VIEW SUMMER BROCHURE (April-June)
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Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, 200 Jennens Road, Birmingham B4 7XR
Opening Festival highlights
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Royal Birmingham Conservatoire presents 15 months of incredible concerts and events. Featuring Sir Lenny Henry, Julian Lloyd Webber, Peter Donohoe, Nitin Sawhney, Jennifer Walshe, Orkest de Ereprijs, Flatpack Film Festival, Supersonic Festival and many more, the Conservatoire invites the world to experience music in its brand new, state-of-the-art venues.
The Festival will also celebrate the exceptional talent nurtured from within the Conservatoire’s own ranks, highlight bold and creative work with contemporary composers and musicians, and celebrate the grass roots of the local music scene, anchoring the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire as a hub for performing arts in the city.
Part One of the festival takes place between April-June, with further programme announcements to be made via www.bcu.ac.uk/opening-festival.
Thursday 19 April, 7.30pm, Concert Hall
In the years since his unprecedented success as Silver Medal winner of the 1982 7th International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow, Peter Donohoe has built an extraordinary worldwide career. He is acclaimed as one of the foremost pianists of our time, for his musicianship, stylistic versatility and commanding technique. This is the second of four all-Mozart concerts, with further recitals on 17 May and 13 June.
Thursday 19 April, 9pm, The Lab
The dynamic and renowned Dutch ensemble, Orkest de Ereprijs functions as a collective, its line-up including wind, brass, electric guitars and percussion. This concert includes works from composers with whom they have a close association: Willem Breuker, Raphaël Languillat, Mary Finsterer and Martijn Padding, the featured composer of last year’s No Frontiers Festival.
Part of Frontiers
Friday 20 April, 7pm Concert Hall
This unique project brings together the Conservatoire’s own Thallein Ensemble with Orkest de Erprijs to create a radical re-imagining of the orchestra.
Part of Frontiers
Saturday 21 April 1pm, Concert Hall [NB Doors open 1pm, for 1.30pm start]
Hitchcock’s silent chiller is teamed with a suitably tense, atmospheric score by composer and musician Meg Morley who performs as part of her jazz trio the Meg Morley Trio.
Saturday 21 April, 8.30pm, Concert Hall
A unique journey through the solar system, Hungarian animator Réka Bucsi paints a picture of space as you’ve never seen it before. With a brilliant contemporary jazz score from Danish composer Niels Marthinsen and singer Susi Hyldgaard conducted by Nikolai Bøgelund from the Aarhus Jazz Orchestra.
Sunday 22 April, 1.10pm, The Engine Room, 25 Floodgate Street, Birmingham, B5 5SR
The 90-year Adventures of Prince Achmed is the oldest surviving animated feature film, created over three years by pioneering silhouette animator Lotte Reiniger and a team of filmmakers. The screening will be accompanied by a brand new score collaboratively written and performed by composition students from the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire
Sunday 29 April, 4pm, Concert Hall
Three of the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire’s rising stars play concertos accompanied by the Birmingham Philharmonic Orchestra in their bid for this coveted title which has a prize fund of £1500. Daniel Plant performs Mozart’s Bassoon Concerto while pianists Stefanos Politsakis and Orestis Magou play concertos by Arensky and Rachmaninov.
Friday 4 May, 7pm, Concert Hall
Sir Lenny Henry, Chancellor of Birmingham City University, narrates Prokofiev’s classic tale performed by The Royal Birmingham Conservatoire Pops Orchestra. The concert also includes Bernstein’s Overture, Wonderful Town, Copland’s Hoe-Down from Rodeo and music from Spiderman and Star Wars. A shorter performance for an audience of schoolchildren takes place at lunchtime.
Thursday 17 May, 7.30pm, Concert Hall
See 19 April
Saturday 26 May, 8pm, The Lab
A new interdisciplinary music theatre event by Michael Wolters, Catalogue d’Emojis combines traditional piano playing with text, movement, games and virtuosity. With pieces specially created for dynamic piano duo Fumiko Miyachi and Kate Halsall, the event will interpret the catalogue of emojis in a variety of ways, through music, drawings and lists.
Monday 28 May, 2.30pm, Concert Hall
Royal Birmingham Conservatoire Principal, Julian Lloyd Webber, guest conducts Orchestra of the Swan for a very special Bank Holiday Monday concert with the exceptional cellists Jian Wang and Jiaxin Lloyd Webber. The programme features Elgar’s Serenade for Strings and Introduction and Allegro, Haydn’s First Cello Concerto and Vivaldi’s Concerto for Two Cellos in G minor.
JUNE highlights include: Radio 3 Piano Showcase; Thallein Ensemble with Jennifer Walshe; Supersonic Festival: Moog Lab; Nitin Sawhney: Music and Me; Jess Gillam and Barry Wordsworth with Royal Birmingham Conservatoire Symphony Orchestra
VIEW SUMMER BROCHURE (April-June 2018)