Britten Pears Contemporary Ensemble

First performances of pieces written by young composers on the 2019 Britten Pears Contemporary Composition and Performance course led by Jessica Cottis, Mark-Anthony Turnage and Colin Matthews.

In 2019 conductor Jessica Cottis and composers Mark-Anthony Turnage and Colin Matthews led the internationally renowned Britten Pears Contemporary Composition and Performance course. This year the course participants reunite to present the first performances developed on the course by exciting young composers.

The programme also includes Turnage's opener, a new work by Laura Shipsey featuring ultra-soprano Emily Thorner, and a dramatic first performance from 2021-22 Britten Pears Young Artists Robin Haigh and trombone quartet Slide Action. The concerto for four trombone soloists and large ensemble is tailor-made for the theatricality and dynamism of the group, evoking the bombast of film trailer music and the “banal tragedy” of TV adverts.

Mark-Anthony Turnage:
A Furious Fanfare (1)
Blair Boyd:
Behind the Pattern (first performance) (5)
Laura Shipsey:
The Time Being (first performance) (5)
Alex Paxton:
Spudspangle (first performance) (5)
Euchar Gravina:
with tunes of maybe-elation (first performance) (5)
Theo Chandler:
In the Divining Lair (first performance) (5)
Laura Shipsey:
new work (first performance, Britten Pears Arts commission) (7)
Robin Haigh:
THE DREAMERS (first performance, Britten Pears Arts commission) (20)
Emily Thorner soprano

Slide Action trombone quartet

BP Contemporary Ensemble

Jessica Cottis conductor

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Britten Pears Contemporary Ensemble
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