The culmination of a long association with pianist Matthew Mills, Bagatelles represents some 30 years of piano music by British composer Bernard Hughes.
Borough New Music is delighted to announce its next season of concerts, from Series 10 starting in October 2018, to Series 17 in June 2019. Altogether, there will be 34 concerts, featuring 67 performers and the works of 132 living composers including 42 premieres.
Series 10 starts on Tuesday 2 October 2018 at 1pm featuring the work of the composer-pianist Rob Keeley, in which he will perform alongside Lore Lixenberg (soprano), Victoria Samek (clarinet) and Chris Brannick (percussion).
“A welcome addition to London’s already blossoming contemporary composition scene” – The Wire Magazine
What’s new this season?
Apart from 34 new concerts including 42 premieres, we’re delighted to be collaborating with five new guest artistic directors, for Series 11 (Hollie Harding); Series 12 (Will Handysides & Ailie Robertson); Series 14 (Nathanael Gubler); Series 16 (Listenpony & Hollie Harding), and Series 17 (Matthew Schellhorn). Plus, we have reinforced our policy to celebrate living composers (only up to 10% of the duration of a 45-minute concert can be by dead composers), and are proud of our mixture of generations, nationalities and genders amongst both composers and performers.
Artistic Director, Clare Simmonds, said: “Each Series in Borough New Music is a very exciting prospect for performers, composers and audiences alike. It is neither a festival, nor a ‘one-off ‘. Rather, it’s as an ongoing opportunity to celebrate the wonderfully diverse music written today.” Concerts this season include collaborations with Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, Camac Harps, Park Lane Group Music Trust, Martin Read Foundation, Music for Liberia and Listenpony, amongst others.
All Borough New Music concerts are held at St George the Martyr Church, Borough High Street, SE1 1JA (just opposite Borough tube) on Tuesdays at 1pm, and admission is free. Each concert lasts around 45 minutes. Light refreshments are served after every concert. Full line-up at www.boroughnewmusic.co.uk.
Borough New Music was set up in January 2017 as a non-profit-making charitable trust by Dr Nick King (Director) and Clare Simmonds (Artistic Director) with Hollie Harding (Artistic Adviser and Guest Artistic Director). Its mission has three elements, all focusing on music of our time and living composers:
(i) To provide a platform for performers,
(ii) To provide opportunities for living composers to have their work performed,
(iii) To promote the enjoyment and appreciation of the music of today to a wider audience.
Its first concert series, Series 1, was held in February 2017, and involved 21 composers and 9 performers. Each concert was warmly received: it was reviewed in The Wire Magazine, mentioned on BBC Radio 3 Breakfast and Resonance FM, and supported by the audience: “…wonderful, a life-enhancing experience…”; “Music and playing moved me beyond words today.” It has since grown to become a fixture on the London music scene, attracting audiences of around 30-50 people every week and becoming a hub for composers, performers and audiences to meet.