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Proms Saturday Matinee 1: Birmingham Contemporary Music Group

Saturday 25 July 2015 - 3:00 PM

Cadogan Hall
Franck Ollu © Astrid Ackerman

Approximate end time: 4:30pm

Presented by:

Pierre Boulez, arr. Schöllhorn
Notations 2, 11 & 10; La treizième 4'
UK premiere

Shiori Usui
Ophiocordyceps unilateralis s.l. c7'
BBC commission: world premiere

Betsy Jolas
Wanderlied 12'
UK premiere

Joanna Lee
Hammer of Solitude c7'
BBC commission: world premiere

Pierre Boulez
Dérive 2 45'

Ulrich Heinen cello
Hilary Summers contralto

Birmingham Contemporary Music Group
Franck Ollu
conductor

There will be no interval

French conductor Franck Ollu makes his Proms debut, directing the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group in the first of two concerts celebrating composer Pierre Boulez's 90th-birthday year.

Boulez's own Notations – written while he was still a student – sits alongside his Dérive 2, both works embedded in the 'family tree' of a composer whose works interconnect in ever-evolving ways.

The concert also features Wanderlied for cello and ensemble by Boulez's French-American contemporary Betsy Jolas, as well as music by two young composers new to the Proms: Shiori Usui and Joanna Lee.

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