Wednesday 11 October 2023

One of the 2022 Voices of Black Opera, Thando Mjandana, premieres a Daniel Kidane work with Birmingham Contemporary Music Group

Songs at Day, Songs at Night
South African tenor Thando Mjandana won the Samuel Coleridge Taylor Award at the Voice of Black Opera competition in Birmingham in 2022 [see my article] and there is a chance to hear Mjandana in action back in Birmingham later this month when he joins Birmingham Contemporary Music Group (BCMG) and conductor Vimbayi Kaziboni for the world premiere of Daniel Kidane's Cradle Song (setting text by Blake) on 18 October 2023 at The Elgar Concert Hall, University of Birmingham, and the programme is repeated in Bristol on 29 October.

Entitled Songs at Day, Songs at Night, the concert also features soprano Mimi Doulton, and features Daniel Kidane's Primitive Blaze, the UK premiere of Julian Anderson's Mitternachtslied (setting texts by Nietsche and Longfellow), the world premiere of Anderson's Thus, and music by Harrison Birtwistle.

Kidane's Cradle Song is one of BCMG's Sound Investment scheme commissions, as was Harrison Birtwistle's 2018 work, … when falling asleep which is included in the programme.

Full details from BCMG's website.

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