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Birmingham Contemporary Music Group

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Sir Simon Rattle is the Group's Founding Patron and has conducted BCMG in the UK, on tour in Europe and America, and on several EMI recordings. John Woolrich was appointed BCMG Artistic Associate in the 2002/2003 season. BCMG was awarded The Arts Ball 2002 Outstanding Achievement Award and has also won prestigious Prudential, Royal Philharmonic Society, Gramophone and PRS Millennial awards. In May 2005, BCMG were the recipients of the Royal Philharmonic Society Award for Audience Development for its Shropshire Tours programme.

The core of BCMG's work is the performance of new music, and the Group has premiered over 80 new works by leading UK and overseas composers. Most have been commissioned with the help of a large number of individuals through BCMG's ground-breaking Sound Investment scheme. The Group regularly tours nationally and internationally. Recent UK engagements have included appearances at the 2004 Aldeburgh and Cheltenham Festivals, and at the BBC Proms with Birmingham Opera Company for Benjamin Britten's Curlew River. During the current season BCMG will tour to Denmark and Sweden with Diego Masson, Ireland with Alexander Briger and Portugal with Susanna Mälkki. Previous projects have included a European tour with Sir Simon Rattle in 2000, a tour of India in 2002 with Judith Weir and Indian storyteller Vayu Naidu, and visits to the Berlin Festival, Radio France Présences and Vienna's Wien Modern Festivals.

BCMG is committed to engaging the widest possible range of people with its work, and runs extensive education and audience-building programmes in pursuit of this aim. Projects with young people in and out of school and with adults in a range of community settings are complemented by free performance projects such as the Group's popular 'Rural Tours', Late-Night performances and Meet-the-Composer days. BCMG broadcasts often on BBC Radio, has made TV programmes for BBC and Independent Television, and CD recordings for EMI, Decca, Canteloupe and NMC. The relationship with NMC is particularly strong, with the recent launch of a new CD of Simon Holt's music, conducted by Sir Simon Rattle and Martyn Brabbins, and several more discs planned.




African Soul Rebels
Featuring Rachid Taha, Tinariwen and Daara J - innovative and provocative African music

Andy Sheppard
Find out more about one of Britain's foremost tenor and soprano saxophonists.

Bradley Creswick
Leader of the Northern Sinfonia

Daniel Norman
Daniel Norman was a choral scholar at New College Oxford, and went on to study with Diane Forlano at the Royal Academy of Music

Denys Baptiste
The brightest young star of British jazz

Diamanda Galas
Internationally acclaimed vocalist, pianist, composer and poet.

Evelyn Glennie
World-famous percussionist

Giovanni Antonini
Born in Milan, Giovanni Antonini studied at the Civica Scuola di Musica and at the Centre de Musique Ancienne in Geneva.

Huw Warren
Excellent composer/pianist/bandleader visits The Sage Gateshead

Imogen Cooper
Recognized worldwide as a pianist of virtuosity and poetic poise, Imogen Cooper has established a reputation as one of the finest interpreters of the classical repertoire.

Interview with Bradley
Delve into Bradley's musical tastes - then ask him a question on our online forums!

James Blunt
Find out more about James Blunt, a singer-songwriter that's lived a life that should provide enough material for a dozen albums!

Katarina Dalayman
Katarina Dalayman made her debut, at the Royal Opera Stockholm, with Amelia in Simon Boccanegra.

Kathryn Tickell
Find out more about Kathryn Tickell's musical career spanning almost 20yrs

Lesley Garrett
What a soprano -

Mark Wilde
Born in Scotland, Mark Wilde, was a chorister at Dundee Cathedral. He then went on to study at the University of East Anglia and the Royal College of Music.

Massed Brass
Find out about the featured artists in the 'Massed Brass' concert - Reg Vardy (Ever Ready) Band, BHK (UK) Ltd, Horden Band & Fishburn Band.

Maximo Park
Warp's 'most important pop commodity'.

Nancy Sinatra
Icon of Pop culture!

Omar Sosa Palacios
Master Cuban pianist and Composer

Philharmonia Orchestra
One of the world’s great orchestras, the Philharmonia Orchestra celebrates its 60th Anniversary in 2005 at one of the most exciting times in its distinguished history.

Roots Manuva
UK Hip Hop veteran/legend comes to The Sage Gateshead.

Roy Ayers
Vibraphone tinkler extroardinaire and Soul/Funk/Jazz legend!

Sister Sledge
featuring Kathy & Kim Sledge...

Stephan Loges
Born in Dresden, Stephan Loges was a member of the Dresdner Kreuzchor before going on to study at the Hochschule der Künste Berlin and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London....

Thomas Zehetmair
Music Director of the Northern Sinfonia and award winning violinist

Viktoria Mullova
One of the worlds most astonishing and individual violinists...

Yannick Nézet-Séguin
Yannick Nézet-Séguin
Yannick Nézet-Séguin is the Artistic Director of the Orchestre Métropolitain in Montreal and Principal Guest Conductor of the Victoria Symphony.

Zubin Mehta
Read more about the conductor who will be making a rare UK appearance at The Sage Gateshead.

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