Music We'd Like To Hear

Music We'd Like To Hear
4 - 18 July

In 2005, three composers joined forces to assemble a concert series of music they had long been interested in hearing, an unashamedly personal selection, with the aim of sharing their fascination and intrigue with a wider audience. Since then they have programmed music of 72 different composers, performed by 53 different performers and ensembles from the UK, Europe, USA, and Japan. The 10th season features music by composers now becoming familiar to Music We'd Like to Hear programming, but still unfamiliar to the UK concert scene.

The featured composers are not easily categorisable, and many work across disciplines; for example in dance choreography, visual art, installation, performance art, and software engineering. Few can be said to belong to any "school" or style, and many have chosen paths outside of any academic institution. What links them is their respective definite independent individuality. 

Composer Matteo Fargion, best known for his collaborative work in the world of contemporary dance with choreographer Jonathan Burrows, features in two of the programmes this year. His Float Weave from 1996, a muted yet insistent and energetic battle of instruments, is revived in the first concert, Drums and Piano, on 4th July. The interdisciplinary thread continues with UK premieres of music by Canadian composer and visual artist Chiyoko Szlavnics, and Korean born composer and performance artist Kunsu Shim, as well as Berlin based Japanese composer Makiko Nishikaze. Also in the programme a world premiere of a rigorous and propulsive work by New York composer and software engineer Jonathan Marmor. Finally a classic work by veteran experimental composer Christian Wolff who turned 80 this year, his work For Morty, composed in 1989 as a tribute to his friend Morton Feldman. 

In the second programme on 11th July, The Ligeti Quartet present an eclectic array of genre subverting pieces, including the UK premiere of Lichtung by Carola Bauckholt, a highly original composer rarely performed in this country. Building on the enthusiastic response last year to the fascinating music of Luiz Henrique Yudo, a Brazilian-Japanese composer now living in Amsterdam, the Ligeti Quartet will present a realisation of his Chinese Wall Paper. The thread of revivals continues with a now classic work from the last decade, Five Famous Adagios by Joanna Bailie; and two works dating from early in their careers, by Matteo Fargion and by the refined non-conformist Jo Kondo

Another feature of MWLTH programming in past years has been to combine the new with the very old. In the last programme on 18th July the acclaimed viol consort Phantasm plays some of the extraordinary music of William Lawes, a radical voice in early seventeenth-century London, famous (and, until very recently, infamous) for his harmonic clashes, unpredictable melodic devices and wild juxtapositions, whose music retains its freshness and experimental daring centuries later. These exquisite tapestries of sound are contrasted with recent music sharing a contemporary immersion in sound, by Alvin Lucier, Antoine Beuger, Taylan Susam and Christian Wolff

These events are co-produced with Sound and Music as part of the 2014/15 Composer Curator programme, find out more about the events we're supporting here.

Performance dates

4 July // St Mary at Hill, London

£8 adv, £10 on the door,7:30pm, tickets available here.

11 July // St Mary at Hill, London

£8 adv, £10 on the door, 7:30pm, tickets available here.

18 July // St Mary at Hill, London

£8 adv, £10 on the door, 7:30pm, tickets available here.


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