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Pictures: Plans for new Birmingham Conservatoire submitted

The new purpose-built Conservatoire will be built alongside Millennium Point, adjacent to Jennens Road in Eastside

B-Side Brum - what was on the long list of 150 tracks?

Judges on the Visit Birmingham music project chose 21 tracks from a pool of 150 nominations. Find out what they were here.

The top West Midlands artists in the running for the B-side playlist

Pictures: The artists named in the B-Side Brum playlist

UB40 and The Spencer Davis Group feature on the 21-track playlist which came from B-side, a nationwide campaign by Visit Birmingham

The Moody Blues: John Lodge, Justin Hayward, Graham Edge, Mike Pinder, Ray Thomas

The Moody Blues, Duran Duran and Led Zeppelin snubbed from B-Side Brum playlist

Slade and Roy Wood were also missing from the final 20-strong B-side album, created to highlight the region’s musical strength

Black Sabbath: Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler

Pictures: B-side project seeks the West Midlands' ultimate playlist

The B-side project aims to find the 20 songs which best symbolise the rich and diverse music of Birmingham and the surrounding area


Jazz Diary with Peter Bacon

Peter Bacon rounds-up the coming week of jazz events in the West Midlands.

Loose Tubes

Jazz monster Loose Tubes let loose for festival

It's one of the UK's major jazz festivals and it's right here on the doorstep. Peter Bacon looks forward to the Cheltenham Jazz Festival

Laura Mvula

Birmingham City University to honour Michael Heseltine and Laura Mvula

Politician Michael Heseltine and musicians Laura Mvula and Jeff Lynne are among those being honoured at degree ceremonies at Birmingham City University next month.

Laura Mvula attends the Red Magazine Hot Women Awards in London

Laura Mvula wins creative prize at Hot Women Awards 2013

Birmingham singer songwriter honoured at Red Magazine event in London

Laura Mvula Sing To The Moon

Laura Mvula favourite to land Barclaycard Mercury Prize

Odds on Birmingham singer-songwriter winning coveted music prize plummet

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Jazz Diary with Peter Bacon

Peter Bacon rounds-up the coming week of jazz events in the West Midlands.

Laura Mvula chats with guests.

Photos: Laura Mvula's aftershow in the Tia Maria Music Room at The Vaults

Mercury Music Prize nominee heads to Jewellery Quarter after gig at The Institute in Digbeth

Laura Mvula on stage at the Tia Maria Music Room and (inset) Bebe Black

Laura Mvula introduces Bebe Black to Birmingham for Jewellery Quarter gig

Birmingham singer-songwriter showcases rising star at The Vaults on same night as hometown date at The Institute.

Laura Mvula

Birmingham singer-songwriter Laura Mvula on her rise to fame

Birmingham singer-songwriter Laura Mvula talks to Alison Jones about her rapid rise to fame.

Laura Mvula

Birmingham singer songwriter Laura Mvula singled out to be music's next big star

Birmingham singer songwriter Laura Mvula has been thrust into the musical limelight since quitting her job as a CBSO receptionist to pursue her dream.


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