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    French conductor Franck Ollu makes his Proms debut, directing the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group in the first of two concerts celebrating composer Pierre Boulez’s 90th-birthday year.

    Boulez’s own Notations – written while he was still a student – sits alongside his Dérive 2, both works embedded in the ‘family tree’ of a composer whose works interconnect in ever-evolving ways.

    The concert also features Wanderlied for cello and ensemble by Boulez’s French-American contemporary Betsy Jolas, as well as music by two young composers new to the Proms: Shiori Usui and Joanna Lee.

  • Programme

    Pierre Boulez, arr. Schöllhorn
    Notations 2, 11 & 10; La treizième 4’
    UK premiere

    Shiori Usui
    Ophiocordyceps unilateralis s.l. c7’
    BBC commission: world premiere

    Betsy Jolas
    Wanderlied 12’
    UK premiere

    Joanna Lee
    Hammer of Solitude c7’
    BBC commission: world premiere

    Pierre Boulez
    Dérive 2 45’

    Ulrich Heinen cello
    Hilary Summers contralto

    Birmingham Contemporary Music Group
    Franck Ollu conductor

    There will be no interval