The 2021 Birmingham Music Festival will take place on
16 and 17 October 2021
The Ruddock Performing Arts Centre at King Edward’s Schools
Edgbaston Park Road
B15 2UA

We think the Birmingham Music Festival is one of the best piano competitions around - here’s why:-

  • As a specialist piano festival we have top quality grand pianos which properly react to the pianist’s touch and allow a full expressive range.

  • We use specialist piano adjudicators.

  • Our music theatres are comfortable and conducive to performance. Ruddock Hall is a music theatre of professional quality.

  • Both open classes and junior classes will be held over Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th October, 2021. We plan to schedule the open classes in Ruddock Hall, which is furnished with a Steinway Model D and the junior classes in the Osborn Room which also has a quality grand piano. 

  • The number and mix of entries may cause us to reschedule some classes between the the two music theatres.  Entrants should be prepared to come on either day, or possibly both days if entering more than one class. 

  • We offer 20 different classes covering all pianist’s skills and age ranges, all of which are “own choice” classes.

  • All class winners receive an invitation to play in our free Summer Concert held in the following year.

  • We have plenty of free parking and for those using public transport we are on several bus routes and are only a few minutes’ walk from University Station (please see below for more information.

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The Ruddock Performing Arts Centre

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Facilities at Ruddock Performing Arts Centre:
The Great Birmingham Run:

This year we are using TWO theatres at the Ruddock Performing Arts Centre: The magnificent Ruddock Hall with a Steinway Model D and the Osborn Room with a quality grand piano.

Only tea, coffee and water are available in the Ruddock Performing Arts Centre.   Attendees wishing to eat lunch are welcome to bring their own food and there are pleasant places to eat in the foyer and also in the grounds outside.  

There are some eating places in Birmingham University immediately across the road opposite the entrance Schools.  Alternatively, there are a selection of local eating places available nearby in Selly Oak for people with a car within 5 minutes.   Just turn left out of the King Edwards School, then turn right back onto the Bristol Road South and a large range of pubs, cafes and sandwich shops. 

The BMF and King Edward’s Schools are very security conscious. Pedestrians can access easily through the gate on the right-hand side of the driveway. Those requiring access by car should enter by the left-hand gates and will need to input a security code to the pedestal on the driver’s side.


This code, which is only valid for the duration of the Festival, will be provided to entrants with their Personal Schedules advising them of their playing dates and times a few weeks before the Festival.

The Great Birmingham Run is taking place on Sunday 11th October and will last from early morning until sunset. Persons travelling from the South or West will not be affected.


Persons travelling from the North will not be affected provided that they travel around the motorway network and leave Birmingham on the A38 Bristol Road south.


Persons travelling from the East through Sparkhill, Moseley, King’s Heath or Cotteridge will be affected as the Pershore Road A441 will be closed for most of the day from the City Centre to Bournville and Cotteridge and traffic will be allowed to cross it.


Attendees are advised that they will have to find another way around so should leave sufficient time to do so.


The Ruddock Performing Arts Centre can be found using the entrance to King Edward’s Boys School

- Opposite Barber Institute of Fine Arts.

By rail:

Most cross-country services to Birmingham arrive at New Street Station. Up to six trains an hour depart for the University on the cross-city line (ten minutes to University station, final destination Longbridge or Redditch). Walk through the University campus following signs for the Student Guild and/or the Barber Institute of Fine Arts.  


Please note that some services stop at University station directly - please check your timetable.

The entrance to King Edward’s Boys School and the Ruddock Centre of Performing Arts is opposite the Barber Institute of Fine Arts.

By bus:

Numbers 61, X62 and 63 travel to the University of Birmingham's Edgbaston campus.  The services all run frequently from the city centre.

Online bus timetables for 61, X62 and 63 are available or alternatively use the ‘Plan Your journey feature on the National Express West Midlands website

There is a travel information office outside New Street Station, where you can obtain bus timetables and departure point information. Maps can be found throughout the city centre indicating bus stop locations.

You can also access Network West Midlands' Live Travel Map for current rail and bus information.

By coach:

There are frequent express coach services to Birmingham from London, Heathrow and Gatwick Airports, and many UK cities.


The long-distance coach station is in Digbeth in the city centre.

Digbeth coach station is a short walk from New Street train station. Ask at the coach station for directions to New Street and then either catch the local train service to University station or catch the bus as described opposite. 

By taxi:

There are taxi ranks at New Street Station and throughout the city centre. The journey to the Ruddock Performing Arts Centre  takes about ten minutes.

By car:

Approaching from the north west or south east along the M6:
●    Leave at Junction 6 (signposted Birmingham Central) to join the A38(M)At the end of the motorway, keep to the right, go over a flyover, then through some underpasses to join the A38 Bristol Road 
●    The Ruddock Performing Arts Centre is just before the University of Birmingham campus two and a half miles from the city centre - follow signs for the Barber Institute of Fine Arts. 
●    The entrance is opposite the Barber Institute of Fine Arts.  
Approaching from the M42 north:
●    Leave at Junction 8 to join the M6 northbound and follow the instructions above.

Approaching from the south west:
●    Leave the M5 at Junction 4 signposted Birmingham SW to join the A38
●    Follow the signs for the the University of Birmingham which is approximately eight miles from the motorway. 
●    Continue past the University until you see signs for the Barber Institute of Fine Arts - follow the signs turning left.  
●    The entrance is opposite the Barber Institute of Fine Arts.

Approaching from the M40:
●    It is easier to turn south on the M42 and leave at Junction 1, heading north on the A38 Bristol Road.
●    Follow the signs for the the University of Birmingham which is approximately eight miles from the motorway. 
●    Continue past the University until you see signs for the Barber Institute of Fine Arts - follow the signs turning left.
●    The entrance is opposite the Barber Institute of Fine Arts.

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