New Music on a Shoestring – June

For those visitors who are new to the site on the back of the last Blogariddims thing, this ‘new music on a shoestring’ is something I do most months. I’ve been a bit slack about it recently, but the amount of great new music coming round in June is too much to ignore. What follows are just the highlights:

3 June

Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge, noon, £6/£4 conc.

Melvyn Poore (tuba) and Anton Lukaszevieze (cello) play works by Poore, Lucier, Stockhausen, Duchamp and John White. This sounds great – if you’re in Cambridge you should go. More info.

4 June

Great Hall, Goldsmiths College, New Cross, 7pm, free

The Goldsmiths Contemporary Music Ensemble play Nono’s La lontananza nostalgica utopica futura and Barry Guy’s WGG. Mark your diaries, because you have no good reason not to see this. More info.

7 June

Council Chamber, Deptford Town Hall, New Cross, 1.05pm, free

Another Goldsmiths thing, for which I make no apology – this concert features string quartets by Michael Parsons, John Lely, Tim Parkinson, Jerry Wigens and John White. More info.

9 June

The Space, 269 West Ferry Road, London, 2-5pm, £5/£2 conc.

The Wild Dog Summer Party, a lengthened summer programme with lots of new music; film; dance and live art, featuring Matt Wright (turntables), Christopher Redgate and Paul Archibold (oboes), William Raajiman (sax), Kat Vipers (piano/voice), Stephen Altoft, trumpet, Jerry Wigens, clarinet, Stefano Tedesco, electronics/percussion and Oli Mayne, vibraphone. More info.

13-15, 20-22 June

Shunt Vaults, Joiner Street, London Bridge, 6pm

Six nights of mprovised music and sound installations, variously featuring Evan Parker, Icarus, Slub and Goldsmiths EMS musicians. Shunt is a member’s bar, so day membership is required for non-members (£5). More info.
13 and 14 June

Royal Northern College of Music, and BBC Studio 7, Manchester

Three concerts as a part of the RNCM’s focus on Australian composer Brett Dean. Two of the concerts (at 1.15pm and 7.30pm on the 14th) are free, the concert on the 13th is just a fiver. Looks good – more details here.

14 June

Spitalfields Festival: Shoreditch Church, Shoreditch, 9pm, £5-£18

Loré Lixenberg (mezzo-soprano/violin), David Alberman (violin)

There are lots of concerts in the Spitalfields Festival, for which tickets start at £5. Many of them feature new music, but this is one of the stand-outs for me. Includes music by Aperghis, Cage, Kurtág (the not-often-performed S.K. Remembrance Noise), Nørgard, Sørensen, Holt and Burrell. Earlier in the same evening at the same venue, you can also see:

Royal Academy of Music Soloists, 6.30pm, £5-£18

Works by Schnittke (Concerto Grosso no.1), Osborne (Taw-Raw) and Xenakis (Aroura). More info.

16 June

Spitalfields Festival: Shoreditch Church, Shoreditch, 6pm, £5-£18

Another great-looking concert at Spitalfields (I think this is the best programme I remember for the festival in some years). Philip Mead (piano/electronics) plays music by Harvey, Knussen, Mann and Dench. More info.

20 June

Spitalfields Festival: Christ Church Spitalfields, 9pm, £5-£22

And it doesn’t stop there at Spitalfields, as Bengali ensemble Surtaal, along with Kutub Uddin (flute/bahshi) and Chris Brannick (percussion), play Stockhausen (Zyklus), Burnell (Pascal’s Carriage) and Rzewski (To the Earth), as well as traditional Bengali music and collaborative pieces. More info.

24 June

Royal Festival Hall, Southbank, 6pm, free

The Philharmonia’s regular Music of Today series turns to George Benjamin. More info.

Inverlieth House, Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh, all day, free

If you’re in Edinburgh this might be worth a look – the morning features percussion workshops for children, the afternoon includes several Cage pieces, including 4’33”, and a musicircus. More info.

25 June

Recital Hall, UCE Birmingham Conservatoire, 7pm, £5/£3 conc.

Alonso Mendoza (percussion) plays works by Xenakis, Alvarez, ter Veldhuis, Druckman and Liz Johnson. More info.

27 June

Adrian Boult Hall, UCE Birmingham Conservatoire, 7.30pm, £3

Billed as ‘Hootenanny with Moondog’, conservatoire students play music for brass by the hobo iconoclast, alongside Hootenanny by Martin Butler. More info.


6 thoughts on “New Music on a Shoestring – June

  1. Re., the Nono: Can you really say that it’s a performance by an “Ensemble” when the only piece on the program is for solo violin? I mean, not to split hairs…

    Oh yeah, and also: that piece totally made me cry once.

  2. Thankyou for planning my next month for me – although I haven’t quite gotten past the chance to see/hear the Nono piece again, either.

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