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Free Music at Symphony Hall Cafe Bar - November 2013

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Forget the fact that the nights are drawing in and winter is approaching - just get out and enjoy some free music.

Symphony Hall's Cafe Bar is hosting some great shows during November.

John Fleming Quartet
John Fleming Quartet


First up is the John Fleming Quartet at 5pm on November 1. Sax player John was named BBC Scotland's Young Jazz Musician of the Year in 2010 and for this Birmingham performance he's joined by Andy Bunting on piano, Nick Jurd on bass and Jonathan Silk on drums. This is a good opportunity to see some of the best up and coming musicians on the Brum jazz circuit.

Nick Smart's Trogon
Nick Smart's Trogon


Nick Smart's Trogon provides more jazz at 5pm on November 8 but this time it is mixed with an Afro-Cuban vibe. Multi-tasking trumpeter Nick also runs the jazz course at the Royal Academy of Music and conducts a number of big bands, including Troyk-estra and Stan Sulzmann's Neon Orchestra.

The following day, Saturday November 9, there's the chance to enjoy a Global Folk performance at 1pm. Tabla player Mohinder Singh teams up with violinist Leighton Hargreaves and Dan Wilkins, who plays the Kora or African harp, for an eclectic World Music show featuring Indian classical tunes.

Beyond Classical is the promise for the free Cafe Bar gig at 5.30pm on November 14. The Gwynt Trio Josh Hall on oboe, Elin Roberts on flute and pianist Will Drakett will perform Holst's Fugal Concerto for Flute, Oboe and Piano before venturing to works by JW Kalliwoda, Madeline Dring and Jacques Ibert. They will conclude with Jean-Michel Damase's Trio for Flute, Oboe and Piano.

Barry Green and Emilia Martensson
Barry Green and Emilia Martensson


Jazz returns at 5pm on November 15 when we'll see new duo Barry Green and Emilia Martensson. Pianist Barry and Swedish singer Emilia have had favourable reviews for their album, And So It Goes, released on the Babel label. While this duo are new to Birmingham, some old favourites are back at 1.30pm the next day, Saturday November 16. The Notebenders will entertain at their regular Sax in the City slot, performing an infectious mix of new and classic material.

The Notebenders
The Notebenders


If jazz is not your bag make your way to the Cafe Bar at 5.30pm on November 21 for some free folk music. Birmingham-based Big Tent and The Gypsy Lantern formed two years ago and have made their name playing guitars, ukuleles, brass with electronics and percussion from around the world.

Schools out at 5pm on November 22 for a group of Birmingham youngsters. That's when Holyhead School Jazz Ensemble performs at Symphony Hall Cafe Bar. The project is run by Sid Peacock and Ray Prince and every year music fans get to see just how talented the schoolchildren are.

Matt Gough
Matt Gough


The following Friday, November 29, trumpeter Matt Gough takes the stage with his 'little big band'. The Dectet ten musicians can produce music that's not always possible with a small ensemble but they're a little subtler than a big band.

The Old Dance School
The Old Dance School


See November out with The Old Dance School at 10.30am on November 30. The Birmingham group blend folk, classical, jazz and pop to create lively, evocative music that you can't fail to love.
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Why? A mix of music for free.
When: November 1 - November 30, 2013
Phone: 0121 345 0608
Where: Symphony Hall Cafe Bar, Birmingham
Cost: Free
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