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Piano Festival

Birmingham International Piano Festival

Birmingham International Piano Festival 2016

About the Festival

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Evening Concerts CrossCurrents

Fidelio Trio

17 February 2016 7.30pm

The Fidelio Trio performs as part of the University of Birmingham’s New Music festival, CrossCurrents, which runs from 11 – 20 February.

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Evening Concerts

Ian Bostridge and Joseph Middleton – SOLD OUT

3 February 2016 7.30pm

Ian Bostridge and Joseph Middleton perform Schubert’s song cycle Winterreise (‘Winter’s Journey’), a set of 24 songs based on the poetry of Wilhelm Müller.

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Evening Concerts

Academy of Ancient Music: Vivaldi in Dresden

18 May 2016 7.30pm

Although Vivaldi never visited Dresden, his publications and dedications had a profound influence on a generation of German musicians. Directing from the harpsichord, Richard Egarr explores the cross-continental connections of an incredibly fruitful age.

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Evening Concerts

Callum Smart and Richard Uttley

16 March 2016 7.30pm

Callum Smart and Richard Uttley bring Mozart, Poulenc, Bach and Strauss to the Barber after Callum's mesmerising debut in the Lunchtime series last year.

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Lunchtime Concerts

Chetham’s School of Music

Friday 18 March 2016 1.10pm

Students from Chetham’s School of Music give their annual concert in the Barber Institute. One of the UK’s most respected music schools, Chetham’s supports future generations of musicians and composers. Come along to spot the stars of the future!

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Lunchtime Concerts

Gildas Quartet and Jack McNeill

Friday 11 March 2016 1.10pm

The Gildas Quartet is joined by clarinettist Jack McNeill to perform Penderecki’s Quartet for Clarinet and String Trio and David Bruce’s Gumboots.

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Lunchtime Concerts

Christopher Orton and Tomoko Matsuoka

Friday 26 February 2016 1.10pm

Head of Recorder Studies at the Royal Northern College of Music, Christopher Orton has an enviable career on the concert platform, as an educator, and conductor. For this recital he is joined by his duo partner, prize-winning harpsichordist, Tomoko Matsuoka.

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Lunchtime Concerts

Rachel Lee Priday and Michael Dussek

Friday 5 February 2016 1.10pm

American violinist Rachel Lee Priday is joined by Michael Dussek in the Barber Lunchtime series as part of a UK tour.

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Lunchtime Concerts

Musical Portraits: Lecture Recitals with Ken Hamilton

Friday 22 and Friday 29 January 2016 1.10pm

Charismatic concert pianist and Professor of Music at Cardiff University Kenneth Hamilton returns to the Barber to present his popular annual lecture-recitals.

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Lunchtime Concerts

Savitri Greer and Richard Uttley

Friday 15 January 2016 1.10pm

We start the New Year concert season with a duo recital from two of the UK’s leading young concert artists. Whilst pianist Richard Uttley makes a welcome return to the Barber Concert Hall, violinist Savitri Greer makes her Barber debut.

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Concerts

Birmingham Symphonic Brass

Sunday 13 March 2016 3pm

The University’s finest brass players present an afternoon concert in the format of four trumpets, one horn, four trombones and tuba – instrumentation made popular by the Philip Jones Brass Ensemble in the 1970s. The group perform a selection of music arranged by their conductor Stephen Roberts, a doyen in the world of brass ensembles.

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Concerts

Chamber Music Night

Saturday 27 February 2016 7.30pm

The University of Birmingham Music Society draws musicians from across the University and encourages them to come together for a wide variety of music-making opportunities. In this concert we hear performances from a selection of the smaller ensembles on campus – duos, trios, and quartets – alongside the Music Society’s evergrowing flute and clarinet choirs.

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Lunchtime Concerts CrossCurrents

Moments of Weightlessness

Friday 19 February 2016 1.10pm

Pianist, inventor and performer Sarah Nicolls developed her unique ‘Inside-Out Piano’ to explore the belly of the instrument and to coax out some of its hidden sounds. In this solo show, she explores the extraordinary unexpected characteristics of the instrument, moving it around the stage gradually to reveal her parallel journey into motherhood.

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CrossCurrents

BODY CLOCK – Interactive Installation

Thursday 18 February 2016 2.30-5pm

A vertical grand piano swings perpetually from side to side, like a giant clock. Whilst this monumental instrument shows the passing of time visually, an acoustic sonic sculpture is created, "wryly referencing the giant internal ticking we feel as we approach the age of 40 and wonder when we might get round to having children…".

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Concerts

Visualising Sound 2: Art and Music Workshop Day

Friday 11 March 2016 9.30am-4.30pm

Join Jeremy Clay and two professional musicians in the Barber Gallery to create new musical interpretations of abstracts works of art from the exhibition, Chance, order, change: Abstract Paintings 1939-1989.

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CrossCurrents

VENUE CHANGE: Aisha Orazbayeva and Joseph Houston

Tuesday 16 February 2016 1-2.15pm

In 1982 Morton Feldman wrote For John Cage, a gradually evolving 70-minute world of sounds, rich in tone colour, the hallmark by which Feldman has come to be known. Between them, Aisha Orazbayeva and Joseph Houston have played venues such as New York’s Carnegie Hall, the Aldeburgh and Latitude festivals, St John's Smith Square, and Wigmore Hall and are established duo partners.

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Lunchtime Concerts CrossCurrents

Hermes Ensemble

Friday 12 February 2016 1.10pm

Belgian contemporary music group, Hermes Ensemble, present the opening concert in CrossCurrents.

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CrossCurrents

Visualising Sound 1: Art and Music Workshop Day

Friday 12 February 2016 9.30am-4.30pm

Join Jeremy Clay and two professional musicians in the Barber Gallery to create new musical interpretations of works of art by Dahl, Strozzi and Auerbach. Our musicians will explore sounds and techniques to help participants create their own music with graphic interpretations of art that will then be performed in a Sound Tour around the gallery.

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Piano Festival

Angela Hewitt

Wednesday 9 March 2016 7.30pm

As one of the world’s leading pianists, Angela Hewitt regularly appears in recitals and with major orchestras throughout Europe, the Americas and Asia. We are delighted to welcome Angela to give an intimate recital in the Barber Concert Hall for the 2016 Festival.

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Piano Festival

When Yesterday we Met… Storytelling through song

Saturday 5 March 2016 2pm

Three fearless musicians take you through nine gripping stories set to music by some of the world’s greatest songwriters. Greek gods, horses, a piano player and some French people take to the stage as chaotic, hilarious and occasionally shocking worlds unfold.

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Piano Festival

David Rees-Williams Trio

Friday 4 March 2016 7.30pm

The David Rees-Williams Trio was formed in 1988 and has released many popular recordings, and worked with some of the UK's finest jazz artists. In demand at jazz festivals across the country, the trio specialise in the fusion of classical and jazz genres, creating captivating programmes with mass appeal.

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Lunchtime Concerts Piano Festival

Alexander Ullman

Friday 4 March 2016 1.10pm

Born in 1991 in London, award-winning pianist Alexander Ullman is a leading light in a new generation of concert artists. We are delighted to present this outstanding young musician as he gives this, the first concert in the 2016 Festival.

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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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