What’s on at Birmingham Conservatoire in Spring 2016

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 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

Julian Lloyd Webber’s picks for the season ahead…

Welcome to another great season of performances at Birmingham Conservatoire!

This is my first term as Principal and I am well aware how good past seasons have been and how many of the world’s greatest musicians have worked and performed here. This autumn’s programme continues that tradition.

Birmingham Conservatoire Principal, Julian Lloyd Webber. Photo credit: John Millar.

Birmingham Conservatoire Principal, Julian Lloyd Webber. Photo credit: John Millar.

As usual our visiting musicians cover the spectrum of today’s music scene. Classical music is superbly represented by the likes of world-renowned violinist Tasmin Little, legendary fortepianist Robert Levin and a complete series of all of Brahms’s chamber works involving piano.

Cover of Birmingham Conservatories Autumn Concert Diary

What’s on this autumn at Birmingham Conservatoire

There is a bonanza for organists in Organfest, and there are great days out for string players, saxophonists, guitarists and for all brass players when the London Symphony Orchestra’s Principal Trumpet, Philip Cobb pays us a visit.

Our percussion department also comes to the fore with a lunch-time performance of Steve Reich’s landmark composition, Drumming. There is plenty of jazz, world and contemporary music, of course, our regular series of lunchtime recitals given by our most outstanding students.

And let’s not forget the two marvellous programmes of British music by the Conservatoire’s Symphony Orchestra including a rare performance of Malcolm Arnold’s Concerto for Two Violins and Strings.

Truly there is something for everyone and I urge you to look closely at the programme
for yourselves in case I have missed out your own particular favourite.

Julian Lloyd Webber
Birmingham Conservatoire