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
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.
Join experienced botanical artist and tutor Jeni Neale to learn the essential skills of a botanical artist.
Enjoy a relaxing weekend at the Botanic Garden, drawing and painting fresh seasonal plants from our plant collections. This two day workshop will give you time to produce a plant portrait in a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere.
Jeni will demonstrate drawing and painting methods at each stage, along with tips and techniques that will provide a good foundation for further botanical studies. You will learn to observe and accurately depict botanical subjects. Freedom to express your own style will be encouraged and the workshop is therefore suitable for both beginners and experienced painters.
The limited numbers will allow for plenty of time for one-to-one tuition, as well as a walk into the garden to see the plants in situ.
Pre-booking is essential. Tickets can be purchased from the Winterbourne shop or via the Book Now button on this page.
Hot pressed watercolour paper and plant material will be provided. A selection of reasonably priced sable mix brushes will be available to purchase on the day. Jeni will also provide watercolour paints if required.
Our courses are suitable for 18 years or above. If you have any questions, please contact us using the Ask a Question button on this page.
Spend the evening with heart throb Martin Kemp – bassist for the legendary 80s band Spandau Ballet, star of Hollywood films and ex-EastEnders bad boy.
Martin will reminisce with the audience about his younger, wild days in one of the world’s most famous pop groups; his award winning TV career; and his 19 year marriage to Shirlie Holliman (of Pepsi and Shirley).