5th Mar, 2021

Classical treats in free lunchtime concerts from Conservatoire

Ross Crawford 19th Feb, 2021

SIX new dates have been added to Royal Birmingham Conservatoire’s popular Lunchtime Music series.

The free Monday series has been proving a real hit with online audiences missing the live concert experience.

Lasting just under an hour, the filmed concerts are the perfect lunchtime break and are performed by musicians from the Conservatoire (part of Birmingham City University) who are at the very highest level of study and already launching their professional careers.

From the many comments from audience members, it is clear the series is filling a void in people’s lives right now: “These performances are an absolute joy and help me face yet another week in lockdown”.

“My heart goes out to all the superb talent at RBC during these times, including those behind the scenes. Thank you to everyone for finding a way to bring this wonderful concert to us!”

As well as being enjoyed by viewers, the concerts are giving students a high quality, professionally filmed performance opportunity and providing a connection with virtual audiences at a time when physical concerts are not possible.

The new dates in February and March continue the existing series and showcase a wealth of talent and variety of music with concerts featuring the harp and saxophone departments; operatic arias; mixed recitals of music for trumpet, bassoon, guitar, flute and piano; and a solo piano recital.

Lunchtime Music online take place on Mondays at 1pm.

Tickets are free but must be booked in advance from www.bcu.ac.uk/concerts.

February 22 – https://www.bcu.ac.uk/conservatoire/events-calendar/lunchtime-concert-harp-22-02-2021 Britten, Pescetti, Tailleferre and Hoagy Carmichael all feature in recital of harp music from the Baroque to the 20th century.

March 1 – Opera Bites – https://www.bcu.ac.uk/conservatoire/events-calendar/lunchtime-opera-bites-01-03-2021 In today’s

concert, members of the Conservatoire’s Vocal Department perform a selection of operatic arias and excerpts by Britten, Debussy, Gluck and Strauss.

March 8 – Enescu, Vieuxtemps, Mozart, Prokofiev – https://www.bcu.ac.uk/conservatoire/events-calendar/lunchtime-music-trumpet-viola-bassoon-piano08-03-2021 Four soloists and duos play repertoire for trumpet, viola, bassoon and piano – a real taster of the wealth of talent and variety of music this series has to offer.

March 15 – Brahms, Haydn, Gaubert, Poulenc – https://www.bcu.ac.uk/conservatoire/events-calendar/lunchtime-music-piano-flute-guitar-15-03-2021 From guitar repertoire of the Renaissance to piano music by Haydn and works for flute and piccolo from the 19th and 20th centuries. A chance to enjoy familiar works and new discoveries.

March 22 – Liszt, Mozart, Bach, Franck – https://www.bcu.ac.uk/conservatoire/events-calendar/lunchtime-liszt-mozart-bach-franck-22-03-2021 Three soloists perform piano, violin and viola music concluding with Franck’s gorgeous sonata in the transcription for viola.

March 29 – https://www.bcu.ac.uk/conservatoire/events-calendar/lunchtimes-sax-department-29-03-2021 Terry Riley’s minimalist masterpiece ‘In C’ concludes an ear-opening programme of contemporary music for saxophone ensemble.


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