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Concerts & Events Spring 2017

Jan – Mar


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Welcome Welcome to our Spring Concert Diary. Whenever it’s time for me to write my ‘welcome note’ for our concert diaries, I am amazed by the breadth and diversity of the music and performers that we will be offering during the months ahead. This spring diary is no different. In addition to our roster of distinguished visitors – which counts Louis Lortie, Jennifer Pike and Nobuko Imai amongst their number – you can hear music and musicians from across the spectrum and Birmingham Conservatoire-related concerts all over the city. During the absence of our main concert hall we have been enjoying our performances in venues ranging from Selfridges to Symphony Hall. We have learned a lot and we look forward to continuing our musical activities well beyond the new Conservatoire’s walls. Regular readers will know that I dislike singling out individual performances but – as they always insist that I must! – please take on board a rare performance of Frederich Gulda’s wacky Concerto for Cello and Wind (20 Jan) and the Birmingham Conservatoire Ellington Orchestra’s inaugural concert (3 Feb). Happy listening! Julian Lloyd Webber Principal, Birmingham Conservatoire Tickets to events at Birmingham Conservatoire are available free of charge for Birmingham City University staff and students. Tickets are subject to availability and are only valid with an ID card. Tickets can be reserved through the Conservatoire Concert Office 0121 331 5901.

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Spring season highlights P6

P14

P18

© Charles Klein

TUE 17 JAN

FRI 27 JAN

SUN 5 FEB

CELIA CRAIG

EMULSION V

NOBUKO IMAI

P24

P28

P33 © Tom Barnes

MON 20 – FRI 24 FEB

THU 2 MAR

TUE 14 MAR

PARISIENNE FESTIVAL

JAVIER BONET

JENNIFER PIKE

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MON 9 JAN MONDAY SHOWCASE

TUE 10 JAN PERFORMANCE PLATFORM

LISZT

THE HEATH QUARTET

1.05pm Recital Hall Free admission

1.05pm Recital Hall £6 (£4) advance £7 (£5) on the door

Siyu Zhang piano Liszt 3 Petrarch Sonnets Our popular free lunchtime performance returns with enticing programmes performed by some of our finest students.

Oliver Heath violin Cerys Jones violin Gary Pomeroy viola Christopher Murray cello Beethoven Quartet in D, Op.18 No.3 Dvořák Quartet in G, Op.106 The dynamic and charismatic Heath Quartet are fast earning a reputation as one of the most exciting British chamber ensembles of the moment. In May 2013 they became the first ensemble in 15 years to win the prestigious Royal Philharmonic Society’s Young Artists Award. Formed in 2002 at the Royal Northern College of Music they were selected for representation by YCAT, were awarded a Borletti-Buitoni Special Ensemble Scholarship and in 2012 won Ensemble Prize at the Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. They are now an Ensemble-in-Residence here at Birmingham Conservatoire.

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MON 16 JAN

Celia Craig © Charles Klein

MONDAY SHOWCASE

IRELAND, PROKOFIEV 1.05pm Recital Hall Free admission Richard James baritone Eric McElroy piano Ireland Marigold Ireland When I am dead, my dearest Ireland Tryst Ireland During Music Kuan-Hua Lai piano Prokofiev Sonata No.4

TUE 17 JAN PERFORMANCE PLATFORM

CELIA CRAIG CELEBRITY RECITAL 1.05pm Recital Hall £10 (£8) advance £12 (£10) on the door

MASTERCLASS: 5.45pm Recital Hall £6 (£4) advance £7 (£5) on the door Joint ticket for masterclass & recital £14 (£12) advance £16 (£14) on the door Celia Craig oboe Joanne Sealey piano Poulenc Sonata for Oboe and Piano Principal Oboist of the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, Celia Craig joins us for a special recital and public masterclass. Celia has previously held Principal position with the BBC Symphony Orchestra and has been invited as a regular guest with the London Symphony, Royal Scottish National Orchestra and the CBSO. Her career has included working closely alongside such musicians as Bernstein, Gergiev, Haitink, Ashkenazy, Berio, Boulez, Adams, Tortelier, Rostropovitch, Mackerras, Temirkanov, Zuckerman and many others.

‘…sinuously melodic, and beautifully phrased…’ The Times

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TUE 17 JAN

WED 18 JAN

PUBLIC RESEARCH SEMINAR

LIVE JAZZ BROADCAST

PROFESSOR TONY WHYTON (BIRMINGHAM CONSERVATOIRE/ SCHOOL OF MEDIA)

BROADCAST I

CHIME: EXPLORING THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN JAZZ FESTIVALS AND EUROPEAN HERITAGE SITES 3.30pm Arena Foyer £4

1.05pm Recital Hall £6 (£4) Join us for a live recording of some of our best senior jazz students. Live Jazz Broadcast

In this presentation, Professor Tony Whyton explores the themes and interim findings of the JPI-Heritage Plus project Cultural Heritage and Improvised Music in European Festivals (CHIME). CHIME explores the uses and re-uses of different types of heritage through the study of jazz and improvised music festivals, and examines how changing relationships between music, festivals and cultural heritage sites renegotiate established understandings and uses of heritage. The research views heritage sites as discursive entities that acquire value and meaning through interactions within different social groups and cultural contexts. When jazz festivals enter these places, they can help free us from unitary or reified notions of heritage, encourage us to engage with cultural heritage in new ways, and help us think about how global events link to local cultures and shape the lives of people in different ways.

Professor Tony Whyton

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THU 19 JAN

FRI 20 JAN

THURSDAYS AT BIRMINGHAM CONSERVATOIRE

SPECIAL EVENT

SOLO AND COLLABORATIVE PIANO SHOWCASE

SCHOENBERG'S PIERROT LUNAIRE AND JAZZ

7.30pm Recital Hall £6 (£4)

7.30pm Crescent Theatre £10 (£8) advance £12 (£10) on the door

A mixed evening drawing upon the extraordinary talents of student pianists and their colleagues in other departments. The concert will include both solo piano and chamber music works.

Schoenberg's Pierrot Lunaire and Jazz

Hélène Ducos reciter Julian Jacobson solo piano Yu-Mien Sun violin Yue Yu viola Tom McMahon cello Oliver Wild flute Luke English clarinet John O'Gallagher alto saxophone Hans Koller piano Sam Ingvorsen double bass Gwilym Jones drums Schoenberg Six Little Piano Pieces Op.19 Schoenberg XVI Fragment eines Klavierstücks (1933) Schoenberg Lied, Serenade for Octet Op.24 Schoenberg Pierrot Lunaire A rare opportunity to hear and see Schoenberg's iconic modernist music theatre masterpiece Pierrot Lunaire. Described as the "solar plexus of modern music", this will be a semi-staged performance by Birmingham Conservatoire students, conducted by Julian Jacobson whose association with the piece - as pianist, conductor and reciter - dates back to the 1970s.

Pierrot Lunaire is preceded by a very special performance in which John O'Gallagher and Hans Koller, described in the Guardian as 'two heavyweight theoreticians fizzing with jazz heat,' join forces with 4th year Conservatoire jazz students Sam Ingvorsen and Gwilym Jones in new arrangements of compositions by Schoenberg and his pupil Webern.

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FRI 20 JAN ORCHESTRAS, ENSEMBLES & CHAMBER MUSIC

EASTERN PROMISE 7.30pm CBSO Centre £10 (£8) advance £12 (£10) on the door Directors Chris Houlding & Douglas Mitchell Birmingham Conservatoire Wind & Brass Ensembles Chun-Chieh Yen cello Craig Hughes euphonium Janáček Mladi Ricardo Lorenz Monkey to the Sky Janáček Capriccio Seiber Serenade for Wind Gulda Concerto for Violoncello & Wind Orchestra An intriguing evening of atmospheric music for wind ensemble with solo piano and cello ranging from the unique flavour of Janáček and Sieber to the inventive originality of Gulda and Lorenz. Gulda’s concerto is not quite what you would expect. It covers classical minuets and rock anthems, folk tunes and pseudo-atonality. Also, Gulda uses wind orchestra as an accompaniment, which is generally unusual for concertos.

Chun-Chieh Yen

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Tara Minton

Hugh Webb

Sylvain Blassel

SAT 21 JAN HARP DAY 10.30am Bramall Building, University of Birmingham Participants: £30 day pass, £35 including evening concert Spectators: £15 day pass Spectators plus evening concert is £20 Evening performance only: £15 (£10) Tickets available via www.eventbrite.com Join us for a packed day of masterclasses and workshops for all harps, all ages and all levels by top international artists: Sylvain Blassel, Karen Marshalsay, Tara Minton, Lucy Wakeford and Hugh Webb plus our own Harp Department Eleanor Turner, Katherine Thomas and Junior Conservatoire's Vera Khait. Followed by a public evening concert in the Elgar Hall at 7pm by acclaimed French harpist Sylvain Blasseland, Australian jazz harpist and singer Tara Minton. Visit our Facebook page 'Harp at Birmingham' and follow us on Twitter @birmharp for more details.

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MON 23 JAN

TUE 24 JAN

MONDAY SHOWCASE

PERFORMANCE PLATFORM

SHOSTAKOVICH, FONTANA, MANCINI

ALAN THOMAS & CHRIS HOULDING BRASS RECITAL

1.05pm Recital Hall Free admission

1.05pm Recital Hall £6 (£4) advance £7 (£5) on the door

Katie Allsop recorder Róza Bene harpsichord

MASTERCLASS:

Fontana Sonata in C major Mancini Sonata IV per flauto in A minor

2.30pm Arena Foyer £6 (£4) advance £7 (£5) on the door

Charles St John tenor Jonathan French piano

Joint ticket for recital and masterclass £10 (£6) advance £12 (£8) on the door

Duparc Phydilè Duparc L'invitation du voyage Tosti Sogno Tosti Addio Tosti L'ultima canzone

Alan Thomas trumpet Chris Houlding trombone Joanne Sealey piano

Bora Kim cello Robert Markham piano Shostakovich Sonata for Cello & Piano (mvts i & ii)

Joseph Turrin Fandango John Kenny Fanfare Semler-Collery Fantaisie Lyrique Allen Vizzutti Cascades Ibert Impromptu Dorsey Three Moods Sammy Nestico A Portrait of a Trumpet Chris Houlding Leo Rising Schedrin A la Albeniz Clarke Cousins Alan Thomas (Principal Trumpet of the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Conservatoire Trumpet Professor) and Chris Houlding (Conservatoire Head of Brass and Trombone Professor Folkwang University, Essen) present a joint Brass Faculty Recital. Alan and Chris join together for two iconic duets for trumpet and trombone followed by an illustrated public masterclass focusing on writing for brass and brass performance.

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Stephan Loges

Dr Natasha Loges

TUE 24 JAN PUBLIC RESEARCH SEMINAR

DR NATASHA LOGES (ROYAL COLLEGE OF MUSIC) AND STEPHAN LOGES (BASS-BARITONE) EIGHTEENTH-CENTURY LYRICS IN NINETEENTH-CENTURY DRESS: BRAHMS’S SETTINGS OF LUDWIG HÖLTY’S POETRY (LECTURE-RECITAL) 3.30pm New Lecture Theatre £4 Brahms’s poetic interests ranged far beyond the tastes of most of his contemporaries. One striking inclusion in his panoply of song-poets is the eighteenth-century lyric poet Ludwig Hölty, who specialised in beautifully crafted imitations of the strict forms of Classical Graeco-Roman poetry. This lecture-recital explores why Brahms turned to this poetry, how he responded to its particular formal challenges, and how these settings raise challenging issues of genre and authorship today. It is illustrated by songs by Brahms, Fanny Mendelssohn and Schubert performed by Stephan Loges and Natasha Loges.

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OPEN DAY

DISCOVER WHAT BIRMINGHAM CONSERVATOIRE AND BIRMINGHAM CITY UNIVERSITY HAVE TO OFFER IN AN OPEN DAY OF CONCERTS, WORKSHOPS AND TALKS.


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THU 26 JAN THURSDAYS AT BIRMINGHAM CONSERVATOIRE

JAZZ COMPOSERS' SESSION 7.30pm Recital Hall £6 (£4) Director Mike Williams Hear exciting new works by the next wave of jazz composers performed by a group of senior jazz students. Inspired by the great tradition of quintet/sextet writing from Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers, Horace Silver, and Charles Mingus, to Wayne Shorter and Herbie Hancock, the Conservatoire's first year jazz students present their first major works in this special, one-off composition showcase.

FRI 27 JAN THU 26 JAN CONSERVATOIRE OPEN DAY 10am – 4pm Free admission Our Open Day is designed for those considering taking a course in music at the Conservatoire, and also for staff involved in the teaching of these students and advising them on higher education courses. The day will consist of concerts, workshops and talks about Birmingham Conservatoire’s courses and life at the University. For further information and a programme for the day, please see the website bcu.ac.uk/conservatoire/opendays or contact 0121 331 5901 or email conservatoire@bcu.ac.uk

LUNCHTIMES @ BMAG

HAYDN, ROMERO 12.30pm Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery Free admission Risa Sekine violin Juliet Haley violin Emily Dore viola Flora McNicoll cello Haydn String Quartet Op.76, No.1 Rebecca Kohler-Barratto violin Luisina Rabago violin Alistair Rutherford viola Ursula Miethe-Flores cello Arturo Chacon-Perez double bass Romero Fuga con Pajarillo Marquez Danzón 2 Join some of our exceptionally talented students for a lunchtime recital in the beautiful surroundings of Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery's Round Room.

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FRI 27 JAN

SAT 28 JAN ORCHESTRAS, ENSEMBLES & CHAMBER MUSIC

EMULSION V 6pm mac Birmingham £15 (£10) Tickets available from www.macbirmingham.co.uk BASCA Award Winning Composer and former BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist Trish Clowes brings her acclaimed cross-genre Emulsion music festival to Birmingham, hosted by BBC Radio 3 presenter Fiona Talkington. This special edition of Emulsion will open with a set from the Hans Koller Quartet featuring John O’Gallagher, followed by a set from My Iris, Clowes’ new band – part of the launch tour of Clowes’ new album for Basho Records. The evening’s finale will be a set from the Emulsion Sinfonietta performing existing Emulsion works (including Joe Cutler’s 2015 commission) and new works by Cevanne Horrocks-Hopayian, Percy Pursglove, Hans Koller and Birmingham Conservatoire students.

JUNIOR CONSERVATOIRE ORCHESTRAL CONCERT 7pm Bramall Music Building, University of Birmingham £6 (£4) advance £7 (£5) on the door Conductor Daniele Rosina Conductor Jeffrey Snowdon Conductor Timothy English Junior Conservatoire Symphony Orchestra Junior Conservatoire Wind Orchestra Junior Conservatoire Chamber Orchestra Natasha Wilcockson cello Saint-Saëns Cello Concerto Op.33 Dvořák Serenade for Strings Op.22 Talented young students from the Junior Conservatoire Symphony, Wind and Chamber orchestras present an engaging programme of music.

The performances in the main theatre will be intertwined with pop-up solo and duo performances in the mac’s free spaces and a panel discussion. This event is supported by Arts Council England.

MON 30 JAN MONDAY SHOWCASE

JAZZ 1.05pm Recital Hall Free admission Jazz pianist, Charlie Bates explores contemporary and traditional arrangements with his new jazz group.

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Konan Tanaka

TUE 31 JAN

TUE 31 JAN

PERFORMANCE PLATFORM

PERFORMANCE PLATFORM

I-HSUAN PENG

KONAN TANAKA

11.05am Recital Hall £6 (£4) advance £7 (£5) on the door

1.05pm Recital Hall £6 (£4) advance £7 (£5) on the door

I-Hsuan Peng piano

Konan Tanaka piano

Beethoven Piano Sonata in A major, Op.101 Ravel Valse nobles et sentimentales Kapustin Piano Sonata No.6, Op.62

Bach French Suite No.5 in G Chabrier Menuet pompeux and Scherzo-Valse from Dix piecés pittoresques Debussy Sarabande (from "Pour Le piano") Fauré Valse-Caprice No.1 Ravel La valse

Beethoven’s Sonata Op.101 broke the sonata tradition and influenced many later composers including Schubert and Brahms, while Ravel’s Valse nobles et sentimentales was entitled in homage to Schubert. We can spot the jazz influences in Kapustin's Piano Sonata No.6, Op.62. Each work is distinct in its rhythmic personality from the marching style in Beethoven’s second movement to the elegant triple meter of Ravel’s Valse; and the jazz and boogie-woogie dance rhythms of the Kapustin create an exciting atmosphere.

Fumiko Miyachi

A wonderful opportunity to hear a versatile Frenchinspired dance-themed programme which includes works by Chabrier and Debussy alongside Ravel’s La valse for solo piano, which is now rarely heard. Joint ticket for both today's Performance Platforms - £10 (£6) advance £12 (£8) on the door

TUE 31 JAN PIANO PROJECT PREMIÈRES 7.30pm Recital Hall £6 (£4) Fumiko Miyachi piano Peter Bell new work Rob Crehan new work Patrick Ellis new work Robin Morton new work Roché van Tiddens new work Hot-off-the-press five new works especially written for the acclaimed composer and pianist Fumiko Miyachi are premièred in this concert.

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THU 2 FEB ORGAN

BACH RECITAL 1.15pm St Chad's Cathedral Free admission Join Head of Organ Studies, Henry Fairs in the stunning setting of St Chad's Cathedral for a Bach recital ahead of his concert tour to Russia.

THU 2 FEB ORCHESTRAS, ENSEMBLES & CHAMBER MUSIC

CBSO PRE-CONCERT SHOWCASE: BIRMINGHAM CONSERVATOIRE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA 1pm Symphony Hall Free admission

WED 1 FEB

Conductor Michael Seal Ravel Daphnis et Chloé: Suites 1 & 2

LIVE JAZZ BROADCAST

BROADCAST II

Once again, Associate Conductor of the CBSO, Michael Seal joins forces with our formidable Symphony Orchestra.

1.05pm Recital Hall £6 (£4) Join us for a live recording of some of our best senior jazz students.

Hear them take on Ravel's passionate masterpiece; Daphnis et Chloé.

BEETHOVEN’S FIFTH WED 1 FEB PRIZES & COMPETITIONS

THE LEAMINGTON MUSIC PRIZE 7pm Recital Hall £4 Witness fine student performers undergo the emotions and tensions of a public competition, contending to be awarded a prize of £1,000 and a recital opportunity by Leamington Music, the generous sponsor of this prize.

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2.15pm Symphony Hall £12.50 - £48 tickets available from www.cbso.co.uk Conductor Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla Francesco Piemontesi piano City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra Haydn Symphony No.31 (Hornsignal) Mozart Piano Concerto No.27, K595 Beethoven Symphony No.5


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THU 2 FEB EMERGING DIRECTORS

Duke Ellington

FRI 3 FEB JAZZ

LIEBESLIEDER (ELOUISE WATERHOUSE)

DUKE ELLINGTON: WE LOVE YOU MADLY

8pm Recital Hall £9 (£7), £5 students, advance via www.eventbrite.co.uk £10 (£8), £6 students, on the door

7.30pm Town Hall £10 (£8) advance £12 (£10) on the door

Elouise Waterhouse mezzo-soprano Elise Fairley soprano Richard James tenor Andrew Randall bass Bernard Tan and Petrina Phua accompanists James Gribble reader A musical evening delving deeper into the complex relationship of Robert and Clara Schumann and Johannes Brahms. Through songs and personal letters we explore the passion, emotion, excitement and secrecy of their extraordinary love triangle.

Birmingham Conservatoire Ellington Orchestra We warmly welcome you to the launch of Birmingham Conservatoire’s Ellington Orchestra. The Orchestra has been established to form an integral part of the Conservatoire's Jazz Department and to be a regular fixture in the Eastside Jazz Club of the new Conservatoire building, opening September 2017. The first set will include Ellington classics such as Harlem Air Shaft, Birmingham Breakdown, Ko-Ko and Happy Go Lucky Local while the second set will be a complete performance of The Far East Suite, one of his most famous late works collaboratively written with Billy Strayhorn. Our newly-formed Ellington Orchestra promise an intense Big Band experience.

MON 6 FEB MONDAY SHOWCASE

POULENC, SCHUMANN, DEBUSSY 1.05pm Recital Hall Free admission

Joseph Wallace clarinet Hannah Roberts piano Poulenc Sonata

Craig Hughes euphonium Joanne Sealey piano

Schumann Fantasy pieces Holly Shirra piano

James Adcock new works

Debussy 3 Preludes

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Nobuko Imai

SUN 5 FEB INTERACTIVE WORKSHOP

NOBUKO IMAI 3pm Recital Hall £10 (£8) Join us for a truly inspiring unique learning experience as the world-renowned Japanese-born violist Nobuko Imai gives viola masterclasses, workshops and ensemble sessions. This is a day for all musicians, not just violists! You can also see Nobuko perform a special recital with pianist Robert Markham on Tuesday 7 February. For more information, please visit www.bcu.ac.uk/conservatoire.

TUE 7 FEB PERFORMANCE PLATFORM

NOBUKO IMAI CELEBRITY RECITAL 1.05pm Recital Hall £10 (£8) advance £12 (£10) on the door

MASTERCLASS: 5.45pm Recital Hall £6 (£4) advance £7 (£5) on the door Joint ticket for recital & masterclass £12 (£10) advance £14 (£12) on the door Nobuko Imai viola Robert Markham piano Brahms E minor Sonata for Cello and Piano (arr viola.) Franck Sonata for Violin and Piano (arr. viola) One of the world’s leading contemporary viola players, Nobuko Imai joins forces with formidable pianist Robert Markham for a special performance in the intimate surroundings of our Recital Hall.

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Professor Edward Gregson

TUE 7 FEB SPECIAL EVENT

PROFESSOR EDWARD GREGSON LECTURE WORKSHOP 2pm St Paul’s Church £10 (£8) advance £12 (£10) on the door Directors Professor Edward Gregson & Ian Porthouse Birmingham Conservatoire Brass Band Richard Marshall cornet Brendan Caddy cornet Selected Extracts from Edward Gregson’s work including: Prelude for an Occasion Connotations Dances and Arias Of Men and Mountains Symphony in Two Movements Of Distant Memories Cornet Concerto Four Études for Brass Band A rare opportunity to hear the world-renowned British composer Professor Edward Gregson talk about his iconic works for brass band and conduct selected extracts with the Conservatoire Brass Band including his brand new Cornet Concerto with Black Dyke Band Principal Cornet, Richard Marshall and recently premiered Four Études for Brass Band.


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THU 9 FEB

Dr Roy Howat

JAZZ

THE JEFF WILLIAMS/CLARK TRACEY PROJECT 7pm Arena Foyer £6 (£4)

TUE 7 FEB PUBLIC RESEARCH SEMINAR

ROY HOWAT (ROYAL ACADEMY OF MUSIC AND ROYAL CONSERVATOIRE OF SCOTLAND) NEW LIGHT ON CHOPIN’S ÉTUDES 3.30pm Arena Foyer £4 Roy Howat (Keyboard Research Fellow at the Royal Academy of Music and Research Fellow at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland; also Research Associate at Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University) is editing Chopin’s 27 Études as part of the Peters Edition new Complete Edition of Chopin. Despite the plethora of existing editions, much still emerges from studying manuscripts and early editions, often solving problems that have long puzzled pianists, and casting several pieces in a different light from how they have been long perceived. The whole project works to defined editorial guidelines drawn up by a board of renowned Chopin specialists, designed to offer players a full range of viable variants from original sources while clarifying what comes from where and belongs with what.

Jeff and Clark are two internationally revered performers and band leaders, very much part of the jazz tradition and today's scene - as well as committed teachers on the jazz programme at Birmingham Conservatoire. For this one-off concert, Jeff and Clark present and perform a set each with a student band especially put together by them. Their choice of material and concept reflects their profound understanding and awareness of the music. Both musicians are renowned for a willingness to experiment and work with the younger generation, and this special concert is evidence of the living art form that is jazz.

THU 9 FEB THURSDAYS AT BIRMINGHAM CONSERVATOIRE

LIEDERABEND 7.30pm Recital Hall £6 (£4) Devised by Robin Bowman Tonight's Liederabend programme focuses on the life and work's of French composer and pianist Francis Poulenc.

WED 8 FEB UNPLUGGED: COMPOSERS' PLATFORM AT 6/8 KAFÉ 7pm 6/8 Kafé basement, 6/8 Temple Row, Birmingham B2 5HG £4 The Birmingham Conservatoire Composition Department presents an evening of original compositions with a twist: No electronics. No amplification. Just pure acoustic sounds. Venues, Concerts & Events Office: 0121 331 5909

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WHAT'S ON AT BIRMINGHAM SCHOOL OF ACTING WED 15 - SAT 18 MAR BLOOD WEDDING The Crescent £7.50 (£5) £2.50 students Plus booking fee. Book via 0121 643 5858 or www.crescent-theatre.co.uk By Federico García Lorca Adapted by Tanya Ronder Directed by Gari Jones Music by Daniel Blanco Albert (Conservatoire)

WED 22 - SAT 25 MAR MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS GOT HER HEAD CHOPPED OFF The Crescent £7.50 (£5) £2.50 students Plus booking fee. Book via 0121 643 5858 or www.crescent-theatre.co.uk By Liz Lochead Directed by Erica Gould Music by Peter Bell and Joel Hall (Conservatoire)

WED 22 - SAT 25 MAR THE CABINET OF DR. CALIGARI The Old Rep £7.50 (£5) Plus booking fee. Book via 0121 359 9444 or www.oldreptheatre.co.uk Based on the silent film by Hans Janowitz and Carl Mayer Directed by Stephen Simms Music by Cam Athanasiades and Felix Cheung (Conservatoire)

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FRI 10 FEB PRIZES & COMPETITIONS

THE RENNA KELLAWAY PRIZE 7pm Recital Hall £4 An evening of magnificent solo piano recitals presented for the final of the esteemed Renna Kellaway prize.

FRI 10 FEB

THU 16 FEB

ORCHESTRAS, ENSEMBLES & CHAMBER MUSIC

EMERGING DIRECTORS

BIRMINGHAM CONSERVATOIRE PROJECTS ORCHESTRA

DAN SPIRRETT: OF MICE AND MEN

7.30pm CBSO Centre £10 (£8) advance £12 (£10) on the door

7.30pm Recital Hall £8 (£6) advance via www.eventbrite.co.uk £12 (£10) on the door

Conductor Daniele Rosina Birmingham Conservatoire Projects Orchestra Aisling Reilly double bass* Alex Roche guitar† Shuai Li piano‡ Tubin Double Bass Concerto* Villa-Lobos Guitar Concerto† Grieg Piano Concerto‡ A trio of concertos featuring three of the best performers from the 2017 graduating class of Birmingham Conservatoire. From the driving momentum of the obscure, yet technically demanding Tubin Double Bass Concerto, to the romantic Brazilian colors of the Villa–Lobos Guitar Concerto, and finally culminating in the powerful Grieg Piano Concerto in A minor, Op.16. Experience the rising stars of the next generation of musicians in the wonderful aesthetics of the CBSO Centre.

Dan Spirrett tenor saxophone/compositions Josh Schofield alto saxophone Vittorio Mura baritone saxophone/bass clarinet Alex Stride trumpet/flugelhorn David Sear trombone Daniel Kemshell guitar Jacky Naylor piano Sam Ingvorsen double bass Gwilym Jones drums Shaped by the words of Steinbeck's classic novella, Of Mice and Men, this project brings together nine jazz musicians to perform a suite of original compositions inspired by the book. Through composed and improvised compositions the nonet will bring to life the imagery and events depicted by John Steinbeck.

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Steve Reich

FRI 17 FEB

FRI 17 FEB

CBSO CENTRE STAGE

ORCHESTRAS, ENSEMBLES & CHAMBER MUSIC

PERSEPHASSA

BIRMINGHAM CONSERVATOIRE ALTERNATIVE ORCHESTRA

1.10pm CBSO Centre £10 (£5 students) Directors Nick Petrella and Adrian Spillett Percussionists from CBSO & Birmingham Conservatoire Steve Reich Music for Mallet Instruments, Voices, and Organ Iannis Xenakis Persephassa

Persephassa is an immensely powerful work of percussive theatre. With six percussionists distributed around the audience, this is like no other chamber concert. This rarely performed masterpiece will sit alongside Reich’s extraordinarily soothing Music for Mallet Instruments, Voices, and Organ which celebrates Reich’s 80th birthday.

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7.30pm The Studio, Birmingham Repertory Theatre £10 (£8) advance £12 (£10) on the door Conductor Daniele Rosina The Composition Department of the Conservatoire is one of the most innovative and highly regarded of any in the country. In this event you are invited to join a team of young composers as they conclude an intense week of workshops and rehearsals, discussion and experimentation. Join us as we eavesdrop on the first performances of a selection of new works written for an intriguing ensemble which in addition to strings and brass students will include keyboards, guitars, recorders, saxophones, accordion, harps and percussion, experiencing first-hand the excitement of this unique creative environment.


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Book a Musician Bringing musicians to you T: 0121 331 6901 E: musician.hire@bcu.ac.uk W: bcu.ac.uk/conservatoire/book-a-musician Birmingham Conservatoire has been producing world-class musicians since 1886 and we guarantee only the highest calibre of performance and professionalism. Our musicians perform professionally throughout the UK in recitals, concerts, orchestras, corporate events and ceremonies. We offer a wide selection of soloists and ensembles, with each booking tailor made to your requests.

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MON 20 – FRI 24 FEB

PARISIENNE FESTIVAL Paris is the theme of this mid-year festival, bringing the warmth, colour, mystery and joie de vivre of French music to a wintry Birmingham, as well as the musical fruits of unrequited passion, most notably in the extraordinary Piano Quintet of Cesar Franck. We will hear seasoned favourites, some in unfamiliar guises, such as an arrangement of Debussy’s L'après midi d'un faune, and works scarcely ever played such as the Quintets of Milhaud and solo piano music from Les Six. The concerts are all about an hour in length, and the great majority are performed by students.

Bienvenu à la fête! MON 20 FEB

Day £20 (£10) advance Ticket £22 (£12) on the door

TUE 21 FEB

Day £20 (£10) advance Ticket £22 (£12) on the door

1.05pm Recital Hall £6 (£4) advance £7 (£5) on the door Debussy Prélude a l’Après midi d’un Faune, transcr. For Wind Quintet and Piano Fauré Piano Quartet No.2 in G minor 3pm Recital Hall £6 (£4) advance £7 (£5) on the door Debussy The Three Sonatas for Violin and Piano, Cello and Piano and Flute, Viola and Harp 6pm Recital Hall £6 (£4) advance £7 (£5) on the door

1.05pm Recital Hall £6 (£4) advance £7 (£5) on the door Ravel Tzigane Ysaye Valse Caprice Fauré Piano Quartet No.1 in C minor

Poulenc Sonatas for Clarinet and Piano, Oboe and Piano Chaminade Piano trio 7.30pm Recital Hall £6 (£4) advance £7 (£5) on the door

3pm Recital Hall £6 (£4) advance £7 (£5) on the door Fauré Piano Trio, transcr. for Clarinet, Cello and Piano Poulenc Sextet for winds and piano

Debussy Images and Preludes, Chopin Sonata No.2

WED 22 FEB

Day £20 (£10) advance Ticket £22 (£12) on the door

11am Recital Hall 6pm Recital Hall

£6 (£4) advance £7 (£5) on the door

£6 (£4) advance £7 (£5) on the door Stravinsky Rite of Spring (Piano 4-hands version) Poulenc Sonata for Two Pianos

Ravel Duo for Violin and Cello, Sonata for Violin and Piano 1.05pm Recital Hall

7.30pm Recital Hall

£6 (£4) advance £7 (£5) on the door

£6 (£4) advance £7 (£5) on the door

Duets for 2 harps by Franck and Boieldieu Caplet Mask of the Red Death for harp and string quartet Ravel Septet for harp, string quartet, flute and clarinet

Debussy Estamps Ravel Miroirs Dutilleux Sonata for Piano

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3pm Recital Hall

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Debussy String Quartet Franck Piano Quintet 4.45pm Recital Hall

Franck Violin Sonata Debussy Petite Suite Ravel Mother Goose for 4 hands Mendelssohn (edited by Ravel) 6 Pieces Enfantines (Op.72)

£6 (£4) advance £7 (£5) on the door

7.30pm Recital Hall

Milhaud String Quintet with 2 violas, Milhaud String Quintet with 2 celli, Milhaud Chamber Symphony No.4 for String Dectet

£6 (£4) advance £7 (£5) on the door Jazz in Paris

7.30pm Recital Hall £6 (£4) advance £7 (£5) on the door

Festival Ticket £50 (£30) advance only

An evening of French songs presented by students from the Vocal Department

FRI 24 FEB

Day £20 (£10) advance Ticket £22 (£12) on the door

11am Recital Hall £6 (£4) advance £7 (£5) on the door Gershwin American in Paris arr. by Julian Jacobson for Piano Duet Works for solo piano by Auric and Tailleferre, members of Les Six, and by Damase 1.05pm Recital Hall £6 (£4) advance £7 (£5) on the door Ravel String Quartet Ravel Piano Trio

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FRI 24 FEB

Pascal Pascalev

ORCHESTRAS, ENSEMBLES & CHAMBER MUSIC

BIG BRASS NIGHT! 7.30pm St Paul’s Church £10 (£8) advance £12 (£10) on the door Conductors Ian Porthouse and Tom Davoren Birmingham Conservatoire Brass Band and University of Salford Brass Band Brett Baker trombone Brendan Caddy cornet

WED 22 FEB SPECIAL EVENT

CBSO PRE-CONCERT SHOWCASE: SOLO PIANO 6.15pm Symphony Hall Free admission Pascal Pascalev piano Scriabin Sonata No.9 Op.68 'Black Mass' Scriabin Étude in C sharp minor Op.42 No.5 Scriabin Étude in D sharp minor Op.8 No.12 Andrey Ivanov piano Brahms Two Intermezzi Op.116 Nos.2 and 4 Brahms Variations on a theme by Paganini Book 2 Enjoy special performances by two exceptionally talented pianists. Pascal is the Denis Matthews Scholar from Sofia, Bulgaria, and Andrey joins us from the Tchaikovsky Conservatoire in Moscow.

BEETHOVEN AND SCHUMANN 7.30pm Symphony Hall £12.50 - £48 tickets available from www.cbso.co.uk Conductor Aleksandar Marković Hisako Kawamura piano City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra Janáček Taras Bulba Beethoven Piano Concerto No.4 Schumann Symphony No.2

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Lucy Pankhurst Voices Paul McGee Meditation Peter Graham Shine as the Light Edward Gregson Cornet Concerto Gavin Higgins Freaks Fumiko Miyachi Blue Gold (world première) plus new works by Dan Price and Stephen Richardson The Conservatoire Brass Band under its Director, Ian Porthouse hosts the University of Salford Brass Band conducted by Tom Davoren in an epic blend of brand new cutting edge works for band plus familiar favourites together with soloists Brett Baker and Brendan Caddy. Come and experience the best of brass, present and future.

MON 27 FEB MONDAY SHOWCASE

JAZZ 1.05pm Recital Hall Free admission Jazz clarinetist, Sam Wright, leads her multi-reed playing quintet.


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TUE 28 FEB PERFORMANCE PLATFORM

ELSABÉ RAATH (VIOLA) 1.05pm Recital Hall £6 (£4) advance £7 (£5) on the door Elsabé Raath viola Robert Markham piano Brahms Sonata for viola and piano in F minor Op.120, No.1 Hindemith Sonata for solo viola Op.25, No.1 Enescu Concert Piece for viola and piano This concert opens with George Enescu's Concert Piece. Although a violinist, he shows a sincere understanding of the viola, taking the listener through a variety of emotions and sound colours. Followed by Brahms's romantic F minor Sonata and concluded by the wonderfully diverse and robust Solo Sonata by Paul Hindemith, this programme promises an exciting mixture of core repertoire for the viola, performed by Elsabe Raath, who is studying on the Conservatoire's flagship Professional Performance programme.

TUE 28 FEB PUBLIC RESEARCH SEMINAR

DR JAMIE SAVAN (BIRMINGHAM CONSERVATOIRE) REVOICING A ‘CHOICE EUNUCH’: THE CORNETTO AND HISTORICAL MODELS OF VOCALITY 3.30pm Arena Foyer £4

‘Imitate the human voice’ is a familiar exhortation to instrumentalists in the pedagogical literature of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. But what does it mean to imitate the voice in practical terms? To what extent does the ‘vocality’ of the cornetto extend beyond a simple comparison of tone quality – e.g. with ‘a boy’s voice’ (Luigi Zenobi, c.1600) or, more colourfully, with that of ‘a choice eunuch’ (Roger North, c.1695)? In this seminar, Dr Jamie Savan, Senior Lecturer and Associate Director of Research at the Conservatoire, as well as professional cornettist, will also explore ways in which particular attributes of vocality, such as solmization and transposition practice, are embodied in historical cornetto design, with live demonstrations on both hand-crafted and 3D-printed copies of historical instruments. Elsabé Raath

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WED 1 MAR LIVE JAZZ BROADCAST

BROADCAST III 1.05pm Recital Hall £6 (£4) Join us for a live recording of some of our best senior jazz students.

THU 2 MAR

Javier Bonet

THURSDAYS AT BIRMINGHAM CONSERVATOIRE

INTERNATIONAL CELEBRITY FRENCH HORN RECITAL WITH JAVIER BONET 7.30pm Recital Hall £10 (£8) advance £12 (£10) on the door Javier Bonet French horn/natural horn Joanne Sealey piano Schubert (JF Gallay) The Trout Schunke Étude for Natural Horn Brotons Ab Origine for natural horn solo Dukas Villanelle Schumann Adagio & Allegro Sarasate Romanza Española Piazzola Oblivion Monti Czardas The Conservatoire is proud to host acclaimed Spanish French Horn virtuoso, Javier Bonet in a truly mixed programme featuring traditional favourites and rarer material on both the modern instrument and natural horn. Recognised as one of the finest performers in the world today, this is a must for all horn lovers and brass aficionados alike! For the second half of this concert, Jim Potter presents a latin inspired programme with arrangements of classic songs by Chuck Magnione, Astor Piazolla and more! Featuring flugel and various ensembles. Programme to include: Chuck Magnione arr. Jim Potter Feels So Good Chuck Magnione arr. Jim Potter Children of Sanchez Astor Piazolla arr. Jim Potter Oblivion

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FRI 3 - SAT 4 MAR SPECIAL EVENT

GALA PIANO ALL-NIGHTER

Highlights include:

7.30pm Town Hall £1 - £10 (£8) advance £2 - £12 (£10) on the door see website for full details

Gergely Bogányi Complete Chopin Nocturnes Mystery special guest Beethoven Sonatas Op. 109/110/111 Peter Donohoe Messiaen The Garden Warbler Alistair McGowan Satie and Grieg Dr Anna Scott Brahms as his circle might have played it Schumann’s F sharp minor Sonata on a piano made by Clara Schumann’s cousin, W. Wieck Anthony Hewitt The Olympianist leaves his house in Richmond at 7.30pm as the concert starts, bicycles throughout the night (with pictures beamed into the Foyer), arrives 6.30am and plays Ravel's Gaspard de la nuit Strauss/Tennyson Enoch Arden, Melodrama for Narrator and Piano Op.38…with a Celebrated Actor of international repute. Margaret Fingerhut, Daniel Browell, Pei-Chun Liao, Di Xiao, David Quigley, John Thwaites, Julian Jacobson, Bulgarian visitors, and all our finest young pianists can be heard in a single night! Mark Bebbington, one of the country’s most respected interpreters of British repertoire, plays John Ireland’s great cycle Sarnia.

Birmingham Conservatoire presents 12 hours of Piano Music through the night in the wonderful setting of Town Hall. Featuring Alistair McGowan, Gergely Boganyi, Peter Donohoe, Dr. Anna Scott, Antony Hewitt and many more plus a mystery special guest! The evening kicks off with the amazing Hungarian virtuoso pianist, Gergely Bogányi, who begins the recital with Chopin's Nocturnes. This is closely followed by some of our finest prizewinning students, including Domonkos Csabay, winner of the 2016 Amy Brant International Piano Competition. Our marathon finishes in monumental style on Saturday morning, with Messiaen’s Dieu Parmi Nous on the famous Town Hall Organ. This unique event will have innovative seating in the round, three Concert Grand Steinways, and period pianos and harpsichords with bar and catering available all night.

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FRI 3 MAR COMPOSERS’ PLATFORM @DIGBETH FIRST FRIDAYS 6.30pm Eastside Projects, 86 Heath Mill Lane, Digbeth, B9 4AR Free admission For the second time we are presenting a programme as part of Digbeth First Fridays, which has become a key event in Birmingham’s art calendar over the last three years. In collaboration with Eastside Projects, tonight’s concert has been curated by the composition Masters students at Birmingham Conservatoire.

MON 6 MAR

Aaron Billson

MONDAY SHOWCASE

RACHMANINOV 1.05pm Recital Hall Free admission Aaron Bilson cello Connor Wilcox piano Rachmaninov Cello Sonata Shiyu Zhang soprano Bernard Tan piano Arr. Qiu-Feng Zheng Pamir My Beautiful Homeland - Xinjiang Folk Song Xue-Qin Cao Bean Poem

WED 8 MAR LIVE JAZZ BROADCAST

Zhu Qing I Live at the Region of Changjiang River

BROADCAST IV

Arr. Yan-Jiang Hu Variation of Mayila - Kazakh Folk Song

1.05pm Recital Hall £6 (£4) Join us for a live recording of some of our best senior jazz students.

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TUE 7 MAR PERFORMANCE PLATFORM

LOUIS LORTIE CELEBRITY RECITAL 1.05pm Recital Hall £10 (£8) advance £12 (£10) on the door

MASTERCLASS:

5.45pm Recital Hall £6 (£4) advance £7 (£5) on the door Joint ticket for recital & masterclass £14 (£12) advance £16 (£14) on the door George Benjamin Shadowlines George Benjamin 6 Canonic Preludes Chopin 24 Preludes Op.28 French-Canadian pianist Louis Lortie has attracted critical acclaim throughout Europe, Asia and the United States. He has extended his interpretative voice across a broad range of repertoire with The Times, describing his playing as ‘ever immaculate, ever imaginative,’and identifying Lortie’s ‘combination of total spontaneity and meditated ripeness that only great pianists have’. Louis Lortie © Elias

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MON 13 MAR

THU 9 MAR THURSDAYS AT BIRMINGHAM CONSERVATOIRE

MONDAY SHOWCASE

MUSIC OF THE AMERICAS

BRIDGE

7.30pm Recital Hall £6 (£4)

1.05pm Recital Hall Free admission

Directors Mark Ashford & Mark Eden

Matthew Johnstone viola Hindemith Sonata for Viola Solo

Join us for an eclectic concert exploring American music presented by the Conservatoire’s guitar department.

Eden Walker piano Bridge Piano Sonata

THU 9 MAR – SAT 11 MAR OPERA

LE NOZZE DI FIGARO BY WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART Thu 7pm Fri 7pm Sat 2pm & 7pm The Crescent Theatre £16 (£13), £5.50 Conservatoire students Conductor Fraser Goulding Director Michael Barry For many people Le nozze di Figaro is the quintessential, perfect opera; this being the third time that Birmingham Conservatoire has presented it in the last 16 years. The musical direction, staging, lighting and costumes will be overseen by the Conservatoire's succesful operatic teams. The soloists will be from the Conservatoire Vocal Department and the opera will be sung in Italian.

MON 13 MAR COMPOSERS’ PLATFORM: [TITLE] [IMAGE] [PROGRAMME NOTE] 7.30pm Recital Hall £6 (£4) This concert is an evening of untitled works by various composers from Birmingham Conservatoire. Curated by current fourth-year BMus composition students Rob Crehan, Patrick Ellis and Wilson Leywantono, this concert removes extramusical references - such as the title, composer, and programme note - from pieces, allowing each piece to stand on its own terms and to stimulate the imagination of the audience.

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Dr George Kennaway

TUE 14 MAR TUE 14 MAR PERFORMANCE PLATFORM

JENNIFER PIKE CELEBRITY RECITAL 1.05pm Recital Hall £10 (£8) advance £12 (£10) on the door

PUBLIC RESEARCH SEMINAR

DR GEORGE KENNAWAY (UNIVERSITY OF HUDDERSFIELD) DISEASED, OR JUST VULGAR – WHAT IS IT ABOUT VIBRATO? 3.30pm Arena Foyer £4

MASTERCLASS:

Of all the topics that recur in discussions of historical performance, vibrato remains the most controversial. Whether missing when presumed needed, or present when held to be historically uninformed, it provokes reactions that would never be aroused by, say, contrametric rubato, arpeggiated chords on the piano, or even portamento.

Mozart Sonata KV301 in G major Szymanowski Violin Sonata Op.9 Vaughan Williams The Lark Ascending Wieniawski Fantaisie brillante sur Faust Op.20

In this seminar George Kennaway, Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Huddersfield and professional cellist, looks again at reactions to vibrato and advice on its use from the eighteenth century onwards, not primarily to establish the considerable historical evidence for its restrained use, but rather to explore the feelings surrounding it: vibrato is often criticised as a lack of taste, a disease (or depravity), or as a sign of lower social class.

5.45pm Recital Hall £6 (£4) advance £7 (£5) on the door Joint ticket for masterclass & recital £14 (£12) advance £16 (£14) on the door

Renowned for her "dazzling interpretative flair and exemplary technique" (Classic FM), violinist Jennifer Pike has taken the musical world by storm with her unique artistry and compelling insight into music from the Baroque to the present day. Jennifer gained international attention in 2002, when aged 12 she became the youngest-ever winner of the BBC Young Musician of the Year and the youngest major prize-winner in the Menuhin International Violin Competition.

Such terms invite wider speculation about the delimitation of musical discourse. Examples will be drawn from instrumental playing and singing, and reference will be made to modern vibrato controversies as well as historical sources.

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WED 15 MAR

THU 16 MAR

PRIZES & COMPETITIONS

THE BERNARD BROWN BRASS ENSEMBLE PRIZE 7pm Recital Hall £4 Eric Crees adjudicator and chamber music masterclass coach A chance to hear the Conservatoire's top brass ensembles in competition and experience an open workshop style coaching session by internationally acclaimed Director of The Symphonic Brass of London and Principal Trombone of the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Professor Eric Crees.

Ian Stewart

ELECTRIC CLOUDS 7.30pm Recital Hall £6 (£4) Director Naomi Sullivan Birmingham Conservatoire Saxophone Department and guests Programme to include: Ian Stewart Orange Haze I and II (world première) Ian Stewart Electric Clouds Ian Stewart Purple Gong Orange Tam-tam Celebrating composer and musician Ian Stewart, whose works are influenced by contemporary chamber music, psychedelic and folk music, newwave rock and expressionism. His music has been performed by Kyle Horch, Andreas van Zoelen, Naomi Sullivan, Guilliem Calvo, Pavel Timofeyevsky, John Harle with the Brodski and Smith Quartets, Flotilla, Hard Edge Group, Cocora, Jason Laczkoski and Stephen Page, Royal College of Music and Northwestern University Saxophone Ensembles and has also been broadcast on Catalunya Música and BBC Radio 3.

Nicholas Morris

FRI 17 MAR ORCHESTRAS, ENSEMBLES & CHAMBER MUSIC

BIRMINGHAM CONSERVATOIRE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA 1pm Town Hall £10 (£8) advance £12 (£10) on the door Conductor James Southall Nicholas Morris organ* Birmingham Conservatoire Symphony Orchestra Paul Norman Four Folk Dances Poulenc Organ Concerto* Schubert Symphony No.5 The mighty Hill organ of Birmingham Town Hall is put through its paces in Poulenc’s Concerto for organ, strings and timpani. The concerto soloist is Nicholas Morris, who holds positions at Clare College, Cambridge and St George’s Church, Hanover Square in Mayfair, London.

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FRI 17 MAR

MON 20 MAR

LUNCHTIMES AT BMAG

MONDAY SHOWCASE

HADYN & MENDELSSOHN

BACH, BLISS

12.30pm Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery Free admission

1.05pm Recital Hall Free admission

Hun-sik Lee Ming Yung Ellie Chapman Angela Monge-Alvarez

Rebecca Stubbs viola Robert Markham piano

Haydn String Quartet Op.76 No.4

Heather Duncanson piano

Clarke Luigi Alonzi Jing Ming Yisong Yang Alice Cheer

Toru Takemitsu Rain Tree Sketch

Mendelssohn String Quartet Op.13

Griffith Wadkin cello Jonathan French piano

Bliss Viola Sonata

Ruta Labutyte violin JS Bach Violin Sonata No.3, BWV 1005

Our series of lunchtime music in the beautiful surroundings of The Round Room at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery continues.

Tchaikovsky Variations on a Rococo Theme, Op.33

Eric McElroy

FRI 17 MAR PRIZES & COMPETITIONS

THE EDWARD BROOKS ENGLISH SONG PRIZE 7pm Recital Hall £4

TUE 21 MAR PERFORMANCE PLATFORM

This distinguished prize sees our students explore the intricacies and demands of presenting an outstanding performance of imaginative and wellbalanced programming, encompassing Elizabethan song to the present day.

THE WASTE SHORES OF THE SEA: JOHN IRELAND AND THE PIANO 11.05am Recital Hall £6 (£4) advance £7 (£5) on the door

SAT 18 MAR

Eric McElroy piano

ORCHESTRAS, ENSEMBLES & CHAMBER MUSIC

John Ireland London Pieces John Ireland Ballade of London Nights John Ireland Earth’s Call John Ireland Sarnia

JUNIOR DEPARTMENT CHAMBER MUSIC CONCERT 7pm Recital Hall £6 (£4) advance £7 (£5) on the door Soloists and Chamber Ensembles from the Birmingham Junior Conservatoire perform delightful pieces to mark the end of term.

This recital presents the unique range of John Ireland's psychological spectrum which extended from the serenity of Chelsea Reach, inspired by "the flickering gas-lamps reflected in the dark waters of the Thames,” to the disturbed melancholy of Ballade of London Nights.

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Renata Konyicska

TUE 21 MAR

THU 23 MAR

PERFORMANCE PLATFORM

RENATA KONYICSKA (PIANO)

RECORDER FUTURES

1.05pm Recital Hall £6 (£4) advance £7 (£5) on the door

7.30pm Recital Hall £6 (£4) Members of the Conservatoire Recorder Department

Renata Konyicska piano Handel-Liszt Sarabande and Chaconne from Almira, S181 Schubert Impromptu No.1, Op.90 Chopin Sonata No.2, Op.35 B flat minor A journey from one of the most striking late Liszt arrangements to Chopin’s famous Funeral March sonata. Joint ticket for both today's Performance Platforms - £10 (£8) advance £12 (£10) on the door

WED 22 MAR PRIZES & COMPETITIONS

THE TOWN HALL SYMPHONY HALL PRIZE 7pm Recital Hall £4 The prize for this major competition includes a public recital performance at Town Hall or Symphony Hall. In the final, we are guaranteed a series of exceptionally captivating performances as our students prove their ability to undertake a public recital at one of these major venues.

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As a precursor to Frontiers Festival, hear works by student composers, alongside free improvisations and classics of the modern recorder repertoire including works by Casale, Zahnhausen, Steenhoven and Meijering.

SAT 25 MAR ORCHESTRAS, ENSEMBLES & CHAMBER MUSIC

JUNIOR DEPARTMENT END OF TERM CONCERT 7pm Recital Hall £6 (£4) advance £7 (£5) on the door Conductor David Wynne Conductor Alexandra Wynne Conductor Timothy English Senior Choir Intermediate Choir String Orchestra Soloists, choirs and orchestras from the Junior Conservatoire join together in a fitting finale to the end of term.


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BREAKING DOWN BARRIERS THROUGH MUSIC

25.03.17 - 01.04.17 With a visit from guest composer Martijn Padding, Ensemble Court-Circuit, the Fidelio Trio performing Joe Cutler’s music, events by Seán Clancy and Michael Wolters and a concert by Ed Bennett’s group decibel, NO FRONTIERS festival celebrates the creativity and cultural diversity of staff and students at Birmingham Conservatoire. Join us as we explore the ways in which barriers are broken down through music.

FEATURING: Martijn Padding Thallein Ensemble Ensemble Court-Circuit Fidelio Trio decibel and works by Joe Cutler, Seán Clancy, Michael Wolters and many more…

This week long celebration of boundless creativity and cross-border collaboration features contributions from Belgium, Canada, China, France, Germany, Greece, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Latvia, Malaysia, the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, South Africa, Taiwan, UK and the USA.

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MON 27 MAR

WED 29 MAR

MONDAY SHOWCASE

LIVE JAZZ BROADCAST

DUTILLEUX

BROADCAST V

1.05pm Recital Hall Free admission

1.05pm Recital Hall £6 (£4)

Rose Livsey-Barnes oboe Joanne Sealey piano

Join us for a live recording of some of our best senior jazz students.

Clara Schumann Drei romanzen Op.22 Colin Solo de concours Op.33 Tim Smith piano

THU 30 MAR ORCHESTRAS, ENSEMBLES & CHAMBER MUSIC

Dutilleux Piano Sonata Op.1

BIRMINGHAM CONSERVATOIRE BAROQUE ORCHESTRA 7.30pm St Philip’s Cathedral £10 (£8) advance £12 (£10) on the door

Andrew Randall

Rameau Entrée de Polymnie Telemann Burlesque de Quixotte Mozart Symphony No.1 Purcell Music from Timon of Athens Handel Water Music suite No.2 Lucy Russell director / baroque violin Birmingham Conservatoire Baroque Orchestra The Conservatoire’s baroque orchestra presents a programme of music by Handel, JS Bach and Telemann.

TUE 28 MAR PERFORMANCE PLATFORM

ANDREW RANDALL (BARITONE) 1.05pm Recital Hall £6 (£4) advance £7 (£5) on the door Andrew Downes Casterbridge Fair Ireland Songs Sacred and Profane Brahms Unbewegte laue lüfte Brahms Wie bist du meine Königin Schubert Heine songs from Schwanengesang Winner of the Andrew Downes Performance Prize, The Ashleyan Opera Prize, the John Ireland Prize and the Edward Brookes English Song Prize, baritone Andrew Randall performs in this special lunchtime vocal programme.

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Caroline Modiba

Domonkos Csabay ©RJ Baddeley

Yu-Mien Sun

Luke English

WED 29 MAR SPECIAL EVENT

JULIAN LLOYD WEBBER’S CLASSICAL SHOWCASE 7.30pm Artrix, Slideslow Dr, Bromsgrove B60 1PQ £12 (£10) Tickets available via www.artrix.co.uk or 01527 577 330 Domonkos Csabay piano Caroline Modiba soprano Luke English clarinet Yu-Mien Sun violin Julian will introduce both the music and his hand-picked musicians in a unique programme of popular classics played and sung by five of Birmingham Conservatoire’s finest students. A soprano, violinist, clarinettist and two pianists will perform an enjoyable programme designed to display their extraordinary musicianship.

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Get Involved! LEARNING AND PARTICIPATION PROGRAMME

It is the vision of Birmingham Conservatoire to lead and inspire musicians of all ages and abilities on their musical journeys. We are an institution ready to collaborate, innovate and create exciting new opportunities for all musicians. If you have an idea for a possible collaboration please contact Richard Shrewsbury, Learning and Participation Manager.

INTERACTIVE PERFORMANCES AND SIDE-BY-SIDE

Birmingham Conservatoire has ensembles that are experienced in performing in educational settings. These ensembles range from a chamber orchestra, through woodwind, brass, percussion and string ensembles to world music ensembles, including a samba band and the Conservatoire Folk Ensemble led by Joe Broughton. If you are interested in a Conservatoire group coming and working alongside your musicians get in touch. The Conservatoire can support these activities and will actively look to find ways to make joint activities financially achievable.

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TEACHERS AND SCHOOLS

We offer a wide range of in-school workshop opportunities with our students and staff to enhance your curriculum. Our workshops range from composition and creative ensemble workshops to specific instrumental workshops or interactive performances in school. There is also the opportunity for school groups to visit the Conservatoire to enjoy our programme of over 300 concerts each academic year.

YOUNG PEOPLE – ASPIRE PROGRAMME

The new Birmingham Conservatoire Aspire programme is for young musicians who show a desire to pursue a musical career. If you are, or know of, a young person that would benefit from an enhanced experience of musical learning activities, including one-to-one instrumental lessons, sideby-side rehearsals and mentoring, then please get in touch.


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JUNIOR CONSERVATOIRE

If you have a particular talent for music, whether it is composing or performing, and the desire to take it further, then the Junior Conservatoire may well be the right place for you. We offer specialist training in jazz and classical music to young musicians between the ages of eight and eighteen with exceptional potential, and the ability to achieve that potential. Even absolute beginners as young as three or four years old can study with us through our Young Strings Project, which offers tuition on string instruments.

GOT AN IDEA FOR A PROJECT? GET IN TOUCH. Birmingham Conservatoire Learning and Participation

Richard Shrewsbury, Learning and Participation Manager conlearning@bcu.ac.uk 0121 331 5912

SOCIAL AND CHARITABLE INITIATIVES

Birmingham Conservatoire has strong links with In Harmony Telford & Stoke, the largest ‘El Sistema’ inspired initiative in the UK for young people and their families. Our students and staff are committed to providing opportunities for all people regardless of age, ethnicity and social and economic circumstances to access high quality music education. If you work for a charity or social organisation and have an idea of how we might collaborate please contact us.

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Booking Information Tickets for Conservatoire events are individually priced (as shown in the event listings) and available to purchase in a variety of ways:

BOOK ONLINE

Where stated in the event listings, tickets can be booked online at www.bcu.ac.uk/conservatoire. Please note that an additional transaction fee may be added per ticket paid for online.

ON THE DOOR

Where indicated in the event listings, tickets for Conservatoire events are available to purchase from Birmingham Conservatoire Box Office from up to 45 minutes prior to the event start time.

ADVANCE RESERVATION

Where tickets are not available in advance, you can guarantee your ticket by telephoning the Venues, Concerts and Events Office on 0121 331 5909 to reserve your ticket. Telephone lines are open Monday to Friday 10am 4pm. Your ticket will then be available for you to pay for at the Conservatoire Box Office from up to 45 minutes prior to the event start time. Visa, Delta, Connect, Mastercard and Switch cards can be used. Cheques should be made payable to Birmingham City University. When purchasing tickets in advance, credit and debit card bookings incur a ÂŁ1 fee per transaction and all cash payments are fee free.

CONCESSIONS

Unless otherwise stated, concession prices apply to children (16 and under or in full-time education), students, over 60s, disabled and unemployed customers. Please note that we may ask to see identification when admitting people carrying concession tickets.

FREE STUDENT & STAFF TICKETS

Tickets are available free of charge for Birmingham City University staff and students. Tickets are subject to availability and are only valid with an ID card. Tickets can be reserved through the Conservatoire Concert Office.

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Please note that, to guarantee a staff or student ticket for events taking place at external venues, there is a ÂŁ5 charge. Free tickets are available at the venue, 1 hour before start time. Free tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis and are subject to availability.

EXCHANGES AND REFUNDS

Birmingham Conservatoire does not offer refunds on tickets after purchase. Where purchased in advance, and subject to availability, tickets can be exchanged for an alternative performance within the current concert season, provided tickets are returned to the Venue, Concert and Events Office no less than 48 hours before the event start time. Tickets for events presented by external artists and organisations within Birmingham Conservatoire are subject to the refund and exchange policy of the organisation.

ADVERTISED PROGRAMME

Every effort is made to ensure that all information included within the Concert and Events Diary is correct at the time of going to print. However the Conservatoire reserves the right to change the programme or replace artists due to unforeseen circumstances.

USE OF MOBILE PHONES

To avoid disruption to performers and other audience members, Birmingham Conservatoire requests that you do not use mobile phones or other electronic devices during our concerts and events.


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1ST & 3RD SUNDAY OF EVERY MONTH SUNDAY CLASSICS 6PM THE SPOTTED DOG, DIGBETH, FREE ADMISSION

Enjoy a wide range of music from classically-trained musicians at the very start of their careers in the warm and friendly surroundings of The Spotted Dog. Sunday Classics aims to make classical music more accessible to all and to give musicians a public platform on which to perform.

PARADISE CIRCUS REDEVELOPMENT

- Open for business as usual We are pleased to confirm that during the Paradise Circus Redevelopment, Birmingham Conservatoire is open for business as usual. For more information on how surrounding areas may be affected, or for advice on your journey to the city centre, please visit www.birmingham.gov.uk/connected or contact the Conservatoire on 0121 331 5909 where a member of staff will be pleased to help you.

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Birmingham Conservatoire is located in the centre of Birmingham in Chamberlain Square, to the left of Paradise Forum, and just behind Town Hall. We can be reached by all transport routes.

PARKING

Disabled parking spaces are available on Hill Street, a short distance from the Conservatoire. Spaces are available on a first-come-first-served basis and display of the relevant badge is essential. Lift access is available into the building There is no other parking available at the Conservatoire but there are several pay and display car parks located close by. 44

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Venue Information ACCESSIBILITY

FRIENDS OF BIRMINGHAM CONSERVATOIRE MAILING LIST

All of the Conservatoire’s venues and spaces are accessible by wheelchair. Accessible toilet facilities are also available. There are designated wheelchair spaces in the Recital Hall. Accompanying companion seats are available by requesting these in advance from the Venues, Concerts and Events Office on 0121 331 5909.

To receive future Concert and Event Diaries, and details of special events, offers and promotions, please join our mailing list by sending your details to:

Wheelchair users are entitled to concessionary price tickets with a complimentary companion seat ticket available on request. Guide dogs are welcome at all venues. If you are bringing a guide dog, please let the Venues, Concerts and Events Office know in advance by telephoning 0121 331 5909, so that we can allocate a space for him or her.

Mailing List Venues Concerts and Events Office Birmingham Conservatoire Paradise Place Birmingham B3 3HG Alternatively please email bhamcons.concerts@bcu.ac.uk or telephone 0121 331 5909. Your details will be stored on a secure electronic database and will not be passed onto any third parties.

A copy of this brochure is available in large print by contacting the Venues, Concerts and Events Office on 0121 331 5909.

YOUR COMMENTS AND SUGGESTIONS

CLOAKROOM

The Venues, Concerts and Events team are always interested to hear your comments and suggestions about our concert programme, suggestions for future programming, our venue and our services.

A free cloakroom service is available at most events taking place during the winter months.

BAR/COFFEE BAR

The Conservatoire coffee bar is open throughout the day from 9am to 5pm. For evening and weekend events the coffee and licensed bar is open from one hour before and during the interval of events selling teas and coffees, soft drinks, a range of alcoholic beverages and a range of snacks. Ice cream is on sale during the interval of most events in the Adrian Boult Hall. Interval drinks can be ordered in advance from the coffee and licensed bar from up to one hour before the event start time.

You can write to the Head of Venues, Concerts and Events, Emily Bartlett, at the Venues, Concerts and Events Office, Birmingham Conservatoire, Paradise Place Birmingham B3 3HG. Birmingham Conservatoire thanks its sponsors, funders, partners and supporters

LATECOMERS

To minimise disruption to performers and other audience members, latecomers will only be admitted to the Halls during a suitable break in the performance. This may be at the interval of the event.

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Birmingham Conservatoire thanks its sponsors, funders, partners and supporters SPONSORS

Avid John Avins Trust Birmingham Conservatoire Association Birmingham School of Music Centenary Appeal Fund Classical Guitar Centre DfE (Music & Dance Scheme) European Culture Programme EMI Music Sound Foundation Florian Leonhard Fine Violins Hammerson plc Leverhulme Trust Denis Matthews Memorial Trust DMC McDonald Foundation The Michael Bishop Foundation The Schubert Ensemble of London The Tillet Trust Tony Brookes Enriching Encounters Fund The Wolfson Foundation

EVENT FUNDERS

Britten Pears Foundation Hinrichsen Foundation Holst Foundation Kindom of the Netherlands PRS Foundation for New Music RVW Trust

PARTNERS

Aston Performing Arts Academy Birmingham Contemporary Music Group Birmingham Hippodrome Birmingham Music Service Birmingham Philharmonic Orchestra Birmingham Royal Ballet City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra Coventry Performing Arts Service Deutsche Bank Ex Cathedra In Harmony Stoke and Telford Jazzlines Leamington Music mac Birmingham Music Education Council Music for Youth Musicians' Union Orchestra of the Swan Perry Beeches II Quench Arts Royal College of Organists Royal Shakespeare Company sampad Second Cup Coffee Sound Futures South Birmingham College Stan's Cafe Town Hall Symphony Hall Tredegar Town Band Welsh National Opera Wolverhampton Music Hub

MEMBERSHIP

Association of European Conservatoires Conservatoires UK Incorporated Society of Musicians

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Supporting Us Birmingham Conservatoire is very grateful for the support of individuals and companies.

BIRMINGHAM CONSERVATOIRE ASSOCIATION

THERE ARE MANY WAYS IN WHICH YOU CAN SUPPORT US:

Registered Charity No 1067676 SUPPORT THE MUSICIANS OF TOMORROW – JOIN US TODAY

• Sponsor a concert or series of concerts. • Sponsor a student and follow them through their course of study.

Birmingham Conservatoire Association is a voluntary organisation supporting the work of Conservatoire students.

• Support the Conservatoire Endowment Fund – a fund set up to benefit students in need.

Our international membership consists of alumni, past and present members of staff, parents, friends who support our objectives and distinguished Honorary Members including Sir Simon Rattle.

• Make a donation. The Conservatoire values donations small or large. • Donations can be gift-aided, increasing their value to the Conservatoire. For further details, or if you have an idea you would like to discuss with us, please contact: Andrea Cox Principal’s Office Birmingham Conservatoire Paradise Place, Birmingham B3 3HG Tel: 0121 331 5910 Email: andrea.cox@bcu.ac.uk

As an independent Registered Charity, our work includes giving financial support to students and the CBSO Learning and Participation Programme, the production of Fanfare magazine in conjunction with the Conservatoire, hosting the annual Undergraduate Welcome and assisting with Alumni and Staff Reunions. Membership is open to anyone wishing to support our work for the students, who increasingly need your help in these days of global financial hardship. Join online at www.bcu.ac.uk/conservatoire/bca or request an application form from BCA Hon Secretary John Smith 0121 476 4741 / smith@hrs359.fsnet.co.uk

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Stay in touch for details of forthcoming concerts, special offers and our latest news. To join Birmingham Conservatoire’s mailing list please email bhamcons.concerts@bcu.ac.uk or contact the Venues, Concerts & Events Team on 0121 331 5909.

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