You'll have a wide range of opportunities to play symphonic music, as well as opera, classical pops, chamber, contemporary and period performance at Birmingham Conservatoire.
The programme also includes wind and string orchestras, brass band and percussion ensemble.
The Symphony Orchestra, Birmingham Conservatoire’s premiere orchestra, plays two short concerts each year in Symphony Hall – one of Europe’s finest concert venues – as part of our close relationship with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (CBSO).
Our repertoire has included:
- Messiaen Turangalîla-Symphonie
- Skryabin Poem of Ecstasy
- Britten The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra
- Shostakovich Symphony No.1
The Repertoire Orchestra is Birmingham Conservatoire’s ‘apprentice’ orchestra, where you will have the opportunity to learn your craft as an orchestral musician. Concerts take place in the Adrian Boult Hall, and cover a wide range of repertoire.
Concerts have included:
- Dvorak Symphony No.8
- Mahler Blumine
- Mozart Piano Concerto No.20
The Pops Orchestra gives the invaluable experience of working in the styles of light classical music.
Recent performances have explored popular Christmas repertoire and film music.
In this ensemble we address the vital issue of working with contemporary classical music, usually in chamber music format.
Often, the composer whose work we are performing will be a part of the process. Recent examples have been:
- Louis Andriessen
- Heiner Goebbels
- Mark Anthony Turnage
Capelle Baroque Orchestra
Capelle is our dedicated period instrument orchestra which performs music from the early seventeenth to late eighteenth century. Students have access to the Conservatoire’s extensive collection of period instruments as part of their course and specialist Early Music tuition is available on most instruments. Recent performances have included Monteverdi’s Vespers of 1610, Baroque concertos by Vivaldi, Fasch and Wassenaer, Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas, and sacred works by Michel de Lalande directed by Artistic Director of Capelle, Jeffrey Skidmore, OBE.
Playing in the Opera Orchestra is a very special skill. Annual productions take place at the nearby Crescent Theatre, and recent highly praised performances have included Street Scene, by Kurt Weill and Puccini’s Trittico.
Our two experienced staff conductors are Edwin Roxburgh and Daniele Rosina.
In addition, we work with a wide range of nationally and internationally renowned conductors, including visitors to the CBSO. Recent guests have included
- Michael Seal
- Lionel Friend
- Sian Edwards
- Diego Masson
- Stephen Barlow
- Nicholas Cleobury
- Carlos Kalmar