spnm's 60th birthday season...
...spnm celebrate its past and its future.

spnm celebrates its 60th birthday with a season that features both its past and its future, inviting back more than 10 former Vice Presidents, Artistic Directors and associated composers to curate individual events, workshops and talks that reflect their experiences of spnm and their diverse visions of a musical future. Programming emerging composers with Knights of the Realm in events across the nation, with styles ranging from jazz crossover to the avant garde, spnm's season promotes new music for all.

4 April 2003, 7.30pm (NB: not 9 April)
BBC Singers
St. Paul's Church, Knightsbridge, Wilton Place, London, SW1

Curator: Robert Saxton

BBC Singers
Nicholas Kok, conductor
David Goode, organ

Guy Newbury May*** (spnm shorlisted work)
Nicholas Brown Stillness*** (spnm shortlisted work)
Alan Williams Messages from the Scrolls*** (spnm shortlisted work)
Robin Holloway Woefully arrayed
Elizabeth Maconchy Nocturnal
Britten Hymn to the Virgin
Vaughan Williams Valiant for Truth

plus works for organ by Lutyens, Sherlaw Johnson and Maxwell Davies

BBC invitation concert of new choral works to celebrate spnm's 60th birthday, curated by Robert Saxton (first performed by spnm in 1972). The BBC Singers, conducted by Nicholas Kok, present a programme that juxtaposes spnm composers past and present, with former spnm presidents Vaughan Williams, Britten and Maconchy standing alongside Robert Saxton's pick of the current shortlist. The programme also celebrates spnm's involvement in music education, with works by some of Britain's most celebrated composition teachers. Join us to rejoice in 60 years of choral writing.

Tickets free (subject to capacity), available by calling , emailing or online at www.bbc.co.uk/tickets

1 June 2003
Bath International Music Festival
Curator: Deirdre Gribbin
The Forum, Bath

Northern Sinfonia
Baldur Bronnimann, conductor

Deirdre Gribbin will be spnm's Artistic Director for 2003-04. This concert features the her Venus Blazing, commissioned by Northern Sinfonia, plus new works for chamber ensemble by spnm shortlisted composers Raymond Yiu, Robert Howard and Adrian Bamford . There will also be an afternoon workshop of the spnm shortlisted works.


21 June 2003
Spitalfields Festival, London
Curator: Sir Richard Rodney Bennett

Britten Sinfonia
Richard Baker, conductor
Jonathan Lemalu

Sir Richard Rodney Bennett Songs Before Sleep (BBC/RPS commission)
Thea Musgrave Lamenting with Ariadne (London Premiere)
plus new works by spnm shortlisted composers

Box Office: 020 7377 1362

October-November 2003
The Homemade Orchestra
Touring throughout the UK
Curators: Colin Riley, Tim Whitehead

Concerts of new works for chamber orchestra

15 October 2003, 6pm
Kreutzer Quartet
Wigmore Hall, London
Curator: Sir Peter Maxwell Davies

Early evening concert of new works for string quartet prior to the world premiere of Maxwell Davies' new Naxos Quartet No.1.

Box Office: 020 7935 2141

4 December 2003
Jane's Minstrels
venue tbc
Curator: Jane Manning

A concert of new ensemble works and works for voice and guitar.


collaborations with: the Michael Nyman Band (curated by Michael Nyman), the BBC Symphony Orchestra (Ann McKay), and spnm's own Premiere Crew (Stephen Montague)

and events curated by: Sir Harrison Birtwistle, Judith Weir, Michael Rosas Cobian and Alexander Goehr

Click here to see Steve Martland's season in 2001/2002

Click here to see Steve Martland's season in 2000/2001

Click here for details of Joanna MacGregor's season in 1999/2000



And beyond...
Watch out for updates here on the spnm web site and in new notes every month.

spnm gratefully acknowledges generous financial support from The Arts Council of England, London Arts Board, The Britten Pears Foundation, The Esmée Fairbairn Charitable Trust, The Eastern Arts Board, The Paul Hamlyn Foundation, The Hinrichsen Foundation, The Holst Foundation, The Idlewild Trust, John Lewis Partnership, The Ludgate Trust administrated by the Musicians' Benevolent Fund, The Performing Right Society, The PRS Foundation, Sir Richard Rodney Bennett, The Michael Tippett Musical Foundation, The RVW Trust and the Year of Opera and Music Theatre.