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October 7th, 2016

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 ‘It took us six years to find a way to put on Crowd Out ... one of the premieres of which I am most proud.’ David Lang’s Crowd Out at Millennium Point, Birmingham.  Photograph: Robert Day

‘It took us six years to find a way to put on Crowd Out … one of the premieres of which I am most proud.’ David Lang’s Crowd Out at Millennium Point, Birmingham.
Photograph: Robert Day

From requests for disused shops, paperbacks, toys, to an ocean bed, composers have kept BCMG on their toes. Outgoing artistic director Stephen Newbould reflects on the challenges and excitement at the cutting edge of contemporary music

What do you do when a composer announces that the work you’ve just commissioned for 15 musicians will need 1,000 performers; or asks for the premiere to be in a boarded-up shop; or wants you to time precisely how long it takes to get from the top floor of your concert hall to the bottom?

Smile, breathe deeply, and cheer. Today’s composers like to tread new territory, and in hearing things afresh, they sometimes need to rewrite the rulebook. This urge to explore is what makes contemporary music so exhilarating and so unexpected. And it’s why I love it. Full story.

Stephen Newbould (The Guardian) / 30 April, 2016

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