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All the brand new works premiered on the 2023 BBC Proms

All the brand new works premiered on the 2023 BBC Proms


The BBC Proms are famend for commissioning and performing new items yearly – some by already well-established and acclaimed composers; others by thrilling new expertise. Both approach, they characterize an thrilling likelihood to listen to some works initially of their performing historical past.

BBC Proms premieres 2023

Works which have by no means been carried out earlier than, lots of which have been commissioned by or in collaboration with the BBC Proms

Bohdana Frolyak: Let there be Mild (BBC fee; world premiere)

14 July (Promenade 1)

Along with being one in all Ukraine’s foremost composers, Bohdana Frolyak (born in 1968) can be a social activist.

Her new piece, ‘Let there Be Mild’, actually has a political edge to it, symbolising the return of sunshine from darkness.

Grace-Evangeline Mason: Ablaze the Moon (BBC fee; world premiere)

18 July (Promenade 6)

Named because the ‘face to observe’ for classical music in The Occasions 2020 Calendar of the Arts, the 28-year-old British composer Grace-Evangeline Mason is carving out a status for creating ethereal sound-worlds usually impressed by artwork, poetry and literature.

Her brief new work, Ablaze the Moon, is impressed by the poem ‘Tonight’ by the American lyric poet, Sara Teasdale, evoking the picture of the moon as a flower of gold hanging in a darkish sky.

Kristina Arakelyan: Whin Lands (BBC fee; world premiere)

22 July (Proms at Sage Gateshead)

A primary-prize winner on the BBC Younger Composers’ Competitors, this Armenian-born, UK-educated, composer writes music of intense lyricism, with influences starting from JS Bach and Renaissance polyphony to Stravinsky, Bartók and Khachaturian, whose music she grew up with.

Her new fee, ‘Whin Lands’ takes inspiration from Katrina Porteous’s poem This Far and No Additional, conjuring up the picture of evening falling throughout the wild, windswept panorama of Hadrian’s Wall.

Helen Grime: Meditations on Pleasure (BBC co-commission; UK premiere)

23 July (Promenade 12)

Described in The Guardian, as somebody with a novel palette, who ‘writes as if her music must be informed’, Helen Grime is likely one of the foremost British up to date composers.

First carried out on the Walt Disney Live performance Corridor in February 2023, her BBC co-commission is an exploration of pleasure in its many types, with every of its three actions taking as its place to begin a unique poem related to pleasure.

Catherine Lamb: Parts Clear/Opaque (BBC fee; world premiere)

24 July (Promenade 13)

The US-born, Berlin-based composer describes her music as exploring ‘the interplay of tone, summations of shapes and shadows, phenomenological expansions, the structure of the liminal (states in between exterior/inside), and the lengthy introduction kind.’

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Her new piece, carried out by the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra underneath Ilan Volkov, is a trio of actions impressed by color idea that transfer steadily from sonic enlargement to break down.

Noriko Koide: Swaddling Silk and Gossamer Rain (BBC fee; world premiere)

25 July (Promenade 14)

The 41-year-old Japanese composer has embraced an enormous spectrum of sound-worlds, from that of rigorous up to date music on one facet to pop and improvisation on the opposite.

This yr’s Proms collection sees the European premiere of her silkworm-inspired Swaddling Silk and Gossamer Rain, commissioned for final yr’s BBC Proms Japan.

Olivia Belli: Limina Luminis (BBC fee; world premiere)

25 July (Promenade 15)

The co-founder of a competition through which dancers, actors, photographers, video makers and painters collaborate with musicians, this Italian composer has lengthy been within the boundary between artwork types.

For this late evening live performance, she has written a brand new work for organist Anna Lapwood, who makes her Proms debut.

Mason Bates: Piano Concerto (UK premiere)

30 July (Promenade 20)

Identified for increasing the orchestra to incorporate electronics in his works, the American composer-cum-DJ Mason Bates refuses to be certain by musical classes: he thinks of the orchestra as an enormous synthesiser, and commonly integrates jazz, techno, drum-n-bass in addition to area recordings into his music.

Premiered in Philadelphia in January 2022, his Piano Concerto bucks the pattern, in that it comprises no trace of electronics. It does, nonetheless, take affect from Renaissance madrigals, dance-club rhythms, Bach’s keyboard works, jazz, Minimalism in addition to the plush sound of Hollywood.

Derrick Skye: Nova Plexus (BBC Fee; world premiere)

31 July (Promenade 21)

This Los Angeles-based composer, conductor and educator is understood for writing music that integrates practices from cultures all over the world.

His 18-minute new work, Nova Plexus, might be carried out by the BBC Nationwide Orchesra of Wales underneath Ryan Bancroft.

Ivan Karabits: Concerto for Orchestra No.1, ‘A Musical Present to Kyiv’ (UK premiere)

2 August (Promenade 24)

The daddy of the conductor Kirill Karabits, Ivan was one in all Ukraine’s main twentieth century composers, whose music was steeped in Ukrainian people traditions, with nods to each Mahler and Shostakovich.

Concerto for Orchestra No.1, nonetheless, displays the affect of Karabits’s buddy and mentor: the Soviet-Russian composer Rodion Shchedrin. Written as a celebration for the one hundred and fiftieth anniversary of Kiev, it’s a vibrant and theatrical work with quickly shifting musical surroundings, as if designed as a whistle cease tour of Kiev’s landmarks.

Jimmy López Bellido Perú Negro (European premiere)

4 August (Promenade 27)

Although broadly identified in America, the daring, muscular and ever vibrant music of the Peruvian composer Jimmy López Bellido deserves extra UK-based listeners.

This BBC Promenade ought to present a good few, that includes the UK premiere of Bellido’s 16-minute work Perú Negro, an intensely rhythmical work exhibiting the affect of Afro-Peruvian music.

Roxanna Panufnik: A Floral Tribute (BBC Co-ommission: world premiere)

9 August (Promenade 34)

Eclectic, imaginative and stylistically broad ranging as it’s, the music of Roxanna Panufnik is tough to pin down. However one factor you might name it’s emotionally direct.

Set in reminiscence of Queen Elizabeth II, to a poem by Poet Laureate Simon Armitage, her Floral Tribute is one thing of a bittersweet lullaby, mourning the late queen’s passing whereas celebrating her most interesting qualities.

György Kurtag: Endgame (European premiere)

17 August (Promenade 43)

Typically talked about in the identical breath as his late buddy Gyögy Ligeti, the 97-year-old Hungarian composer György Kurtág is royalty – so far as the world of up to date classical music is anxious.

Endgame, his opera based mostly on Samuel Beckett’s nice absurdist play, drew hyperbole from critics after its 2018 world premiere at La Scala. ‘Beckett has been ready for Kurtág all this time,’ wrote The New Yorker, whereas The Guardian named it one of many best operas of the century.

Samy Moussa: Symphony No. 2 (European premiere)

18 August (Promenade 44)

Born and raised in Montreal, this 39-year-old composer and conductor is quickly gaining traction on the earth of up to date classical music, because of the colourful color and vitality of his work.

Premiered final yr in Toronto, his Symphony No. 2 has been described as a ‘Neo-Romantic providing’, that comes throughout ‘very similar to a lush film soundtrack.’

Judith Weir: Start Afresh (BBC fee; world premiere)

24 August (Promenade 51)

Though she is greatest identified for her operas and theatrical works, the Grasp of the King’s Music brings a theatricality to all of her output, conjuring up a way enchantment by the only of means.

This new piece, impressed by Philip Larkin’s poem ‘The Bushes’, is ‘a sort of diary’ within the composer’s phrases: ‘an nearly steady survey of musical reflections concerning the timber and crops I noticed, in a really city setting, over the interval of a yr.’

Julia Adolphe: Makeshift Citadel (European premiere)

25 August (Promenade 52)

As somebody who has lengthy juggled a twin worldwide profession as a live performance organist and prolific composer, Identified, as she is, for the mercurial high quality of her music, Julia Adolphe has chosen an acceptable identify for her new piece. Makeshift Citadel, which premiered at Tanglewood final yr, is a 15-minute-long meditation – within the phrases of the composer herself – ‘on the contrasting states of permanence and ephemerality’.

Rachel Laurin: Prelude and Fugue in G main (world premiere)

26 August (Promenade 54)

As somebody who has lengthy juggled a twin worldwide profession as a live performance organist and prolific composer, Rachel Laurin has made an enormous contribution to organ repertoire over the previous few a long time.

Her Prelude and Fugue in G main will see Laurin’s compatriot, the Canadian organist Isabelle Demers, making her Proms debut, placing the Royal Albert Corridor’s almighty organ by its paces.

Carlos Simon: 4 Black American Dances (European premiere)

26 August (Promenade 55)

The son of a preacher, this Atlanta-based composer embraces all types of genres – jazz, gospel, hip-hop and up to date classical music amongst them – writing every part from movie scores to live performance music.

His 4 Black American Dances is meant as a snapshot of the cultural and social variations with the Black American communities, exploring the music related to the Ring Shout, the Waltz, Faucet Dance and the Holy Dance.

Jon Hopkins: New work (BBC fee; world premiere)

29 August (Promenade 58)

Till now, Jon Hopkins was principally referred to as a producer, digital musician, remixer and long-term collaborator of Brian Eno and Coldplay. Within the meantime, although, he has beavered away, growing his personal id, type and sound.

That sound might be showcased on 29 August, when he makes his BBC Proms debut with a world premiere: a 22-minute psychedelic drone epic for orchestra, choir and piano.

Sarah Rodgers: Seascapes (BBC fee; world premiere)

8 September (Proms at Nice Yarmouth)

A direct descendant of the household of Henry Purcell, the British composer Sarah Rodgers is understood for her curiosity in cross-cultural music, usually utilizing indigenous devices from different international locations. Her newest venture, nonetheless, roots her firmly within the UK.

For Nice Yarmouth’s first ever BBC Promenade, this September, she has written a chunk referred to as Seascapes, bringing the color and character of the British coastal setting to life.

Gabriela Ortiz: Clara (UK premiere)

8 September (Promenade 70)

With an intensely rhythmical musical language that embraces people music and jazz, Gabriela Ortiz is one in all Mexico’s most sought-after classical composers.

Clara, which premiered in New York in 2022, is impressed by the connection between Clara Wieck Schumann and Robert Schumann, and is an try, in Ortiz’s phrases ‘to voice and create, by my ear, the expressiveness and distinctive power of their advanced, but additionally fascinating personalities.’

James B. Wilson: 1922 (BBC fee; world premiere)

9 September (Promenade 71)

James B Wilson (the ‘B’ is to tell apart him from the Irish composer James Wilson, who coincidentally was born in 1922, whereas our JBW was born in 1990) studied on the Royal Academy of Music underneath the colorful Gary Carpenter (some individuals might keep in mind Carpenter’s ‘star flip’ early in his profession within the unique model of The Wicker Man), in addition to taking classes with Maxwell Davies.

He leapt to widespread consideration with Remnants, his 2020 piece impressed by a second within the Black Lives Matter motion. Since then the British composer has gained a lot popularity of the ability and visceral vitality with which he explores the tales of up to date life.

His model new piece, initially scheduled to happen at 2022’s cancelled Final Night time of the Proms, is concerning the first BBC broadcast, 101 years in the past.

Wilson’s different influences vary from Benjamin Britten to the movies of David Lynch. Amongst his many distinctive collaborations, with such musicians and ensembles because the pianist Benjamin Grosvenor and Genesis16, maybe probably the most excellent is being the primary composer to be commissioned to jot down a chunk for the Chineke! Orchestra; the ensuing piece, The Inexperienced Fuse, being premiered at The Cheltenham Pageant.



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