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City shoppers and workers to enjoy free lunchtime concerts
Visitors to Birmingham city centre have an extra treat in store over the coming months with the launch of a series of free lunchtime concerts. Audiences will have the chance to see some of Royal Birmingham Conservatoire's most exciting musicians perform in Symphony Hall's brand new Jennifer Blackwell Performance Space. The series of monthly concerts will commence on November 8 at 1pm with a performance by the newly-formed percussion trio Tresonant will give the first of the monthly concerts at 1pm on Monday 8 November. Then, on December 13, it will be the turn of soprano Rose Johnson and pianist Henry Reavey to perform some of the most romantic songs ever, from Puccini and Strauss to Bernstein and Novello. The new series of free lunchtime concerts is the result of a partnership between Royal Birmingham Conservatoire (RBC), part of Birmingham City University, and B:Music, the charity which looks after Symphony Hall and Town Hall. Further concerts will follow in the New Year.
Tresonant will perform the first lunchtime concert
Chris Marshall, Head of Professional Development at Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, said: "The relationship that RBC has enjoyed with Town Hall and Symphony Hall is one that is highly valued, and the opportunity to refresh that relationship with B:Music is very exciting. We have together come up with a revamped version of the long-running Prize awarded to an RBC student, focused on the expectations of a 21st century promoter. This year it's based around the theme 'Together', and the Prize is a paid performance opportunity in the Jennifer Blackwell performance space on 14 June 2022." Chris Proctor, Head of Programme, B:Music, said: "We're delighted to be building on the longstanding relationship between the two organisations over the years. The new performance spaces at Symphony Hall allow us to democratise the venue back to the communities in the city, to come and own them on their own terms, and enable us to support the next generation of musical talent from Birmingham, West Midlands and the wider regions too. These free lunchtime performances will be a chance to hear musical talent from across the whole musical spectrum of the Conservatoire in a relaxed and welcoming environment."
Soprano Rose Johnson will be at Symphony Hall in December