Issued: 26 January 2009
COMPOSER?S CONTRIBUTION TO MUSIC IN BIRMINGHAMMARKED
- Thomas Trotter, Organ Concert, Mon 9 February (1pm)
- Nash Ensemble, Tues 10 February (7.30pm)
- BBC 2 and BBC Radio 3 programming
The composer Felix Mendelssohn?s immense contribution to music in Birmingham is to be recognised at Town Hall in February. As part of nationwide celebrations for the 200th anniversary of the German composer?s birth, Birmingham City Organist Thomas Trotter will devote his lunchtime recital on Mon 9 February to Mendelssohn?s organ music, playing the instrument which the composer himself played. The following day (Tues 10 February), the Nash Ensemble will perform one of his finest works, the Octet, written when he was just 16, and a free pre-concert talk the same evening by Lyndon Jenkins will recall Mendelssohn?s contribution to music in Birmingham.
A great ?celebrity? of his time, Mendelssohn?s several visits to Birmingham – playing the organ and the piano, and conducting his own works at three successive Triennial Musical Festivals – secured the city?s place on the international musical map. Of the works he composed especially for Birmingham, his oratorio Elijah remains the most well-known. A popular, as well as revered, performer, on one occasion when he played the organ at the Town Hall the audience ?waved their handkerchiefs and flourished their hats?.
Meanwhile, BBC Radio 3 launches its Mendelssohn weekend on 8 May with a live broadcast of the station?s drivetime programme In Tune (5pm) from the Town Hall. Later the same evening (7pm), listeners can enjoy a performance of Elijah. In this spring, BBC Two broadcasts a four-part series The Birth of British Music, the final episode of which focuses on Mendelssohn and will in part explore his relationship with Birmingham.
Tickets for the Town Hall concerts are available from the Box Office on 0121 780 3333 or via www.thsh.co.uk.
Note to Editors
Thomas Trotter is a Town Hall Associate Artist. All concerts are at Town Hall, Birmingham
Monday 9 February, 1pm, Town Hall
Lunchtime Organ Concert – Mendelssohn 200th Anniversary Concert
Prelude & Fugue in C minor
Andante in D with Variations
Sonata No 1 in F minor
Nocturne & Scherzo from A Midsummer Night?s Dream
War March of the Priests from Athalie
Tickets: £5 adults, £4 (concessions)
Link to concert page
Tuesday 10 February, 7.30pm, Town Hall
Strauss: Sextet (Capriccio)
Mozart: Quintet in G minor, K516
6.15pm Free pre-concert talk by Lyndon Jenkins: Mendelssohn?s time in Birmingham 1837-1847
Tickets: £5-£20 (with concessions)
Link to concert page
Weblinks: For further details of BBC Radio 3?s programming around Mendelssohn?s anniversary, please go to www.bbc.co.uk/composers
Town Hall and Symphony Hall are managed together by Performances Birmingham Limited, a registered charity. Between them, the two halls present an exciting and varied programme of over 600 concerts and events a year, designed to appeal to people of all ages and backgrounds. Over 500,000 people visit Town Hall and Symphony Hall annually, and a thriving education/community department reaches a further 20,000 people of all ages.
Town Hall Birmingham re-opened in October 2007 following a £35m renovation funded by Birmingham City Council (£18.3m), Heritage Lottery Fund (£13.7m), European Regional Development Fund (£3m).