Birmingham Contemporary Music Group

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Birmingham Contemporary Music Group (BCMG) is a chamber ensemble based in Birmingham, England specialising in the performance of new and contemporary music. BCMG performs regularly at the CBSO Centre and Symphony Hall in Birmingham, tours nationally and worldwide and has appeared several times at the Proms in London.

Musicians from the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra formed the ensemble in 1987, with Simon Rattle as its founding patron. Since then BCMG has premiered over 150 new works and won numerous awards, including the 2004 Royal Philharmonic Society Audience Development Award, the 1995 Gramophone Award for Best Orchestral Recording, the 1993 Royal Philharmonic Society Chamber Ensemble Award, the 1993 Prudential Award for Music, and The Arts Ball 2002 Outstanding Achievement Award.

Thomas Adès was the first music director of BCMG, from 1998 to 2000.[1] The current artistic director of BCMG is Stephen Newbould. John Woolrich and Oliver Knussen are the current artists-in-association with BCMG.[2]

Sound Investment[edit]

This is a partnership between BCMG, the composers whom it commissions to write new pieces and BCMG's audience. Members of the public are invited to "invest" in a new commission by paying a sum of money, currently £150, to purchase Sound Investment Units in the new work and so contribute to the costs involved in commissioning new pieces. For each commissioned piece, a certain number of Units are available, typically 30-50.[3] Sound Investors are kept informed about "their" work's progress and are invited to attend rehearsals, as well as the first public performance. They are also able to purchase either a signed copy of the score or receive a signed copy of the score's title page. Composer Colin Matthews, who has had four works commissioned by BCMG, has called the Sound Investors "a remarkable group...although the only return on their investment is a signed copy of the score.[4]

Composers and works commissioned through Sound Investment[edit]

(The year shown is the year of first performance)

1995: Philip Cashian: Chamber Concerto

1996: Sally Beamish: A Book of Seasons

1997: Thomas Adès: Concerto Conciso

1998: Simon Bainbridge: Guitar Concerto

2000: Gerald Barry: Wiener Blut

2000: Colin Matthews Continuum

2000: John Woolrich Bitter Fruit

2002: Gerald Barry: Dead March

2004: Philip Cashian: Three Pieces

2005: Julian Anderson: Book of Hours

2006: Philip Cashian: Skein

2006: Tansy Davies: Falling Angel

2006: John Woolrich: Going a Journey

2007: Elvind Buene: Garland (for Matthew Locke)

2008: Gerald Barry: Beethoven

2008: Luke Bedford: Good Dream She Has

2009: Johannes Maria Staud: One Movement and Five Miniatures

2011: Silvina Milstein: de oro y sombra ... [5]

2012: Tansy Davies Nature

2012: Alexander Goehr To These Dark Steps


  1. ^ Rian Evans (18 March 2008). "BCMG/Adès(CBSO Centre, Birmingham)". The Guardian. Retrieved 2008-04-17. 
  2. ^ Rian Evans (25 October 2006). "BCMG/Knussen (CBSO Centre, Birmingham)". The Guardian. Retrieved 2008-04-17. 
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  4. ^ Colin Matthews, "Diary of a Composition", Areté, Winter 2000, pp. 71-80.
  5. ^ BCMG Silvina Milstein page

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