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New Concert Hall Launches On BBC Radio With Concert Series
The very first concert broadcasts from the brand new Royal Birmingham Conservatoire Concert Hall in Birmingham are to be made by BBC Radio 3 in the New Year. The national BBC radio station has chosen the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, which is part of Birmingham City University, to record a series of four lunchtime recitals by its exceptional New Generation Artists throughout the month of January. The weekly hour-long concerts are at 1pm on successive Tuesdays in January and feature trumpeter Simon Höfele on January 9, pianist Mariam Batsashvili on January 16, bass baritone Ashley Riches on January 23, and the Quatuor Arod on January 30.

Royal Birmingham Conservatoire Concert Hall
The new Royal Birmingham Conservatoire Concert Hall

BBC Radio 3 Editor, Emma Bloxham, says: "It's a real honour for our BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artists to perform in this wonderful new space, which fittingly has the championing of young talent at its very core. I was lucky enough to visit the building last year when it was being built, and I'm delighted that I'm able to return now to see the spectacular finished result."
Professor Julian Lloyd Webber, Principal of Royal Birmingham Conservatoire says, "We're thrilled that BBC Radio 3 have chosen to present this series showcasing the astonishing talent of these brilliant young professional performers. I want to encourage the whole of Birmingham to come and hear them and, at the same time, get the chance to experience our fantastic new Concert Hall in action.

Simon Hoefele
Simon Hoefele kicks things off on January 9. Credit Sebastian Heck

The BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artists Scheme helps support talented musicians to reach the next stages of their careers and brings some of the world's most promising young talent to listeners across the UK through BBC Radio 3 broadcasts. All four artists performing at the new Concert Hall have international competition successes under their belts and are developing impressive solo careers. Simon Hofele has appeared with many prestigious orchestras including the Royal Concertgebouw. He performs three trumpet sonatas in his recital. Mariam Batsashvili is a former winner of the renowned Liszt International Piano Competition and includes three works by Liszt in her programme. Ashley Riches, who has appeared on world stages including with The Royal Opera, has devised a recital of Schubert, Dvořák and Brahms. And Quatuor Arod won the ARD International Music Competition in Munich and already have several residencies to their name. They will play Mozart and Mendelssohn quartets.

Ashley Riches
Ashley Riches performs on January 23. Credit Debbie Scanlon

The four concerts will be broadcast from January 30 to February 2 on BBC Radio 3 and will also be available for 30 days after broadcast via the Radio 3 website and the BBC iPlayer Radio app. BBC Radio 3 will then return to the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire to record the Royal Gala opening concert on Sunday 11 March 2018 performed by the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire Symphony Orchestra and conducted by the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra's (CBSO) Music Director, Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla.


Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, Concert Hall
Tuesday 9 January, 1pm
Simon Höfele (trumpet)
Magdalena Müllerperth (piano)
Theodor Holtheim Sonata for trumpet and piano
Karl Pilss Sonata for trumpet and piano
Kathrin Denner Sonare II for Solo trumpet

Mariam Batsashvili
Pianist Mariam Batsashvili

Tuesday 16th January, 1pm
Mariam Batsashvili (piano)
Bach/Busoni Chaconne in D minor BWV 1004
Liszt Hungarian Rhapsody No. 13 S. 244/13
Liszt Fantasy on themes from Mozart's 'Le nozze di Figaro' and 'Don Giovanni' S. 697
Liszt Arrangement of Schubert's 'Der Erlkönig' G minor S. 558/4

Tuesday 23rd January, 1pm
Ashley Riches (bass-baritone)
Sholto Kyntoch (piano)
Schubert Totengräbers Heimweh D842
Schubert Nachtstück D672
Schubert Seligkeit D433
Schubert Dithyrambe D801
Dvořák Oblak a mrákota jest vůkol Něho Op.99 no.1
Dvořák Skrýše má a paveza má Ty jsí Op.99 no.2
Dvořák Slyš, ó Bože, slyš modlitbu mou Op.99 no.3
Dvořák Bože! Bože! Píseň novou Op.99 no.5
Dvořák Při řekách babylonských Op.99 no.7
Dvořák Zpívejte Hospodinu píseň novou Op.99 no.10
Brahms Four Serious Songs [Vier ernste Gesänge] Op.121

Quatuor Arod
Quatuor Arod will play Mozart and Mendelssohn quartets. Credit Verena Chen

Tuesday 30th January, 1pm
Quatuor Arod
Mozart Quartet in D minor K.421
Mendelssohn Quartet No. 2 in A minor Op.13

For further information about the concerts, please visit or call 0121 331 5901.
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Why? Leading Artists Lined Up For Radio Concerts
When: 9 - 30 January 2018
Phone: 0121 331 5901
Where: Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, 200 Jennens Road, Birmingham, B4 7XR
Cost: Ticket prices vary
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