Digital City Culture Day

Graham Vick and Richard Willacy will be giving the Keynote Address to the Digital City Culture Day hosted by BBC Birmingham, BBC Academy and Arts Council England. This is a high level gathering of the best of cultural and digital practitioners in the region.

We're delighted that Graham and Richard have been invited to share their experience of creating and developing cultural content ranging from world-wide streaming of Mittwoch aus Licht to documenting performances and work at grass roots in Birmingham with users SIFA Fireside and residents at Kerria Court.

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Call For Chorus Mentors

We're recruiting for Chorus Mentors for our new production of The Khovansky Files: A National Enquiry by Musorgsky. The call is for professional singers interested in extending their skills into participation practice as well as performing.

Rehearsals begin in January 2014 and the performances are in late April/early May. You will be working with Chorus Master, Jonathan Laird

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4 Squares Weekender

A bumper weekend of thrills, performances and encounters - all FREE! To mark the opening of the Library of Birmingham the City's  arts organisations are joining forces to celebrate with a weekend of outdoor arts. Friday 6 to Sun 8 September.

Featuring artists from across the UK as well as the best of home grown - including Birmingham Opera Company - there's plenty for everybody in the city's central squares. Oozells, Centenary, Chamberlain and Victoria. They'll all be transformed with live music, dance, art, film, circus, theatre...and a dose of the unexpected. And it's all FREE.

Birmingham Opera Company will be at the heart of it all in the form of singer Byron Jackson with Sergey Rybin at the piano giving us a flavour of what to expect from The Russians are coming... It's a big year coming up for us exploring the work of Modest Musorgsky culminating in performances of The Khovansky Files: A National Enquiry with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra in April 2014.

We'll be performing in the Amphitheatre of the Library of Birmingham in Centenary Square on Saturday 7th at 1.30pm and 3.30pm and on Sunday 8th at 1pm and 3pm. PLEASE NOTE THE TIME CHANGE

We'll post more information here but you can catch up with all the news atwww.4squaresweekender.com

Midlands Lifetime Achievement Award

By popular vote Graham Vick has been awarded the Midlands Lifetime Achievement Award at the Birmingham Made Me Design Expo 2013 held at Millennium Point. The celebration of the best of Midlands design and creativity saw a shortlist including Paul Smith, Stella McCartney and Lord Jones of Birmingham. Here's a film celebrating the award with Graham filmed by Sam Lewis of Ember Television.

 

Mittwoch Wins Top Award

Birmingham Opera Company's production of Mittwoch aus Licht / Wednesday from Light won the Royal Philharmonic Society Award for Opera and Music Theatre in last night's ceremony. Graham Vick's production was described by the judges as "bold in imagination and brilliant in accomplishment, both hallmarks of this company's approach to reinventing opera for today". Speaking on film (Graham's currently working in Tokyo), he talks of smiling when thinking of last summer - the summer of Mittwoch and the 2012 Festival. There were many challenges  - 4 helicopters and camels amongst them - but Stockhausen's genius brought it all together in a spirit of collaboration - the very theme of Mittwoch aus Licht.

Here's some quick highlights from the opera and Graham Vick's acceptance speech:


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