A free lunchtime concert series is being launched on Monday 8 November, giving audiences a chance to see some of Royal Birmingham Conservatoire’s (part of Birmingham City University) most exciting musicians perform in the brand new Jennifer Blackwell Performance Space at Symphony Hall, a B:Music venue. 

Newly-formed percussion trio Tresonant will give the first of the monthly concerts at 1pm on Monday 8 November, animating the space with their vision to bring contemporary percussion repertoire to wider audiences.  Then, on Monday 13 December, soprano Rose Johnson and pianist Henry Reavey perform some of the most romantic songs in the repertoire, from Puccini, Strauss and Clara Schumann, to Bernstein and Novello.

The new Music on Mondays series and associated Prize 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 and a Prizewinner selected from them.

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.”

Music on Mondays with Royal Birmingham Conservatoire starts on 8 November, 1pm, at the Jennifer Blackwell Performance Space, Symphony Hall. Tickets are free. Details from bmusic.co.uk