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Birmingham Contemporary Music Group

BCMG (Birmingham Contemporary Music Group) is a leading performance group which commissions new work and performs new and 20th century music. BCMG’s concerts are performed at all kinds of venues, from the Symphony Hall in Birmingham and other European concert halls, to rural village halls.

Funding awards

  • 2012-2013: £317,811
  • 2013-2014: £325,121
  • 2014-2015: £333,574

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'The story of traffic & endless possibilities' - Feel the Buzz composing project

'The story of traffic & endless possibilities' was created by young people as part of a Feel the Buzz composing project run by BCMG. The two-day workshop for 14 - 18 year olds ran in Wem, Shropshire, as part of BCMG's Field Notes tour in 2014. Directed by visual artist Matthew Harris, young people painted graphic scores and then performed the scores with help from workshop leader Duncan Chapman and BCMG musicians Melinda Maxwell and Bridget Carey. Field Notes is a collaboration between BCMG, Craftspace and Arts Alive. For more information click on http://www.bcmg.org.uk/whats-on/field-notes-tour-2014/

'Where's Wem?' - Feel the Buzz composing project, BCMG Field Notes tour 2014

'Where's Wem?' was created by young people as part of a Feel the Buzz composing project run by BCMG. The two-day workshop for 14 - 18 year olds ran in Wem, Shropshire, as part of BCMG's Field Notes tour in 2014. Directed by visual artist Matthew Harris, young people painted graphic scores and then performed the scores with help from workshop leader Duncan Chapman and BCMG musicians Melinda Maxwell and Bridget Carey. Field Notes is a collaboration between BCMG, Craftspace and Arts Alive. For more information click on http://www.bcmg.org.uk/whats-on/field-notes-tour-2014/

'Oboe Lost in the Wood' - Feel the Buzz composing project, BCMG Field Notes tour 2014

'Oboe Lost in the Wood' was created by young people as part of a Feel the Buzz composing project run by BCMG. The two-day workshop for 14 - 18 year olds ran in Wem, Shropshire, as part of BCMG's Field Notes tour in 2014. Directed by visual artist Matthew Harris, young people painted graphic scores and then performed the scores with help from workshop leader Duncan Chapman and BCMG musicians Melinda Maxwell and Bridget Carey. Field Notes is a collaboration between BCMG, Craftspace and Arts Alive. For more information click on http://www.bcmg.org.uk/whats-on/field-notes-tour-2014/

'Stairs' - Feel the Buzz composing project, BCMG Field Notes tour 2014

'Stairs' was created by young people as part of a Feel the Buzz composing project run by BCMG. The two-day workshop for 14 - 18 year olds ran in Wem, Shropshire, as part of BCMG's Field Notes tour in 2014. Directed by visual artist Matthew Harris, young people painted graphic scores and then performed the scores with help from workshop leader Duncan Chapman and BCMG musicians Melinda Maxwell and Bridget Carey. Field Notes is a collaboration between BCMG, Craftspace and Arts Alive. For more information click on http://www.bcmg.org.uk/whats-on/field-notes-tour-2014/

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'In The D' - Feel the Buzz composing project, BCMG Field Notes tour 2014

'In The D' was created by young people as part of a Feel the Buzz composing project run by BCMG. The two-day workshop for 14 - 18 year olds ran in Wem, Shropshire, as part of BCMG's Field Notes tour in 2014. Directed by visual artist Matthew Harris, young people painted graphic scores and then performed the scores with help from workshop leader Duncan Chapman and BCMG musicians Melinda Maxwell and Bridget Carey. Field Notes is a collaboration between BCMG, Craftspace and Arts Alive. For more information click on http://www.bcmg.org.uk/whats-on/field-notes-tour-2014/

'CDO' - Feel the Buzz composing project, BCMG Field Notes tour 2014

'CDO' was created by young people as part of a Feel the Buzz composing project run by BCMG. The two-day workshop for 14 - 18 year olds ran in Wem, Shropshire, as part of BCMG's Field Notes tour in 2014. Directed by visual artist Matthew Harris, young people painted graphic scores and then performed the scores with help from workshop leader Duncan Chapman and BCMG musicians Melinda Maxwell and Bridget Carey. Field Notes is a collaboration between BCMG, Craftspace and Arts Alive. For more information click on http://www.bcmg.org.uk/whats-on/field-notes-tour-2014/

Introducing Sound Investment

Sound Investment allows you to become involved with commissioning new music. Sound Investment provides the crucial financial support for BCMG to bring new pieces into being. Your support as a Sound Investor goes directly to the commissioning of a composer to write a new piece for BCMG. Find out more at www.bcmg.org.uk/soundinvestment All of the music featured in this film was commissioned through BCMG's Sound Investment scheme: Julian Anderson - Book of Hours Philip Cashian - Chamber Concerto Howard Skempton - Ben Somewhen Produced by De Novo Arts on behalf of BCMG Narrated by journalist and lecturer Ivan Hewett Original graphics and design by Keith Dodds

Who's going to take part in Crowd Out and how?

Birmingham Contemporary Music Group is looking for 1000 people of all ages and abilities to build an all-singing, all-shouting super group -- and we want your voice in the 'crowd'. On 8 June 2014 -- 1000 individuals will give the world premiere performances of Crowd Out, Pulitzer Prize-winning composer David Lang's new piece for 1000 voices, at Birmingham's Millennium Point, in one of the largest vocal events the city has ever seen! In this video the composer answers the question 'Who's going to take part in Crowd Out and how?'. www.bcmg.org.uk/CrowdOut

How will the rehearsal process work once people have signed up?

Birmingham Contemporary Music Group is looking for 1000 people of all ages and abilities to build an all-singing, all-shouting super group -- and we want your voice in the 'crowd'. On 8 June 2014 -- 1000 individuals will give the world premiere performances of Crowd Out, Pulitzer Prize-winning composer David Lang's new piece for 1000 voices, at Birmingham's Millennium Point, in one of the largest vocal events the city has ever seen! In this video the composer answers the question 'How will the rehearsal process work once people have signed up?'. www.bcmg.org.uk/CrowdOut

What level of commitment is required to take part?

Birmingham Contemporary Music Group is looking for 1000 people of all ages and abilities to build an all-singing, all-shouting super group -- and we want your voice in the 'crowd'. On 8 June 2014 -- 1000 individuals will give the world premiere performances of Crowd Out, Pulitzer Prize-winning composer David Lang's new piece for 1000 voices, at Birmingham's Millennium Point, in one of the largest vocal events the city has ever seen! In this video the composer answers the question 'What level of commitment is required to take part?'. www.bcmg.org.uk/CrowdOut

What will participants get out of taking part?

Birmingham Contemporary Music Group is looking for 1000 people of all ages and abilities to build an all-singing, all-shouting super group -- and we want your voice in the 'crowd'. On 8 June 2014 -- 1000 individuals will give the world premiere performances of Crowd Out, Pulitzer Prize-winning composer David Lang's new piece for 1000 voices, at Birmingham's Millennium Point, in one of the largest vocal events the city has ever seen! In this video the composer answers the question 'What will participants get out of taking part?'. www.bcmg.org.uk/CrowdOut

What will Crowd Out be like for the audience?

Birmingham Contemporary Music Group is looking for 1000 people of all ages and abilities to build an all-singing, all-shouting super group -- and we want your voice in the 'crowd'. On 8 June 2014 -- 1000 individuals will give the world premiere performances of Crowd Out, Pulitzer Prize-winning composer David Lang's new piece for 1000 voices, at Birmingham's Millennium Point, in one of the largest vocal events the city has ever seen! In this video the composer answers the question 'What will Crowd Out be like for the audience?'. www.bcmg.org.uk/CrowdOut

BCMG Gongs!

Birmingham Contemporary Music Group percussionist Adrian Spillett shows off his new gong stand! Created entirely from recycled materials (old stage rises), the stand was created specifically to neatly store our many gongs.

BCMG rehearse Silvina Milstein's de oro y sombra - part 2

On Saturday 24 September 2011, Birmingham Contemporary Music Group rehearsed Silvina Milstein's Sound Investment commission de oro y sombra ahead of its premiere in BCMG's 2011/12 concert season. For the first time ever, we recorded this process to give an insight into our world of composition, commissioning, rehearsal and performance. This is the result... For more information about our Sound Investment commissioning scheme please visit www.bcmg.org.uk/soundinvestment

BCMG rehearse Silvina Milstein's de oro y sombra - part 1

On Saturday 24 September 2011, Birmingham Contemporary Music Group rehearsed Silvina Milstein's Sound Investment commission de oro y sombra ahead of its premiere in BCMG's 2011/12 concert season. For the first time ever, we recorded this process to give an insight into our world of composition, commissioning, rehearsal and performance. This is the result... For more information about our Sound Investment commissioning scheme please visit www.bcmg.org.uk/soundinvestment

BCMG Rumpelstiltskin World Premiere 14 Nov 2009 Audience Feedback

On Saturday 14 Nov 2009 - BCMG staged the world premiere performances of a new Rumpelstiltskin adaptation with new music by composer David Sawer, commissioned through BCMG's Sound Investment scheme and movement directed by Richard Jones. Here we see and hear from some of the audience exactly what they thought of this exciting new production...

Families@4 concert - BCMG - Sunday 26 April 2009

Following the fantastic success of BCMG's Families@4 concert on Sunday 26 April 2009 we asked our audience to give us their thoughts on the event, which was specifically tailored to young children and their families. As you will see from the video, children and parents a like thoroughly enjoyed themselves. For more information on future BCMG concerts visit: www.bcmg.org.uk/diary

Ninestiles School cheerleading chant for BCMG in Yardley

In preparation of BCMG's performance in Ninestiles School on Monday 30 March we ran a Marketing workshop with some year 9 BTEC Dance and Drama students. The students were highly creative and enthusiastic and one of the outcomes of the day was this fantastic Cheerleading chant, which the schools cheerleading club performed around the school to help promote the concert.

BCMG Matthew Sergeant interview March 2009 with Nancy Johnston

Matthew Sergeant is the current Apprentice Composer in Residence with BCMG. Six months in to his post, Nancy Johnston catches up with Matthew to find out how things have been going and what plans he has for the next six months and his future beyond that...

BCMG concert - conducted by Oliver Knussen - Thursday 5 March 2009 - Audience responses

On Thursday 5 March 2009 Oliver Knussen - BCMG's Artist-in-Association conducted the ensemble in a fantastic programme of music, which included Knussen's own pieces Songs Without Voices and Coursing, alongside Julian Anderson's Khorovod and Alhambra Fantasy and Roberto Gerhard's Leo. During the evening's procedings we asked the audience to give us their feedback on how they had found the concert... this video is a summary of that feedback and is BCMG's first ever video broadcast/vodcast.

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CBSO Centre
Berkley Street
Birmingham
B1 2LF

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