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This week I was lucky enough to see Julian Bliss Septet: The Genius of Gershwin, held under the banner of B:Classical 2022/23 part of the classical season, it was actually a multi genre-spanning gig which made me question what classical music means in 2023.
From the drums, trumpet, piano and bass, to the clarinet, guitar and something called vibes! Before you read about the Spring 2023 Season have a listen to Julian Bliss Septet yourself below:
Spring 2023 with B:Music at Birmingham Town Hall and Symphony Hall
Via Claire for B:Music
January 2022: B:Music, the Birmingham music charity responsible for Symphony Hall and Town Hall, has launched its new Spring 2023 programme includes comedy, live music, dance and spoken word on its two world-famous stages.
The new season showcases an array of performances at Birmingham’ Town Hall and Symphony Hall. From KT Tunstall’s soulful vocals to Lloyd Griffith’s distinct humour, February sees a varied and exciting programme. The Birmingham Classical Season is in full swing with Paul Lewis gracing Town Hall‘s stage in March, then April sees the return of Giovanni Pernice and Billy Ocean.
Birmingham Royal Ballet will delight audiences young and old with a welcome return to Symphony Hall of their much-loved smash hit An Evening of Music and Dance (11th February). Alongside the Royal Ballet Sinfonia conducted by Paul Murphy, Birmingham Royal Ballet’s dancers will perform a glorious gala selection of works hand-picked especially by Director, Carlos Acosta. The compère for the evening will be Marverine Cole.
For Strictly Come Dancing fans there are three pairs of celebrated Strictly stars bringing their shows to Symphony Hall. Featuring fresh flavours and super-charged choreography, Gorka Marquez and Karen Hauer return with Firedance (31st March)
Once Upon a Time (4th April) is the brand new dance show starring Nadiya and Kai, for the first time on stage together,
And Strictly Come Dancing 2021 champion and dance heart-throb Giovanni Pernice will take Birmingham audiences on a journey to his homeland with his brand new 2023 production of Made in Italy (8th April).
B:Music is providing the laughs this Spring with a plethora of comedy A-listers to choose from. Stand-up stars including David O’Doherty: Woah is Me (4th February), Daniel Sloss (17 February).
Lloyd Griffith: One Tonne of Fun (25th February), Urzila Carlson: It’s Personal (5 March) and Josh Pugh (17 March) will be taking to the Symphony Hall and Town Hall stages for the ultimate feelgood night out.
Relive the glorious age of Brit Pop with Suede (21st March); experience all the unforgettable hits from Bros and a personal tribute to Cole Porter with The Matt Goss Experience with MG Big Band and the Royal Philharmonic (5th April).
Revel in the rare talent, soulfulness and engaging songwriting of Dexy’s Midnight Runners founding member Pete Williams and his band plus special guests (16th February).
And celebrate the welcome return of one of Celtic Connections’ most enduring and beloved institutions Transatlantic Sessions, featuring Martha Wainwright with her unmistakably rich vocals (9th February).
Bring the whole family for a grand day out to Town Hall in March for Wallace and Gromit: The Wrong Trousers – with Live Brass Band (25th March), in celebration of the 30th anniversary of the Academy Award Winning short film.
Join Duggee, Betty, Happy and all your other favourite characters in the all-singing, all-dancing Hey Duggee Live! (10th to 12th April).
B:Music is bringing some world-class speakers with plenty of stories to tell to its stages. Expect a bold and imaginative talk from Gordon Buchanan, one of the most prominent wildlife presenters and filmmakers working today (28th March).
Priscilla Presley is due to be in intimate conversation with radio and TV presenter Edith Bowman (5th April). Also; social commentator Fran Lebowitz takes to the Symphony Hall stage on 20th April.
And there is the welcome return of Test Match Special Live: The Ashes with Jonathan Agnew and Glenn McGrath (18th April).
For the more adventurous, there’s even the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour 2023 which returns for two shows on 18th March, showcasing the best inspirational adventures on screen.
Other highlights of the Spring 2023 season include a performance by the American singer-songwriter Lissie (20 February), the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra playing Richard Strauss’ monumental Alpine Symphony (6 February).
And a performance for the brilliant BBC Jazz Award-winning saxophonist Julian Siegal who brings the Julian Siegal Jazz Orchestra to Symphony Hall in a rare opportunity to see this handpicked, stellar line-up perform together (7 February).
To see the full programme and to book tickets, visit: bmusic.co.uk/whats-on.