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BBC Radio 3 makes first concert broadcasts from Royal Birmingham Conservatoire



BBC Radio 3 has chosen the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, which is part of Birmingham City University, to record a series of four lunchtime recitals by its exceptional New Generation Artists. The weekly hour-long concerts are at 1pm on successive Tuesdays in January and feature trumpeter Simon Höfele (9 January), pianist Mariam Batsashvili (16 January, pictured), bass baritone Ashley Riches (23 January) and the Quatuor Arod (30 January).


The recitals will take place in the new concert hall. 



Professor Julian Lloyd Webber, Principal of Royal Birmingham Conservatoire says, ‘We’re thrilled that BBC Radio 3 have chosen to present this series showcasing the astonishing talent of these brilliant young professional performers. I want to encourage the whole of Birmingham to come and hear them and, at the same time, get the chance to experience our fantastic new Concert Hall in action.’



The BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artists Scheme helps support talented musicians to reach the next stages of their careers and brings some of the world’s most promising young talent to listeners across the UK through BBC Radio 3 broadcasts. All four artists have international competition successes under their belts and are developing impressive solo careers. Mariam Batsashvili is a former winner of the renowned Liszt International Piano Competition and includes three works by Liszt in her programme. [See full programme below.]


The four concerts will be broadcast from 30 January to 2 February on BBC Radio 3 and will also be available for thirty days after broadcast via the Radio 3 website and the BBC iPlayer Radio app.


Tuesday 16th January, 1pm

Mariam Batsashvili (piano)


Bach/Busoni     Chaconne in D minor BWV 1004

Liszt                 Hungarian Rhapsody No. 13 S. 244/13  

Liszt                 Fantasy on themes from Mozart’s ‘Le nozze di Figaro’ and ‘Don Giovanni’ S. 697

Liszt                 Arrangement of Schubert’s ‘Der Erlkönig’ G minor S. 558/4


Further information and details of how to book


Pianist featured a full-length feature on the new Royal Birmingham Conservatoire inside issue 98. The magazine is still available as a back issue

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