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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:

Bantock, University of Birmingham Research and Cultural Collections

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

Gustav Holst by Millicent Woodforde oil on canvas, 1910 17 in. x 21 in. (432 mm x 533 mm) Given by the sitter's widow and daughter, Mrs Gustav Holst and Miss I. Holst, 1962 © National Portrait Gallery, London