Binchois Consort - A Coronation for the Virgin: Midlands Alabaster and Music in Late Medieval England

Barber Concert Hall, Barber Institute of Fine Arts, Edgbaston campus
Alumni, Arts and Law, International, Students
Sunday 20th November 2011 (19:30-22:00)
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Tickets: £12, £6 concessions, £6 Friends, £3 students

Book in person at the Barber Reception Desk or by calling the Box Office on 0121 414 7333.

Binchois Consort

The Birmingham début of this award-winning Hyperion-label ensemble and of its director, Professor Andrew Kirkman (the new Heard of the Music Department). This newly devised programme is inspired by a beautiful Midlands alabaster sculpture in the Barber Institute.

Carved alabaster panels with religious imagery were one of England’s greatest exports during the late Medieval period. The Barber Institute possesses a particularly large and fine single panel, depicting the Coronation of the Virgin, still with traces of paint and gilding. A short pre-concert talk at 6.30pm by Robert Wenley, Deputy Director of the Barber and Head of Collections, will discuss this masterpiece and provide some sense of its cultural context.