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26 Jan 2024


19:30 - 21:00


Wales Millennium Centre, Bute Place, Cardiff Bay CF10 5AL

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Event Info

Gavin Higgins

Sarabande [World Premiere]

Tan Dun

Trombone Concerto: Three Muses in Video Game [UK Premiere]

Thomas Whitcombe

And the Skies Became Vermilion

Ross Edwards

Chorale and Ecstatic Dance [UK Premiere]

James MacMillan

Her tears fell with the dews at even [UK Premiere]

BBC National Orchestra of Wales

Jordan de Souza  conductor

Jörgen van Rijen  trombone

A world premiere, 3 UK premieres and a young upcoming composer… BBC NOW – NOW! is our new contemporary series dedicated to the best new music from around the world being written today.

Kicking off the series is BBC NOW’s Composer-in-Association, Gavin Higgins, with the concerts world premiere, his Sarabande, before we turn to the exciting multi-award-winning Chinese American composer Tan Dun and his Three Muses in Video Game. This trombone concerto pays tribute to gaming music, whilst reflecting the traditional music of China – with its movements named after ancient Chinese instruments these distinctive sounds are the muse for orchestra and soloist alike. To perform we’re delighted to welcome Jörgen van Rijen, who also gave the works world premiere.

Composition: Wales 2023 participant Thomas Whitcombe’s And the Skies Become Vermillion leads us into a celebration of Ross Edwards’ 80th birthday with the UK premiere of his rhythmic, colourful and radiant Chorale and Ecstatic Dance, then comes a UK premiere by Sir James MacMillan. A musical snapshot of Alfred, Lord Tennyson’s poem Mariana – the work explores grief through highly charged and expressive modal melodies vying with primal outbursts, lamenting and introverted solos and complex counterpoint.