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Lunchtime Concerts

Flights of Fancy: Rose Consort of Viols

Friday 6 February 2015 1.10pm

The UK’s leading viol ensemble, the Rose Consort, performs a selection of five-part fantasias, In nomines, and dance music from Tudor and Stuart England, including music by William Byrd, Antony Holborne, John Ward and Alfonso Ferrabosco II.

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Lunchtime Concerts

Benjamin Baker and Petr Limonov

16 January 2015 1.10pm

Young Classical Artist Trust musicians Benjamin Baker and Petr Limonov give the first concert of 2015 in the Friday lunchtime series. Benjamin joins us following his Barber debut last March, a concert that was highly acclaimed by the audience. Petr has also previously performed in the Barber with his chamber ensemble Trio Isimsiz.

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Lunchtime Concerts

Peter Whelan and Simon Smith

Friday 13 February 2015 1.10pm

Principal bassoonist with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra since 2008, Peter Whelan was described by the Philadelphia Enquirer as ‘an absolute master of fleet facility with a solidly plush tone of wondrous immediacy’. He is in constant demand as a soloist and chamber musician and has received glowing responses from audiences and critics alike, including a Gramophone Award for his recording of Vivaldi bassoon concertos with La Serenissima in 2010. Peter is joined by pianist and fellow Scottish Chamber Orchestra member, Simon Smith, for this lunchtime recital.

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Lunchtime Concerts

Romantic Piano Fantasies: Lecture-Recitals with Kenneth Hamilton

Friday 23 and 30 January 2015 1.10pm

Concert pianist Kenneth Hamilton returns to the Barber with an intriguing tour of some of the most imaginative and capricious 19th-century pieces for piano, starting with Beethoven's impatiently eccentric Op. 77 Fantasy, moving through Mendelssohn, Chopin and Liszt, and coming full circle with Schumann's glorious Fantasy Op. 17, dedicated to Liszt, but secretly brimming with hidden references to Beethoven himself.

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Evening Concerts

Nash Ensemble

25 March 2015 7.30pm

The 2014/15 season sees the Nash Ensemble celebrate a remarkable fifty years since giving its first concert. Resident Chamber Ensemble at Wigmore Hall since 2010, the ensemble remains one of the UK’s most respected and active chamber groups. Acclaimed for its adventurous programming and virtuoso performances, the Nash Ensemble present iconic works alongside commissions, supporting contemporary composers and engaging audiences. By the end of the season the group will have premiered over 300 new works, of which 193 have been specially commissioned.

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Evening Concerts

Dante Quartet

18 February 2015 7.30pm

Winner of the prestigious Royal Philharmonic Society Award for chamber music in 2007, the Dante Quartet is known for its imaginative programming and the emotional intensity of its performances. The group was founded in 1995 and chose the name 'Dante' to reflect the idea of a great and challenging journey.

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Evening Concerts

VOCES8 with Birmingham University Singers

21 January 2015 7.30pm

Harnessing a combination of sound worlds, The Nave to the Stage explores the simple beauty of plainsong and the rich harmonies of Rachmaninov, through to the brilliance of the Rat Pack and Musicals. Created with repertoire taken from VOCES8’s debut no. 1 selling album on Decca Classics, this programme aims to exploit the acoustic capacities of the Barber Concert Hall.

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Lunchtime Concerts

Chetham’s School of Music

Friday 13 March 2015 1.10pm

Chetham's School of Music make their annual visit to the Barber.

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Lunchtime Concerts Piano Festival

BIPF 2015: Piano4Hands

Friday 6 March 2015 1.10pm

Joseph Tong and Waka Hasegawa are one of the UK’s leading piano duos, equally in demand as duettists and as a dynamic two piano team. They open the Birmingham International Piano Festival with a free lunchtime concert which will captivate and thrill. Watching this duo it can be easy to forget that they are individuals.

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Lunchtime Concerts

New Music Ensemble

Friday 27 February 2015 1.10pm

The Department of Music’s New Music Ensemble presents a lunchtime concert focusing on the works of contemporary composers with strong associations with the city of Birmingham and the University. The programme includes works by Department of Music staff, teaching fellows David Önaç and Daria Kwiatkowska, Professor of Composition Michael Zev Gordon, and PhD composers David Ibbet and Bushra El Turk.

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Piano Festival

6-8 March 2015

In its inaugural year Birmingham International Piano Festival brings some of the world's finest pianists to the city of Birmingham over three days, and showcases the piano, not only as a solo instrument, but also for its role in chamber music and jazz.

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Lunchtime Concerts

Lady Barber’s Legacy: Birmingham University Singers

Friday 27 March 2015 1.10pm

The last lunchtime concert of the spring season, this concert reflects the art collection in the Barber Institute of Fine Arts, and the relation between art and music. Birmingham University Singers present a programme mirroring the chronology and themes within the collection.

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Lunchtime Concerts

Tesla String Quartet

Friday 20 March 2015 1.10pm

Winner of the Gold Medal at the 2012 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition and Prizewinner in the 2012 London International String Quartet Competition and 2013 Bordeaux International String Quartet Competition, the Tesla Quartet was formed at The Juilliard School in 2008 and quickly established itself as one of the most promising young ensembles in New York, winning Second Prize at the J. C. Arriaga Chamber Music Competition only a few months after its inception.

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Concerts

SOUND TOUR

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Evening Concerts

La Venexiana

6 May 2015 7.30pm

Together with its director Claudio Cavina, La Venexiana brings a programme celebrating the work of Claudio Monteverdi to the Barber for an evening sure to entertain.

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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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