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Performer: Huw Watkins

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LondonTamsin Waley-Cohen & Huw Watkins

Tamsin Waley-Cohen & Huw Watkins
Boulanger, Debussy, Clarke, Beach, Beethoven
Tamsin Waley-Cohen; Huw Watkins

CambridgeBritten Sinfonia: At Lunch Two (Cambridge)

Bach, Janáček, Messiaen, Finnis, Martinů
Britten Sinfonia; Emer McDonough; Thomas Gould; Caroline Dearnley; Huw Watkins

LondonBritten Sinfonia: At Lunch Two (Wigmore)

Bach, Janáček, Messiaen, Finnis, Martinů
Britten Sinfonia; Emer McDonough; Thomas Gould; Caroline Dearnley; Huw Watkins

NorwichBritten Sinfonia: At Lunch Two (Norwich)

Bach, Janáček, Messiaen, Finnis, Martinů
Emer McDonough; Thomas Gould; Caroline Dearnley; Huw Watkins

NorwichBritten Sinfonia: At Lunch Three (Norwich)

MacMillan, Davies
Jacqueline Shave; Miranda Dale; Clare Finnimore; Caroline Dearnley
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A bracing density of musical incident

Helen Grime © Amy Barton
Oliver Knussen and the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group excel in a cunningly linked group of works from the old (mid 1980s) to the brand new.
*****
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Nordic Lights with a French touch

Kaija Saariaho © Priska Ketterer
A superb lunch time concert by the Britten Sinfonia players which included outstanding performances of works by Debussy, Fauré and a newly commissioned work titled "Light and Matter” by the Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho. 
****1
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Dancing to Benjamin Britten: Richard Alston’s Phaedra

Les Illuminations (Dancers: Liam Riddick & Nathan Goodman)  ©  Tony Nandi
Barbican Britten: Phaedra is just one of the events in the venue’s two-week celebration of the composer’s centenary. The programme presents four pieces choreographed by Richard Alston to Benjamin Britten’s music. Alston’s choreography is well suited to Britten’s music: both artists are lyrical, tempered, and incline toward narrative.
***11
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New music galore from the London Sinfonietta at the Southbank Centre

Martyn Brabbins conducting the London Sinfonietta  ©  Kevin Leighton
Anyone who worries for the health of contemporary composition obviously wasn’t at the Southbank Centre this Sunday, where the London Sinfonietta presented a whole afternoon and evening’s worth of new music in and around the Queen Elizabeth Hall.
****1
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Knussen's magic toybox: Wigglesworth, Wood and Watkins at the Guildhall School

Oliver Knussen  ©  Clive Barda
This month the BBC’s Total Immersion series celebrated the 60th birthday of British composer Oliver Knussen. A sensitively devised programme given at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama on Sunday featured five works composed between the 1970s and the 1990s. The collection comprised Knussen’s Autumnal for violin and piano (1976–77), written at the time of Benjamin Britten’s death, his Variations, Op. 24 for solo piano (1989), Secret Psalm for solo violin (1990, rev. 2003), Prayer Bell Sketch (1997) inspired by Tōru Takemitsu, and the aqueous Ophelia’s Last Dance for solo piano (2009–10).
***11
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