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

Location
Barber Concert Hall, Barber Institute of Fine Arts, Edgbaston campus
Category
Alumni, Arts and Law, International, Students
Dates
Sunday 20th November 2011 (19:30-22:00)
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Contact

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.