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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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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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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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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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Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet

Wednesday 19 October 7.30pm

The Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet (Philharmonisches Bläserquintett Berlin) make their Barber Institute debut with an eclectic programme for flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon and horn.

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Moon, Water and Dance

Friday 6 May 1.10pm

Birmingham-based pianist Di Xiao presents a programme of Chinese & Western classical repertoire taking inspiration from the moon, water and dance.

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A Five Star Performance

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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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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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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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Department of Music

Theory and Practice in Harmony

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The Barber Music Library is located in the Barber Institute of Fine Arts, and houses the University's music collections, including books, journals, scores, audio and video recordings.


University of Birmingham Music Society

Student music-making on campus!

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