"Somethingtobesaid is important and powerful work, mixing mystery and certainty in subtle and sometimes disturbing ways."
Stuart Broomer / Point of Departure
The John Butcher Group was specially formed for the 2008 Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival to perform somethingtobesaid, a HCMF commission.
The group is a mix of musicians drawn from both long-time colleagues and more recent musical encounters, with players from England, Germany, Austria, the USA and Australia.
A preliminary version was performed at November Music in Den Bosch, Holland, and the full premier given in Huddersfield a week later.
"A remarkable ensemble, and a music that seemed to distil beauty from the aural enviroment."
WIRE - Brian Morton
somethingtobesaid was choosen as a Réseau Varèse project and a revised version was performed at Berlin's MaerzMusik Festival - reviewed at musiccritisism.
HCMF programme note.