The Birmingham Prom is back for another year and launches Green Heart, twelve acres of stunning parkland space in the centre of the University of Birmingham’s historic campus for students, staff and the local community to enjoy.
Led by the University of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Festival Voices and alumni singers, the Birmingham Prom is free to attend and includes an array of musical festivities, with Prom classics such as Elgar’s Pomp and Circumstance and Rule Britannia, favourite opera arias, and sensational show tunes by Rodgers and Hammerstein with star young soloists Sarah Redgwick and Anthony Flaum. The day is topped off with brass bands made up of former and current students and samba performances and workshops.
The following day, Sunday 9 June, the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra leads a Song Festival at the Green Heart. Inspired by festivals in the Baltic States, where thousands of people gather in the open air to celebrate their community in song, this is a day of mass singing by choirs and individual singers.
Participating choirs will spend the morning rehearsing Baltic and British music led by CBSO Music Director Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla and Chorus Director Simon Halsey. Then throughout the afternoon, the renowned CBSO Chorus, community choir SO Vocal and the University of Birmingham Summer Festival Voices, and the participating guest choirs, will take to the stage to showcase the variety and talent of singing from across the UK.
Finally all the singers will come together in the evening as a single massed choir for a show-stopping evening concert accompanied by the world class City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, with renditions of orchestral and choral favourites including Stravinsky The Firebird, Handel Zadok the Priest and Parry Jerusalem.
Stewart Campbell of the University of Birmingham commented, “The Green Heart is a new focal point for the University, for students, staff and the local community to enjoy. What better way to launch this stunning new space than with a weekend of outdoor music and celebration? The CBSO Song Festival will be a spectacle to remember, and of course the Birmingham Prom has something for all the family. We can’t wait to welcome visitors to this thrilling opening weekend of the Green Heart.”
The weekend of outdoor music is the start of the University of Birmingham’s two week Summer Festival, rich with concerts, gigs, opera and family-friendly events for music lovers of all tastes and ages. It also marks the opening launch weekend of the Green Heart Festival, a year-long celebration of the University of Birmingham’s new green space.
The Summer Festival & Green Heart Festival Launch Weekend
THE BIRMINGHAM PROM AT THE GREEN HEART
Sat 8 June, from 2pm
Prom Concert 7.30pm
The Birmingham Prom & Summer Festival is back for another year and launches Green Heart, twelve acres of stunning parkland space in the centre of the University of Birmingham’s historic campus for students, staff and the local community to enjoy.
The University of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Festival Voices and alumni singers lead a day of musical festivities featuring prom classics such as Pomp and Circumstance and Rule Britannia, favourite arias from the opera, and sensational show tunes by Rodgers and Hammerstein with star young soloists Sarah Redgwick and Anthony Flaum. Topped off with brass bands made up of former and current students and samba performances and workshops expect a jam-packed day of music-making for the whole family to enjoy.
Alongside a day of spellbinding music join some of the University’s greatest minds in pop-up activities for all ages exploring, nature, science, medicine and sport. For more information visit: tinyurl.com/greenheartfest
The Green Heart, University of Birmingham
FREE – Booking essential at www.boxoffice.bham.ac.uk
CBSO SONG FESTIVAL AT THE GREEN HEART
Sun 9 June from 11am
It is a phenomenon unparalleled in the world: in the Baltic States thousands of people gather in the open air to celebrate their community in song. For CBSO Music Director Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla the Baltic song festivals have been a formative musical experience. That same life-affirming tradition now comes to Birmingham and everyone can take part! Join the UK’s finest choirs as they combine for an unmissable live performance.
In the morning the assembled choirs rehearse Baltic and British music with Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla and Simon Halsey, in preparation for the evening performance.
From 1.30pm, compèred by CBSO favourite Tom Redmond, the CBSO Chorus, SO Vocal and University of Birmingham Summer Festival Voices perform alongside guest choirs.
At 7pm, bringing the celebrations to a show-stopping evening finale, the CBSO perform a thrilling programme of orchestral and choral favourites including Stravinsky The Firebird, Handel Zadok the Priest and Parry Jerusalem, performed with everyone who has taken part in the day’s events.
Singers are invited to book their tickets to participate, either as individuals or as part of an established choir or choral society by calling the THSH box office on 0121 780 3333.
Singer tickets: £13. Please book to receive music and resources in advance.
Audiences can attend any part of the Song Festival for free.
For more information visit www.cbso.co.uk/songfestival
Massed choir rehearsal 11am-1pm
Individual choir performances 1.30-5.30pm
CBSO concert with massed choir 7-8pm