Proms, premieres and other performances – Thea Musgrave at 80

Proms, premieres and other performances – Thea Musgrave at 80
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Beginning this autumn and continuing until the end of the year, a remarkable series of performances around the UK celebrates the music of Thea Musgrave in her eightieth birthday year.

On September 6 The Royal Scottish National Orchestra revives Rainbow - a work written for the orchestra in 1990 - at its concert under Music Director Stéphane Denève at the BBC Proms in London.

On October 5 Nicholas Daniel and members of the Chilingirian Quartet premiere a new oboe quartet, Cantilena. The work, which has been commissioned by the London Chamber Music Society, is performed at the new King’s Place concert hall in London.

The Scottish Flute Trio, which has a long-standing relationship with Musgrave’s music, premieres Taking Turns at the sound festival in Aberdeenshire on November 13. Performances follow at the Huddersfield Festival of Contemporary Music and in Glasgow and Stirling.

On December 8 and 9 two concerts at the Sage Gateshead focus exclusively on Musgrave’s music. Featuring the Northern Sinfonia conducted by Nicholas Kraemer, highlights include performances of The Seasons, Helios with Nicholas Daniel and the premiere of Take Two Oboes.

Later that month the Scottish Chamber Orchestra performs Points of View in Glasgow and Edinburgh on December 12 and 13. The piece was co-commissioned by the SCO and Manchester Camerata and was given its first performance in Manchester earlier this year.

Musgrave’s year reaches its climax with the premiere of Green by the Scottish Ensemble. The piece has been commissioned for the ensemble’s winter tour and is given a further five performances in the days following its first performance. 

Read Conrad Wilson's feature on Thea Musgrave in The Herald (Glasgow)

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