FREE THINKING - live on Radio 3 Sat Nov 3rd

Graham Vick joinsRadio 3's flagship music magazine programme broadcast live from the Northern Rock Foundation Hall at the Sage, Gateshead on Saturday November 3rd. Presenter and journalist, Tom Service, is joined by a distinguished panel comprising cellist Natalie Clein,

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Live Streaming of Helicopter String Quartet

On Wednesday 22nd August the famous Helicopter String Quartet will be live streamed on The Space and transmitted to LIVE SITES in Birmingham and Coventry!! If you haven't managed to get your hands on a ticket for this 'must see' event then you can still catch this iconic section LIVE on Wednesday 22nd August - streamed direct from the World Premiere at Argyle Works between 6.45pm and 7.45pm. Featuring the Elysian Quartet, the pilots of the helicopters all moderated for our live audience by DJ Nihal.

Special Film Project - Mussorgsky's Songs and Dances of Death

Get involved in our new and challenging project! We are looking for people who are interested in but not necessarily experienced in digital film. It’s an opportunity to work collaboratively on a series of short films based around Mussorgsky’s Songs and Dances of Death. Mentored by a professional team, you’ll receive training in camera-work, editing, sound and lighting. It’s a chance to learn about filmmaking – both creative and technical but we are looking for people who will want to build on the training for personal or professional development. You will need to be based in Birmingham and available daytimes as well as evenings and weekends. We’ll be selecting between 10 and 20 people to contribute to a creative brief and make a short film alongside other trainees.

This is the opening phase of a 15 month exploration of the work of Modest Mussorgsky, there will be other opportunities to sing and act for existing participants and new recruits from September, which we will announce at an Open Day on the 7th April (city centre, venue tbc).

Birmingham Opera Company performs in unusual places - former car parts factory, burnt out ice rink, abandoned bank - and audiences mingle with performers in a close-up experience. This time around we will be taking a series of pop-up performances of Mussorgsky’s Songs and Dances of Death to lots of places around Birmingham to try and reach as many people as possible. The Songs and Dances of Death are comprised of four short pieces that show different people’s reactions to death and how it can be both painful and peaceful.

Applicants need to be fully available in Birmingham for up to two weeks training from 3rd-15th March. Following the training, you’ll do up to 2-3 days per week between the 16th March-7th April. You will need to be available daytimes as well as evenings and weekends during this period.


As spaces are extremely limited we want to make sure that everyone can get the most out of this training opportunity. You will need to:

  1. Demonstrate a passion for film
  2. Be available for all of the dates specified above
  3. Have a base in the Birmingham area
  4. Be over 18

How to apply:

  1. Send us 100 words about yourself, your passion for film and how this will benefit you in the future
  2. Send us up to 3 images on the theme of DEATH
  3. Confirm your availability for the dates above, if you have limited availability during 16th March-7 April please let us know the days and/or dates you are AVAILABLE each week (e.g. Not available Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays), or state FULLY AVAILABLE.

You are invited to attend a drop-in session on Wednesday 13th February at the Birmingham and Midland Institute, Birmingham from 6.30-9.00pm. Could you please let us know by booking a free place here if you are planning on attending.

The deadline for application is Friday 15th February 2013. We will notify you if you have been successful or not by 20th February 2013. Please contact Hannah Hogben in one of the following ways:

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Post:     205 The Argent Centre, 60 Frederick Street, Birmingham. B1 3HS.

Mob:      07793 257 537

Phone:  0121 246 6634

The Russians are Coming...

We kick start a 15 month exploration of Modest Musorgsky with the song cycle, Songs and Dances of Death. This Spring we're delighted to be working with Anne-Marie Owens (mezzo soprano), Byron Jackson (baritone) and Steven Maughan (piano) to create a mutli-platform project involving live performances all over the city - in canteens, offices, shops...even people's living rooms. A big digital film project is running alongside the live performances as we explore together that final taboo - Death.

If you're not on our mailing list just sign up here for alerts as to where and when performances will be happening.

Highlights of the 2012 Festival on The Space

The film of the Helicpoter String Quartet from Mittwoch aus Licht has been voted one of the hightlights of the London 2012 Festival appearing on The Space. Thanks to the continuation of The Space project (a partnership between the BBC and Arts Council England) memories of Mittwoch are still available for people to view. As well as the Helicopter Strong Quartet you'll also be able catch the films specially made for The Space in response to Mittwoch aus Licht by participants in the project. With mentoring from professional film-makers and editors they each created their own film response to the work. There's also a series of films about the man himself drawing on footage from the BBC's own archive. And our own dedicated website, Wednesday 2012, is still live with more background, interviews, photographs and blogs. All fascinating stuff.

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