Wednesday 5 June 2019

BCMG: Across the Channel - Outre Manche

BCMG: Across the Channel
Birmingham Contemporary Music Group (BCMG) is joining forces with the French ensemble Court-circuit and the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire for a cross-Channel collaborative project bringing the two new music ensembles together with early career musicians to perform music by five contemporary composers, Hilda Paredes, Mael Bailly, Francois Paris, Rebecca Saunders and Jonathan Harvey.

The project involves a residency and exchange visit, culminating in a concert at the Conservatoire on 14 June 2019, when Jean Deroyer will conduct the two ensembles alongside early career musicians from the Conservatoire.

The concert will feature UK premieres of Siphonophorae by Mexican-born London-based Hilda Paredes, and Six miniatures pour sextuor by the young French composer Maël Bailly. À propos de Nice by French-born Spain-based François Paris dates from 2005 and is inspired by 1929 silent film of the same name by Jean Vigo which will be shown as part of the performance. British composer Rebecca Saunders, who won the 2019 Ernst von Siemens prize, has strong links to BCMG (with two other works being performed by BCMG in 2019) and they will perform her Stirrings Still I in the concert. The programme is completed with Jonathan Harvey's 2009 composition for ten-piece chamber ensemble Vajra .

The exchange is completed in November when members of BCMG travel to Paris to perform with Court-circuit and work with students from the Paris Conservatoire.

Full details from the BCMG website.

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