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Birmingham Contemporary Music Group (BCMG) is a British chamber ensemble based in Birmingham, England specialising in the performance of new and contemporary music. BCMG performs regularly at the CBSO Centre and Symphony Hall in Birmingham, tours nationally and worldwide and has appeared several times at the Proms in London.

Musicians from the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra formed the ensemble in 1987, with Simon Rattle as its founding patron. Since then BCMG has premiered over 150 new works and won numerous awards, including the 2004 Royal Philharmonic Society Audience Development Award, the 1995 Gramophone Award for Best Orchestral Recording, the 1993 Royal Philharmonic Society Chamber Ensemble Award, the 1993 Prudential Award for Music, and The Arts Ball 2002 Outstanding Achievement Award.

Thomas Adès was the first music director of BCMG, from 1998 to 2000. The current artistic director of BCMG is Stephen Newbould, since 2001. Newbould is scheduled to conclude his tenure as BCMG artistic director after the 2015-2016 season. In March 2016, BCMG announced the appointment of Stephan Meier as its next artistic director, effective August 2016. John Woolrich and Oliver Knussen are the current artists-in-association with BCMG.

Past chairs of BCMG have included Stephen Saltaire, who served in the post from 2000 to 2015. In December 2015, BCMG announced the appointment of Christoph Trestler as its new chair.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1999 Asyla Thomas Adès; Sir Simon Rattle, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Birmingham Contemporary Music Group 2
2007 From Morning to Midnight Symphonic Suite David Sawer; BBC Symphony Orchestra, Martyn Brabbins, Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, Susanna Mälkki 1
2007 Ben Somewhen Howard Skempton; BCMG, EXAUDI, James Weeks 1

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