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Music To Break Down The Barriers And Enrich The Soul
It has always been said that music transcends all barriers. So, with that in mind, a special festival is taking place in Birmingham that aims to break down the barriers and celebrate the diverse brilliance of the city and the Birmingham Conservatoire. The No Frontiers Festival, which runs from March 25 to April 1, has become established as a landmark event in the UK's contemporary music scene. It imagines a world where there are no walls, where all are welcome, and where art is inclusive - all through the form of music.

Fidelio Trio
Fidelio Trio feature in the festival. Credit Hugh Glendinning

This year's festival welcomes guest composer Martijn Padding, whose work takes its influences from pop culture and historical classical principles in equal measure, with Thallein Ensemble presenting some of his recent works. No Frontiers also features exciting young talents from the Conservatoire's emerging composers alongside wider professional excellence. The line-up includes Ensemble Court Circuit, the Fidelio Trio performing Joe Cutler's music, events by Seán Clancy and Wolters/Norman/Harvey and a concert by Ed Bennett's group decibel. The festival also showcases music produced as part of the Young Composers Project.

Sean Clancy
Sean Clancy in action

Events take place in a variety of venues and art spaces across the city including Centrala, Vivid Projects and 6/8 Kafé as well as at Birmingham Conservatoire itself. For further information about the festival please visit or

Main Festival Events

Rob Nettleship and His Heartfelt Band: 'My Sweet Love' on March 25, 2017 1pm. Free entry

LUMOS on March 25, 2017 3pm. £6 (£4) advance, £7 (£5) on the door.

315 Ensemble on March 25, 2017 8pm. £6 (£4) advance, £7 (£5) on the door. Presents works by Chris Cresswell, Rob Crehan, Patrick Ellis, Emily Levy, and Kevin Baldwin.

Ensemble Court Circuit
Ensemble Court Circuit

Young Composers Project on March 26, 2017 6.30pm. £6 (£4) advance £7 (£5) on the door. YCP supports the new generation of composers and creative music makers.

MiXD: Music Interaction Design on March 27, 2017 6pm £6 (£4) advance £7 (£5) on the door. Integra Lab presents MiXD, an evening of innovative, immersive music interaction design.

Lucy Harvey/Paul Norman/Michael Wolters: Worries on March 27, 2017 9pm. £6 (£4) advance £7 (£5) on the door. Text by Lucy Harvey. Translation by Michael Wolters. Performance concept and sound by Paul Norman and Michael Wolters. Performed by Paul Norman and Michael Wolters.

Fidelio Trio on March 28, 2017 7.30pm, £10 (£8) advance, £12 (£10) on the door. Inaugural professorial event: Joe Cutler Portrait Concert.

Live Jazz Broadcast on March 29, 2017 1pm. Free entry. A live recording of some of Birmingham Conservatoire's best senior jazz students.

BCMS Composition Prize Final: Incus Ensemble on March 29, 2017 7.30pm £10 (£8) advance £12 (£10) on the door. Rose Redgrave viola; Jack McNeill clarinet; David Quigley piano. Incus Ensemble perform a selection of ambitious new works by Birmingham Conservatoire composers for this final of the Birmingham Chamber Music Society Prize.

Joe Cutler
Joe Cutler also features in No Frontiers

Ensemble Court Circuit on March 30, 2017. 6pm. £10 (£8) advance, £12 (£10) on the door. Chris Swithinbank Wegen und waldstille; Jonathan Harvey Piano trio; Thomas Adès Catch;
Christophe Bertrand Sanh; Franck Bedrossian L'usage de la parole. L'ensemble Court-circuit were founded by Philippe Hurel and Pierre Andre-Valade more than 20 years ago.
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Why? A Feast Of Music To Break Down The Barriers
When: 25 March to 1 April
Phone: 0121 331 5901
Where: Birmingham Conservatoire, Paradise Place, Birmingham B3 3HG
Cost: Concert ticket prices vary
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