Festival Fringe 2018 - Thursday 5th July



National Festival venues and various locations across Birmingham City Centre


Various Sessions between 9:30am and 7:30pm


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Festival Fringe 2018 - Thursday 5th July

Everyone's invited to National Festival 2018!

As well as the main stages of our National Festival, taking place at Symphony Hall, Town Hall, and the CBSO Centre, there's SO MUCH to see and do, so make the most of your session, day, or week by getting involved with our Festival Fringe!

Right across the National Festival week, all performers can get involved with pop-up performances on stages across the City Centre, and loads of different workshops and hands-on sessions for all abilities, led by professional musicians and leading arts organisations. 

Highlights this year include Wednesday 4th July which will be a Festival Fringe takeover day at Town Hall Birmingham, with large-scale performances and lots of stuff to get involved with.

There really is something for everyone! 

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Workshops & Sessions

Infinity LIVE! with the National Education Union

Led by a specialist workshop leader and educator, Infinity LIVE is an engaging hands-on music workshop for both specialist music educators and non-specialist teachers, and their primary-aged students.

Those who take part can then take advantage of FREE tickets to the National Festival by spending unlimited time enjoying the live music performed by some of the UK’s best young musicians on any of the National Festival stages. Places are limited.

Venue:  Royal Birmingham Conservatoire

Duration: 2 hours (including 30 mins registration time)

Time(s): 10:00am & 12:30pm

Suggested Level/Age: Teachers of Primary ages and their classes, with or without a music specialism

To book a place for you and your class, email jess@mfy.org.uk with the subject line Infinity LIVE Workshop


Get Professional with the Band of Her Majesty's Royal Marines Collingwood

Get a feel for what it’s really like to work in a professional band

Musicians from the Band of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines Collingwood lead a typical Marine’s rehearsal. Participating musicians will meet the pros, and play side by side for a joint rehearsal of light repertoire, providing a high quality musical experience and a shared sense of achievement.

The Royal Marines Band Service is one of the finest military music organisations in the world, offering training to the highest standards including a fully funded BMus degree programme. Royal Marines Musicians travel the globe playing on some of the world’s biggest stages.

Venue:  Symphony Hall Foyer

Duration: 1 hour

Time(s): 11:00am & 2:30pm

Suggested Level/Age: Wind & Brass players aged 11+


Performance Workshops with a Difference with Joe Broughton

Renowned composer, multi-instrumentalist, teacher and performer, Joe Broughton will work with instrumental groups on your performance, the importance of how to carry yourself, getting your heads out of the music, demonstrating the difference in the sound when you feel different, how far to go in acting the music etc. Each group will be allocated a 45 minute slot, and will be working with their own repertoire.

Venue:  Royal Birmingham Conservatoire

Duration: Bookable 45 min slots

Time(s): Throughout the day

Suggested Level/Age: Established performing groups




Performance Stages

Brindleyplace Bandstand,

Caffe Nero Brindleyplace,

Central Square,

National Festival Tent, City Centre Gardens

Ozzells Square,

Symphony Hall Level 3 Foyer