Birmingham International Piano Chamber Music Festival

Birmingham International Piano Chamber Music meets Royal Birmingham Conservatoire in an inspiring 3-day celebration of chamber music.

Chamber music was one of three general classifications of music at the beginning of the 17th century—the others being church music and theatre music. In its original sense Chamber music referred to music composed for the ‘home’ and formed of a small ensemble of instrumentalists. The ‘home’ relates to rooms of limited size such as drawing room, reception hall, or palace chamber as opposed to that written for the theatre or church. Many of these musicians were at amateur status as they would use whatever instruments that became available at the time. Much of what we know of folk music had originated this way.

An essential characteristic of chamber music results from the limited size of the performing group employed: it is intimate music, suited to the expression of subtle and refined musical ideas. The chamber music literature attracted performers, composers and audiences who understood and participated in the conventions of the style.

It was not until three hundred years later that Joseph Haydn entered the room and began to change the entire chamber music scene. Haydn is largely credited with establishing the chamber music tradition as we recognise it today – particularly with the string quartet, for which he wrote an astonishing eighty-three works.

In this year’s Birmingham International Piano Chamber Music Festival, eight young ensembles have been selected to take part in the programme, each set to perform public recitals and take part in masterclasses with leading artists during the course of the festival. Three of these eight ensembles will be selected to progress to the concluding concert in what promises to be an exciting grand finish to the festival on Friday 23rd November.

Who to expect?

The Birmingham International Piano Chamber Music Festival will be celebrated over 3 days with a masterful line up of composers, pianists, violists, cellists and recitals, featuring:

  • London Bridge Trio: David Adams (violin), Kate Gould (cello), Daniel Tong (piano)
  • Lucy Gould (violin), Robin Ireland (viola), John Thwaites (piano)
  • Fanny Mendelssohn Piano Trio in D minor, Op.11
  • Colin Matthews Hidden Agenda for piano trio
  • Brahms Piano Quartet in A, Op.26

Event Details

Venue: The Bradshaw Hall, Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, 200 Jennens Road, B4 7XR

Dates: Birmingham Piano Chamber Music Festival takes the stage on its opening night on the 20 November 2019 at 7.30pm and presents its Grand Finale on 23 November 2019 at 7:00pm

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