Monday, 11 June 2012

SYMPHONY HALL TURNS 21

Symphony Hall interior as seen from behind and above stage in 2012
Photo by Craig Holmes

10 MILLION AUDIENCE MEMBERS. 7500 EVENTS. 21 YEARS OF BRINGING GREAT MUSIC TO BIRMINGHAM.
“The hall, which opened in April 1991, remains the UK’s finest, with a perfect acoustic admired around the world”- The Observer
BIRMINGHAM, UK: World-class concert venue Symphony Hall, officially opened by HM The Queen in 1991, turns twenty-one tomorrow (Tuesday 12 June).
The milestone is being marked witha special evening concert from theCity of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and Chorus conducted byAndris Nelsons and Simon Halsey, and featuring baritone Bryn Terfeland mezzo-soprano Christine Rice. The performance, which includes Elgar’sThe Music Makers and Ravel’s Daphnis and Chloe suite, will be repeated on Wednesday 13 June. Both performances are generously sponsored by theUniversity of Birmingham.
Staff marking Symphony Hall's 21st Anniversary
on stage in May 2012 Photo by Craig Holmes
Other Symphony Hall 21st Anniversary Festival events still to come include Sir Simon Rattle conducting theVienna Philharmonic, a massed promenade-style performance featuring over 600 city schoolchildren entitledSing A Song For 21, intimate and rare UK performances from musical heavyweightsTony Bennett and George Benson, and Die Walk├╝re from an outstandingOpera North line-up before the Festival is brought to a close in style on 20 July with New York'sJazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis.
“The audiences in Birmingham are exceptionally warm and welcoming and they are so fortunate to have this beautiful Symphony Hall right in their home town...one of my favourite places to perform.” -Tony Bennett
Artists from across the musical spectrum, audience members, supporters and partners have been paying tribute toSymphony Hall’s on-going contribution to the cultural and social fabric of the City of Birmingham, as well as nationally and internationally. Messages can be left on the hall’swebsite, via Twitter using the hashtag #sh21,Facebook and on a display stand in the venue’s foyer.
A capacity audience enjoy a classical concert at
Symphony Hall as seen from circle. Photo by Adrian Burrows
In 21 years, Symphony Hall has welcomed over 10 million visitors, presented in excess of 7,500 events and claimed its place on the global music map.
Widely regarded as one of the world’s greatest concert halls, the 2,262 seat venue opened in Birmingham to critical acclaim in 1991. Since then, artists includingBruce Springsteen, Yehudi Menuhin, Liza Minnelli, Jean Michel Jarre,Lang Lang, Morrissey, Grace Jones, Ravi Shankar and many of the world’s greatest soloists and orchestras have graced its stage.
“Having grown up in Birmingham, I feel really proud that this city has one of the finest concert halls in the UK. It's always a highlight to play to the audiences in this wonderful theatre.”– Joan Armatrading

Wynton Marsalis performs amongst the audience at
Symphony Hall during a 2004 concert. Photo byAdrian Burrows
A seven-month long 21st Anniversary Festival has featured thrilling performances from artists, entertainers, orchestras and soloists including theRoyal Opera, Billy Connolly, Kailash Kher, Elvis Costello,John Malkovich, Philip Glass and the Kronos Quartet amongst others.
“This concert venue is so beautiful you could listen to a recital of the yellow pages (there) and still enjoy it. Sumptuous and has aged so well”- Englandman13 via Trip Advisor

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