Thursday, 16 June 2011

Cultural Olympiad in the West Midlands

The BBC today (16th June 2011) announced Music Nation, a weekend of live music events taking place across the UK on 3 & 4 March 2012, with related performances and community activities in the week leading up to it. Birmingham will host events at Symphony Hall from the CBSO and BBC Big Band.

The weekend is one of a select group of `countdown’ events for the London 2012 Festival, the finale of the Cultural Olympiad, and is a key part of the BBC’s Cultural Olympiad programming.

Built primarily around classical music, but taking in jazz, folk and world music, Music Nation aims to engage as many people as possible; whether it be attending world-class performances or taking part in community projects and workshops in venues and public places up and down the country.


Saturday 3 March, Symphony Hall

The City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra conducted by Andris Nelsons perform Wagner’s Tristan and Isolde.

Sunday 4 March, Symphony Hall

The BBC Big Band in partnership with Black Voices, the Birmingham Town Hall Gospel Choir and hundreds of local singers perform Messiah – A Soulful Celebration, legendary US composer and producer Quincy Jones’ modern reimagining of Handel’s classic choral masterpiece.

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