the biting point in 2012

Happy New Year from the biting point to all our readers!!!

We’d firstly like to apologise for our quiet period towards the end of 2011, mainly caused by the fact that we were too busy and poor to see any concerts or have any opinions. (Although we’d like to remind you that – even if we’re having a rest – you can always rely on a good read over at Greg Sandow’s blog where, in amongst the baby pictures, he’s recently made some excellent and quite controversial points about music education outreach and performers’ publicity photos.) We hope to be able to post more frequently now that the new year is upon us, especially since there is a lot coming up that we’re very excited about. Hence, here is a brief and cursory overview of some of London’s potential musical highlights over the next few months…

the biting point in LONDON, winter/spring 2012…

  • Over at the Southbank Centre, highlights should include a showcase by the London Sinfonietta of the composer Olga Neuwirth, who takes inspiration from eccentric synth-chansonnier Klaus Nomi. Although its hardly Sufjan Stevens, they’re also hosting a collaborative concert between the NYO and Bellowhead, as well as continuing their rather slight alternative programming with the Harmonic Series and the Night Shift. They are however presenting Conlon Nancarrow’s complete player piano studies, using instruments identical to Nancarrow’s own, which could be pretty great.
  • Nonclassical up the ante with their very exciting upcoming night (January 19th) at XOYO, Shoreditch, featuring minimalism for full orchestral forces, and a headline DJ set from J.D Twitch. They’re also collaborating with the Rambert Dance Company, as part of the Southbank’s Prokofiev season, in an ‘interpretation’ of (Sergei’s) ballet Trapeze. It’s free, although they’re also calling it an ‘hour-long classical club night’ which I think might be a contradiction in terms.
  • Nonclassical are also taking part in Reverb 2012 at the Roundhouse. Ostensibly showcasing a ‘new wave of boundary-shattering classical performers’ (‘come and join the revolution…’, they implore), this 5-concert festival in late Feb/early March includes a very exciting programme from the London Contemporary Orchestra, as well as the obligatory Night Shift, a themed concert from Aurora Orchestra, and strangely enough, Imogen Heap. Also a choir competition. Not wholly revolutionary perhaps (and rather hijacked by the Olympics), but definitely something for everyone.
  • As far as opera goes, we have ENO‘s London stage premiere (!) of The Death of Klinghoffer in late Feb, while the ROH fulfil their yearly quota of new works by staging the UK premiere of Weir’s Miss Fortune in March (promised to include ‘breakdancing and a burning kebab van’). OperaUpClose have a new production of La Fanciulla del West coming up (and set in Soho), and headphone-toting Silent Opera return with their obligatory take on La Boheme. Also, as you’ll no doubt hear endlessly more of, the biting point’s own house company – Carmen Elektra – make their London debut on March 23rd, with a one-off opera club night in a multi-storey factory building in Peckham.

I am thinking of starting a London calendar for events that the biting point considers particularly intriguing. Do leave a comment, readers, if there are any other upcoming events that you think we’d be interested in. One of our new year’s resolutions is to try and build more of a sense of community around this and similar sites and publications.

Cool cool welcome back…

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1 Response to the biting point in 2012

  1. Abi Symons says:


    I would very much like to get in touch with you about a number of music events being held at The Old Vic Underground Tunnels including a Silent Opera performance of La Boheme as part of the VAULT. Is there any way of you sending me your details please? My email address should be included and visible to you and I would greatly appreciate being able to contact you properly about the event.

    Thank you and best wishes,


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