Welcome to another great season of performances at Birmingham Conservatoire!
This is my first term as Principal and I am well aware how good past seasons have been and how many of the world’s greatest musicians have worked and performed here. This autumn’s programme continues that tradition.
As usual our visiting musicians cover the spectrum of today’s music scene. Classical music is superbly represented by the likes of world-renowned violinist Tasmin Little, legendary fortepianist Robert Levin and a complete series of all of Brahms’s chamber works involving piano.
There is a bonanza for organists in Organfest, and there are great days out for string players, saxophonists, guitarists and for all brass players when the London Symphony Orchestra’s Principal Trumpet, Philip Cobb pays us a visit.
Our percussion department also comes to the fore with a lunch-time performance of Steve Reich’s landmark composition, Drumming. There is plenty of jazz, world and contemporary music, of course, our regular series of lunchtime recitals given by our most outstanding students.
And let’s not forget the two marvellous programmes of British music by the Conservatoire’s Symphony Orchestra including a rare performance of Malcolm Arnold’s Concerto for Two Violins and Strings.
Truly there is something for everyone and I urge you to look closely at the programme
for yourselves in case I have missed out your own particular favourite.
Julian Lloyd Webber