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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:

Facing the Music

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Dame Ethel Mary Smyth (1858 - 1944) John Singer Sargent (1856 - 1925) Chalk on paper, 1901 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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)

Bantock, University of Birmingham Research and Cultural Collections

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

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

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

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

Thomas Joseph Edmund Adès by Philip Oliver Hale oil on canvas, 2002 84 1/8 in. x 42 1/4 in. (2138 mm x 1073 mm) © National Portrait Gallery, London; commissioned with help from the Jerwood Charitable Foundation through the Jerwood Portrait Commission, 2002

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 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

Michael Taylor, Sir John Kenneth Tavener, 2001, National Portrait Gallery

Barry Marsden, James Loy MacMillan, 1994, National Portrait Gallery.