Concert Programmes

Concert Programmes Due to the University’s policy on paper handouts and in order to minimise infection risk, we are unable to distribute any printed programmes as usual. Instead, the programmes will be available here for you to peruse and print your own copy. We will endeavour to make these available one week before the event. … Read more

Raising Icarus

Barber Opera 28-30 April 2022 Raising Icarus Michael Zev Gordon composer Stephen Plaice librettist Orpha Phelan director Natalie Murray Beale conductor Mads Boyd designer Matt Haskins lighting designer Birmingham Contemporary Music Group RAISING ICARUS is a new chamber opera which breaks open the ancient myth to reveal its contemporary, psychological heart – how parental expectation and aspiration risk doing harm to … Read more

Sound Explorers

Online / Outdoors What might you discover if you use your ears instead of your eyes to find out about the natural world? Explore, listen and record sounds of nature in your local area with sound artists Emma Margetson and Nikki Sheth. Follow the three activities below and become Sound Explorers: Let’s go on a … Read more

Barber Concerts Artistic Programming and Partners

About The Barber Institute is home to Europe’s finest art deco concert hall, and boasts a chamber music and recital series dating back to 1945. The internationally acclaimed Barber Evening Concerts are presented alongside regular free Friday lunchtime concerts. We also present the Barber Opera and a variety of family and learning concerts. We work with … Read more

Barber Evening Concert Series

Evening concerts We are pleased to be able to welcome you back to Barber Evening Concerts albeit after a much longer postponement than we initially expected. We have decided to present a slightly reduced series this autumn whilst we all ease back into public events. But although fewer events, the artists are still the same … Read more

Barber Lunchtime Concert Series

Lunchtime concerts We are very excited to be able to welcome you back to Barber Lunchtime Concerts albeit after a much longer postponement than we initially expected. There are some changes however. Due to a change in ventilation requirements for public venues, the University is required to install a new ventilation system in order for … Read more

Birmingham International Piano Festival

Birmingham International Piano Festival 26 October – 12 November Following a two year break, Birmingham International Piano Festival returns to the Elgar Concert Hall with a selection of free lunchtime concerts, a lecture-recital, ‘Groove into the Woods’ family performance, and a sublime evening recital from Alexandra Dariescu. Groove into the Woods, Tuesday 26 October, 11am … Read more

Barber Concerts Poster Archive

Ranging over a decade, here is one poster from each year between 2001/2 – 2010/11, with concerts of performances by London Winds to Floriegelium – enjoy! 2001/2 – Florilegium on 1 May 2002 2002/3 – James Ehnes (violin) and Eduard Laurel (piano) on 30 October 2002 2003/4 – Early Opera Company on 31 October 2003 … Read more

Concert Programmes 1945/46

The Barber’s first concert season Here you can view a selection of concerts programmes from our first concert season in 1945/46, including reviews by Birmingham Post of our first concert on 5 November 1945. This concert season was opened by the Philharmonia Quartet with the programme of works: String Quartet in F major by Maurice … Read more

Celebrating 75 years Introduction

A welcome introduction by Professor Andrew Kirkman to this month’s Barber Concerts 75th celebrations: For the full selection of memories, archival material, photographs, and performances to celebrate Barber Concerts 75th Anniversary visit our main Barber Concerts at 75 page.

Barber Concerts Update

Due to the unforeseen current COVID-19 pandemic, we are currently unable to run concerts and events in the Barber Concert Hall. At present we also cannot offer the Concert Hall for external hires/bookings.   All Barber Concerts have been cancelled at the Barber Concert Hall until April 2022 at the earliest. We are fortunate that we are … Read more

Barber Concerts at 75

To celebrate the 75th year of Barber Concerts we are bringing you a selection of memories, archival material, photographs, and performances to celebrate this special milestone with our audiences. We hope you enjoy exploring this content and can’t wait to welcome you back to the Barber Concert Hall for our concerts as soon as we … Read more

Sounding Images

A selection of the Barber’s most iconic paintings – as you’ve never heard them before! Inspired by works in the gallery, here is a collection of electroacoustic pieces by University of Birmingham music students created as part of the module Sounding Images. Take a listen and explore the artworks from another perspective. *** Olli Smith … Read more