Hear And Now

Radio 3's primary contemporary music programme, featuring live performances and sessions

Episodes

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840: New Music For Piano20170819New music for piano, including works by Kate Moore, Laurence Crane and Bryn Harrison.
Aldo Clementi, Hans Abrahamsen
Alexander Goehr
An Assembly20170610Tom McKinney presents a concert of new music by new ensemble An Assembly.
Antarctica - Laura Bowler20190302Manchester Camerata explores climate change in a new work by Laura Bowler and presenter Tom McKinney features recordings of other new music inspired by the environment, including works by Brett Dean, Mason Bates and John Luther Adams.

John Luther Adams: Ilimaq (extract)
Glenn Kotche (percussion) with electronics by the composer

Laura Bowler's new music theatre piece is an immersive commentary on the effects of climate change, inspired by a recent journey she made to the Antarctic.

Laura Bowler: “Antarctica” (BBC Radio 3 and Manchester Camerata Commission)
Laura Bowler (Voice)
Sam Redway (Actor)
Danielle Henry (Actor)
Ryan Pace (Actor)
Manchester Camerata conducted by Jessica Cottis

Mason Bates: “Liquid Interface”
San Francisco Symphony conducted by Michael Tilson Thomas

Brett Dean: “Fire Music”
BBCSO and Sakari Oramo

Manchester Camerata explores climate change in Laura Bowler's new work.

Bangor New Music Festival 2010
Basil Kirchin In Hull20170304From Hull's City Hall, a concert curated by Will Gregory to celebrate Basil Kirchin.
Bbc National Orchestra Of Wales: Resonances Of Dutilleux20160312Ivan Hewett presents the BBC National Orchestra of Wales in music inspired by Dutilleux.
Bbc Philharmonic/macmillan
Bbc Philharmonic: Red Brick Sessions20170506Ivan Hewett presents the BBC Philharmonic in music by Anders Hillborg and Tansy Davies.
Bbc Scottish Symphony Orchestra20160116BBC SSO performs Rebecca Saunders, Johannes Schollhorn, Franck Bedrossian and Ann Cleare.
Bbc Scottish Symphony Orchestra20160123Music by Salvatore Sciarrino, Helmut Lachenmann, Joan Magrane Figuera and Jay Schwartz.
Bbc Scottish Symphony Orchestra20160227Music by John McCabe, Sally Beamish, Anthony Payne and James MacMillan.
Bbc Scottish Symphony Orchestra At Hcmf 2012 - 120130119

"Ivan Hewett presents the first of two concerts by the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and their Artist-in-Association Matthias Pintscher at the 2012 Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival. Each of the three works has a soloist, with music by Pintscher himself alongside UK premieres by Wolfgang Rihm and the Festival's featured composer Maja Ratkje. Plus a bonus piece celebrating Witold Lutoslawski's centenary next Friday with a performance from the last concert he ever conducted, in 1993.

Maja Ratkje: Concerto for Voice and Orchestra (UK premiere)

with Maja Ratkje (voice)

Wolfgang Rihm: Versuchung (UK premiere)

with Nicolas Altstaedt (cello)

Matthias Pintscher: Songs from Solomon's Garden

with Leigh Melrose (baritone)

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra,

Matthias Pintscher (conductor).

Lutoslawski: Chain 1

New Music Concerts Ensemble,

Witold Lutoslawski (conductor).

Bbc Scottish Symphony Orchestra At Hcmf 2012 - 220130126

"Ivan Hewett presents the second of two concerts by the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and their Artist-in-Association Matthias Pintscher at the 2012 Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival. Two recent works, by Pintscher himself and Dai Fujikura - the UK premiere of a piece written for Gustavo Dudamel and his Venezuelan Simon Bolivar orchestra - are complemented by two contemporary classics: a concertante work with solo accordion by Norwegian composer Arne Nordheim, who died in 2010, and one of Luigi Nono's greatest explorations of the border between sound and silence. Plus, during the interval, another UK premiere - from featured composer at the festival, Irishman Donnacha Dennehy.

Dai Fujikura: Tocar y luchar (UK premiere)

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra,

Matthias Pintscher (conductor).

Matthias Pintscher: Mar'eh

Erik Schumann (violin),

Donnacha Dennehy: As An Nós (UK premiere)

Crash Ensemble,

Alan Pierson (conductor)

Arne Nordheim: Spur

Frode Haltli (accordion),

Luigi Nono: No hay caminos hay que caminar

Bbc Sso, Skempton, Cardew, Wolff, Feldman
Bbc Symphony Orchestra: Australia20160806With the BBC Symphony Orchestra in Australian music, and Betsy Jolas at 90.
Bcmg - Judith Weir, Howard Skempton20160723The BCMG plays Judith Weir, Luke Bedford, Richard Baker, Howard Skempton and John Woolrich
Bcmg From Aldeburgh20170624Tom McKinney introduces music from BCMG recorded at the 2017 Aldeburgh Festival.
Beat Furrer, Gf Haas20170211Tom Service presents recent UK premieres of music by Austrian composer Beat Furrer.
Beatriz Ferreyra20170617Featuring the music of Argentinian electroacoustic composer Beatriz Ferreyra.
Berlin New Music Scene
Berlioz - The Ultimate Romantic20190216As part of Radio 3's Berlioz season, Tom Service introduces a complete broadcast of David Sawer's radiophonic work Swansong, commissioned by the BBC and first broadcast in 1989. Sawer's work is an evocation of a fantastical musical city, Euphonia, imagined by Hector Berlioz in one of the tales from his book Evenings With The Orchestra. Sawer has taken Berlioz's descriptions of the strange sounds of the city and used the resources of the BBC Symphony Orchestra, BBC Singers, various solo instruments, sound effects and a children's choir to evoke Euphonia in the form of a radiophonic symphonic poem.

Also tonight, music by another British composer of today deeply inspired by Berlioz, Benedict Mason, and his site-specific work for the Baarsporthalle at Donaueschingen and commissioned for the festival by Southwest German Radio. From the same concert we also hear an orchestral work by a long-overlooked Swiss composer, Hermann Meier, and our Sound of the Week comes from the Dutch composer Carlijn Metselaar who takes us into the undergrowth for the snapping of twigs and branches.

David Sawer: Swansong (1989)
Nick Dear (text)
Robert Lang (speaker)
Eric Hill (guitar)
Imogen Barford (harp)
Sophia Preston (double bass)
Rolf Hind (piano)
Jeremy Sams (accordion)
Simon Limbrick (percussion)
Finchley Children's Music Group
BBC Singers
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Rupert Bawden, Ronald Corp (conductors)

Hermann Meier: Stück für großes Orchester und Klavier vierhändig (1965)
Benedict Mason: Ricochet (2018)
SWR Symphonieorchester
Peter Rundel (conductor)

Tom Service introduces a broadcast of David Sawer's 1989 work for radio, Swansong.

Birmingham Contemporary Music Group At 3020170923Tom Service presents the 30th anniversary concert of Birmingham Contemporary Music Group.

Borealis Festival 201620160910Sara Mohr-Pietsch presents music from the Norwegian experimental music festival Borealis.

Borealis Festival 201820180721Kate Molleson reports from the 2018 Borealis festival for experimental music in Bergen, Norway, with performances from BIT20 String Quartet, Valen Trio and Duo Hellqvist/Amaral. Featured composer Peter Ablinger shares his Sound of the Week - a recording of many people talking in a cafe - and we hear from Laurence Crane and filmmaker Beatrice Gibson about collaborating on their Borealis commission, based on a film script by Gertrude Stein.

Jan Martin Smørdal: Cell piece - reverse alarm variations (2018)
BIT20 String Quartet

Catherine Lamb: Prisma Interius VII
Duo Hellqvist/Amaral

Raven Chacon: The Journey of the Horizontal People (2016
Kristine Tjøgersen - Mistérios do Corpo (2017)
BIT20 String Quartet

Knut Vaage: Svev
Valen Trio.

Kate Molleson reports from the Borealis festival for experimental music in Bergen, Norway.

British Composer Awards 201620161210

Highlights from the 2016 British Composer Awards held at BFI Southbank in London.

Carl Stone And People Like Us20190119Robert Worby presents music by Carl Stone and People Like Us, two contrasting composers of electronic music, recorded at Café Oto in London last year.
The programme includes in-depth interviews with the composers about their different approaches to composing, as well as the full sets performed in the concert.
Carl Stone is a senior figure in American electronic music, and a pioneer in live computer music. He samples short clips from existing musics, and uses this material to create a rich and constantly changing textural music.
People Like Us (aka Vicki Bennett) also samples other music, but her approach is collage-based and more like a dream narrative exploring a particular theme - in this concert, she performs her extended work called The Mirror.

Robert Worby presents electronic music by Carl Stone and People Like Us

Charlotte Bray, Diana Burrell, John Hopkins, Thomas Hyde20180804Geoffrey Paterson conducts the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra in works by Charlotte Bray, John Hopkins, Diana Burrell and Thomas Hyde. And from an SSO concert given in Birmingham last year, the world premiere of John Croft's Lost Songs for soprano and live electronics, performed by Juliet Fraser and Sound Intermedia.

The BBC SSO performs works by Charlotte Bray, John Hopkins, Diana Burrell and Thomas Hyde.

Cheltenham Festival20170812Tom McKinney presents new music from the Cheltenham Festival.
Choral Works, Peter Maxwell Davis
Cityscapes
Colin Matthews And Philip Glass20160827Ivan Hewett talks to composer Colin Matthews and introduces music by Philip Glass.
Contemporary Lithuanian Music
Crash Ensemble
Crosscurrents Festival 201820180407Tom McKinney presents highlights from the recent CrossCurrents Festival at the University of Birmingham. The brand-new ensemble Loki conducted by Daniele Rosina give world premieres of works by Richard Ayres, Michael Zev Gordon and Ryan Latimer, featuring soprano Sarah Gabriel, and the Ligeti Quartet play music by Alfred Schnittke, Tanya Tagaq and John Zorn.

Tom McKinney presents highlights from the CrossCurrents Festival at Birmingham University.

Cut And Splice 2017 - 12017032520190323 (R3)Robert Worby introduces the first of two programmes from Cut and Splice, the two-day festival of experimental music and sound art which this year was curated and performed by the new-music ensemble Distractfold. The event took place earlier this month and was staged at Hallé St Peter's, a Grade II-listed deconsecrated church in the former industrial district of Ancoats, Manchester.

Distractfold's programming aims to reveal the hidden sonorities within instruments and objects through processing, and explore the temporal and spatial dislocation of sound through loudspeakers. Tonight we hear acoustic and spatially diffused electroacoustic works by Steven Kazuo Takasugi, Denis Smalley, Fabrice Fitch, Helena Gough and Mauricio Pauly. And from nearby Hallé at St Michael's we listen in on some of the sound installations that were on offer throughout the weekend including works by Adam Basanta and Christina Kubisch, whose Electrical Walks has also been specially recreated as a binaural online experience for BBC Radio 3 listeners.

Steven Kazuo Takasugi: The Man Who Couldn't Stop Laughing - music theatre for amplified quartet and playback (2012-14, UK Premiere)

Denis Smalley: Empty Vessels - spatially diffused electroacoustic work (1997)

Fabrice Fitch: Agricola IXe - for bass clarinet and string trio (2016)

Helena Gough: Silt - spatially diffused electroacoustic work (2007)

Mauricio Pauly: Charred Edifice Shining - for amplified string trio with performative electronics (2017)

Elsa Justel: Gwerz - 8-channel electroacoustic work (2002)

Cut and Splice is a partnership between BBC Radio 3 and Sound and Music, the national charity for new music.

Robert Worby introduces the first of two programmes from Cut & Splice, the two-day festival of experimental music and sound art which this year was curated and performed by the new-music ensemble Distractfold. The event took place earlier this month and was staged at Hallé St Peter's, a Grade II-listed deconsecrated church in the former industrial district of Ancoats, Manchester.

Recordings from the 2017 Cut and Splice festival, including Steven Kazuo Takasugi.

Robert Worby presents recordings from the 2017 Cut & Splice festival of experimental music and sound art, which was curated and performed by the new music ensemble Distractfold. The event was staged at Hallé St Peter's, a Grade II-listed deconsecrated church in the former industrial district of Ancoats, Manchester.

Steven Kazuo Takasugi: The Man Who Couldn't Stop Laughing - music theatre for amplified quartet and playback (2012-14, UK Premiere)
Denis Smalley: Empty Vessels - spatially diffused electroacoustic work (1997)
Fabrice Fitch: Agricola IXe - for bass clarinet and string trio (2016)
Helena Gough: Silt - spatially diffused electroacoustic work (2007)
Mauricio Pauly: Charred Edifice Shining - for amplified string trio with performative electronics (2017)
Elsa Justel: Gwerz - 8-channel electroacoustic work (2002)

Cut and Splice is a partnership between BBC Radio 3 and Sound and Music, the national charity for new music. First broadcast in March 2017.

Cut And Splice 2017 - 220170401Robert Worby presents the second instalment of recordings from last month's Cut and Splice, the two-day festival of experimental music and sound art, curated and performed this year by the new music ensemble Distractfold. The event took place at Hallé St Peter's and Hallé at St Michael's in Ancoats, Manchester.

Tonight we hear acoustic, mixed media and spatially diffused electroacoustic works by Murat Çolak, Lee Fraser, Sam Salem, Katherine Young, Ana Dall'ara Majek, Sabrina Schroeder, Elsa Justel, and a specially commissioned work from Hanna Hartman. Plus we catch up with the sound art programme that was running throughout the weekend at St Michael's, including Lee Patterson's The table upended, its contents strewn across the floor.

Murat Çolak: A song sung together - for violin, cello, tenor sax and flute (2015, UK premiere)

Lee Fraser: Reliq Ens - spatially diffused electroacoustic work (2017, world premiere, Cut and Splice Commission)

Sam Salem: The Great Inundation - for cello, 3 object operators, tape and video (2017, world premiere)

Katherine Young: bow breath crow - for amplified string trio and spatialized electronics (2017, world premiere)

Sabrina Schroeder: Bone games - for amplified ensemble, live-operated mechanics and electronics (2016)

Hanna Hartman: Dust Devil (2017, world premiere, Cut and Splice Commission)

Ana Dall'Ara Majek: Bacillus Chorus - spatially diffused electroacoustic work (2016)

Cut and Splice is a partnership between BBC Radio 3 and Sound and Music, the national charity for new music.

Robert Worby presents the second instalment of recordings from last month's Cut & Splice, the two-day festival of experimental music and sound art, curated and performed this year by the new music ensemble Distractfold. The event took place at Hallé St Peter's and Hallé at St Michael's in Ancoats, Manchester.

Lee Fraser: Reliq Ens - spatially diffused electroacoustic work (2017, world premiere, Cut & Splice Commission)

Hanna Hartman: Dust Devil (2017, world premiere, Cut & Splice Commission)

Cut And Splice Festival 2015 - 120151003

BBC Radio 3's ground-breaking festival of experimental sound Cut and Splice returns to the airwaves with recordings from last weekend's event at London's Cafe Oto, curated by the composer Joanna Bailie and featuring the group Ensemble Plus-Minus. Bailie's programme links the work of the early pioneers of the avant-garde to the trail-blazers of today and explores the relationships between music machines and the environment.

Presented by Robert Worby.

Luc Ferrari: Presque Rien No.1 (1970) for pre-recorded media

Clara Iannotta: The people here go mad. They blame the wind. (2013-14) for bass clarinet, cello, piano and 12 music boxes

Dawn Scarfe: Air Traffic (2006) for pre-recorded media

Henry Cowell: Aeolian Harp (1923) for solo piano

Cathy van Eck: Groene Ruis (2007) - performance project for a sounding tree

Simon Løffler: b (2012) for 3 players, neon lights, effect pedals and a loose jack cable

Agostino di Scopio: Audible Ecosystems, n.3a (background noise study) (2004-5)

Michael Pisaro: Fields have ears 1 (2009) for piano and pre-recorded media

James Saunders: like you and like you (2015) for 3 performers

Ensemble Plus-Minus: Mark Knoop (piano), Vick Wright (clarinet), Alice Purton (cello)

Clara Iannotta (music box)

Owen Green (electronics)

Cathy van Eck (performer)

Recorded at Café Oto, London, 25-26 September. Cut and Splice is a partnership between Sound and Music, the national charity for new music, and BBC Radio 3's Hear and Now.

BBC Radio 3's ground-breaking festival of experimental sound Cut & Splice returns to the airwaves with recordings from last weekend's event at London's Cafe Oto, curated by the composer Joanna Bailie and featuring the group Ensemble Plus-Minus. Bailie's programme links the work of the early pioneers of the avant-garde to the trail-blazers of today and explores the relationships between music machines and the environment.

Recorded at Café Oto, London, 25-26 September. Cut & Splice is a partnership between Sound and Music, the national charity for new music, and BBC Radio 3's Hear and Now.

Cut And Splice Festival 2015 - 220151010

BBC Radio 3's ground-breaking festival of experimental sound Cut and Splice returns to the airwaves with recordings from this year's event at London's Cafe Oto, curated by the composer Joanna Bailie and featuring the group Ensemble Plus-Minus. Bailie's programme links the work of the early pioneers of the avant-garde to the trail-blazers of today and explores the relationships between music machines and the environment.

Presented by Robert Worby.

Peter Ablinger: Renate Fuczik (2006-2026) for piano and pre-recorded media

Alvin Lucier: Sferics (1981) for pre-recorded media

Bryan Eubanks: Double Portrait (2012) for clarinet, field recordings, sine tones and tuned noise

Mauro Lanza/Andrea Valle: Regnum Vegetabile (2014) for sextet and electromechanical devices

Hildegard Westerkamp: Kits Beach Soundwalk (1989) for pre-recorded media

Bryan Eubanks: Listening through glass walls (2014/15) for amplified violin and viola, and tuned space

Peter Ablinger: Weiss/Weisslich 11b (since 1994) for pre-recorded media and readers

Ensemble Plus-Minus: Mark Knoop (piano), Ilze Ikse (flute), Christopher Redgate (oboe), Vick Wright (clarinet), Aisha Orazbayeva (violin), Bridget Carey (viola), Alice Purton (cello)

Owen Green (electronics)

James Saunders and Matthew Shlomowitz (readers)

Recorded at Café Oto, London, 25-26 September. Cut and Splice is a partnership between Sound and Music, the national charity for new music, and BBC Radio 3's Hear and Now.

BBC Radio 3's ground-breaking festival of experimental sound Cut & Splice returns to the airwaves with recordings from this year's event at London's Cafe Oto, curated by the composer Joanna Bailie and featuring the group Ensemble Plus-Minus. Bailie's programme links the work of the early pioneers of the avant-garde to the trail-blazers of today and explores the relationships between music machines and the environment.

Recorded at Café Oto, London, 25-26 September. Cut & Splice is a partnership between Sound and Music, the national charity for new music, and BBC Radio 3's Hear and Now.

Cut And Splice: Living Rooms - 2
Dai Fujikura, Larry Goves, Aldo Clementi
David Sawer, Robin Walker, Stephen Elcock, Emily Howard
Donaueschingen Festival 201820181229Hear and Now at the Donaueschingen Festival 2018.
Founded in 1921 by a committee which included Richard Strauss and Ferrucio Busoni, this festival held each October in the small south-western German town of Donaueschingen, is one of the most important events in the international contemporary music calendar.
In Malin Bång's new piece the orchestra is acted on by processes of rapprochement and rejection, confrontation and merging and considers how a few can influence and manipulate the opinion of a majority. Ivan Fedele works with the musicians' breathing and the emergence and expiry of sounds. Marco Stroppa focuses on a poem by William Butler Yeats in his concerto for electronics and orchestra: a tender declaration of love to the creatures of nature. And in Isabel Mundry‘s scoring of an interview with a refugee called Mouhanad she demonstrates both a private and a wider political concern.
Tom Service talks to the festival's artistic director, Björn Gottstein about this music and also about some of the key cultural currents at work in music today.

Ivan Fedele: Air on Air for basset horn and orchestra (2018)

Malin Bång: splinters of ebullient rebellion (2018) for orchestra

Isabel Mundry: Mouhanad for a cappella choir (2018)

Marco Stroppa: Come Play With Me for electronics and orchestra

Michele Marelli, basset horn
IRCAM
SWR Vocal Ensemble, Florian Helgathand (conductor)
SWR Symphony Orchestra, Pascal Rophé (conductor)

Tom Service presents music by Malin Bang and Marco Stroppa.

Donaueschingen Musiktage 201520160305Tom Service presents highlights from the 2015 Donaueschingen Musiktage.
Donaueschingen New Music Festival 2016 - 120161112

For most of the year Donaueschingen is a sleepy Black Forest town famous as the source of the Danube and, among beer lovers at least, for its venerable brewery (established 1283). But since 1921, once a year, Donaueschingen has been the go-to destination to hear a succession of world premieres from the some of the world's great figures in new music in performances of the highest quality. With the help of composers and performers, Tom Service reports from last month's Donaueschinger Musiktage and presents the first of two programmes of featured highlights.

James Dillon: The Gates

Arditti Quartet

SWR Symphony Orchestra

Pierre-André Valade (conductor)

Michael Wertmüller: Discorde

Steam Boat Switzerland

Klangforum Wien

Titus Engel (conductor)

Joanna Bailie: Music from Public Places

SWR Vokalensemble

Améi String Quartet

Joanna Bailie (electronics)

Marcus Creed (conductor).

For most of the year Donaueschingen is a sleepy Black Forest town famous as the source of the Danube and, among beer lovers at least, for its venerable brewery (established 1283). But since 1921, once a year, Donaueschingen has been the go-to destination to hear a succession of world premieres from the some of the world's great figures in new music in performances of the highest quality. With the help of composers and performers, Tom Service reports from last month's Donaueschinger Musiktage and presents the first of two programmes of featured highlights, including:

Donaueschingen New Music Festival 2016 - 220170121Tom Service presents the second of two programmes featuring highlights from last year's Donaueschinger Musiktage, the world's oldest new music festival. For a long weekend every October, the sleepy Black Forest town of Donaueschingen plays host to a rich and varied line-up of composers and gives them performances of the highest quality in front of large and enthusiastic audiences. Including introductions to their music from Franck Bedrossian, Bernhard Gander and Georg Friedrich Haas.

Franck Bedrossian: Twist

IRCAM

SWR Symphony Orchestra

Alejo Pérez (conductor)

Peter Ablinger: The Greatest Hits of the 60s and 70s

ensemble recherche

Bernhard Gander: Cold cadaver with thirteen scary scars

Steam Boat Switzerland

Klangforum Wien

Titus Engel (conductor)

Martin Smolka: a yell with misprints

Georg Friedrich Haas: Trombone Concerto

Mike Svoboda (trombone)

Eavesdropping20180414Music from Eavesdropping - a symposium on female creativity in new music.
Elaine Mitchener's Sweet Tooth20171230Tom McKinney presents Elaine Mitchener's powerful music theatre piece Sweet Tooth.
Eliane Radigue And Lee Gamble20170930New music by Lee Gamble and Eliane Radigue, performed in a cave in Derbyshire.
Emily Howard, To See The Invisible20180616Tom McKinney introduces a recording of Emily Howard's new opera, To See The Invisible, from the 2018 Aldeburgh Festival. Based on a short story by Robert Silverberg, the opera explores the concept of shunning and social isolation in a dystopian world. Plus two of Emily's shorter works: Threnos and Leviathan.

To See the Invisible

Music by Emily Howard, words by Selma Dimitrijevic after a short story by Robert Silverberg.

Dan Ayling - director

Nicholas Morris - The Invisible
Anna Dennis - The Other Invisible
Anne Mason - Mother / The Judge / Client 1 / Walker 2
Peter Savidge - Father / Brothel Owner / Clerk 4 / Walker 1
Caryl Hughes - Sister / Clerk 1 / Prostitute 2 / Vendor
Daniel Norman - Guard 1 / Clerk 3 / Client 2 / Ticket Buyer
Nathan Vale - Guard 2 / Clerk 2 / Prostitute 1 / Ticket Seller

Birmingham Contemporary Music Group
Richard Baker - conductor

Chamber Opera in one act
Aldeburgh Festival commission, world premiere.

Also in the programme, from commercial disc:

"Threnos" (2015)
Lucy Goddard (mezzo soprano)
Simon Whiteley (bass)

"Leviathan" (2014-15)
Scapegoat

Photo credit - Stephen Cummiskey.

Emily Howard's new opera, To See The Invisible, recorded at the Aldeburgh Festival.

Emulsion New Music Festival20170311Jazz saxophonist Trish Clowes talks to Sara Mohr-Pietsch about her Emulsion V project.
Explore Ensemble, New Releases, Laurence Crane, He5kon Stene20161008Robert Worby presents Explore Ensemble at the 2016 Principal Sound Festival.
Florian Hecker's Inspection - Maida Vale Project20161203A new work by Florian Hecker for the BBC's first-ever live binaural broadcast.
Flux Quartet20170225in Nancarrow, Chiu, Anderson and Gordon. Plus a tribute to Pauline Oliveros.
Four International Composers
Frederic Acquaviva, Lore Lixenberg, Iain Chambers20180929Radiophonic compositions inspired by city sounds are the focus in tonight's programme.

Frédéric Aquaviva's £pØ@n®diØ$n (LPOANRDIOSN) is a concerto for town and voice, using collaged ambient recordings from the streets of London and Paris, and the virtuoso voice of Lore Lixenberg. The title is an amalgamation of the letters featured in the two cities.
Iain Chambers' House Of Sound is a sound work that time-travels from the sounds of medieval London to the present day.
Frédéric Acquaviva's piece is a co-production between BBC Radio 3 and Radio France.
Iain Chambers' piece was commissioned by West Deutsche Rundfunk.

City-inspired radiophonic compositions by Iain Chambers and Frederic Acquaviva

Georg Friedrich Haas20190309Robert Worby presents the UK premiere of Solstices by the Austrian spectral composer Georg Friedrich Haas, in a performance by the Riot Ensemble recorded at the Royal Academy of Music in London in January. The group's artistic director Aaron Holloway-Nahum reflects on the challenges facing his musicians in playing this long-form piece from memory and, as the score dictates, in total darkness. Our Sound of the Week tonight comes from Icelandic composer Páll Ragnar Pálsson exploring the qualities of electric guitar feedback, and we end with spectral music of the electronic kind from Jean-Claude Risset, his work Songes, composed 40 years ago in 1979.
George Benjamin
George Crumb
Gerald Barry - Alice's Adventures Under Ground20170114The European premiere of Gerald Barry's opera Alice's Adventures under Ground.
Gloria Coates20190112Kate Molleson presents three symphonies by American composer Gloria Coates performed by Ilan Volkov and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra.

Born on the 10th October 1938 in Wisconsin, but resident in Germany since 1969, Gloria Coates is a leading figure in American contemporary music and has been instrumental in bringing American concert music to Europe. At the age of nine she began experimenting with tone clusters and glissandos, techniques that have characterised her music ever since. Sometimes described as a post-minimalist, her oeuvre includes chamber works, song, electronic musique concrete and a total of sixteen symphonies (the highest number of symphonies ever written by a woman composer) leading her to be described as "the greatest woman symphonist".

In this concert Ilan Volkov and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra perform the UK premiere of Gloria Coates' first symphony 'Music on Open Strings', a work that caused a sensation when premiered at the Warsaw Autumn Festival in 1978, and has each section of the orchestra tuned to an unconventional set of pitches. The UK premiere of 'Symphony No.7', dedicated to those who brought down the Berlin wall 'in PEACE', and the World Premiere of 'Symphony No.11'.

Also in tonight's show we have two pieces by Italian composer Salvatore Sciarrino recorded at Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival 2018.

Kate Molleson presents three symphonies by American composer Gloria Coates.

Graham Fitkin Band
Hannah Kendall's New Opera The Knife Of Dawn20161022Tom Service presents the world premiere of Hannah Kendall's new opera The Knife of Dawn.
Hansel And Gretel20181222A re-imagining of the classic fairy tale by the poet Simon Armitage with music by Matthew Kaner, a work devised for the stage by the Goldfield Ensemble. This touring production was inspired by the visual creations of artist Clive Hicks-Jenkins, with puppeteers working alongside the chamber ensemble and narrator Adey Grummet. Kate Molleson introduces a recording of the London performance which took place at Milton Court Concert Hall in October. Also tonight, a selection of some of the best new releases of 2018.

Simon Armitage's re-imagining of the classic fairy tale with music by Matthew Kaner

Harrison Birtwistle Celebration
Hcmf 2/5 - The Riot Ensemble And Nikel20171125Sara Mohr-Pietsch and Robert Worby are live from Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival.
Hcmf4020171118Sara Mohr-Pietsch and Robert Worby present live from the 2017 Huddersfield Festival.
Henning Christiansen, Else Marie Pade And Per Norgard20170708Music by three Danish composers: Henning Christiansen, Else Marie Pade and Per Norgard.
Howard Skempton
Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival20181201Robert Worby and Tom McKinney present highlights from last month's Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, including a focus on the festival's Composer in Residence, Christian Marclay, and music by senior Italian Modernist Salvatore Sciarrino.
Aaron Strootman: Shambling emerge
Kluster5
Sciarrino: Quartetto no.7
Arditti Quartet
Christian Marclay: To be continued UKP
Ensemble Babel
Anna Meredith: Songs for the M8
United Instruments of Lucilin
Sciarrino: Il sogno di Stradella UKP
Divertimento Ensemble
Hanna Hartman: THE BOILER ROOM UKP
Mimitabu

Robert Worby and Tom McKinney present music from Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival.

Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival 201720171202Sara Mohr-Pietsch and Robert Worby present highlights from Huddersfield 2017.
Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival 201820181208Robert Worby and Tom McKinney present highlights from the 2018 Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, including Eliane Radigue's Occam Delta XV performed by the Bozzini Quartet. The Arditti Quartet give the world premiere of James Dillon's 9th String Quartet, and there's music by young Swedish composers performed by Mimitabu, as well as a visit to a sound installation by Christopher Fox.

Johann Svensson: Amperian Loops III
Mimitabu

James Dillon: String Quartet no.9 (WP)
Arditti Quartet

Sara Glojnaric: sugarcoating #2
Mimitabu

Eliane Radigue: Occam Delta XV (UKP)
Bozzini Quartet

Joachim Sandgren: Corps Etrangers
Mimitabu

Christian Marclay: Fade To Slide
Ensemble Babel

Photograph: ensemBle baBel performing at the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival 2018
© Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, taken by Graham Hardy

Robert Worby and Tom McKinney with music from the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival

Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival 2018 4/420181215The premiere of a major piece by Rebecca Saunders inspired by the final chapter of James Joyce's Ulysses and performed by soprano Juliet Fraser with Ensemble MusikFabrik features in this last programme of dedicated coverage from the 2018 Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival. Plus a report on a performance of Samuel Beckett's miniature music drama Quad, in a production by Sophie Fetokaki

Programme:
Nick Morrish Rarity: Life of lines II
United Instruments of Lucilin

Clara Ianotta: Dead wasps in a Jam-jar III
Arditti Quartet

Rebecca Saunders: Yes (UKP)
Juliet Fraser (soprano)
Musikfabrik conducted by Enno Poppe

Robert Worby and Tom McKinney with further highlights from Huddersfield

Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, Ensemble Modern, Polish Radio Choir20171209Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival highlights presented by Sara Mohr-Pietsch.
Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, Explore Ensemble, Ensemble Phace, Polwechsel20171216Sara Mohr-Pietsch and Robert Worby present highlights from HCMF.
Huw Watkins20160709Composer Huw Watkins talks to Tom Service about his chamber and orchestral music.
Ian Pace, Contemporary Virtuoso Pianist20181006A celebration of Ian Pace at 50, a virtuoso pianist who specialises in contemporary music, who has premiered many works by leading composers of our time.
This programme includes music that Ian has specially recorded for this broadcast, as well as CD and archive recordings. He joins presenter Robert Worby to discuss the music and his ongoing thoughts about performance practice.
Elliott Carter: 90+
Karlheinz Stockhausen: Klavierstuck X
Rebecca Saunders: Mirror, mirror, on the wall
Pascal Dusapin: A Quia
Orchestre De Paris, conducted by Christoph Eschenbach
Michael Finnissy: Alkan-Paganini
Brian Ferneyhough: Quirl
plus, short works written specially for Ian's 50th by Michael Spencer, Evan Johnson, Patricia Sucena de Almeida, Wieland Hoban and Paul Obermayer.
Ian Pace (piano)
Iceland Dark Music Days20180203Tom Service reports from the Iceland Dark Music Days and introduces a concert of new orchestral music.

Sebastian Fagerlund: Drifts
Páll Ragnar Pálsson: Quake, for cello and chamber ensemble
Haukur Tómasson: Piano Concerto No 2
Magnús Blöndal Jóhannsson: Adagio
Haukur Tómasson: In the Seventh Heaven
Sæunn Thorsteinsdóttir (cello)
Víkingur Ólafsson (piano)
Iceland Symphony Orchestra conducted by Daníel Bjarnason.
Also from the festival, Riot Ensemble premiere Bára Gísladóttir's Seven heavens and combined forces from Poland and Iceland play Finnur Karlsson's new composition named after a Green Karlstad sofa. And Trio Hlökk essay their haunting 'hidden one', light harp.

Photo by Odd Stefan.

Tom Service reports from Iceland's Dark Music Days with a concert of new orchestral music.

Inspired By Debussy - Tristan Murail, Linda Catlin Smith20180324Kate Molleson marks the 100th anniversary of Debussy's death this weekend with a programme of contemporary music by composers inspired by Debussy, and talks to composers Tristan Murail and Linda Catlin Smith.

Boulez: Dérive 1
Tristan Murail: Treize couleurs du soleil couchant; Feuilles à travers les cloches; Couleur de mer
performed in concert by BCMG, conducted by Julian Leroy
(Recorded at Birmingham Symphony Hall on 18th March)

Linda Catlin Smith: Adagietto
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra conducted by Ilan Volkov

Linda Catlin Smith: Memory Forms
CBC Vancouver Orchestra conducted by Owen Underhill

Tristan Murail: Le partage des eaux
BBC Symphony Orchestra conducted by Pierre-André Valade.

Kate Molleson presents a programme of contemporary music by composers inspired by Debussy.

International Rostrum Of Composers20180421From the International Rostrum of Composers 2017, an international array of some of the best new music for orchestra and ensemble, including
Artur Zagajewski: brut
Arte Dei Suonatori
Dominik Połoński (cello)
Sebastian Hilli: Reachings
Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra conducted by André de Ridder
Kate Moore: Fern
Slagwerkgroep Den Haag and Amsterdam Sinfonietta.

From the International Rostrum of Composers 2017, new music for orchestra and ensemble.

Ivan Hewett Presents World Premieres From The Witten Days For New Chamber Music 201620160813
James Dillon Birthday Concert
James Dillon/jonathan Harvey
Jane Manning
John Cage's Indeterminacy20160625Stewart Lee, Tania Chen and Steve Beresford perform John Cage's Indeterminacy.
Kammer Klang20160319New and improvised music from an event at London's Cafe OTO curated by Kammer Klang.
Kammer Klang20160416From Cafe Oto in London, music by Michael Finnissy and electronic composer John Wall.
Kammer Klang At Cafe Oto20160702Sara Mohr-Pietsch presents Ictus and Exaudi in a Kammer Klang from Cafe Oto in London.
Kammer Klang, Cassandra Miller, Ensemble Plus-minus, Musikfabrik20170218Tom McKinney presents new music by Cassandra Miller, Enno Poppe and Marcin Stanczyk.
Kammer Klang, Scenatet Ensemble20180707Kate Molleson presents a concert from the Kammer Klang series at Café Oto in East London. Scenatet ensemble give the UK premiere of Weep at the Elastic as it Stretches by Matt Rogers, pianist Joseph Houston plays Antonia Barnett-McIntosh's piece for piano and tape The thing is, I think -, and there's a workout for your ears and your imagination in David Helbich's No Music - A performative rehearsal.

Plus percussion music by Marianthi Papalexandri-Alexandri, and from the recent Tectonics festival in Glasgow cellist Deborah Walker plays Chaoscaccia, a collaborative piece composed with Pascale Criton.

Kate Molleson presents a concert from the Kammer Klang series at Caf\u00e9 Oto in East London.

Kammer Klang: Phaedra Ensemble, Christopher Redgate, Klara Lewis And Nik Colk Void20170415
Knussen, Bedford, Turnage
Kurt Schwertsik
Live From The Hcmf 201820181124The first of four visits to this year's Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival comes live from the Blending Shed of Bates's Mill, with a programme reflecting some of the themes of this year's festival, plus an exciting new version of music by Julius Eastman arranged for three string quartets and performed by the Arditti, Bozzini, and Ligeti Quartets.

Programme

Anthony Braxton – Composition 69M
Alexander Hawkins – It Should Be a Song
Alexander Hawkins (piano)

Stockhausen: from Amour for flute (1976/1981)
Camille Hoitenga (flutes and electronics)

Julius Eastman – Evil N****r– arranged for three string quartets
Arditti Quartet/Bozzini Quartet/Ligeti Quartet

Muhal Richard Abrams – Afrisong
Muhal Richard Abrams – Peace on You
Alexander Hawkins (piano)

Mike Svoboda - Music for Piccolo (2008)
Peter Eotvos - Cadenza from Shadows (2008)
Camille Hoitenga (flutes and electronics)

John Butcher (saxophone) & Okkyung Lee (cello) – Improvisation for Duo

Photo Credit: Nigel Bates

Tom McKinney and Robert Worby live from Huddersfield.

London Contemporary Music Festival20160109Recordings from the London Contemporary Music Festival, plus new music by Christopher Fox.
London Contemporary Music Festival20180106Tom Service presents highlights from the London Contemporary Music Festival, recorded in December 2017. Tonight's programme features works by Robert Ashley performed by the new music ensemble Apartment House, with the composer's son Sam Ashley on vocals.

Robert Ashley was one of the greatest American experimentalists, following in the pioneering footsteps of John Cage. He co-founded one of the earliest American Electronic Music studios in 1958, and gradually developed into a master of contemporary opera with a distinctively American sound.

Photo by Tina Rousou.

Highlights from LCMF including works by Robert Ashley.

London Contemporary Music Festival20190126Tom Service presents a concert from the London Contemporary Music Festival, recorded last month.
Michael Pisaro: Grain Canons
Lawrence Dunn: Set Of Four
Apartment House
Plus chamber works by Pascale Criton, Greek mourning songs, and a new electronic work by Turner Prize winning artist Mark Leckey with Steve Hellier: Nobodaddy Sings Songs.
London Contemporary Music Festival20190202Kate Molleson presents Radio 3's contemporary music programme programme.

Kate Molleson presents music recorded at the London Contemporary Music Festival in December at Ambika P3. The programme includes two LCMF commissions by Elaine Mitchener and Neil Luck for the newly constituted LCMF Orchestra conducted by co-founder Jack Sheen. Both works push at the edges of orchestral writing, exploding the orchestra and muddying its conventions. Elaine Mitchener's magical b r e a d t h b r e a t h, is 'an intimate encounter with singular rituals representing a musical microcosm', and explores the personal and intimate while Neil Luck's Regretfully Yours, Ongoing, sends the orchestra into overdrive!

Chaya Czernowin
Day One: On the Face of the Deep (2017)
UK premiere
LCMF Orchestra
Jack Sheen (conductor)

Elaine Mitchener
b r e a d t h b r e a t h (2018)
World premiere / LCMF commission
LCMF Orchestra
Jack Sheen (conductor)

Julius Eastman
The Prelude and Holy Presence of Joan d'Arc (1981)
UK premiere
Sofia Jernberg (soprano)
Apartment House

Neil Luck
Regretfully Yours, Ongoing (2018)
World premiere / LCMF commission
Musarc
LCMF Orchestra
Jack Sheen (conductor)

Kate Molleson presents music recorded at London Contemporary Music Festival.

London Contemporary Music Festival 201620170204Music by Eastman and Rzewski performed at the 2016 London Contemporary Music Festival.
London Contemporary Music Festival, Joan La Barbara, Chris Newman, Yeah You20180113Tom Service presents more highlights from the London Contemporary Music Festival, recorded in December 2017. Tonight's programme features works for voice and electronics, composed and performed by Joan La Barbara; songs by Chris Newman performed by the new music ensemble Apartment House, with the composer on vocals; and a solo voice set by Leo Chadburn.
Also from this concert, songs from Yeah You, an electronic noise/pop band who record semi-improvised songs using a saloon car as their studio.

American vocalist and composer Joan La Barbara is one of the 20th century's great vocal pioneers. She has pioneered experimental multiphonics, circular singing, ululation and glottal clicks over the past five decades.
Chris Newman is an experimental interdisciplinary artist based in Germany. He formed a "chamber-punk" band in the 1980s to perform his songs, which he revives in this concert with Apartment House.

Tom Service presents highlights of vocal works from London Contemporary Music Festival.

London Ear20160402Sara Mohr-Pietsch presents recordings from the 2016 London Ear of contemporary music.
London Ear - Ensemble F6!20180901A concert by the Swiss group Ensemble ö! from this year's London Ear festival of contemporary music, presented by Robert Worby in conversation with festival director Gwyn Pritchard.

Andrea Damiano Cotti: Come Un'Isola, Che Sente L'Arcipelago… (world premiere)
Jonathan Harvey: Lotuses
Roland Moser: A Poem and a Scene
Asia Ahmetjanova: New work
Luciano Berio: O King
David Sontòn Caflisch: Attilas Nacht
Misato Mochizuki: Voilages

Recorded at Warehouse, London, in March.

Recordings from this year's London Ear festival of contemporary music

London Ear - Neo Quartet And Jonathan Powell20180825A concert by the Polish ensemble Neo Quartet alongside pianist Jonathan Powell from this year's London Ear festival of contemporary music, presented by Robert Worby in conversation with festival director Gwyn Pritchard.

Rebecca Saunders: Fletch
Luciano Berio: Rounds; Cinque Variazioni
Seongmin Ji: iiiiiiiiisiiiyiiiiiieiit (world premiere)
Dariusz Przybylski: Green and Maroon, Homage a Mark Rothko
Iannis Xenakis: Akea
Akira Nishimura: String Quartet No.2 ‘Pulses of Light'

Recorded at the Cello Factory, London, in March.

Recordings from this year's London Ear festival of contemporary music.

Louis Andriessen's La Commedia20160220Tom Service presents the UK premiere of Louis Andriessen's music theatre work La Commedia.
Luke Bedford: Through His Teeth; Julian Anderson, Charlotte Bray, Laurence Crane20171028Tom McKinney presents a psychodramatic opera by Luke Bedford amongst more British music.
Macmillan, Gruber
Mark Simpson And Pleasure20160611Radio 3's flagship contemporary music programme, featuring live performances and sessions.
Matthias Pintscher Conducts20171111Works by Toshio Hosokawa, Toru Takemitsu and Claude Vivier.
Matthias Pintscher Focus
Michael Finnissy20161015

Robert Worby presents music by Michael Finnissy, in conversation with the composer.

Michael Finnissy, Cassandra Miller, An Assembly20180609Robert Worby presents a concert that combines a classic of New Complexity by Finnissy from the 1970s, with more recent works exploring aspects of density and repetition.
Anthony Leung: Three Concert Pieces (no.1)
Paul Newland: Locus
Bryn Harrison: Six Symmetries
Cassandra Miller: Philip The Wanderer
Michael Finnissy: Piano Concerto no.2
Joseph Havlat (piano)
An Assembly with Ensemble x.y
(Recorded on April 27th at St John's Waterloo in London).

Robert Worby presents music by Cassandra Miller, Bryn Harrison and Michael Finnissy.

Michael Hersch At Aldeburgh20180623Tom McKinney introduces music by Michael Hersch including recordings of new works made at this year's Aldeburgh Festival, performed by members of the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, including his powerful new piece "I hope we get a chance to visit soon" prompted by a close friend's emotional struggle with terminal cancer.

Michael Hersch - "Images From A Closed Ward " - mvt 1
Flux Quartet
(CD)

Michael Hersch:
of ages manifest (extracts)
The Vanishing Pavilions (extracts)

Sound of the Week:
As part of Radio 3's Forest Season Chris Watson introduces his favourite sound from the Kielder Forest in Northumberland.

Michael Hersch: "I hope we get a chance to visit soon" (European premiere)
Ah Young Hong (soprano)
Kiera Duffy (soprano)
Gary Louie (alto saxophone)
Amy Yang (piano)
Members of the Mahler Chamber Orchestra
Tito Muñoz conductor.

Music by Michael Hersch recorded at the 2018 Aldeburgh Festival.

Milton Babbitt And Moondog20160507Ivan Hewett marks the centenaries of maverick composers Milton Babbitt and Moondog.
Modern Europeans, Arne Nordheim - 2
Modern Europeans, Arvo Part - 1
Modern Europeans, Michael Jarrell - 4
Modern Europeans, New Music In Germany - 320101016
Monteverdi 45020170513Sara Mohr-Pietsch explores Monteverdi's influence on contemporary music with James Weeks.
Music From Ireland And Iceland
Music We'd Like To Hear20170805Robert Worby presents a recording of guitarist Seth Josel and music by David Bedford.
Music We'd Like To Hear20181027Robert Worby introduces a concert given in July as part of the Music We'd Like To Hear series of new and experimental music staged at St Mary-At-Hill in the City of London. The Mark Knoop Supergroup perform works by Catherine Lamb, Robert Ashley and the rarely performed Swiss composer Hermann Meier.

Catherine Lamb: nodes, various (2010)
Hermann Meier: Klavierstuck 1968; Flecken (1980)
Robert Ashley: Superior Seven (1988)

The Mark Knoop Supergroup perform music by Hermann Meier, Catherine Lamb and Robert Ashley

Music We'd Like To Hear, Apartment House, Pierre Henry20170826Robert Worby presents a concert by Apartment House.
Musica Viva20170916Kate Molleson presents world premieres by Wolfgang Rihm and Milica Djordjevic.
Musikprotokoll 201820181117Tom McKinney presents music from the Austrian contemporary and experimental music festival Musikprotokoll 2018.

Now in it's 51st year Musikprotokoll 2018 takes place in the UNESCO world heritage city of Graz in Austria. This year's festival includes a world premiere of Bernd Richard Deutsch's 'Murales' performed by ORF Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra & Klangforum Wien. The Austrian premiere of duo Fred Frith & Bérangère Maximin with an improvised performance at Dom im Berg, a venue deep in the hillside in Graz. A world premiere from Friedrich Cerha, now aged 92 but still one of the giants of contemporary Austrian music, and pieces by Jeff Weston and Chaya Czernowin.

Tom McKinney presents new music from Musikprotokoll 2018.

Nash Ensemble, Simon Holt, Julian Anderson, Huw Watkins, Colin Matthews, Peter Maxwell Davies20170429Tom Service presents a concert of new chamber music given by the Nash Ensemble.
New Italian Music
New Music Biennial20170701Live from Fruit in Hull, Sara Mohr-Pietsch presents music from the New Music Biennial.
New Music Biennial 201720170715Sara Mohr-Pietsch presents highlights from the New Music Biennial 2017 in Hull and London.
New Music From Wales20180217Tom McKinney presents new music from the BBC NOW Composer-in-Association Huw Watkins.
New Music From Witten20180811Tom McKinney presents music from 2018 Witten Days for New Chamber Music Festival
Every year musicians and music lovers from all around the world gather in the Germany city of Witten for this international festival of contemporary music.
Since 1969, the festival Witten Days for New Chamber Music has been setting the mark for what is new in contemporary music and has become a meeting point for avant-garde music, connoisseurs and music lovers. For the past five decades many important musical works have been heard in Witten for the very first time.

Tom McKinney presents music from the 2018 Witten Days for New Chamber Music festival.

New Music North West20180120Tom McKinney presents a concert by the BBC Philharmonic and Psappha ensemble, part of New Music North West, a festival showcasing talented British composers from the north west of England.

Mario Duarte: Metztli
Grace-Evangeline Mason: Kintsukuroi (Golden Repair)
Daniel Kidane: Sirens
Laura Bowler: 3811 Nautical Miles
Larry Goves: hollow yellow willow (world premiere)
David Horne: Resonating Instruments
Tom Coult: Two Games and a Nocturne

Psappha
BBC Philharmonic
Mark Heron (conductor)

Also tonight: Sound of the Week: composer Alwynne Pritchard describes a particular sound that has inspired her own compositions.

Tom McKinney presents new music from the north west of England.

New Music North West Festival 201620160206Tom McKinney presents music from the 2016 New Music North West festival in Manchester.
New Orchestral Music From Darmstadt Summer School20181103Kate Molleson presents a concert from the Darmstadt Summer Courses for New Music 2018:
Bara Gisladottir: VAPE
Sarah Nemtsov: dropped.drowned
Simon Steen-Anderson: Piano Concerto
Nicolas Hodges (piano)
Frankfurt Radio Symphony conducted by Baldur Bronnimann

Sound of the Week: Thomas Larcher. The Austrian composer, pianist and keen mountaineer talks about a sound he encounters high in the Tyrol mountains.

Plus an appreciation of Naresh Sohal, who died earlier this year.

Naresh Sohal: Violin Concerto
Xue Wei (violin)
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
conducted by Martyn Brabbins.

Kate Molleson presents a concert from the Darmstadt Summer Courses for New Music 2018.

New Releases20161029Sara Mohr-Pietsch and Kerry Andrew discuss new releases from Mica Levi to Ondrej Adamek.
New Releases20171104Sara Mohr-Pietsch reviews the latest new music releases with guest Neil Luck.
New Year, New Music20190105New Year New Music
BBC Radio 3 celebrates new music at the beginning of the new year as ten of the station's presenters champion the music they love written in the last ten years. Ten works by composers including Larry Goves, Cassandra Miller, Gavin Bryars and George Benjamin are advocated by ten presenters including Sarah Walker, Tom Service, Elizabeth Alker, Sara Mohr-Pietsch and Andrew McGregor.

George Benjamin: Written on Skin (Act 1 Scenes 5 & 6)
Mahler Chamber Orchestra conducted by George Benjamin

Larry Goves: Hollow yellow willow for orchestra
BBC Philharmonic conducted by Mark Heron

Gavin Bryars: Credo from the Worcester Ladymass
Trio Mediaeval

Cassandra Miller: Duet for cello and orchestra
Charles Curtis (cello)
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra conducted by Ilan Volkov

Hans Abrahamsen: ‘I will go out now' from Let Me Tell You
Barbara Hannigan (soprano)
Bavarian Radio Orchestra conducted by Andris Nelsons

Edmund Finnis: Elsewhere
Daniel Pioro (violin)

James MacMillan: Stabat Mater
The Sixteen and Britten Sinfonia
conducted by Harry Christophers

Anna Thorvaldsdottir: Aeriality
Iceland Symphony Orchestra conducted by Ilan Volkov

Gerald Barry: The Importance of Being Earnest Act 1 excerpt
BCMG conducted by Thomas Ades

Kerry Andrew: Apples, Plums, Cherries
Juice vocal ensemble

Radio 3 presenters champion the new music they love.

Nico Muhly
Nordic Music Days With The Riot Ensemble20171007Nordic Music Days - music from Sweden, Iceland, Finland and Norway with The Riot Ensemble.
Nouvelle Vague20180310Tom McKinney introduces a programme which introduces some of the next generation of British composers, several of whom featured in a recent concert given in St Michael's Ancoats, Manchester, given by Psappha as part of their young composer mentoring scheme ".... Composing For". As well as new works by new composers, Psappha's programme also included a performance of music by Charlotte Bray.

Emma Wilde: "El Hilo del Tiempo"
Luke Carver Goss (amplified accordion and effects)
Royal Northern Sinfonia conducted by Jack Sheen

Will Frampton: "The Greening Variations"
Psappha -
Benedict Holland (violin)
Jennifer Langridge (cello)
Benjamin Powell (piano)

James Williamson: Fault-Klang
Psappha -
Dov Goldberg (bass clarinet)

Lucy Armstrong - "Space Adventure"
Psappha

Robert Reid Allan: "The Palace of Light"
Psappha -
Benjamin Powell (piano)

Bethan Morgan-Williams: "In Kenopsia"
Psappha -
Tony Boorer (trombone)
Bethan Morgan-Williams (live electronics)

Michael Cryne: "In Cloud Light"
Psappha -
Conrad Marshall (alto flute)

Jack Sheen: "Found"
Lore Lixenberg (mezzo soprano)
Members of the Royal Northern Sinfonia

Joanna Ward: "to think at the sun"
Quinta (violin)
Members of Royal Northern Sinfonia

Charlotte Bray: "Caught In Treetops" (2010)
Psappha -
Benedict Holland (solo violin)
Conrad Marshall (flute)
Mana Shibata (oboe)
Dov Goldberg (clarinet)
Andrew Budden (horn)
David Hooper (trumpet)
Tony Boorer (trombone)
Benjamin Powell (piano)
Lauren Scott (harp)
Tim Williams (percussion)
Susi Meszaros (viola)
Jennifer Langridge (cello).

Tom McKinney focuses on some of the next generation of British composers.

Open Ear - Cutting-edge New Music Performed In The Round20190330Sara Mohr-Pietsch hosts an Open Ear concert of cutting-edge new music from LSO St Luke's in London.
Na'ama Zisser: Drowned In C
LCO conducted by Hugh Brunt
Cassandra Miller: For Mira
Mira Benjamin (violin)
Lisa Illean: A through-grown earth (World Premiere)
Juliet Fraser (soprano)
and pre-recorded sound
Native Instrument: live electronics performance
David Fennessy: Changeless + The Changed
Zara Benyounes (violin) and Reinoud Ford (cello)
Rebecca Saunders: O
Juliet Fraser (soprano)
Amber Priestley: "...and go ahead! Dare to be irrational!"
Mira Benjamin (violin)
with stereo playback
Angelica Negron: This Person
Juliet Fraser (soprano)
LCO conducted by Hugh Brunt

Open Ear concert from LSO St Luke's. LCO, Juliet Fraser, Native Instrument, Mire Benjamin.

Open Ear, Alexander's Annexe, Abstrukt Ensemble, Laura Cannell, Ipek Gorgun20180224Sara Mohr-Pietsch presents an Open Ear concert of cutting-edge new music recorded in the round at LSO St Luke's in London last month.
Experimental trio Alexander's Annexe reformed specially for this concert (Sarah Nicholls on inside-out piano, and Mira Calix and David Sheppard on electronics).
Abstruckt is a percussion quartet, Ipek Gorgun (from Istanbul) performs her live electronic music in her UK concert debut, and Laura Cannell plays her own music on violin and recorders.
Part 1:
Alexander's Annexe: Pull It

Walley Gunn: Vicious Children
Abstruckt Ensemble

Ipek Gorgun: Fata Morgana

Laura Cannell: Three Stones/Cathedral of the Marshes

Alexander's Annexe: Tear It

Part 2:

Ipek Gorgun: improvised live set

Laura Cannell: Interrelation of Diverse Emotions
The Happiness of Both Worldes

Eliot Cole: 3 Postludes
Abstruckt Ensemble

Alexander's Annexe: Say It.

A concert with Alexander's Annexe, Abstruckt Ensemble, Ipek Gorgun and Laura Cannell.

Open Ear: Exaudi, We Spoke, Sarah Angliss, Gwen Rouger20180915Tom Service presents an Open Ear concert of cutting-edge new music recorded in the round at LSO St Luke's in London, featuring percussion quartet We Spoke, vocal ensemble Exaudi, pianist Gwen Rouger, and the electronic music of Sarah Angliss.

Part 1:

Amber Priestley: Help with Adverbs
Exaudi

Sarah Nemtsov: Seven thoughts – her kind (World Premiere)
Gwen Rouger (sampler keyboard & vocal)

Fritz Hauser: As We Are Speaking
We Spoke percussion ensemble

Sarah Angliss: set 1 (music from the album Ealing Feeder)
Sarah Angliss: acoustic instruments and live electronics
Stephen Hiscock: percussion

Simon Loeffler: “b"
We Spoke percussion ensemble

Part 2:

Lorenzo Pagliei: Corpi Celesti
Exaudi, directed by James Weeks

Sarah Angliss: set 2 (music from the album Ealing Feeder)
Sarah Angliss: acoustic instruments and live electronics
Stephen Hiscock: percussion

Petra Strahovnik: π
We Spoke percussion ensemble

Michael Oesterle: all words
Exaudi, directed by James Weeks

Raphaël Languillat: La flagellation du Christ
Gwen Rouger (amplified piano)

An Open Ear concert of new music, with We Spoke, Exaudi, Gwen Rouger, and Sarah Angliss

Open Ear: The Hermes Experiment, Apartment House, Severine Ballon, Joseph Havlat20180922Sara Mohr-Pietsch presents an Open Ear concert of cutting-edge new music recorded in the round at LSO St Luke's in London, featuring The Hermes Experiment, Apartment House, cellist Severine Ballon and pianist Joseph Havlat.

Part 1

Meredith Monk: Double Fiesta
The Hermes Experiment

Severine Ballon: Paroles
Severine Ballon (cello)

William Marsey: a selection from Dutch Interior Subjects
Joseph Havlat (piano, celeste, toy piano)

Josephine Stephenson: Tanka
The Hermes Experiment

Adrian Demoč: Modré Kvety (Les Fleurs Bleues)
Apartment House

Part 2

Oliver Leith: Grinding-Bust-Turning
Apartment House

Chaya Czernowin: Songs of the Muted One
Séverine Ballon (cello)

Joel Rust: Pack of Orders
The Hermes Experiment

Seán Clancy: Four Pieces of Music Lasting Thirty Seconds Each
Joseph Havlat (toy piano)

Gerald Barry: Triorchic Blues
Joseph Havlat (piano)

Julius Aglinskas: String Quartet
Apartment House

Open Ear concert with The Hermes Experiment, Apartment House and Severine Ballon

Peter Maxwell Davies20160917Tom Service pays tribute to Peter Maxwell Davies with Sally Beamish and Alasdair Nicolson.
Peteris Vasks - Vale Of Glamorgan Festival20160618Ivan Hewett introduces compositions by Latvian composer Peteris Vasks.
Philip Glass, Anthony Braxton And Friends20170128Kate Molleson presents music by American composers Philip Glass and Anthony Braxton.
Philip Venables, 4.48 Psychosis20180630Tom Service presents Philip Venables' opera 4.48 Psychosis (based on a play by Sarah Kane), a Royal Opera House production recorded at the Lyric Hammersmith in April.
Gweneth Ann Rand, Lucy Hall, Susanna Hurrell (sopranos)
Lucy Schaufer, Samantha Price, Rachael Lloyd (mezzo-sopranos)
Chroma Ensemble with Sarah Hatch and Louise Goodwin (percussion)
Music Director: Richard Baker
4:48 Psychosis was the final work of the radical British playwright Sarah Kane, first performed posthumously in 2000. Detailing the experience of clinical depression, the play harrowingly reveals, through poetry, anger and dark humour, an individual's struggle to come to terms with their own psychosis, the numbers in the title referring to the time in the early morning when clarity and bleak despair strike together.
In Philip Venables' new operatic adaptation of Kane's play, directed by Ted Huffman, the search for love and happiness and the struggle for identity are explored through a fusion of opera with spoken text.

Tom Service presents Philip Venables's opera, 4.48 Psychosis.

Philip Venables, Helga Arias Parra, Wolfgang Von Schweinitz20181013Kate Molleson introduces music performed by the Riot Ensemble and recorded last month at Kings Place London.
Lee Hyla's raucous We Speak Etruscan is a piece that imagines a new (fake) language, spoken by a heavily amplified bass clarinet and baritone sax; Helga Arias Parra's meditative Incipit is derived from a quote of Pergolesi which only emerges in its dying moments; and Sarah Nemstov's Central Park sits alongside Venable's numbers 91-95, a setting of words Simon Howard.

Also, music recorded at the Book of Hours Festival in Co. Louth during the summer. Wolfgang von Schweinitz's KLANG is a hallucinatory work for string trio and ring modulator performed by Flemish (string trio) Goeyvaerts Trio.

Music by Philip Venables, Helga Arias Parra and Wolfgang von Schweinitz

Pierre Boulez Tribute20160326Ivan Hewett presents a tribute to the late composer and conductor Pierre Boulez.
Principal Sound Festival And Bobfest20160903Music from the 2016 Principal Sound Festival and musicologist Bob Gilmore remembered.
Recent Recordings Of Contemporary Music20160716Ivan Hewett, Kerry Andrew and Neil Luck explore some recent recordings of modern music.
Re-inventing Walter Smetak20170902Kate Molleson unearths the unique instruments of maverick composer Walter Smetak.
Richard Barrett20180505Robert Worby reviews new CDs of contemporary music with Neil Luck, and introduces a performance of Richard Barrett's new large-scale piece Close-Up, performed by Ensemble Studio6, recorded at Audiograft festival in Oxford in March. The work explores the relationship between pre-composed and spontaneously improvised musical actions.

Robert Worby presents Richard Barrett's new piece Close-Up, performed by Ensemble Studio6.

Rise Of The Machines20160604Tom Service presents a concert called Rise of the Machines: Aphex Twin and G Prokofiev.
Ruhr - 2
Salvatore Sciarrino, Daniela Terranova, Francesco Filidei20161105The London Sinfonietta performs music by Sciarrino, Terranova and Filidei.
Scottish Inspirations20170318Orchestral music by Helen Grime, Sally Beamish, Jay Capperauld and Peter Maxwell Davies.
Scottish Inspirations20180210Kate Molleson presents recordings from a concert given last December by the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. Continuing its series of works commissioned by its Chief Conductor, Thomas Dausgaard, the orchestra premieres two new works inspired by Scotland and Scottish culture: William Sweeney takes the pibroch, a traditional musical form associated with the bagpipes, and adapts it for the BBC SSO's Principal Clarinet, Yann Ghiro; while the Beltane Fire Festival's spectacular displays and reinterpretation of ancient Celtic rituals are the starting point for Anna Clyne. These premieres are complemented by John McLeod's thrilling tone poem about a famous preserved Viking ship, and by the Scottish Premiere of Glasgow-born Oliver Knussen's Third Symphony. Also tonight: two pieces for multiple bass clarinets from a concert given at London's Cafe Oto, curated by the composer Thanos Chrysakis and featuring his own Gnomon for four bass clarinets, and Christian Wolff's Isn't This A Time in a version for five bass clarinets. And in Sound of the Week, composer Laura Cannell describes her first encounter with the sound of deers barking in a forest.

Christian Wolff: Isn't This a Time
Tim Hodgkinson, Chris Cundy, Yoni Silver, Jason Alder, Heather Roche (bass clarinets)

John McLeod: The Gokstad Ship
William Sweeney: Eòlas nan Ribheid (The Wisdom of the Reeds) - concertino for clarinet and orchestra (BBC Commission, World Premiere)
Yann Ghiro (clarinet)
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Thomas Dausgaard (conductor)

Thanos Chrysakis: Gnomon
Tim Hodgkinson, Chris Cundy, Yoni Silver, Jason Alder (bass clarinets)

Oliver Knussen: Symphony No 3 (Scottish Premiere)
Anna Clyne: Beltane (BBC Commission, World Premiere)
BBC Scottsih Symphony Orchestra
Thomas Dausgaard (conductor).

Kate Molleson presents recordings from the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra.

Sharon Gal, Lee Patterson, Kate Carr20181020Tom McKinney introduces live performances by three artists working with birdsong: Sharon Gal, Lee Patterson and Kate Carr, part of the EnCOUnTErs series of events curated by SoundFjord's Helen Trosi and recorded at London's Cafe Oto. Plus a selection of recent releases including music for saxophone quartet and electronics by Monty Adkins and Paulina Sundin.

Live performances inspired by birdsong from Sharon Gal, Lee Patterson and Kate Carr.

Sonic Explorations Festival
Sonorities 2018 - Belfast's Electronic Music Festival20180714Sonorities 2018.
Robert Worby presents highlights from this important festival of electronic music held in Belfast every two years.
In April every 2 years, artists from more than 40 countries across the world gather in Belfast for a week of musical adventure. For over 30 years Sonorities has lead the way for musicians, composers, sound artists to make and present work for curious listeners. As the Sonorities press office puts it: "Occasionally you might leave unimpressed, but more often than not you'll stumble upon something that will change your outlook on music forever."
Music to include:

Isaac Gibson: A Hitchhiker's Purgatory

Paolo Pastorino: Velocità Limite
for fixed media

Marie-Hélène Breault and Martin Bédard: Replica

Nicholas Collins: !trumpet for hybrid electrornics trumpet

Louise Harris: NoisyMass
for live electronics

Sound of the Week: Norwegian composer, Lasse Marhaug on footsteps in the snow.

Pierluigi Billone: Mani.de Leonardis
for automobile suspension coils and glass

Chris Malloy: A Celestial Breath.

Robert Worby presents highlights from Sonorities 2018, a feast of electronic music.

Sound Festival 201720171223Performances by Red Note Ensemble and acousmatic music from the Sound Festival in Aberdeen
Sound Frontiers - 120160924

Tom McKinney presents the first of two editions of Hear and Now from Southbank Centre, including live performance from experimental music collective Bastard Assignments. Run by composer-performers Edward Henderson and Timothy Cape, who formed the group in 2011, tonight's specially curated, vocal-themed set includes their own work and also pieces by Josh Spear, Phil Maguire, and Caitlin Rowley.

Plus, Andrew Kurowski, Radio 3's New Music editor who oversaw the commissioning of new works from 1991 to 2013, selects works from the archive which tell the story of Radio 3's growing public profile as a major commissioner of new work. Tonight, music from the 1960s by Peter Maxwell Davies, Elisabeth Lutyens and Harrison Birtwistle.

Sound Frontiers: Tom Mckinney20160924Live music from Bastard Assignments and 1960s landmark recordings from Radio 3's archive.
Sound Frontiers: Tom Service20161001Tom Service introduces a special live edition from the foyer of Southbank Centre.
Soundfestival 2018 - Aberdeen20181110Kate Molleson introduces music from the 2018 Sound Festival in Aberdeen featuring Icebreaker and the French based Ensemble 2e2m. The programme, which was recorded at Aberdeen's The Lemon Tree and at King's College Chapel at the University of Aberdeen, foregrounds music by Anna Meredith, Jobina Tinnemans, Elizabeth Kelly, Kerry Andrew, Linda Buckley, Kate Moss, Pascale Criton, Rebecca Saunders and Raphaele Biston.

Anna Meredith (arr. James Poke): Nautilus (System Restart Version)
Jobina Tinnemans: Throwing A Window Through Another Window
Elizabeth Kelly: On Edge
Kerry Andrew: THE, WHAT IS IT? THE GOLDEN EAGLE?
Linda Buckley: Azure
Kate Moss: The Dam

Icebreaker
James Poke, flutes, pan-pipes, wind synthesiser
Audrey Riley, cello
Bradley Grant, saxophones, clarinets
Dominic Saunders, keyboards
Gordon Mackay, violin
Dan Gresson, drums, percussion
James Woodrow, guitar
Pete Wilson, bass guitar

Pascale Criton: Territoires imperceptibles for flute, cello and guitar
Rebecca Saunders: Vermillion for clarinet, cello and electric guitar
Raphaele Biston: Traces for flute, clarinet and cello

Ensemble 2e2m
Jean-Philippe Grometto, flute
Véronique Fèvre, clarinet
Caroline Delume, guitar
David Simpson, cello

Kate Molleson from Scotland's festival of new music

Sounds And Visions With Max Richter20180519Tom Service introduces music from the opening concert of "Sounds and Visions" - a weekend devised by composer Max Richter and artist Yulia Mahr and recorded earlier this month at the Barbican in London. The concert includes Richter's melancholic multimedia work Infra, alongside performances from Jlin.

Infra takes its title from the Latin for the word 'below', and that's what Richter explores in this meditation on the events surrounding the London 7/7 bombings - the world just beneath the surface. Originally composed for a dance work choreographed by Wayne McGregor, it's an examination of the submerged sounds of the everyday, of the unnoticed, the overlooked and the forgotten. Max Richter is joined by the strings of the 12 Ensemble.

Tom Service introduces a performance of Max Richter's melancholic multimedia work, Infra.

Sounds Of Shakespeare20160423Sara Mohr-Pietsch and Tom Service introduce 21st-century responses to Shakespeare's work.
Soundstate20190209Tom McKinney presents new music performed by Ensemble Modern at the SoundState Festival at London's Southbank in January.

Rebecca Saunders: Fury II (UK Premiere)
Paul Cannon (double bass)

Martin Grütter: Die Haütung des Himmels (UK Premiere)

Vito Žuraj: Runaround (UK Premiere)

Rebecca Saunders: Skin
Juliet Fraser (soprano)

Ensemble Modern
Vimbayi Kaziboni (conductor)

SoundState at the Southbank Centre was billed as " five nights of cross-boundary sounds and cutting-edge music". This concert was given by the Frankfurt-based Ensemble Modern, one of the best new music ensembles in Europe. It included two major works by Rebecca Saunders, the Berlin-based composer whose intense and subtle sound worlds have put her at the forefront of European composers working today. Also in this concert, Vito Žuraj's zany Runaround is inspired by tennis; and Martin Grütter's music deals with virtuosity, irony and madness.
Also tonight, Laura Bowler's second blog reporting from a ship in Antarctica, where she was researching her latest composition, inspired by this polar region.

Tom McKinney presents music performed by Ensemble Modern.

Squib-cram At The Old Dentist20180303Tom Service presents Squib-CRAM's gig 'Baggage', which was recorded at the Old Dentist in East London in December last year. The gig centres around a collaboration with violinist Chihiro Ono in a new performance of Beethoven's Violin Concerto, plus performances by the Two Bennys (Adam de la Cour and Benedict Taylor), and improvisations by trombonist Sarah Gail Brand with live electronics by Steve Beresford. Plus in Sound of the Week, Carsten Nicolai, aka Alva Noto, talks about radio static.

Two Bennys Set 1
Adam de la Cour (voice and tap dance)
Benedict Taylor (voice and viola)
Neil Luck (voice - radiophonic commentary)
Mary Ann Hushlak (voice - radiophonic commentary)

Stomatology (free improvisation)
Sarah Gail Brand (trombone)
Steve Beresford (live electronics)

Two Bennys Set 2
Adam de la Cour (voice and tap dance)
Benedict Taylor (voice and viola)
Neil Luck (voice)
Mary Ann Hushlak (voice)

Beethoven: Violin Concerto
Chihiro Ono (violin)
Benedict Taylor (viola)
Gaia Blandina (cello)
Samuel Rice (double bass)
Adam de la Cour (voice, tap)
Federico Reuben (live electronics)
Laonikos Psimikakis-Chalkokondylis (Shakuhachi and guitar)
Neil Luck (tabletop objects and voice)
Neil Georgeson (organ).

Tom Service presents Squib-CRAM's 'Baggage', which includes Beethoven's Violin Concerto.

String Theories Event
Tansy Davies: Cave20180728Kate Molleson presents the broadcast premiere of Cave, a new theatre work by Tansy Davies. In the cavernous warehouse space of Printworks in south London, this new music theatre work follows a grieving father's quest for survival in a world devastated by climate change. Desperate to connect one last time with his daughter, Hannah, he enters a dark cave, triggering a journey into an underworld of spirits. A collaboration between Tansy Davies and writer Nick Drake, tenor Mark Padmore sings the role of the Man/Father and mezzo-soprano Elaine Mitchener sings the role of Voice/Hannah. In this production directed by Lucy Bailey, London Sinfonietta is conducted by Geoffrey Paterson and sound design is by Sound Intermedia.
Also on the programme, a specially selected playlist by Tansy Davies.

Kate Molleson presents the world premiere production of Cave, a new opera by Tansy Davies.

Tectonics 201720170909Robert Worby presents new music recorded at the Tectonics Festival in Glasgow in May.
Tectonics Glasgow 2018 With The Bbc Scottish Symphony Orchestra20180512Kate Molleson presents highlights from last weekend's Tectonics Glasgow 2018.
With performances taking place right across the city, tonight's Hear and Now includes world premieres from the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and a work for Ondes Martenot by Bernard Parmegiani, a major figure in the development of electroacoustic music. Also tonight, a performance piece for multiple tape players, Dictaphones and texts by Joe Posset recorded at Glasgow's Old Fruitmarket.
This is the first of three programmes from Tectonics Glasgow. Now in its fifth year, it brings the best improvisers and new music practitioners from around the world to Glasgow, to collaborate together and with local performers and artists.

Naomi Pinnock - The field is woven (WP)
James Clarke - Untitled No.9 (BBC Commission, WP)
Miya Masaoka: The Movement of Things (WP)
Glasgow Chamber Choir, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Ilan Volkov (conductor)

Bernard Parmegiani: Outremer with Nathalie Forget (ondes Martenot)
Pascale Criton: OUT, for ondes Martenot with Nathalie Forget (ondes Martenot)

Joe Posset: 'Grand Dictaphonic Jaxx for four players' with Joe Posset and Ant Macari (audio/visual artists) with Acrid Lactations.

Kate Molleson presents highlights from Tectonics Glasgow 2018.

Tectonics Glasgow 2018 With The Bbc Scottish Symphony Orchestra 2/320180526Kate Molleson presents a second programme of highlights from Tectonics Glasgow.
The BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra premiere works by Ashley Fure, Evan Johnson, Marc Sabat and Kristin Thora Haraldsdottir and Anton Lukoszevieze performs a work written for cello and tape by one of Lithuania's leading 'super-minimalist' composers.
Ashley Fure finds inspiration in The Rime of the Ancient Mariner whilst Haraldsdottir explores dark, natural tunings and Marc Sabat investigates the sounding and perception of Just Intonation in 'gradually shifting harmonic constellations.' Evan Johnson's new work explores the very margins of sound and silence with a work for eighty five players who offer up an almost colourless palette.

Ashley Fure: Bound to Bow (European premiere)
Evan Johnson: measurement as contrition: three canons (WP)
Kristin Thora Haraldsdottir: In Praise of Darkness (UKP)
Marc Sabat: The Luminiferous Aether
The BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Ilan Volkov (conductor)

Rytis Mazulis: Solipse (WP)
Anton Lukoszevieze (cello and tape).

Kate Molleson presents a second programme of highlights from Tectonics Glasgow 2018.

Tectonics, Pascale Criton, Dror Feiler20180602Kate Molleson presents new music from Tectonics Festival recorded last month in Glasgow.

Evan Johnson: measurement as contrition: three canons (world premiere)
Dror Feiler: Tikkun Ulam (world premiere)
Dror Feiler (saxophone)

Mats Gustafsson (saxophone)
Lasse Marhaug (live electronics)

Lasse Marhaug: Death of the Noise Artist (world premiere)
Lasse Marhaug (live electronics)
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra conducted by Ilan Volkov

Plus recent chamber works by Pascale Criton.

Kate Molleson with music by Evan Johnson, Dror Feiler and Pascale Criton from Tectonics.

Tectonics: John Tilbury, Sebastian Lexer, Jon Rose, Pauline Oliveros20160820Robert Worby presents music from Tectonics 2016: John Tilbury, Sebastian Lexer, Jon Rose.
The 21st-century Orchestra20170422Tom Service presents 21st-century orchestral music including a Ryan Molloy world premiere.
The Arditti Quartet At 40 - 120140906The Arditti Quartet at 40

Ivan Hewett presents the first of two programmes in which the Arditti Quartet are heard playing some of the hundreds of works written especially for them over the past forty years. The music was recorded earlier this year during a remarkable three concert marathon at the Barbican's Milton Court which also featured works by composers such as Elliott Carter with whom the Arditti Quartet has been closely associated.

Jonathan Harvey

Quartet No.1

James Clarke

Quartet No.3 (World Première)

Quartet No.5

Harrison Birtwistle

Hoquetus Irvinius (World Premiere)

The Arditti Quartet.

The Arditti Quartet At 40 - 220140913The Arditti Quartet at 40

Ivan Hewett presents the second of two programmes in which the Arditti Quartet are heard playing some of the hundreds of works in their repertoire, all recorded during a three concert marathon at the Barbican Centre's Milton Court, and most written especially for them.

Iannis Xenakis

Tetras

Pascal Dusapin

Quartet No.5

Wolfgang Rihm

Fetzen I & II

Toshio Hosokawa

Silent Flowers

Arditti Quartet.

The Bbc Scottish Symphony In Music By James Tenney, Jose Maceda And Salvatore Sciarrino20180317Robert Worby uncovers the music of the American theorist and pioneering experimentalist, James Tenney (1934-2006). Also tonight, the UK premiere of a major work by José Maceda (1917-2004), a Manila-born ethnomusicologist and composer, whose music fuses Asian and Western styles. Plus a modern Italian classic by Salvatore Sciarrino inspired by Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto. As the composer says: "Amid flashes of consciousness...other music issues forth, literally generated by the echo of a lyrical outburst...the two sound images...elementary opposites against a black sky."

James Tenney: Clang (1972)
James Tenney: Beast from Postal Pieces (1965-71) for solo double bass
James Tenney: Diapason (1996)
José Maceda: Distemperament (1992, UK Premiere)
Salvatore Sciarrino: Allegoria della note (1985)
James Tenney: Analog#1 (Noise Study)
Ilya Grigolts (violin)
Dominic Lash (double bass)
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Ilan Volkov (conductor)

Sound of the Week: Raven Chacon, the forty year old Native American composer, performer of experimental noise music and installation artist.

Robert Worby presents pioneering music by James Tenney, Jose Maceda & Salvatore Sciarrino.

The Bbc Symphony Orchestra's Embedded Scheme20160430Exploring the BBC Symphony Orchestra's Embedded scheme for young composers.
The Devil Inside20160409Tom McKinney introduces a performance of Stuart MacRae's new opera The Devil Inside.
The Golden Dragon20180127Tom McKinney introduces music by Peter Eötvos including music for percussion and orchestra and his opera The Golden Dragon, a controversial and gritty indictment of attitudes towards migration and to the exploitation of those forced to find an existence on the extreme fringes of society. The opera was given last year to critical acclaim by Music Theatre Wales and is inspired by an allegorical play by Roland Schimmelpfennig and Aesop's fable of "The Cricket and The Ant". It is "part comedy and part tragedy", a quasi Brechtian drama in style, with the singers performing multiple role types and telling many stories, all of which converge to convey a moving and sometimes very shocking, visceral comment on the human potential for brutality. The programme includes an interview with the director Michael McCarthy.

Peter Eötvos: Speaking Drums (2012/13) for percussion and orchestra
BBC Philharmonic / Juanjo Mena (conductor)/ Martin Grubinger (percussion)
(Recorded in Gasteig, Munich on March 16 2017 )

Peter Eötvos: The Golden Dragon (2013/14)
(Recorded at the Birmingham Repertory Theatre, 3rd October 2017)
Cast:
Llio Evans (The Little One)
Lucy Schaufer (Old Cook, Granddaughter, The Ant, Hans, Chinese Mother)
Andrew Mackenzie-Wicks (Waitress, young Asian, Grandfather, The Cricket, Chinese Aunt)
Daniel Norman (Old Asian, Eva - the brunette air stewardess, the friend of the granddaughter, Chinese Father)
Johnny Herford (An Asian, Inga- the blonde air stewardess, Chinese Uncle)
The Music Theatre Wales Ensemble conducted by Geoffrey Paterson.

Tom McKinney introduces a performance of Peter Eotvos's opera The Golden Dragon.

The World's Strangest Proms After Party20180908Enter a psychedelic dream sequence from an imaginary Last Night of the Proms after party, where fuzzy memories of festivals past and future rub up against each other, creating a sense of bewilderment, excitement and constant surprise.

Orderly Mouthpiece Spent is a special edition of Hear And Now devised and composed by Neil Luck and members of ARCO and the Squib Box collective, who have established a reputation for cutting-edge concert events combining elements of physical theatre, avant-garde virtuoso musical performance and sound art.

Get ready for a combination of radiophonic treatments, newly composed chamber works and classic radio tropes, all filtered through the zany and surreal imagination of Neil Luck and his ensemble – as presenter Tom Service attempts to keep track of the proceedings.

Performers and contributors:
Fiona Bevan
Adam de la Cour
Kit Downes
Tom Jackson
Dominic Lash
Lore Lixenberg
Musarc choir
Hatsune Miku
Lynette Quek
Federico Reuben
Benedict Taylor
Max Wainwright

Total Immersion: Julian Anderson At 5020171021Kate Molleson presents highlights from the day's events at London's Barbican Centre.
Total Immersion: The Music Of Louis Andriessen20160213Highlights from the BBC Symphony Orchestra's Total Immersion day.
Two American Mavericks
Tyondai Braxton, Qasim Naqvi, Edgard Varese, Mira Calix20180428Tom Service presents a concert featuring a major new work by Tyondai Braxton, the American composer who is also a former member of art rock band, Battles, and a classic 20th century avant garde work by Varèse.
Qasim Naqvi: The Bad Feelings Rainbow (world premiere)
Tyondai Braxton: Telekinesis (world premiere)
Varèse: Déserts
BBC Singers and BBC Concert Orchestra, conducted by André de Ridder

(Recorded on 18th April at Queen Elizabeth Hall, London)

also tonight, a Sound Of The Week from electronic musician and composer Mira Calix
Mira Calix: bowling4strings.

New music by Tyondai Braxton and Qasim Naqvi played by BBC Concert Orchestra.

Ulster Orchestra20180331

Robert Worby introduces a recent performance by the Ulster Orchestra, including the World Premiere of Greg Caffrey's Environments 1. We hear more pieces from a concert of works for clarinet and bass clarinet recorded last December at London's Cafe Oto. And in the latest Sound of the Week, Larry Goves reflects on the sound of wind in poplar trees.

Brian Irvine: Drowning in the Sea of Your Dreams
Greg Caffrey: Environments 1 for Piano and Orchestra (Finghin Collins, piano)
Patrick Brennan: Cycling
Elaine Agnew: Make a Wish
Ed Bennett: Psychedelia

Ton de Leeuw: Mountains for bass clarinet and pre-recorded electronics
Chris Cundy (bass clarinet).

Robert Worby introduces a recent performance by the Ulster Orchestra.

Ulster Orchestra, Folk Connections20160130Ivan Hewett presents music from a recent concert given by the Ulster Orchestra.
Uproar Presents 10x1020190223Kate Molleson presents a concert of new music from ten Welsh composers given by ensemble UPROAR led by conductor Michael Rafferty. The concert features new works by Andrew Lewis, Sarah Lianne Lewis, John Metcalf, Carlijn Metselaar, Gareth Moorcraft, Maja Palser, Michael Parkin, Lynne Plowman, Steph Power and Guto Puw. Also Andrew Lewis talks to Kate about Electroacoustic Wales and we hear his 2016 electronic work Skyline and works by Huw McGregor and Alex Bailey.

Kate Molleson presents new music from Wales with a concert by the UPROAR ensemble.

Vale Of Glamorgan Festival 2009
Vale Of Glamorgan Festival, Bent Sorensen, Qigang Chen20180818Tom Service introduces a concert of new orchestral music recorded at the Vale of Glamorgan Festival in May.

Qigang Chen: L'eloignement
Thierry Escaich: Psalmos
Bent Sørensen: Trumpet Concerto
Qigang Chen: Jian Tchen Tse

Meng Meng (voice)
Philippe Schartz (trumpet)
BBC National Orchestra and Chorus of Wales
Alexandre Bloch (conductor)

Also tonight, music writer Tim Rutherford-Johnson joins Tom to review new CDs of new music, including the first releases on the new label All That Dust.

BBC National Orchestra of Wales plays Qigang Chen, Thierry Escaich and Bent Sorensen.

Why Music? The Key To Memory20171014Kerry Andrew presents a concert on the theme of memory live from Wellcome in London.
Witten New Music Days, Nicolaus Huber, Brian Ferneyhough, James Dillon, Jonathan Harvey20170722Tom Service with new music from Witten and Huddersfield by Ferneyhough, Dillon and Harvey.
Works From Iceland Performed By The Bbc Symphony Orchestra20190316Contemporary music from Iceland.
Tom Service presents the UK premieres of four orchestral works from Iceland, especially recorded by the BBC Symphony Orchestra. Haukur Tómasson writes a work of brooding intensity for orchestra without brass, inspired by the repetitive sounds of the weaver's loom. A solo cello and chamber orchestra provides the pallet for Páll Ragnar Pálsson's Quake. But are his eruptions those of the physical world or some sort of emotional torment? Meanwhile, Valgeir Sigurdsson addresses not the elemental force of one of Iceland's most dramatic volcanic eruptions but its aftermath as, in 1875, hundreds of Icelanders emigrate to Canada. In Anna Thorvaldsdóttir's Dream, a quiet sound world is born from silence. As she writes: "In each chord there is a world of collective sounds where the small particles dissolve and create their own world." Also on the programme, Sæunn Thorsteinsdóttir plays some works for solo cello and movements from a new album from Bára Gísladóttir.

Haukur Tómasson: From Darkness Woven
Páll Ragnar Pálsson: Quake
Valgeir Sigurdsson: Eighteen Hundred & Seventy-Five
Anna Thorvaldsdóttir: Dreaming

Sæunn Thorsteinsdóttir (cello)
BBC Symphony Orchestra, Rumon Gamba (conductor)

Also tonight, some Icelandic works for solo cello and movements from Bára Gísladóttir's Mass for double bass, voice and electronics, a work which, she says, she had to write 'to save my sanity.'

Þuríður Jónsdóttir: 48 Images of the Moon
Halldór Smárason: 3 movements from ☉
Sæunn Thorsteinsdóttir (cello)

Bára Gísladóttir: Mass for some
Bára Gísladóttir (voice, double bass and electronics)

Contemporary music from Iceland presented by Tom Service.

Xenakis, Julian Anderson