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CODA Festival

CODA Festival 2018
Date and time
26 - 27 Jun 2018 (11:00am - 11:55pm)

Royal Birmingham Conservatoire

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2-day Festival Pass: £10
Individual event: £1

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Join us for a two-day festival of ground-breaking new music as CODA returns to Royal Birmingham Conservatoire.

Echoing our brand new, state-of-the-art venue, artists will perform both inside and out of conventional performance spaces. With a programme featuring multi-instrumentalists taking on the challenge of performing new commissions in a moving lift; late-night soundings of voices and strings travelling the stairs in newly premiered work; and an immersive soundscape installation ringing out from the subterranean depths of The Lab, CODA invites you to expect the unexpected.

You can buy individual tickets for events, or purchase a two-day festival pass to grant you unprecedented entry to as many shows as you wish to attend during the festival.

Full programme listings:


New Beginnings
11am The Lab
Royal Birmingham Conservatoire presents their first year composers and performers showcasing their diverse range of new music.

Rob Roberts: Lift Music
12.10-12.30pm; 2.10-2.30pm; 4.10-4.30pm Lift
New music in a New Lift in a New Building. Three multi-instrumentalists take on the challenge of performing new commissions in this unique space.

Composers’ Platform
1pm The Lab
Music of the now. Music of the future. Royal Birmingham Conservatoire Composition Department presents their latest compositions, all being world premieres.

Paul Norman: Non-Standard
3pm The Lab
Paul Norman presents Non-Standard. Forget the old tradition. Forget the new tradition. Agree to disagree. Celebrate your differences. Establish a new Non-Standard.

Creative Ensemble
5pm Foyer
The Creative Ensemble play compositions from members of the ensemble.

Simon Paton: Huh?
7pm Eastside Jazz Club
This will be the debut performance of improvising large ensemble, Huh? Led by Simon Paton, this group features euphoric walls of sound and plenty of joyful shambles.

4v – Arrange The Chairs in Your Space
9pm The Lab
Fashioning the concert environments of the future, 4v – Luke Deane and Richard Stenton – present an interactive multimedia installation from their 2017 Summer Show in Amsterdam.

Georgia Denham: [Stairs]
11pm Foyer
Late night soundings of voices and strings, echoing through Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, in a newly premiered work by Georgia Denham. Prepare to bathe in delicious harmony and unheimlich song.


Via Nova
11am Recital Hall
Contemporary vocal ensemble Via Nova launch an exciting project based around a musical setting of the Vespers, including works by two Royal Birmingham Conservatoire student composers and alumnus Chris Cresswell.

Rob Roberts: Lift Music
12.10-12.30pm; 2.10-2.30pm; 4.10-4.30pm Lift
New music in a New Lift in a New Building. Three multi-instrumentalists take on the challenge of performing new commissions in this unique space.

Daniel Blanco & Friends Trumpet Recital #3
1pm Recital Hall
Already a classic you mustn’t miss! (...of course #3 means this is the third edition, why didn’t you come before?)

Yfat Soul Zisso: New Music for Solo Unaccompanied Voice
3pm Recital Hall
Soprano Yfat Soul Zisso presents three brand new pieces for voice, written by Maya Verlaak, Rytis Mazulis and herself, each treating the voice in exciting new ways – accompanied, unaccompanied or with electronics.

Susanna Self: Vivid Stream
5pm The Lab
Vivid Stream is an immersive installation of soundscapes, video, ‘live’ dancing, voice and rippling guitars in the subterranean depths of The Lab.

Player Piano Utopia
7pm Eastside Jazz Club
The Player Piano is an instrument that allows the playing of music without the restriction of paper, but with other more delicate restrictions.

Jaime Wolfe/Laco: Prayer
8pm Foyer/Stairs
The artists are praying – will you pray with them?

9pm The Lab
After their successful debut in January, this dynamic ensemble comes back to The Lab to liven it up with their exciting and varied programme of folk-inspired new compositions with elements of improvisation. Hear the results of collaboration between the musicians and composers.

Sean Clancy: Drone/Noise Gig in Birmingham
11pm The Lab
There will be drone…and maybe a little noise. It will be nice…