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John Lill

12 November 2014 7.30pm

Described as the leading pianist of his generation, John Lill joins us for a technically challenging programme of key works for solo piano from the turning point between the Classical and Romantic periods. Lill has enjoyed an enviable career, from his beginnings as an eighteen year old performing Rachmaninoff’s third piano concerto under Sir Adrian Boult whilst at the Royal College of Music, to most recently performing the complete cycle of Beethoven piano sonatas at the Cadogan and Bridgewater halls in celebration of this, his seventieth birthday year.

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Thomas Allen and Joseph Middleton

15 October 2014 7.30pm

Sure to be a popular concert, Sir Thomas Allen and his duo partner, firm Barber favourite and University alumnus Joseph Middleton, will perform Schubert’s fabled Die Winterreise in its entirety. Don’t miss this final opportunity to hear one of the world’s most treasured baritones in the intimate setting of the Barber Concert Hall.

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Nova Music Opera: Prometheus Drowned/Airborne

1 November 2014 7.30pm

United by a common theme of misadventure, but distinct enough to engage and excite on many levels, this pair of new chamber operas make perfect performing partners.

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Lunchtime Concerts

University Women’s Choir

12 December 2014 1.10pm

In their second year of existence, the University Women’s Choir make their Barber Lunchtime debut under Professor Simon Halsey. The programme will feature a selection of chamber music written for female voices with a Christmas accent, to celebrate the last day of the Autumn term.

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Navarra Quartet with Alexander Boyd

5 December 2014 1.10pm

The Navarra Quartet returns to the Barber, this time with University piano tutor and seasoned international performer Alexander Boyd. Dvořák’s second piano quintet, a work lasting forty minutes, was written in 1887 but was not Dvořák’s first attempt at writing in this form. Nearly a decade earlier Dvořák had abandoned the first score but returned later after refining his chamber writing style. The rich and stately result will be performed in this concert by some of the UK’s most gifted chamber musicians.

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In the Silence of the Secret Night

28 November 2014 1.10pm

Jonathan McGovern and James Baillieu present ‘In the Silence of the Secret Night’, an engaging recital taking inspiration from night time romances, the night sky, dreams and sleep. Featuring art song and lieder by composers such as Schubert, Strauss, Brahms, Britten, Tchaikovsky and Debussy, this recital concludes with its title work by Rachmaninoff.

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Henry Fairs and David Hatcher

21 November 2014 1.10pm

Henry Fairs and David Hatcher give an all-Bach recital in this, the most intimate performance in our organ festival, and giving the first public concert with our Snetzler chamber organ (1775-6) in over twenty years. The organ was used by the Smithsonian Institute as a reference instrument for the restoration of their Snetzler organ (1761).

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King Edward’s School and King Edward VI High School for Girls

14 November 2014 1.10pm

King Edward’s School and King Edward VI High School give their annual concert in the Barber Concert Hall presenting a selection of their talented young musicians. Both schools have the enviable reputation of producing some of the UK’s finest young classical musicians, many of whom go on to study solo and orchestral performance at leading music colleges.

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Total Brass

7 November 2014 1.10pm

Total Brass make their return to the Barber with a British themed programme as part of their appointment as a University of Birmingham Ensemble in Residence for 2014-15. This award winning brass quintet, Chamber Music Fellows of the Royal Academy of Music 2013-14, Park Lane Group Artists for 2013-14, and winners of the Worshipful Company of Musicians Brass Ensemble Prize formed four years ago, whilst studying at the Royal Academy of Music. All five members have carved busy freelance careers and work with many of the UK’s leading orchestras.

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Crossing Borders: Music’s journey between Italy and France

31 October 2014 1.10pm

The complexion of music in the seventeenth and first half of the eighteenth centuries was coloured and defined by the competing national music styles of France and Italy. This programme explores the two competing affects, tracing the journey of the fiery, extrovert Italian style to Paris, where a very different musical language was in vogue, and ultimately ending with their harmonious co-existence in the eighteenth century and beyond.

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Presteigne Festival Tour

24 October 2014 1.10pm

Presteigne Festival’s annual city tour returns to the Barber bringing two rising stars and a varied programme including three living composers and some old favourites of clarinet and piano repertoire.

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Hallé Soloists

17 October 2014 1.10pm

Beethoven’s early ‘Kakadu Variations’ and Schumann’s exuberant piano quintet complement each other beautifully in this concert from principal players of the Hallé and award-winning young pianist Andrew Tyson.

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Peter Moore and Robert Thompson

10 October 2014 1.10pm

At the age of 12, Peter Moore became the youngest ever winner of the BBC Young Musician of the Year competition. As well as his new role as co-principal of the London Symphony Orchestra, he maintains a busy performing and recording schedule after success in the Wind section of last year’s ROSL competition. Robert is a multi-prizewinning accompanist and pianist in his own right who has performed to audiences worldwide. Two new faces on the YCAT scheme, Peter and Robert bring to the Barber an exciting programme which pushes the boundaries of trombone recital repertoire.

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Incus Ensemble

3 October 2014 1.10pm

The newly-formed Incus Ensemble make their Barber debut as a trio in a varied programme. The jagged Hommage to Robert Schumann is framed by two contrasting German works, including Schumann’s last creative outburst of ‘Fairytales’ for this unusual grouping of instruments.

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Bournville String Orchestra

6 September 2014

Bournville String Orchestra play Mozart, Britten, Webern, Beethoven and Daniel Pett.

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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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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 or via the booking form. You can also book tickets for these concerts by calling 0121 414 7333 and make payment on the night of the performance.

Barber booking line hours:

Monday to Friday:
10am-12.30pm, 2.30pm-4.30pm

Saturday and Sunday:
11am-4.30pm

On days when there is an evening performance
the Barber box office remains open until the
performance begins.

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