Birmingham Classical Series

Birmingham Classical Series


Posted 2023-06-04 by Tony Collinsfollow

Fri 06 Oct 2023 - Tue 21 May 2024

Superb orchestras, world-class soloists and unmissable programmes will all be heading to Birmingham when B:Music's 2023/24 Birmingham Classical Series takes place at Town Hall and Symphony Hall . The new season, which runs from October through to next May, will showcase some of the pinnacles of orchestral music as well as newer discoveries. There will be a host of world-class soloists, orchestras and conductors taking to Birmingham’s finest stages and, as always, B:Music continues its mission to reach new audiences across the West Midlands and beyond with all tickets priced at just £10 for the Symphony Orchestra of India, Sunday morning concerts with coffee and cake, and international household names such as pianist Lang Lang performing on the world-famous Symphony Hall stage.

Nick Reed, B:Music Chief Executive, said, “We’re delighted to present another full season of great orchestras, acclaimed soloists and exciting rising stars. As you’d expect, there are thrilling musical experiences on a grand scale – and they don’t get much bigger than Tan Dun’s action-packed Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon played by the China Shenzhen Symphony Orchestra. But there are also more intimate and informal performances to enjoy. We hope this will be a season to remember. Whether at Symphony Hall, Town Hall or in the Jennifer Blackwell Performance Space, the B:Music team looks forward to welcoming our classical music audiences into our stunning spaces.”

World famous pianist Lang Lang to feature. Credit Olaf Heine

One of the world’s great figures in modern classical music, pianist Lang Lang. comes to Symphony Hall in one of just a handful of UK dates this autumn [27 October]. Lang Lang is an artist who has had a profound effect as a pianist, educator and philanthropist, as well as an influential ambassador for the arts. He has given concerts the world over, played for billions of viewers at the 2008 Olympic Opening Ceremony in Beijing and is a recent star of Channel 4’s ‘The Piano’, through all of which his charisma and artistry shone through. A wide array of leading soloists will perform in the new season including acclaimed British pianist and one of the all-time great performers of Franz Schubert’s music, Paul Lewis, who will perform Schubert’s final piano sonatas in Town Hall over the next year, taking in the joy and happiness to the tragedy and despair of Schubert’s short life [5 December and 11 April].

The Belgian Sonoro Quartet [15 October] have been making waves throughout Europe with a busy schedule of over 40 concerts a year, coupled with a host of radio broadcasts and competition successes, not least, recognition at the Bartók World Competition for string quartets. They will play in the Jennifer Blackwell Performance Space in the first of six ECHO (European Concert Hall Organisation) Rising Stars concerts. Their programme entitled Reflections looks to the past and the ‘father of the string quartet’ with Haydn’s radiant Sunrise quartet, and to the future with a new commission from the Belgian composer Annelies van Parys. The six ECHO Rising Stars Sunday recitals feature outstanding artists handpicked by the directors of Europe’s most prestigious concert halls. The other superb musicians who feature in the series are Mathis Stier [3 December], Sebastian Heindl [4 February], Axelle Fanyo [25 February], Sean Shibe [24 March] and Julia Púsker [28 April].

The Sonoro Quartet in action.

The Symphony Orchestra of India make a welcome return to Symphony Hall with a programme including Strauss’ rousing Rosenkavalier Suite and Stravinsky’s orchestral showcase Petrushka [1 December]. With Zakir Hussain performing his new Triple Concerto, this is a chance to hear an outstanding evening of music at the very accessible price of £10 per ticket. The Czech National Symphony Orchestra returns to Symphony Hall with the orchestra’s Principal Conductor Steven Mercurio and soloist Mark Bebbington to perform one of the most popular piano concertos in the entire repertoire, Beethoven’s pivotal Emperor Concerto [21 May].

Symphony Hall is thrilled to welcome the National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine as part of its biggest UK tour to date [24 October]. One of the most distinguished European orchestras, it has achieved worldwide recognition through its many international tours, which include Europe, the US, Australia, and Asia. This visit is particularly important, following the tragic invasion of Ukraine by Russia and ongoing war. The Strasbourg Philharmonic Orchestra returns to Symphony Hall with a programme including Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No 2, the work that propelled Rachmaninov to stardom and has remained one of today’s most loved concertos [15 February]. Some of the most vivid and magical orchestral portrayals of fairy tales and stories are woven through this concert, providing the perfect showcase for the Strasbourg Philharmonic Orchestra.

The Indian Symphony Orchestra. Credit Alpesh Chauhan

Other highlights of the 2023/24 season include a performance by the China Shenzhen Symphony Orchestra [11 March] who open their sumptuous programme with a cello concerto created from the soundtrack of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, blending Chinese ceremonial and classical music, Western and Eastern instruments, in an action-packed drama.

Tickets for concerts in the Birmingham Classical Series are available from {LINK]

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