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Wednesday, August 31, 2005

New Music in London: September 

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Haven't got round to doing a monthly round-up of the contemporary music scene in London for a while, but since the concert season is starting up properly again, here are my recommendations, culled from the bumph that gets shoved through my door:

22nd September

The BMIC's annual and excellent Cutting Edge series returns. At the Warehouse, Theed Street, as usual, the series starts with the Continuum Ensemble playing works by mostly established British composers.

29th September

A week later, at the same venue, the Fidelio Trio perform works with a vaguely rock feel - Nyman's For John Peel for example, and some composerly arrangements of Led Zep and Beatles songs. Also on the program, Jonathan Harvey is usually excellent, and Sciarrino is someone I'm anxious to hear more of.

These are all very well – and I'll be returning to the Warehouse throughout the year – but the most remarkable concert is on 27th September when the famously conservative Wigmore Hall plays host to works for cello and piano by Pärt, Mansurian, Schnittke, Kancheli and Ali-Zadeh. You would probably hear me drool from where you're sitting if, typically, this wasn't the week I had booked to be out of the country. Bah! is not the word. Someone please go and tell me what this is like.

And there's still time to book for the South Bank's Xenakis spectacular from 7–9 October. You know you want to.


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