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Lunchtime Concerts

University Camerata

Friday 9 December 1.10pm

MA Choral Conducting students direct the University Camerata, in this, the final lunchtime concert of the Autumn term. Join this talented group of singers for a programme of music for chamber choir.

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Weekend Concerts

Sweeney Todd in Concert

Saturday 21 January 7.30pm

Unanimously acclaimed as one of Stephen Sondheim's most powerful scores, this black comedy concerns the infamous homicidal career of Sweeney Todd. Sophisticated, macabre, visceral and uncompromising, Sweeney Todd mixes intense drama with dark humour. At the show's core is a challenging score of epic proportion with two tasty tour-de-force roles in Sweeney and his comic foil and accomplice Mrs Lovett.

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Lunchtime Concerts

Kenneth Hamilton Lecture Recital: On Tour with Liszt

Friday 27 January 1.10pm

We welcome Professor Kenneth Hamilton as he presents his popular annual lecture recitals.

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Lunchtime Concerts

Kenneth Hamilton Lecture Recital: On Tour with Liszt

Friday 20 January 1.10pm

We welcome Professor Kenneth Hamilton as he presents his annual lecture recitals.

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Lunchtime Concerts

Castalian String Quartet

Friday 13 January 1.10pm

The Castalian String Quartet join us for the first concert of the Spring Term fresh from a tour of Italy.

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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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Lunchtime Concerts

Timothy Ridout & John Reid

Friday 24 February 1.10pm

Timothy Ridout is currently completing his studies at the Royal Academy of Music and is joined for his Barber Concert debut by pianist John Reid.

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Weekend Concerts

Flute Choir and Clarinet Choir

Sunday 19 February 3pm

Two of the Music Society's fledgling ensembles, the Flute and Clarinet choirs present an afternoon of light music and fun arrangements. A perfect afternoon for all clarinet and flute enthusiasts.

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Lunchtime Concerts

Odysseus Piano Trio

Friday 17 February 1.10pm

The Odysseus Piano Trio was formed in 2015 by three former Cambridge University students, each now reputed artists in their own right. Both Clare Hammond and Gregor Riddell have previously performed in the Barber Institute and we welcome them back along with violinist Sara Trickey.

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Weekend Concerts

Birmingham Symphonic Brass

Sunday 12 February 3pm

Stephen Roberts directs the University's Symphonic Brass ensemble in this relaxed Sunday afternoon concert. Expect a programme of exciting arrangements for ten brass players and percussion, as well as some of Stephen's own compositions.

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Lunchtime Concerts

New Music Ensemble

Friday 10 February 1.10pm

The University of Birmingham New Music Ensemble, a group of talented hand-picked student musicians, perform newly commissioned works in response to the film noir genre, by composers with a Birmingham association.

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Lunchtime Concerts

Ulrich Heinen

Friday 3 February 1.10pm

Founder member of Birmingham Contemporary Music Group and former Principal Cellist with the CBSO, Ulrich Heinen presents a programme of Bach and Stockhausen works for solo cello.

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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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Lunchtime Concerts

Birmingham University Singers

Friday 17 March 1.10pm

Birmingham University Singers present a concert of works conducted by University Chorus Director, Julian Wilkins.

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Lunchtime Concerts

Chetham’s School of Music

Friday 10 March 1.10pm

Students from Chetham's School of Music give their annual concert in the Barber Institute. Come along to spot the stars of the future - including BBC Young Musician Brass finalist, Gemma Riley.

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Weekend Concerts

Chamber Ensembles

Sunday 5 March 3pm

The Music Society draws musicians from across the University to perform in a variety of ensembles, choirs and chamber groups. Expect duos, trios and quartets and an eclectic selection of repertoire.

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Lunchtime Concerts

Bel Canto: the songs of Donizetti and Bellini

Friday 3 March 1.10pm

The lyrical and captivating bel canto songs of Bellini and Donizetti are explored by opera singers Sarah-Jane Brandon and Stephanie Marshall, and their pianist Gary Matthewman.

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Weekend Concerts

Services for Education: Music Service Concert

Sunday 11 December, 3pm

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CrossCurrents

CrossCurrents – Further information coming soon!

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Summer Festival of Music

Summer Festival of Music – further information coming soon!

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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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