Peter Maxwell Davies’s Eight Songs for a Mad King at the BBC Proms
The first outdoor classical event staged on Birmingham’s canals and 30th anniversary concert at CBSO Centre, Birmingham
A concert to welcome its Founding Patron, Sir Simon Rattle, to London.

Concerts each weekend, 2-23 September 2017

Birmingham Contemporary Music Group is turning 30. Considered one of the world’s foremost new music ensembles, BCMG has commissioned over 170 pieces of music from the world’s finest composers and emerging international talent, and brought the very best of new music to audiences worldwide in the three decades since it was created by musicians of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and the orchestra’s then Principal Conductor and Artistic Adviser (and from 1990, Music Director), Sir Simon Rattle.

The ensemble celebrates its 30th birthday this September with a series of concerts in Birmingham and London, including an outdoor serenade to Birmingham’s historic canals (10 September), and a welcome to BCMG Founding Patron, Sir Simon Rattle as he starts his new role as Music Director of the London Symphony Orchestra (16 September). The month of celebrations starts on Saturday 2 September with two performances of Sir Peter Maxwell Davies’s Eight Songs for a Mad King, staged at Wilton’s Music Hall as part of the BBC Proms.

Stephan Meier, Artistic Director of BCMG comments: “September will be a joyous celebration of developing our future’s music and BCMG’s pioneering role in commissioning and supporting composers today, and over the past three decades. Our Canal Serenade and 30th anniversary concert underline BCMG’s commitment to international exchange, and we are looking forward to welcoming composers new to BCMG alongside those who have a long-standing relationship with the ensemble, and to taking new music into the fabric of a city that has always embraced the new. Sir Simon Rattle was there at the very start of BCMG, and it is fitting that our Artist-in-Association Oliver Knussen, who has also been such an important part of the ensemble’s musical life, initiated and will be leading our ‘welcome’ concert to him in London. Here’s to another 30 years of risk-taking, forward-thinking new music.”


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