New Music on a Shoestring: June

As well as all the goings-on at the Spitalfields Festival, there are plenty of other cheap new music gigs to be had this month.

Tomorrow evening, Thomas Adès’ Powder Her Face is at the Barbican; tickets start at £5, so it just sneaks a mention.

As part of the Aldeburgh Festival, there is a Brian Ferneyhough portrait concert this Saturday afternoon at Orford Church, Aldeburgh. Motets by Ockeghem and Obrecht are included amidst Ferneyhough’s Missa Brevis, Intermedio alla Ciaconna and Unsichtbare Farben. Tickets start at £5 and, generously, anyone under 27 gets in half price.

Howard Skempton will be playing a number of his accordion miniatures at UCE Birmingham Conservatoire on Monday 12th, along with Conservatiore students in a performance of Cardew’s Autumn ’60 (tickets £4/£2). In an apparently unrelated event, COMA North West also perform Autumn ’60 at Prescot Parish Church, Prescot, Merseyside (admission free).

Thursday 15th sees the last concert in the Philharmonia‘s current Music of Today series of free new music concerts. This one features three young composers, including RPS Composition Prize-winner Emily Hall, in settings of Emily Dickinson.

UCE Birmingham Conservatoire is the place to be in the middle of the month. There’s more top value new music on Friday 16th as Kieran O’Riordan conducts the West Midlands branch of COMA in new works by Conservatoire students and COMA members. Tickets are a princely £1. Then on Monday 19th David Purser (trombone) and Ronald Woodley (clarinets) play works by Joe Cutler, Lamberto Coccioli, Michael Smetanin, Christopher Fox and Liz Johnson. Tickets are £4/£2 concs. Stick around because on the 20th Ensemble Interakt play works by Jonathan Green, Stephen Mark Barchan and Phillip Neil Martin (tickets: £2/£1). And finally on the 21st Conservatoire performers play music for brass and saxophones by Michael Daugherty, Andriessen and Stockhausen. Nice.

Finally, two concerts by the Camberwell Composers’ Collective are worth mentioning, playing works by collective members Mark Bowden, Anna Meredith, Emily Hall (see Music of Today on the 15th) and Chris Mayo. They’re at the Pumphouse, Aldeburgh on the 23rd and the Blue Elephant Theatre, Camberwell on the 26th. Tickets for each are a fiver. Update: It appears the 26th gig (that’s tonight) is no more; I can’t find details on the Blue Elephant site or the C3 site. However, C3 are going to be at the Blue Elephant on 2nd July, and this time for free. Bargain.


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