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Monday lunchtimes get a whole lot better during lockdown
A series of virtual concerts are taking place in Birmingham to help keep classical music lovers entertained despite the current lockdown. The concerts are being performed by leading musicians from the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire in the heart of the city. The musicians are at the very highest level of their studies and already starting out on their professional careers. Each of the hour long concerts, which began in early January, are performed for online audiences every Monday lunchtime. Tickets for the concerts are free but need to be booked in advance. A link to the concert is emailed to ticket bookers before the concert starts. A live chat allows audience members to interact during the performance. The current Monday lunchtime series continues online until February 15 and includes piano recitals of Liszt and Scriabin by Salomé Chitaia on February 1 and of Brahms and Schubert by Pan Yicheng on February 15.

Salome Chitaia, Royal Birmingham Conservatoire
Salome Chitaia performs a piano recital on February 1. Credit Conservatoire

In between, there is a concert featuring five different groups of musicians – from solo singers to viola da gamba to Royal Birmingham Conservatoire's Brass Department – performing an especially varied programme of repertoire across five centuries on February 8. All the lunchtime concerts start at 1.05pm. Tickets are free but should be booked online in advance at

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Monday 1 February, 1.05pm-2pm

Concert title:
Lunchtime Music Online: Salomé Chitaia (piano)

Scriabin Waltz Op.1
Scriabin Etude Op.8/12
Ravel Sonatine
Chopin Barcarolle
Liszt Dante Sonata

Salomé Chitaia (piano)

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Jessica Hope, Royal Birmingham Conservatoire
Soprano Jessica Hope is one of the artists performing on Feb 8. Credit Conservatoire


Monday 8 February, 1.05-2pm

Concert title:
Lunchtime Music Online: Brass, Viola da Gamba, Voices and Percussion

Programme & performers:
Royal Birmingham Conservatoire Brass Department
Tippett Steal Away from Child of Our Time (arr. Thomas Pilsbury)

En-Ming Lin viola da gamba
Sainte-Colombe le Fils Suitte in F duru[m] for solo Viola da Gamba

Helen Vincent soprano, Yu-Sen Chu alto, Timothy Burton tenor, Wan-Tat Cheah bass
Josquin des Prez Qui Habitat in Adjutorio Altissimi (Canonic Motet in twenty-four parts in four choirs of six voice)

Jessica Hope soprano
Jonathan French piano
Britten Let the florid music praise
Mozart Oiseaux si tous les ans, Dans un bois solitaire, Auch kleine dinge
Wolf Das Verlassene Mägdlein
Poulenc Les Chemins de l'amour

Tresonant Percussion Trio
Rüdiger Pawasser Sculpture 3
Guo Wenjing Drama Mvt 2
Robert Honstein Patter

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Pan Yicheng, Royal Birmingham Conservatoire
Pianist Pan Yicheng closes the current series of concerts. Credit Conservatoire


Monday 15 February, 1.05-2pm

Concert title:
Lunchtime Music Online: Pan Yicheng (piano)

Brahms: Six Pieces for Piano, Op 118
Schubert Four Impromptus, Op 90

Pan Yicheng (piano)

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Why? Enjoy a series of free online lunchtime concerts
When: 1 - 15 February
Phone: 0121 331 5000
Where: Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, Birmingham City University, 200 Jennens Road, Birmingham B4 7XR
Cost: Free
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