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Concerts

Brant International Piano Competition 2016

Preliminary Round and Semi-Final

Saturday 18 June 9am & Sunday 19 June, 10am

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Summer Festival of Music

The Beggar’s Opera

Tuesday 14 June, 7pm

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Evening Concerts

Carolyn Sampson & Joseph Middleton: A Shakespeare and Verlaine Songbook

Wednesday 9 November 7.30pm

We are delighted to welcome two University of Birmingham alumni, Carolyn Sampson and Joseph Middleton to perform in this Barber Evening Concert. In this performance, they explore the works of English playwright William Shakespeare and French poet Paul Verlaine through song.

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Evening Concerts

The English Concert

Wednesday 26 October 7.30pm

The English Concert join us for their second Barber Evening Concert following a sold-out performance in 2014. We welcome back this influential ensemble with a programme that features the Principal strings of The English Concert, including viola Principal Alfonso Leal del Ojo in a performance of Telemann’s viola concerto.

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Evening Concerts

Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet

Wednesday 19 October 7.30pm

The Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet (Philharmonisches Bläserquintett Berlin) make their Barber Institute debut with an eclectic programme for flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon and horn.

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Lunchtime Concerts

Birmingham and Solihull International Jazz and Blues Festival

Friday 15 & Friday 22 July, 1.10pm

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Summer Festival of Music

Festival Voices: Celebrating Shakespeare

Friday 17 June, 1.10-2.15pm

Summer Festival Voices present a concert performance of Henry Purcell's The Tempest, in this, the 400th anniversary year of Shakespeare's death. The student-run choir, conducted by final-year Music undergraduate Jack Apperley, is joined by talented student soloists and instrumentalists for this performance.

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Summer Festival of Music

The Beggar’s Opera

Wednesday 15 June, 7pm

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Summer Festival of Music

The Beggar’s Opera

Sunday 12 June, 3pm

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Evening Concerts Piano Festival

Martin James Bartlett

Wednesday 17 May 7.30pm

Winner of the 2014 BBC Young Musician competition, Martin James Bartlett makes his Barber Institute debut for the launch of the 2017 Birmingham International Piano Festival.

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Evening Concerts

6 Hands Guitar Trio

Wednesday 10 May 7.30pm

After a barnstorming debut at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse in June 2015, John Williams and John Etheridge have invited Gary Ryan to join them once more on a UK tour with their guitar supergroup 6 Hands. John Williams is a well-known classical guitarist with an interest in contemporary music; John Etheridge is an iconic jazz guitarist known for pushing the boundaries whilst Gary Ryan is a classical guitarist and composer and together, they will perform a programme of solos, duos and trios.

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Evening Concerts

I Fagiolini: Flaming Heart

Wednesday 22 March 7.30pm

I Fagiolini is a British solo-voice ensemble directed by Robert Hollingworth. Alongside 50 international concerts per year, the group has also released 15 CDs and two DVDs, and in 2011, won a Gramophone award for their world premiere CD of the Striggio 40 part mass. They will be performing their brand new programme, entitled ‘Flaming Heart’.

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Evening Concerts

The Heath Quartet

Wednesday 22 February 7.30pm

The first ensemble in 15 years to win the prestigious Royal Philharmonic Society’s Young Artists Award, The Heath Quartet make their Barber debut with a programme of iconic quartets.

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Summer Festival of Music

Summer Festival Buffet

Friday 17 June, 2.20pm

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Concerts

Bournville String Orchestra

Saturday 3 September, 7.30pm

In their annual Charity concert, the Bournville String Orchestra are joined by four young, talented soloists to perform a delightful variety of music. This year, money is being raised in aid of the Children's Hand and Arm Surgery Unit at Birmingham Children's Hospital.

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Evening Concerts

The Barber Concert Series at Seventy

The Barber Concert Series at Seventy

In the 2015/16 academic year The Barber Institute of Fine Arts and Department of Music will be celebrating the 70th anniversary of the Barber Evening Concert series.

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Evening Concerts

How to book

You can purchase tickets for Barber Evening Concerts at the reception desk in The Barber Institute of Fine Arts during normal opening hours, over the phone or online.

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Lunchtime Concerts

Lunchtime Concerts

Fridays at 1.10pm, Barber Concert Hall

A series of free lunchtime concerts by professional musicians, taking place every Friday during term time.

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