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Summer Festival of Music 2020

12 – 19 June

The annual University Music Summer Festival of Music is the highlight of the summer for musicians at the University of Birmingham – and though we can’t perform and share music in person – we are running a week of virtual performances sharing our love of music.

The festival will include virtual video performances from the Summer Festival Orchestra and Music Society Brass Band, a host of New Music will be presented by the Creative Exchange, and miniBEAST. Look out for our Jazz Orchestra, Jazz Collective and Samba Band across the week. We also delve in to our archives and look back at previous student operas, and concerts, as well as looking at what Alumni musicians have been up to!

Throughout the festival we will be working on a new project, bringing together student composers and musicians. Composers have been tasked to write ‘Miniatures in Isolation’ – a group of short pieces giving a voice to their experiences during lockdown. Student musicians will be working hard to learn and record the music over the coming weeks, and we can’t wait to share the result of this exciting creative project!

Join us as we officially launch our new University Music YouTube channel with the festival.


Friday 12 at 1pm – Birmingham University Singers directed by Bob Chilcott

Saturday 13 at 3pm – Student Opera Archive 2018 – The Dragon of Wantley

Saturday 13 at 7pm – Student Opera Archive 2018 (video 2) – The Dragon of Wantley

Sunday 14 at 11am – Music Society Samba Band

Sunday 14 at 6pm – Summer Festival Orchestra

Sunday 14 at 8pm – Music Society Jazz Orchestra

Monday 15 at 1pm – Alumni Day – Alexander Aldren (tenor) / Georgia Orwell and Alice Marner (Barbershop quartet / Gwen and the Good Thing / Oomparty Quartine Medley / Adrian Taylor (trombone)

Tuesday 16 at 1pm – University Creative Exchange

Tuesday 16 at 7.30pm – University Women’s Choir: I Am The Still Rain Falling – Paul Mealor (University Music Commission)

Wednesday 17 at 1pm – MiniBEAST

Wednesday 17 at 5pm – University Gufeng Pop Ensemble

Wednesday 17 at 7.30pm – Music Society Jazz Collective

Thursday 18 at 1pm – Music Society Chamber Music

Thursday 18 at 5pm – University Cello Choir

Thursday 18 at 7.30pm – Music Society Brass Band

Friday 19 at 1pm – Miniatures in Isolation

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