barber institute of fine arts
university of birmingham

Coming to a concert?

Coming to a concert?

We’ve put together some guidance and handy tips for attending events in the Barber Concert Hall. These ensure that our concerts can be enjoyed by as many people as possible and that our grade two listed concert hall is preserved for future generations.

Mobile devices
All mobile devices must be turned off during performances.

School groups
We welcome the opportunity to share music with young people and encourage secondary school groups to attend our lunchtime concerts. Teachers should to contact us if they wish to bring a group so that a suitable area of the auditorium can be reserved. One of our team will be on hand to welcome the group and speak to the students about the concert, and give advice,  if they should have concerns about general concert etiquette. Please contact Lucy Baker, Concerts and Marketing Administrator to book (

Latecomers can only be admitted during a suitable pause in the performance, determined by Barber Concerts management. This is either during the first applause or in the interval, if there is one. For some performances, latecomers cannot be admitted. We aim to limit disruption to the performers and the audience who have been seated from the start of the concert.

We will do our very best to accommodate those needing to leave the auditorium during a performance. Depending on availability and the nature of the performance, this may mean re-seating in a seat near the rear of the auditorium.

No photographic or recording equipment of any kind may be used in the auditorium without prior written permission of Barber Concerts management.

Level access
There is disabled parking and level access to the concert hall. If you require level access, please ring 0121 414 7333 and we will reserve level access seats for you in the Concert Hall.

Food and drink
Food and drink is not permitted in the auditorium, with the exception of bottled water. Please avoid drinking from sport cap bottles as they can be noisy and disturb those around you.

Artist and programme changes
We reserve the right to substitute performers from those advertised in exceptional circumstances. We reserve the right to alter the concert programme from the advertised repertoire in consultation with the artist and subject to the nature of the performance.


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