Music in Birmingham

In addition to the varied programme available on campus at the Bramall and Barber Concert Hall, Birmingham itself has an incredibly wide and eclectic range of music offerings.

 Symphony Hall at night

Here some examples:

The University has a wide range of links with many of these organisations:  

  • We regularly hold concerts in the Town Hall and Symphony Hall;
  • Coaching for our orchestra players from the professional musicians from CBSO and many of our students are also members of the CBSO Youth Orchestra;
  • Honorary Professors and Research Fellows such as Graham Vick, artistic director of Birmingham Opera Company, Koen Kessels, Music Director of Birmingham Royal Ballet and Jeffrey Skidmore, artistic director of Ex Cathedra. Through these links our students can get involved in major musical events in the city, as well as performance and composition workshops;
  • Students have access to open rehearsals at these venues from the likes of Thomas Adès, Sakari Oramo and Sir Simon Rattle.