Birmingham Contemporary Music Group is set to take children and their parents on a journey through time and space at the CBSO Centre on Sunday, April 18.
Now in their fourth successive year, BCMG’s Family Concerts are for children over seven and their parents. The aim is to introduce contemporary music in a new way, re-inventing the traditional idea of the concert.
Since their inception in 2006, the concerts have won widespread praise, introducing young audiences to today’s iconic composers from Birtwistle to Xenakis.
With the sound of the first satellite – the 1957 Sputnik 1 – as its opening fanfare, the programme takes music in time and space as its theme and includes Constellations, a newly commissioned work by Delhi-born composer Param Vir, together with short pieces from classic modernist composers Bruno Maderna – his playful Serenata per un satellite written in 1969 for the European Space Operations Centre to celebrate the launch of a satellite – and Luciano Berio’s shimmering O King (soloist: Loré Lixenberg – mezzo soprano)
Music by American composer David Lang is also in the programme, and there’s a second World Premiere, A Match for the Moon – from BCMG’s Apprentice Composer-in-Residence, Charlotte Bray, who has written a solo violin study for BCMG’s leader, Alexandra Wood.
The programme has been devised by Peter Wiegold who also conducts and introduces. Theatre maker, composer and artist Graeme Miller and film-maker Dan Saul provide a specially commissioned intergalactic wraparound to the concert.
There are two performances - at 1.30pm & 3.30pm - and they take place at the CBSO Centre, Berkley Street, Birmingham, B1 2LF.
Tickets: £6 (Adult) £3.50 (Child) Group ticket: £15 (2 adults, 2 children)
Bookings on 0121 767 4050 or www.bcmg.org.uk.