Festival Fringe

3rd - 7th

July

National Festival venues and various locations across Birmingham City Centre

Free

Between 10am and 6pm daily

Please Note:

There is a separate sign-up form for each day of the Fringe, so please ensure you are filling in the correct one before you press submit

Festival Fringe

Everyone's invited to National Festival 2018!

As well as National Festival stages at Symphony Hall, Town Hall, Royal Conservatoire Birmingham, and the CBSO Centre, there is SO MUCH to see and do during National Festival week, including Fringe stages, workshops and interactive sessions, 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 included our first ever 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! 

How can I get involved?

All those who perform as part of our Regional Festival Series, and through our Local Events Network are invited to take part in Festival Fringe activity! Registrations for Regional Festivals will open in October, so sign up to be notified.

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Festival Fringe, Tuesday 3rd - Saturday 7th July 2018

Sign-up for performance slots, workshops and sessions!

With lots of different things to get involved with across all the different days, take a look at what's on offer below and sign up to secure your place(s)!

Tuesday 3rd July

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

Improve vocal technique, musicianship and ensemble skills

Come and join choral specialist Helen Smee and singers from the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain (NYCGB) in a 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

 

 

Sign up for Tuesday

Wednesday 4th July

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

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 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 Music Hub,: 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 each one 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 come 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!

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

 

 

Sign up for Wednesday

Thursday 5th July

 

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+

 

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): 2:45pm

Suggested Level/Age: Instrumentalists of any ability

 

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

 

 

Sign up for Thursday

Friday 6th July

Waiting List Only - Breaking Down Improv with the National Youth Jazz Orchestra

Gain practical, guided experience on improvisation

Come and join the members of the National Youth Jazz Orchestra (NYJO) led by NYJO's Artistic Director, and trumpeter, Mark Armstrong, for a practical session, lifting the lid on improvisation. 

Play alongside some the UK’s most talented jazz musicians who will help you to learn a new piece from scratch, and explore its harmonic possibilities – using just your ears!

Venue:  Symphony Hall Foyer

Duration: 1 hour

Time(s): 11am & 3pm

Suggested Level/Age: Mixed instrumental musicians of any age or ability

  

Spaces left in 10:30am session -  Folk from Scratch!

Be part of an instant folk band with National Youth Folk Ensemble leaders and inspirational folk performers Sam Sweeney and Rob Harbron!

Flex different musical muscles and join an instant folk band as you learn a folk tune by ear and get everyone in the Festival Tent playing together. The English Folk Dance and Song Society lead this practical workshop designed to develop listening and ensemble skills, and give performers a taster of playing with other musicians in a fun folk ensemble. All instruments welcome

The National Youth Folk Ensemble is an English Folk Dance and Song Society programme funded by Arts Council England. www.efdss.org/youthfolk  

Venue:  Festival Tent, City Centre Gardens

Duration: 1.5 hours

Time(s): 10:30am & 2.45pm

Suggested Level/Age: Mixed instrumental musicians of any age or ability

Sign up for Friday

Saturday 7th July

Be in the Band!

Collaborative and high energy, this workshop improves performance skills by playing current pop hits!

Work on ensemble performance skills while playing and/or singing well-known current pop hits in this open, collaborative and high energy workshop rehearsal led by Andy Stott and the Royal Northern College of Music Session Orchestra at the Town Hall.

The Royal Northern College of Music Session Orchestra is the first ensemble of its kind in a major UK conservatoire. The 40-piece orchestra (rhythm section, strings, brass, percussion and vocalists) performs popular music repertoire conceived for the larger symphonic palette. It brings together musicians from both the classical and popular degree programmes, providing them with industry standard training and professional performance opportunities.

Venue: Town Hall

Duration: 2 hours

Time(s): 1pm

Suggested Level/Age: Vocalists & instrumentalists aged 11+

Sign up for Saturday

Fringe Stages

Get out and about at one of our different venues and pop-up stages across the City Centre on each of the festival days, including Colmore Food Festival in Victoria Square, and Town Hall as part of the Fringe Takeover day!

Catch brilliant groups of all different kinds at all these times:

 

Tuesday 3rd July

Brindleyplace Bandstand - 13:00-14:00 & 17:30-18:30

Caffe Nero Brindleyplace, 12:00-13:00

National Festival Tent, City Centre Gardens, 12:15-14:30

Symphony Hall Level 3 Foyer, 12:00-13:00

Sign up for Tuesday

Wednesday 4th July

Brindleyplace Bandstand, 13:00-14:00 & 17:30-18:30

Caffe Nero Brindleyplace, 12:00-13:00

National Festival Tent, City Centre Gardens, 12:15-14:30

Symphony Hall Level 3 Foyer, 13:30-14:30

Town Hall as part of the Fringe Takeover Day - 12:15-13:30 & 16:30-18:00

Sign up for Wednesday

Thursday 5th July

Brindleyplace Bandstand, 13:00-14:00 & 17:30-18:30

Caffe Nero Brindleyplace, 12:00-13:00

National Festival Tent, City Centre Gardens, 12:00-14:30

Symphony Hall Level 3 Foyer, 13:45-14:30

Sign up for Thursday

Friday 6th July

Brindleyplace Bandstand, 13:00-14:00 & 16:00-17:00

Caffe Nero Brindleyplace, 12:00-13:00

Colmore Food Festival, Victoria Square, 11:00-12:00

National Festival Tent, City Centre Gardens, 12:00-14:30

Symphony Hall Level 3 Foyer, 13:30-14:30

Sign up for Friday

Saturday 7th July

Brindleyplace Bandstand, 13:00-14:00 & 16:00-17:00

Caffe Nero Brindleyplace, 12:00-13:00

Colmore Food Festival, Victoria Square, 11:00-12:00

National Festival Tent, City Centre Gardens, 12:00-14:30

Symphony Hall Level 3 Foyer, 13:30-14:30

Sign up for Saturday

Been there, done that. Got the t-shirt!

Official Merchandise - National Festival & Festival Fringe 2018

T-Shirts, Photographs and Festival Guides are available to purchase at all National Festival venues

Festival Guide: £3.50

T-shirt: £8

National Festival Bundle - Festival Guide & T-shirt: £10