Thursday 25 October sees the launch of a brand new series of free concerts in the Symphony Hall Cafe Bar. Produced in association with Birmingham Conservatoire, Beyond Classical is a monthly series, taking place at 5.30pm on a Thursday, designed to showcase young rising stars. Taking place in the relaxed atmosphere of the Symphony Hall Cafe Bar, and featuring everything from the classics to the cutting edge, these gigs encourage audiences to sit back with a drink and enjoy the music.
Taking to the floor for the first date is Paul Norman, who will be performing a variety of pieces for solo guitar with influences from Argentinian folk to Sufi melodies, alongside a recent piece by award-winning composer and Conservatoire tutor Joe Cutler.
Later on in the year, the Bantock String Quartet will be performing the ‘greatest hits’ of string quartet music, distilled in to two bite-sized sets, featuring music from Tchaikovsky, Dvorak and Borodin (22 November). And in January 2013, sopranos Sophie Pullen and Louise Martin will be performing songs from the 18th through to the 21st century in Tantrums and Tiaras (31 January 2013).
The introduction of Beyond Classical means that there are now four different series’ of free performances staged in the welcoming atmosphere of Symphony Hall’s Cafe Bar each month. Also taking place monthly on a Thursday, Folk for Free showcases some of the best contemporary folk music in the midlands, in association with Mosely Folk Festival. Mid-Day Mantra provides a chance to escape the hurly-burly of modern life with performances from some outstanding artists from the UK and the Indian subcontinent, once a month on a Saturday. And most Fridays, the ever popular Jazzlines Free Jazz Gigs are there to help you get ready for the weekend!
All performers taking part in the Beyond Classical series are past or current students of Birmingham Conservatoire. More dates and performers are due to be announced on the THSH website soon.