Tuesday 17 April 2018

Royal Birmingham Conservatoire's opening festival

Julian Lloyd Webber at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire
Julian Lloyd Webber at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire
In celebration of the opening of its new buildings, the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire is presenting an opening festival, fifteen months of concerts and events.

Peter Donohoe is giving a series of all-Mozart concerts featuring the piano sonatas. Lenny Henry, Chancellor of Birmingham City University, narrates Prokofiev’Peter and the Woolf with the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire Pops Orchestra, in a programm including music by Bernstein, Copland, and music from Spiderman and Star Wars. A shorter performance for an audience of schoolchildren takes place at lunchtime.

The Dutch ensemble, Orkest de Ereprijs performs composers with whom they have a close association: Willem Breuker, Raphaël Languillat, Mary Finsterer and Martijn Padding, and will be joining with the Conservatoire’s own Thallein Ensemble to create The Orchestra of the 21st Century, a radical re-imagining of the orchestra.

There is the Birmingham Philharmonic Concerto Competition when the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire’s rising stars play concertos accompanied by the Birmingham Philharmonic Orchestra, Daniel Plant performs Mozart’s Bassoon Concerto while pianists Stefanos Politsakis and Orestis Magou play concertos by Arensky and Rachmaninov

Conservatoire Principal, Julian Lloyd Webber, conducts Orchestra of the Swan for a Bank Holiday Monday concert with the cellists Jian Wang and Jiaxin Lloyd Webber, including Haydn’s First Cello Concerto and Vivaldi’s Concerto for Two Cellos in G minor.

Full details of all the events from the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire website.

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