Rhinegold Photo credit: Royal Birmingham Conservatoire

Melissa Bradshaw

100 performers collaborate in major survey of Boccherini chamber music

5:13, 5th February 2019

Birmingham City University’s Royal Birmingham Conservatoire have put together a three-day event (11-13 February) exploring the breadth of Italian composer and cellist Luigi Boccherini’s chamber works, with a particular focus on his string and guitar quintets.

Viva Boccherini! culminates in an orchestral concert featuring the celebrated cellist Jian Wang (pictured) as soloist, and over 100 performers – students, staff and visiting artists – will be involved in the event which represents a unique chance to hear many of Boccherini’s rarely-performed works.

Festival organiser and cellist Peggy Nolan is leading the charge: ‘Opportunities to hear Boccherini’s music live are very rare, and although some of his works, such as his celebrated minuet, are well known to audiences today, huge quantities of his music are all but lost to time, only recently enjoying a revival.’

Highlights include:

  • Aria accademica with obbligato cello and solo soprano
  • Musica notturno
  • The Stabat Mater in its original version
  • Sonata in A for cello and basso, performed by two of the Conservatoire’s esteemed double bass faculty members

For further information: www.bcu.ac.uk/concerts

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