70 Years of Music
In 2015, the Barber Institute of Fine Arts celebrated the 70th anniversary of the Barber Evening Concert series.
The first Barber Evening Concert took place on 5 November 1945 during Sir Jack Westrup’s reign as the University’s Peyton and Barber Professor of Music. Westrup’s programming in subsequent years included new, challenging, and sometimes controversial music, alongside accessible and popular repertoire, performed by Europe’s leading chamber ensembles and recitalists. The concert series continues in this vein to this day.