Zoë’s new piece for BCMG
Date(s) - 12 Jun 2016
7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Zoë’s ensemble commission piece “Broad St. Burlesque” is premiered at this concert “Remembering the Future”.
BCMG has increasingly explored the contemporary chamber repertoire in recent seasons, and we extend that journey with no less than four new works from composers with strongBCMG connections. It was our Artist-in-Association John Woolrich who originally encouraged BCMG to commission smaller-scale pieces, and as a composer of such deft chamber works as In the Mirrors of Asleep, which we have performed many times, asking John to write one of these was an obvious choice (BCMG’s, not his!).
Zoë Martlew is primarily known as a performer, playing cello with BCMG on a number of occasions. She is also a talented emerging composer, and this seems the ideal time for her first BCMG commission. Luke Bedford returned to the UK last year from a period in Berlin – an experience that has influenced his music in subtly interesting ways. Richard Baker’s output includes a string of miniature works, finely crafted and always a delight for the ear. His new commission will be a more extended chamber piece featuring oboist Melinda Maxwell.
Completing the programme are Weir’s Blue-Green Hill, an elaboration of a folk-inspired miniature first written for BCMG’s tour of India in 2002, and a revival of Skempton’s Field Notes, a hit of our 2014/15 season.