Facing the Music

20th-Century Portraits of British Composers at the Barber Institute of Fine Arts. Loans from the National Portrait Gallery, opening May 25th 2012. Co-Curated by University of Birmingham post-graduate students: Emily Cotterill, Qian Gao, Oliver McCall, Imogen Wiltshire and Sophie Rycroft. Many more works will be included in the actual exhibition. Follow @Composers_Exhib for up to date info on the exhibition. Blog: http://thoughtjar-sophierycroft.blogspot.co.uk/
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Dame Ethel Mary Smyth (1858 - 1944)    John Singer Sargent (1856 - 1925)    Chalk on paper, 1901   © National Portrait Gallery, London

Dame Ethel Mary Smyth, 1901 by John Singer Sargent (American

Ralph Vaughan Williams  by Sir Gerald Kelly  oil on canvas, 1958-1961  42 in. x 35 in. (1067 mm x 889 mm)  Given by the sitter's widow, (Joan) Ursula Penton Wood Vaughan Williams (née Lock), 1970    © National Portrait Gallery, London

Ralph Vaughan Williams by Sir Gerald Kelly oil on canvas, 42 in. x 35 in. mm x 889 mm) Given by the sitter's widow, (Joan) Ursula Penton Wood Vaughan Williams (née Lock), 1970 © National Portrait Gallery, London

Sir Edward Elgar, Bt  by Edgar Thomas Holding  platinum print, circa 1905  7 5/8 in. x 4 1/4 in. (193 mm x 109 mm)  Given by Edgar Thomas Holding, 1934    © National Portrait Gallery, London

Sir Edward Elgar, Bt by Edgar Thomas Holding platinum print, circa 1905 7 in. mm x 109 mm) Given by Edgar Thomas Holding, 1934 © National Portrait Gallery, London

Alan Rawsthorne  by Isabel Rawsthorne (née Nicholas)  oil on canvas, 1966  26 in. x 32 in. (658 mm x 813 mm)  Purchased, 1992  © National Portrait Gallery, London

Alan Rawsthorne by Isabel Rawsthorne (née Nicholas) oil on canvas, 1966 26 in. x 32 in. mm x 813 mm) Purchased, 1992 © National Portrait Gallery, London

Sir William Turner Walton  by Michael Ayrton  oil on canvas, 1948  24 1/8 in. x 36 in. (613 mm x 915 mm)  Purchased, 1977  © estate of Michael Ayrton / National Portrait Gallery, London

Sir William Turner Walton by Michael Ayrton oil on canvas, 1948 24 in. mm x 915 mm) Purchased, 1977 © estate of Michael Ayrton / National Portrait Gallery, London

Sir Michael Kemp Tippett  by Martin Rose  acrylic on canvas, 1989  42 1/8 in. x 30 1/8 in. (1070 mm x 765 mm)  Commissioned, 1989  © National Portrait Gallery, London

Sir Michael Kemp Tippett by Martin Rose acrylic on canvas, 1989 42 in. mm x 765 mm) Commissioned, 1989 © National Portrait Gallery, London

Exhibition being installed!

Exhibition being installed!

You can find out more information in the Barber What's On brochure, April-September edition out now. (you can also view online as a pdf from the Barber Institute Website)

You can find out more information in the Barber What's On brochure, April-September edition out now. (you can also view online as a pdf from the Barber Institute Website)

Bantock, University of Birmingham Research and Cultural Collections

Bantock, University of Birmingham Research and Cultural Collections

Forthcoming Exhibitions: Facing the Music. Barber Institute's 'What's On' Brochure.

Forthcoming Exhibitions: Facing the Music. Barber Institute's 'What's On' Brochure.


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Gustav Theodore Holst (born Gustavus Theodore von Holst, 21 September 1874 – 25 May 1934) was an English composer.  He is most famous for his orchestral suite 'The Planets'.

Gustav Theodore Holst (born Gustavus Theodore von Holst, 21 September 1874 – 25 May was an English composer. He is most famous for his orchestral suite 'The Planets'.

North Cotswolds Gallery, Gustav Holst statue, Cheltenham

Gustav Holst in Cheltenham

English composer Gustave Holst

English composer Gustav Holst is best known for "The Planets," although he composed many other works in many genres.

ralph Vaughan Williams & Gustav Holst

ralph Vaughan Williams & Gustav Holst

Silence in heaven, Silence on earth, Silence within.-Gustav Holst.

The Heart Worships - Hayley Westenra (Songs of Praise)

Gustav Holst - Marching Song conducted by the composer

Gustav Holst - "Never compose anything unless the not composing of it becomes a positive nuisance to you.

Composer Ralph Vaughan Williams and the Mayor of Cheltenham, unveiling a plaque at the house where Gustav Holst lived, as part of the Cheltenham Music Festival, July 4th 1949.

Composer Ralph Vaughan Williams and the Mayor of Cheltenham, unveiling a plaque at the house where Gustav Holst lived, as part of the Cheltenham Music Festival, July

Gustav Holst: June 2012 | Classical-Music.com

Gustav Holst: June 2012 | Classical-Music.com

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