City of Sounds: Showcase Concert

City of Sounds: Showcase Concert

City of Sounds Festival

Date and time
15 Jun 2016 (4:00pm)
To be announced.

£7 (£5) (£3, BCU students). Free entry for open day attendees and their guests.

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To coincide with the end of our June Open Day, the Chamber Music Festival presents a showcase concert with performances by students from most departments, and concluding with the powerful string orchestra arrangement of Shostakovich’s 8th Quartet. The Conservatoire’s Junior Fellows, the Gildas Quartet, will be taking part.

Free for Open Day attendees

This concert is free to attend for Open Day attendees and their guests, details of how to get complimentary tickets will be in the confirmation email when you register for the Open Day.

The Chamber Music Festival

The Chamber Music Festival provides a showcase for student ensembles from each department in the Conservatoire, as well as an opportunity to hear some of our superb Ensembles in Residence and teaching staff. This year the Strings students are taking on the challenge of presenting the cycle of 15 Quartets by Shostakovich. This is testimony to the breadth of talent and growth of experience in the arena of Chamber Music at the conservatoire in recent years.

The experience of listening to the Shostakovich cycle of quartets is extraordinarily powerful, revealing as it does the inner life of one of the 20th century’s great musical geniuses, as well as one of its most tormented. The dark side of these works is only part of the full spectrum of human experience they express, from childlike innocence, tenderness and playfulness to great exuberance and irrepressible energy.

The Nuance Quintet            
Russell Peck
Drastic Measures

Rowan McConkey
Jonnie Cumming
Hannah Woollacott
Berx Kockaya 

Phillip Houghton Opals

Inventus Quintet

Jim Parker Mississippi Five for Wind Quintet
II. Blues for Johnny Dodds
V. Les Animaux   

Conservatoire Brass directed by Chris Houlding
Tom Harrold
Chris Houlding Masque                                   
Mark Anthony Turnage Set To 

Gildas Quartet:
Cristopher Jones
Gemma Sharples
Kay Stephen
Anna Menzies

Shostakovich 2 Pieces for string quartet, Elegy and Polka

Naoko Senda violin   
Ruri Kuroda
Yenting Wang

Shostakovich Piano Trio No 1: 

Shostakovich Chamber Symphony   (String Orchestra version of the 8th Quartet) Directed by Robin Ireland, Head of Chamber Music.

City of Sounds Festival

In a city recognised for its architectural transformations, the City of Sounds festival is an invitation to remember, to celebrate and to look to the future of Birmingham’s rich music scene.

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Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce
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