Performance Opportunities

Concert series

We present over 300 events per year, including concerts, special events, open masterclasses and more. Although many of our concerts are individually organised events, there are also several series threading their way through the year, which give structure to our concert programme.

Monday Showcase

With its appreciative audience of regular attendees, this series of free lunchtime concerts provides an excellent opportunity to give first performances of challenging repertoire.

Tuesday Performance Platform

Dedicated to our rising stars, this series acts as a platform for our most accomplished performers and is usually devoted to students on the Advanced Postgraduate Diploma course.

Wednesday Jazz Series

Showcasing students, alumni and guests, our series of Wednesday jazz concerts complements regular nights elsewhere in the city.

Thursday Chamber and Small Ensemble Series

This series provides a home not just for our chamber music concerts, but for many smaller performing groups, such as our Recorder, Saxophone and Guitar Ensembles.

Friday Orchestral Series

A series of large ensemble concerts, including performances from our Symphony Orchestra, Repertoire Orchestra, Brass Band and Wind Orchestra, Thallein Ensemble and Capelle Baroque Orchestra.

‘Frontiers’ Contemporary Music Series

Featuring guest performers and composers, as well as student performers and composers, this series explores contemporary music, acoustic and electroacoustic. Frontiers also enjoys its own mini-festival, Frontiers Plus.

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Whether focused on a particular theme or not, festivals can uniquely provide much-needed chances to step back from the day-to-day rush of student life in order to focus solely on performance. In addition to smaller mini-series arranged around specific composers, works or events, the following are regular features of our concert year:

Chamber Music Week

Our annual week-long festival of chamber music normally takes place in the spring and includes staff and student performances, plus a celebrity recital and masterclass from a different visiting ensemble each year. More recently, the festival has included complementary films and lectures.

Frontiers Plus

This annual festival of contemporary music grows out of our successful Frontiers Contemporary Music Series. In recent years the festival has celebrated the works of resident composers such as Gerald Barry, Colin Matthews and Louis Andriessen.