MID­LANDS, NORTH AND WALES

BBC Music Magazine - - January Live -

Na­tional Youth Orches­tra of Great Bri­tain

War­wick Arts, Coven­try, 4 Jan­uary

Tel: +44 (0)24 7652 4524

Web: www.nyo.org.uk

Science Fic­tion – a mul­ti­me­dia work for per­cus­sion and elec­tron­ics by Rick Dior – meets science fact in the form of John Adams’s Doc­tor Atomic Sym­phony for the Na­tional Youth Orches­tra’s first con­cert of 2019. At the helm is the Bournemouth Sym­phony Orches­tra’s mu­sic di­rec­tor Kir­ill Kara­bits, who wraps things up with Si­belius’s Sym­phony No. 2. Fur­ther per­for­mances fol­low in Lon­don and Not­ting­ham.

Big Song Week­end

Royal Welsh Col­lege of Mu­sic and Drama, Cardiff,

11-13 Jan­uary

Tel: +44 (0)29 2039 1391

Web: www.rwcmd.ac.uk

An­chored by pi­anist Joseph Mid­dle­ton, BBC Ra­dio 3’s Big Song Week­end pur­sues Richard Strauss across four recitals start­ing with bari­tone James Newby, who in­cludes a carol writ­ten by the com­poser when he was six. So­prano Carolyn Samp­son ex­plores the fi­nal years in an af­ter­noon crowned by the Four Last Songs. Fel­low so­prano Katha­rina Kon­radi tack­les mid­dle-pe­riod Strauss be­fore mezzo So­phie Ren­nert adds Hans Pfitzner to the mix.

In Fo­cus: Ge­orge Ben­jamin

Royal North­ern Col­lege of Mu­sic, Manch­ester, 22-23 Jan­uary

Tel: +44 (0)161 907 5555

Web: www.rncm.ac.uk

Clark Run­dell mas­ter­minds a mini-fes­ti­val de­voted to the mu­sic of Ge­orge Ben­jamin (see p34) and con­ducts the BBC Phil­har­monic in land­marks such as Ringed by the Flat Hori­zon. Else­where solo and cham­ber works are spliced with new works by Bo­fan Ma and Ju­lia Han.

Ex­audi

El­vet Methodist Church, Durham, 29 Jan­uary

Tel: +44(0)191 334 3140

Web: www.mu­sic­durham.org/ mu­si­con

Ex­audi’s ‘Ital­ian Madri­gal

Book’ ex­tends from the usual sus­pects such as Mon­teverdi and Ge­su­aldo to Scia­r­rino, and, turn­ing its pages for Durham Vo­cal Fes­ti­val, they also in­clude the pre­miere of a spe­cially com­mis­sioned work from

Eric Egan.

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