Festival Fringe 2018 - Thursday 5th July



National Festival venues and various locations across Birmingham City Centre


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


Festival Fringe

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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Get involved! What's on Festival Fringe 2018 - Thursday 5th July

Workshops & Sessions


Creative music-making for everyone with Trinity College London

Fun and engaging participatory music workshops led by Trinity College London for young people who are coming to perform at the Festival, and want to give something else a go. Bring your instruments to the Festival Tent, and be ready for something completely different!

Venue:  Festival Tent, City Centre Gardens

Duration: 1 hour

Time(s): 10:45am & 2:45pm

Suggested Level/Age: Instrumentalists of any ability


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