Brass in Concert

The University’s premier brass ensembles present an evening of entertainment with an eclectic mix of traditional and modern brass band music, solo items, and new arrangements for brass dectet.

Birmingham Symphonic Brass, an ensemble of ten talented orchestral brass players, performs under the direction of leading brass ensemble composer/arranger and conductor, Stephen Roberts. The Music Society’s Brass Band performs with their professional conductor, Stuart Birnie.

Birmingham University Singers with CBSO

Mirga Gražinyte-Tyla – conductor

Mirga Gražinyte-Tyla launches City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra’s Debussy centenary celebration with a concert devoted to the composer, his followers and his influences, beginning with the piece that changed everything: the exquisite Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune. Birmingham University Singers join the CBSO as guest choir to perform Debussy’s Trois chansons de Charles d’Orléans.

Debussy: Prélude à l’aprés-midi d’un faune
Debussy: Trois chansons de Charles d’Orléans
Szymanowski: Love songs of Hafiz Nos. 5, 7 and 8
Debussy: La demoiselle élue
Debussy: Nocturnes
Wagner: Prelude and Liebestod from Tristan and Isolde

The Age of Choirs

Simon Halsey is joined by two talented student conductors for this concert which brings together three of the University’s choirs for an abridged history of choral chamber music.

The Music Society’s female voices chamber choir perform a programme from the Baroque period (c. 1600 – c.1750) before passing the baton to the mixed voices chamber choir as they take us into the Classical and Romantic eras (c. 1750 – c. 1900). Bringing the programme to modern day will be the award-winning University Women’s Choir who will perform choral works from the 20th century, written entirely by female composers.

Philharmonic Orchestra

Daniele Rosina – Conductor
Xenia Pestova – Piano

The Philharmonic Orchestra are joined by one of the UK’s leading contemporary pianists, Xenia Pestova to give the world premiere of Daria Kwiatkowska’s Piano Concerto. as we continue to present new music following the CrossCurrents festival. The concert opens with Britten’s orchestra suite from his 1945 opera, Peter Grimes, and concludes with Sibelius’s first symphony.

Britten: Four Sea Interludes from Peter Grimes
Daria Kwiatkowska: Piano Concerto (World Premiere)
Sibelius: Symphony No. 1, Op. 39 in E minor

Presented by the University Music Society.

Philharmonic Orchestra

Internationally acclaimed Irish concert pianist David Quigley joins the Music Society’s Philharmonic Orchestra in a performance of George Gershwin’s captivating Piano Concerto in F. The concerto is presented alongside the music of Maurice Ravel – in recognition of the mutual admiration the two composers had for each other’s work. The orchestra perform Ravel’s Pavane for a Dead Princess, ballet music from L’éventail de Jeanne and Mother Goose, as well as the composer’s most recognisable work, the one-movement Boléro.

Gershwin: Piano Concerto in F

Ravel: Fanfare for L’éventail de Jeanne, Pavane pour une infant défunte, and Boléro

Final Year Recitalists

Lauren O’Brien – Voice
Katherine Noble – Percussion
Rhiannon Crompton – Piano
Eleanor Turner – Oboe

Final year recitalists perform a selection of music in preparation for their end-of-year assessments in the Summer Term.

Presented by the Department of Music.

Binchois Consort, Birmingham University Singers & University Women’s Choir

Simon Halsey directs a performance of David Lang’s The Little Match Girl Passion, a setting of Hans Christian Andersen’s fable about the dreams and hopes of a dying child, scored for voices and percussion in the format of Bach’s St Matthew Passion.

Lang elevated the suffering of the little match girl with poignant, evocative music, reflecting the comparison between Andersen’s original fable and the suffering of Jesus.

Members of University Singers and the University Women’s Choir are joined by the award winning Binchois Consort for a performance of Renaissance motets by composers including Isaac, Mouton, Brumel and Obrecht under the direction of Andrew Kirkman.

Presented by Department of Music

A Little Night Music

Fall in love this June with some magical summer night music. Flirt with romantic possibilities and become entangled in the complex web of affairs of actress Desirée Armfeldt and the men who love her.

Winner of four Tony Awards and inspired by Ingmar Bergman’s film ‘Smiles of a Summer Night’, A Little Night Music features a ravishing musical score by the incomparable Stephen Sondheim including the classic song Send in the Clowns.

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Tickets for Friday 14 June, 19.00 – 21.30
Tickets for Saturday 15 June, 19.00 – 21.30
Tickets for Sunday 16 June, 16.00 – 18.30

Presented by University Music & Concerts


University Symphony Orchestra

The University Symphony Orchestra performs the eighth of Vaughan Williams’ nine symphonies, in which the composer shows a new desire for experimentation with tone and colour. This work includes a march-style movement solely for the wind section, followed by a movement for strings, and features a wider variety of percussion instruments than utilized in the previous seven symphonies.

We also feature the winner of the annual University Music Society concerto competition, Joshua Rohde, who will perform Elgar’s Cello Concerto, and the orchestra gives the premiere performance of Simeon Liley’s Edgbaston in the Rain.

Presented by Department of Music

Wind Band & Symphony Orchestra

Wind Band Conductors
Benedict Goodall, Sabrina Ko

Orchestra Conductor
Daniele Rosina

Ahead of their overseas tour to Prague, the University of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra embarks on an epic journey through the forces of fate in Tchaikovsky’s dramatic Fifth Symphony, alongside fanfares, flourishes and wind band staples by the University’s Wind Band.

Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 5 in E minor, Op. 64
Sparke Jubilee Overture
Holst Second Military Suite in F
Coates Dambusters March
Hess East Coast Pictures

Presented by University Music & Concerts

Launch Concert: University Chorus and Philharmonic Orchestra: Mozart’s Requiem

Launching Arts & Science Festival, Simon Halsey leads the University Chorus in a performance of one of the cornerstones of the chorus and orchestra repertory, Mozart’s final work, the Requiem Mass.

In contrast the Philharmonic Orchestra perform Copland’s popular Appalachian Spring and Mahler’s Blumine, a work originally penned in 1884 and considered by many to be a gesture of love from the composer to Joanna Richter.

Presented by Department of Music


Immerse yourself in unique sound worlds and innovative sonic experiences this autumn with Birmingham ElectroAcoustic Sound Theatre (BEAST), the largest concert sound systems of its type in the world.

BEAST joins forces with Fizzle and the Society for Electroacoustic Music in Sweden (SEAMS) to present an exciting mix of electroacoustic music, collaborative performances and live electronic improvisation.

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Presented by BEAST and University Music & Concerts.

BEASTdome: Kelp Road

Birmingham ElectroAcoustic Sound Theatre (BEAST) presents a sea-themed concert in the immersive environment of the Bramall Music Building‘s Dome Room.

Drawing from the Kelp Road exhibition by artist Anne Parouty and composer Scott Wilson, this unique musical exploration captures sounds both above and below water’s surface. The concert includes a rare presentation of Toru Takemitsu’s Water Music.

Hugh Le Caine: Dripsody
David Berezan: Starboard
Takemitsu: Water Music
Scott Wilson: Kelp Road



University Carol Concert

Mark the beginning of Advent and imminent Christmas cheer in a traditional service of carols and readings led by the University Chaplaincy with music performed by Birmingham University Singers.

Presented by University Music in partnership with the Multi-Faith Chaplaincy as part of ‘Christmas on Campus’.