Highlights from our Summer Festival of Music

The annual Summer Festival of Music is a highlight of the academic year for musicians at the University of Birmingham – this year, University Music were pleased to host a two-week period of online and in-person events over two weeks in June.

This year’s festival featured a wide range of activities, including in-person sharing platforms, conducting opportunities, as well as a string of YouTube premieres for videos put together by talented students from across the University. The festival saw the introduction of a new “In conversation with…” series, giving students and the public alike the opportunity to hear from leading musicians including Sheku Kanneh-Mason, Trish Clowes, and John Rutter. Students and staff were also able to take part in online workshops for singing and jazz, as well as the Music Society’s first virtual bake-along. 

a collage of online speakers

In parallel to the Festival, the University of Birmingham Music Society launched their new Creative Exchange online installation, CONNECTION – COLLABORATION – COMMUNITY, bringing together students from across the University to showcase artwork, poetry, and compositions and create a virtual presentation on the theme of ‘community’. This installation will be available for a limited time at www.creativeexchangebrum.com.

University Music provides the University of Birmingham with one of the liveliest music-making scenes of any campus. With around 1500 positions available in our 35-plus ensembles, members participate in a variety of instrumental and vocal groups, across a range of abilities and styles. University Music is open to students, staff, and the local community, and provides participants with opportunities for professional coaching, exceptional concerts, as well as the chance to apply for yearly scholarships. To find out more, please visit our website.

 a jazz orchestra performance in Elgar concert Hall