Birmingham International Piano Festival
We welcome one of the finest exponents of British pianism, Benjamin Grosvenor, for an evening of captivating French and German music. Reputed for many years as the foremost young pianist in the UK, Grosvenor has performed worldwide with leading orchestras, in major concert venues and has appeared at the BBC Promson numerous occasions. This is a rare opportunity to hear this breathtaking musician in a stunningly intimate venue.
French Suite No. 5 in G
Four pieces for solo piano, Op. 119
Hommage à Brahms
Debussy (arr. Borwick/G Copeland)
Prélude àl’après midi d’un faune
Gaspard de la Nuit
Return to the Hundred Acre Wood for a heart-warming originalmovie, and reunite with the beloved bear and his silly but steadfast friendsfor a magical family experience.
We are delighted to hold this event in support of The BigSleuth, a free public art event taking place this summer which will see up to100 giant bear sculptures leave their paw prints all over the city for 10weeks.
The Big Sleuth, so named because sleuth is the collectivenoun for a group of bears, will see the individually designed, 165cm tall,sculptures appearing throughout the city, inspiring residents and tourists touncover Bear-mingham’s cultural gems and discover areas of the city they maynot have explored before.
At the end of the trail, the bears will be auctioned offwith all proceeds going to Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity.
The second event of its kind, in 2015 The Big Hoot raised intotal more than £625,000 to support the hospital’s pioneering work.
Tofind out more about The Big Sleuth visit www.thebigsleuth.co.uk.
Nicola Porpora’s 1708 opera, L’Agrippina is revived for the first time since is its premiere – combining exquisite music and engaging characters with newly commissioned multimedia visual design – breathing life into this 300-year-old work.
Director – Daisy Evans
Music Director – Andrew Kirkman
Baroque Orchestra – Musical and Amicable Society
Libretto by Nicole Giuvo
Recitatives performed in English
Arias performed in the original Italian
Amid the turmoil and politics of the courts of the first Roman emperors one woman rises to prominence. Agrippina fought for her family and her empire – a true matriarch – in spite of the powerful forces that surrounded her.
Porpora’s first opera, revived for the first time since its premiere in 1708, L’Agrippina explores the relationships and politics at play in court. Wife of Germanicus, Roman General and heir to the Empire, Agrippina finds herself amid an intricate web of allies, enemies, would-be suitors, and comedically amorous servants – relationships that are spun out over enchanting and vibrant music that hints at the virtuosity of the composer in his later years.
Directed by Silent Opera Artistic Director, Daisy Evans, with a cast of some of Europe’s finest early opera singers and featuring the baroque orchestra of the Musical and Amicable Society. L’Agrippina is produced by Barber Concerts and conducted by Professor Andrew Kirkman, Director and founder of The Binchois Consort.
Julian Wilkins conductor
The Music Society’s 150-plus chorus perform Rossini’s ‘little solemn mass’, a work written 34 years after the composer's final opera was penned. Performed in its original instrumentation with two pianos and harmonium, and with four guest soloists, all alumnus of the University of Birmingham.
The work received mixed reviews following its premiere – though the majority were very complimentary – with music critic Filippo Filippi (la Perseveranza) noting, "This time, Rossini has outdone himself, because no one can say what prevails, science and inspiration. The fugue is worthy of Bach for erudition."