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Lunchtime Concerts

Boxwood and Brass: A Georgian Country House Christmas

Friday 13 December, 1pm

Praised for ‘spectacular playing’ (Early Music Today) and ‘button-bright performances’ (Gramophone), period wind ensemble Boxwood & Brass bring a taste of the elegant, presenting music that accompanied the festivities.

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Sestina

Wednesday 5 February, 7.30pm

Early music vocal ensemble Sestina is joined by acclaimed violinist Rachel Podger for this performance exploring love and loss in the Bach family.

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Leon McCawley

Wednesday 20 May, 7.30pm

Join Leon for this performance and the official launch of the Autumn 2020 Birmingham International Piano Festival programme.

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Lunchtime Concerts

William Thomas bass Joseph Middleton piano

Friday 27 March, 1pm

Winner of the 2019 Veronica Dunne International Singing Competition, 2018 Kathleen Ferrier Award and 2018 John Christie Award, William Thomas is fast making a name for himself as one of today’s most promising young singers.

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Linarol Consort

Friday 20 March, 1pm

The Linarol Consort of Viols play on instruments based on the earliest surviving viol, a Venetian instrument from around 1540, creating a unique sound quite distinct from the later instruments most commonly known today. T

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Evening Concerts

Quatuor Bozzini

Wednesday 18 March, 7.30pm

The culmination of a two year partnership between the Department of Music’s composition pathways, Barber Concerts, and Quatour Bozzini, this performance features the world premiere of a newly commissioned work by Michael Zev Gordon.

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Joel Sachs piano

Friday 13 March, 1pm

Joel Sachs returns to the University following his appearance in the inaugural CrossCurrents festival in 2016 for a mesmerising performance of Ives’ ragtime and hymn inspired first sonata.

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Weekend Concerts

Flute Choir & Clarinet Choir

Saturday 7 March, 2pm

The two ‘choirs’ performing in this concert rehearse with great enthusiasm every week and bring together students from across the University, and members of the local community.

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Lunchtime Concerts

Birmingham Symphonic Brass

Friday 6 March, 1pm

Take ten talented student brass players, add in one of the UK's leading composers/arrangers and brass ensemble leaders, throw in some eclectic arrangements and original compositions, and join us for 50 minutes of lively lunchtime music to kick-start your weekend.

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The Electric Voice / Part 1

Friday 28 February, 1pm

Nicholas Isherwood performs works from his specially commissioned Electric Voice project, including a world premiere by the Department of Music’s composition professor, Michael Zev Gordon.

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Evening Concerts

James Gilchrist tenor Anna Tilbrook piano

Wednesday 26 February, 7.30pm

James Gilchrist is one of the UK’s leading tenors and has performed in major concert halls throughout the world. He makes his Barber Evening Concert debut with his duo partner Anna Tilbrook.

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Lunchtime Concerts

Tom Poster Piano

Friday 21 February, 1pm

Tom Poster is a musician whose skills and passions extend well beyond the conventional role of the concert pianist, with commissions as a composer, and as founder of the Kaleidoscope Chamber Collective.

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Weekend Concerts

Early Modern Vocal Ensemble

Saturday 15 February, 2pm

Focusing on music from the seventeenth century, the University’s Early Modern Vocal Ensemble perform Italian cantatas and oratorios, featuring Roman composers including Giacomo Carissimi and Luigi Rossi.

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Ruisi Quartet

Friday 14 February, 1pm

Winners of the Royal Philharmonic Society award for Young British String Players, the critically-acclaimed Ruisi Quartet has established a reputation as a charismatic and expressive young ensemble.

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Art of Moog: 21st Century Hyper-Bach

Friday 31 January, 1pm

Art of Moog plays the music of J S Bach on cutting edge analogue and digital synthesizers, with some unashamed electronica overtones.

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A Spanish Songbook

Friday 7 February, 1pm

This award-winning Spanish soprano makes her Barber Concerts debut as part of our continuing partnership with Oxford Lieder for a performance entitled 'A Spanish Songbook'

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Kenneth Hamilton Lecture-Recitals

Friday 17, 24 January, 1pm

Popular pianist Kenneth Hamilton rings in the New Year with waltzes by Chopin, and challenges the new Steinway with Liszt’s stupendous transcription of Wagner’s Overture to Tannhäuser.

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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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