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A special Birmingham Contemporary Music Group (BCMG) concert taking place in our first floor gallery spaces. Free and open to all.

‘Oliver Knussen who sadly passed away in 2018 was Artist in Association at BCMG for over a decade, he was incredibly concise in his compositions and discussed what it really means to write new music. It is thanks to him we have a close relationship with composer Elliot Carter, whose works with Oliver Knussen and BCMG have been critically acclaimed. Before our world changed last year, we had the extraordinary pleasure of premiering Sir Harrison Birtwistle’s latest work, …when falling asleep and are thrilled to be continuing this special relationship. We make these connections through the melodies we make’.


Stephan Meier – Conductor

Elliott Carter (b.1908)

Canon for Four (1984) 6′

Con leggerezza pensosa – Ommaggio a Italo Calvino (1990) 7’

Oliver Knussen (b.1952)

Secret Psalm (1990) 5’

Eccentric Melody (1998) 3’  

Charlotte Bray (b.1982)

Trail of light (2008) 2’

Guillaume de Machaut​​ (b.1300)

Ma fin est mon commencement (< 1377) 4’

Sir Harrison Birtwistle (b.1934)

Hoquetus David (1969) 4’

#Arrangement of Machaut’s motet (1300)

Duet 4 (2000) 2’

Roddy ′ s Reel (2009) 7′


Birmingham Contemporary Music Group: Creating music for everyone and reflecting the beauty and challenges of our world today.

Birmingham Contemporary Music Group has commissioned over 175 pieces of music from the world’s finest composers and emerging talent, provided over 400 free music workshops to young people and raised over £325,000 for new music. BCMG believe that music has the power to bring people of all ages and backgrounds together. They build an inclusive community of composers, musicians, and audiences; enabling them to share their spark of imagination, creating beautiful and strange sounds