The Next 25 assures Symphony Hall’s reputation as the UK’s finest auditorium.
The warmth and depth of Symphony Hall’s acoustics were very much in evidence from the start, in the premiere of Ryan Latimer’s specially commissioned Gorilla and Orange Sun. Inspired by the work of the children’s author and illustrator Anthony Browne, the 25-year-old composer served up a perfectly judged piece full of chunky, colourful effects. From a striding start it was never over-scored, though, and the Gershwinesque syncopations all registered vividly. (Read more)
Symphony Hall Announces 25th Anniversary
To celebrate, Symphony Hall is presenting an unmissable concert performed by its resident orchestra, the world-renowned City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and joined by three artists who all celebrate their 25ths this year, The Next 25, on 15 April 2016.
The concert is a story of 25s and the programme will comprise of:
Stravinsky’s Firebird, performed 25 years ago in the hall’s opening concert in 1991
Grieg’s Piano Concerto, written when the composer was 25 years old
A new commission by 25-year-old Ryan Latimer
Join the BBC Symphony Orchestra and conductor Pierre-André Valadefor music by Messiaen, and exciting new music at the BBC Maida Vale Studios.
The concert features works by two great French composers Olivier Messiaen and Édith Canat de Chizy, and world premieres by composers from Sound and Music’s prestigious Embedded artistic development programme.
Ryan Latimer Antiarkie (World Premiere)
Olivier Messiaen Les Offrandes oubliées
David Coonan Vain Prayer (World Premiere)
Édith Canat de Chizy Pierre d’éclair
Edward Nesbit In Spite of the Mere Objectiveness of Things (World Premiere)
Picking up the Pieces: Darragh Morgan and Mary Dullea
7:30pm, The Forge, Camden, London
Described by BBC Music Magazine as ‘agile, incisive and impassioned’ violinist Darragh Morgan and pianist Mary Dullea are renowned soloists of new music as well as members of The Fidelio Trio, one of the UK’s leading chamber ensembles. Picking up the Pieces explores new and recent repertoire, much of it written for this duo, by a diverse selection of composers.
Charlotte Bray – Here Everything Shines (world premiere violin and piano version)
Michael Hersch – The Wreckage of Flowers (UK premiere)
Emily Howard – …under the circumstances… (world premiere)
James Weeks – A Toy (World Premiere)
Ryan Latimer – Chloe
Tom Coult – LIMP (London Premiere)
Supported by Holst Foundation.
BBC Symphony Orchestra Embedded Residency
I am delighted to have been accepted onto the BBC Symphony Orchestra Embedded Programme, supported by Sound and Music. The residency will last approximately one year, where I will be involved in various day-to-day runnings of the BBCSO, from workshops and concerts to educational and community projects, culminating in a final performance and BBC Radio 3 broadcast of my new 12-minute composition for the orchestra.
7:30pm, St. John Smith’s Square, London
Tonight the Zelkova Quartet present two of the greatest and most loved pieces of French chamber music, the quartets of Debussy and Ravel. Debussy was a rare champion of Ravel’s youthful quartet when it was completed in 1903, ordering him to ‘not touch a single note’ in the face of harsh treatment from critics and teachers. The quartet are very excited to give the premiere of a new piece by Ryan Latimer, who has already amassed an impressive body of inventive and individual work for orchestras and ensembles across the country.
Oliver Knussen conducts Academy Manson Ensemble
7:30pm, Dukes Hall, Royal Academy of Music, London
Oliver Knussen conductor
Oliver Knussen Two Organa, op.27
Richard Rodney Bennett Dream Dancing
Philip Cashian Skein
Ryan Latimer Mills Mess (world premiere)
Peter Maxwell Davies A Mirror of Whitening Light
On and Off and To and Fro – 2015 Tour
The Workers Union Ensemble (WUE) present a programme of five new works developed in response to Simon Steen-Andersen’s On And Off And To And Fro, for soprano saxophone, double bass, vibraphone and three players with megaphones.
The composers featured will include three twentysomething emerging stars, Ryan Latimer (WUE Composer In Association), Kate Whitley and Jay Capperauld (winner of the WUE Heidi Cupp Award 2013) as well as two slightly older heads Benjamin Oliver (conductor of the WUE) and Scottish composer Mic Spencer.
NMC Recordings & Sound and Music
NMC Recordings, in partnership with Sound and Music, are to release an album featuring 12 new commissions from young composers selected to participate in the SAM’s Next Wave programme. Featured composers include:
Eugene Birman Ryan Latimer
Michael Cutting Oliver Leith
Ben Gaunt Paul McGuire
Barnaby Hollington Georgia Rodgers
Edwin Hillier Maya Verlaak
Weiwei Jin Ji Sun Yang