FRI 4 DEC & FRI 11 DEC COMPLETELY BRAHMS
THE COMPLETE CHAMBER WORKS WITH PIANO OF JOHANNES BRAHMS 1pm Recital Hall £5 (£3) Tickets available on the door Nafis Umerkulova
WED 2 DEC ORCHESTRAS, ENSEMBLES AND CHAMBER MUSIC
PIANO SHOWCASE 6.15pm Symphony Hall Free admission Tickets available on the door Steve Reich
TUE 1 DEC SPECIAL EVENTS
STEVE REICH’S DRUMMING
Tingting Yao piano Nafis Umerkulova piano Witness two exceptional pianists from our Professional Performance Programme on Birmingham’s world famous Symphony Hall stage.
6pm Recital Hall £6.50 (£4) Tickets available on the door
THU 3 DEC
Birmingham Conservatoire Percussion Department
JAZZ COMPOSERS’ BIG BAND
Hear Reich’s iconic masterpiece, Drumming as performed by the Conservatoire’s Percussion Department. Inspired by Reich’s studies in Ghana, it is a transcendent and dramatic tapestry of pounding bongos, mesmerising marimbas, glassy glockenspiels and female voices, with an irresistible sense of momentum.
THE LIVE JAZZ BROADCAST
BROADCAST IV 1.05pm Recital Hall £5 (£3) Tickets available on the door Join us for a live recording from some of our best senior jazz students. 32
4 Dec The Cello Sonatas 11 Dec The Piano Quartets This is a landmark series, introducing the newly appointed Head of Chamber Music with Piano, Daniel Tong. Working with students and colleagues across the Keyboard, String, Wind and Brass departments, this presents arguably the most diverse and ravishing body of chamber music. Further dates will follow in the spring and summer seasons, and full details of the Completely Brahms series will be available, along with performers, in October. Check www.bcu.ac.uk/concerts for more information.
THE JAZZ CLUB
7.45pm Recital Hall £6.50 (£4) Tickets available on the door The long-standing, newly incarnated Jazz Composers' Big Band appears in a special concert, playing original music and arrangements by its current members as well as music by former members. Tonight’s concert will feature a selection of arrangements of tunes by Thelonious Monk and George Russell, as well as premières of new compositions.
WED 2 DEC
Directors John Thwaites and Daniel Tong
Come and see the creative writing talent of the Conservatoire’s jazz department.
FRI 4 DEC ORCHESTRAS, ENSEMBLES AND CHAMBER MUSIC
‘TWAS THE BARD BEFORE CHRISTMAS (MUCH ADO ABOUT BRASS) 7pm Adrian Boult Hall £6.50 (£4) Tickets available on the door Conductors Andrew Stone-Fewings and Ian Porthouse Birmingham Conservatoire Symphonic Brass Ensemble Birmingham Conservatoire Brass Band Narrators from the Royal Shakespeare Company Alwyn Green A Christmas Fanfare Edward Watson Middleham Fayre premières Walton arr. Watson Suite from Henry V
Also featuring incidental music from recent Royal Shakespeare Company productions and a selection of seasonal confections for Brass Band and Symphonic Brass Ensemble. As a curtain raiser to the forthcoming year of events to mark the 400th Anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, Birmingham Conservatoire Brass Department in conjunction with the Royal Shakespeare Company presents a seasonal concert of music inspired by the Bard together with an enjoyable and entertaining collection of Yuletide favourites.
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