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Helen Grime: Piano Concerto premiere

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“Writing for musicians with whom you have a close working relationship is always an exciting experience,” says Helen Grime of her latest work, a Piano Concerto, which will be premiered this March. The piece will be performed by pianist Huw Watkins - the composer’s husband - and Birmingham Contemporary Music Group at the Wigmore Hall, London, on March 3 and in Birmingham on March 5. Oliver Knussen will conduct both performances. The piece has been co-commissioned by Wigmore Hall and BCMG and is Grime’s first commissioned work since she was appointed Wigmore Hall’s Composer in Residence for the 16/17 and 18/19 seasons.

Scored for solo piano and an ensemble of six instruments, Helen Grime describes the piece as a “mini-homage” to Elliott Carter and Pierre Boulez, two composers who strongly influenced Grime’s work and whose music is included in the programme. Also featured is Grime’s A Cold Spring, a work which was premiered by BCMG in 2009.

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Grime’s orchestral Two Eardley Pictures, which were premiered at the 2016 BBC Proms, have been shortlisted in the inaugural Scottish Awards for New Music. The winners will be announced at a ceremony in Glasgow on March 8. Future performances include the premieres of a song cycle for Ruby Hughes and a new orchestral work for the London Symphony Orchestra conducted by Sir Simon Rattle in the 17/18 season.