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Hear And Now

Aldeburgh Festival

As a coda to Hear and Now's recent coverage of this Summer's festivals, Hear and Now looks at a concert given at the Aldeburgh Festival by the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, including music by John Woolrich, Tansy Davies, Bryn Harrison and Sir Harrison Birtwistle.

And later, there's more music played by BCMG from a concert called Workers Union, when the group combined forces with amateur groups from the Birmingham area to play Gerald Barry, David Sawer and Colin Matthews.

Presented by Robert Worby.


2 hours


Aldeburgh Festival - Birmingham Contemporary Music Group

Recorded at the Aldeburgh Festival on 21 June 2004:

Luigi Dallapiccola
'Piccola Musica Notturna' (6'58")
BCMG conducted by Diego Masson

John Woolrich
'Envoi' (8'49")
BCMG conducted by Diego Masson

Tansy Davies
'Inside Out' (6'03")
BCMG conducted by Diego Masson

Franco Donatoni
Hot (15'23")
BCMG conducted by Diego Masson with John Harle (saxophone)

Bryn Harrison
'2 In Nomines' (3'40" and 4'59")
BCMG conducted by Diego Masson

Morgan Hayes
'Snapshots' (5'41")
BCMG conducted by Diego Masson

Sir Harrison Birtwistle
'Silbury Air' (14'10")
BCMG conducted by Diego Masson

Recorded on 27 March 2004 as part of the BCMG's 2003/2004 Series:

Sir Harrison Birtwistle
'Linoi' (10'24")
Christopher Richards (clarinet) and Malcolm Wilson (piano)

John Woolrich
Mechanical Song
BCMG conducted by Peter Wiegold

David Sawer
'Ghost' (1'39")
Birmingham Schools' Flute Choir with BCMG players

Colin Matthews
'Mechanik's Bench' (3'48")
King Edward VI Handsworth Girls' School Ensemble and BCMG players conducted by Nick Heppel


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