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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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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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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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