Chamber Music is of central importance in the development of musicianship, ensemble, communication and rehearsal skills, as well as stylistic awareness and the development of a versatile technique.
As such, it takes a core place in Conservatoire life.
All string players and the majority of other instrumentalists will be helped to form chamber music ensembles, and will receive mentoring and coaching, as well as opportunities to perform. For string players in years one to three, chamber music is assessed as part of the curriculum.
The Conservatoire has on its staff some of the most experienced chamber music players and coaches in the country. With three Ensembles in Residence, a Junior Fellowship quartet who mentor and work closely with the younger strings ensembles, and two young Associate quartets, chamber music at the Conservatoire has never been more alive. In addition, there are masterclasses and coaching from visiting groups, often when they are performing in Birmingham Town Hall. Recent musicians to do this include the Belcea Quartet, the Carduccis Quartet, the Capucon brothers and the Navarra Quartet, previous Quartet in Residence.
Chamber Music Festival
The chamber music programme reaches its climax in June, after the exam period, with four packed days of music making including performances by the Conservatoire's Ensembles in Residence, student groups, combined staff and student ensembles and invited guests.
In 2016, the complete cycle of Shostakovich Quartets was programmed.
Recent masterclasses and workshops
- Alberni Quartet
- Belcea Quartet
- Carducci Quartet
- Chilingirian Quartet
- Coull Quartet
- Maggini Quartet
- Vanbrugh Quartet
- Vogler Quartet