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Welcome to the replay of our Virtual Open Day

Below you’ll find a choice of presentations and Q&A sessions on a range of topics designed for you to find out what it’s like to study at Royal Birmingham Conservatoire.

Watch our welcome video from Principal Julian Lloyd Webber and Vice Principal of Acting Stephen Simms to find out about our proud history, modern facilities and what our students go on to achieve. You will also find out more about how we can help you develop during your time as a student at Royal Birmingham Conservatoire.

Please note that these sessions took place live on Thursday 11 June 2020. This page exists to provide you with the opportunity to watch replays of the sessions.

Watch the replays

Below you’ll find a range of replays from our open day that took place on Thursday 11 June 2020. These include presentations and Q&A sessions on a range of topics from course-specific talks, to student finance. Click on the ‘Watch replay’ links to see replays of the sessions that you are most interested in.

Course Q&A sessions

Watch replays of Q&A sessions with our academic team. You’ll get to hear more about your course in depth, directly from the staff that might be teaching you. You’ll also have the chance to see the questions asked by attendees via our text chat from the live event.

  • BMus (Performance, Composition or Music Tech) Course

    11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Pathways covered: BMus (Hons) Performance (instrumental or vocal), BMus (Hons) Composition, or BMus (Hons) Music Technology.

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  • Postgraduate Courses – Music

    11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Courses covered: Brass Band Conducting, Choral Conducting, Composition, Experimental Performance, Instrumental Performance, Jazz, Music Technology, Musicology, Orchestral Conducting, Orchestral Performance (Strings), Professional Performance, Vocal Performance.

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  • Postgraduate Courses – MA Acting

    11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Courses covered: MA Acting.

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  • Undergraduate Acting Courses

    11:00 AM - 12:15 PM

    Courses covered: BA (Hons) Acting.

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  • Applied Theatre

    12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

    Courses covered: Applied Theatre (Community and Education).

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  • Postgraduate Courses – MFA Acting

    12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

    Courses covered: MFA Acting. We apologise but this replay is unavailable due to a technical failure.

  • Postgraduate Research PhD & MA Musicology

    12:15 PM - 1:00 PM

    Courses covered: Conservatoire Research Degrees, Musicology.

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  • Jazz Department and Jazz Courses

    12:15 PM - 1:15 PM

    Courses covered: Jazz undergraduate and postgraduate courses.

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  • Foundation Acting

    1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

    Courses covered: Foundation Actor Training.

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  • Postgraduate Courses – MA Professional Voice Practice

    1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

    Courses covered: Professional Voice Practice.

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  • Stage Management

    2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

    Courses covered: Stage Management.

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Department Q&A sessions

Browse Q&A sessions focused on the Departments at Royal Birmingham Conservatoire. In each session you’ll get to hear about the area of study from staff that lead or teach in that Department. You’ll also get to hear from our students and see the questions posed to them via our text chat.

  • Music Technology

    12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

    Taught by a range of leading industry professionals, you will be surrounded by performers, composers and researchers of the very highest quality from across an array of musical disciplines.

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  • Guitar

    1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

    Guitar tuition is designed to equip you with all the skills required to enter the music profession. You’ll cover a broad spectrum of repertoire, complemented by masterclasses with visiting artists.

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  • Brass

    1:00 PM - 2:15 PM

    Our team of brass tutors has the expertise to address all areas of performance and technique by helping you to diversify your skills in orchestral and band instruments, as well as jazz and early music.

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  • Keyboard

    1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

    Welcome to one of Europe’s most distinguished Keyboard Departments, where students thrive in a busy environment full of events, classes, concerts and opportunities.

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  • Strings

    1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

    The Plucked Strings Department offers expert guidance to develop your performance skills in harp, guitar and lute. Our extensive electives programme offers you to explore a variety of performing styles.

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  • Vocal & Operatic

    1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

    Receiving extensive tuition from world-class teachers and professionals you can expect to have a wide variety of performance opportunities - including the chance to perform in our staged productions.

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  • Woodwind

    1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

    We offer a wide range of experiences for our students, as soloists, in orchestras and as chamber musicians.

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  • Organ

    2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

    Led by internationally-acclaimed organist and tutor Daniel Moult, as well as other stellar staff, Royal Birmingham Conservatoire enjoys a reputation as a leading European centre for organ studies.

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  • Composition

    2:00 PM - 3:15 PM

    Through individual tuition and small classes you will develop an understanding of differing compositional styles, particularly contemporary art music, pop, jazz and fusion, experimental and conceptual music.

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  • Jazz "Jam session" (meet the students)

    2:15 PM - 3:00 PM

    The Jazz Department’s aim is to create a stimulating and inspiring culture for jazz musicians. We place a great deal of emphasis on artistic exchange between students and staff.

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  • Recorder/Historical Performance

    2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

    The Historical Performance Department shares many projects with the Recorder Department. You’ll have the opportunity to study a period instrument or to have stylistic awareness lessons with specialist tutors.

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  • Percussion

    2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

    Our syllabus is carefully designed to cover classical to commercial, contemporary to rock and pop, Cuban to folk, ballet to opera, outreach to solo percussion.

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  • Harp

    2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

    Principal Harp Tutor, Rita Schindler, gives a weekly lesson to all first study harpists and works with each student to devise a stylised course, ensuring a progressive range of techniques are mastered. Download the presentation.

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  • Saxophone

    2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

    The Saxophone Department’s syllabus is broad-based and ideally suited to those performers wishing to pursue a freelance career. We put great emphasis on versatility and adaptability in performance.

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  • Folk Ensemble

    3:00 PM - 3:30 PM

    The Folk Ensemble’s energetic and powerful live sets are a sight to behold, featuring an 18-piece horn section, five cellists, seven percussionists and five electric guitarists, plus fiddles, flutes, clarinets, euphonium, and accordions!

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Finance Q&A

10:00am to 10:45am

Finance is a major factor when making decisions about studying a degree. This session aimed to dispel any myths and gave attendees the chance to ask any questions about their financial options whilst at university.

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Accommodation

3:30pm to 4:00pm

We know that for many students living away from home for the first time is a big step to take. We offered this session as an opportunity for attendees to ask our Accommodation team questions about living in student halls of residence, from the cost to the facilities. They also talked through the application process.

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Admissions Q&A

4:00pm to 5:00pm

We understand that it’s an unusual time for everyone at the moment, so if you can’t find the answer to your question here on our dedicated Admissions FAQs, then check out our Admissions Q&A with expert staff. Through this replay, you have the opportunity to see all of the questions asked and answered about our admissions process.

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Our Facilities

Get your first impression of our campus and experience the fantastic facilities it has to offer. We’ve invested £340 million in our facilities across Birmingham City University and are proud to show you around.

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  • Birmingham

  • Student support

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Accommodation

Find your home from home at BCU. We offer eight halls of residence options, ranging from on-campus to inner-city living. You can take a virtual tour of each accommodation option to find the one for you.

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Birmingham

The UK’s second city is a vibrant, exciting place to live and study in – and we’ve got the youngest population in Europe! Join our community to discover world-class restaurants, shopping, and socialising.

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Student support

From disability and mental health support to CV and job interview training, BCU ensures you have all you need during your time here – and beyond – to succeed and flourish in your studies and career.

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Finance

Fees, funding, budgeting, money management – we can help you get to grips with it all. We also offer a £1,000 Meet or Beat scholarship to help you along the way.

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