Birmingham Contemporary Music Group was formed by players
of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra in 1987 and is now
established as one of the UK's most exciting ensembles.
BCMG won the 1995 Gramophone Award for Best Orchestral Recording
with the CBSO, for its EMI recording of Schoenberg's Chamber
Symphony Op 9, conducted by Rattle, featuring alongside CBSO
performances of Schoenberg's Erwartung and Variations.
In 1993 BCMG won the Prudential Award for Music and in 1994 the
prestigious Royal Philharmonic Society Chamber Ensemble Award.
The core of BCMG's work is the commissioning and performance
of new music, now channelled though its unique Sound Investment
scheme. To date the group has given around 25 world premieres
of works by composers such as Sally Beamish, Mike Gibbs, David
Lang, Colin Matthews, Detlev Müller-Siemens, Mark-Anthony
Turnage and Judith Weir.
BCMG's 96/97 season includes first performances of BCMG Sound
Investment commissions from Gerard McBurney, Osvaldo Golijov
and Peter Paul Nash.
Conductors and soloists include Mark Elder, Ilåkan Hardenberger,
Elgar Howarth, Nicholas Kraemer, Christian Lindberg and Daniel
Harding who conducts a BCMG performance in Symphony Hall of Stravinsky's
Renard (a collaboration with Birmingham Royal Ballet)
as well as Aaron Jay Kernis' Goblin Market - a previous
BCMG Sound Investment success.