Choice: Concert: The Ringing Isle

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The Ringing Isle, Royal Festival Hall, London SE1 (0171-960 4242) 7.30pm

The problem with writing contemporary music is the wait before a second performance after the premiere. The Association of British Orchestra, courtesy of BT sponsorship, has come up with a neat scheme. They have commissioned an overture from Jonathan Dove who has written two versions for symphonic and also chamber orchestra. Hire charges have been waived, which could lead to future performances on an unprecedented scale with the potential of 80 further UK hearings. When not preparing for tonight's premiere, Dove is music adviser to the Almeida Theatre, which has used him to score numerous productions, but also premiered Siren Song, his witty and unusually theatrical opera. The really exciting news is that he is writing another for Glyndebourne next year. In the meantime, join him at the Festival Hall where Ivan Fisher conducts the world premiere alongside Mozart's Clarinet Concerto and Bruckner's 7th Symphony. David Benedict