Fred Frith                      The Right Angel (2003)

Roscoe Mitchell            NONAAH for orchestra (1972/2013)

Frith, Mitchell, Lewis      Improvisation

George Lewis                Memex, for orchestra (2014) (World Premiere)


Fred Frith, guitar

George Lewis, trombone and electronics

Roscoe Mitchell, saxophones/reeds

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

Ilan Volkov conductor



Roscoe Mitchell, Fred Frith, and George Lewis have long been at the forefront of new musical expression: saxophonist Mitchell, an original member of the AACM, with his groundbreaking performances with the Art Ensemble of Chicago, guitarist Frith, a founding member of the important English avant-rock group Henry Cow; and trombonist Lewis, a pioneer in interactive computer music.


For many years all three have been engaged with composition and in this special concert, for BBC Radio 3’s Hear and Now, their works for orchestra are featured, with an arrangement of the title track of Mitchell’s 1976 album NONAAH; Frith’s 2003 work The Right Angel, with the composer performing on guitar; and the World Premiere of Memex, a new work by Lewis. In addition, Mitchell, Lewis, and Frith, who have known each other for decades, will perform together for the very first time.


Join conductor Ilan Volkov, members of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, and three icons of experimental music from both sides of the Atlantic for a genre-busting evening.


Tickets: Free (unreserved seating) limited to 4 tickets per application.


The concert will be recorded for future broadcast on BBC Radio 3.