New Music on a Shoestring: March 2009

Lots to mention here, so straight into it:

5 March

Royal Academy of Music Manson Ensemble, CBSO Centre, Birmingham, 6.30pm [details]

Knussen: Cantata; Carter: ASKO Concerto

Free

on the same night:

Barry Truax, Phipps Concert Hall, University of Huddersfield, 7.30pm [details, PDF]

Electroacoustic music by Truax, with a pre-concert talk by the composer.

Free

6 March

RAM Composition Department, Azalea, Royal Academy of Music, London, 6pm [details]

Andriessen: Workers’ Union

Free

on the same night:

Sarah Nicolls, Phipps Concert Hall, University of Huddersfield, 7.30pm [details, PDF]

Works for piano and electronics by Mark Bowden, Federico Reuben and Pierre Alexandre Tremblay.

Free

7 March

MANTIS Festival, Cosmo Rodewald Concert Hall, University of Manchester, 1pm [details]

The 11th MANTIS Festival of electroacoustic music kicks off with works by Manchester Uni postgraduate composers.

£4/2

Following this, at the same venue, 7.30pm [details]

More from MANTIS, featuring works by Barry Truax, Thomas Bjelkeborn, David Berezan and Ricardo Climent

£4/2, or £5/3 for the two concerts together

8 March

Final MANTIS concert, Nexus Art Café, Manchester M1 1JW , 7pm [details]

A night of experimental electronics, laptop improvisation and visuals from BNUNC, Mark Pilkington and Bling this Story.

Free

10 March

Britten Sinfonia, West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge CB3 9DP, 1pm [details]

Concert includes John Woolrich’s Quiddities and a new work from Pawel Mykietyn.

£3

12 March

Richard Craig, St.Paul’s Hall, University of Huddersfield, 7.30pm [details, PDF]

Concert to include: Sciarrino: Fra i testi dedicati alle nubi, Bernhard Lang: Schrift 1.2, John Croft: ne L’aura che trema, Margaret Haley: Tau 1 Gruis, Marco De Boni: Per Flauto Solo, Ferneyhough: Unity Capsule

£6 (3/2 concs.) This one’s a little more than the £5 Shoestring limit, but it’s such a tasty looking programme I figure you can find that extra pound if you’re in the area.

13 March

Ossian Ensemble, Royal College of Music, London, 7.30pm [details]

Programme includes: Crumb: Vox Balanae, Richard Barrett: Codex I, Stockhausen: Dr K Sextett, Grisey: Talea.

Probably my pick of the month this; not to be missed. (Barrett’s Codex I features on the recently re-issued negatives CD by ELISION, to be reviewed here soon.)

Free

15 March

New Music Morning, Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge CB3 0AQ, 12pm [details]

Works for radio reception and transmission by Cage and others.

Free

17 March

RAM Composition Department, Royal Academy of Music, London, 6pm [details]

Works by Colin Matthews and a new piece by Richard Bullen.

Free

19 March

RWCMD Millennium Ensemble, National Temple of Peace and Health, Cardiff CF10 3AP, 7.30pm [details]

Concert features Harvey: Soleil Noir/Chitra, Harvey: Mortuos Plango, Vivos Voco, Stockhausen: Refrain, Chris Petrie: Sinfonia Concertante

£5/3

20 March

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

Works by John McCabe and new works by student composers.

Free

later in the day:

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

More McCabe.

21 March

Manchester University Wind Orchestra, Cosmo Rodewald Concert Hall, University of Manchester, 1.10pm [details]

John McCabe: Cloudcatcher Fells, McCabe: Canyons, Joseph Horovitz: Bacchus on Blue Ridge, Martin Ellerby: Paris Sketches, Ellerby: New World Dances, Ellerby: Dreamscapes

£3–8

23 March

Rarescale, All Saints Church, Oakleigh Park, London, 6:15pm

Michael Kamon: Roominating, Ian Wilson: Spilliaert’s Beach, Brendan Colbert: of two minds

£5

I’m taking this information on trust: the rarescale website is horrible and keeps crashing my Firefox, and I can’t find details anywhere else.

26 March

Jack Quartet, St.Paul’s Hall, University of Huddersfield, 7.30pm [details, PDF]
Xenakis: Tetora, Richard Glover: Inversions in Retrograde, Aaron Cassidy: String Quartet, Timothy McCormack: Ecceity, Xenakis: ST/4

Again, this is also £6 (£2/3 for concs.) but my qualifier for the Richard Craig concert above applies here too, perhaps more so.

29 March

COMA, Chapel of the Ascension, University of Chichester, 3.30pm [details]

Concert includes pieces by Jennifer Walshe, Robert Ashley, Philip Cashian and Alexander Campkin.

Free

3 April

New Noise, Artrix, Bromsgrove, B60 1PQ, 8pm [details]

Concert includes pieces by Birtwistle, John Lely, Howard Skempton, David Lang and Simon Holt.

£3.50–11

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