The Festival

The Summer Festival of Music has been running at the University of Birmingham for over twenty years. The project is a week-long event organised by students to create music-making opportunities for performers from across the university community. Each year the festival welcomes new participants to a variety of roles - from conductors and composers to the many students who make up the ensembles and the organising committee, there is something for everyone.

This year's Festival will take place from the 7 to the 19 June, and following a series of concerts from our various ensembles will culminate with a production of Britten's Albert Herring by the Summer Festival Opera - see our events diary for more information.

In addition to these, we will be hosting a variety of fundraising events in the run-up to the Festival, with more details to be announced soon.

If you are a composer, consider entering our composition competition, and have your piece performed at the chamber ensembles concert. For more information about rehearsals, visit the participants' page.

This year we are proud to be sponsoring local charity Music Therapy Works; look out for collection buckets at our concerts. Music Therapy Works is a West Midlands registered charity driven by its core vision of delivering a comprehensive and cohesive music therapy service of excellence across the region. Established in 2000 as a branch of the MusicSpace Trust, Music Therapy Works became an independent charity and limited company in 2008.  Birmingham and Worcester authorities transferred all responsibility for music therapy to the charity in 2000 and a thriving working partnership has been maintained and developed since. In order to offer support to people of all ages and circumstances, Music Therapy Works has built on this success to forge relationships with a variety of providers including social services, children’s services, private and NHS healthcare provisions and systems supporting emerging communities and young offenders. In this way 1000s of young people and increasing numbers of adults have benefited from the service over the last 14 years.

Music Therapy Works receives no statutory funding and relies on donations to help sustain and maintain a service which impacts on the lives of youngsters and adults throughout Birmingham and the West Midlands every year.  Your donations will enable Music Therapy Works to source new equipment and instruments, provide training and supervision for music therapists, and most importantly to continue to meet the increasing demand for its service to young people across the Midlands area.