Festival Fringe 2018 - Wednesday 4th July



National Festival venues and various locations across Birmingham City Centre


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


Festival Fringe

Festival Fringe 2018 - Wednesday 4th 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 - Wednesday 4th July

Workshops & Sessions


Fringe Takeover Day! Living with Folk

Renowned composer, multi-instrumentalist, teacher and performer of great energy, Joe Broughton and percussionist Tom Chapman will be joined by students from the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire Folk Ensemble to lead massed music making as part of Music for Youth’s first ever ‘Fringe Takeover’ in the Town Hall. They will lead young musicians and audience alike in fun music making, forming a massive impromptu band, and exploring the heart of the folk tradition – music’s ability to bring people together.

Venue: Town Hall

Duration: 1 hour (after each Massed Ensemble performance)

Time(s): 11:15am & 3:30pm

Suggested Level/Age: Open


Fringe Takeover Day! Massed Ensemble Performances

This year Music for Youth are really excited to welcome two Massed Ensembles of over 200 children and young people from Milton Keynes, and the Love Music Trust. to the National Festival, performing original works at Town Hall as part of our first ever Fringe Takeover Day. 

Venue: Town Hall

Duration: 1 hour each

Time(s): Milton Keynes,: 10:45am & Love Music Trust: 3pm

Suggested Level/Age: Suitable for all, audience spaces are free and open, just turn up! (And stick around after for a fun, mass-participation 'Living with Folk' workshop in the same space!


Fringe Takeover Day! Fringe Performances

For the first time ever we are opening the doors of Town Hall for a Fringe Takeover, so come on in and join us! Either sign up to perform, or come and be in the audience for a fantastic day of music-making and Fringe sessions and workshops!

Venue: Town Hall

Time(s): 12:15am - 1:30pm & 4:30pm - 6pm

Suggested Level/Age: Suitable for all, audience spaces are free and open, just turn up! Sign up to perform using the link below


Ready, Steady, Sing! with National Youth Choirs of Great Britain

Improve your vocal technique, musicianship and ensemble skills

Come and join choral specialist Lucy Joy Morris and singers from the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain (NYCGB) in high-energy workshop packed with games, activities and NYCGB’s signature vocal mash-ups designed to develop vocal technique, musicianship and ensemble skills.

The National Youth Choirs of Great Britain exist to discover and foster exceptional musical talent, to provide inspirational teaching and guidance, and to thrill audiences with passionate and innovative music-making.

Venue: Festival Tent, City Centre Gardens

Duration: 1 hour

Time(s): 11am & 2:45pm

Suggested Level/Age: Singers of any age


Performance Stages

Brindleyplace Bandstand,

Caffe Nero Brindleyplace,

Central Square,

National Festival Tent, City Centre Gardens, 

Ozzells Square

Symphony Hall Level 3 Foyer

Town Hall as part of the Fringe Takeover Day