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Pick 'n' mix season at Birmingham Conservatoire
Royal Birmingham Conservatoire launches its autumn season with a free performance from the Multi-Story Orchestra. Taking place on September 27, the orchestra will be playing Terry Riley's In C in spaces around the Conservatoire foyer – allowing audiences to walk through the performances.
The internationally acclaimed Chineke! Chamber Ensemble also comes to Birmingham Conservatoire, performing pieces by Schubert and Coleridge-Taylor on October 8. The ensemble comprises the principal players of the Chineke! Orchestra, Europe's first majority black and minority ethnic orchestra, which was founded in 2015 by double bassist Chi-chi Nwanoku.
Chi-chi says the city is one of Chineke!'s favourites. "Birmingham was among the first places outside London to embrace what Chineke! is trying to achieve and to invite us to play in the city. With our mission of 'championing change and celebrating diversity in classical music' we feel particularly drawn to Birmingham, the population of which is on the verge of becoming majority non-white, and we are thrilled to be performing in this prestigious series of concerts at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire."
Marking the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing, Richard Tandy and Dave Scott-Morgan's 1985 symphonic concept album Earthrise will be re-interpreted in an orchestral arrangement by Conservatoire composers on November 9.
As part of Birmingham Weekender, renowned violinist Dmitry Sitkovetsky will lead the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire Strings Orchestra in a programme of romantic music by Rachmaninov, Tchaikovsky and Brahms on October 4. He also gives a lunchtime interview and masterclass on Bach's Chaconne on October 2. And Orchestra of the Swan launches it new Conservatoire season on October 9 with Tales of the City, a programme inspired by the sounds of the city composed by Rossini, Gershwin, Copland and Mozart.
For further information on all Conservatoire events and details of how to book, visit www.bcu.ac.uk/concerts or call 0121 331 5909.