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BBC Symphony Premieres ‘K219’

January 26, 2009

London, November 24, 2008–The BBC Symphony Orchestra Friday night premiered Michael Ellison’s ‘Turkish’ Concerto K. 219, as the Grand Finale of a week long celebration of the music of Turkey. Renowned French conductor Pascal Rophé led cellist Gemma Rosefield, the Ali Tüfekçi ensemble and the BBC Symphony Orchestra in two performances of the BBC-commissioned work on the same day: one for London schools at 2PM and the evening ‘premiere’ at the BBC Symphony Orchestra’s Maida Vale Studios in London. The work, unprecedented in its orchestration and its degree of integration between Turkish Instruments and Western orchestra, was enthusiastically received by the audience, which included luminaries of the BBC and the London musical scene as well as a significant portion of London’s Turkish community. The performance of ‘K219’ was recorded and will be broadcast worldwide beginning 15 December on BBC Radio 3.

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BBC Commissions Michael Ellison

January 18, 2009

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June 30, 2008


Michael Ellison has been commissioned by the BBC to compose a work for symphony orchestra and traditional Turkish ensemble to serve as the finale to the BBC Symphony Orchestra‘s Diverse Orchestras Week: Discovering the Music of Turkey, 2008. The world premiere performance of the commissioned work by Ellison will be heard on 21 November, 2008, in two concerts at Maida Vale Studios in London. This is the first time in the history of the BBC SO’s Diverse Orchestras project that a finale piece has been commissioned, and is the first known UK commission to use such musical forces.


The work is to be approximately 10′, for the following instrumentation:

video (Turkish)

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