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Birmingham Contemporary Music Group : Exploring the Gardens with new intriguing soundscapes

May 18th,3:00 pm - 8:00 pm

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Three music-based experiences in the Gardens for balmy summer evenings.

Wander the Gardens in the early evening; to wind down, to breathe or maybe to wake up the senses for the weekend to come.  Meandering from place to place you will encounter different sounds and music; familiar and not so familiar, from relaxing to inspiring, from classical to contemporary and everything in between.

There will be seats a plenty for stopping and listening, and even rugs to fall asleep on. Immerse yourself in the ambience, smell the grass. Stop, move on, come round again – the music may have changed.

“Light, Air, Space”

Our first session on Saturday May 18th (from 3pm ) will be blessed by a visit of musicians from Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, playing across the afternoon and around the Gardens  (see details below) Feel free to stay on til sunset wandering to explore the sounds and music in other places (recorded).

“Sounds and sweet airs, that give delight, and hurt not.”

More sessions Friday June 21st and Friday July 19,  from 6pm to Sundown

You are welcome to lounge , enjoy the music gardens and dissolve away the cares of the week.

What music?

Different places, different dates , different mixes

Music from Tchaikovsky to Satie, Philip Glass to Max Richter, William Byrd to Niels Frahm, Meredith Monk to Jocelyn Pook.

(nb all music will be recorded sound, apart from on May 18th)

  • Normal Entry prices (plus voluntary donation).
  • Garden Members Free
  • Café and Bar open.

no need to book


Light, Air, Space:  Birmingham Contemporary Music Group

Saturday, 18 May 2024, 3pm, 3:30pm, 4pm and 5 pm  

Castle Bromwich Historic Gardens is the perfect place to enjoy the fresh air, feel the sun on your skin and use space to reflect.

Enjoy a programme of contemporary music from BCMG’s wind trio to punctuate the afternoon and provide a selection of music to complement the surroundings, focussed on Light, Air and Space.  Get to know our musicians during your visit to the gardens, as they present solo pieces and introduce their instruments through the afternoon, finishing with a final trio.

3 pm: Tony Robb, flute

Kaija Saariaho (1952 – 2023)​​​               Coleurs du vent (1998) 9’ Alto flute

3.30 pm: Melinda Maxwell, oboe

Melinda Maxwell (*1953)                   Solo (2023, 15’) Aulos

4 pm: Mark O’Brien, clarinet – with audience participating in this performance

Jonathan Harvey​ (1939-2012)            Cirrus Light (2012, 8’) ​clarinet solo

Harrison Birtwistle (1934-2022)         Roddy’s Reel (2009, 8’) bcl and audience

5 pm: wind trio flute, oboe and clarinet

Christian Mason (*1984)                    In Space Enlaced (2008/12, 8’) fl, ob, cl

Brian Ferneyhough (*1943)                In Nomine a 3 (2001, 3’) fl, ob, cl

Hans Abrahamsen (*1952)                 Flowersongs (1973 / 2012, 10’) fl, ob, cl




Castle Bromwich Historic Gardens
Chester Road, Castle Bromwich
Birmingham, B36 9BT United Kingdom
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0121 749 4100

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