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01Heartbeats In Music20190406A brand new show featuring the best new music in live performance from around the UK and the world, plus new releases, features and interviews with composers and performers.
Tonight, Kate Molleson presents intensely jubilant orchestral music built on the heartbeat of his unborn daughter by David Fennessy, and Cairo-based Maurice Louca's ensemble unveil a panoramic suite with elements of cosmic jazz, Arabic melody, trancelike Yemeni music and minimalism. Plus an in-depth interview with the increasingly significant Berlin-based composer Rebecca Saunders: she has built entire pieces on something as small as the shift from one pitch to another, while recently, her music has taken a sculptural approach to space as well as sound.
And a spotlight on two leading Canadian composers with very individual voices – Cassandra Miller and Linda Catlin Smith.

Christian Winther Christensen: Almost in G (1st movement)
Scenatet

David Fennessy: The Ground (WP, BBC Commission)
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra conducted by Thomas Dausgaard

Emily Hall: Two songs: 'I am Happy' & 'End of the Ending'
Hermes Experiment

Maurice Louca: 'Elephantine' & 'Al Khawaga'
Ensemble led by Maurice Louca (piano, guitar)

Robert Worby interviews composer Rebecca Saunders in depth about her music.

Hildur Guðnadóttir: Point of Departure
Nordic Affect

Cassandra Miller: Warblework
Bozzini Quartet

Linda Catlin Smith: Far from Shore (UKP)
Fidelio Trio

And to end the show, a nocturnal soundscape recording: Saturday Night Late

A new show featuring the best new music in live performance, plus interviews and features.

A brand new show featuring the best new music in live performance from around the UK and the world, plus new releases, features and interviews with composers and performers.
Tonight, Kate Molleson presents intensely jubilant orchestral music by David Fennessy built on the heartbeat of his unborn daughter, and Cairo-based Maurice Louca's ensemble unveils a panoramic suite with elements of cosmic jazz, Arabic melody, trancelike Yemeni music and minimalism. Plus an in-depth interview with the increasingly significant Berlin-based composer Rebecca Saunders: she has built entire pieces on something as small as the shift from one pitch to another, while recently, her music has taken a sculptural approach to space as well as sound.
And a spotlight on two leading Canadian composers with very individual voices – Cassandra Miller and Linda Catlin Smith.

Emily Hall: Two songs: I am happy, and End of the ending
Hermes Experiment

Maurice Louca: Elephantine and Al Khawaga
Ensemble led by Maurice Louca (piano, guitar)

02Cinema For The Ear20190413A brand new show featuring the best new music in live performance from around the UK and the world, plus new releases, features and interviews with composers and performers.

Tonight, Tom Service presents Rebecca Saunders' hypnotic 'A Visible Trace' and Iranian composer Anahita Abassi's 'Situation II'', performed by Frankfurt based Ensemble Modern. Composer, Deirdre McKay talks about how natural sounds compel her music in 'Sound of the Week' and there is "cinema for the ear" courtesy of Apartment House as they perform Luc Ferrari's , 'Cellule 75: Force du rythme, et cadence force.' Finally, Finghin Collins is the soloist with the Ulster Orchestra in Deirdre Gribbin's gripping and piano concerto, 'The Binding of the Years' inspired by ancient time and Deirdre's own archaeological digs and to end the show, a soundscape for 'Saturday Night Late' takes us to the streets of Portugal.

Rebecca Saunders: Visible Traces
Ensemble Modern

Anahita Abassi: Situation II: Dialogue
Ensemble Modern

Luc Ferrari: Cellule 75: Force du rythme, et cadence force
Apartment House
Kerry Yong (piano)
Simon Limbrick (percussion)

Deirdre Gribbin: The Binding of the Years (revised)
Finghin Collins (piano)
Ulster Orchestra

A new show featuring the best new music in live performance, plus interviews and features.

03Laurence Crane, Pauline Oliveros, Per Norgard20190420Kate Molleson introduces live recordings of music by Christopher Fox, Pauline Oliveros, Eliane Radigue and Per Nørgård. In this week's composer interview, Laurence Crane talks to Robert Worby, and new releases include music by the Irish composer David Fennessy and American experimental duo Matmos.

Christopher Fox: This is the wind (2018)
Fidelio Trio

Pauline Oliveros Trio for flute, piano and page turner (1977)
Manuel Zurria (flute); Mark Knoop (piano)

Eliane Radigue: Occam XVII
Dominic Lash (double bass)

Per Nørgård: Symphony No,7 (2006)
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Thomas Dausgaard (conductor)

Radio 3's weekly exploration of the world of contemporary classical music

A new show featuring the best new music in live performance, plus interviews and features.

Christopher Fox: This is the wind (world premiere)
Fidelio Trio

Pauline Oliveros Trio for flute, piano and page turner
Manuel Zurria (flute); Mark Knoop (piano)

Per Nørgård: Symphony No.7
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Thomas Dausgaard (conductor)

04Myths, Dreams And Fire20190427Tom Service presents cutting-edge new music recorded in concert, plus interviews and features.

Laurence Crane: Holt Quartet
Bozzini Quartet

Tatjana Kozlova-Johannes: Lighting the Fire
Estonian National Symphony Orchestra conducted by Taavi Kull

Elaine Mitchener: Myths & Dreams
Elaine Mitchener (vocal)
Jason Yarde (saxophone)
Neil Charles (bass)

Eliane Radigue: Occam IV
Julia Eckhardt (viola)

Plus Sound Of The Week: Australian composer and sound artist Julian Day describes a sound that has inspired his work.

The best new music in live performance, plus interviews and features.

A new show featuring the best new music in live performance, plus interviews and features.

05Rituals, Prog Rock And Bendy Reality20190504Featuring the best new music in live performance from around the UK and the world, plus new releases, features and interviews with composers and performers.

Tonight, Kate Molleson evokes a Pagan ritual with music by Hungarian composer Bence Kutrik and we hear Norwegian Sigurd Fischer Olsen's 'Sserenades'. Mark Knoop and Manuel Zurria perform Laurence Crane’s Gli Anni Prog (the ‘years of prog’), a piece that draws inspiration from an Italian book about 70s prog rock legends Genesis. We hear some sonic mutations and mimicry in new releases from Swedish-Finnish electroacoustic composer Marja Ahti and People Like Us, pianist Nicolas Hodges performs Simon Steen-Andersen’s ground (and piano) breaking Concerto for piano, sampler, video and orchestra with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and Thomas Dausgaard, and our Sound of the Week is the plaintive wail of an escalator at the Hague that sparked the imagination of Welsh composer Andrew Lewis.

People Like Us: Bing Bong

Bence Kutrik: Ritual
Klara Babel (harp)
Janos Szepesi (clarinet)
Zalan Kovacs (tuba)
Zoltan Varga & Adam Maros (percussion)
International Rostrum of Composers 2018

Laurence Crane: Gli Anni Prog
Mark Knoop (piano)
Manuel Zurria (Flute)

Sigurd Fischer Olsen: Sserenades for female voice and ensemble
Sofia Jernberg (vocals)
BIT20 Ensemble
Peter Sebastian Szilvay (conductor)
International Rostrum of Composers 2018

Marja Ahti - Rooftop Gardens

Simon Steen-Andersen: Concerto for piano, sampler, video and orchestra
Nicolas Hodges (piano)
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Thomas Dausgaard.

Featuring the best new music in live performance, plus interviews and features.

A new show featuring the best new music in live performance, plus interviews and features.

06Tectonics Glasgow 201920190511Highlights from Tectonics 2019, the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra’s annual festival of new and experimental music, presented by Kate Molleson.

Andrew Hamilton: c (UK Premiere)
Jennifer Walshe: The Site Of An Investigation (UK Premiere)
Christian Wolff: Old Shoe, New Shoe (World Premiere)

Joey Baron (jazz drums)
Robyn Schulkowsky (percussion)
Jennifer Walshe (singer)
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Ilan Volkov (conductor)

Luc Ferrari: Programme commun for harpsichord and tape
Mahan Esfahani (harpsichord)

plus a report on Lucie Vitkova's live performance installation, Makeup Scores: Environmental Music.

Christian Wolff’s BBC commission, Old Shoe, New Shoe was inspired by a large painting by Philip Guston, and the result is a sonic landscape of some scale. Two solo percussionists interweave with the orchestra, constantly changing performing situations: moving from leader, to follower; from written notes to free improvisation.
Jennifer Walshe's The Site of An Investigation ranges wildly over our contemporary predicament, taking in microplastics, Facebook likes, grief, precarity, interplanetary colonisation, artificial intelligence and loss. The work is coloured by shifts between raw emotion and the blackest humour.

Festival co-curator Ilan Volkov says, “Tectonics Glasgow Festival is the highlight of my year. The festival of course keeps changing but its main strength is really showing a diverse range of new music from classical composers using notation, improvisers without any notation, to electronic music, sound art and performance art as well.”

Highlights from Tectonics festival in Glasgow, presented by Kate Molleson.

A new show featuring the best new music in live performance, plus interviews and features.

07Tectonics Glasgow 201920190518Highlights from Tectonics 2019, the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra's annual festival of new and experimental music featuring music, presented by Kate Molleson.

Juliana Hodkinson All Around (BBC Commission, World Premiere)
Mauro Lanza Experiments in the Revival of Organisms (BBC Co-Commission, UK Premiere)
Martin Arnold The Gay Goshawk (World Premiere)

Angharad Davies (violin)
Sharron Kraus (voice)
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Ilan Volkov (conductor)

also tonight:

Anahita Abbasi Intertwined Distances
Mahan Esfahani (harpsichord)

and Julia Reidy 's Brace, brace for guitar and voice

Ilan Volkov leads the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra in two BBC Commissions: Juliana Hodkinson’s All Around, which aims to extend the reach of our listening into real and imaginary spaces, and Mauro Lanza’s Experiments in the Revival of Organisms. Borrowed from the 1940 film which documents Soviet research into the resuscitation of clinically dead organisms, Lanza’s two-section piece is built around a short quotation from the last movement of Gustav Mahler’s Second Symphony. Composer Martin Arnold is drawn to Scottish ballads in The Gay Goshawk. In his sweeping work, the lyrics absorb and mediate weird metamorphoses of so many sound worlds, from psychedelic transmutations of late 14th century polyphony to Brill Building pop-jazz, as they tell their stories.

Brace, brace is Julia Reidy’s dread-tinged incantation of desolate strumming and slow-moving pitch sequences.

The electronic element of Anahita Abbasi’s Intertwined Distances came out of a close collaboration between Esfahani and the composer.

Tectonics festival in Glasgow - more highlights presented by Kate Molleson.

A new show featuring the best new music in live performance, plus interviews and features.

Mauro Lanza Experiments in the Revival of Organisms (BBC Co-Commission, UK Premiere)
Juliana Hodkinson All Around (BBC Commission, World Premiere)
Martin Arnold The Gay Goshawk (World Premiere)

Martin Arnold (melodica)
Angharad Davies (violin)
Sharron Kraus (voice)
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Ilan Volkov (conductor)

and Julia Reidy 's Brace, brace for 12 string guitar and voice

and a report on Radiophrenia, Glasgow's pop-up radio experimental music station

08Stockhausen Reimagined20190525Tom Service presents the best new music in live performance, including the world premiere of a Duo for Eight Strings by Sir Harrison Birtwistle played by violist Lawrence Power and cellist Adrian Brendel and recorded at Wigmore Hall. Birmingham Contemporary Music Group with sheng soloist, Wu Wei and conductor, Julien Leroy give the premiere of Donghoon Shin's Concerto, Anecdote. Robert Worby interviews veteran New York School composer Christian Wolff about his long life in music, as he visits London to perform his own music at the Barbican. And, the world premiere of a new opera "Sin {x} II", a reimagining of Stockhausen's Welt-Parlament, from contemporary electronic musician Actress, also known as Darren Cunningham, and recorded last week at London's Southbank Centre. The libretto was inspired by MPs debating the meaning of love during the Brexit no-confidence vote in December 2018. Actress joins forces with pianist Vanessa Benelli Mosell - a student of Stockhausen, the Netherlands Chamber Choir and conductor Robert Ames.

The best in new music: a world premiere by Harrison Birtwistle and Stockhausen reimagined.

A new show featuring the best new music in live performance, plus interviews and features.

Tom Service presents the best new music in live performance, including the world premiere of a Duo for Eight Strings by Sir Harrison Birtwistle played by violist Lawrence Power and cellist Adrian Brendel and recorded at Wigmore Hall. Birmingham Contemporary Music Group with sheng soloist, Wu Wei and conductor, Julien Leroy give the premiere of Donghoon Shin's Concerto, Anecdote. Robert Worby interviews veteran New York School composer Christian Wolff about his long life in music, as he visits London to perform his own music at the Barbican. And, the world premiere of a new opera 'Actress x Stockhausen Sin {x} II', a reimagining of Stockhausen's Welt-Parlament, from contemporary electronic musician Actress, also known as Darren Cunningham, and recorded last week at London's Southbank Centre. The libretto was inspired by MPs debating the meaning of love during the Brexit no-confidence vote in December 2018. Actress joins forces with pianist Vanessa Benelli Mosell - a student of Stockhausen, the Netherlands Chamber Choir and conductor Robert Ames.

09Memories, Murmurs And Algorithms20190601Tom Service presents cutting-edge new music recorded in concert, plus interviews and features. Live performances tonight from Birmingham Contemporary Group, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Fidelio Trio and Ensemble Modern including a world premiere from Luke Styles and UK premieres of works by Ashley Fure and Mayke Nas. New releases include Mick Sussman and his Partch-inspired Algorithmic Music Generator and the electronic duo of eRikm and Anthony Pateras. In our Sound of the Week, Scottish instrumentalist and composer Bill Wells shares his fascination with the iconic Tardis sound effect and we end with a Saturday Night Late environmental recording from the streets of Belfast.

Rebecca Saunders: murmurs
Birmingham Contemporary Music Group
Julien Leroy (conductor)

Luke Styles: Memories Of A Foreign Land Called Home
Fidelio Trio

Mayke Nas: Down the Rabbit Hole
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Jac van Steen (conductor)

Ashley Fure: Feed Forward
Ensemble Modern
Vimbayi Kaziboni (conductor)

Featuring the best new music in live performance, plus interviews and features.

A new show featuring the best new music in live performance, plus interviews and features.

10Night Cafe And Shades Of Light20190608Kate Molleson presents more of the best new music in live performance, plus interviews and features.
Tonight, recordings from the launch of Birmingham Record Company, and our own BBC Symphony Orchestra showcasing young European composers.

Joe Cutler: Slippery music
BCMG Next/Thallein Ensemble conducted by Michael Colebey

Jan-Peter de Graaff: Café de nuit, UKP
BBC Symphony Orchestra conducted by Jac van Steen

Kirsty Devaney: Root
BCMG Next/Thallein Ensemble conducted by Michael Colebey

Lauri Kilpio: Piano concerto (Shades of light) UKP
Joonas Ahonen (Piano)
BBC Symphony Orchestra conducted by Sakari Oramo

Plus Dave Smith plays his own piano music, recorded at Tectonics Festival; and composer Richard Youngs talks about his Sound Of The Week.

Featuring the best new music in live performance, plus interviews and features.

A new show featuring the best new music in live performance, plus interviews and features.

AKA Night Cafe And Nemo's Organ

Kate Molleson presents more of the best new music in live performance, plus interviews and features.
Tonight, recordings from the launch of Birmingham Record Company, and music from the recent Only Connect festival in Norway.

Caroline Shaw: Limestone and felt
Attacca Quartet

Sophie Lacaze: Après avoir contemplé la lune
BBC Symphony Orchestra conducted by Pierre-André Valade

Mesias Maiguashca: Nemos Orgel
Lauren Redhead (organ)
Alistair Zaldua (live electronics)
Recorded at Only Connect Festival, Stavanger, Norway last month

Catherine Lamb: Parallaxis Forma
Ensemble neoN

Plus composer Richard Youngs talks about his Sound Of The Week.

11Illusions, Unification And A Crimson Sea20190615Tom Service presents cutting-edge new music recorded in concert, featuring a work by Linas Baltas based on scientific research that has discovered a range of paradoxes – or illusions – showing that the way people hear even simple musical patterns can differ strikingly. The BBC Symphony Orchestra perform Hawar Tawfiq’s Unificazione, a piece in celebration of the Unification of Europe and there is a chance to hear Rebecca Saunders’ CRIMSON: Molly's Song 1, a piece that meditates on images from Molly Bloom's monologue at the end of James Joyce’s Ulysses. Plus Robert Worby interviews Irish composer, improviser and vocalist Jennifer Walshe.

Hawar Tawfiq: Unificazione (UK Premiere)
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Jac Van Steen (conductor)

Linas Baltas: Illusions for chorus
BBC Singers
Nicholas Chalmers
(Plymouth Contemporary Music Festival)

Rebecca Saunders: Molly's song I for ensemble
BCMG
Julien Leroy (conductor)

Pauline Oliveros: Portrait of Manuel Zurria
Manuel Zurria (flute)
Camden Arts Centre, London

Featuring the best new music in live performance, plus interviews and features.

A new show featuring the best new music in live performance, plus interviews and features.

12Richard Ayres's No 50 (the Garden) And Paola Livorsi's Lamenti20190622Tom Service presents the New Music Show which tonight has as its centrepiece Richard Ayres's eagerly-awaited The Garden. Inspired by Dante's Divine Comedy and the paintings of Hieronymus Bosch this hour-long theatre piece sees a dissatisfied man searching for a meaning in his life. He digs down from his garden to hell, before travelling up to heaven and the stars and eventually finding himself back in his garden. Along the way, he encounters a worm, a ghost, a fossil and the lovers from Dante's Inferno. Also tonight, Tom features a twenty-minute lament by Paola Livorsi inspired by the music and poetry of the Renaissance and a track from an important new recording of music by the Vienna-born octogenarian, Erika Fox,

Erika Fox: Quasi Una Cadenza
Goldfield Ensemble

George Lewis: Timelike Weave (UK premiere)
Mahan Esfahani (harpsichord)
[Recorded at Glasgow Tectonics 2019]

Richard Ayres: No.50 (The Garden) (recorded at UK premiere at Southbank Centre)
Joshua Bloom (bass)
Sound Intermedia
London Sinfonietta, Geoffrey Paterson (conductor)

Paola Livorsi: Lamenti
Helsinki Chamber Choir, Nils Schweckendiek (conductor)

Richard Ayres's eagerly awaited The Garden, inspired by Dante.

A new show featuring the best new music in live performance, plus interviews and features.

George Lewis: Timelike Weave (UK premiere)
Mahan Esfahani (harpsichord)
[Recorded at Glasgow Tectonics 2019]

13House Of Bedlam, Zubin Kanga, Bastard Assignments20190629AKA Interzones

Tom Service presents the latest cutting-edge new music in performance, including the work of experimental collective Bastard Assignments live at Snape Maltings in Aldeburgh earlier this month, highlights from a recent Nonclassical event in London showcasing House of Bedlam and the pianist Zubin Kanga, UK premieres of orchestral works by Ana Lara and Bruno Mantovani performed by the BBC Symphony Orchestra, and Angharad Davies's Solo Violin and Four Bass Amps recorded at Cafe Oto in London as part of the Kammerklang series.

The best new music in live performance, plus interviews and features. With Tom Service.

A new show featuring the best new music in live performance, plus interviews and features.

Tom Service presents the latest cutting-edge new music in performance, including the work of experimental collective Bastard Assignments live at Snape Maltings in Aldeburgh earlier this month, highlights from a recent Nonclassical event in London showcasing Larry Gove's group House of Bedlam and the pianist Zubin Kanga, UK premieres of orchestral works by Ana Lara and Bruno Mantovani performed by the BBC Symphony Orchestra, and Angharad Davies's Solo Violin and Four Bass Amps recorded at Cafe Oto in London as part of the Kammerklang series.

14New Music Biennial 2019 - 120190706Kate Molleson presents highlights from the New Music Biennial 2019 taking place at the South Bank Centre in London this weekend. World premiere performances of newly commissioned music for a diverse range of performing artists and groups.

Claire M Singer: Gleann Ciùin
London Contemporary Orchestra conducted by Robert Ames

Forest Swords (aka Matthew Barnes): Trespassing
Immix Ensemble

Arun Ghosh: AMBHAS
For large wind orchestra and clarinet solo

Gazelle Twin & Max de Wardener: The Power and the Glory
Gazelle Twin (vocal)
BBC Concert Orchestra

Kate Molleson presents music from the New Music Biennial at London's South Bank Centre

A new show featuring the best new music in live performance, plus interviews and features.

15New Music Biennial 2019 - 220190713Kate Molleson presents highlights from the New Music Biennial 2019, which took place at South Bank Centre in London last weekend. World premiere performances of newly commissioned music for a diverse range of performing artists and groups.

Roderick Williams: Three Songs from Ethiopia Boy
Chineke!

Numb Mob: Where to Build in Stone

Edmund Finnis: The Centre Is Everywhere
Manchester Collective

Jessica Curry: She Who
National Youth Choirs of Great Britain

Kate Molleson presents music from the New Music Biennial at London's South Bank Centre.

A new show featuring the best new music in live performance, plus interviews and features.

Kate Molleson presents highlights from the New Music Biennial 2019, which took place at the South Bank Centre in London last weekend. World premiere performances of newly commissioned music for a diverse range of performing artists and groups.

Sam Eastmond: Brit-Ish Suite; 1. The Pink Shagpile Carpet Song (AKA The King Of Spank)
Spike Orchestra

Dan Jones – Music for 7 Ice Cream Vans [excerpt]

Rolf Hind: Tiger's Nest for gamelan, 2 prepared pianos & percussion
Colin Currie (percussion)
Rolf Hind (piano)
Zubin Kanga (piano)
Isabelle Carré (gamelan soloist)
Robert Campion (gamelan soloist)
Southbank Gamelan Players

David Fennessy: Panopticon
Psappha

Dan Jones – Music for 7 Ice Cream Vans [excerpt]

Rolf Hind: Tiger's Nest for gamelan, 2 prepared pianos & percussion
Colin Currie (percussion)
Rolf Hind (piano)
Zubin Kanga (piano)
Isabelle Carré (gamelan soloist)
Robert Campion (gamelan soloist)
Southbank Gamelan Players

16Counterflows, Interruptions And Moon Music20190720Tom Service presents more of the best in new music, including a world premiere by Conor Mitchell from the New Music Biennial weekend in London, orchestral music inspired by the Apollo moon landings, a work for bin bags, fans and air compressors from Glasgow Counterflows Festival, and in Sound Of The Week, composer and sound artist Aine O'Dwyer talks about musical interruptions.
Brian Eno: Like I was a spectator
Christian Jost: One small step
Stuttgart Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Gabriel Feltz
Conor Mitchell: Lunaria
Belfast Ensemble
Sarah Hennies: Everything Else
House of Bedlam
Laurence Osborn: Absorber
Zubin Kanga (keyboards)
Sholto Dobie: untitled work
Lisa Lim: Speak, be silent (1st movement)
Riot Ensemble

The best new music in live performance, plus interviews and features.

A new show featuring the best new music in live performance, plus interviews and features.

Tom Service presents more of the best in new music, including a world premiere by Conor Mitchell from the New Music Biennial weekend in London, orchestral music inspired by the Apollo moon landings, a work for bin bags, fans and air compressors from Glasgow Counterflows Festival, and in Sound Of The Week, composer and sound artist Aine O'Dwyer talks about musical interruptions.
Brian Eno: Like I was a spectator
Christian Jost: One small step
Stuttgart Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Gabriel Feltz
Conor Mitchell: Lunaria
Belfast Ensemble
Sarah Hennies: Everything Else
House of Bedlam
Laurence Osborn: Absorber
Zubin Kanga (keyboards)
Sholto Dobie: untitled work
Lisa Lim: Speak, be silent (1st movement)
Riot Ensemble

17Yodels, Turntables And Iranian Tanbur20190727Kate Molleson introduces performances from Glasgow's Counterflows Festival (new takes on yodelling and Iranian tanbur), and a work for turntables and orchestra from the New Music Biennial.

Myriam Van Imschoot: Hola Hu
Myriam Van Imschoot & Doreen Kutzke (vocals)

Shiva Feshareki: Dialogue
Shiva Feshareki (turntables)
BBC Concert Orchestra conducted by Andre de Ridder

Arash Moradi: Works for solo tanbur

Plus a feature on the thriving New Music scene in Glasgow

Kate Molleson presents music from Glasgow's Counterflows and the New Music Biennial.

A new show featuring the best new music in live performance, plus interviews and features.

Kate Molleson reports on the thriving New Music scene in Glasgow, and introduces performances from Glasgow's Counterflows Festival (new takes on yodelling and Iranian tanbur). Also tonight, a work for turntables and orchestra featured at the New Music Biennial. Plus, Robert Worby talks to David Toop about his life in music, from an early recording on Brian Eno's Obscure label, to a recent opera for Aldeburgh.

James Tenney: Changes 1 (from 64 Studies for harp)

18Spiders, Moths, And Fears20190803The best new music in live performance, plus interviews and features.

A new show featuring the best new music in live performance, plus interviews and features.

Spiders, moths, fears, Scottish bagpipes and Iranian Dastgah feature on the New Music Show tonight.

Tom Service introduces music by Oliver Knussen, the British premiere of a major work for bassoon inspired by Kafka, Study for Metamorphosis; Harrison Birtwistle’s Three Songs from the Holy Forest – settings of poems by Robin Blaser, which Birtwistle also set in his The Moth Requiem; and Elliott Carter’s Mosaic composed for the Nash Ensemble in 2004. There’s brand new work by Scottish composer, Genevieve Murphy which was recorded at the BBC’s Tectonics Festival in Glasgow and is performed by the composer herself as well as Scottish piper, Brighde Chaimbeul, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and conductor, Ilan Volkov - In An Agitated World was inspired by Murphy’s Fear of Spiders. Also, a new release of music from Iran by Fozié Majd, the Ulster Orchestra perform Ian Wilson’s Licht/ung and this week’s Sound of the Week comes from composer, Claudia Molitor.

Elliott Carter
Mosaic
Nash Ensemble
Stefan Asbury (conductor)

Ian Wilson
Licht/ung
Ulster Orchestra
David Brophy (conductor)

Fozié Majd
Dreamland
Darragh Morgan (violin)
Patrick Savage (violin)
Fiona Winning (viola)
Deirdre Cooper (cello)

Harrison Birtwistle
Three Songs from 'The Holy forest'
Claire Booth (soprano)
Nash Ensemble
Stefan Asbury (conductor)

Oliver Knussen
Study for 'Metamorphosis' for solo bassoon
Ursula Leveaux (bassoon)

Genevieve Murphy
Calm In An Agitated World
Genevieve Murphy (vocalist and tape)
Brighde Chaimbeul (pipes)
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Ilan Volkov (conductor)

19Open Ear Concert20190810Sara Mohr-pietsch hosts an Open Ear concert of cutting-edge new music from LSO St Luke's in London. Performers are the Manchester-based ensemble House Of Bedlam, the piano/percussion duo of George Barton and Siwan Rhys, soprano Jessica Aszodi, and BirdWorld (Gregor Riddell, cello & electronics, and Adam Teixeira, drums & percussion)

Mette Nielsen: Slow Race
House of Bedlam

Betsy Jolas: Music for Joan
George Barton & Siwan Rhys

Larry Goves: happy/fat/boomf
House of Bedlam

Liza Lim: movements from Atlas of the Sky (UK Premiere)
Jessica Aszodi (soprano)

Jennifer Walshe: G.L.O.R.I.-
Jessica Aszodi (soprano)

BirdWorld: set 1

Larry Goves: Untitled (Music for melody instruments, bearing balls, corks and electronic sounds) (World premiere)
House of Bedlam

David Fennessy: Small brown spots
House of Bedlam

Natasha Anderson - More (UK Premiere)
Jessica Aszodi (soprano)

BirdWorld: set 2

Oliver Leith: good day good day bad day bad day (8th movement)
George Barton & Siwan Rhys

Amber Priestley: Abroad to beg your bacon ((World premiere)
House of Bedlam

Sara Mohr-pietsch hosts an Open Ear concert of cutting-edge new music.

A new show featuring the best new music in live performance, plus interviews and features.

Sara Mohr-Pietsch hosts an Open Ear concert of cutting-edge new music from LSO St Luke's in London. Performers are the Manchester-based ensemble House Of Bedlam, the piano/percussion duo of George Barton and Siwan Rhys, soprano Jessica Aszodi, and BirdWorld (Gregor Riddell, cello & electronics, and Adam Teixeira, drums & percussion)

Sara Mohr-Pietsch hosts an Open Ear concert of cutting-edge new music.

2020190817Kate Molleson presents recent CD releases plus concert performances of new music, by pianist Zubin Kanga and from the Music We'd Like To Hear series.
Plus composer/performer Neil Luck talks about his Sound of the Week.
Simon Loeffler: September 08
Zubin Kanga (keyboards)
Severine Ballon: Cloches fendues I & II
Severine Ballon (cello)
Helena Tulva: Being Mountain I Remain Silent
BBC National Orchestra of Wales
B Tommy Andersson (conductor)
Zubin Kanga: Transformations II
Alexander Schubert: Piano-Wiki.net
Zubin Kanga (keyboards)
Newton Armstrong: A line alongside itself
Severine Ballon (cello)
Newton Armstrong (sound diffusion)

Kate Molleson presents new music from Music We'd Like To Hear and Zubin Kanga.

A new show featuring the best new music in live performance, plus interviews and features.

21Music By Harrison Birtwistle20190824Kate Molleson presents music by Sir Harrison Birtwistle performed by the Nash Ensemble and recorded at London's Wigmore Hall. This week's Sound of the Week is by composer, Brian Irvine and Kate introduces her selection of this week's new releases.

Harrison Birtwistle
The Woman and the hare for soprano, speaker and ensemble
Claire Booth (soprano)
Simone Leona Hueber (reciter)
Nash Ensemble
Stefan Asbury (conductor)

Harrison Birtwistle
Fantasia upon all the notes for ensemble
Nash Ensemble
Stefan Asbury

The best new music in live performance, plus interviews and features.

A new show featuring the best new music in live performance, plus interviews and features.

Kate Molleson presents two works by Harrison Birtwistle performed by the Nash Ensemble and recorded at London's Wigmore Hall in April; composer, Brian Irvine introduces his Sound of the Week which has has a nautical connection; there is glitch minimalism for soprano and tape by John McGuire and Kate introduces her selection of new releases including music by Erika Fox and Linda Catlin Smith

Erika Fox
Café Warsaw 1944
III. Scherzo ​​​​​​​
IV. Lament and Coda​​​​​​
Goldfield Ensemble
Richard Baker (conductor)

Harrison Birtwistle
Fantasia upon all the notes for ensemble
Nash Ensemble
Stefan Asbury (conductor)

​Linda Catlin Smith ​​​​​
​​Among the Tarnished Stars
​​Apartment House:
​​Anton Lukoszevieze (piano), Mira Benjamin (violin)
Heather Roche (clarinet) & Philip Thomas (piano)

Harrison Birtwistle
The Woman and the Hare
Claire Booth (soprano)
Simone Leona Hueber (reciter)
Nash Ensemble
Stefan Asbury (conductor)

John McGuire
A Cappella
for soprano and tape
Beth Griffith (soprano)

22Sun Rings, A Forest And The Joy Of Activity20190831Tom Service presents more of the best in new music, including a new release of Terry Riley's Sun Rings from the Kronos Quartet, a piece by Linda Catlin Smith for 9 violins, a work by Rolf Wallin about speed and the joy of activity and Apartment House perform Luc Ferrari's Didascalies.

Luc Ferrari: Didascalies for cello or viola, piano and electronics
Apartment House

Terry Riley: Sun Rings (Venus Upstream)
Kronos Quartet

Ivan Fedele: Ur for orchestra
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Pierre-Andre Valade

Ann Cleare: 93 million miles away for violin, cello and piano
Fidelio Trio

Linda Catlin Smith: Forest for 9 violins
Mira Benjamin (leader)
Evie Hilyer-Ziegler
Izzy Morshead
Anne Han
Ella Fox
Hannah Bell
Amalia Young
Richard Montgomery
Amelia Gilmartin
Claudia Dehnke

Rolf Wallin: Act for Orchestra
BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Jonathan Berman (conductor)

The best new music in live performance, plus interviews and features.

A new show featuring the best new music in live performance, plus interviews and features.

Tom Service presents more of the best in new music, including a new release of Terry Riley's Sun Rings from the Kronos Quartet, a piece by Linda Catlin Smith for 9 violins, a work by Rolf Wallin about speed and the joy of activity and Anna Meredith talks about her new album.

Max de Wardener – Kolmar (reprise)
Album: KOLMAR
Label: Village Green

Anna Meredith: Paramour
Album: FIBS
Label: Moshi Moshi/Black Prince Fury

Terry Riley: Sun Rings (Venus Upstream)
Kronos Quartet
Album: Sun Rings
Label: Nonesuch

Catherine Lamb: Parallaxis Forma (excerpt)
Performer: Ensemble neon
Album: Niblock/Lamb
Label: Hubro

23Music From Nirmali Fenn, C9liane Radigue And Jia Guoping20190907Kate Molleson introduces a show which ranges from explorations of the acoustical properties of a single flute, the sound of toy bells found in charity shops and a specially constructed giant bell. Also tonight, there's a concerto featuring the sheng, an ancient Chinese wind instrument which has inspired a number of western composer recently and the programme ends with one of the remarkable series of works by Éliane Radigue which have occupied her for nearly half a century: slow, meditative, sculptures in sound which draw the ear ever deeper. And there's a look ahead to the world of John Luther Adams whose In the Name of the Earth is premiered in tomorrow morning's BBC Prom.

Nirmali Fenn: Scratches of the Wind
Daniel Havel (alto flute)

Sarah Hennies: Falsetto for toy bells

Nirmali Fenn: Scratches of the Wind
House of Bedlam

Dominic Murcott: The Harmonic Canon, Part I
arx duo (playing a specially constructed bell)

Jia Guoping: The Wind sounds in the sky for sheng, cello and percussion
Wu Wei (sheng)
Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, Julien Leroy (cond)

Éliane Radigue: Occam XXI
Angharad Davies (violin)

Kate Molleson showcases the latest new music in specially recorded performances.

A new show featuring the best new music in live performance, plus interviews and features.

Katev Molleson showcases the latest new music in specially recorded performances.

24New Releases20190914The best new music in live performance, plus interviews, new releases and features.

A new show featuring the best new music in live performance, plus interviews and features.

25Cowboys, Moths, Birds And A Long Distance Runner20190921The best new music in live performance, plus interviews and features.

A new show featuring the best new music in live performance, plus interviews and features.

The New Music Show presented by Tom Service.
Kate Molleson introduces the world premiere performance of Michael Gordon's latest choral work, a nod to American cowboy movies where the town marshal meets the bad guys. There's also one of Heiner Goebbels's scenic concerts, this one based on Franz Kafka texts on ageing and mortality. Leo Chadburn introduces seventy British common moth species and Cassie To explores a disappearing natural world in a chamber work inspired by the songs of five Australian bird species in danger of being silenced for ever. And the programme ends with a meditation on the loneliness of the long distance runner.

Heiner Goebbels: The Excursion into the Mountains
Theatre of Voices, Paul Hillier (conductor)

Cassie To: Avialae (for flute,clarinet, cello, percussion and piano)
Ensemble Offspring

Leo Chadburn: The Indistinguishables for narrator and string quartet
Gemma Saunders (narrator), Bozzini Quartet

Sound of the Week: Hollie Harding talks about a sound that has inspired her work as a composer, researcher and curator of contemporary music.

Michael Gordon: A Western (world premiere)
Theatre of Voices, Paul Hillier (conductor)

Tristan Murail: Tellur
Sam Cave (guitar)

Laurence Crane: Piano Piece no.23 'Ethiopian Distance Runners'
Mark Knoop (piano)

The best in new music, this time inspired by cowboys, moths, birds, mortality and beyond.

26Linda Catlin Smith, Rebecca Glover, Lauri Kilpio20190928Tom Service presents live recordings by the Bozzini Quartet, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Thallein Ensemble and Abstruckt Ensemble in works by Paul Newland, Lauri Kilpio, Joe Cutler and Rebecca Glover. Plus the American composer Linda Catlin Smith talks to Robert Worby about her work and a recent release from Spanish electroacoustic composer Francisco Lopez.

Tom Service presents the best new music in live performance, plus interviews and features.

A new show featuring the best new music in live performance, plus interviews and features.

27Eduardo Reck Miranda's Lampedusa - An Opera In Three Acts20191005Tonight Kate Molleson explores the margins of sound with specially recorded performances of a work for solo flute and electronics by Kaija Saariaho and a short opera based on Shakespeare by the Brazilian-born Eduardo Reck Miranda. 'Lampedusa' is set in a parallel Shakespearean universe and the plot takes place before the arrival of Prospero and Miranda in Lampedusa, allegedly the island portrayed in Shakespeare’s play. The opera tells the story of Sycorax, a refugee from Europe, her son, Caliban, and Ariel. Ariel is an invisible native inhabitant who objects to Caliban’s ambitions of reigning over the island. As its composer says: "It incorporates musical renditions of particle collision data and a libretto in an otherworldly language invented by David J. Peterson, author of the Dothraki language spoken in the TV series 'Game of Thrones'". Kate finds out more about this and also plays a performance of Iscariot by Christopher Rouse, who died recently. He wrote of his music that: “It may sometimes take you to a place you'll find it difficult to go, but my goal will always be at journey's end to provide you with solace and strength."

Kaija Saariaho: NoaNoa
Camilla Hoitenga (flute) with Jean-Baptiste Barrière (electronics)

Christopher Fox: Early one morning [for clarinet and bass clarinet]
Heather Roche (clarinets)

Christopher Rouse: Iscariot
Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, Alan Gilbert (conductor)

Eduardo Reck Miranda: Lampedusa - opera in 3 acts
Emma Tring (soprano), Edward Price (bass), BBC Singers, Nicholas Chalmers (conductor)
recorded at the University of Plymouth, Plymouth Contemporary Music Festival.

Kaija Saariaho: Neiges for 12 cellos WP Recording
Cellos of the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, Clement Mao-Takacs (conductor)

New Music Show - including Eduardo Reck Miranda's short opera 'Lampedusa.'

A new show featuring the best new music in live performance, plus interviews and features.

Sarah Hennies: Reservoir 1

Eduardo Reck Miranda: Lampedusa - opera in 3 acts
Emma Tring (soprano), Edward Price (bass), BBC Singers, Nicholas Chalmers (conductor)
recorded at the Plymouth Contemporary Music Festival.

28Leaf-light, Hummingbirds And Tokyo By Night20191012Tom Service introduces recordings by the Bozzini Quartet, Divertimento Ensemble and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra in works by James Weeks, Francesco Filidei and Sarah Davachi. Plus a new release from Argentinian electroacoustic composer Elsa Justel, Mariam Rezaei's Sound of the Week - the chirping and flapping of hummingbirds - and to end, a recording of Tokyo's Kabukicho district on a Saturday night.

Elsa Justel: La radio, ça détend (2001)

James Weeks: Leafleoht (2017)
Bozzini Quartet

Cassandra Miller: Lazy, Rocking (2017), Juliet Fraser (soprano)

Francesco Filidei: Finito ogni gesto (2008)
Divertimento Ensemble
Recorded at Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival 2018

Sarah Davachi: Oscen (World Premiere, BBC Commission)
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Ilan Volkov
Recorded at Tectonics Glasgow 2019

The best new music in live performance, plus interviews and features.

A new show featuring the best new music in live performance, plus interviews and features.

AKA Elsa Justel, James Weeks, Sarah Justel

Tom Service introduces recordings by the Bozzini Quartet, Divertimento Ensemble and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra in works by James Weeks, Francesco Filidei and Sarah Davachi. Plus a new release from Argentinian electroacoustic composer Elsa Justel and Mariam Rezaei's Sound of the Week, the chirping and flapping of hummingbirds.

29Music From The Margins Of Sound20191019Kate Molleson explores sounds at the margins of electronics and acoustical music in a programme ranging from the sound of an '80s computer to the nocturnal acoustic meditations of Chaz Underriner which so wowed listeners at last year's Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival. Also tonight the harpsichord reinvented in a solo work by the Miroslav Srnka and previews of the new album from cult performance artist Julia Reidy and a track from Carola Bauckholt.

Daniel Mayer: acousmatic piece

Michael Parsons: Tenebrio (1995)
Michael Parson (1980s music computer using FM synthesis )

Julia Reidy: From new album, 'In Real Life'

Miroslav Srnka:
Mahan Esfahani (harpsichord)

Carola Bauckholt: Doppelbelichtung
Karin Hellqvist (violin) and bridsong

Chaz Underriner: Nocturne series: 8
For violin, tenor sax, electric guitar, percussion, piano and field recording
Kluster5 Ensemble

Kate Molleson explores sounds at the margins of electronics and acoustical music.

A new show featuring the best new music in live performance, plus interviews and features.

30A Flower, Meadows, Earth Memory And Marsh Sounds20191026Tom Service presents more of the best new music in live performance, with recordings from the Stations Of The Sun festival in Dundalk, plus a studio recording from the BBC Symphony Orchestra and new CD releases.

Gabriel Prokofiev: Bass Drum Concerto: IV. Allegro Brilliante (May Speed)
Joby Burgess (bass drum)
Ural Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Alexey Bogorad

Edward Henderson: Flower
Bastard Assignments

Kaija Saariaho: Terra Memoria
Meta 4 String Quartet

Philippe Leroux: Envers IV for orchestra
BBC Symphony Orchestra conducted by Pierre Andre Valade

Linda Catlin Smith: Meadow
Goeyvaerts Ensemble

Olivia Block: untitled (II)

Saturday Night Late: nocturnal sounds from a Florida marsh

Tom Service presents music by Gabriel Prokofiev, Kaija Saariaho and Linda Catlin Smith.

A new show featuring the best new music in live performance, plus interviews and features.

31Drones, Multiphonics And The Physics Of Fog20191102Kate Molleson presents new music from Clara Iannotta and Ann Cleare in recordings made by WDR at the Witten Contemporary Chamber Music Festival earlier this year. Other live recordings featured this week include Phill Niblock's Disseminate as Five String Quartets, Harrison Birtwistle's Three Songs from the Holy Forest and Kaija Saariaho's Nymphéa. New releases come from Alvin Curran and Jon Rose, Hyperdawn and violinist Karin Hellqvist, plus in this week's Sound of the Week, clarinettist Heather Roche shares her love of multiphonics.

Clara Ianotta: Moult
WDR Symphony Orchestra
Michael Wendeberg (conductor)

Harrison Birtwistle: Three Songs from the Holy Forest
Alice Rossi (soprano)
Birmingham Contemporary Music Group
Geoffrey Patterson (conductor)

Phill Niblock: Disseminate as Five String Quartets
Quatuor Bozzini

Ann Cleare: the physics of fog, swirling
Ensemblekollektiv Berlin
Titus Engel (conductor)

Kaija Saariaho: Nymphéa
Meta4

The best new music in live performance, plus interviews and features.

A new show featuring the best new music in live performance, plus interviews and features.

32A Look Back At Huddersfield 2018, And A Sound Of The Week With David Helbich20191109Tom Service looks back at last year's Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, with music by Francesca Verunelli and Graham Flett. We also hear from composer David Helbich as he talks about his Sound of the Week - the sounds that are results of direct interventions on someone’s ears or on the outside shell of headphones.

Francesca Verunelli: Cinemaolio
Divertimento Ensemble
HCMF 2018

Graham Flett: of a beast
Kluster5
HCMF 2018

Tom Service plays music by Francesca Verunelli, Graham Flett and David Helbich.

A new show featuring the best new music in live performance, plus interviews and features.

33Claudia Molitor's Decay - A Subject We Are Troubled By20191116New Music Show: Kate Molleson samples some of the latest happenings in the world of new and experimental sound with a programme which ranges from the quiet meditations of Pascale Criton via the formality of a new quartet by James Dillon to the ear-splitting vocal experimentation of performance artist, Stine Janvin. There's also a substantial track from the latest 'vinyl' release of Claudia Molitor which contemplates the process of decay. As she says: "Decay is a subject we are troubled by and drawn to in equal measures, because it implies decline and loss and also opens up to possibilities of change and transformation. Be it the fermentation process of food, the patina of treasured furniture, the warm sounds of an old cello...Decay embraces the melancholy of loss and rejoices in the promise of change."

Pascale Criton: Hold
Goeyvaerts Trio

Stine Janvin: set from recent performance at Cafe Oto

Jan-Peter de Graaff: Reeks & Progressie ['Series and progression']
Kluster5

Claudia Molitor: Decay Mix One

James Dillon: String Quartet no.8 (UK premiere)
Arditti Quartet

The latest happenings in the world of new and experimental sound and music

A new show featuring the best new music in live performance, plus interviews and features.

Ruth Goller M7
Kit DOwnes (organ)

Stine Janvin: Fake Synthetic Music set from a recent performance at Cafe Oto

34Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival 2019 120191123Live from the UK's leading new music festival, Kate Molleson hosts a late-night concert from Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival.

Saxophone legend Evan Parker leads an improvised set with his Electro-Acoustic Quartet, soprano Lore Lixenberg sings surreal songs by Isidore Isou, violist Elisabeth Smalt plays music by Frank Denyer, Anthony Brown and Carl Raven (saxophones) play a duet by Composer In Residence Hanna Hartman, and pianist Philip Thomas plays early pieces by the New York modernist Morton Feldman.

Kate Molleson hosts a concert live from the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival.

A new show featuring the best new music in live performance, plus interviews and features.

35Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival 2019 220191130Tom Service introduces highlights from the recent Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, including music by Composer In Residence Hanna Hartman and senior Swiss modernist Heinz Holliger.
Heinz Holliger: Increschantum (UKP)
Juliet Fraser (soprano) and Sonar Quartet
Christine Sun Kim: New Work (UKP)
Ensemble Contrechamps
Hanna Hartman: Message from the lighthouse
Jonny Axelsson (percussion)

Highlights from the 2019 Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival.

A new show featuring the best new music in live performance, plus interviews and features.

Tom Service introduces highlights from the recent Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, including music by Composer In Residence Hanna Hartman and senior Swiss modernist Heinz Holliger, and a report on an audio-visual installation by Claudia Molitor at Temporary Contemporary Gallery.
Omri Abram: Zohar (UKP)
Riot Ensemble
Heinz Holliger: Increschantum (UKP)
Juliet Fraser (soprano) and Sonar Quartet
Ann Cleare: eyam IV (UKP)
Riot Ensemble
Hanna Hartman: Message from the lighthouse (UKP)
Jonny Axelsson (percussion)
Isou: Juvenal Symphony no.4 (excerpt)

36Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival 2019 320191207Tom Service introduces highlights from the recent Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, including music by Composer In Residence Hanna Hartman and by Ann Cleare, and reports on happenings and installations.
Ann Cleare: On magnetic fields
Riot Ensemble
Rodrigo Constanzo: solo percussion improvisation
Hanna Hartman: Termite territory (UKP)
We Spoke
Ann Cleare: Eyam IV
Riot Ensemble

Tom Service introduces highlights from the 2019 Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival.

A new show featuring the best new music in live performance, plus interviews and features.

Tom Service introduces highlights from the recent Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, including music by Composer In Residence Hanna Hartman and by Ann Cleare, and an interview with Nadia Ratsimandresy about the mysterious soundworld of the ondes Martenot.
Leafcutter John: Line Crossing
Hanna Hartman: Termite territory (UKP)
We Spoke
Zeena Parkins: Charette
Nadia Ratsimandresy (ondes Martenot)
Charmaine Lee: Smoke, airs
Wet Ink
Rodrigo Constanzo: solo percussion improvisation
Ann Cleare: On magnetic fields
Riot Ensemble
Ivan Fedele: Breath and break
Ensemble Contrechamps

37Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival 2019 420191214Tom Service introduces highlights from the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival.

A new show featuring the best new music in live performance, plus interviews and features.

Tom Service introduces highlights from the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, including the world premiere of a major work by Frank Denyer, and reports on happenings around the festival.
Owen Green: Race to the bottom (WP)
Owen Green (cardboard box and electronics)
Hanna Hartman: Central heating (UKP)
Dafne Vicente-Sandoval (bassoon and potato starch)
Lisa Streich: Zucker (UKP)
Riot Ensemble conducted by Aaron Holloway-Nahum
Frank Denyer: The fish that became the sun (WP)
Benjamin Marquise Gilmore (violin)
Octandre Ensemble conducted by John Hargreaves
Plus reports on Christine Sun Kim's new work for Ensemble Contrechamps,Deaf, Not Mute; and Iced Bodies, a piece for melting ice sculpture by Seth Parker Woods and Spencer Topel.

38Open Ear Concert - 2019 120191221Sara Mohr-Pietsch presents a specially curated Open Ear concert of new music, recorded at LSO St Luke's in east London.

Part One
Christophe Guiraud: Hiera Picra Hellebores
Tom Pauwels (electric guitar)
Alex Groves: Curved Form (No. 4)
Eliza McCarthy (piano)
Crewdson & Cevanne: Two Sisters; Two Machines
Cevanne (vocal, harp, electronics)
Crewdson (electronics)
Ed Bennett: Sometimes Everything Falls Apart
Decibel, conducted by Daniele Rosina

Interval: Secret Playlist

Part Two
Egidija Medeksaite: Malakosha
Decibel, conducted by Daniele Rosina
John Luther Adams: Nunataks
Eliza McCarthy (piano)
Crewdson & Cevanne: They Forgot; Sisa’s Well
Cevanne (vocal, harp, electronics)
Crewdson (electronics)
James Tenney: Harmonium I
Tom Pauwels (bowed 7 string electric guitar & electronics)
Joe Cutler: Extended Play
Decibel, conducted by Daniele Rosina

A new show featuring the best new music in live performance, plus interviews and features.

39Open Ear Concert - 2019 220191228Sara Mohr-Pietsch hosts a specially curated Open Ear concert of cutting-edge new music performed in the round, featuring London Contemporary Orchestra and soloists.

Paula Matthusen: In Absentia
Galya Bisengalieva (violin)
Katherine Tinker (piano)
Simon Hendry (electronics)
Kathrin Denner: Shakti (UKP)
Simon Höfele (trumpet)
Fausto Romitelli: Trash TV Trance
Yaron Deutsch (electric guitar)
Elena Rykova: 101% mind uploading
Katherine Tinker (piano)
Craig Apps (percussion)
Elsa Bradley (percussion)
Simon Hendry (electronics)
Chaya Czernowin: Black Flowers
Yaron Deutsch (electric guitar)
Kaan Bulak: Fantasy for Trumpet (WP)
Simon Höfele (trumpet)
Kaan Bulak (electronics)
Rebecca Saunders: Study
Yaron Deutsch (electric guitar)
John Luther Adams: In a Treeless Place, Only Snow
London Contemporary Orchestra conducted by Robert Ames

(Recorded at LSO St Luke's in London last April)

Sara Mohr-Pietsch hosts a specially curated Open Ear concert of cutting-edge new music.

A new show featuring the best new music in live performance, plus interviews and features.

40New Year New Music20200104To celebrate the New Year, Radio 3's presenters introduce favourite pieces of new music

A new show featuring the best new music in live performance, plus interviews and features.

41Hommage E0 Bridget Riley By Georg Friedrich Haas20200111Kate Molleson presents a show that takes us from Georg Friedrich Haas's sensitive response to the work of Bridget Riley - on show for a few more days at London's Hayward Gallery - to the soundscape of a burning piano. And before that comes the macabre humour and delirium of 'History of Bestiality,' for percussion and experimental rock band: it's a fusion of contemporary music, noise, cabaret, spoken words, pop and rock inspired by Jens Bjørneboe's 'Bestiality Trilogy.'
Also today, a look at New York composer Du Yun, born and raised in Shanghai, China, who works at the intersection of orchestral, opera, chamber music, theatre, cabaret, oral tradition, public performances, sound installation, electronics, visual arts, and noise.

Rebecca Saunders: Molly’s Song 3
Marie-Christine Zupancic (flute), Christopher Yates (viola), Tom McKinney (guitar)

Andrew Toovey: Music for the painter Jack Smith
Ed Pether (solo violin), Nathanael Gubler (solo viola),
with ensemble - Renate Sokolovska (flute), Mana Shibata (oboe), Stanley Kaye-Smith (bassoon), Iris van den Bos (percussion), Laura Farre Rozada (piano), Boglarka György (violin), James Heathcote (cello), Michael Coleby (conductor)

New York Composer Du Yun
At first glance, the one predictable thing about Du Yun, the Pulitzer Prize-winning composer, performer, and multimedia artist, is her unpredictability. Dig deeper, though, and you can sense the conjoined strands of curiosity and compassion that run through everything she makes.

Georg Friedrich Haas: Hommage à Bridget Riley
London Sinfonietta, Brad Lubman (conductor)

MoE/Pinquins: Good night, The dream (taken from page 127 “The moment of freedom”), Before the Cock Crows
MoE/Pinquins

Annea Lockwood: Piano Burning
Clipping Ensemble

The best new music including a hommage to Bridget Riley by Georg Friedrich Haas.

A new show featuring the best new music in live performance, plus interviews and features.

Kate Molleson presents a show which takes us from Georg Friedrich Haas's sensitive response to the work of Bridget Riley - on show for another fortnight at London's Hayward Gallery - to the soundscape of a burning piano. And before that comes the macabre humour and delirium of 'History of Bestiality,' for percussion and experimental rock band: it's a fusion of contemporary music, noise, cabaret, spoken words, pop and rock inspired by Jens Bjørneboe's 'Bestiality Trilogy.'
Also today, a look at New York composer Du Yun, born and raised in Shanghai, China, who works at the intersection of orchestral, opera, chamber music, theatre, cabaret, oral tradition, public performances, sound installation, electronics, visual arts, and noise.

Andrew Toovey: Music for the painter Jack Smith
Ed Pether (solo violin), Nathanael Gubler (solo viola),
with ensemble - Renate Sokolovska (flute), Mana Shibata (oboe), Stanley Kaye-Smith (bassoon), Iris van den Bos (percussion), Laura Farre Rozada (piano), Boglarka György (violin), James Heathcote (cello), Michael Coleby (conductor)

Georg Friedrich Haas: Hommage à Bridget Riley
London Sinfonietta, Brad Lubman (conductor)

MoE/Pinquins: Good night, The dream (taken from page 127 “The moment of freedom ?), Before the Cock Crows
MoE/Pinquins

The best new music including a hommage to Bridget Riley by Georg Friedrich Haas.

42A Trombone Concerto And A Soul Canoe20200118Tom Service presents international new music, including Canadian acousmatics, a magnetic resonator piano, and chamber music by Tansy Davies. He also talks to New York flautist Claire Chase, and Robert Worby interviews Austrian composer Georg Friedrich Haas.
Xenia Pestova Bennett: Actinium
Xenia Pestova Bennett (magnetic resonator piano)
Tansy Davies: The rule is love (WP)
Elaine Mitchener (vocal)
London Sinfonietta conducted by Richard Baker
Francis Dhomont: En cuerdas
Georg Friedrich Haas: Trombone Concerto
Mike Svoboda (trombone)
SWR Symphony Orchestra conducted by Alejo Pérez
Marcos Balter: ECHO (from Pan)
Claire Chase (flute)
Tansy Davies: Soul canoe
Red Note Ensemble
Pauchi Sasaki: Gama XV
Claire Chase (bass flute)
Pauchi Sasaki (violin)
Clemens von Reusner: Anamorphosis

The best new music in live performance, plus interviews and features.

A new show featuring the best new music in live performance, plus interviews and features.

42Shades Of Light And A Soul Canoe20200118Tom Service presents international new music recorded in concert, including Canadian acousmatics, a Finnish piano concerto and chamber music by Tansy Davies. He also talks to New York flautist Claire Chase, and Robert Worby interviews Austrian composer Georg Friedrich Haas.
Tansy Davies: The rule is love (WP)
Elaine Mitchener (vocal)
London Sinfonietta conducted by Richard Baker
Francis Dhomont: En cuerdas
Lauri Kilpio: Shades of light
Joonas Ahonen (piano)
BBC Symphony Orchestra conducted by Sakari Oramo
Tansy Davies: Soul canoe
Red Note Ensemble

The best new music in live performance, plus interviews and features.

A new show featuring the best new music in live performance, plus interviews and features.

Tom Service presents international new music, including Canadian acousmatics, a magnetic resonator piano, and chamber music by Tansy Davies. He also talks to New York flautist Claire Chase, and Robert Worby interviews Austrian composer Georg Friedrich Haas.
Xenia Pestova Bennett: Actinium
Xenia Pestova Bennett (magnetic resonator piano)
Tansy Davies: The rule is love (WP)
Elaine Mitchener (vocal)
London Sinfonietta conducted by Richard Baker
Francis Dhomont: En cuerdas
Georg Friedrich Haas: Trombone Concerto
Mike Svoboda (trombone)
SWR Symphony Orchestra conducted by Alejo Pérez
Marcos Balter: ECHO (from Pan)
Claire Chase (flute)
Tansy Davies: Soul canoe
Red Note Ensemble
Pauchi Sasaki: Gama XV
Claire Chase (bass flute)
Pauchi Sasaki (violin)
Clemens von Reusner: Anamorphosis

43Britta Bystrom, Angela Sawyer, Kamala Sankaram And John Tilbury20200125Kate Molleson a New Music Show which ranges from the spare, refined textures of Eliane Radigue via the bawdy improvised comedy of Angela Sawyer to a live performance by cult electronic composer Jano Doe. Also tonight, a chance to hear from the New York based singer-composer Kamala Sankaram, the leader of Bombay Rickey, an operatic Bollywood surf ensemble. There's also music for Johannes Brahms's famous line up of violin, horn and piano including an award-winning new work by Britta Byström recorded at Sweden's Change Music Festival. And the show ends with part of John Tilbury's recently released album, The Tiger's Mind.

Muhal Richard Abrams: Celestial Birds - the bird song

Eliane Radigue: Occam river XV
Angharad Davies (violin), Dominic Lash (double bass)

New York Composers: Tom Service talks to the singer and composer Kamala Sankaram, leader of Bombay Rickey, and operatic Bollywood surf ensemble.

Angela Sawyer: 'Hi'
Angela Sawyer (comedienne) at Tectonics

Britta Byström: A Walk to Brahms
Britta Byström: Diagonal Musik
Malin Broman (violin), Chris Parkes (horn), Simon Crawford-Philips (piano)

Jano Doe: live performance at Café Oto, London

John Tilbury: The Tiger's Mind

The best new music in live performances from the UK and beyond.

A new show featuring the best new music in live performance, plus interviews and features.

Kate Molleson presents a New Music Show, which ranges from the spare, refined textures of Eliane Radigue via the bawdy improvised comedy of Angela Sawyer to a live performance by cult electronic composer Jano Doe. Also tonight, a chance to hear from the New York based singer-composer Kamala Sankaram, the leader of Bombay Rickey, an operatic Bollywood surf ensemble. There's also music for Johannes Brahms's famous line up of violin, horn and piano including an award winning new work by Britta Byström recorded at Sweden's Change Music Festival.

Britta Byström: A Walk to Brahms
Malin Broman (violin), Chris Parkes (horn), Simon Crawford-Philips (piano)

New York Composers: Tom Service talks to the composer and soprano Kamala Sankaram.

Sally Beamish: Glanz, for viola
Malin Briman (viola)

Kate Molleson a New Music Show which ranges from the spare, refined textures of Eliane Radigue via the bawdy improvised comedy of Angela Sawyer to a live performance by cult electronic composer Jano Doe. Also tonight, a chance to hear from the New York based singer-composer Kamala Sankaram, the leader of Bombay Rickey, an operatic Bollywood surf ensemble. There's also music for Johannes Brahms's famous line up of violin, horn and piano including an award-winning new work by Britta Byström recorded at Sweden's Change Music Festival. And the show ends with part of John Tilbury's recently released album, The Tiger's Mind.

New York Composers: Tom Service talks to the singer and composer Kamala Sankaram, leader of Bombay Rickey, and operatic Bollywood surf ensemble.

John Tilbury: The Tiger's Mind

44London Contemporary Music Festival20200208Tom Service introduces recordings from last December's London Contemporary Music Festival in conversation with the festival's director Igor Toronyi-Lalic. Music by La Monte Young, Heleen van Haegenborgh, Alwynne Pritchard and Cerith Wyn Evans as well as a performance by the Japanese duo O Yama O. Also tonight Robert Worby interviews Swedish composer and sound artist Hanna Hartman, a new release of recordings surveying the career of American cellist Charles Curtis, and to end, the sound of a late night drive through Khartoum, Sudan.

The best new music in live performance, plus interviews and features.

A new show featuring the best new music in live performance, plus interviews and features.

Kate Molleson introduces recordings from last December's London Contemporary Music Festival in conversation with the festival's directors Igor Toronyi-Lalic and Jack Sheen. Music by La Monte Young, Heleen van Haegenborgh, Alwynne Pritchard and Cerith Wyn Evans as well as a performance by the Japanese duo O Yama O. Also tonight Robert Worby interviews Swedish composer and sound artist Hanna Hartman, a new release of recordings surveying the career of American cellist Charles Curtis, and to end, the sound of a late-night drive through Khartoum, Sudan.

45Fire And Ice, Migratory Birds And An Uncoiling River20200215Kate Molleson presents new music recorded in concert around the UK and beyond, including a new piano concerto from Wales.

Linda Buckley: Fire and Ice
Red Note Ensemble
Stefan Prins: Piano Hero no.1
Zubin Kanga (keyboard)
Carola Bauckholt: Zugvogel
Calefax Reed Quintet
Kenneth Hesketh: Uncoiling the River
Clare Hammond (piano)
BBC National Orchestra of Wales conducted by Martyn Brabbins
Lisa Illean: Cantor
Alice Rossi (soprano)
BCMG

Kate Molleson presents new music recorded in concert and new CD releases.

A new show featuring the best new music in live performance, plus interviews and features.

Linda Buckley: Fire and Ice
Red Note Ensemble and Any Enemy
Stefan Prins: Piano Hero no.1
Zubin Kanga (keyboard)
Carola Bauckholt: Zugvogel
Calefax Reed Quintet
Kenneth Hesketh: Uncoiling the River
Clare Hammond (piano)
BBC National Orchestra of Wales conducted by Martyn Brabbins
Lisa Illean: Cantor
Alice Rossi (soprano)
BCMG

46Inspired By A Troubadour Poem And A Sketch By Durer20200222New Music Show: works for electronics inspired variously by John Cage, 'Tidal cycles' computer code, a troubadour poem about distant love and a life-sized 1926 poster,' Man as Industrial Palace.' Also tonight, music inspired by a Petrarch sonnet and a sketch of a human hand by Hans Durer which essays the stifled sounds of a harpsichord and small ensemble. And soon after 11pm, Robert Worby talks to Ann Cleare who creates: "highly psychological and corporeal sonic spaces that encourage a listener to contemplate the complexity of the lives we exist within."
Presented by Tom Service

Kaija Saariaho: 'Dolce Tormento'
Camilla Hoitenga (solo piccolo)

Louise Rossiter: Homo Machina
Louise Rossiter (electronics)

Evan Johnson: Linke Hand eines Apostel (WP)
Goska Isphording (harpsichord), Riot Ensemble, Aaron Holloway-Nahum (conductor)

Kaija Saariaho: 'Lonh' for soprano and electronics
Raphäele Kennedy (soprano), Jean-Baptiste Barrière (electronics)

at approx 11pm:
Robert Worby Interview: Robert talks to the sound designer Ann Cleare

Shih-Hui Chen: Fantasia on the Theme of Guanglingsan for Zheng and Chinese Orchestra
Hsin-Fang Hoi (zheng), Little Giant Chinese Orchestra, Shih-Sheng Chen (conductor)

Fero Kiraly: Tidal C

Electronic music explored and the Hans Durer-inspired sounds of a stifled harpsichord

A new show featuring the best new music in live performance, plus interviews and features.

New Music Show: works for electronics inspired variously by John Cage, 'Tidal cycles' computer code, a troubadour poem about distant love and a life-sized 1926 poster,' Man as Industrial Palace.' Also tonight, music inspired by a Petrarch sonnet and a sketch of a human hand by Hans Durer which essays the stifled sounds of a harpsichord and small ensemble. And soon after 11pm, Robert Worby talks to Ann Cleare who creates: "highly psychological and corporeal sonic spaces that encourage a listener to contemplate the complexity of the lives we exist within."
Presented by Kate Molleson.

Jennifer Walshe: tracks from An Late Anthology of Early Music

at approx 11.15pm:
Robert Worby Interview: Robert talks to the sound designer Ann Cleare

47Cold Heat, Tripotage And European Towns20200229Kate Molleson presents more of the best in new music in concert and on download. Tonight features concert performances by soprano Juliet Fraser, Klein and Bastard Assignments.

James Luff: Some music for Molly

Anna Meredith: Tripotage Miniatures
Aurora Orchestra

Georgia Rodgers: Masking Set
Sara Rodrigues (alto)

Tansy Davies: Loopholes and lynchpins
Elizabeth Burley (piano)

Klein: For what worth
(featuring Matana Roberts)

Caitlin Rowley: Quiet Songs
Bastard Assignments

Anders Hillborg: Cold Heat
Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by David Zinman

Laurence Crane: European towns (world premiere)
Juliet Fraser (soprano)
Colin Alexander (cello)
Stephanie Tress (cello)
Peteris Sokolovskis (cello)

Tansy Davies: Grind show
London Sinfonietta conducted by Richard Baker

The best new music in live performance, plus interviews and features.

A new show featuring the best new music in live performance, plus interviews and features.

48Symphonies In Chains20200307Tom Service presents more of the best new music in exclusive concert recordings, including the world premiere performance of Symphonies in Chains by Piers Hellawell, played by the Ulster Orchestra in Belfast in January.
Also, an in-depth interview by Robert Worby with composer Frank Denyer, whose music is distinguished by a keen sensitivity to sound. Each of his works is written for a unique combination of instruments, more often than not a combination that no composer has dreamed of before.

The best new music in live performance, plus interviews and features.

A new show featuring the best new music in live performance, plus interviews and features.

Tom Service presents more of the best new music in exclusive concert recordings, including the world premiere performance of Symphonies in Chains by Piers Hellawell, played by the Ulster Orchestra in Belfast in January, as well as a recording from Aberdeen’s Sound Festival last year of Graham Fitkin’s Tracking Yesterday’s England, composed for the five reeds of Calefax and cellist Matthew Barley. Also, an in-depth interview by Robert Worby with composer Frank Denyer, whose music is distinguished by a keen sensitivity to sound. Each of his works is written for a unique combination of instruments, more often than not a combination that no composer has dreamed of before.

Matmos: Peacock Cage

Graham Fitkin: Tracking Yesterday’s England
Calefax Reed Quintet
Matthew Barley, cello

Hannah Kendall: Spark Catchers
Chineke! Orchestra
Kevin John Edusei, conductor

Liza Lim: Extinction Events and Dawn Chorus (i. Anthropogenic Debris)
Klangforum Wien
Peter Rundel, conductor

Piers Hellawell: Symphonies in Chains
Ulster Orchestra
David Brophy, conductor

John Luther Adams: Become Desert
Seattle Symphony Chorale
Seattle Symphony
Ludovic Morlot, conductor

49Detuned Pianos And Spectral Melodicas20200314Distractfold, Illuminate String Quartet, Explore Ensemble

Kate Molleson presents new music for string quartet from Caroline Bordignon and Yfat Soul Zisso, electronic sounds from Annie Mahtani and Curtis Roads, and a recording of Manchester ensemble Distractfold with pieces by founding member Sam Salem and American composer Weston Olencki. Plus the latest Sound of the Week and new releases.

The best new music in live performance, plus interviews and features.

A new show featuring the best new music in live performance, plus interviews and features.

Kate Molleson presents new music for string quartet by Caroline Bordignon and Yfat Soul Zisso, electronic sounds from Annie Mahtani and Curtis Roads, and a recording of Manchester ensemble Distractfold with pieces by founding member Sam Salem and American composer Weston Olencki. Plus this week's Sound of the Week with Kate Carr and a new release from Max de Wardener.

50Edwin Hillier's Plastica20200321The New Music Show: Tom Service presents a rich tapestry of contemporary sounds especially recorded in the UK and beyond.
Tonight there's music for multi-layer guitar from Glasgow-based Andrew Paine and the world premiere of a new work by Edwin Hillier inspired by the Plastic Combustion artworks that Alberto Burri created in the 1950s and 60s. There's also Magnus Granberg's response to 'the crow,' from Schubert's Winterreise and the winning composition in the 2019 Uuno Klami Composition Competition by Andrea Porteri. He says that his works "tell of archetypes, of journeys towards the unconscious, and Klecksophonic Lieder represents an important moment in this creative search.... If my cat walks on the piano, it will give rise to an irregular, seemingly casual composition, but if we transcribe that melody and make a specular counterpoint of it, the music will no longer seem so strange to us: it will suggest images, but above all it will stimulate our unconscious, projecting our darkest visions to our conscious mind and better understanding the desires of our deepest interiority."

Javier A. Garavaglia: SPACES: SUSPENDED - SCATTERED
Javier A. Garavaglia (electronics)

Edwin Hillier: Plastica (WP)
Explore Ensemble

Rebecca Saunders: A Visible Trace
Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, Mirga Grazinyte-Tyla (conductor)

Andrew Paine: SW / I-IV (The Domestic Tunings)
Andrew Paine (layered guitars, short wave radios, tapes, electronics and solo voice]

Andrea Portera: Klecksophonic Lieder
Valentina Coladonato (soprano), Kymi Sinfonietta, Olari Elts (conductor)

Rishin Singh): thirty oars (for dante)
Dante Boon (piano)

Magnus Granberg and Skogen: ‘Nun, es wird nicht weit mehr gehn’
Skogen

Contemporary sounds especially recorded from the UK and abroad.

A new show featuring the best new music in live performance, plus interviews and features.

51Ligeti Quartet, Zubin Kanga, Skylla, George Barton20200328Kate Molleson and Tom Service present a special studio concert, live from BBC Maida Vale Studios in London. The Ligeti Quartet, Skylla (vocal trio), pianist Zubin Kanga and percussionist George Barton perform music by Dai Fujikura, Ruth Goller, Laurence Osborn, Jlin, Christian Mason, Jon Rose and Barbara Monk Feldman.

A live studio concert with the Ligeti Quartet, Zubin Kanga, Skylla and George Barton.

A new show featuring the best new music in live performance, plus interviews and features.

51You Are Wolf And Blue-eyed Hawk20200328Tom Service presents an inspiring and eclectic mix of new music, compiled from favourite tracks suggested by some leading new music performers (the Ligeti Quartet, Skylla, pianist Zubin Kanga and percussionist George Barton) and including some of their own recent recordings.
Music by Cassandra Miller, Laurie Spiegel, Kit Downes, Kate Carr, Morton Feldman, You Are Wolf, Jlin with Holly Herndon, Blue-Eyed Hawk, Angharad Davies and Tish Mukarji, Ruth Goller, David Young, and Karlheinz Stockhausen.

Tom Service presents an eclectic mix of new music

A new show featuring the best new music in live performance, plus interviews and features.

52Ruth Anderson, Weston Olencki, Naomi Pinnock20200404Tom Service presents a solo set by trombonist and composer Weston Olencki, Finnish composer Tomi Räisänen's Marimba Concerto, and a live recording of Joanna Bailie's Symphony-Street-Souvenir, inspired by Aldo Clementi and working with manipulated recordings of Brahms, street sounds and a music box. Plus Robert Worby is in conversation with Naomi Pinnock and a new release of electronic and tape music by the American composer Ruth Anderson.

The latest in new music performance with Tom Service

A new show featuring the best new music in live performance, plus interviews and features.

53Electronic Echoes And Medieval Welsh Harp20200411The latest in new music.

A new show featuring the best new music in live performance, plus interviews and features.

Kate Molleson presents a selection of some of the best new music releases, from solo voice to soundscapes, and introduces our first Home Session, specially recorded at home in Wales by harpist Rhodri Davies, playing a medieval harp that he designed himself.
Siria: Boa Lingua
Adrian Democ: Canon from Kvarteto
Apartment House
Lucy Railton & Peter Zinovieff: RFG Inventions for Cello and Computer
Beatriz Ferreyra : Echos
Home Session: Rhodri Davies performs his new piece for telyn rawn (medieval Welsh harp)
Lea Bertucci: Wind Piece
Lawrence Dunn: While we are both
Juliet Fraser (soprano)
Robert Barry: Physics out of school hours

Kate Molleson presents a selection of the best new music releases.

54Egidija Medeksaite And Bent Sorensen20200418New sounds from Fred Szymanski, Egidija Medeksaite and Bent Sorensen.

A new show featuring the best new music in live performance, plus interviews and features.

Tom Service presents the latest in new music in a show which ranges from the multi-layered electro-acoustic music of New York sound artist Fred Szymanski via the cool, interlocking textures of Lithuanian-born Egidija Medeksaite, to the premiere performance of a major orchestral work by Bent Sørensen which has been occupying him for many years.

Fred Szymanski: Horn Volley

Egidija Medeksaite: Malakosha
Royal Northern Sinfonia, James Weeks (conductor)

Chia-Yin Ling: Intermezzo to the Minotaur
members of the Philharmonia Orchestra, Geoffrey Patterson (conductor)

Georges Aperghis: Graffitis (1980)
Christian Dierstein (percussion and vocalisation)

Bent Sørensen: Symphony No. 2 (first performance)
Danish National Symphony Orchestra, Jukka-Pekka Saraste (conductor)

Magnus Granberg & Skogen: ‘Nun, es wird nicht weit mehr gehn’
Skogen

55A Terrible Beauty20200425Kate Molleson presents the latest in new music performance.

A new show featuring the best new music in live performance, plus interviews and features.

Kate Molleson chooses new music performances by Barbara Hannigan, Ulster Orchestra, London Sinfonietta and Estonian Festival Orchestra with music by Luigi Nono, Kamilya Jubran and Werner Hasler, Greg Caffrey, Tansy Davies and Erkki-Sven Tüür.

Luigi Nono: Djamila Boupachà
Barbara Hannigan (soprano)

Gérard Grisey: Quatre chants pour franchir le seuil
Faux interlude - IV. La mort de l'humanité
Berceuse
Barbara Hannigan (soprano/conductor)
Ludwig Orchestra

Kamilya Jubran & Werner Hasler: Wa (extract)
Kamilya Jubran & Werner Hasler

Greg Caffrey: A terrible beauty
Ulster Orchestra
David Brophy (conductor)

Tansy Davies: Undertow
London Sinfonietta

Christian Wallumrød: Oh Gorge
Christian Wallumrød Ensemble

Erkki-Sven Tüür: Sow the wind
Estonian Festival Orchestra
Paavo Järvi (conductor)

Cassandra Miller: Tracery: Lazy, rocking
Juliet Fraser (soprano)

Xenia Pestova Bennett
Actinium
Xenia Pestova Bennett (magnetic resonator piano)

56Teeter-totter And Crush20200502Tom Service presents new music by Georges Aperghis, Hanna Hartman and David Fennessy

A new show featuring the best new music in live performance, plus interviews and features.

Tom Service presents more of the latest in new music performance, with concert recordings from Cologne and London, archive highlights from the Tectonics Festival in Glasgow, and an At Home session from keyboardist Steve Beresford.

Georges Aperghis: Teeter-Totter
Klangforum Wien
Hanna Hartman: Crush
Distractfold
Beresford: At Home Session Piece
Steve Beresford (keyboards)
Butcher/Edwards/Sanders: Signal
John Butcher (saxophones), John Edwards (double bass) and Mark Sanders (drums)
Lawrence Dunn: Ambling, walking
David Fennessy: Prologue (Silver are the tears of the moon)
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra conducted by Ilan Volkov
Bernard Parmegiani: Outremer
Natalie Forget (ondes Martenot)
Santiago Díez Fisher: if at first it sounded like rain
Distractfold

57In The Shadow Of The Harp20200509Tom Service introduces works by Cassandra Miller, Anna Korsun and Georg Friedrich Haas in performances by the Royal Northern Sinfonia, Distractfold and Klangforum Wien. Plus new releases from Beatriz Ferreyra and Meredith Monk and recordings made in lockdown from pianist-composer Kit Downes and flautist Claire Chase.

The latest in new music performance

A new show featuring the best new music in live performance, plus interviews and features.

58664 Love Songs And A Sense Of Coming Back20200516The latest in new music performance, presented by Kate Molleson

A new show featuring the best new music in live performance, plus interviews and features.

Kate Molleson presents more of the latest in new music performance, including vocalist Sofia Jernberg's At Home session, and an in-depth interview with electronic composer Simon Emmerson.
Lucy Railton and Petter Eldh: Lysekil
Oliver Leith: 664 love songs guaranteed to cure heartache
Explore Ensemble
Blair Boyd: Juncture
Illuminate String Quartet
At Home session: Sofia Jernberg: Inhale Exhale
Sofia Jernberg (voice)
Georges Aperghis: Excerpts from 'Études I–VI'
WDR Symphony Orchestra, Cologne, conducted by Brad Lubman
Oliver Leith. Blurry Wake Song
Aisha Orazbayeva (violin)
Robert Worby interviews composer Simon Emmerson about his life's work in electronic music
James Tenney: Koan
Aisha Orazbayeva (violin)
Ryoko Akama: A sense of coming back
Apartment House
Errollyn Wallen: gun gun gun
The Hermes Experiment
Aisha Orazbayeva: Ring
Aisha Orazbayeva (violin)

59Stevie Wishart And Frank Denyer20200523The latest in new music from Adam Stanovic, Ying Wang, Stevie Wishart and Nomi Epstein.

A new show featuring the best new music in live performance, plus interviews and features.

New Music Show: Kate Molleson introduces the latest new sounds - from the whispered intimacies of Frank Denyer's String Quartet to the battle between the innocent self and the temptations of the world in Ying Wang's new work for violin and ensemble. There's new music too from Pierre-Yves Macé, Stevie Wishart and Nomi Epstein and also George Benjamin's classic from 1980 inspired by the eerie tension as the New Mexico desert landscape is overwhelmed by a vast storm.

Adam Stanović: Metallurgic
Frank Denyer: String Quartet from new album The Boundaries of Intimacy
Ying Wang: Schmutz
Stevie Wishart: Between cities in sound (Eurostar)
George Benjamin: Ringed by the flat horizon
Nomi Epstein: Combine, Juxtapose, Delayed Overlap
Pierre-Yves Macé: rhapsodie-sur-fond-vert cello and electronics

60George Benjamin At 6020200530Tom Service presents a special focus on George Benjamin in his 60th birthday year.

A new show featuring the best new music in live performance, plus interviews and features.

Tom Service presents a special focus on George Benjamin in his 60th birthday year, with new recordings of a selection of his orchestral works.
George Benjamin: Duet for piano and orchestra
Tamara Stefanovich (piano)
George Benjamin: Mind of Winter
Claire Booth (soprano)
George Benjamin: Dance Figures
BBC Philharmonic conducted by Clark Rundell
plus Robert Worby's in-depth interview with George Benjamin discussing his life in music.
Also in tonight's show, a Home session from Neil Luck, a radiophonic extravaganza about poltergeists; there's new music for ensemble by Clara Iannotta and Michelle Lou, played by the London Sinfonietta and Distractfold; and trombonist Gary MacPhee plays Arne Nordheim's The Return of the Snark.

61Until The Dust Settles20200606The latest in new music performance with Kate Molleson.

A new show featuring the best new music in live performance, plus interviews and features.

Kate Molleson with the latest in new music including a recent lockdown recording project for the Kantos Chamber Choir by Ellie Slorach, a specially recorded home session by Elaine Mitchener's trio The Rolling Calf, electro-acoustic sounds from Jonty Harrison and Kyohei Hayashi and new releases from Ashley Paul, Gudmundur Steinn Gunnarsson, Aki Onda and Susan Alcorn.

62Quotations, Memories And Transformations20200613The latest in new music performance with Tom Service.

A new show featuring the best new music in live performance, plus interviews and features.

Tom Service presents music from the 2019, Eight Bridges Festival: Christoph Bertrand's frenzied "Mana" performed by WDR Symphony Orchestra with conductor, Brad Lubman and Georges Aperghis' "Seesaw" performed by Klangforum Wien and conductor, Julien Leroy. There is a live performance from BBC Symphony Orchestra of Olga Neuwirth’s trumpet concerto, "Miramondo Multiplo" played by Hakan Hardenberger and recorded at Berliner Festspiele last year. For tonight's home session Darragh Morgan (violin) and Mary Dullea (piano) play "Secundum" by Deirdre McKay, and new releases this week feature music by Helmut Lachenmann, Piers Hellawell, Kurt Schwitters and Yair Elazar Glotman & Mats Erlandsson. Finally, the Robert Worby interview features Robert in conversation with Master of the Queen's Music, Judith Weir.

Helmut Lachenmann: Marche fatale
Nicolas Hodges (piano)

Christoph Bertrand: Mana
WDR Symphony Orchestra, Cologne
Brad Lubman (conductor)

Georges Aperghis: Seesaw
Klangforum Wien
Julien Leroy (conductor)

Judith Weir: Nuits d’Afrique, IV. Le village
Ailish Tynan (soprano)
Hebrides Ensemble

Deirdre McKay: Secundum
Darragh Morgan (violin)
Mary Dullea (piano)

Piers Hellawell: Ground Truthing, III. Ruvido
Hard Rain Ensemble

Helmut Lachenmann: Sakura mit Berliner Luft (2008)
Helmut Lachenmann
Trio Accanto

Olga Neuwirth:...miramondo multiplo...
Hakan Hardenberger (trumpet)
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Sakari Oramo (conductor)

Kurt Schwitters: Ursonate (Segunda Parte)
Adam de la Cour
Neil Luck

Yair Elazar Glotman & Mats Erlandsson
Emanate (extract )
Hilary Jeffery (trombone)
Lucy Railton (cello)
Liam Byrne (viola da gamba)
Simon Goff (violin)
Yair Elazar Glotman (double bass)
Viktor Orri Arnarson (viola)
Sara Fors (vocals)
Maria W Horn (organ)

63Woven Fingerprints And Unfurling20200620The latest in new music performance

A new show featuring the best new music in live performance, plus interviews and features.

Kate Molleson presents more of the latest in new music performance, including a new double piano concerto from the Borealis Festival held in Norway in March, and music from last year's Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival.

Nina C. Young: Agnosco veteris
BBC Symphony Orchestra conducted by Tito Muñoz
Lauren Sarah Hayes: Moon via spirit
Lauren Sarah Hayes (live electronics)
Lisa Bielawa: Broadcast from home (Chapter 1)
Sound of the Week: Jo Thomas on the Synchrotron
Julia Simpson: Fete
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Therese B. Ulvo: Woven Fingerprints
Ellen Ugelvik (piano)
Andreas Ulvo (piano)
Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Edward Gardner
Stevie Wishart: Eurostar - A Journey between Cities in Sound
Hermes Experiment
Davies/Lang/Lukoszevieze: Unfurling

64Unsuk Chin And Christian Kobi20200627The latest sounds in new music from Unsuk Chin, Liza Lim, John Zorn and Christian Kobi.

A new show featuring the best new music in live performance, plus interviews and features.

New Music Show: Tom Service introduces the latest sounds in new music. The show tonight includes Unsuk Chin's Le Silence des Sirènes, a scene for soprano and orchestra based on the Greek myth of the sirens who lured sailors to their destruction in the depths of the sea with their singing - with texts from Homer’s Odyssey, James Joyce’s Ulysses and Franz Kafka. There's also a track from John Zorn's latest album 'Calculus,' and Christian Kobi's 'Cathedral, "a pure, dramatic, and vague exhalation in an empty space," that space being a vast underground former warehouse in Switzerland. Plus a reflection from Jacob ter Veldhuis on William Blake's poem, 'The Garden Of Love.'

Antonio D'Amato: 'Une rencontre'

Georgina MacDonell Finlayson: 'To Glenesk'
Any Enemy, Pete Stollery (conductor)

Orjan Matre: …since I say it now
Gary MacPhee (trombone), Robert Coates (piano)

Nick Ashwood and Laura Altman: Verdigris from Album 'Battery'

Unsuk Chin: Le Silence des Sirènes
Nika Gorič (soprano),
NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra, Carlos Miguel Prieto (conductor)

Jacob ter Veldhuis: The Garden of Love
Alison Teale (oboe)

John Zorn: Calculus
Brian Marsella (piano), Trevor Dunn and Kenny Wollesen (percussion)

Marc Sabat: Plainsound Duet
Francesca Gilbert (viola), Colin Alexander (cello)

Christian Kobi: Cathedral
Christian Kobi (acoustic and feedback saxophone)

65Music In Eight Parts20200704Kate Molleson with music by Philip Glass, Jim O'Rourke and Heloise Werner.

A new show featuring the best new music in live performance, plus interviews and features.

Kate Molleson presents Philip Glass's Music in Eight Parts, a previously lost work, recently re-discovered and recorded in lockdown by the Philip Glass Ensemble. The group's music director Michael Riesman tells the story of its making. Also tonight new releases from Leo Chadburn and Jim O'Rourke, Carla Rees's Sound of the Week and a specially recorded home session by Heloise Werner.

66George Lewis At Borealis20200711New music by George Lewis, Fumiko Miyachi, Heinz Holliger, Sarah W\u00e9ry and Martin Matalon.

A new show featuring the best new music in live performance, plus interviews and features.

Kate Molleson presents more of the best in new music performance, including recordings from Aberdeen Sound and Huddersfield Contemporary Music festivals, and a focus on composer George Lewis from Borealis – a festival for experimental music in Bergen.

George Lewis is a senior figure in American music, he was a member of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM) in Chicago and an electronic computer music pioneer, and he is currently Professor of American Music at Columbia University.

George Lewis: Big Shoulders, Sharp Elbows (world premiere)
Norwegian Navy Band
Fumiko Miyachi: Hedge
NEXT Ensemble
Heinz Holliger: Pneuma
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
conducted by Ilan Volkov
Sarah Wéry: Gang bang
Nadia Ratsemandresy (ondes Martenot)
Martin Matalon: Formas de Arena
Ensemble TM+
George Lewis: Memorial
Elaine Mitchener (vocal) and tape
George Lewis: Kulokker (world premiere)
Norwegian Navy Band

Kate Molleson presents more of the best in new music performance, including recordings from Aberdeen Sound and Huddersfield Contemporary Music festivals,
new releases from Toupaye and Kristine Tjogersen, and a focus on composer George Lewis from Borealis – a festival for experimental music in Bergen.
George Lewis is a senior figure in American music, he was a member of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM) in Chicago and an electronic computer music pioneer, and he is currently Professor of American Music at Columbia University.

George Lewis: Big Shoulders, Sharp Elbows (world premiere)
Norwegian Naval Forces Band conducted by Ingar Bergby
Heinz Holliger: Pneuma
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
conducted by Ilan Volkov
Fumiko Miyachi: Hedge
NEXT Ensemble
Sarah Wéry: Gang bang
Nadia Ratsemandresy (ondes Martenot)
Martin Matalon: Formas de Arena
Ensemble TM+
George Lewis: Memorial
Elaine Mitchener (vocal) and tape
George Lewis: Kulokker (world premiere)
Norwegian Naval Forces Band conducted by Ingar Bergby
Lori Freedman: To the bridge
Lori Freedman (bass clarinet & voice)

New music by George Lewis, Fumiko Miyachi, Heinz Holliger and Lori Freedman

67Stockhausen's Cosmic Pulses20200718Tom Service presents the latest sounds in new music ranging tonight from music for a single clarinet to the exigencies of the modern symphony and electronics as heard at last October's Donaueschingen Music Days. And, in 'Proms Premieres,' Tom revisits the unforgettable night in 2008 when Karl Heinz Stockhausen's Cosmic Pulses left the Proms audience gasping and bewildered. One critic wrote: "As rumbling and splintering noises ricocheted around the Albert Hall, it felt as if Stockhausen had dropped a microphone into deepest space."

Hayley Suviste: NGC4993
Rory Boyle: Burble for solo clarinet
Baptiste Chatel: Quatre
Giles Swayne: Les poissons mélomanes', from Chansons dévotes et poissonneuses
Michael Pelzel: Mysterious Benares Bells
Gérard Grisey: Nout

at 11.10pm: Proms Premiere

Karlheinz Stockhausen: Cosmic Pulses (Proms Premiere from 2008)
Billy Strayhorn / Duke Ellington arr. Joost Buis: Chelsea Bridge
Harold Muenz BeethovEnBloc. Tape composition with the 37 movements of Beethoven's 9 symphonies

Cosmic Pulses and the Mysterious Benares Bells - Stockhausen and beyond.

A new show featuring the best new music in live performance, plus interviews and features.

68Glucklich Glucklich Freude Freude20200725Kate Molleson presents more of the latest in new music performance, including a focus on Matthew Shlomowitz and recordings from the Donaueschingen Festival in Germany.

Nicole Lizee: Sepulchre
Ensemble Resonanz
Matthew Shlomowitz and Friends: Home Session
Linda Catlin Smith: Nuages
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra conducted by Ilan Volkov
Matthew Shlomowitz: Glücklich glücklich freude freude
Mark Knoop (piano and synthesizer)
SWR Radio Symphony Orchestra conducted by Emilio Pomarico
Rhodri Davies: Ffarwel Arddol
Rhodri Davies (harp)
Carla Rees: Nightsong
Carla Rees (flute)

A new show featuring the best new music in live performance, plus interviews and features.

69Hommage And Memories20200801Tom Service introduces music from Donaueschingen 2019 - Gordon Kampe's "Remember me" performed by Ensemble Resonanz. Robert Worby talks to the Australian composer, Liza Lim. And the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and conductor Ilan Volkov are joined by Ilya Gringolts for a performance of Heinz Holliger's Violin Concerto "Hommage à Louis Soutter".

The latest in new music performance

A new show featuring the best new music in live performance, plus interviews and features.

Tom Service introduces music from Donaueschingen 2019, Gordon Kampe's "Remember me" performed by Ensemble Resonanz, and from the 2020 Witten Contemporary Chamber Music Festival, the premiere of Gloria Coates’s Violin Sonata No 2. Robert Worby talks to Australian composer Liza Lim, and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra with conductor Ilan Volkov are joined by Ilya Gringolts for a performance of Heinz Holliger's Violin Concerto "Hommage à Louis Soutter."

Uitti Sharp: Avior
Frances-Marie Uitti (cello)
Elliott Sharp (guitar)

Gordon Kampe: Remember Me
Ensemble Resonanz, conducted by Bas Wiegers

David Lang: These Broken Wings, iii. Learn to fly
Eighth Blackbird

Gloria Coates: Violin Sonata No. 2
Carolin Widmann (violin)

Johannes Boris Borowski: Lied, for solo accordion
Teodoro Anzelotti (accordion)

Heinz Holliger: Violin Concerto « Hommage à Louis Soutter »
Ilya Gringolts (violin)
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Ilan Volkov

Utti Fanous: Alnitac
Ayman Fanous (bouzouki)
Frances-Marie Uitti (cello)

70Edinburgh Revisited20200808With the Edinburgh Festival not happening this year, the New Music Show brings Edinburgh to you. Kate Molleson is in conversation with celebrated Scottish crime author Val McDermid, discussing life in town at the time of the pandemic. There are home recordings by performers based in Edinburgh or connected to it – giving an insight into the eclectic musical scene of the city: violinist Daniel Pioro; double bassist Una MacGlone and pianist Jim McEwan; guitarist Firas Khnaisser and noise artist Ali Robertson; and electronic artist Owen Green.

Music from Edinburgh-based artists and a conversation with author Val McDermid.

A new show featuring the best new music in live performance, plus interviews and features.

71The Script Of Storms20200815Tom Service presents the best in new music performance, including some new Lockdown commissions for the Riot Ensemble, and the world premiere of a powerful setting of Iraqi poet Fawzi Karim for soprano and orchestra by Michael Hersch.
Matt Rogers: Working for the Pea Fox
Tom Lessels (clarinets)
Laurence Crane: Estonia
Royal Northern Sinfonia conducted by James Weeks
Michael Hersch: The script of storms
Ah Young Hong (soprano)
BBC Symphony Orchestra conducted by Tito Muñoz
Riot Ensemble new solo commissions:
Aidan Teplitzky: Penn and/or Teller
Sam Wilson (percussion)
Oliver Brignall: Always interrupted
Ruth Rosales (bassoon)
Carmen Ho: Unknown
Claudia Racovicean (piano)
Anna Korsun: Marevo (WP)
(for two singing saws, two violins, two cellos and keyboard)
Ensemble Modern conducted by Lin Liao
Ezko Kikoutchi: D’Hypnos
We Spoke
Tim Parkinson: HeadPhoneHead; Here Comes A Monster; They've Got A Good View Of The Shard
George Barton (percussion)
Siwn Rhys (piano)

Michael Hersch's The script of storms sets nine poems by Fawzi Karim (1945-2019), Iraqi poet and painter. Born in Baghdad in 1945, he lived in Lebanon and then London. Michael Hersch writes: “Karim’s world is a remarkable and disquieting place; a landscape of empathy, beauty, but also war and unspeakable horror... his experience of the 1958 coup he witnessed in Iraq as a boy haunts his poetry.” This is a dark and powerful new work, with graphic descriptions of war. It was recorded in concert at the BBC Maida Vale studios in January.

A new show featuring the best new music in live performance, plus interviews and features.

Tom Service presents the best in new music performance, including some new lockdown commissions for the Riot Ensemble, and the world premiere of a powerful setting of Iraqi poet Fawzi Karim for soprano and orchestra by Michael Hersch.
Matt Rogers: Working for the Pea Fox
Tom Lessels (clarinets)
Laurence Crane: Estonia
Royal Northern Sinfonia conducted by James Weeks
Michael Hersch: The script of storms
Ah Young Hong (soprano)
BBC Symphony Orchestra conducted by Tito Muñoz
Riot Ensemble new solo commissions:
Aidan Teplitzky: Penn and/or Teller
Sam Wilson (percussion)
Oliver Brignall: Always interrupted
Ruth Rosales (bassoon)
Carmen Ho: Unknown
Claudia Racovicean (piano)
Anna Korsun: Marevo (WP)
(for two singing saws, two violins, two cellos and keyboard)
Ensemble Modern conducted by Lin Liao
Ezko Kikoutchi: D’Hypnos
We Spoke
Tim Parkinson: Headphonehead; Here comes a monster; They've got a good view of The Shard

72Sparrow, Salamander And Sonic Leak20200822Kate Molleson presents the latest in new music performance, including music from the recent Witten New Music Days, new solo works commissioned by Riot Ensemble, a major Proms premiere from Michael Finnissy and electronic music by Bérangère Maximin and Lee Fraser

Lola de la Mata: sense titol 1
Ausias Garrigos (clarinet)
Finnissy: Janne
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra conducted by Ilan Volkov
Huihui Cheng: Sonic Leak
Ensemble Nikel
Zoë Martlew: Salamander
Ruth Rosales (bassoon)
Bryn Harrison: Dead Time
Wet Ink
Bérangère Maximin: Walking barefoot, Imaginary quintet
Joseph Bates: Sparrow
Marianne Schofield (double bass)
Lee Fraser: Pline Expol A

Kate Molleson presents the latest in new music performance.

A new show featuring the best new music in live performance, plus interviews and features.

73Borderlands - Without Walls And Boundaries...20200829Tom Service with recordings of new music from across the world that step up to the border, including music for erhu and piano by Gao Ping and new commissions from the 2020 Witten Festival. Also a chance to hear composer Christopher Fox in conversation with Robert Worby.

Christopher Fox: ‘Rendered Account’
Exaudi conducted by James Weeks

Gao Ping (高平): ‘’Hu Yan’ (6 pieces)
Nicole Ge Li (erhu)
Corey Hamm (piano)

Katia Beaugeais: ‘Breath by Breath for solo soprano sax’
Katia Beaugeais (soprano saxophone)

From the 2020 Witten Festival:

Carola Bauckholt: ‘Vakuum, for two female voices with two vacuum cleaners’
Neue Vokalsolisten
Johanna Vargas, high soprano
Truike van der Poel, mezzo-soprano

Lucia Ronchetti: “Never Bet the Devil Your Head”, a cappella cabaret for four voices
[Text: after Edgar Allan Poe and Federico Fellini]
Neue Vokalsolisten
Truike van der Poel, mezzo-soprano
Martin Nagy, tenor
Guillermo Anzorena, baritone
Andreas Fischer, bass

Nathalie Joachim: ‘Dam Mwen Yo’
Amanda Gookin (cello)
Nathalie Joachim (pre-recorded vocals)

Plus, from Austria, a recording of ‘Projections in Real Time’ by Nicholas Morrish
Schallfeld Ensemble

Featuring music by Christopher Fox, Nathalie Joachim, Nicholas Morrish and Gao Ping

A new show featuring the best new music in live performance, plus interviews and features.

Tom Service with recordings of new music from around the world that challenge borders - political, physical, temporal and stylistic, including music for erhu and piano by Gao Ping, music for voice and cello by Nathalie Joachim, and new commissions from the 2020 Witten Festival. Also a chance to hear composer Christopher Fox in conversation with Robert Worby.

Katia Beaugeais: ‘Breath by Breath’
Katia Beaugeais (soprano saxophone)

Lucia Ronchetti: “Never Bet the Devil Your Head”, an a cappella cabaret for four voices
[Text: after Edgar Allan Poe and Federico Fellini]
Neue Vokalsolisten
Truike van der Poel, mezzo-soprano
Martin Nagy, tenor
Guillermo Anzorena, baritone
Andreas Fischer, bass

Christoph Schiller: ‘Cartes No. 3’
Cyril Bondi - Indian harmonium, pitch pipes, harmonica
Pierre-Yves Martel - viola da gamba, pitch pipes, harmonica
Christoph Schiller - spinet & preparations

Plus, from Austria, a recording of ‘Projections in Real Time’ by Nicholas Morrish. A musical exploration of being in the present, performed by the Schallfeld Ensemble

74Adam And Eve, Dead Time, Growing Block20200905Kate Molleson presents the latest in new music performance, including recordings from two German festivals: last year's Donaueschingen Festival and this year's Witten New Music Days.
Maja Ratkje: Paragraf 112
Norwegian Radio Orchestra
Sean Clancy: Monica danced with the moon
Gordon Kampe: I forgot to remember to forget
Neue Vocalsolisten
Lucy Railton: Third Lament
Lucy Railton (cello & electronics)
Bunita Marcus: Adam and Eve
Marcus and Company
Bryn Harrison: Dead Time
Wet Ink
Sarah Hennies - Growing Block
House of Bedlam
Marc Andre: rwh 1
Ensemble Resonanz

A new show featuring the best new music in live performance, plus interviews and features.

75Theatre Of Echo, Matisse's Red Studio20200912Tom Service presents highlights from this year's Witten New Music Days in Germany.
Justé Janulyte: Unanime for eight trumpets
Marco Blauuw (trumpet)
Martyna Poznańska: Alles, was du....
Christina Kubisch: Kupfer Himmel
Hugues Dufourt: L’Atelier rouge d’après Matisse
Ensemble Nikel, directed by Aaron Holloway-Nahum
Patricia Alessandrini: A Complete History of Music
Jack Quartet
Benjamin Scheuer: Acht Arten zu atmen
Kilian Herold (clarinet)
Teodoro Anzelotti (accordion)
Elnaz Seyedi: Felsen - unerklärlich, for eight trumpets
Marco Blauuw (trumpet)
Brigitta Muntendorf: Theatre of Echo (2nd movement)
Andreas Grau (piano)
Gotz Schumacher (piano)

Tom Service presents the latest in new music performance.

A new show featuring the best new music in live performance, plus interviews and features.

Justé Janulyte: Unanime for eight trumpets
Marco Blauuw (trumpet)
Martyna Poznańska: Alles, was du....
Christina Kubisch: Kupfer Himmel
Hugues Dufourt: L’Atelier rouge d’après Matisse
Ensemble Nikel
Benjamin Scheuer: Acht Arten zu atmen
Kilian Herold (clarinet)
Teodoro Anzelotti (accordion)
Elnaz Seyedi: Felsen - unerklärlich, for eight trumpets
Marco Blauuw (trumpet)
Brigitta Muntendorf: Theatre of Echo (2nd movement)
Andreas Grau (piano)
Gotz Schumacher (piano)

76Zubin Kanga - Specially Recorded20200919Kate Molleson presents the latest sounds from the world of contemporary music including three new tracks specially recorded recently by Zubin Kanga - whose mission it is to expand the possibilities of the piano through interactive multimedia. In Ballast the violinist/instrument builder/composer Jon Rose draws on decades of experience improvising with interactive motion sensors to create a wild exploration of pianistic hyper-virtuosity, full of thrilling counterpoint between the real instrument and many layers of virtual pianos controlled by a 3D hand sensor. Julian Day's Dark Twin pits the pianist against a manipulated version of his playing that slides in pitch and distorts in colour, starting as an indistinguishable electronic twin and growing into a grotesque doppelgänger. And Zubin's own Lines of Flight is about hearing Bach in the revving of aircraft engines on the tarmac. Combining a piano and synthesizer in clouds of live electronics, the final movement of Bach's St Matthew Passion is atomized and mechanized, transformed and reformed. And yet Bach's majestic, mournful melody and restless cadences are always present.
Also on the show, Maya Dunietz's Mammoths, a weird and wonderful sound installation for five pianos and the UK premiere of Heinz Holliger's Ad marginem inspired by a painting by Paul Klee. Plus music for flute, electronics and found objects recorded in the underground spaces of Basel by Clara de Asis and Mara Winter.

The latest sounds in the contemporary music scene presented by Kate Molleson.

A new show featuring the best new music in live performance, plus interviews and features.

77Klangor And Songs Of Meat20200926Tom Service presents the latest in new music performance, including a specially recorded studio session by Apartment House.

Julius Eastman: Joy Boy
Kory Reeder: Blue Colour Field Tryptic
Jurga Šarapova: Songs of Meat
Apartment House
Lidia Zielinska: Klangor
SWR Symphony Orchestra conducted by Tito Ceccherini
Sean Clancy and Andy Ingamells: This Is About
Gloria Coates: Violin Sonata no.2
Carolin Widman (violin)
Olivia Block: Flue

Tom Service presents a specially recorded studio session by Apartment House.

A new show featuring the best new music in live performance, plus interviews and features.

78Annea Lockwood20201003The latest in new music performance

A new show featuring the best new music in live performance, plus interviews and features.

Kate Molleson presents the latest in new music performance.

79Sentinels And Elemental Realities20201010Tom Service presents the latest in new music performance, including two world premieres from German festivals.

Oliver Leith: Balloon
William Cole: Absence
Hermes Experiment

Jürg Frey: Elemental Realities
SWR Symphony Orchestra, Stuttgart, conducted by Tito Ceccherini

Oliver Leith: Uh huh yeah
Hermes Experiment

Garth Knox: Quartet for one
Lawrence Power (viola)

Eva Reiter: Wächter
Eva Reiter (bass flute)
Susanne Fröhlich (bass flute)
Mike Schmid (flute)
German Chamber Choir

Linda Buckley: Kyrie
Salvatore Sciarrino: Hermes
Karin de Fleyt (flute)

A new show featuring the best new music in live performance, plus interviews and features.

80Manchester Collective In Session20201017Kate Molleson presents the latest in new music performance, including studio sessions from BBC Salford and a performance recorded last month of
Elena Firsova's Double Concerto for Violin, Cello, written in 2015.

Jeffrey Mumford: “echoes from within brightening fabric...fragments of quickened light”
soloists from the BBC Philharmonic
Edmund Finnis: Quartet No 1 “Aloysius”
Anna Clyne: October Rose
The Manchester Collective

Elena Firsova: Double Concerto for Violin, Cello and Orchestra, op. 139
Vadim Gluzman, violin
Johannes Moser, cello
Norrköping Symphony Orchestra
Michail Jurowski, conductor

A new show featuring the best new music in live performance, plus interviews and features.

81Warsaw Autumn20201024Tom Service presents the latest in new music performance, including premieres from the Warsaw Autumn festival.

Cecile Marti: Seeing Time 1
Basel Sinfonietta conducted by Baldur Bronniman
Esa-Pekka Salonen: Objets Trouves
Lawrence Power (viola)
Bara Gísladóttir: Os
Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra conducted by Ryan Bancroft
Tazul Tajuddin: Kabus Pantun
Mei Yi Foo (piano)
Oscar Bianchi: Exordinum
Basel Sinfonietta conducted by Baldur Bronniman
Angelica Negron: Las Desparecidas
Amanda Gookin (cello)
Katharina Rosenberger: Rein
Basel Sinfonietta conducted by Baldur Bronniman
Ellen Fullman and Theresa Wong: Harbors - Part 2

The latest in new music performance

A new show featuring the best new music in live performance, plus interviews and features.

Cutting-edge and experimental new music in live performance, plus interviews and features.

82Dai Fujikura20201031Kate Molleson with live recordings and new releases plus an interview with Dai Fujikura.

A new show featuring the best new music in live performance, plus interviews and features.

Cutting-edge and experimental new music in live performance, plus interviews and features.

83Sound Festival Aberdeen20201107Tom Service presents the latest in new music performance, including highlights from the recent Sound Festival in Aberdeen, with solos from clarinettist Sarah Watts, the duo of horn player Ben Goldscheider and pianist Huw Watkins, and composer/vocalist Laura Bowler premieres her piece Wicked Problems, joined by flautist Ruth Morley.

Tom Service presents music from the recent Sound Festival in Aberdeen.

A new show featuring the best new music in live performance, plus interviews and features.

Tom Service presents the latest in new music performance, including highlights from the recent Sound Festival in Aberdeen, with solos from bass clarinetist Sarah Watts; the duo of Ben Goldscheider (horn) and Huw Watkins (piano); and composer/vocalist Laura Bowler premieres her piece Wicked Problems, joined by Ruth Morley (flute).
William Basinski: The Wheel of Fortune
Hildegard Westerkamp: Fantasie for horns II
Ben Goldscheider (horn)
Alasdair Nicolson: Bring my pipes and I’ll go home
Ian Matheson: While we wait
Sarah Watts (clarinets)
Laura Bowler: Wicked Problems
Deirdre Mackay: Postcards from a fragile planet
Laura Bowler (vocal)
Ruth Morley (flute)
Marta Śniady: - c_ut

e_#1
European Workshop for Contemporary Music conducted by Rüdiger Bohn
Jörg Widmann: Air for solo horn
Huw Watkins: Lament
Ben Goldscheider (horn)
Huw Watkins (piano)
Pete Stollery: The vivid, speechless air
William Sweeney: Russet, green, two platings
Sarah Watts (clarinets)
Adrian Mocanu: Metamorphoses
European Workshop for Contemporary Music
conducted by Rüdiger Bohn
Tyshawn Sorey: Cascade in Slow Motion

Cutting-edge and experimental new music in live performance, plus interviews and features.

84Aberdeen Sound Festival20201114New sounds presented by Kate Molleson, with highlights from the Aberdeen Sound Festival, which took place last month, and recent releases from Yaron Deutsch and Beatriz Ferreyra.

Carmel Smickersgill: More
Laura Bowler, voice
Ruth Morley: flute

Bethan Morgan-Williams - In the Crypt
Ben Goldscheider, horn & electronics

Stuart Macrae: MOBOFCROWS
Sarah Watts, bass clarinet

Beatriz Ferreyra: Echos

Piers Hellawell: Time, The Deer
Sarah Watts, bass clarinet

Marco Momi: Quattro Nudi.
Yaron Deutsch, electric guitar

Oliver Searle: The Illicit Still
Sarah Watts, bass clarinet

Beatriz Ferreyra’s L’autre ou les chants

Adam Lee: Hallaig
Sarah Watts, bass clarinet

Clemens Gadenstätter: Studies for a Portrait
Yaron Deutsch, electric guitar

Jane Stanley: The Faery Cup
Sarah Watts, bass clarinet

The latest in new music performance, with Kate Molleson.

Cutting-edge and experimental new music in live performance, plus interviews and features.

85ANew Music Show At Hcmf 2020 (1/3)20201120Kate Molleson presents live from the Huddersfield Festival of Contemporary Music, with a concert by Explore Ensemble, performing three new & recent works:
Oliver Leith: new work for sextet (UKP)
Joanna Baillie: Dissolve (UKP)
Lawrence Dunn: Sentimental Drifting Music

Plus tonight, highlights from the music installations by Hayley Suviste and Georgia Rodgers which are featured in the festival.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, hcmf 2020 is taking place on Radio 3 and online for three days (Friday, November 20 – Sunday, November 22) over what would normally have been the festival’s first weekend.

The New Music Show across three consecutive nights presents exclusive live broadcasts showcasing the festival’s varied programme, including premieres, fixtures of the experimental scene, and music by the icons and rising stars of contemporary classical music.

The broadcasts will include a 70th birthday concert for James Dillon on Sunday – featuring the World Premiere of Pharmakeia from the London Sinfonietta and a specially recorded and previously unheard piano work written for Noriko Kawai – as well as a plethora of premieres from Explore Ensemble tonight, and on Saturday the innovative piano/percussion combo GBSR Duo and clarinettist Heather Roche.

Kate Molleson presents live from Huddersfield Festival of Contemporary Music.

Cutting-edge and experimental new music in live performance, plus interviews and features.

85BNew Music Show At Hcmf 2020 (2/3)20201121Kate Molleson presents live from Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival:

Martin Iddon: Sapindales (WP)
Lisa Robertson: Heartwood (WP)
Heather Roche (clarinets)

plus
Arne Gieshoff: Spillikins (WP)
GBSR Duo + Angharad Davies (violin): improvisation
GBSR Duo (piano & percussion)

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, hcmf 2020 is taking place on Radio 3 and online for three days (Friday, November 20 – Sunday, November 22) over what would normally have been the festival’s first weekend.

The New Music Show across three consecutive nights presents exclusive live broadcasts showcasing the festival’s varied programme, including premieres, fixtures of the experimental scene, and music by the icons and rising stars of contemporary classical music.

The broadcasts will include a 70th birthday concert for James Dillon on Sunday – featuring the World Premiere of Pharmakeia from the London Sinfonietta and a specially recorded and previously unheard piano work written for Noriko Kawai – as well as a plethora of premieres from Explore Ensemble on Friday, and tonight the innovative piano/percussion combo GBSR Duo and clarinettist Heather Roche.’

Kate Molleson presents a concert, live from Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival.

Cutting-edge and experimental new music in live performance, plus interviews and features.

85CNew Music Show At Hcmf 2020 (3/3)20201122Tom Service presents live from Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, with a concert at the Royal Festival Hall in London. This programme celebrates the 70th birthday of composer James Dillon, with the premieres of two major works.

James Dillon: Pharmakeia (WP)
London Sinfonietta conducted by Geoffrey Paterson

James Dillon: Echo the Angelus (WP)
Noriko Kawai (piano)

Also tonight, Robert Worby interviews James Dillon in depth about his music.

One of the world’s most acclaimed composers, Dillon’s route was unexpected: he initially played in bands, teaching himself how to play and compose music. In the past 40 years, he has gone on to make music that many consider the genre’s most daunting and complex. Really, though, it is just that it is his work that only an artist this restless could envision and execute. His music twists through modes of expression. At times it is bombastic, employing striking phrases and intense bursts of energy; at others, it is enchantingly mysterious, referencing historic poetic tomes and ancient painters. Tangled up in Dillon’s web is a confounding kind of music: it pulls listeners in before having them pull it apart, all in search of an answer.

Pharmakeia is a four-part cycle that began with 2017’s Circe. Tonight is the premiere of all four movements, performed in their entirety. Pharmakeia celebrates Dillon’s 70th birthday perfectly: it draws on a typical set of ‘eclectic influences’ and niche passions, paying tribute to the Greek goddess of magic Circe through music that seems able to create illusions and shift shape. The ensemble promises an ‘otherworldly, unnerving fairy-tale’, a piece that speaks not only to the mystery of Dillon’s work, but also his ability to pull off feats of magic.

Joining Pharmakeia is something completely different: a piece of solo piano music from four years ago that has only now found its way to the stage. An artist whose piano work has been esteemed as ‘the most significant contribution to the pianist’s repertoire since Ligeti’s Etudes’, Dillon’s Book of Elements series uses the instrument to build an insurmountable tension. In this broadcast, renowned Japanese pianist Noriko Kawai will premiere echo the angelus, traversing the piece’s ‘eerie silences’ and ‘unsettling mood’.

Kawai has maintained close contact with the composer’s work since 2006, when she performed his piano piece Andromeda. She has had a long time to sit with echo the angelus, but for her, it’s Fate that it should reach the world in 2020. She says it echoes a world in lockdown: ‘it takes me to somewhere unknown, a deadly silence, where fragile, transient memories leave poignant, bittersweet afterimages’. One of Dillon’s most evocative pieces ever, Kawai characterises it as ‘heart-wrenching’, a piece that emphasises the composer’s love of fragile, breaking sound.

Due to Covid-19 restrictions, hcmf 2020 is taking place on Radio 3 and online for three days (Friday, November 20 – Sunday, November 22) over what would normally have been the festival’s first weekend. Two specially commissioned audio-visual installations will also be on show at venues in Huddersfield for a limited and socially distanced public.

The New Music Show across three consecutive nights presents exclusive live broadcasts showcasing the festival’s varied programme, including premieres, fixtures of the experimental scene, and music by the icons and rising stars of contemporary classical music.

The broadcasts will include a 70th birthday concert for James Dillon tonight – featuring the World Premiere of Pharmakeia from the London Sinfonietta and a specially recorded and previously unheard piano work written for Noriko Kawai – as well as a plethora of premieres from Explore Ensemble on Friday, and two innovative duos last tonight: Heather Roche (clarinet) and Eva Zöllner (accordion); and piano/percussion combo GBSR Duo.

Tom Service presents James Dillon, live from Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival.

Cutting-edge and experimental new music in live performance, plus interviews and features.

86Apartment House At The Bbc Radio Theatre20201128Kate Molleson presents the latest in new sounds with specially recorded tracks from Apartment House.
Also tonight, a performance recorded recently at Oslo's Ultima Festival of a wordless song written in Paris in 1977 by Betsy Jolas, who is now in her nineties.

Jim O’Rourke: Best that you do this for me - for vocalising string trio (Apartment House commission)
Apartment House

Julius Aglinskas: Blue Dusk - for string quartet, piano and e-guitar (BBC Commission)
Apartment House

Tom Williams: Meditations on a Landscape
Juliana Janes Yaffe (voice) Tom Williams (electronics)

Stephen Montague: Thanksgiving Hymn
Stephen Montague and Philip Mead (pianos)

Betsy Jolas: Eleven Lieder
Håkan Hardenberger (trumpet)
Oslo Philharmonic, Ingar Bergby, conductor

Apartment House play new music by Julius Aglinskas and Jim O'Rourke.

Cutting-edge and experimental new music in live performance, plus interviews and features.

87Musikprotokoll20201205Tom Service presents recordings of live performances from the ORF Musikprotokoll.

Cutting-edge and experimental new music in live performance, plus interviews and features.