Hotter than July: contemporary music at this year’s Prom

April 18, 2013

This year’s BBC Proms season has now been announced, and there’s a veritable feast of contemporay music on offer this year. Continue reading


Stockhausen comes to Canterbury: Zodiac

April 13, 2013

Stockhausen’s Tierkreis (Zodiac) comes to Canterbury as part of Sounds New next month, in a performance from the New Perspectives ensemble, conducted by Timothy Lines.

20130412-231619.jpgWritten in 1975, Tierkreis comprises twelve melodies for each of the twelve signs of the Zodiac; originally written for twelve music boxes, Stockhausen issued the piece in several different arrangements, allowing each interpreter to create his or her own version by using special formulas. It is one of the most beautiful and accessible of Stockhausen’s compositions, with each melody based on a serial concept, although not all the material adheres strictly to a twelve-tone row.

This will be a day wherein students from The Royal College of Music, the experimental ensemble New Perspectives, directed by Timothy Lines, himself an established clarinettist and performer with London Sinfonietta, and students from Canterbury Christ Church University will explore the piece. There will be a performance of the work, in a new interpretation created by the students, followed by a masterclass/workshop with the conductor (other pieces in the concert will be announced shortly).

Sounds New is delighted to welcome the New Perspectives ensemble and Timothy Lines back to Canterbury; the group performed Jonathan Harvey’s Bhakti as part of the festival last year.

The concert is on Thursday May 9th at 1pm at St. Gregory’s centre for music, and will be followed by a talk. Tickets are £6; £5 (Friends) and free for CCCU students.