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BBC Proms 2014 Saturday Matinee 4

A Portrait of Sir Harrison Birtwistle

Venue: Cadogan Hall

Part of BBC Proms 2014

Repertoire

Harrison Birtwistle
Verses for Ensembles
Harrison Birtwistle
Dinah and Nick’s Love Song
Harrison Birtwistle
Meridian

Performers

  • Exaudi
  • Birmingham Contemporary Music Group
Christine Rice
mezzo-soprano
Oliver Knussen
conductor

Along with fellow Lancastrian composer Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, Sir Harrison Birtwistle celebrates his 80th birthday this year. The Proms marks the occasion with a concert from one of the UK’s leading new music ensembles, the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group.

The group’s relationship with Birtwistle’s music is a long one, and here it performs three of the composer’s classic early works. Each explores the spatial dramatisation of music, playing aural games with the audience and exposing them to intriguing and unfamiliar textures, while never neglecting the ever-unfolding melody that is at the core of all Birtwistle’s music.

Watch the exclusive Sinfini Music short film above for a glimpse into Birtwistle’s working day.

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Concert Duration:
approx. 1½ hours (no interval)
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