New Music on a Shoestring – October

Better late than never, and there’s still a ton of new music available for £6 or less around the UK this month.

17th October

Royal Academy of Music, 7.30pm, £6/£4 conc.

The Academy’s Manson Ensemble make their first contribution to the Nono-ganza with a concert of mutual modernist back-slapping – Boulez’s Dérive I and Kurtág’s Requiem for the Beloved are accompanied by Nono’s A Pierre and Omaggio à György Kurtág, plus a new work by Academy composer Alexander Campkin. Not including Kurtág’s Omaggio à Luigi Nono seems like an opportunity missed, but should be a great concert. More info.

19th October

Royal Academy of Music, 7.30pm, £6/£4 conc.

The Academy Manson Ensemble again, playing more Nono (Polifonica-monodia-ritmica), with Dallapiccola’s Piccola musica notturna, Maderna’s Serenata per un satellite and Schoenberg’s Serenade, plus a new piece by Patrick Nunn. More info.

21st October

St Margaret’s Church, Victoria Avenue, Finchley, 2.30pm, free

Chamber group Sounds Positive (who were once kind enough to play a piece of mine, back when I did that kind of thing) play a programme that includes works by John Stanley, Avril Anderson and a new piece by David Sutton-Anderson. More details from 020 83492317.

22nd October

Royal Academy of Music, 6.00pm, free

More Nono at the RAM; this time Academy soloists get in on the act with Maderna’s Dialodia, Varèse’s Density 21.5, Nono’s ‘Hay que caminar’ soñando and a new work by Paul Evernden. More info.

22nd-23rd October

UCE Birmingham Conservatoire

Independently of all the Nono going on in London, the UCE Birmingham Conservatoire are holding a mini-festival of new Italian music. The two-day event features four concert:

22nd October: Recital Hall, 3pm, £3

Video presentation featuring electro-acoustic works by composers from the Edison Studio – Mauro Cardi, Alessandro Cipriani, Luigi Ceccarelli and Fabio Cifariello Ciardi. More info.

Recital Hall, 7pm, £5/£3

Electro-acoustic concert featuring works by Giacomo Manzoni, Agostino Di Scipio, Azio Corghi, Giorgio Tedde, Luca Francesconi and Aldo Clementi. More info.

23rd October: Recital Hall, 3pm, £3

A second pre-concert video presentation, focussing on MM&T composers, Walter Prati, Matteo Pennese and Nicola Sani.

Recital Hall, 7pm, £5/£3

The second concert features works by Luciano Berio, Mauro Cardi, Gabriele Manca, Walter Prati, Fausto Sebastiani and Michele Tadini.

26th October

St Anne and St Agnes, Gresham Street, London, 1.10pm, free

Rarescale Flute Academy play selections from Birtwistle’s Duets for Storab, alongside pieces by Victoria and Mozart. More info.

29th October

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

The Fitzwilliam String Quartet and Suzanna Purkis, voice, present works by Joanna Lee, Liz Johnson, Philip Cashian, Simon Hall, Lamberto Coccioli and Michael Wolters. More info.

30th October

Institute of Medical Sciences, Foresterhill, Aberdeen, 5.30pm, free

Rohan de Saram, cello, plays Bach’s Suite no.3, Isang Yun’s Glisees and Ligeti’s Sonata. More info. (Part of the wider sound festival.)

31st October

Doncaster Museum Art Gallery, Chequer Road, Doncaster, 1pm, £3/£2/£1

Pianist Stephen Beville gives a lunchtime recital that includes Beethoven’s E flat sonata, Berio’s Four Elemental Preludes, Liszt’s Sonata après une lecture de Dante and Beville’s own Scenes from Dreams.
More info.

Queen Elizabeth Hall, London, 10pm, £5

Naturally the Pollini recital earlier in the evening (featuring … sofferte one serene …) is the big event, but don’t sleep on this one. The dream team pairing of Irvine Arditti (vn) and André Richard (elecs) are brought together for a late night performance of Nono’s hair-raising, epic and absolutely extraordinary La lontananza nostalgica utopica futura. More info. Read more about La lontananza here.


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