Birmingham Record Company Day

Birmingham Record Company Day

Frontiers Series

Date and time
02 May 2019 (11:00am - 11:55pm)

Royal Birmingham Conservatoire

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£5 individual event, £20 day ticket

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Birmingham Record Company Day launches an exciting partnership between BRC and the internationally acclaimed NMC Recordings with this special one day festival featuring performances and works from many of the artists associated with the label.

Expect to hear a diverse range of explorative, energised and fresh new work ranging from minimal, rhythmically driving music for piano and electronics through to wild ensemble composition and performance works which question the nature of concert music presentation in radical and innovative ways.

Join us to celebrate this unique development and experience some of the future releases from the label performed by an array of exceptional artists. #BIRMINGHAMNEWMUSIC

£5 individual event, £20 day ticket


11am Recital Hall

For surround-sound Moog-based electroacoustic.


12.30pm The Lab
Xenia Pestova
Ed Bennett electronics

Out of Nowhere draws upon material from the traditional Irish air Pórt Na BPúcaí (known in English as Song of the Fairies), a ghostly and beautiful tune believed to have originated in the Blasket Islands off the remote South West coast of Ireland.

Lauded for dynamic energy and crystalline precision” (RTE Nova Ireland) Xenia Pestova’s performances and recordings have earned her a reputation as a leading interpreter of uncompromising repertoire of her generation.

Ed Bennett’s music has been described as anarchic (Irish Times), manic (Classical Music) and ‘thrilling’ (Gramophone) and is often characterised by its strong rhythmic energy, extreme contrasts and the combination of acoustic, electronic and multimedia elements

This work was commissioned for Xenia Pestova by INTER / actions Festival for Interactive Electronic Music / Frontiers+ Festival / Cork Orchestral Society and was made possible with funding through Beyond Borders from the PRS for Music Foundation, Creative Scotland, Arts Council of Ireland, Arts Council of Northern Ireland and the Arts Council of Wales.


2pm Recital Hall
Errollyn Wallen piano
Thallein Ensemble
NEXT Musicians

Andrew Toovey Music for the painter Jack Smith
Andrew Hamilton Waldo 
Genevieve Murphy Your Blue, my Purple 
Kirsty Devaney Root 
Fumiko Miyachi Hedge
Errollyn Wallen Greenwich Variations 
Joe Cutler Slippery Music

As part of this special day of events, the inaugural cohort of NEXT musicians join our Thallein Ensemble for a programme of new and recent works from composers, who are either tutors or graduates of Royal Birmingham Conservatoire. This event will be recorded for future broadcast on BBC Radio 3’s Hear and Now.


4pm Workshop 2

Post-Paradise is a grassroots experimental music series run by a collective of composers based in Birmingham, UK. Now in its third season, they have created a centre of activity for new music in the city, programming established and emerging composers from the UK and abroad. This concert will be a one-off event, showcasing the curatorial vision of the series in a different space and format.


6pm Recital Hall
Created by Seán Clancy and Andy Ingamells

This could be about being an Englishman in Ireland playing Gaelic sports in secret. It could be about having a son and being a dad, about male friendship and bonding, buddy movies and playing catch in the back garden on a sunny afternoon. It might also be about making electronic sounds, possibly with text, somewhere between improvisation, composition, hurling, co-operating, and being open to suggestion.


7.30pm The Lab
A concert event by Paul Norman and Michael Wolters
Feat. Cobalt Duo (Kate Halsall and Fumiko Miyachi)

Emojis are a comparatively recent addition to our lives, but their look and style as well as their use has shaped the way we communicate. They are a pictorial, symbol-driven language and thus quite close to the language of music notation.

Some people use them in every text message they send, some people revert back to their old Nokia phone to avoid them. The selection of emojis decided on by the developers is fascinating, their official names and descriptions create fantastically odd texts, the gender and race issues around emojis say a lot about the state of the world.

We have created Catalogue d’Emojis as a “concert event” (which is not really a thing but it’s about as close as we can get to a definition that we are happy with). It could also be called “music theatre”, but we think that “concert” emphasises the fact that it is a through-composed piece of music. “Event”, on the other hand, relates to the FLUXUS-inspired idea of the “event score” and the fact that we give ourselves tasks that we execute in the performance.

When the audience walks in they will have a choice of sitting or standing. There is only one row of chairs that surrounds the stage. This brings the audience extremely close to what the performers are doing. The show consists of lots of music but also movement and dance, text and stories, vegan music and more.


9pm Eastside Jazz Club

An all-star line-up bring today's one day festival celebrating Birmingham Record Company to a close. This event features sets from Conservatoire tutors and graduates including Khyam Allami, Luke Deane, Anna Palmer, Howard Skempton and Errollyn Wallen.

Forthcoming events in Frontiers Series

Forthcoming dates will be announced soon.