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Birmingham School of Acting merges with Birmingham Conservatoire

Birmingham School of Acting will join forces with Birmingham Conservatoire

The drama and music arms of Birmingham City University are to come together in a merger that will see them become Birmingham Conservatoire.

Currently known as Birmingham School of Acting, the university’s drama courses will be brought together with its music course offering, which already takes the name Birmingham Conservatoire.

It is hoped that bringing them together will create a “single world-class home for developing the next generation of talented, versatile performers”.

The merger coincides with the opening of a new £57 million home for the current Birmingham Conservatoire, at the university’s city centre campus. This will open later this year.

The building will feature five public performance spaces, including a new concert hall.

David Roberts, pro vice chancellor and executive dean of the arts, design and media faculty, said: “We will continue to produce brilliant specialists in both acting and music, but this merger emphasises the growing need for fluidity between disciplines – musicians able to draw on performance skills or promote their work across digital channels, or actors and set designers delivering performances where music and musicality are essential to the artistic results.”

The two institutions will formally merge in September, when the new conservatoire building also opens.

Birmingham Conservatoire principal Julian Lloyd-Webber said the collaboration would strengthen the college’s capacity to respond to the changing needs of the industry, by producing versatile performers.

“Our students are always at the heart of everything we do and this merger will give our graduates the best opportunities for future success in an increasingly competitive world,” he added.