City of Sounds Festival
BCU Conservatoire student musicians performing in an orchestra on stage.
Conservatoire trombone
Conservatoire violin
Conservatoire performance

City of Sounds festival

1 May - 26 June 2016 

Saying goodbye to Birmingham Conservatoire’s Adrian Boult Hall.
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Julian Lloyd Webber welcomes you to Birmingham Conservatoire.

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City of Sounds Festival

This summer, we bid a fond farewell to the Adrian Boult Hall with a unique festival celebrating its role as one of Birmingham’s premier concert halls. It has been a home to many-world class musicians and has also been central to the cultural fabric of the city.

Join us as we give the hall a worthy send-off, and look towards the opening of the new Birmingham Conservatoire in September 2017.

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Leadership and Governance: Who’s who

HRH Prince Edward - The Earl of Wessex

HRH Prince Edward

Royal Patron

HRH Prince Edward, The Earl of Wessex KG GCVO, became our first ever Royal Patron in March 2016. 

Sir Simon Rattle

Sir Simon Rattle


Principal Conductor of the Berlin Philharmonic and President of Birmingham Conservatoire since 1989.

Peter Donohoe

Peter Donohoe CBE


Peter Donohoe is acclaimed as one of the foremost pianists of our time. He is our Vice-President and has an Honorary Doctorate from the University.

Julian Lloyd Webber

Julian Lloyd Webber


Professor Julian Lloyd Webber became our Principal in July 2015 after he retired from his career as an internationally celebrated cellist. 

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