Crunchy Sounds: New Music on a Shoestring revived!

Ever sharp to the mood of the times, Alex has an article on cheap music and opera in New York. In a follow-up post he calls for some sort of centralised clearing house for posting cheap tickets.

Which reminds me: it’s high time to revive my New Music on a Shoestring series.

Here are the rules:

1. New Music only: post-1945 composed music for attentive listening.

2. There must be tickets must be available to all (sorry, concessions don’t count, although some of the concerts listed will have still cheaper seats for students etc.) for £6 or less;  the range of seats can go higher than this, but there must be a lowest price of £6 or less.

3. I’m dealing with the UK only – sorry world.

I don’t claim to be comprehensive: if you have an event that you’d like me to mention and that meets these three rules, drop me a line.

So, on to this month’s listings:

3 February

Viviane Hagner, Wigmore Hall, 6pm [details]

Carter: Lauds for solo violin.

Free to ticket holders for the 7pm concert (Pacifica Quartet play Carter Quartets 1–5), £5 for everyone else.

4 February

Ian Pace, St David’s Room, King’s College London, 7.30pm [details]

Piano music by Zimmermann, Boulez, Henze, König, Otte and Stockhausen. See earlier post.


5 February

Gavin Osborn, Cosmo Rodewald Concert Hall,  University of Manchester, 1.10pm [details]

Pieces for flute by Hosokawa, Sciarrino, Murail, Takemitsu and others.


6 February

Duke’s Hall, Royal Academy of Music, 6pm [details]

Dmitri Smirnov: Dream Journey


Birmingham Conservatoire Brass Band, Adrian Boult Hall, Birmingham Conservatoire, 7pm [details]

Pieces by George Lloyd, John McCabe, Peter Graham, Vladimir Cosma


8 February

Cappé Quartet, Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge, 12pm [details]

Music by Jeremy Thurlow, Kim Ashton, Kate Whitley


9 February

Mary Dullea and Julia Bardsley, Recital Hall, Birmingham Conservatoire, 7.30pm [details]

Music by Andrew Poppy, Jennifer Walshe, George Crumb, Stephen Montague, Rolf Hind, Joe Cutler, Ed Bennett and Frank Lyons


10 February

Lucy McIntyre, Adrian Boult Hall, Birmingham Conservatoire, 1.05pm [details]

Flute music by Ruth Young, Takemitsu, Richard Causton, Stephen Mark Barchan and Samuel Bordoli


12 February

Rhodri Davies, St Paul’s Hall, University of Huddersfield, 1.15pm [details]

Harp music by Jean-Luc Guionet, Mieko Shiomi, Ben Patterson and Claudia Molitor


16 February

Rarescale, All Saints Church, London N20 [details]

Music for flute and piano by Martha Stoddard, Ian Clarke, Arthur Butterworth and York Bowen


17 February

Rarescale,Chapel Royal, Brighton [details]

Music for flute and piano by Ian Clarke, Arthur Butterworth and York Bowen


19 February

Christopher Redgate, St Paul’s Hall, University of Huddersfield, 1.15pm [details]

Oboe music by Edwin Roxburgh, Aaron Cassidy, Fabrice Fitch, Finnissy, Skempton


26 February

Philip Thomas, St Paul’s Hall Phipps Concert Hall, University of Huddersfield, 5.30pm [details]

New music for piano and electronics (Moog Bar midi interface) by Huddersfield staff and students



2 thoughts on “Crunchy Sounds: New Music on a Shoestring revived!

  1. Just as a quick point of clarification, I think the Philip Thomas concert on 26 Feb is actually in the new Phipps Concert Hall in our swanky new Creative Arts Building. And the concert is specifically pieces written for piano & Moog Bar, a fancy midi interface that the department has recently acquired. (To be played on the brand new Steinway D purchased for the hall. It’s a good time to be in Huddersfield!)

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