Birmingham Contemporary Music Group to Perform Works Inspired by Karl Marx

Birmingham Contemporary Music Group to Perform Works Inspired by Karl Marx

The concert on 24 October will feature commissions by Celeste Oram, Frédéric Pattar and Robert Reid Allan.

The Birmingham Contemporary Music Group has announced the details of a concert exploring the life and work of Karl Marx, marking 200 years since his birth. The concert will take place at London’s Kings Place on 24 October.

The ensemble will premiere three works that respond to the ‘life, work or ideas of Karl Marx’: Frédéric Pattar’s Deflation – Eine Kleine Marxmusik, a sonic interpretation of the rise and fall of wealth in a capitalist system; Celeste Oram’s Pierrot Laborieux [work & The Work], which explores musical work as free labour and as commodity; and Robert Reid Allan’s Terry Helenson’s Revolutionary Dreams, a narrative work created in collaboration with writer and director Gareth Mattey.

Both Oram and Reid Allan’s works are BCMG Sound Investment Commissions, supported by the ensemble’s public donation system; Pattar’s work is a BCMG commission.

The ensemble will be conducted by Michael Wendeberg and will feature soprano Elizabeth Atherton. The concert will also feature speakers Dr Johan Siebers (Director, Ernst Block Centre for German Thought), Dr Paul Archbold (SAS Research Fellow Music and Language, at School of Advanced Study, University of London), and Stephen Meier (Artistic Director, BCMG). 

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Published on 15 October 2018

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