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BBC Proms 2016

The 2016 BBC Proms season has been announced and this year we look forward to performances of a generous selection of works from the Schott catalogue, including exciting UK and world premiere performances.
Commissioned by BBC Radio 3 for this years Proms festival, Huw Watkins’ Cello Concerto will receive its world premiere performance by BBC National Orchestra of Wales and Paul Watkins conducted by Thomas Søndergård. BBC NOW will also join BBC National Chorus of Wales in a performance of Tippett’s A Child of Our Time conducted by Mark Wigglesworth. Dutilleux’s The Shadows of Time and Schoenberg’s A Survivor from Warsaw are programmed together in a concert with the Philharmonia under the direction of Esa-Pekka Salonen and a lunchtime concert of choral works by Stile Antico will include Huw Watkins’ The Phoenix and the Turtle. Ligeti’s iconic Ramifications also appears in a programme performed by London Sinfonietta and Widmann’s Con Brio will be performed by the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra under the direction of Daniel Barenboim.
UK premieres taking place include Widmann’s Armonica performed by BBC Philharmonic Orchestra and John Storgårds, Larcher’s Symphony No. 2 – Kenotaph performed by BBC Symphony Orchestra and Semyon Bychkov, and Julian Anderson’s latest orchestral work Incantesimi, commissioned by the Berliner Philharmoniker Foundation, performed by Berlin Philharmonic and Simon Rattle.

Swept Away Festival features Toch, Weill and Hindemith

From 19 to 21 June, Continuum Ensemble presents Swept Away: a series of concerts and talks based around the lost music of Berlin and Vienna in the 1920s including works by Schott composers Ernst Toch, Kurt Weill and Paul Hindemith.
Featuring eleven UK premieres, the festival brings to light music by composers lost for decades due to censorship and political turbulence. The music is distinctly modern, encompassing a broad range of influences including the Far East, jazz and dance, and will be featured across five concerts over the weekend.
Highlights include Toch’s satirical miniature opera Egon und Emilie and the UK premiere of The Chinese Flute, a song cycle by Toch based on the same text as Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde, orchestrated with lighter harmonies and coloured by whole tones and modal scales.
The festival will also host pre-concert talks around cultural life and censorship during this period of political and social instability, and in the arts today.