Tuesday 26 February 2013

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra's flood of new music

As part of a South West Composers day in Poole on 2 March 2013, the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and its contemporary music group Kokoro put out a call for scores. They received an amazing number, over seventy. From these eleven were chosen for performance as part of the South West Composers day, where performances and workshops will be led by composer James MacMillan. The new scores will be examined in a masterclass and performed by the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. 

The intention is to provide an insight into the creation of new music, both for the composers participating and for the audience, with a distinguished composers like James MacMillan on hand to contribute. The day concludes with MacMillan conducting the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and Bournemouth Symphony Chorus in Silvestri's challenging Three Pieces for Strings, Hannah Kendall's Shard (premiered by the orchestra at the 2012 Cheltenham Festival) and two of MacMillan's own works The Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis.

The composers selected vary from an 18 year old music student, to an established film and TV composer and the lead composer tutor at a music school in the South West. 

The South West Composers day includes masterclasses, workshops and open rehearsal and the evening concert, all events are open to the public. Tickets are £17 for everything or £10 for the evening concert only. Further information and a full schedule from the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra website.

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