The City of Birmingham Choir, together with Lichfield Cathedral Young Voices and the Young Phoenix Singers are delighted to bring to the Elgar Hall two exciting and uplifting pieces of modern choral music. 'Mass in Blue’ combines British composer Will Todd’s twin backgrounds of jazz and church music. Since its premier in 2003 it has been capturing the imagination of choirs and audiences worldwide with its unique setting of the liturgical Mass in jazz and 12 bar blues.
'Freedom! The Power of Song' is the fifth in the popular series of choral works from Alexander L’Estrange. This powerful and emotive work celebrates the vital role communal singing has played throughout history, bringing people together in solidarity at times of upheaval, struggle and change.
Stuart Birnie Brass Band director
Ben Siebertz-Willett, Emma Brown Saxophone Choir conductors
The University of Birmingham’s Brass Band teams up with the Saxophone Choir and aims to show you a good time. Join the two ensembles on a musical journey through the lake district, music from Broadway and the opera, a nod to Monty Python, and much more.
Ben Siebertz-Willett, Jennifer Porter Chamber Choir conductors
Seren Thomas Clarinet Choir conductor
Emma Brown Flute Choir Conductor
Choirs of instruments and voices combine in this gala evening performance in the Elgar Concert Hall. Expect words by Christina Rosetti wrapped in smooth and soaring Nordic winter soundscapes by Ola Gjeilo, miniature masterpieces by Morley and Pitoni, and music combined with sign language by Bob Chilcott.
Bob Chilcott conductor
Jack Apperley conductor
Welcome internationally renowned conductor, composer, and singer Bob Chilcott to his new role as Principal Conductor of Birmingham University Singers in this special concert. Juxtapose Nordic and French works with music closer to home as the Advent and Christmas season draws near. Experience fresh falling snow, ethereal northern lights, and indigenous folk music from the Arctic Circle with Nordic works by Bo Holton, Ola Gjeilo, and Sandström. Anticipate the coming of Christmas with dramatic urgency in Byrd’s vibrant motet Vigilate. Be dazzled by an array of colours, textures and deep-felt spirituality in music by Caplet, and embrace the return of spring rebirth, nature and celebration in Bob Chilcott’s own music.
Jonathan Silk director
Fill your Friday night with surging rhythmic energy, irresistible harmonies, toe-tapping tunes and feel-good music, all brought to you by the University’s premier jazz ensemble.
Daniele Rosina conductor
Evoking flurries of birdsong, sublime summer evenings and glorious pastures green, Dvořák’s Eighth Symphony captures the pleasures of life and the vivid beauty of the natural world. With joyous fanfares, soaring melodies and dancing rhythms, this symphony bursts at the seams with sheer bliss and is guaranteed to send you to a happy place.
Bedwyn Lloyd Phillips, Tim Fenn Wind Band conductor
Bedwyn Lloyd Phillips String Orchestra conductor
Join us in an eclectic performance by two of the University’s student led ensembles. Russian miniatures are paired with music from an Italian Christmas as Corelli’s dazzling concerto uses folk-like tunes to evoke images of shepherds tending their flocks. Grainger’s ‘bunch of musical wildflowers’ are presented alongside Bernstein’s boisterous and politically charged Slava! and Gershwin’s well loved ‘musical kaleidoscope of America’.
Winner of the 2014 Eurovision Young Musician of the Year competition, outstanding young violinist Ziyu He teams up with Marie Hauzel for soaring lyricism in Franck’s Violin Sonata, one of the most finely crafted works in the violin repertoire.
Stravinsky Suite Italienne
Franck Violin Sonata
Bartók Romanian Folk Dances
Saint-Säens Havanaise, Op. 83
Sarasate Introduction and Tarantella
Bazzini La Ronde des Lutins, Op. 25
Daniele Rosina conductor
Follow the Philharmonic Orchestra on Mussorgky’s famous journey through an art gallery. From singing troubadours to gnomes and witches, reverberant brass in the Parisian catacombs, to the pealing carillons of the 'Great Gate of Kiev', Mussorgky’s vivid sound pictures orchestrated by Ravel create a magical world of imagination that is not to be missed.
Julian Wilkins conductor
William Peart organ
The Music Society’s 150 strong chorus take inspiration from idyllic Alpine scenery in Elgar’s tuneful souvenir of German holidays past, performed alongside Kodály’s well-loved emotional and intensely dramatic Missa Brevis.
Kimichi Symphony Orchestra presents another evening of excellence with Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade and Stravinsky’s Firebird. Following their 5* production of Rite of Spring “In nearly fifty years of reviewing I don’t think I’ve ever enjoyed an experience quite like this event....truly remarkable....precision, colour and visceral excitement” Christopher Morley, and their 5* performance of Verdi’s Requiem, KSO are back with an exciting programme to whet all appetites.
Scheherazade is to be followed by Stravinsky’s Firebird, semi-staged with dancers providing yet more colour and excitement. With Keith Slade conducting and Charlotte Moseley leading, you can be guaranteed an evening of superb music making and wonderful story telling through dance.
VIP tickets available with Prosecco reception and Conductor’s talk.
Mein Freund ist Mein: Cantatas by the Bach family
Mark Chambers director
Rachel Podger violin
Join the dynamic Belfast based choral ensemble alongside some of the finest early music instrumentalists from Ireland and the UK in works by Johann Sebastian Bach and his relatives. Expect sonorous tones of guest violinist Rachel Podger, and unique concert staging by Thomas Guthrie, in an evocative journey that explores themes of life and death in a performance of breath-taking power and humanity. J S Bach’s Easter cantata Christ lag in Todes Banden (Christ lay in death’s bonds) features alongside uncle Johann Christoph’s large scale wedding cantata Meine Freundin du bist schön, and a rarely heard setting of the iconic Sarabande and Chaconne in D Minor.