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Concerts & Events Spring 2016 Jan - Mar

Tamsin Waley-Cohen © Patrick Allen

Peter Donohoe © Sussie-Ahlburg

Roderick Williams © Benjamin Ealovega

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Welcome A very warm welcome to our Spring Series at Birmingham Conservatoire. Once again we present an array of the world’s finest musicians at some of the world’s cheapest ticket prices! And, as always, there is something for everyone: our groundbreaking Frontiers Festival, our acclaimed jazz series, our Opera Triple Bill and –of course – our regular concerts and public master classes given by some of the greatest international classical musicians performing today. The piano features particularly strongly this spring with visits from our esteemed Vice President, Peter Donohoe – who took the music world by storm when he won First Prize in the 1982 International Tchaikovsky Competition - closely followed by the American pianist Jeffrey Siegel and the legendary Turkish pianist, Idil Biret, whose magnificent recordings and performances have garnered a host of awards too numerous to list here. The Conservatoire’s feast of music continues with appearances from violinist Tamsin Waley-Cohen, violist Nobuko Imai, baritone Roderick Williams and festivals devoted to the music of Schubert and Brahms. And there are so many more enticing concerts – often performed by our own superlative students. Do please delve deeply within these pages so that you don’t miss out on some truly special music making. Julian Lloyd Webber Principal, Birmingham Conservatoire

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Spring season highlights P6

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P19

FRI 15 JAN, FRI 22 JAN, FRI 4 MAR & FRI 11 MAR

TUE 16 FEB

MON 22 - FRI 26 FEB

PETER DONOHOE CELEBRITY PIANO RECITAL

SCHUBERT FESTIVAL

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P28

P30

MON 7 - FRI 18 MAR

TUE 8 MAR

THU 10 - SAT 12 MAR

FRONTIERS FESTIVAL

IDIL BIRET

OPERA TRIPLE BILL

THE COMPLETE BRAHMS CHAMBER MUSIC WITH PIANO CYCLE

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Roderick Williams Image credit: Benjamin Ealovega

MON 11 JAN MONDAY SHOWCASE

BRITTEN, STRAUSS, RAVEL 1pm Recital Hall Free admission Tickets available on the door Aisling Reilly double bass Jonathan French piano Bruch Kol Nidrei Bottesini ‘Beatrice di Tenda’ Fantasy Heather Duncanson piano Knussen Prayer Bell Sketch Yu-Mien Sun violin Aaron Billson cello Ravel Sonata for Violin and Cello Cecily Redman soprano Jonathan French piano Strauss Op.36 - Das Rosenband, Für fünzehn Pfennige Britten Les Illuminations - Fanfare, Villes, Antiques Previn I want magic! from A Streetcar Named Desire

Nina Simone © Kroon, Ron/Anefo, 1965 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/nl/deed.en

TUE 12 JAN PERFORMANCE PLATFORM

RODERICK WILLIAMS & IAIN BURNSIDE RECITAL Recital: 1.05pm Adrian Boult Hall £6 (£3.50) advance £6.50 (£4.50) on the door Masterclass: 5pm £6 (£3.50) advance £6.50 (£4.50) on the door Joint ticket for masterclass and recital £9 (£5) advance £10 (£6) on the door Tickets available from www.eventbrite.com Roderick Williams baritone Iain Burnside piano Schubert Schwanengesang (selection) Enjoy a special lunchtime concert with revered baritone Roderick Williams and exuberant pianist Iain Burnside.

FRI 15 JAN EMERGING DIRECTORS

NINA 8pm Recital Hall £7 (£6, students £5) Tickets available from www.eventbrite.co.uk or from theninaproject2016@gmail.com Tickets purchased online are subject to a transaction fee. Director Aimée Fisk Join us for an evening celebration of the life of music's high priestess of soul, Miss Nina Simone. From Here Comes the Sun to Mississippi Goddamn, the evening promises to be a creative exploration of one of the music world's most influential figures, with reimaginings of the songs that put her on the map. All proceeds go to Macmillan Cancer Support.

Today they present Schubert's final musical testament to the world, originally published in 1829 a few months after his death in November of the previous year.

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Completely Brahms 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.

Daniel Tong

FRI 15 JAN, FRI 22 JAN, FRI 4 MAR & FRI 11 MAR COMPLETELY BRAHMS

MON 18 JAN MONDAY SHOWCASE

THE COMPLETE BRAHMS CHAMBER MUSIC WITH PIANO CYCLE

SCHUBERT, SCHUMANN, RACHMANINOFF

1pm Recital Hall £5 (£3) Tickets available on the door

1pm Recital Hall Free admission Tickets available on the door

15 Jan

4 Mar

Myenard Martillano piano

Luke Westcombe clarinet Tingting Yao piano Clarinet Sonata No.1 in F minor Op.120, No.1

Jonathan Martindale violin Peggy Nolan cello Domonkos Csabay piano Piano Trio No.2 in C, Op.87

Respighi Six pieces for piano

Maria Oguren violin Anna Barsegjiana viola Lucy French cello Arthur Bocaneanu piano Piano Quartet No.2 in A, Op.26

Jonathan Martindale violin Andrew Littlemore horn Domonokos Csabay piano Horn Trio in E flat Op.40

Wolf Verborgenheit Roma Cafolla My Violin Fauré Diane Selene Schubert Ihr Bild Quilter Blow, Blow, Thou Winter Wind Schumann Ich Grolle Nicht

22 Jan Jung Yoon Cho violin Nafis Umerkulova piano Violin Sonata No.3 in D minor, Op.108 Naoko Senda violin Ruri Kuroda cello Yenting Wang piano Piano Trio No.3 in C minor, Op.101 6

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11 Mar Luke Newby clarinet Laetitia van Wyk cello Stavroula Thoma piano Clarinet Trio in A minor, Op.114 Man Chun Yu violin Wayne Chan cello Hannah Slavin piano Piano Trio No.1 in B, Op.8

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James Gribble baritone Tingting Yao piano

Joe Ordish piano Rachmaninoff Sonata No.2


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Mike Fletcher

Elsabe Raath

TUE 19 JAN Giulia Galasso

PERFORMANCE PLATFORM

ELSABE RAATH (VIOLA) 1.05pm Adrian Boult Hall £6 (£3.50) advance £6.50 (£4.50) on the door Elsabe Raath viola Michael Webb clarinet Samantha Oxborough mezzo-soprano Robert Markham piano Yenting Wang piano Mozart Kegelstatt Trio in E flat major, K.498 for Clarinet, Viola and Piano Brahms Two Songs for Voice, Viola and Piano, Op.91, No.s 1 and 2 Kurtag Hommage to Robert Schumann, Op.15/d for Clarinet, Viola and Piano Enjoy a unique programme of chamber music featuring the viola. The Kegelstatt trio by Mozart is composed for a rather unusual combination of instruments, particularly for his time. Even more unusual is the fact that Mozart brings the viola to the front as a solo instrument rather than merely filling the harmonies. Then let Brahms take you through images of wind in the trees before the Kurtag builds in six short movements around both the fairy-tale and the death of Robert Schumann.

TUE 19 JAN PUBLIC RESEARCH SEMINAR

CONSERVATOIRE DOCTORAL STUDENTS PRESENT RESEARCH-IN-PROGRESS 3.30pm Arena Foyer £4 Tickets available on the door This termly venture offers a window on the world of doctoral research. Students from varied subject backgrounds give short presentations on topics that form part of their current research enquiries. Within historical musicology, Giulia Galasso discusses the musical challenges in creating a critical edition of masses by the hitherto neglected seventeenth-century Italian composer Francesco Foggia (1603–88). Excerpts from the first modern performances of some of Foggia’s music will be heard using Galasso’s edition. Meanwhile, the jazz researcher Michael Fletcher pursues the theme of jazz musicians’ usage of the 12-bar blues form as a testbed for new creative ideas, as well as how the blues as a common denominator may prove useful in analysing stylistic developments. Venues, Concerts & Events Office: 0121 331 5909

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WED 20 JAN

FRI 22 JAN

THE LIVE JAZZ BROADCAST

COMPLETELY BRAHMS

BROADCAST I 1.05pm Recital Hall £5 (£3) Tickets available on the door Robbie Fearon Quartet: Dave Ferris organ Ben Lee guitar Billy Weir drums Robbie Fearon saxophone

FRI 22 JAN

THU 21 JAN EMERGING DIRECTORS

KAPUSTIN PROJECT SONATA 8pm Recital Hall £8 (£6) Tickets available from www.eventbrite.com Director/piano Guy Murgatroyd Kapustin Sonata No.1, Op.39 “Sonata Fantasia” Kapustin Sonata No.16, Op.131 Kapustin Sonata No.14, Op120 Kapustin Sonata No.9, Op.78 Nikolai Kapustin has achieved an international reputation through his piano writing including concertos, chamber music and notably twenty piano sonatas. In a style broadly mixing Russian lyricism and bebop jazz, his music is as eclectic as it is eccentric. Acclaimed fourth year undergraduate pianist Guy Murgatroyd takes on four of these explosive sonatas, including two only recently published, in a recital that will test his virtuosity as well as his sense of swing!

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1pm Recital Hall £5 (£3) Tickets available on the door See page 6 for full details.

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

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THE COMPLETE BRAHMS CHAMBER MUSIC WITH PIANO CYCLE

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ORCHESTRAS, ENSEMBLES AND CHAMBER MUSIC

PRELUDE, FUGUE & RIFFS! 7pm Adrian Boult Hall £6 (£4) advance £7 (£5) on the door Tickets available from www.evenbrite.com Conductor Christopher Houlding Yu-Cheng Chen percussion Birmingham Conservatoire Wind, Brass & Percussion Ensembles Stravinsky Ebony Concerto Joseph Schwantner Percussion Concerto (Wind Ensemble Version) Weil Kleine Dreigroschenmusik Bernstein Prelude, Fugue and Riffs Take a rare chance to see a mass of percussion instruments and excellent performers playing wonderfully dramatic and colourful music. The stark contrast of Joseph Schwantner’s epic Percussion Concerto and Kurt Weill’s deliciously evocative music from The Threepenny Opera re flanked by two jazz influenced classics. Both commissioned by legendary band leader Woody Herman, Stravinsky’s Ebony Concerto is our prelude, Bernstein’s Prelude, Fugue and Riffs; an arresting epilogue.


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MON 25 JAN MONDAY SHOWCASE

JAZZ 1pm Recital Hall Free admission Tickets available on the door Alex Astbury Quintet Alex Astbury Trumpet Aimée Fisk Voice Stella Roberts Piano Stuart Barker Bass Nathan England-Jones Drums Enjoy a lunchtime performance from some of our finest jazz students.

Ronald Woodley

TUE 26 JAN PUBLIC RESEARCH SEMINAR

PROFESSOR RONALD WOODLEY AND SIMON SMITH – LECTURERECITAL: GEORGE ANTHEIL’S VIOLIN SONATA NO.1 3.30pm Arena Foyer £4 Tickets available on the door Nafis Umerkulova

TUE 26 JAN PERFORMANCE PLATFORM

NAFIS UMERKULOVA (PIANO) 1.05pm Adrian Boult Hall £6 (£3.50) advance £6.50 (£4.50) on the door Tickets available from www.eventbrite.com Nafis Umerkulova piano Schubert Impromptu Op.142, No.1 Schubert/Liszt Erlkönig Schubert/Liszt Gretchen am Spinnrade Liszt Sonata in B minor Take a lunchtime journey from Schubert to Liszt with multiple prize-winning pianist Nafis Umerkulova.

In the Parisian salons of the 1920s the extraordinary, radical music of the American expatriate George Antheil (1900–59) was, for many at the cutting-edge of the modernist aesthetic, all the latest rage. Not for nothing did he entitle his 1945 autobiography The Bad Boy of Music. Much of his output, however – with the possible exception of the Ballet mécanique, and occasionally the Airplane Sonata for piano – is rarely heard today. Antheil’s First Violin Sonata (1923), at times utterly frenzied, at times hauntingly beautiful, presents serious challenges of interpretation to both players. Simon Smith and Ronald Woodley discuss the work, with extended performed examples, as part of their preparations for a full concert performance.

Simon Smith

THU 28 JAN ORCHESTRAS, ENSEMBLES AND CHAMBER MUSIC

DVOŘÁK QUINTET 7.30pm Recital Hall £6.50 (£4.50) Tickets available on the door Pavel Fischer violin Lieva Starker violin Louise Lansdown viola Hannah Roberts cello Guillermo Arevalos Vigo double bass Dvořák String Quintet with Double Bass in G major Op.77 Enjoy a staff and student chamber music collaborative concert featuring the deep baselines of Dvořák’s String Quintet, offering a sheer fullness of sound.

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

THU 28 JAN 10am – 4pm Birmingham Conservatoire Free entry The day is perfect for those considering taking a course in music, and also for staff involved in the teaching of these students and advising them on higher education. For further information and a programme for the day, please contact 0121 331 5901 or email conservatoire@bcu.ac.uk Please register in advance using the online registration form at bcu.ac.uk/conservatoire/opendays

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FRI 29 JAN

MON 1 FEB

LUNCHTIMES AT BIRMINGHAM MUSEUM AND ART GALLERY

MONDAY SHOWCASE

THE CONTINENTAL QUARTET

GLIÈRE, SAINT-SAËNS, BRAHMS, LISZT

12.30pm The Round Room, Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery Free admission Tickets available on the door

1pm Recital Hall Free admission Tickets available on the door Catherine Thomas french horn Joanne Sealey piano

Schubert Quartet Op.125 (Post.) No.1 in E flat Jeffrey Armstrong violin Olga Eckert violin Yue Yu viola Victoria Groves cello

Glière A selection from Four Pieces for horn and piano, Op.35 Saint-Saëns Morceau de concert

Since their formation in autumn 2015, The Continental Quartet has been invited to perform part of Death’s Cabaret for a string workshop with cellist Matthew Sharp, as well as a quartet as part of the Birmingham Conservatoire’s string festival.

Gyorgy Hodozsó piano Brahms Ballades Op.10 Liszt Ab irato, S.143 Edward Francis-Smith double bass Jonathan French piano Bottesini Grande Allegro alla Mendelssohn for double bass and piano

FRI 29 JAN EMERGING DIRECTORS

[TITLE OF SHOW] 8pm Recital Hall £10 (£7, Conservatoire students £5) Tickets available from www.eventbrite.co.uk or via titleofshow@outlook.com Director Cecily Redman You're reading the official blurb of [title of show], the musical. Blurb. That's a funny word. Jeff and Hunter are two nobodies in New York writing a musical about two nobodies in New York named Jeff and Hunter, writing a musical about two nobodies in New York named Jeff and Hunter. With the talents of their attractive lady-friends Heidi and Susan, and regular-friend Larry, will they succeed in creating an original musical in just three weeks for opening night? Frequently hilarious and packed with jaunty tunes, this show is bursting with creation and elation. We hope you enjoyed the blurb. Contains strong language and adult themes and is not suitable for anyone under the age of 16, unless accompanied by an adult.

MON 1 FEB COMPOSERS’ PLATFORM 7.30pm Recital Hall £4 (£2) advance £5 (£3) on the door Tickets available from www.eventbrite.com Another chance to witness the creative talent of our composers here at the Conservatoire. Expect a concert full of surprises and brand new pieces, a wide range of styles, wild experimentation and music that you won’t find anywhere else.

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WED 3 FEB THE LIVE JAZZ BROADCAST

BROADCAST II 1.05pm Recital Hall £5 (£3) Tickets available on the door

Jamal Aliyev

Charlie Bates Quartet: Charlie Bates piano Tom Niblock alto sax Sam Ingvorsen guitar Charlie Johnson drums

TUE 2 FEB PERFORMANCE PLATFORM

JAMAL ALIYEV (CELLO) 1.05pm Adrian Boult Hall £6 (£3.50) advance £6.50 (£4.50) on the door

Join us for a live recording from some of our best senior jazz students. The quartet will be playing tunes by Bill Evans, Kenny Wheeler and John Taylor as well as some original compositions and arrangements of standards.

Jamal Aliyev cello Joanne Sealey piano

THU 4 FEB

Schubert Arpeggione Sonata Wieniawski Scherzo Tarantella Schumann Fantasiestucke Chopin Introduction and Polonaise Brillante

JEFFREY SIEGEL - A KEYBOARD CONVERSATION A CONCERT WITH COMMENTARY

Enjoy a lunchtime concert from Jamal Aliyev, recipient of four "full scholarship" awards from Royal College of Music, Royal Academy, The Yehudi Menuhin School and the Central Music School of Moscow.

“His highly developed technique and his warm, variable and expressive sound allow him to interpret his repertoire in a very personal and fascinating way.” Johannes Goritzki

TUE 2 FEB PRIZES AND COMPETITIONS

THE LEAMINGTON MUSIC PRIZE 7pm Recital Hall £4 Tickets available on the door Join us as students shortlisted for the prize 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. 12

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GUEST ARTISTS

1.05pm Recital Hall £11 (£9) advance £12 (£10) on the door Tickets available from www.eventbrite.com An American Salute The distinguished American pianist Jeffrey Siegel presents a concert-with-commentary format, in which lively, incisive remarks precede virtuoso performances of piano masterpieces. Mr. Siegel will briefly discuss and then perform Gershwin's rarely heard solo piano version of Rhapsody in Blue, Leonard Bernstein's Meditation on a Wedding (a Birmingham premiére), Aaron Copland's Cat and the Mouse, and Louis Moreau Gottshalk's The Union - Patriotic Paraphrase. The performance will conclude with a short question and answer session.

Pei-Chun Liao


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Birmingham Conservatoire Symphony Orchestra

THU 4 FEB CBSO PRE-CONCERT SHOWCASE

PINES OF ROME 6.15pm Symphony Hall Free admission Tickets available on the door Conductor Michael Seal Birmingham Conservatoire Symphony Orchestra Ryan Probert Mattei (première) Respighi Pines of Rome Respighi’s epic tone poem transports you into the ancient world of Rome in a dazzling display of orchestral colour. Experience the sounds of laughing children playing in the streets, birds singing gently from the trees and a Roman legion marching its way down the Appian Way.

BAIBA SKRIDE: SZYMANOWSKI 7.30pm Symphony Hall £12.50 - £45 plus transaction fee. Tickets available from www.cbso.co.uk or 0121 345 0499 Conductor Olari Elts Baiba Skride violin City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra Mendelssohn A Midsummer Night’s Dream – Overture Szymanowski Szymanowski Violin Concerto No.1 Shostakovich Symphony No. 10

THU 4 FEB SPECIAL EVENTS

BIRMINGHAM CONSERVATOIRE CAMERATA PRESENTS A PROGRAMME OF MUSIC DRAWING FROM THE ENGLISH AND GERMAN CHORAL TRADITIONS 7.30pm The Church of St. Alban the Martyr Highgate, Retiring collection Conductors Darrel Chan and Nicola Starkie Birmingham Conservatoire Camerata Handel Nisi Dominus JS Bach Lobet den Herrn A selection of items by Tallis, Holst, Tippett, Kerry Andrew, Karen Thomas, Hildegard von Bingen, Brahms and Haydn. Experience a feast of choral music from the12th to the 21st centuries in the beautiful acoustics of St. Alban’s Church.

FRI 5 FEB EMERGING DIRECTORS

THE WONDERS OF WALT 7.30pm Adrian Boult Hall £10 (£8, £5 students and children under 16) Tickets available from www.eventbrite.co.uk or via 07918152535 Director Philip James Featuring the music of Snow White, The Lion King, Beauty and the Beast, Up, Frozen and many, many more. Enjoy a night of music from the films of Walt Disney with percussionist Phil James and his 16 piece band and 12 vocalists. This promises to be an excellent evening and is a wonderful opportunity to hear some of your favourite songs.

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Incus Ensemble

MON 8 FEB

MON 8 FEB

MONDAY SHOWCASE

PRIZES AND COMPETITIONS

SCHMITT, JS BACH, BEETHOVEN

THE RENNA KELLAWAY PIANO PRIZE

1pm Recital Hall Free admission Tickets available on the door

7.15pm Adrian Boult Hall £4 Tickets available on the door

Chloe Percy Smith saxophone Charles Matthews piano Schmitt Légende Op.66 JS Bach Suite No.2: Prelude in D minor (Trans C Percy-Smith)

Hear some of the finest Conservatoire pianists as they are put through their paces in the final of this esteemed competition.

Tingting Yao piano Beethoven Sonata in E flat, Op.31, No.3

MON 8 FEB

Andrew Randall baritone Bernard Tan piano Finzi Let Us Garlands Bring, Op.18

BIRMINGHAM CHAMBER MUSIC SOCIETY COMPOSITION PRIZE: INCUS ENSEMBLE 7.30pm Recital Hall £6 (£4) advance £7 (£5) on the door Tickets available from www.eventbrite.com

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Incus Ensemble Jack McNeill clarinet Rose Redgrave viola David Quigley piano Hear specially–composed works by Conservatoire composition students, selected to be premièred by the outstanding Incus Ensemble, all of whom are visiting tutors at Birmingham Conservatoire.

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The Atéa Wind Quartet

TUE 9 FEB PERFORMANCE PLATFORM

THE ATÉA WIND QUINTET Recital: 1.05pm Adrian Boult Hall £6 (£3.50) advance £6.50 (£4.50) on the door Masterclass: 5.30pm £6 (£3.50) advance £6.50 (£4.50) on the door Joint ticket for masterclass and recital £9 (£5) advance £10 (£6) on the door Tickets available from www.eventbrite.com Francaix Wind Quintet No.2 Bridge Divertimento Nielsen Quintet The Atéa Quintet is the foremost British Wind Quintet of their generation. Internationally acclaimed, they recently became double prize winners at the 2015 Karl Nielsen International Chamber Music Competition in Denmark. As the Associate Ensemble in Residence at the Birmingham Conservatoire and Quintet in Residence at the Purcell School, they mentor some of the most talented up and coming musicians in the country.


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Claudio Forcada

TUE 9 FEB

Dr Claudio Forcada

PUBLIC RESEARCH SEMINAR

DR CLAUDIO FORCADA – GOOD VIOLIN PRACTICE: PSYCHOLOGICAL ASPECTS RELATED TO PUPILS’ ACQUISITION OF MOTOR SKILLS 3.30pm Arena Foyer £4 Tickets available on the door This presentation discusses how motor learning can contribute to enhancing music teachers’ effectiveness and how its principles can be applied independently of the method teachers use. Initially, Dr Claudio Forcada considers the need for teachers to be systematic and have a solid background on which to base their teaching. The characteristics of violin teachers who participated in a case study developed as part of Claudio’s doctoral thesis are analysed, exploring differences between their methods, pedagogies and approaches. Aspects of motor learning and their influence on teachers’ practice are also described. The talk concludes by showing the data collected in the case study and establishing comparisons between the teaching habits of the participating teachers.

Ney Rosauro

WED 10 FEB INTERNATIONAL MASTERCLASS

AN EVENING WITH NEY ROSAURO 8pm Adrian Boult Hall £6 (£4) advance £7 (£5) on the door Tickets available from www.eventbrite.com Ney Rosauro percussion Shih-Han Lee percussion Matthew Firkins percussion Stephen Plummer percussion Luke Taylor percussion Daniel Martinez Martin percussion Birmingham Conservatoire Percussion Department Programme to include: Rosauro Brazilian Fantasy Rosauro Toccata and Divertimento Rosauro Fred no Frevo Rosauro Two Reflections for Solo Vibraphone (Brazilian Landscape) Rosauro Cenas Amerindias (Eldorado) Rosauro Bem-vindo Witness the brilliant Conservatoire percussionists getting put through their paces as they perform with Brazilian superstar percussionist and composer, Ney Rosauro.

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FRI 12 FEB EMERGING DIRECTORS

INFERNO! 7.30pm Adrian Boult Hall £10 (£8, £4 students) Tickets available from www.inferno.ticketsource.co.uk and 07591 089104 Band of the West Midlands Fire Service Conductor Patrick Ryan Director/clarinet Emily Jenner Join the Band of the West Midlands Fire Service for an exciting evening of popular music for wind and military band, featuring the Artie Shaw Clarinet Concerto. From timeless classics to modern favourites, the band will entertain and demonstrate their versatility, whilst also raising money for the Breast Cancer Care charity. Tamsin Waley-Cohen

THU 11 FEB

SAT 13 FEB

CELEBRITY RECITAL

ORCHESTRAS, ENSEMBLES AND CHAMBER MUSIC

TAMSIN WALEY-COHEN AND HUW WATKINS

JUNIOR DEPARTMENT ORCHESTRAL CONCERT

7.30pm Recital Hall £11 (£9) advance £12 (£10) on the door Tickets available from www.eventbrite.co.uk

7.15pm Adrian Boult Hall 6.50 (£4.50) Tickets available on the door

Tamsin Waley-Cohen violin Huw Watkins piano Bach Sonata for violin and clavier No.4 in C minor, BWV 1017 Beethoven Violin Sonata No.10, Op.96 Hahn Nocturne and Romance Szymanowski Violin Sonata in D minor, Op.9 Described by The Times as a violinist “who held us rapt in daring and undaunted performances” and by The Guardian as a performer of “fearless intensity”, Tamsin Waley-Cohen enjoys an adventurous and varied career. Hear her perform in this recital with pianist and composer Huw Watkins, with whom she enjoys a fruitful and highly commended partnership with.

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Conductors Daniele Rosina, Jeffrey Snowden, Timothy English Junior Conservatoire Symphony Orchestra, Wind Orchestra and Chamber Orchestra Programme to include: Franck Le chasseur maudit Vivaldi Concerto for four violins in B minor Op.3, No.10 Talented young students from the Junior Conservatoire Symphony Orchestra and Wind Orchestra present an engaging programme of music.

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Csabay Domonkos

György Hodozsó

WED 17 FEB CBSO PRE-CONCERT SHOWCASE

PIANO SHOWCASE

Peter Donohoe Photo: Sussie Ahlburg

TUE 16 FEB

6.15pm Symphony Hall Free admission Tickets available on the door György Hodozsó piano Csabay Domonkos piano

PETER DONOHOE CELEBRITY PIANO RECITAL

Liszt Variations on Weinen, Klagen, Sorgen, Zagen. Schubert/Liszt Der Erlkönig Schubert/Liszt Auf dem Wasser zu Singen Schubert/Liszt Die Forelle

7.30pm Adrian Boult Hall £11 (£9) advance £12 (£10) on the door Tickets available from www.eventbrite.com

Two supremely talented Hungarian Weingarten Scholars from the Franz Liszt Academy in Budapest play music by their fellow countryman, Liszt, as inspired by Bach and Schubert.

Peter Donohoe piano

TCHAIKOVSKY’S SIXTH

Scriabin Sonata No.1 in F minor, Op.6 Schubert Four Impromptus, Op.142 Beethoven Sonata No.1 in F minor, Op.2, No.1 Brahms Sonata No.3 in F minor, Op.5

7.30pm Symphony Hall £12.50 - £45 plus transaction fee. Tickets available from www.cbso.co.uk or 0121 345 0499.

CELEBRITY RECITAL

Winner of the 1982 International Tchaikovsky Competition, "Donohoe is a pianist in a class of his own, an interpreter with a quite extraordinary feeling for musical phrasing, a ‘sculptor’ of the piano" (Detlef Brandenburg, Schleswig-Holstein 1993). Here he presents a varied programme showcasing the key of F minor, described by theorist Christian Schubart in 1808 as portraying 'Deep depression, funereal lament, groans of misery and longing for the grave.'

Rafael Payare conductor Alisa Weilerstein cello City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra Berlioz Roman Carnival Overture Prokofiev Sinfonia concertante Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 6 (Pathétique)

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THU 18 FEB

FRI 19 FEB

EMERGING DIRECTORS

SCHUBERT DER WANDERER

THALLEIN PLUS – 8 WORLD PREMIÈRES

7.30pm Recital Hall £8.35 (£7.29, £6.25 students) Tickets available from: www.schubertderwanderer. eventbrite.co.uk

6pm Recital Hall £6 (£4) advance £7 (£5) on the door Tickets available from www.eventbrite.com

Director James Rowland

Patrick Giguère conductor Thallein Ensemble and guests

Cast: Georgina Baker Joe Clayton James Rowland Andrew Rawlings

Following last year’s highly successful project, Thallein Ensemble are joined by a number of the UK’s leading contemporary music performers in a concert of world premières from Birmingham Conservatoire composers.

Paul Bambrough accompanist Creative: James Booth lead technician/ lighting design James Rowland set Dewi Beryl Johnson costume Laura Barham make-up

18 November 1828, on the eve of his death Franz Schubert’s mind has been consumed by syphilis. Struggling to comprehend his mortality and the future of his own artistic legacy, he turns to madness, singing aloud Lieder of time gone by. The songs take us on a journey through his life, from his time as an inspired youth to a Bohemian in love, and finally a man devoured by temptation. Join Expedition Arts as we raise the curtain to Birmingham Conservatoire’s Schubert Festival (from 22-26 Feb). Featuring many of his Lieder, this new piece of theatre promises to bring this prolific composer to life like never before.

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Expedition Arts

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Lucinda Scott

HANDPICKED ORCHESTRA 7pm Adrian Boult Hall £6 (£4) advance £7 (£5) on the door Tickets available from www.eventbrite.co.uk Handpicked Orchestra Lucinda Scott soprano Connor Wilcox piano Ravel Shéhérazade Beethoven Piano Concerto No.3, Op.37 Ravel’s Shéhérazade, a work in three movements for soprano voice and orchestra, centres on an exotic land and sensual desire that is often not satisfied. Then, enjoy the varied and dynamic Third Piano Concerto from Beethoven, which demonstrates the turbulent emotions for which he was becoming famous.

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SAT 20 FEB GUEST ARTISTS

MUSIC FOR YOUTH 10am Adrian Boult Hall Free admission Tickets available on the door The UK’s most exciting youth music festival returns to Birmingham Conservatoire. The series is open to groups of young musicians based in the UK, aged 21 and under, who are performing an eclectic range of music to any standard. The Regional Festivals are free to enter and offer young musicians a platform on which to perform anything from folk, world and roots to western classical and contemporary jazz through to urban and electronic music.


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SCHUBERT FESTIVAL MON 22 - FRI 26 FEBRUARY

Birmingham Conservatoire presents a unique opportunity to immerse yourself in the music of one of the greatest musical figures in history. With some five concerts each day, students and staff explore the diverse richness of Schubert’s music including well known chamber music favourites such as the Trout Quintet, Death and the Maiden, Rosamunde and Octet in F Major as well as piano trios, string quartets and many rarities. Music for the piano (for both two and four hands!) permeates the week, the acclaimed Schubert interpreter Christian Blackshaw (see over) joins us to give a recital and the late Piano Sonatas are performed in three 'late night' concerts. Schubert’s glorious vocal music is presented by students in a Liederabend as well as performances of his two song cycles Die Schöne Müllerin and Winterreise, which brings this remarkable week to a fitting close.

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SCHUBERT FESTIVAL MON 22 FEB

Monday Ticket £20 (£15) www.eventbrite.com

11am Adrian Boult Hall £5 (£3) advance £6 (£4) on the door Luan Shaw clarinet Ashley Myall bassoon Lauren Storey horn Jiafeng Chen violin Jeffrey Armstrong violin Louise Lansdown viola Ruri Kuroda cello Ted Francis-Smith double bass Octet D.803

MON 22 FEB

MON 22 FEB 3pm Adrian Boult Hall £5 (£3) advance £6 (£4) on the door Sebastian Suhardi and Irene Loh Fantasie in F minor, D.940 Ching-Hui Lin Sonata in A minor, D.537 Jo Yee Lau and Ken Lim Allegro in A minor, D.947

1.05pm Adrian Boult Hall £5 (£3) advance £6 (£4) on the door

MON 22 FEB

Bernard Tan and Tung Khng Chua 6 Grandes Marches, D.819

6pm Adrian Boult Hall £5 (£3) advance £6 (£4) on the door

Robert Markham and John Humphreys Rondo in D, D.608

György Hodozsó piano Zhivko Georgiev violin Tom McMahon cello Piano Trio in E flat, D.929

Robert Markham and John Humphreys Sonata in B flat, D.617

MON 22 FEB 7.30pm Recital Hall £5 (£3) advance £6 (£4) on the door Liederabend Devised and presented by Richard Stokes exploring Schubert's many responses to the subject of Death.

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MON 22 FEB 9.30pm Adrian Boult Hall £5 (£3) advance £6 (£4) on the door Arthur Bocaneanu Sonata in C minor, D.95

TUE 23 FEB 11am Recital Hall £5 (£3) advance £6 (£4) on the door I-Hsuan Peng Sonata in E flat, D.568 Yuyang Wang 3 Klavierstücke, D.946, I Olivia Chew and Petrina Phua Fantasie in C minor, D.48

TUE 23 FEB 1.05pm Adrian Boult Hall £5 (£3) advance £6 (£4) on the door Susanne Stanzeleit violin David Angel violin Robin Ireland viola Andrew Fuller cello Quartet in G major, D.887

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MONDAY 22 - FRIDAY 26 FEBRUARY

Tuesday Ticket £20 (£15) www.eventbrite.com TUE 23 FEB 3pm Arena Foyer £5 (£3) advance £6 (£4) on the door Sebastian Wyss violin Simone Damiani piano Sonata in A major, D.574 Nathaniel King Allegretto in C minor, D.915 David Quigley 12 Waltzes, D.145

TUE 23 FEB £5 (£3) advance £6 (£4) on the door Akvilė Šmotavičiūtė piano Sebastian Wyss violin Jack Gillet viola Felicity Smith cello Ying Chia double bass Piano Quintet in A major, “The Trout”, D.667

TUE 23 FEB 7.30pm Adrian Boult Hall 11 (£9) advance £12 (£10) on the door Christian Blackshaw piano Mozart Piano Sonata in C minor, K457 Schumann Fantasy in C, Op.17 Schubert Piano Sonata in D D850 Christian Blackshaw studied with Gordon Green, Moisei Halfin and Sir Clifford Curzon. Tonight he plays the music of those composers closest to his heart.

“Combining near-contradictory qualities, simplicity and sophistication, searching concentration and relaxed ease of unfolding, in a manner that so many top performers exploring this repertory simply fail to discover, let alone realise.” BBC Music Magazine on his Mozart Piano Sonata “From impossible delicacy to raw passion: the pianists’ Schubert recital was hypnotic.” The Financial Times

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Wednesday Ticket £15 (£10) www.eventbrite.com WED 24 FEB 10am & 2.30pm New Lecture Theatre Free entry PIANO MASTERCLASS with Christian Blackshaw

WED 24 FEB 1.05pm Recital Hall £5 (£3) advance £6 (£4) on the door Gildas Quartet Alexander Baillie cello Quintet, D.956

WED 24 FEB 6pm Recital Hall £5 (£3) advance £6 (£4) on the door Jeffrey Armstrong violin Olga Eckert violin Yue Yu viola Vicky Groves cello Quartet in E flat major, D.87 Yu-Mien Sun violin Marketa Nadvornikova violin Matt Johnstone viola Chris Miller cello Quartet in A minor, D.804 “Rosamunde”

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THU 25 FEB

7.30pm Adrian Boult Hall £5 (£3) advance £6 (£4) on the door

1.05pm Recital Hall £5 (£3) advance £6 (£4) on the door

Philip Smith baritone Jan Loeffler piano Die Schöne Müllerin, D.795

Yenting Wang and Arthur Bocaneanu Overture to Fierabras, D.798

WED 24 FEB

Rose Livsey-Barnes oboe Tommy Hill oboe Sarah Johnson clarinet Jacob Perry clarinet Caroline Simpkins bassoon Mark Wilson bassoon Anna Liggins horn Rebecca Holman horn

9.30pm Recital Hall £5 (£3) advance £6 (£4) on the door Tickets available from www.eventbrite.com Philip Martin piano Sonata in A major, D.959

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Octet in F major, D.72 (minuet and finale) TBC alto Male chorus TBC piano Ständchen, D.920

THU 25 FEB 11am Recital Hall £5 (£3) advance £6 (£4) on the door 4 Impromptus, D.899

Sarah Johnson clarinet Jacob Perry clarinet Caroline Simpkins bassoon Mark Wilson bassoon Hugh Woolley contrabassoon Anna Liggens horn Rebecca Holman horn Ryan Richards trombone Tom Pilsbury trombone Eine Kleine Trauermusick, D.79

Connor Wilcox i) C minor Jinwen Xu ii) E flat major Guy Murgatroyd iii) G flat major Connor Wilcox iv) A flat major Boya Yang Sonata in A minor, D.845

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THU 25 FEB 3pm Recital Hall £5 (£3) advance £6 (£4) on the door Daniel Peev violin Katherine Coleman violin Lydia Handy viola Miriam Taylor cello Quartetsatz D.703 Gildas Quartet Quartet in D minor, D 810 “Death and the Maiden”

THU 25 FEB 6pm Recital Hall £5 (£3) advance £6 (£4) on the door 4 Impromptus, D.935 Stavroula Thoma i) F minor Bogdan Suciu ii) A flat major Maria Suciu iii) B flat Yang Tsao iv) F minor Hoylin Yeoh Sonata in A major D. 664


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MONDAY 22 - FRIDAY 26 FEBRUARY THU 25 FEB 7.30pm Adrian Boult Hall £5 (£3) advance £6 (£4) on the door Stephan Elvin Sonata in A minor, D.784 Yingrong Wang Sonata in C major (frag), D.613 Julian Jacobson March in E, D.606 Divertissment sur des motifs originaux francias, D.823 Julian Jacobson and Di Xiao i) Marche Brilliante Julian Jacobson and John Thwaites ii) Andantino Varie Julian Jacobson and I-Hsuan Peng iii) Rondeau Brillant

THU 25 FEB 9.30pm Adrian Boult Hall £5 (£3) advance £6 (£4) on the door Daniel Browell piano Sonata in B flat major, D.960

Yen Ting Wang

Friday Ticket £18 (£12) www.eventbrite.com FRI 26 FEB 11am Recital Hall £5 (£3) advance £6 (£4) on the door Yijin Miao and Feng Yijiao 4 Polonaises, D.599 Robert Markham Adagio in E, D.612 Robert Markham Sonata in B major, D.575

FRI 26 FEB 1.30pm Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery Free entry Dom Seymour violin Kieran Lynch violin Rebecca Stubbs viola Lauren Baker cello Quartet in G minor, D.173 Wai Lam violin Katarzyna Deja violin Qihan Kang viola Griffith Wadkin cello Quartet in B flat major, D.112

Stavroula Thoma

FRI 26 FEB 3pm Recital Hall £5 (£3) advance £6 (£4) on the door Domonkos Csabay Fantasy in C major, “Wanderer”, D760 Jo Yee Ian 10 Variations, D.156 Liang Shan Sonata in G, D.894 Hannah Slavin and Kathryn Whitmarsh 8 Variations on an original theme in A flat, D.813

FRI 26 FEB 6pm Recital Hall £5 (£3) advance £6 (£4) on the doorm Ting-Ting Yao piano Markéta Nádvorníková violin Yen-Chu Chieh cello Piano Trio in B flat, D.898

FRI 26 FEB 8pm Adrian Boult Hall £7 (£5) advance £6 (£4) on the door Paul Bambrough tenor Ronald Woodley piano Winterreise, D.911

Winterreise, a chronicle of a man's struggle with isolation, disappointment and mortality. The listener is taken on an emotional journey of selfexamination which leads to a final, enigmatic conclusion. It provides a fitting finale to our celebration of this visionary composer.

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SUN 28 FEB STRINGS STUDY DAY

NOBUKO IMAI 10am-6pm Recital Hall £11 (£9) advance £12 (£10) on the door Tickets available from www.eventbrite.com Join us for a truly inspiring unique learning experience as the world renowned Japanese born violist Nobuko Imai gives viola master classes, workshops and ensemble sessions. This is a day for all musicians, not just violists!

MON 29 FEB MONDAY SHOWCASE

JAZZ 1pm Recital Hall Free admission Tickets available on the door

The Alma Guitar Quartet

Enjoy a lunchtime performance from some of our very finest jazz students.

FRI 26 FEB LUNCHTIMES AT BIRMINGHAM MUSEUM AND ART GALLERY

THE ALMA GUITAR QUARTET 12pm The Round Room, Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery Free admission Tickets available on the door

MON 29 FEB

Torroba Estampas Brouwer Toccata Houghton Opals Bellinati A Furiosa Bellinati Baião de Gude Assad Uarekena

COMPOSERS’ PLATFORM

The Alma Guitar Quartet consists of Hannah Woollacott, Berxwedan Koçkaya, Jonnie Cumming and Rowan McConkey who have all studied under the tuition of Mark Ashford and Mark Eden at Birmingham Conservatoire. They perform a broad repertoire, ranging from early baroque arrangements, to early twentieth-century works composed specifically for guitar quartet, and popular music from South America and Cuba.

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7.30pm Recital Hall £4 (£2) advance £5 (£3) on the door Tickets available from www.eventbrite.co.uk After our first platform concert on the first day of the month we thought we’d have one on the last day of the month as well. The music will be as special as today is in the calendar. Expect a concert full of surprises and brand new pieces, a wide range of styles, wild experimentation and music that you will only find on 29 February!


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TUE 1 MAR PUBLIC RESEARCH SEMINAR

PROFESSOR MICHAEL RUSS – MUSORGSKY'S PICTURES AT AN EXHIBITION AND THE SUBJECT OF ART IN MUSIC Nobuko Imai

TUE 1 MAR PERFORMANCE PLATFORM

NOBUKO IMAI AND ROBERT MARKHAM Recital: 1.05pm Adrian Boult Hall £11 (£9) advance £12 (£10) on the door Masterclass: 2.30pm £6 (£3.50) advance £6.50 (£4.50) on the door Joint ticket for masterclass and recital £13 (£11) advance £14 (£12) on the door Tickets available from www.eventbrite.com Nobuko Imai viola Robert Markham piano Nobuko Imai plays a recital with pianist Robert Markham to commemorate the centenary of South African born violist Cecil Aronowitz with a selection of his favourite viola music. This afternoon's programme includes music by Bach, Brahms, Beethoven and Kreisler. Cecil’s 100th birthday would have been on Friday 4 March 2015 and his family will be with us to celebrate this occasion.

3.30pm Arena Foyer £4 Tickets available on the door Professor Michael Russ, Emeritus Dean of Music, Humanities and Media at the University of Huddersfield, brings his substantial expertise on Musorgsky to address issues surrounding the iconic and highly individual Pictures at an Exhibition (1874), not least the remarkably underresearched subject of art in music. The rhetorical device of ‘ekphrasis’, the vivid description of a work of art in another medium – usually poetry – emerges as a useful starting point. The seminar is illustrated with art works from Hartmann (the subject of Musorgsky's composition) and others, together with recordings of performances of the original score and a few of its many transcriptions.

WED 2 MAR THE LIVE JAZZ BROADCAST

BROADCAST III 1.05pm Recital Hall £5 (£3) Tickets available on the door The Elliot Sansom Group Join us for a live recording of some of our best senior jazz students. Venues, Concerts & Events Office: 0121 331 5909

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WED 2 MAR

THU 3 MAR

PRIZES AND COMPETITIONS

EMERGING DIRECTORS

THE TOWN HALL SYMPHONY HALL PRIZE 7pm Recital Hall £4 Tickets available on the door 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.

THU 3 MAR PRIZES AND COMPETITIONS

BERNARD BROWN BRASS ENSEMBLE PRIZE 7pm Adrian Boult Hall £4 Tickets available on the door Adjudicator / Recital soloist David Morton (Principal Cornet Eikanger Bjørsvik Brass Band, Norway) Brass Chamber Group Finalists Jo Sealey piano A thrilling evening for brass lovers featuring a celebrity recital by David Morton, Principal Cornet of Norway's acclaimed Eikanger Bjørsvic Brass Band and the Final of the Bernard Brown Brass Ensemble Prize showcasing the cream of the Conservatoire's Brass Chamber Ensembles.

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A ROYAL CELEBRATION 8pm Recital Hall £8 (£5) Tickets available on the door Reservations via a.royal.celebration@outlook.com Director Charlotte Webb Enjoy an evening as a Royal with a complete programme of music played at past Regal occasions including: Music for Royal Fireworks, The Arrival of the Queen of Sheba, Trumpet Voluntary, Panis Angelicus and many more… A chamber orchestra, string quartet, singer, harp and organ will be amongst those performing whilst being accompanied by short clips of footage and slideshows to take you through each occasion. Sit back on your throne and enjoy!

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FRI 4 MAR COMPLETELY BRAHMS

THE COMPLETE BRAHMS CHAMBER MUSIC WITH PIANO CYCLE 1pm Recital Hall £5 (£3) Tickets available on the door See page 6 for full details.

FRI 4 MAR ORCHESTRAS, ENSEMBLES AND CHAMBER MUSIC

FANFARE & LOVE SONGS 7pm Adrian Boult Hall £7 (£5) advance £6 (£4) on the door Tickets available from www.eventbrite.com Conductor Ian Porthouse Birmingham Conservatoire Brass Band David Morton (Eikanger Bjørsvik Band, Norway) guest cornet soloist Gavin Higgins Fanfare and Love Songs William Himes Jubilance John Larsson arr. SteadmanAllen Someone Cares Fumiko Miyachi Au79 for brass band Jacob Larsen The Saga of Tyrfing Hear the Conservatoire's fine brass band put through its paces by its renowned musical director, Ian Porthouse. An eclectic programme of refreshingly challenging works featuring the acclaimed Principal Cornet of Norway's Eikanger Bjørsvic Brass Band, David Morton.


DEMOLISHING

PRECONCEPTIONS 07.03.16 - 18.03.16

FEATURING: Gavin Bryars Errollyn Wallen Project Instrumental Decibel Hans Koller Quartet with BCMG and earth-shaking new works from Birmingham Conservatoire students Frontiers Festival brings you a two week frenzy of ground -breaking, window-shattering and earth-shaking new music. Prepare to have your preconceptions smashed into a billion tiny pieces as Birmingham Conservatoire embarks on a transformative journey of regeneration. Follow the journey from the demolition of its Paradise Circus home, to its new location in the heart of Birmingham’s creative centre, via the sounds of some of contemporary music’s most forward-thinking artists.

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MON 7 MAR

TUE 8 MAR

MONDAY SHOWCASE

EMERGING DIRECTORS

KAPUSTIN, CALVERT 1pm Recital Hall Free admission Tickets available on the door Birmingham Conservatoire Trumpet Ensemble Calvert Suite on Canadian Folksongs Jo Yee Iau piano Kapustin 3 Preludes Tatum Tea for Two 2-YOU Percussion Duo Ivan Trevino Catching Shadows Avner Dorman Udacrep Akubrad

TUE 8 MAR PERFORMANCE PLATFORM

IDIL BIRET Recital: 1.05pm Adrian Boult Hall £11 (£9) advance £12 (£10) on the door

ALMA GUITAR QUARTET PRESENT: FEAST 7.30pm Recital Hall £7 (£5, £4 students) Tickets available from www.almagqfeast.eventbrite.co.uk Directors Rowan McConkey and Berxwedan Koçkaya Programme includes premières of works by Blanka Stachelek, Ignatius Sokol, Dani Bianco Albert and Ryan Probert. Alma Guitar Quartet warmly invite you to witness an evening of musical delicacies at Birmingham Conservatoire. The quartet will be performing a veritable feast of new compositions that take inspiration from the diverse world of food. There is a limited capacity for this event, book early to avoid disappointment.

Masterclass: 3pm £6 (£3.50) advance £6.50 (£4.50) on the door Joint ticket for masterclass and recital £13 (£11)advance £14 (£12) on the door Tickets available from www.eventbrite.com Idil Biret piano JS Bach Chromatic Fantasia and Fugue BWV.903 Chopin Etudes, Op.25 Enjoy a special concert and public masterclass with the legendary performer Idil Biret. Idil studied with Nadia Boulanger, Alfred Cortot and Wilhelm Kempff and has made over 100 recordings including the Beethoven Sonatas and Concertos, Ligeti and Boulez, and the complete works for piano of Brahms, Rachmaninoff, and Chopin. The latter was rewarded in 2007 when the President of Poland, Lech Kaczsnky awarded Idil the country’s highest award for her contribution to their cultural life, the Cross of the Order of Merit. She also holds the Dinu Lipatti Gold Medal, French Chevalier de l’Ordre National du Mérite, and is State Artist of Distinction in Turkey.

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THU 10 MAR

THU 10 MAR

SCHOOLS

THURSDAYS AT BIRMINGHAM CONSERVATOIRE

SCHOOLS AND FAMILY PERCUSSION CONCERT

CRIES, BELLS, CHANTS AND WHISPERS

12.30pm Adrian Boult Hall £2 per school pupil £6.50 (£4) Advanced booking is required for school bookings, please call 0121 331 5909 Birmingham Conservatoire Percussion Department Chetham’s School of Music Percussion Department Programme to include: Alexej Gerrassimez Body Percussion Miriam Kitchener Funky Junk Steve Reich Drumming Charlie Piper Mobius Jan Bradley In-Line Ian Smith Take a Stand Join the Birmingham Conservatoire's Percussion Department for an unforgettable lunchtime concert of percussion music from around the world! This interactive concert will educate, fascinate and entertain you. Tap along to body percussion beats, groove to awesome marimba rhythms and be amazed by demonstrations and explanations from the experts. Birmingham Conservatoire's outreach programme mentors young percussionists, communities and schools. For this concert, the Department are thrilled to be joined by percussionists from Chetham's School of Music as part of an exciting and brand new collaboration.

7.30pm Recital Hall £6 (£4) advance £6.50 (£4.50) on the door Tickets available from www.eventbrite.com Directors Naomi Sullivan and Andy Tweed Birmingham Conservatoire Saxophone Ensemble Enjoy music for large and small saxophone ensembles with a varied programme of new music that explores this expressive instrument and its ability to offer such an extreme range of sounds, colours and voices.

COMING SOON Adrian Boult Hall Closing Festival May – June 2016 Celebrating music making in Birmingham as we mark the closing of the City’s Adrian Boult Hall and the opening of the new Conservatoire at Eastside in 2017. Details of festival events coming soon at: www.bcu.ac.uk/AdrianBoultHall

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FRI 11 MAR COMPLETELY BRAHMS

THE COMPLETE BRAHMS CHAMBER MUSIC WITH PIANO CYCLE 1pm Recital Hall £5 (£3) Tickets available on the door See page 6 for full details.

THU 10 – SAT 12 MAR OPERA

ORCHESTRAS, ENSEMBLES AND CHAMBER MUSIC

OPERA TRIPLE BILL Thu 7pm Fri 7pm Sat 2pm & 7pm The Crescent Theatre £16 (£13, £5.50 Conservatoire students) Tickets available from www.crescent-theatre.co.uk Director Michael Barry Conductor Fraser Goulding Costumes Alan and Jennet Marshall Lighting Design Charlie Morgan Jones Students of the Vocal and Instrumental Departments Vaughan Williams Riders To The Sea Holst Savitri Ravel L’enfant et les sortilèges Join us for scenes from three well-loved operas. Riders to the Sea (1932) by Vaughan Williams uses a play by J.M. Synge in which a mother learns that her last remaining son of six has, like the others, been lost to the sea. It tells of loss and resignation and the sea features throughout the music like an unseen character.

Savitri (1916) by Gustav Holst, based on an episode from Sanskrit literature in which a wife persuades Death not to take her husband. It tells of the triumph of love over death. L'Enfant et les Sortileges (1925) by Ravel, based on Colette's libretto is a fairy tale in which the furniture, cup and saucer clock, story book, fire, wallpaper and maths book all come to life to seek revenge on the naughty boy who has misused them. He escapes to the garden where the trees, cats, squirrels, bats and dragonfly all continue the nightmare. It is utterly magical and really is about the love between child and parent. 30

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JUNIOR DEPARTMENT CHAMBER MUSIC CONCERT 7pm Recital Hall £6.50 (£4.50) Tickets available on the door Soloists and Chamber Ensembles from the Junior Conservatoire Hear a delightful programme of chamber music given by the talented students of the Junior Conservatoire.

MON 14 MAR GUEST ARTISTS

MELODY MUSIC BIRMINGHAM 6.30pm New Lecture Theatre Free admission Tickets available on the door Melody Music Birmingham meets weekly to explore music making, have fun and make lots of noise! Come and support the students, with sounds and songs from all over the globe, this concert guarantees to get your toes tapping.


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MON 14 MAR SPECIAL EVENTS

BIRMINGHAM CONSERVATOIRE CHAMBER CHOIR 7.30pm The Church of St. Alban the Martyr Highgate, Retiring Collection Conductor Paul Spicer Joubert O praise God in his holiness Joubert O Lorde, the maker of all thing Howells Te Deum (Collegium Regale) Howells Psalm Prelude set 1/1 Joubert Sonnet Howells Master Tallis’ Testament Joubert Three Portraits Parry Blest pair of sirens

Rebecca Herissone

TUE 15 MAR PUBLIC RESEARCH SEMINAR

PROFESSOR REBECCA HERISSONE – ‘A COMPLETE AND CORRECT SCORE’: MUSIC PRINTING AND CREATIVITY IN LATE SEVENTEENTHCENTURY ENGLAND

TUE 15 MAR PERFORMANCE PLATFORM

FUMIKO MIYACHI & KATE HALSALL 1.05pm Adrian Boult Hall £6 (£3.50) advance £6.50 (£4.50) on the door

3.30pm Arena Foyer £4 Tickets available on the door

Kerry Andrew Birdsong for Two Voices Leo Chadburn Vapour descriptors Duncan MacLeod Cut, Strike, Throw, Grip Naomi Pinnock Always again (Miniaturised Concertos, RVW Trust 2013) Gavin Bryars My First Homage Laurence Crane Piano Duets No.s 1-4 Fumiko Miyachi Co27

This presentation investigates how detailed textual study of Restoration printed music challenges our longstanding association of publication with the notion of textual fixity. Using examples from Purcell’s music, Professor Rebecca Herissone, from the University of Manchester, demonstrates how music printing can preserve creativity in unexpected ways, with significant implications for today’s performers. The talk focuses on handwritten corrections to Purcell’s self-published score of his 1691 opera The Prophetess, or the History of Dioclesian.

Since their debut at Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival in 2014, Fumiko Miyachi and Kate Halsall have been recording specially commissioned works. Today's programme includes pieces which are on their latest album, as well as the world première of Fumiko's latest work from her Transitional Metal Series Cobalt.

Fumiko Miyachi

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FRI 18 MAR THALLEIN 7pm Adrian Boult Hall £9 (£7) advance £10 (£8) on the door Tickets available from www.eventbrite.com

WED 16 MAR THE LIVE JAZZ BROADCAST

BROADCAST III 1.05pm Recital Hall £5 (£3) Tickets available on the door Join us for a live recording of some of our best senior jazz students.

WED 16 MAR RECORDER FUTURES 7.30pm Recital Hall £6.50 (£4.50) Tickets available from www.eventbrite.com Gavin Bryars A Family Likeness for Recorder Sextet Arvo Pärt Pari Intervallo Works by Berio, Buck, Tedde, plus new works for recorders by Conservatoire student composers Take this opportunity to hear brand new works alongside modern classics for recorder solo and ensemble.

THU 17 MAR SPECIAL EVENTS

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Joe Cutler Without fear of vertigo Seán Clancy new piece Ed Bennett new work Howard Skempton Gemini Dances Michael Wolters Emmaus Pages Sam Taylor new piece Fumiko Miyachi Cl2 Yannis Kyriakides Words and Song Without Words As a tribute to the much-loved (and soon to be lost) Adrian Boult Hall, the Conservatoire’s premier new music ensemble showcases works by staff of the composition department. The department has a national reputation for excellence, innovation and diversity and there is no doubt that this evening offers the opportunity to witness those three qualities in abundance.

SAT 19 MAR ORCHESTRAS, ENSEMBLES AND CHAMBER MUSIC

JUNIOR DEPARTMENT CHAMBER MUSIC CONCERT 7pm Adrian Boult Hall £6.50 (£4.50) Tickets available on the door Conductors David Wynne, Alexandra Wynne, Timothy English Junior Conservatoire Choirs and String Orchestra Soloists, chamber musicians, choirs and orchestras from the Junior Conservatoire join together in a fitting finale to the end of term.


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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.

ADVANCE RESERVATION

Where tickets are available on the door, you can guarantee your ticket by telephoning the Venues, Concerts and Events Office on 0121 331 5909 to reserve your ticket in advance. 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.

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.

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.

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Venue Information CLOAKROOM

FRIENDS OF BIRMINGHAM CONSERVATOIRE MAILING LIST

A free cloakroom service is available at most evening events taking place in the Adrian Boult Hall.

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:

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.

ACCESSIBILITY

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

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.

YOUR COMMENTS AND SUGGESTIONS

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.

Wheelchair users are entitled to concessionary price tickets with a complimentary companion seat ticket available on request if required. 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. A copy of this brochure is available in large print by contacting the Venues, Concerts and Events Office on 0121 331 5909.

LATECOMERS

Mailing List, Venues Concerts and Events Office, Birmingham Conservatoire, Paradise Place, Birmingham B3 3HG.

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.

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.

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 thanks its sponsors, funders, partners and supporters SPONSORS

Avid Classical Guitar Centre DfE (Music & Dance Scheme) European Culture Programme EMI Music Sound Foundation John Avins Trust Leverhulme Trust The Schubert Ensemble of London The Tillett Trust The Wolfson Foundation Wilmcote Charitable Trust

EVENT FUNDERS

Arts Council England Britten Pears Foundation Hinrichsen Foundation Kingdom 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 Sound Futures South Birmingham College Stan’s Café Third Ear 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:

SUPPORT THE MUSICIANS OF TOMORROW – JOIN US TODAY

• Sponsor a concert or series of concerts.

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

• Sponsor a student and follow them through their course of study.

Our international membership consists of alumni, current and former members of staff, distinguished Honorary Members including the President of Birmingham Conservatoire, Sir Simon Rattle OM CBE DUniv, parents, friends and all those wishing to support our objectives.

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

We are a Registered Charity which is independent from the Conservatoire. Our work includes the production of a twice-yearly promotional magazine Fanfare III, financial support for the CBSO Learning and Participation Programme and to individual students for a variety of needs (such as instrumental purchase and repair, travelling and living expenses, and masterclasses), the annual Undergraduate Welcome and biennial Alumni and Staff Reunions. Membership is open to everyone who wishes to support the work of the students at Birmingham Conservatoire. The students increasingly need your help in these days of global financial hardship. Please refer to our website www.bcu.ac.uk/ conservatoire/bca to see the benefits offered to BCA Members and join us online or by requesting an application form from BCA Hon Secretary John Smith 0121 476 4741 / smith@hrs359.fsnet.co.uk

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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, side-by-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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COMING SOON

COMING SOON

SUN 24 APR THE BIRMINGHAM PHILHARMONIC CONCERTO PRIZE FINAL 2016

SUN 1 & MON 2 MAY SIR JAMES GALWAY AND LADY JEANNE GALWAY FLUTE RESIDENCY

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. www.bcu.ac.uk/concerts BirmCons @BirmCons Birmingham Conservatoire Paradise Place Birmingham B3 3HG

Birmingham Conservatoire Spring 2016 Concert DIary  

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