Romance and Revelry
Faye Newton soprano
Hazel Brooks vielle
A programme featuring medieval songs from Spain, France Germany, England and Italy including love songs, philosophical musings and rumbustious dances. The concert opens the 2019 Birmingham Festival of Early Music.
Rowan Pierce soprano
Matthew Brook bass
Handel Water Music selection
Handel Silete Venti HWV 242
Handel Apollo and Daphne
The Dunedin Consort performworks by Handel for Birmingham Festival of Early Music.
The Annual Basketball showdown with the University ofBirmingham Mens and Womens Basketball teams competing against local rivals WarwickUniversity. With entertainment from Bhangra, Performance Dance Squad and HipHop Society.
Doors open 3.30pm
Womens Match starts 4pmMens Match starts 6pm
15th October – Fantastic Symphony Berlioz Overture, Les Francs-juges Weber Clarinet Concerto No 2 in E flat major Berlioz Symphonie Fantastique Michael Lloyd Conductor Michael Webb Clarinet From a French revolutionary, an overture to an unfinished opera about secret courts, and a celebrated symphony like no other before, with wild passions and a witches’ Sabbath. Berlioz’s contemporary, Weber, wrote his brilliant concerto for a virtuoso, and it shows! 10th December – Russian Dance Stravinsky Petrushka (1947 version) Prokofiev Romeo and Juliet (excerpts) Michael Lloyd Conductor Stravinsky combines colourful Russian folk tunes with the drama of a tale of love and jealousy among the puppets at the Shrovetide fair. Prokofiev takes his love story from Shakespeare’s most famous play, but the results are just as mesmerising.
15th October – Fantastic Symphony
Berlioz Overture, Les Francs-juges
Weber Clarinet Concerto No 2 in E flat major
Berlioz Symphonie Fantastique
Michael Lloyd Conductor
Michael Webb Clarinet
From a French revolutionary, an overture to an unfinished opera about secret courts, and a celebrated symphony like no other before, with wild passions and a witches’ Sabbath.
Berlioz’s contemporary, Weber, wrote his brilliant concerto for a virtuoso, and it shows!
10th December – Russian Dance
Stravinsky Petrushka (1947 version)
Prokofiev Romeo and Juliet (excerpts)
Michael Lloyd Conductor
Stravinsky combines colourful Russian folk tunes with the drama of a tale of love and jealousy among the puppets at the Shrovetide fair. Prokofiev takes his love story from Shakespeare’s most famous play, but the results are just as mesmerising.
Andrew Kirkman director
The Binchois Consort perform ‘Music for St Katherine’ for Birmingham Festival of Early Music, including music by Walter Frye and John Dunstaple.
Iain Ballamy saxophone
Jonathan Silk director
The University Jazz Orchestra collaborates with world-renowned saxophonist Iain Ballamy. Known for his distinct improvising voice and his unique compositional approach, Iain is a tour de force on the European Jazz circuit and we are incredibly excited to perform his music in this exciting collaboration. Playing arrangements of Iain's compositions penned by the incredible Malcolm Edmonstone, this promises to be a special evening of contemporary jazz performed by the incredible musicians in the Music Society’s Jazz Orchestra.
John Woolrich Bricolage
Scott Wilson new work
Hailing from Canada, the Bozzini Quartet performs the world premiere of University of Birmingham, Canadian composer Dr Scott Wilson. The concert also includes a new work by John Woolrich as part of the University’s year-long string quartet project with the composer, and a work by Linda Smith.
Simon Carrington conductor
Jeffrey Douma conductor
Hailed as one of the best collegiate singing ensembles in the United States, Yale Glee Club performs alongside Birmingham University Singers in the Bramall as part of their 2019 UK tour.
Byrd Emendemus in Melius
Paul Crabtree The Valley of Delight
Schumann Spanisches Liederspiel
Bob Chilcott Everyone sang
Bernstein, arr. Edgerton Somewhere
Daniele Rosina conductor
Sabrina Ko, Olivia Tait student conductors
Joshua Rapley cello
The Music Society’s Symphony Orchestra perform a programme of music by French composers, including ballet music by Dukas, and the Hungarian March from Berlioz’s epic retelling of the Faust story that captures the extremes of man’s ambition and folly. The Orchestra are joined by joint honours Languages and Music student, Joshua Rapley, for Saint Saëns 1872 Cello Concerto, with Joshua having won the Music Society Soloist Competition in the Autumn.
Saint-Saëns Cello concerto No. 1 in A minor, Op. 33
Saint-Saëns Danse Macabre
Dukas Fanfare to La Péri
Berlioz Hungarian March from The Damnation of Faust
Fauré Pavane, Op. 50
Featuring Toscana Strings
Julian Wilkins conductor
Nick Wearne organ
Whitacre Five Hebrew Love Songs
Beethoven Elegischer Gesang, Op. 118
Gibbons This Is The Record Of John
Ola Gjeilo Dark Night Of The Soul
Haydn Missa Brevis St Joannis De Deo, ‘Little Organ Mass’
Monteverdi Beatus Vir
The University Chorus welcome Toscana Strings, organist Nick Wearne, and a selection of student soloists for a programme focusing on musical interpretations of the gospel of St. John, from the 16th to 21st century.
Daniele Rosina conductor
The Unanswered Question, is a miniature described by Ives as a ‘cosmic drama’. A hauntingly beautiful chorale of strings represents ‘the silence of the Druids’, over which a solo trumpet proclaims an enigmatic phrase representing ‘the perennial question of existence’. The concert concludes with Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 5, a work written at the height of the Stalinist purges of 1937. Shostakovich, emerging from a period of total musical banishment, called the symphony ‘a response to my critics’.
Ives The Unanswered Question
Respighi The Fountains of Rome
Shostakovich Symphony No. 5 in D minor, Op. 47
Darkside, The Pink Floyd Show brings the fine art of Floyd live to The Bramall, Birmingham as part of our ‘Which One’s Pink?’ tour.
Seven musicians will deliver a show with empathy and passion, performing tracks from Pink Floyd’s massive back-catalogue, from the early magical days of founder Syd Barrett through to later iconic albums, renowned for their complex structures, such as Dark Side of The Moon. The emphasis will be on replicating the experience and energy of Pink Floyd live on stage in the 70s, which many believe was Floyd at their very best. It certainly isn’t karaoke Floyd, so prepare to be rocked!
As would be expected, the show incorporates thoughtful and evocative lighting, powerful images and high-quality sound, complemented by the trademark circular screen.
Pavel Kolesnikov piano
Brahms Intermezzo in E flatmajor Op.117 No.1
Intermezzo in B flat minor Op.117 No.2
Intermezzo in C sharp minor Op.117 No.3
Beethoven Piano Sonata No.4 in Eflat Op.7
Tchaikovsky Natha-Valse op.51/4
Polka peu dansante Op.51/2
Passé Lointain Op.72/17
Couperin Suite in A major
Pavanne in F sharp minor.
Russian pianist Pavel Kolesnikovjoins us to launch the 2019 Birmingham International Piano Festival.