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Music Nation comes to West Midlands as part of 2012 celebrations

  • Date: 31 January 2012
  • Area: Midlands
Man conducting orchestra

Andris Nelsons Music Director . Credit: Marco Borggreve

Music Nation comes to West Midlands as part of 2012 celebrations

As part of the Cultural Olympiad the West Midlands is playing a major role in Music Nation - presented by the BBC and the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

On 2, 3 and 4 March there will be a spectacular weekend of concerts celebrating the best of the UK's live orchestral music.

Music Nation also marks the beginning of an unprecedented programme of events, performance, participation and possibility that make up this year's Cultural Olympiad programme in the region.

The West Midlands Music Nation line-up includes:

2 March, 8pm at Victoria Hall in Stoke-on-Trent. In association with the BBC Philharmonic, Japanese pianist Nobuyuki Tsujii returns to Hanley to perform Chopin's Piano Concert No.1, in a programme of American-influenced music.

2 March, 7.30pm Birmingham Contemporary Music Group (BCMG) presents a programme performed by a quintet of BCMG soloists at the CBSO Centre in Birmingham.

3 March, 4pm, Wagner's Tristan and Isolde. After rave reviews for his accounts of Lohengrin in Birmingham and Bayreuth, Andris Nelsons will conduct a hand-picked cast at Symphony Hall, Birmingham.

3 March, 7.30pm. Choir with No Name (a choir for people who have experienced homelessness) brings two choirs together from London and Birmingham for a joyfull Olympic-themed concert, One Nation Under a Groove, performed at Carrs Lane Church in Birmingham.

4 March, 3pm: The Northern Chamber Orchestra and Raphael Wallfisch will perform the world premiere of a new cello concerto by John Joubert in St Mary's Church, Shrewsbury, alongside a programme of work by Sibelius, Delius and Mozart.

Information is on the BBC 3 website.

Full details of the West Midlands Cultural Olympiad programme will be announced in March. Visit for updates.