Birmingham Contemporary Music Group

Formed in 1987 from within the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Birmingham Contemporary Music Group has a reputation for exciting performances, innovative audience-building and learning initiatives and a central commitment to composers and new work.


BCMG has premiered 200 works, many commissioned through its pioneering Sound Investment scheme, with a host of individuals helping commission each new piece. In addition to its concert season at the CBSO Centre in Birmingham, England, the ensemble tours regularly in the UK and overseas, with recent appearances at the BBC Proms and Wigmore Hall in London, and abroad at the US Library of Congress, Washington DC and Mexico’s El Cervantino Festival.


BCMG’s extensive Learning and Participation Programme supports young people as composers, performers and listeners through an exciting range of projects in- and out-of-school.  BCMG is committed to talent development and the BCMG/Sound and Music Apprentice Composer-in-Residence scheme provides access for emerging composers to the full range of the Group’s work.


Through BCMG’s Artist-in-Association Oliver Knussen, BCMG was privileged to give world and UK premieres of several of Elliott Carter’s late works, including first performances of Two Controversies and a Conversation and Conversing with Paradise as well as Carter’s final work, the piano trio Epigrams. BCMG gave the UK premiere of Dialogues II with Knussen and Pierre-Laurent Aimard, and has performed Dialogues with both Aimard and Nicolas Hodges. 


BCMG features on numerous CDs, including an ongoing series of NMC discs devoted to British composers, with recent recordings of music by Charlotte Bray, Oliver Knussen, Tansy Davies, Alexander Goehr and Richard Causton. The Group has two Artists-in- Association, Oliver Knussen and John Woolrich, and Sir Simon Rattle is the Group’s Founding Patron.

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Elliott Carter

Late Works

Pierre-Laurent Aimard, piano

Colin Currie, percussion

Isabelle Faust, violin

Jean-Guihen Queyras, cello

Birmingham Contemporary Music Group

BBC Symphony Orchestra

Oliver Knussen, conductor

ODE 1296-2

Released 08/2017

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