse (16 Jun) and the Melbourne Symphony presents the Australian premiere with Maxim Vengerov in the 2018/19 season.
> Concert info

2 Nov, Minneapolis
Currier RE-FORMATION (world premiere)

Written to celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, Sebastian Currier’s new work for chorus and orchestra is coupled at its premiere with Mendelssohn’s Reformation Symphony, fragments of which are heard in the new score. The origins of Martin Luther’s hymn ‘Ein Feste Burg’ are traced back to Psalm 46, leading to a text by Sarah Manguso on themes of renewal and regeneration. Osmo Vänskä is on the rostrum for the premiere with the Minnesota Orchestra and Chorale.
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3 Nov, Berlin + Asian tour
Chin Chorós Chordón (world premiere)

Unsuk Chin’s new work for the Berlin Philharmonic, a ten-minute dance proliferating from the strings through the orchestra, is written for Simon Rattle’s final season as Music Director. Following its premiere at the Philharmonie it is toured to the Far East under his baton visiting Hong Kong (11 Nov), Shanghai (17 Nov), Seoul (20 Nov), Kawasaki (23 Nov) and Tokyo (25 Nov).
> Concert info

4 Nov, Vienna
Schiphorst Das Imaginäre nach Lacan (world premiere)

The Wien Modern festival hosts the world premiere of Iris ter Schiphorst’s new work for soprano and orchestra, with Ivan Volkov conducting the combined forces of the Webern Symphony and Paris Conservatoire. Soloist Salome Kammer presents twin embodiments of a woman as an Arab and as a European, explored in the text of Helga Utz based on poetry from the pre- and early Islamic periods. The title refers to the French psychoanalyst Jacques Lacan’s view of imagination as a combination of identification, discovery and deception.
> Concert info

5 Nov-16 Dec, London
Bernstein with LSO, Rattle and Alsop

The London Symphony Orchestra honours its former President, Leonard Bernstein, with concerts conducted by Marin Alsop and Simon Rattle at the Barbican in London. Repertoire includes all three symphonies and a concert performance of Wonderful Town starring Danielle de Niese and Nathan Gunn. Rattle tours The Age of Anxiety with Krystian Zimmerman as soloist from London to the Philharmonie de Paris (18 Dec) and the Dortmund Konzerthaus (20 Dec).
> Concert info

15 Nov, Berlin
Borowski Stretta (world premiere)

Daniel Barenboim is soloist in Johannes Boris Borowski’s new work for piano and orchestra, premiered by the Staatskapelle Berlin under Zubin Mehta at a 75th birthday concert for the pianist and conductor at the Philharmonie. Stretta moves from monumental structures to playful character episodes, exploring the relationship between soloist and orchestra. The commission follows Barenboim’s premiere of Borowski’s ensemble work Encore in the opening season of the new Boulez Concert Hall at the Barenboim-Said Akademie in May.
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16-24 Nov, Stockholm
Gruber composer festival

The Konserthuset in Stockholm turns the spotlight on HK Gruber for this year’s composer festival offering a major retrospective of his works. Highlights include Swedish premieres of the Piano Concerto, the percussion concerto into the open… and the operatic suite Northwind Pictures, together with Dancing in the Dark, Frankenstein!!, the Cello Concerto and Timescapes. Soloists include Emanuel Ax, Colin Currie, Matthew Barley, with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic and Swedish Chamber Orchestra under conductors Sakari Oramo, Thomas Dausgaard and Gruber himself. Also featured is the Swedish premiere of Kurt Schwertsik’s Transformation-Scenes from his opera Fanferlizzy Sunnyfeet.
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21 Nov, San Francisco
Adams Girls of the Golden West (world premiere)

The world premiere of John Adams’s new opera opens in Peter Sellars’s staging at the San Francisco Opera in November. Set in the 1850s California Gold Rush, the opera depicts the forgotten girls who toiled in the Sierras, told in their own words. Grant Gershon conducts with a cast including Julia Bullock and J’Nai Bridges with dancer Lorena Feijoo making a guest appearance as Lola Montez. The composer sees parallels with modern times: "The premiere in San Francisco will take place only a few miles from Silicon Valley, where extravagant fortunes and hyperbolic overvaluation are a way of life". The opera is co-commissioned by Dallas Opera and Dutch National Opera.
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30 Nov, Baltimore
Rouse Berceuse Infinie (world premiere)

Longtime Christopher Rouse champion Marin Alsop conducts the premiere of the composer’s new orchestral work Berceuse Infinie with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. The single movement work takes the form of a lullaby, largely contemplative and consoling in tone, and is paired at its premiere with Mozart’s Requiem. A wind ensemble version of the score is also available, dedicated by Rouse to the memory of fellow composer and Cornell alumnus Steven Stucky, "the dearest of friends, whose death came as a tragic and unexpected shock to so many".
> Concert info

6 Dec, Helsinki / 9 Dec, Tallinn
Lindberg New work (world premiere)

The centenary of Finnish Independence brings a new commission for Magnus Lindberg from the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, renewing their special relationship which has embraced the creation of such major works as Kraft, Kinetics and the Clarinet Concerto. The premiere takes place on Independence Day itself and Hannu Lintu takes the work across the Baltic three days later to Tallinn. The new score is an abstract orchestral work, extending Lindberg’s renewed exploration of harmonic continuity and chordal tension as heard in his recent Two Episodes.
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9 Dec, Glasgow
Clyne Beltane (world premiere)

Anna Clyne’s new orchestral work Beltane is premiered in Glasgow by the BBC Scottish Symphony Orhchesta conducted by Thomas Dausgaard. Part of the orchestra’s Scottish Inspirations programme, the new work charts the ‘Bright Fire’ Celtic lunar celebration through the night before May Day, marking the death of winter and birth of summer. The score’s three parts are built from the ritual sequence enacted anew on Calton Hill in Edinburgh each year, from awakening, through the four elements, to rebirth and the bonfire that lights the way to dawn.
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27 Jan, London
Bernstein Total Immersion day

A day of Leonard Bernstein’s music at the Barbican launches the composer’s centennial year with three concerts featuring the BBC Symphony Orchestra, BBC Singers and Guildhall musicians. The evening event includes Serenade and a rare performance of Songfest, Bernstein’s setting for five vocalists and orchestra of a dozen poems ranging from Walt Whitman to ee cummings.
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8 Feb, Örebro / 10 Feb, Stockholm
Dean New work (world premiere)

Brett Dean’s new work for the Swedish Chamber Orchestra is part of the Bach Reborn series coupling the six Brandenburg Concertos with commissions. Leading into the sixth Brandenburg, Dean’s score features two viola soloists – Tabea Zimmermann and Dean himself, with cellos, double bass and harpsichord. Plans are under way for further performances by the Swedish Chamber Orchestra in summer 2018 and by the Australian Chamber Orchestra in a future season.
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1 Mar, Beijing / 10 May, Cardiff
Chen new work for voice and orchestra (world premiere)

Qigang Chen’s new work combines the traditional Beijing opera singer Meng Meng with chorus and orchestra. The premiere with the NCPA Orchestra and Choir in Beijing is followed by the first European performance at the Wales Millennium Centre with the BBC National Orchestra and Chorus of Wales as part of the Vale of Glamorgan Festival. The Australian premiere by the Sydney Symphony Orchestra is planned for a future season.
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27 Mar, London
Turnage Coraline (world premiere)

Mark-Anthony Turnage’s new stagework for family audiences, Coraline, is premiered by The Royal Opera at the Barbican Theatre in March 2018. Adapting the much-loved classic fantasy tale by Neil Gaiman, the new opera is staged by Aletta Collins with Sian Edwards conducting the Britten Sinfonia. This co-production travels to Opéra de Lille, Victorian Opera in Melbourne and Theater Freiburg in future seasons.
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6-7 Apr, London
Bernstein Mass

The Southbank Centre’s contribution to Leonard Bernstein at 100 includes two performances of his Mass with the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain conducted by Marin Alsop. The staging features youth choirs drawn from local boroughs, dancers, a congregation of street singers, a rock band and a brass band. A weekend of young people’s concerts and activities pay homage to Bernstein and his legacy as a legendary educator.
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11 Apr, Perth
MacMillan Saxophone Concerto (world premiere)

The world premiere of James MacMillan’s new Saxophone Concerto is presented by Perth Concert Halls with soloist Amy Dickson and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra conducted by Joseph Swensen, followed by concerts in Edinburgh (12 Apr) and Glasgow (13 Apr). Future performances are planned by co-commissioners the Aurora Orchestra in London and the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra.
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15 Apr / 16 May, London
Chin Le Chant des Enfants des Étoiles (European premiere)
Chin cosmigimmicks (UK premiere)

Two works by Unsuk Chin receive their first UK performances in Spring 2018. The Song of the Children of the Stars, for children’s choir, SATB chorus, organ and symphony orchestra, examines the continuity of the cosmos through 20th century poetry. Esa-Pekka Salonen conducts the performance at the Royal Festival Hall with the Philharmonia Orchestra and Voices. The London Sinfonietta presents cosmigimmicks, for a chamber ensemble including guitar, mandolin and prepared piano, exploring the contradictions of the pantomime tradition across ages and cultures.
> Concert info (15 Apr) 
> Concert info (16 May) 

21 Apr, Manchester
Simpson Cello Concerto

As a highlight of his residency with the BBC Philharmonic, Mark Simpson’s Cello Concerto is premiered by Leonard Elschenbroich under the baton of Clemens Schuldt. The new work follows composer and soloist’s earlier collaboration Night Music, for cello and piano, as heard on the recently released Simpson disc on the NMC label. Simpson’s four season Composer in Association role with the BBC Philharmonic features his recent works, three new commissions and performances with Simpson as clarinet soloist.
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4-6 May, Paris
Bernstein centennial weekend

The Philharmonie in Paris presents three days of concerts celebrating Leonard Bernstein at 100, combining concerts, film, talks and educational events. Highlights include two programmes with the Los Angeles Philharmonic conducted by Gustavo Dudamel, the classic film On the Waterfront starring Marlon Brando with live orchestra performing Bernstein’s score, and a concert exploring the composer’s Jewish roots.
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6 May, Cologne
Höller Viola Concerto (world premiere)

The ACHT BRÜCKEN festival in York Höller’s home city of Cologne features the world premiere of his new Viola Concerto with soloist Tabea Zimmermann and the Gürzenich Orchestra under François-Xavier Roth. The Asian premiere will be given by co-commissioners the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra in a future season.
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Full information across the 2017/18 season can be searched at the Performances area of our website.

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