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Announcing Wilde Lieder Marx.Music concerts and events in Birmingham and Trier

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BCMG’s Wilde Lieder – Marx.Music project wil commemorate the 200th anniversary of the birth of Karl Marx through fifteen new compositions, including the winners of an international call for scores and six specially-commissioned works.

Today, on Karl Marx’s birthday, we are delighted to announce the six composers we have commissioned, including two Sound Investments, concert dates and venues.

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Dates for your diary

Birmingham, United Kingdom

Music and Society
Thursday 30 August, 8pm
CBSO Centre, Birmingham

Insight and season launch event with Wilde Lieder Marx.Music composers, competition winners and BCMG Artistic Director Stephan Meier. Get exclusive insight into BCMG’s Marx.Music project as well as other projects in BCMG’s 2018-19 season.

Marx.Music in Concert
Tuesday 4 September, 7.30pm
CBSO Centre, Birmingham

Marx.Music compositions in concert, performed by Birmingham Contemporary Music Group. Works by Robert Reid Allan (Sound Investment), Celeste Oram (Sound Investment), Sergej Newski, Frédéric Pattar, Kaspar Querfurth, Richie Wang and competition winners.

Birmingham Contemporary Music Group
Conductor: Michael Wendeberg
Soloist: Elizabeth Atherton

Exact programmes to be announced. Event details correct at time of publication and may change.


Trier, Germany

Soundart Installation: work
Stadtmuseum Simeonstift, Trier from 1 August

Celeste Oram’s Sound Investment Commission, work will be installed as part of the city-wide Karl Marx exhibition in Stadtmuseum Simeonstift, Trier.

Marx.Music in Concert

Concert 1
Saturday 1 September, 8pm
Promotionsaula of Universität, Trier

Concert 2
Sunday 2 September, 8pm
Kurfürstliches Palais, Trier

Compositions commissioned by Birmingham Contemporary Music Group and winners of the Wilde Lieder Marx.Music international call for scores will be performed across two concerts in historic venues at the heart of Trier, Karl Marx’s birthplace. Works to include compositions by Robert Reid Allan (Sound Investment), Celeste Oram (Sound Investment), Sergej Newski, Frédéric Pattar, Kaspar Querfurth, Richie Wang.

Birmingham Contemporary Music Group
Conductor: Michael Wendeberg
Soloist: Elizabeth Atherton

Exact programmes to be announced. Event details correct at time of publication and may change.


Sound Investment Commissions

Robert Reid Alan

Robert Reid Allan is a Scottish composer living and working in East London. A graduate of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, he has worked with distinguished performers and ensembles such as Ensemble Modern, the Royal Scottish National and BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestras, Psappha and Red Note Ensembles, EXAUDI Vocal Ensemble, percussionist Joby Burgess and cellist Oliver Coates. Robert’s work has been performed across the UK.

Find out how to support Robert Reid Allan’s commission as a Note Maker, Sound Investor or Commissioner >>

Celeste Oram

Celeste Oram is a composer from Aotearoa, New Zealand, currently based in Southern California.
Celeste’s works investigate new media and strategies for musical performance and notation: video, audio, and text scores prompt performers into scenarios where they confront sound, history, and digital realities. These works have been performed and recorded by ensembles including the Callithumpian Consort (Boston), wasteLAnd (Los Angeles), the Sydney Piano Trio, the Karlheinz Company (Auckland), the Intrepid Music Project (Auckland), and presented at festivals including SICPP at the New England Conservatory, soundSCAPE festival (Maccagno, Italy), and the Melbourne Fringe Festival.

Find out how to support Celeste’s commission as a Note Maker, Sound Investor or Commissioner >>

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