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APRIL Saturday 13 April 7.30pm Birmingham Choral Union

Saturday 20 April 7.30pm Dolce Musica

Monday 22 April 12.30pm - 2.30pm Department of Music

Friday 26 April 1.10pm Barber Lunchtime Concert

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Through Reeds and Willows

Final Year Recitalists

Colin Baines conductor Sarah Cotterill soprano Claire Barnett-Jones mezzo-soprano Mitesh Khatri tenor Edward d’Arcy Hutton bass

Romantic music for oboe, strings and piano

Eloise Shouls soprano Edward Mylecreest trombone Melody Morris flute Naomi Perera flute Nicola Jee piano Aoife McCauley jazz voice

Jack McNeill clarinet Melissa Morris piano

composed his Requiem at the beginning of his most

Elgar Concert Hall, Bramall Music Building Tickets: £16, £15 concessions, £8 students For tickets, please download a booking form from: www.birminghamchoralunion.org.uk

Schumann Three Romances Klughardt Shilflieder

Dubois Quintet

A beautiful concert of unashamedly romantic music for oboe, strings and piano. Schumann’s Three Romances for oboe and piano are followed by the equally glorious Schilflieder for oboe, viola and piano by August Klughardt. The programme culminates with the Quintet by Theodore Dubois, performed by Dolce Musica, led by oboist Victoria Brawn, with Dave Le Page (violin), Carmen Flores (viola), Nick Stringfellow (cello) and Robert Markham (piano). Elgar Concert Hall, Bramall Music Building Tickets: £15, £10 concessions/students Available from the Bramall Box Office: 0121 345 0492 or www.birmingham.ac.uk/bramall

The Dome, Bramall Music Building Admission: Free

Howells Sonata for clarinet and piano Stravinsky Three Pieces for clarinet solo Penderecki Prelude Françaix Tema con Variazioni Jack McNeill is a clarinet and bass clarinet player based in Birmingham. He performs as a soloist and is also a member of Ed Bennett’s DECIBEL, The Wernberg Trio (finalists in the Sylvia Cleaver chamber music prize) and The McNeill Trio. He has also played with the Birmingham Royal Ballet, BCMG and the Orchestra of the Swan. This recital will include a performance of Jean Françaix’s witty and playful Tema con Variazioni. Barber Concert Hall Admission: Free

Sunday 28 April 3.00pm Department of Music in association with Barber Concerts

Binchois Consort & Birmingham University Singers Andrew Kirkman director The Binchois Consort was founded in 1995 to perform Dufay’s Mass for St Anthony of Padua. They have since recorded a number of successful CDs and have received numerous awards, including a Gramophone ‘Early Music Recording of the Year’. In today’s concert they will be performing alongside the Birmingham University Singers and under the direction of Professor Andrew Kirkman. Gascongne Maria virgo, semper lætare         Richafort Quem dicunt homines                  Lheritier Alma Redemptoris Mater               Brumel Sicut lilium                                           Josquin des Prez Recordare, virgo Mater Barber Concert Hall Admission: £12, £9 concessions, £6 Friends, £3 students

Left: Jack McNeill by Grace McNeill www.gracemcneillphotography.co.uk

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May Monday 29 April 12.30pm - 2.30pm Department of Music

Friday 3 May 1.10pm Barber Lunchtime Concert

Friday 3 May 7.30pm Department of Music

Wednesday 8 May 7.30pm Barber Evening Concert

Thursday 9 May 5pm Jazzlines presents...

Final Year Recitalists

Richard Uttley piano

James Rhodes piano

Rachael Cohen Quartet

Maryanne Coughlan clarinet Emily Tidbury soprano Elaine Struthers soprano Rebecca Dent soprano Phoebe Jeanes soprano Zoë Green theorbo

Hermes Ensemble & New Music Ensemble

Haydn Sonata No. 60 in C, Hob. XVI:50 Britten Holiday Diary Debussy Estampes

Beethoven Sonata No. 15 in D, op. 28, ‘Pastoral’ Schubert Sonata in A, D.664 Chopin Scherzo No. 2 in B flat minor, op. 31

Saxophonist Rachael Cohen leads her quartet performing new material from her forthcoming debut album on Whirlwind Recordings.

The Dome, Bramall Music Building Admission: Free

Recognised for his ‘musical intelligence and pristine facility’ (International Record Review) and featured as a Rising Star in BBC Music Magazine, Richard Uttley is establishing an enviable repuation. In this concert, supported by the Young Classical Artists Trust, he performs three contrasting works by Haydn, Britten and Debussy in a programme showcasing his diverse talents. Barber Concert Hall Admission: Free

Koen Kessels & Daniele Rosina directors Programme includes: Dallapiccola Tre Poemi Piccola Musica Notturno Maderna Serenata per una Satellite

Clementi Canone circolare Malavasi Germination

The Hermes Ensemble, and their director Koen Kessels, return to the University to work with student composers in the Department of Music. They are joined by the University’s New Music Ensemble to perform a selection of 20th and 21st century works by Italian composers under the direction of Daniele Rosina.

Bramall Music Building Foyer Admission: Free

Described in The Independent as ‘the Russell Brand of the piano’, James Rhodes has broken down barriers and reached new audiences by giving concerts in unconventional venues, and presenting his own series on SkyArts television. Based in London but acclaimed worldwide, he has performed at festivals including the Chicago Beethoven Festival, the Melbourne Festival, and, closer to home, the Cheltenham and Lichfield festivals. Barber Concert Hall Admission: £12, £9 concessions, £6 Friends, £3 students

Bramall Music Building Admission: £12, £9 concessions, £3 students Tickets can be purchased via the booking form at the rear of this brochure or on the door

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‘Performances of such natural ease and brilliance that no one can resist.’ The Times

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MAY Friday 10 May 1.10pm Barber Lunchtime Concert

Luca Luciano clarinet Programme includes: Weill September Song Berio Lied for solo clarinet Gershwin I’ve got Rhythm

Luciano Sonata No. 1 Sonata No. 2 ‘Stellare’

Luca Luciano performs a contemporary clarinet recital of 20th and 21st century music, informed by his own research on extended techniques and new music for the instrument. The programme includes original compositions, which ‘embrace romantic atmospheres and contemporary idioms, experimentation and heartfelt melodies’, alongside arrangements of tunes by Puccini, Vivaldi, Gershwin and Weill. Barber Concert Hall Admission: Free

Monday 13, Tuesday 14 and Wednesday 15 May 10am - 5.30pm Department of Music

Friday 17 May 1.10pm Barber Lunchtime Concert

Friday 24 - Sunday 26 May Department of Music

Total Brass

BEAST: Vanishing Point

Final Year Recitals

Robert Smith & Jason Evans trumpet Elise Campbell horn Ross Learmonth trombone Matthew Blunt tuba

Birmingham ElectroAcoustic Sound Theatre in the CBSO Centre

Join us for the degree recitals given by the final-year Music student and see if you can spot a future star! For a copy of the schedule please contact Christina Holmes, University Music Administrator, c.holmes@bham.ac.uk The Dome, Bramall Music Building Admission: Free

Berio Call                                        Tom Harrold                           New Commission Plog Four sketches                                

Bach Fugue in G minor BWV 578 ‘the little’              Koetsier Kinderzirkus     Lutosławski Mini Overture

Total Brass is an exciting young Brass Quintet formed by current students of the Royal Academy of Music in 2009. They aim to give a complete overview of brass quintet music by displaying a diverse range of periods, genres and styles. Barber Concert Hall Admission: Free

V A N I S H I N G

Friday: 7.30 & 9.00pm (both 1 hour) Admission: £10, £6 concessions, £3 under 16s and students Saturday: 6pm, 7.30pm & 9pm (all 1 hour) Admission: £14, £8 concessions, £4 under 16s and students Sunday: 2pm - 4pm Admission: £7 full price, £5 concessions, £3 under 16s and students

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A weekend of concerts by BEAST during its 30th anniversary season, Vanishing Point includes an appearance by Canadian-born clarinettist Heather Roche of musikFabrik, Cologne, performing works for clarinet and electronics by current and former BEASTies Scott Wilson, Norah Lorway, Pierre Alexandre Tremblay and Alex Harker.

P O I N T

The weekend concludes with La historia de nosotros (the history of us), a cycle of four 20-minute 8-channel works (two with percussionist) by Colombian composer Jorge Gregorio García Moncada, inspired by a corpus of mythological and historical chronicles from the Huitoto nation, an ethnolinguistic group based in the Colombo-Peruvian Amazon region. CBSO Centre, Birmingham To reserve your tickets in advance for collection on the door, please contact BCMG on 0121 616 2619 or info@bcmg.org.uk

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The Summer Festival of Music celebrates its 25th anniversary this year.

Friday 7 June 7pm Saturday 8 June 3pm Sunday 9 June 6pm

It is a week-long festival organised by students to create music-making opportunities for performers from across the University and the wider community. Each year the festival welcomes new participants in a variety of roles - from conductors, composers and the many members of the ensembles to the organising committee - ensuring that there is something for everyone.

Matthew Knight director Georgina Wheatley music director

This year the Birminghambased Acorns Children’s Hospice is our charity partner.

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Summer Festival Opera

Opera returns to the Barber as the University’s finest musicians present Christoph Willibald Gluck’s adaptation of Euripides’s classic Greek tragedy. Gluck’s first foray into opera for the Parisian stage proved fantastically popular and it is not difficult to see how it went on to capture the imaginations of many an operagoer, including Richard Wagner. With a plot that twists and turns as the protagonist is torn between familial ties and duty, it remains as enduringly enchanting today and this will no doubt be yet another spectacular start to the University’s Summer Festival of Music. Barber Concert Hall Admission: £15, £12 concession, £10 Friends, £5 students

Sunday 9 June 11am - 4pm University of Birmingham

Community Day Wind Band Brass Band MiniBEAST Saxophone Ensemble Join us for the annual University of Birmingham Community Day, when the campus comes alive with free events and activities for all! Throughout Community Day, Summer Festival ensembles will be showcasing their talents and performing a lively selection of music. Making full use of the new Bramall Music Building, right at the heart of the campus, the Wind Band and Brass Band will be based in the Elgar Concert Hall, MiniBEAST will be performing electro-acoustic works in the Dome (3rd floor) and the Saxophone Ensemble will be playing outside in Chancellor’s Court. University of Birmingham, Edgbaston Campus Admission: Free

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JULY Monday 10 June 1.10pm

Wednesday 12 June 7.30pm

Friday 14 June 1.10pm

Lunchtime Postgraduate Concert

Sinfonia

Festival Voices

Taihei Yumiketa conductor

Melody Morris conductor

Programme includes:

Singers from across the University come together especially for the Summer Festival to perform music from composers such as Vaughan Williams, Bob Chilcott, and Gwyn Arch. There is also a barbershopstyle performance from ‘Just Because’, an a capella group formed by members of the University Music Society Chamber Choir.

Members of the university’s postgraduate community showcase their talents in this lunchtime concert in aid of this year’s charity, Acorns Children’s Hospice. The Dome, Bramall Music Building Admission: Free (with a retiring collection for the Acorns Children’s Hospice)

Tuesday 11 June 7.30pm

Chamber Ensembles

Mozart Overture from The Magic Flute Holst St Paul’s Suite

Beethoven Symphony No. 6 in F, ‘Pastoral’

The student-conducted Sinfonia, which forms specifically to play in the Festival, and accompanies the winner of the Summer Festival Soloist Competition, makes its Elgar Concert Hall debut.

Musicians from across the university join together in a variety of small ensembles to perform an exciting range of chamber music repertoire. This concert includes the first performance of the winning composition from the Summer Festival Composition Prize.

Elgar Concert Hall, Bramall Music Building £8, £5 concessions, £3 students

Barber Concert Hall £8, £5 concessions, £3 students

Big Band

Thursday 13 June 8pm

The Summer Festival Big Band will be holding an informal evening at the Bristol Pear, featuring both classic and modern big band charts and a student vocalist, the evening also includes a pub quiz with a twist! The Bristol Pear, Bristol Road, Selly Oak £5 on the door

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Barber Concert Hall Admission: Free (with a retiring collection for the Acorns Children’s Hospice)

Saturday 22 June 9am & Sunday 23 June 10am

Saturday 29 June 10am Brass Bands England

Friday 5 July & Friday 12 July 1.10pm Barber Lunchtime Concerts

Brant International Piano Competition 2013

English National Brass Band Championship

Birmingham International Jazz and Blues Festival

Brass Bands England is proud to present the first brass band contest to be held in the Elgar Concert Hall!

Join us at the Barber Institute for two stellar lunchtime sessions as part of this year’s festival.

The English National Brass Band Championships is an all day contest featuring some of the top brass bands in England, performing a set test piece (George Lloyd’s Diversions on a Bass Theme) in the morning and their own repertoire choice in the afternoon, as they attempt to impress the adjudicators and win the £4000 first prize. The winners will also be invited to represent England at the European Brass Band Championships in 2014. Further information can be found at www. brassbandsengland.ning.com/page/english-nationals

www.birminghamjazzfestival.com

Preliminary Round and Semi-Finals With its illustrious list of former winners, this prestigious competition provides young pianists with the chance to further their career and perform in world-class venues. In the preliminary round, mixed programmes are performed by up to 25 competitors, of whom eight are selected for the semi-finals. The final takes place at Town Hall, Birmingham on Saturday 29 June. Please note that the sessions may start slightly later should competitors withdraw. Further information and application forms are available from www.thsh.co.uk/brantcompetition

Thursday 13 June 5pm Jazzlines presents...

Barber Concert Hall Tickets: £8, £6 concessions Available only on the door

Phil Robson Trio

Barber Concert Hall Admission: Free

Elgar Concert Hall, Bramall Music Building Tickets: £15 adult, £5 children 8-16, under 8s free Available from the Bramall Box Office: 0121 345 0492 or www.birmingham.ac.uk/bramall

Acclaimed British guitarist Phil Robson leads this trio featuring Ross Stanley on organ and Gene Calderazzo on drums. Bramall Music Building Foyer Admission: Free

Jazzlines

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Summer Festival Opera

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JULY Saturday 22 June 9am & Sunday 23 June 10am

Saturday 29 June 10am Brass Bands England

Friday 5 July & Friday 12 July 1.10pm Barber Lunchtime Concerts

Brant International Piano Competition 2013

English National Brass Band Championship

Birmingham International Jazz and Blues Festival

Brass Bands England is proud to present the first brass band contest to be held in the Elgar Concert Hall!

Join us at the Barber Institute for two stellar lunchtime sessions as part of this year’s festival.

The English National Brass Band Championships is an all day contest featuring some of the top brass bands in England, performing a set test piece (George Lloyd’s Diversions on a Bass Theme) in the morning and their own repertoire choice in the afternoon, as they attempt to impress the adjudicators and win the £4000 first prize. The winners will also be invited to represent England at the European Brass Band Championships in 2014. Further information can be found at www. brassbandsengland.ning.com/page/english-nationals

www.birminghamjazzfestival.com

Preliminary Round and Semi-Finals With its illustrious list of former winners, this prestigious competition provides young pianists with the chance to further their career and perform in world-class venues. In the preliminary round, mixed programmes are performed by up to 25 competitors, of whom eight are selected for the semi-finals. The final takes place at Town Hall, Birmingham on Saturday 29 June. Please note that the sessions may start slightly later should competitors withdraw. Further information and application forms are available from www.thsh.co.uk/brantcompetition Barber Concert Hall Tickets: £8, £6 concessions Available only on the door

Barber Concert Hall Admission: Free

Elgar Concert Hall, Bramall Music Building Tickets: £15 adult, £5 children 8-16, under 8s free Available from the Bramall Box Office: 0121 345 0492 or www.birmingham.ac.uk/bramall

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SUMMER 2013 WHAT’S ON April 13 20 22 26 28 29

May

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June

7-9 9 10 11 12 13 13 14 22 & 23 29

Pin me up!

7.30pm 7.30pm 12.30pm 1.10pm 3.00pm 12.30pm

Birmingham Choral Union Dolce Musica Final Year Recitalists Jack McNeill & Melissa Morris Binchois Consort & BUS Final Year Recitalists

Bramall Music Building Bramall Music Building Bramall Music Building Barber Concert Hall Barber Concert Hall Bramall Music Building

£16-8 £15-10 Free Free £12-3 Free

1.10pm 7.30pm 7.30pm 5.00pm 1.10pm see p6 1.10pm see p7

Richard Uttley Hermes Ensemble & NME James Rhodes Rachael Cohen Quartet Luca Luciano Final Year Recitals Total Brass BEAST: Vanishing Point

Barber Concert Hall Bramall Music Building Barber Concert Hall Bramall Music Building Barber Concert Hall Bramall Music Building Barber Concert Hall CBSO Centre, Birmingham

Free £12-3 £12-3 Free Free Free Free £14-3

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Summer Festival Opera University Community Day Lunchtime Postgraduate Concert Chamber Ensembles Sinfonia Phil Robson Trio Big Band Festival Voices Brant International Piano Competition English National Brass Band Champ’ship

Barber Concert Hall Edgbaston Campus Bramall Music Building Barber Concert Hall Bramall Music Building Bramall Music Building The Bristol Pear, Selly Oak Barber Concert Hall Barber Concert Hall Bramall Music Building

£15-5 Free Free £8-3 £8-3 Free £5 (door) Free £8-6 (door) £15-Free

July

5 & 12 1.10pm Bham International Jazz & Blues Festival Barber Concert Hall

Brochure Design: Antony Antoniou at designbyantony.com

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General box office information

Barber box office 0121 414 7333

Tickets for concerts promoted by the Department of Music (including Barber Concerts and the Summer Festival of Music) can be purchased via the Barber box office or using the booking form enclosed. For booking information for all other events please refer to the specific box office details in individual listings.

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Concessions Concessionary rates are offered to the disabled, the unwaged, and patrons sixty years of age and over.

Students Student rates include children aged 16 and under unless otherwise stated.

Disabled patrons Limited blue badge holder parking is available: please speak to the box office staff about when booking your tickets.

Please note: We reserve the right to halt ticket sales five minutes before performances begin in order to ensure a prompt start. Late-comers will be admitted at a suitable point in the programme at the venue’s discretion. We reserve the right to substitute artists or vary programmes if necessary in unavoidable circumstances.

Monday to Friday: 10am-5pm Saturday and Sunday: 11am-5pm On days when there is an evening performance the Barber box office remains open until the performance begins.

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How to find us The University of Birmingham is located in south-west Birmingham, approximately 3 miles from the city centre.

By Car: South Car Park (off Edgbaston Park Road) is five minutes walk away. Charges apply Monday-Friday, 8.30am-4.30pm. Outside these times FREE parking is available on campus around the Barber Institute. Satnav: B15 2TT

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Music Brochure Summer 2013