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Friday, March 04, 2005

Upcoming new music events for March, London 

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First up, a quick word for Opus 1 Classical, a new site that collates concert information for over 50 cities in America, Europe and Japan. Very handy if you're planning a weekend away and want to catch some music. Click and see - this could become a very useful resource indeed.

As for highlights of the purely contemporary variety, these are my picks for this month in London.

Wednesday 9th | Blackheath Concert Hall | 7.30pm | £5

Frederic Rzewski will be playing his Ballad no.5 (It makes a long time man feel bad), based on a Texan prison song. Part of the New Quays season of contemporary piano music (and terrible punning), it will be followed by an open discussion with Rzewski himself.

Friday 11th | Queen Elizabeth Hall | 7.45pm | £8-£22

London Sinonietta in a post-minimal mood play Reich: City Life, Turnage: Crying out Loud and Gordon: Gotham. Includes film projection malarkey.

Wednesday 16th | Purcell Room | 7.30pm | £10/15

The Nash Ensemble. New music by Brits Knussen, Colin Matthews, Birtwistle and Anderson, including world premières by Matthews (A voice to wake ...) and Birtwistle (Passing Measures). And there's also a new work by Elliott Carter, Mosaic, to round it all off. New music writer for The Guardian, Tom Service, will be hosting a pre-concert chat with Carter, Birtwistle and Matthews at 6.15.

Friday 18th | Goldsmiths College | 7.30pm | free

Goldsmiths' Contemporary Music Ensemble is a student performance group, but because of a strong contemporary music interest amongst the staff they get to play some really good stuff. There's usually a decent chance of seeing some future regulars on the London contemporary circuit here too. Cage: Seven, Brown: Novara, Andriessen: Workers' Union.

Sunday 27th/Monday 28th | Royal Festival Hall | 7.30pm | £15-25

You can certainly catch me at this one. London Sinfonietta and Johnny Greenwood (and rumours of Thom Yorke too). This is sort of an extension to the idea behind the Sinfonietta/Warp concerts of recent years, combining non-classical musicians with serious aspirations with some recent classics. The classics, it has to be said, are quite a rare bunch - Ligeti's Ramifications, Dutilleux's Ainsi la Nuit, Messiaen's La fête des belles eaux and Penderecki's Capriccio for oboe and strings, as well as Enta Omri by Mohamed Abdel-Wahab, of whom I know nothing. Looking forward to all of that. Greenwood himself contributes two works - one as yet unnamed, the other smear. Then to keep everyone happy they round off with a collection of Radiohead numbers.


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