As part of Birmingham’s 2nd CrossCurrents Festival – of which he is Artistic Director – Michael is writing two new works.
The first is Quietness, a work for solo violin, written for the brilliant German violinist Carolin Widmann, who also premiered Michael’s BBC commissioned Violin Concerto with the BBC Symphony Orchestra conducted by Sakari Oramo at the Barbican in February 2017. Quietness will be performed at the Barber Institute of Arts on Friday 16th February at 1.10pm.
The second new work is A Short Book of Harmonies for flute, clarinet, piano, vibraphone/percussion, violin and cello. It will be performed alongside two other premieres – from Richard Ayres and Ryan Latimer – as part of the launch concert for Loki, a new contemporary music ensemble conducted by Daniele Rosina. The concert is at the Elgar Concert Hall, Bramall Music Building on Friday 23rd February at 7.30pm. It is also being recorded for BBC Radio 3 Hear and Now and will be broadcast on Saturday 7 April.