A Messiaen Masterpiece!

Hebrides Ensemble with Dr Stephen Broad:
Hymns of Praise for the End of TIme

14.30, Friday 25th May


Once heard in live performance, Olivier Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time is a work that stays with the listener for the rest of their life.
In this lecture recital, given jointly by members of
the Hebrides Ensemble and Stephen Broad, the
two slow Louanges that form the emotional core
of the quartet are explored and performed.


Keynote Speaker: Tom Service

Music journalist, broadcaster and author, Tom Service, will deliver the keynote speech on Friday 25th May.


Read a preview synopsis on what looks to be a fascinating talk here...

Radical Rooms: Decreasing the Scale,
Increasing the Ambition, and Why We’re
all Chamber Musicians Now

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The rooms of chamber music making have expanded exponentially in recent years. It’s not just concert halls or drawing rooms, churches or salons anymore; chamber music in all its forms is as likely to be heard in a pub or a party venue, a nightclub or even a disused nuclear bunker. So much so, that defining what chamber music is in the 21st century isn’t an easy proposition. It’s about acoustic instruments, but then it’s also about electronics; it’s about repertoire that might be centuries old but which is performed in new contexts; it’s about an ensemble of people making music for an ensemble of listeners. I want to make the case for chamber music-making across the spectrum of styles and situations as a transformative force in all of our musical lives today as the most flexible, portable, intimate, and powerful music-making you can experience, play, or be part of. There’s no forum in which listening is made to matter and to mean as much as it does than in chamber music - in which the power of listening as active, communal experience and essential social force is released.

Ensemble Modern in Performance


1pm, Saturday 26th May
Strathclyde Suite, Glasgow Royal Concert Hall


Nina Janßen-Deinzer: clarinet
Valentín Garvie: trumpet
Hermann Kretzschmar: piano


Luciano Berio – Sequenza X for trumpet in C
(and amplified piano resonances) (1984)

Jörg Widmann – Fünf Bruchstücke for clarinet
and piano (1997)

Mark Andre – iv 3 for solo clarinet (2007/08)

Henry Cowell – pieces for piano solo (tbd)

New work – for clarinet, trumpet and piano (2012)


If you are unable to attend the conference you now still have an opportunity to see Ensemble Modern in Performance by puchasing tickets for the afternoon recital only. Click on the logo to buy your ticket!

Kronos Quartet's David Harrington in conversation at Chamber Music Matters...

For nearly 40 years the Kronos Quartet has
pursued a singular artistic vision, combining a
spirit of fearless exploration and a commitment
to expanding the range and context of the string
quartet – the best known and loved chamber
ensemble. In conversation with Director of Glasgow UNESCO City of Music, Svend Brown, this encounter will examine, explore and attempt
to understand the work of Kronos and how this
ensemble has reinvented the string quartet and
become an internationally renowned ensemble
and influential group of our time.

David Harrington - Kronos Quartet

Preview in the Herald...

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Read all about the conference in this preview in the Herald. Click here to read the article!

Inner Ear

Our friends at Inner Ear will be hosting a Digital Media session at Chamber Music Matters!
Inner Ear creates, communicates and consults on effective use of digital media content to engage audiences through social media. Working extensively in arts, entertainment and media, Inner Ear works for a wide variety of cultural clients and develops its own projects. Its alternative music internet radio station, Radio Magnetic ( has broadcast online since March 2001. The company recently launched a collaborative venture called Walking Heads ( producing interactive audio walking tours.

Ensemble Modern to appear at CMM!

We are delighted to announce that the Ensemble Modern will be taking part in Chamber Music Matters. The group give a public workshop on the 25th as part of the full conference schedule and include a world premiere in their Internationally programmed new music chamber ensemble concert on the 26th.

Founded in 1980 and situated in Frankfurt am Main since 1985, the Ensemble Modern (EM) is one of the world’s leading ensembles of Contemporary Music.
The Ensemble Modern is famous for its special working and organisational form, which is unlike any other in the world. All the members are responsible for jointly selecting and dealing with projects, co-productions and financial matters. Its unique and distinctive programme consists of music theatre, dance and video projects, chamber music, ensemble and orchestral concerts. Its program has spawned extraordinary and often long-term cooperative ventures with renowned artists, such as John Adams, Geroge Benjamin, Pter Eötvös, Heiner Goebbels, Hans Werner Henze, Mauricio Kagel, Helmut Lachenmann, György Kurtág, György Ligeti, Benedict Mason, Karlheinz Stockhausen, Steve Reich or Frank Zappa.

The Ensemble Modern gives approximately 100 concerts each year. The ensemble strives to achieve the highest degree of authenticity by working closely with the composers themselves. The musicians rehearse an average of 70 new works every year, 20 of which are world premieres.


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