Tick off a Brum Bucket List Venue
At the Birmingham International Piano Festival
Birmingham International Piano Festival returns following a two-year break and it'll take place in the gorgey surrounds of the University of Brum's Elgar Hall, in the Bramall Building. The Bramall sits near the foot of the 'Old Joe' tower with the 450-seat auditorium, named after the uni's first Peyton Professor of Music (Edward Elgar), considered the most flexible performance space at a UK university. Suitable for performances from solo voice, early music, to a full symphony orchestra, when not used for music, it is a high profile location for drama, dance and dead fancy lectures. It's well worth seeing. At the festival, Alexandra Dariescu stands out as an original voice championing diversity, and her performance on 10 November highlights music from French female composers. Children aged 3 to 7 (and their grown ups, presumably) are invited to Groove Into the Woods in a special jazz- and funk-fuelled family adventure that lands during half term. Birmingham favourite Di Xiao performs music inspired by spring, hope and rebirth on 5 November, and popular pianist Kenneth Hamilton returns for a lecture-recital with works by Liszt and Chopin. The festival runs October 26 to November 12. Prices vary. More
'I Choose Birmingham' is a free weekly email about the best things to do in Brum. Subscribe below.