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Town Hall renovation also funded by

to your guide for Classical concerts at Town Hall and Symphony Hall September 2012 – January 2013

Original Photo: Mike Gutteridge.

Photo: Craig Holmes.

Discover what millions of people know already; Symphony Hall is a wonderful venue to visit. So much so that it has been voted Trip Advisor’s number one attraction in Birmingham.

Recreated PMS

How to reach us Symphony Hall is located within the International Convention Centre on Broad Street, Birmingham, B1 2EA. On entering the Convention Centre through the main entrance on Centenary Square, Symphony Hall foyers are on the left. Town Hall is located in Victoria Square, Birmingham, B3 3DQ. For further information visit www.thsh.co.uk/your-visit

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For full details of all our upcoming events please contact Box Office on 0121 345 0606 or visit www.thsh.co.uk

Town Hall renovation also funded by

to your guide for Classical concerts at Town Hall and Symphony Hall September 2012 – January 2013

Original Photo: Mike Gutteridge.

Photo: Craig Holmes.

Discover what millions of people know already; Symphony Hall is a wonderful venue to visit. So much so that it has been voted Trip Advisor’s number one attraction in Birmingham.

Recreated PMS

How to reach us Symphony Hall is located within the International Convention Centre on Broad Street, Birmingham, B1 2EA. On entering the Convention Centre through the main entrance on Centenary Square, Symphony Hall foyers are on the left. Town Hall is located in Victoria Square, Birmingham, B3 3DQ. For further information visit www.thsh.co.uk/your-visit

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DON’t MISS OUT! Get all the latest news by subscribing to our free e-bulletins today. Simply join our mailing list at www.thsh.co.uk

Follow us Search ‘Town Hall Symphony Hall’

@THSHBirmingham

Find us on Spotify, search ‘Spotify:user:townhallsymphonyhall’

Box office 0121 345 0606 or visit www.thsh.co.uk

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The 160th British Open Brass Band Championships

Nigel Kennedy presents: Bach plus Fats Waller

Saturday 1 September 10.30am Symphony Hall

£10 – £21

Nigel Kennedy violin Jarek Smietana guitar Yaron Stavi bass Krzysztof Dziedzic drums Line up subject to change Legendary violinist Nigel Kennedy celebrates his two great musical passions – classical and jazz – in a typically maverick programme. The concert begins with Bach for solo violin, followed by Kennedy’s own arrangements of numbers by Fats Waller. “Playing Bach and Fats Waller on one show is a dream for me – two amazing keyboard players, both masters of harmony and melody.” Nigel Kennedy. £22.50 – £39.50

Saturday 15 September 7pm Symphony Hall

Strauss Metamorphosen Mahler Symphony No 2 (Resurrection)

Andris Nelsons, a super-size CBSO and the massed voices of the CBSO Chorus commit body and soul to some of the most thrilling, heart-lifting music ever composed.

Beethoven Symphony No 1 25’ Violin Concerto 42’ Symphony No 2 4’ The Birmingham Beethoven Cycle opens with the joyous First and Second Symphonies: the sound of a bold young genius stretching his wings. Birmingham favourite Baiba Skride is the soloist in Beethoven’s ravishing Violin Concerto.

Planet Earth in Concert

£10 – £55

Wed 19, 6.15pm & Thu 20, 1pm Pre-concert talk, check website for details.

Thursday 13 & Friday 14 September 7.30pm Symphony Hall

The Pride of Birmingham

Thu 20 September. Post-concert CBSO Members’ Afternoon Tea with Andris Nelsons as guest speaker. For further information contact Claire Watts on 0121 616 6514.

Brass Gala Concert

Anthony Peers offers a fascinating insight into the history and recent transformation of Town Hall, one of Birmingham’s most loved buildings. Today’s lecture and book launch is illustrated with music performed on the venue’s magnificent organ.

Sunday 2 September 2.30pm Symphony Hall

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Andris Nelsons conductor Baiba Skride violin

26’ 77’

Sunday 16 September 3pm Town Hall

£9.50 – £20

Wednesday 19 September 7.30pm Thursday 20 September 2.15pm Symphony Hall

Andris Nelsons conductor Sarah Fox soprano Mihoko Fujimura mezzo CBSO Chorus

Lecture with musical illustrations

The biggest names in the brass band world – Black Dyke Band, Cory Band and the Grimethorpe Colliery Band – star in a magnificent Gala Concert. Don’t miss this chance to hear brass playing at its best.

Beethoven Symphonies 1 & 2

Philharmonia Orchestra George Fenton conductor Haley Glennie-Smith soloist A stunning performance that combines emotional and evocative live orchestral music with spectacular reworked HD imagery from the ground-breaking BBC television series Planet Earth.

Free event. Signed copies of Birmingham Town Hall: An Architectural History will be available to buy at a special launch day price.

Wed: £10 – £42 Thu: £10 – £39.50

Bruch’s Violin Concerto Thursday 27 September 7.30pm Saturday 29 September 7pm Symphony Hall

Yossif Ivanov.

The best Brass Bands in Britain compete for the coveted title, including Black Dyke, Grimethorpe Colliery, Cory, Brighouse & Rastrick, Fodens and Faireys, providing a fascinating and fiercely contested day of music.

Monday 10 September 7.30pm Symphony Hall

Mahler’s Resurrection

Deep sorrow, exuberant joy and pure, uninhibited passion are poured into Tchaikovsky’s Walter Weller conductor Fifth Symphony in some of the Yossif Ivanov violin most glorious tunes he ever Weber Euryanthe Overture 9’ wrote. And, there’s a chance to Bruch Violin Concerto No 1 26’ hear a new star, Yossif Ivanof, Tchaikovsky Symphony No 5 50’ performing what might be the world’s favourite violin concerto.

£15 – £55

£10 – £42

Box office 0121 345 0606 or visit www.thsh.co.uk

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The 160th British Open Brass Band Championships

Nigel Kennedy presents: Bach plus Fats Waller

Saturday 1 September 10.30am Symphony Hall

£10 – £21

Nigel Kennedy violin Jarek Smietana guitar Yaron Stavi bass Krzysztof Dziedzic drums Line up subject to change Legendary violinist Nigel Kennedy celebrates his two great musical passions – classical and jazz – in a typically maverick programme. The concert begins with Bach for solo violin, followed by Kennedy’s own arrangements of numbers by Fats Waller. “Playing Bach and Fats Waller on one show is a dream for me – two amazing keyboard players, both masters of harmony and melody.” Nigel Kennedy. £22.50 – £39.50

Saturday 15 September 7pm Symphony Hall

Strauss Metamorphosen Mahler Symphony No 2 (Resurrection)

Andris Nelsons, a super-size CBSO and the massed voices of the CBSO Chorus commit body and soul to some of the most thrilling, heart-lifting music ever composed.

Beethoven Symphony No 1 25’ Violin Concerto 42’ Symphony No 2 4’ The Birmingham Beethoven Cycle opens with the joyous First and Second Symphonies: the sound of a bold young genius stretching his wings. Birmingham favourite Baiba Skride is the soloist in Beethoven’s ravishing Violin Concerto.

Planet Earth in Concert

£10 – £55

Wed 19, 6.15pm & Thu 20, 1pm Pre-concert talk, check website for details.

Thursday 13 & Friday 14 September 7.30pm Symphony Hall

The Pride of Birmingham

Thu 20 September. Post-concert CBSO Members’ Afternoon Tea with Andris Nelsons as guest speaker. For further information contact Claire Watts on 0121 616 6514.

Brass Gala Concert

Anthony Peers offers a fascinating insight into the history and recent transformation of Town Hall, one of Birmingham’s most loved buildings. Today’s lecture and book launch is illustrated with music performed on the venue’s magnificent organ.

Sunday 2 September 2.30pm Symphony Hall

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Andris Nelsons conductor Baiba Skride violin

26’ 77’

Sunday 16 September 3pm Town Hall

£9.50 – £20

Wednesday 19 September 7.30pm Thursday 20 September 2.15pm Symphony Hall

Andris Nelsons conductor Sarah Fox soprano Mihoko Fujimura mezzo CBSO Chorus

Lecture with musical illustrations

The biggest names in the brass band world – Black Dyke Band, Cory Band and the Grimethorpe Colliery Band – star in a magnificent Gala Concert. Don’t miss this chance to hear brass playing at its best.

Beethoven Symphonies 1 & 2

Philharmonia Orchestra George Fenton conductor Haley Glennie-Smith soloist A stunning performance that combines emotional and evocative live orchestral music with spectacular reworked HD imagery from the ground-breaking BBC television series Planet Earth.

Free event. Signed copies of Birmingham Town Hall: An Architectural History will be available to buy at a special launch day price.

Wed: £10 – £42 Thu: £10 – £39.50

Bruch’s Violin Concerto Thursday 27 September 7.30pm Saturday 29 September 7pm Symphony Hall

Yossif Ivanov.

The best Brass Bands in Britain compete for the coveted title, including Black Dyke, Grimethorpe Colliery, Cory, Brighouse & Rastrick, Fodens and Faireys, providing a fascinating and fiercely contested day of music.

Monday 10 September 7.30pm Symphony Hall

Mahler’s Resurrection

Deep sorrow, exuberant joy and pure, uninhibited passion are poured into Tchaikovsky’s Walter Weller conductor Fifth Symphony in some of the Yossif Ivanov violin most glorious tunes he ever Weber Euryanthe Overture 9’ wrote. And, there’s a chance to Bruch Violin Concerto No 1 26’ hear a new star, Yossif Ivanof, Tchaikovsky Symphony No 5 50’ performing what might be the world’s favourite violin concerto.

£15 – £55

£10 – £42

Box office 0121 345 0606 or visit www.thsh.co.uk

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Exploring two of the most iconic works in Russian 20th Century culture.

Dvorák’s New World Symphony v

The St Petersburg Symphony Orchestra: Leningrad Symphony 70th Anniversary

Tuesday 2 October 2.15pm Symphony Hall Nicholas Collon conductor Francesco Piemontesi piano Berlioz Beatrice and Benedict Overture 8’ Mozart Piano Concerto No 20 K466 30’ Dvorák Symphony No 9 40’ (From the New World)

Part of the Birmingham International Concert Season

Tuesday 2 October 7.30pm Symphony Hall

Celebrity Recital: Danielle de Niese

with Julius Drake

The St Petersburg Symphony Orchestra Brass players of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra Alexander Dmitriev conductor Peter Donohoe piano

Sunday 30 September 3pm Town Hall

Film by Sergei Eisenstein Music by Michael Nyman (UK premiere) Performed by Michael Nyman Band

Danielle de Niese soprano Julius Drake piano

Michael Nyman Selection of film music Battleship Potemkin (film screening, certificate PG)

£9.50 – £30

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39’ 69’

Distinguished musicians from St Petersburg (Leningrad) are joined by members of the CBSO to mark 70 years since the heroic Leningrad premiere of Shostakovich’s Seventh Symphony in August 1942.

Part of the Birmingham International Concert Season

Sunday 30 September 7.30pm Symphony Hall

Christened ‘opera’s coolest soprano’ by New York Times Magazine, Danielle de Niese has attracted rave reviews. Don’t miss this very rare chance to experience her charisma in person.

Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No 3 in D minor Shostakovich Symphony No 7, Leningrad

Battleship Potemkin: Music by Michael Nyman

Part of the Birmingham International Concert Season

Programme includes music by Bizet, Delibes, Grieg, Gershwin and Cole Porter.

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Making his CBSO debut today, young British conductor Nicholas Collon is the ideal partner for the inspirational Francesco Piemontesi in Mozart’s powerful 20th Piano Concerto, and just the man to bring new life to Dvorák’s everpopular New World Symphony. v

£10 – £39.50

6.15pm Pre-concert talk by Stephen Johnson £9.50 – £45

EDITOR’S CHOICE

BOOK SIX OR MORE CONCERTS AND SAVE UP TO 30%!

30’ 69’

Sergei Eisenstein’s iconic silent film Battleship Potemkin (1925) is acknowledged as one of the greatest films of all time. It is screened tonight with the UK premiere of Michael Nyman’s new score, full of raw, intense energy. 6.15pm Pre-concert conversation with Michael Nyman £9.50 – £30

See page 28 for details. Offer applies to Birmingham International Concert Season performances only.

Reduced availability in the Terraces, Upper Circle Ledges, Grand Tier Ledges and Platform Boxes. Commissioned by Arts 276 – Festival Automne en Normandie, Cité de la Musique, Les Dominicains de Haute-Alsace, Symphony Hall Birmingham and Holland Festival.

Box office 0121 345 0606 or visit www.thsh.co.uk

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Exploring two of the most iconic works in Russian 20th Century culture.

Dvorák’s New World Symphony v

The St Petersburg Symphony Orchestra: Leningrad Symphony 70th Anniversary

Tuesday 2 October 2.15pm Symphony Hall Nicholas Collon conductor Francesco Piemontesi piano Berlioz Beatrice and Benedict Overture 8’ Mozart Piano Concerto No 20 K466 30’ Dvorák Symphony No 9 40’ (From the New World)

Part of the Birmingham International Concert Season

Tuesday 2 October 7.30pm Symphony Hall

Celebrity Recital: Danielle de Niese

with Julius Drake

The St Petersburg Symphony Orchestra Brass players of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra Alexander Dmitriev conductor Peter Donohoe piano

Sunday 30 September 3pm Town Hall

Film by Sergei Eisenstein Music by Michael Nyman (UK premiere) Performed by Michael Nyman Band

Danielle de Niese soprano Julius Drake piano

Michael Nyman Selection of film music Battleship Potemkin (film screening, certificate PG)

£9.50 – £30

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39’ 69’

Distinguished musicians from St Petersburg (Leningrad) are joined by members of the CBSO to mark 70 years since the heroic Leningrad premiere of Shostakovich’s Seventh Symphony in August 1942.

Part of the Birmingham International Concert Season

Sunday 30 September 7.30pm Symphony Hall

Christened ‘opera’s coolest soprano’ by New York Times Magazine, Danielle de Niese has attracted rave reviews. Don’t miss this very rare chance to experience her charisma in person.

Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No 3 in D minor Shostakovich Symphony No 7, Leningrad

Battleship Potemkin: Music by Michael Nyman

Part of the Birmingham International Concert Season

Programme includes music by Bizet, Delibes, Grieg, Gershwin and Cole Porter.

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Making his CBSO debut today, young British conductor Nicholas Collon is the ideal partner for the inspirational Francesco Piemontesi in Mozart’s powerful 20th Piano Concerto, and just the man to bring new life to Dvorák’s everpopular New World Symphony. v

£10 – £39.50

6.15pm Pre-concert talk by Stephen Johnson £9.50 – £45

EDITOR’S CHOICE

BOOK SIX OR MORE CONCERTS AND SAVE UP TO 30%!

30’ 69’

Sergei Eisenstein’s iconic silent film Battleship Potemkin (1925) is acknowledged as one of the greatest films of all time. It is screened tonight with the UK premiere of Michael Nyman’s new score, full of raw, intense energy. 6.15pm Pre-concert conversation with Michael Nyman £9.50 – £30

See page 28 for details. Offer applies to Birmingham International Concert Season performances only.

Reduced availability in the Terraces, Upper Circle Ledges, Grand Tier Ledges and Platform Boxes. Commissioned by Arts 276 – Festival Automne en Normandie, Cité de la Musique, Les Dominicains de Haute-Alsace, Symphony Hall Birmingham and Holland Festival.

Box office 0121 345 0606 or visit www.thsh.co.uk

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A Time to Dance JS Bach /Alec Roth Friday 12 October 7.30pm Town Hall Ex Cathedra Choir & Baroque Orchestra Jeffrey Skidmore conductor Grace Davidson soprano Amy Wood soprano Matthew Venner alto Jeremy Budd tenor Greg Skidmore bass

Part of the Birmingham International Concert Season

A Celebration of Rodgers and Hammerstein

Sunday 14 October 3pm Symphony Hall

Saturday 20 October 7.30pm Symphony Hall

Academy of St Martin in the Fields Joshua Bell director/violin

The John Wilson Orchestra John Wilson conductor Sir Thomas Allen, Kim Criswell, Julian Ovenden special guests

Brahms Mozart Brahms

Variations on a Theme by Haydn Symphony No 40 Violin Concerto

£9.50 – £35

£9.50 – £45

Rising Stars: Romina Lischka & Raphaël Collignon

The Vienna Boys’ Choir is as quintessentially Viennese as cakes, coffee and the famous Ringstrasse. This lovely concert includes charming music by Haydn, Brahms, and Bruckner, alongside some lighter items by Johann Strauss and Billy Joel.

Sunday 14 October 11am Town Hall Romina Lischka viola da gamba Raphaël Collignon harpsichord £7.50 Unreserved seating. Ticket includes coffee or tea, or a glass of sherry, orange juice or water.

Saturday 8 – Sunday 9 September Town Hall and Symphony Hall A weekend of free events as part of ArtsFest 2012. Check www.thsh.co.uk nearer the time for full details. For more information on ArtsFest, go to www.artsfest.org.uk.

18’ 30’ 40’

John Wilson and his orchestra celebrate timeless musicals with classics from Oklahoma, The King and I, South Pacific and The Sound of Music. £23 – £44

RECOMMENDED BY

Sunlight and Shadows

ECHO Rising Stars Series 18th Season

Kerem Sezen conductor

£9.50 – £30

Part of the Birmingham International Concert Season

Ablaze with trumpets and drums, Bach’s joyous setting of the Magnificat is one of the great pieces of the Baroque era. Hear Ex Cathedra perform this alongside Alec Roth’s new work, A Time to Dance, exploring the times and seasons of human existence. Ex Cathedra is a Town Hall Associate Artist.

Friday 5 October 7.30pm Town Hall

John Wilson and The John Wilson Orchestra

The 21-year old Joshua Bell made his first concerto disc in 1988 with the Academy of St Martin in the Fields. Twenty-four years later, he is their new Music Director and one of the world’s most acclaimed violinists.

JS Bach Magnificat in D Alec Roth A Time to Dance

The Vienna Boys’ Choir

Joshua Bell plays the Brahms Violin Concerto

Tamsin Waley-Cohen Plays Mozart Wednesday 17 October 2.30pm Town Hall Orchestra of The Swan David Curtis conductor Tamsin Waley-Cohen violin Brahms Mozart Schubert Mozart

Liebeslieder Walzer Violin Concerto No 4 Concert Rondo Symphony No 29

£6.50 – £21.50

Wednesday 24 October 7.30pm Symphony Hall Edward Gardner conductor Valeriy Sokolov violin Smetana The Bartered Bride Overture Bartók Violin Concerto No 2 Dvorák Symphony No 7

7’ 36’ 38’

A concert of warm sunshine and dark shadows, finishing with the symphony that may not be Dvorák’s bestknown – but might just be his greatest. £10 – £42

Orchestra of The Swan is a Town Hall Associate Artist.

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Box office 0121 345 0606 or visit www.thsh.co.uk

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A Time to Dance JS Bach /Alec Roth Friday 12 October 7.30pm Town Hall Ex Cathedra Choir & Baroque Orchestra Jeffrey Skidmore conductor Grace Davidson soprano Amy Wood soprano Matthew Venner alto Jeremy Budd tenor Greg Skidmore bass

Part of the Birmingham International Concert Season

A Celebration of Rodgers and Hammerstein

Sunday 14 October 3pm Symphony Hall

Saturday 20 October 7.30pm Symphony Hall

Academy of St Martin in the Fields Joshua Bell director/violin

The John Wilson Orchestra John Wilson conductor Sir Thomas Allen, Kim Criswell, Julian Ovenden special guests

Brahms Mozart Brahms

Variations on a Theme by Haydn Symphony No 40 Violin Concerto

£9.50 – £35

£9.50 – £45

Rising Stars: Romina Lischka & Raphaël Collignon

The Vienna Boys’ Choir is as quintessentially Viennese as cakes, coffee and the famous Ringstrasse. This lovely concert includes charming music by Haydn, Brahms, and Bruckner, alongside some lighter items by Johann Strauss and Billy Joel.

Sunday 14 October 11am Town Hall Romina Lischka viola da gamba Raphaël Collignon harpsichord £7.50 Unreserved seating. Ticket includes coffee or tea, or a glass of sherry, orange juice or water.

Saturday 8 – Sunday 9 September Town Hall and Symphony Hall A weekend of free events as part of ArtsFest 2012. Check www.thsh.co.uk nearer the time for full details. For more information on ArtsFest, go to www.artsfest.org.uk.

18’ 30’ 40’

John Wilson and his orchestra celebrate timeless musicals with classics from Oklahoma, The King and I, South Pacific and The Sound of Music. £23 – £44

RECOMMENDED BY

Sunlight and Shadows

ECHO Rising Stars Series 18th Season

Kerem Sezen conductor

£9.50 – £30

Part of the Birmingham International Concert Season

Ablaze with trumpets and drums, Bach’s joyous setting of the Magnificat is one of the great pieces of the Baroque era. Hear Ex Cathedra perform this alongside Alec Roth’s new work, A Time to Dance, exploring the times and seasons of human existence. Ex Cathedra is a Town Hall Associate Artist.

Friday 5 October 7.30pm Town Hall

John Wilson and The John Wilson Orchestra

The 21-year old Joshua Bell made his first concerto disc in 1988 with the Academy of St Martin in the Fields. Twenty-four years later, he is their new Music Director and one of the world’s most acclaimed violinists.

JS Bach Magnificat in D Alec Roth A Time to Dance

The Vienna Boys’ Choir

Joshua Bell plays the Brahms Violin Concerto

Tamsin Waley-Cohen Plays Mozart Wednesday 17 October 2.30pm Town Hall Orchestra of The Swan David Curtis conductor Tamsin Waley-Cohen violin Brahms Mozart Schubert Mozart

Liebeslieder Walzer Violin Concerto No 4 Concert Rondo Symphony No 29

£6.50 – £21.50

Wednesday 24 October 7.30pm Symphony Hall Edward Gardner conductor Valeriy Sokolov violin Smetana The Bartered Bride Overture Bartók Violin Concerto No 2 Dvorák Symphony No 7

7’ 36’ 38’

A concert of warm sunshine and dark shadows, finishing with the symphony that may not be Dvorák’s bestknown – but might just be his greatest. £10 – £42

Orchestra of The Swan is a Town Hall Associate Artist.

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Box office 0121 345 0606 or visit www.thsh.co.uk

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Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra: Rachmaninov Symphony No 2

Supporting Our Community

Part of the Birmingham International Concert Season

Thursday 25 October 7.30pm Symphony Hall

We are proud to support community, amateur, school and charitable performances. For more information and booking details please visit www.thsh.co.uk.

Gewandhausorchester Leipzig Riccardo Chailly Gewandhauskapellmeister/music director Lynn Harrell cello

Local and Community Groups Central England Ensemble 10 Year Anniversary Concert in aid of Paraplegic Sports Sunday 21 October 7.30pm Town Hall £11, £13

RAF in Concert 2012 Sunday 21 October 7.30pm Symphony Hall £16 – £22

The Armed Man Sing Live UK Black Dyke Band Dr Nicholas J Childs conductor Sunday 16 September 2.30pm Symphony Hall £17

British Police Symphony Orchestra Proms Night Spectacular!

Youth Music Groups The Salvation Army Sunday 9 December 2.30pm & 6pm Symphony Hall £8 – £12

Christmas concert

Midlands Hospital Choir Tuesday 11 December 7.30pm Christmas Symphony Hall concert £7.50 – £22

City Choir: Christmas Treats Sunday 16 December 2.30pm Christmas Town Hall concert £5 – £25

CBSO Youth Orchestra: The Nutcracker Sunday 28 October 7pm Symphony Hall £20

DMS Knowle in Concert: A Fusion of Music and Dance Dorridge Music School Sunday 11 November 7pm Symphony Hall £11– £17.50

University of Birmingham Choir and Orchestra

Canoldir Choir Christmas Concert

Sunday 2 December 6pm Town Hall £15

Tuesday 18 December 7pm Christmas Town Hall concert £13, £17

Birmingham Music Service Saturday 8 December 6pm Town Hall £10

Shostakovich Cello Concerto No 2 Rachmaninov Symphony No 2

33’ 58’

The Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, under its distinguished conductor Riccardo Chailly, is one of the world’s very greatest orchestras, riding high on the critical accolades from recent performances in London, Paris and Vienna. ‘…Chailly and the Lepzig Gewandhaus Orchestra had us enthralled.’ Michael Church, The Independent £9.50 – £50

Halloween Silent Movie: Der Golem (1920) Wednesday 31 October 7.30pm Town Hall Nigel Ogden improvised organ accompaniment Der Golem (1920) 84’ (film screening, certificate PG) Set in 16th-century Prague, the Golem is a zombie-like clay giant who is brought to life by the dark arts of a mysterious rabbi. Seated at Town Hall’s mighty organ, renowned cinema organist Nigel Ogden will improvise a stunning accompaniment to this creepy classic.

Saturday 8 December 2.30pm Christmas Symphony Hall concert £11– £21

£15

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Box office 0121 345 0606 or visit www.thsh.co.uk

Fancy dress competition – win £50 in THSH gift vouchers and a bottle of champagne. Come dressed in ghoulish, ghostly or grisly costume for a chance of winning the prize.

Singalong with Ex Cathedra Sunday 28 October 4pm Town Hall Jeffrey Skidmore conductor Andrew Fletcher organ Excerpts from: Bach St Matthew Passion Handel Messiah Mendelssohn Elijah (1846 version) Brahms A German Requiem Verdi Requiem Elgar The Music Makers The Apostles Don’t miss this unique opportunity to perform with Birmingham’s world class choir as they recreate the choral extravaganza that was the 1912 Birmingham Triennial Music Festival. Singer, including score: £25 Please book in advance by telephone or in person at the box office and tell them your voice type. Rehearsal will start at 11am and music will be posted out in advance. Please note places are limited.

Audience: £12 Ex Cathedra is a Town Hall Associate Artist

KIDS GO FREE! One free ticket per child (aged 16 and under) for every adult ticket purchased on Birmingham International Concert Season shows. Maximum group size of 6. Please call the Box Office on 0121 345 0606 for further information.

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Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra: Rachmaninov Symphony No 2

Supporting Our Community

Part of the Birmingham International Concert Season

Thursday 25 October 7.30pm Symphony Hall

We are proud to support community, amateur, school and charitable performances. For more information and booking details please visit www.thsh.co.uk.

Gewandhausorchester Leipzig Riccardo Chailly Gewandhauskapellmeister/music director Lynn Harrell cello

Local and Community Groups Central England Ensemble 10 Year Anniversary Concert in aid of Paraplegic Sports Sunday 21 October 7.30pm Town Hall £11, £13

RAF in Concert 2012 Sunday 21 October 7.30pm Symphony Hall £16 – £22

The Armed Man Sing Live UK Black Dyke Band Dr Nicholas J Childs conductor Sunday 16 September 2.30pm Symphony Hall £17

British Police Symphony Orchestra Proms Night Spectacular!

Youth Music Groups The Salvation Army Sunday 9 December 2.30pm & 6pm Symphony Hall £8 – £12

Christmas concert

Midlands Hospital Choir Tuesday 11 December 7.30pm Christmas Symphony Hall concert £7.50 – £22

City Choir: Christmas Treats Sunday 16 December 2.30pm Christmas Town Hall concert £5 – £25

CBSO Youth Orchestra: The Nutcracker Sunday 28 October 7pm Symphony Hall £20

DMS Knowle in Concert: A Fusion of Music and Dance Dorridge Music School Sunday 11 November 7pm Symphony Hall £11– £17.50

University of Birmingham Choir and Orchestra

Canoldir Choir Christmas Concert

Sunday 2 December 6pm Town Hall £15

Tuesday 18 December 7pm Christmas Town Hall concert £13, £17

Birmingham Music Service Saturday 8 December 6pm Town Hall £10

Shostakovich Cello Concerto No 2 Rachmaninov Symphony No 2

33’ 58’

The Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, under its distinguished conductor Riccardo Chailly, is one of the world’s very greatest orchestras, riding high on the critical accolades from recent performances in London, Paris and Vienna. ‘…Chailly and the Lepzig Gewandhaus Orchestra had us enthralled.’ Michael Church, The Independent £9.50 – £50

Halloween Silent Movie: Der Golem (1920) Wednesday 31 October 7.30pm Town Hall Nigel Ogden improvised organ accompaniment Der Golem (1920) 84’ (film screening, certificate PG) Set in 16th-century Prague, the Golem is a zombie-like clay giant who is brought to life by the dark arts of a mysterious rabbi. Seated at Town Hall’s mighty organ, renowned cinema organist Nigel Ogden will improvise a stunning accompaniment to this creepy classic.

Saturday 8 December 2.30pm Christmas Symphony Hall concert £11– £21

£15

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Box office 0121 345 0606 or visit www.thsh.co.uk

Fancy dress competition – win £50 in THSH gift vouchers and a bottle of champagne. Come dressed in ghoulish, ghostly or grisly costume for a chance of winning the prize.

Singalong with Ex Cathedra Sunday 28 October 4pm Town Hall Jeffrey Skidmore conductor Andrew Fletcher organ Excerpts from: Bach St Matthew Passion Handel Messiah Mendelssohn Elijah (1846 version) Brahms A German Requiem Verdi Requiem Elgar The Music Makers The Apostles Don’t miss this unique opportunity to perform with Birmingham’s world class choir as they recreate the choral extravaganza that was the 1912 Birmingham Triennial Music Festival. Singer, including score: £25 Please book in advance by telephone or in person at the box office and tell them your voice type. Rehearsal will start at 11am and music will be posted out in advance. Please note places are limited.

Audience: £12 Ex Cathedra is a Town Hall Associate Artist

KIDS GO FREE! One free ticket per child (aged 16 and under) for every adult ticket purchased on Birmingham International Concert Season shows. Maximum group size of 6. Please call the Box Office on 0121 345 0606 for further information.

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Organ Gala: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

Leonskaja plays Grieg Thursday 1 November 2.15pm Saturday 3 November 7pm Symphony Hall Alexander Vedernikov conductor Elisabeth Leonskaja piano Sibelius Karelia Suite Grieg Piano Concerto Rachmaninov Symphony No 1

14’ 30’ 46’

Rachmaninov’s First Symphony is an epic tragedy of fate and desire, poured out in music that burns with passion. Russian guest conductor Alexander Vedernikov is sure to give it his all. Thu 1pm & Sat 5.45pm Pre-concert talk, check website for details. Thu: £10 – £39.50 Sat: £10 – £42

Sue Perkins’ Cartoon Classics

Friday Night Classics

Friday 2 November 7.30pm Symphony Hall

Friday 9 November 7.30pm Symphony Hall

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Gareth Hancock conductor City of Birmingham Choir Julia Sporsén soprano Stephen Disley organ

Michael Seal conductor Sue Perkins presenter

Bach Toccata and Fugue Walton Crown Imperial Saint-Saëns Symphony No 3 Organ Symphony Strauss Sunrise from Also sprach Zarathustra Handel Zadok the Priest, Hallelujah Chorus Fauré Pié Jesu from Requiem Bach Ave Maria Mascagini Easter Hymn, Intermezzo from Cavalleria Rusticana Elgar Pomp and Circumstance March No 1

Programme includes: Tchaikovsky The Nutcracker Suite Henry Mancini The Pink Panther Wagner Ride of the Valkyries Rossini William Tell Overture Danny Elfman The Simpsons Grieg Morning from Peer Gynt Dukas The Sorcerer’s Apprentice Join the CBSO for an evening full of looney tunes, silly symphonies and merry melodies, presented by comedian Sue Perkins.

Witness the power and majesty of the king of instruments in a special organ concert featuring the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

£12.50 – £40

£12.50 – £39.50

Autumn Contrasts

THSH TOURS Take a tour of our stunning auditoriums and glimpse inside the inner workings of these world-famous venues. Call Box Office on 0121 345 0606 for details.

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Wednesday 7 November 2.15pm Symphony Hall Andrew Manze conductor Rainer Gibbons oboe Mozart Symphony No 2526’ Vaughan Williams Oboe Concerto19’ Schumann Symphony No 236’

Andrew Manze brings his famous verve to bear on Mozart’s explosive youthful masterpiece, before sharing two very personal musical passions: Schumann’s romantic Second Symphony, and Vaughan Williams’s lyrical Oboe Concerto. £10 – £39.50

Brahms: Requiem & Rautavaara: On the Last Frontier Saturday 10 November 7.30pm Symphony Hall Indulge yourself in Brahms’ beautiful and lyrical Requiem and the atmospheric, mystical, romantic music of Rautavaara. £11 – £36

Celebrity Piano Recital: Evgeny Kissin Part of the Birmingham International Concert Season

Thursday 15 November 7.30pm Symphony Hall Evgeny Kissin piano Haydn Beethoven Schubert Liszt

Sonata No 59 in E flat (Hob. XVI: 49) Piano Sonata in C minor, Op 111 Impromptus in F minor (Op 142 No 1) G flat, B flat, and A flat (Op 90 No 4) Hungarian Rhapsody No 12

The Year 1912: Brave New Worlds

In this rare recital of the great classical and romantic repertoire Evgeny Kissin marries virtuoso brilliance and profound musical intuition.

Wednesday 14 November 7.30pm Symphony Hall

‘the greatest pianist of his generation’ The Independent

16’ 84’

Mahler called it his “song of the night”: his Seventh Symphony conjures images of an Alpine lake, distant bugles, moonlit serenades and spine-chilling horror and culminates with trumpets aloft in blazing, roof-raising celebration. 6.15pm Pre-concert talk, check website for details. £10 – £42

34’ 10’

£9.50 – £40

Jac van Steen conductor Schoenberg Five Pieces for Orchestra Mahler Symphony No 7

26’ 27’

EDITOR’S CHOICE

Dame Gillian Weir

Part of the Birmingham International Concert Season

Monday 19 November 7.30pm Symphony Hall Programme includes music by Bach, Sweelinck, Saint-Saëns and Widor. In December this year Dame Gillian Weir will give the final public concert of her 48-year long career as an internationally celebrated concert organist. Don’t miss this exciting concert in her final tour. 6.15pm Pre-concert conversation; Dame Gillian Weir talks to Lyndon Jenkins. £9.50 – £25

Box office 0121 345 0606 or visit www.thsh.co.uk

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Organ Gala: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

Leonskaja plays Grieg Thursday 1 November 2.15pm Saturday 3 November 7pm Symphony Hall Alexander Vedernikov conductor Elisabeth Leonskaja piano Sibelius Karelia Suite Grieg Piano Concerto Rachmaninov Symphony No 1

14’ 30’ 46’

Rachmaninov’s First Symphony is an epic tragedy of fate and desire, poured out in music that burns with passion. Russian guest conductor Alexander Vedernikov is sure to give it his all. Thu 1pm & Sat 5.45pm Pre-concert talk, check website for details. Thu: £10 – £39.50 Sat: £10 – £42

Sue Perkins’ Cartoon Classics

Friday Night Classics

Friday 2 November 7.30pm Symphony Hall

Friday 9 November 7.30pm Symphony Hall

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Gareth Hancock conductor City of Birmingham Choir Julia Sporsén soprano Stephen Disley organ

Michael Seal conductor Sue Perkins presenter

Bach Toccata and Fugue Walton Crown Imperial Saint-Saëns Symphony No 3 Organ Symphony Strauss Sunrise from Also sprach Zarathustra Handel Zadok the Priest, Hallelujah Chorus Fauré Pié Jesu from Requiem Bach Ave Maria Mascagini Easter Hymn, Intermezzo from Cavalleria Rusticana Elgar Pomp and Circumstance March No 1

Programme includes: Tchaikovsky The Nutcracker Suite Henry Mancini The Pink Panther Wagner Ride of the Valkyries Rossini William Tell Overture Danny Elfman The Simpsons Grieg Morning from Peer Gynt Dukas The Sorcerer’s Apprentice Join the CBSO for an evening full of looney tunes, silly symphonies and merry melodies, presented by comedian Sue Perkins.

Witness the power and majesty of the king of instruments in a special organ concert featuring the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

£12.50 – £40

£12.50 – £39.50

Autumn Contrasts

THSH TOURS Take a tour of our stunning auditoriums and glimpse inside the inner workings of these world-famous venues. Call Box Office on 0121 345 0606 for details.

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Wednesday 7 November 2.15pm Symphony Hall Andrew Manze conductor Rainer Gibbons oboe Mozart Symphony No 2526’ Vaughan Williams Oboe Concerto19’ Schumann Symphony No 236’

Andrew Manze brings his famous verve to bear on Mozart’s explosive youthful masterpiece, before sharing two very personal musical passions: Schumann’s romantic Second Symphony, and Vaughan Williams’s lyrical Oboe Concerto. £10 – £39.50

Brahms: Requiem & Rautavaara: On the Last Frontier Saturday 10 November 7.30pm Symphony Hall Indulge yourself in Brahms’ beautiful and lyrical Requiem and the atmospheric, mystical, romantic music of Rautavaara. £11 – £36

Celebrity Piano Recital: Evgeny Kissin Part of the Birmingham International Concert Season

Thursday 15 November 7.30pm Symphony Hall Evgeny Kissin piano Haydn Beethoven Schubert Liszt

Sonata No 59 in E flat (Hob. XVI: 49) Piano Sonata in C minor, Op 111 Impromptus in F minor (Op 142 No 1) G flat, B flat, and A flat (Op 90 No 4) Hungarian Rhapsody No 12

The Year 1912: Brave New Worlds

In this rare recital of the great classical and romantic repertoire Evgeny Kissin marries virtuoso brilliance and profound musical intuition.

Wednesday 14 November 7.30pm Symphony Hall

‘the greatest pianist of his generation’ The Independent

16’ 84’

Mahler called it his “song of the night”: his Seventh Symphony conjures images of an Alpine lake, distant bugles, moonlit serenades and spine-chilling horror and culminates with trumpets aloft in blazing, roof-raising celebration. 6.15pm Pre-concert talk, check website for details. £10 – £42

34’ 10’

£9.50 – £40

Jac van Steen conductor Schoenberg Five Pieces for Orchestra Mahler Symphony No 7

26’ 27’

EDITOR’S CHOICE

Dame Gillian Weir

Part of the Birmingham International Concert Season

Monday 19 November 7.30pm Symphony Hall Programme includes music by Bach, Sweelinck, Saint-Saëns and Widor. In December this year Dame Gillian Weir will give the final public concert of her 48-year long career as an internationally celebrated concert organist. Don’t miss this exciting concert in her final tour. 6.15pm Pre-concert conversation; Dame Gillian Weir talks to Lyndon Jenkins. £9.50 – £25

Box office 0121 345 0606 or visit www.thsh.co.uk

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Lunchtime Organ Concerts with Thomas Trotter

A series of lunchtime organ concerts featuring two of the UK’s finest instruments in two of its finest concert halls.

Monday 17 September 1pm Symphony Hall

Monday 1 October 1pm Town Hall

Monday 29 October 1pm Town Hall

Monday 26 November 1pm Town Hall

Monday 17 December 1pm Symphony Hall

Thomas Trotter organ J S Bach Concerto in G after Johann Ernst Anon Four 16th Century English Pieces Hindemith Sonata No 3 Wammes Ride on a High-Speed Train Thalben-Ball Elegy Variations on a Theme of Paganini Lefébure-Wély Sortie in E flat

Thomas Trotter organ

A French Affair

Organ Dances

J S Bach Prelude, Largo & Fugue in C, BWV 545 Benedict Variations on Arne’s Where the Bee sucks Schubert The Bee Best Variations & Fugue on God Save the Queen Karg-Elert Homage to Handel Benedict Marche des Templiers

Thomas Trotter organ

J S Bach Gigue Fugue Hampton Three Dances Lehár Gold and Silver Waltz Alain Trois Danses Anderson Blue Tango Litaize Prélude et Danse fuguée £6

Lunchtime Christmas Music with The Choir of Winchester Cathedral

£6 Unreserved seating.

£6 Unreserved seating.

Dupré The World Awaiting the Saviour de Grigny Hymn: Verbum supernum Franck Cantabile Bonnet Variations de Concert Charpentier L’Ange à la Trompette Widor Moderato cantabile from Symphony No 8 Toccata from Symphony No 5 £6 Unreserved seating.

Unreserved seating.

Monday 10 December 1pm Town Hall

The Choir of Winchester Cathedral Andrew Lumsden conductor Thomas Trotter organ Experience Christmas music and carols from Thomas Trotter and one of England’s greatest cathedral choirs in the splendour of Symphony Hall. The programme will include carols by Herbert Howells, Eric Whitacre, and Bob Chilcott. Advance booking is recommended for this very popular concert. £10

Monday 12 November 1pm Town Hall

Sing Carols with the City Organist

Reserved seating.

Buxtehude Prelude & Fugue in A minor Piérne Three Pieces Lionel Rogg Two Studies Smith Tarantelle Brillante Reger Chorale-Fantasia: Wachet auf!

Cambrian Brass Jeremy Nicholas presenter Get into the festive mood and sing your heart out to muchloved carols from Cambrian Brass and Thomas Trotter, with a sprinkling of Christmas cheer from presenter Jeremy Nicholas.

Monday 14 January 1pm Town Hall

£6 Unreserved seating.

Advance booking is recommended for this very popular concert. £10 Reserved seating.

C.H.H.Parry Fantasia & Fugue in G J.S.Bach Pastorale P.Mascagni Intermezzo (Cavalleria Rusticana) C.Franck Prière M.Gould Pavanne J.Bonnet Variations de Concert £6 Unreserved seating.

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Box office 0121 345 0606 or visit www.thsh.co.uk

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Lunchtime Organ Concerts with Thomas Trotter

A series of lunchtime organ concerts featuring two of the UK’s finest instruments in two of its finest concert halls.

Monday 17 September 1pm Symphony Hall

Monday 1 October 1pm Town Hall

Monday 29 October 1pm Town Hall

Monday 26 November 1pm Town Hall

Monday 17 December 1pm Symphony Hall

Thomas Trotter organ J S Bach Concerto in G after Johann Ernst Anon Four 16th Century English Pieces Hindemith Sonata No 3 Wammes Ride on a High-Speed Train Thalben-Ball Elegy Variations on a Theme of Paganini Lefébure-Wély Sortie in E flat

Thomas Trotter organ

A French Affair

Organ Dances

J S Bach Prelude, Largo & Fugue in C, BWV 545 Benedict Variations on Arne’s Where the Bee sucks Schubert The Bee Best Variations & Fugue on God Save the Queen Karg-Elert Homage to Handel Benedict Marche des Templiers

Thomas Trotter organ

J S Bach Gigue Fugue Hampton Three Dances Lehár Gold and Silver Waltz Alain Trois Danses Anderson Blue Tango Litaize Prélude et Danse fuguée £6

Lunchtime Christmas Music with The Choir of Winchester Cathedral

£6 Unreserved seating.

£6 Unreserved seating.

Dupré The World Awaiting the Saviour de Grigny Hymn: Verbum supernum Franck Cantabile Bonnet Variations de Concert Charpentier L’Ange à la Trompette Widor Moderato cantabile from Symphony No 8 Toccata from Symphony No 5 £6 Unreserved seating.

Unreserved seating.

Monday 10 December 1pm Town Hall

The Choir of Winchester Cathedral Andrew Lumsden conductor Thomas Trotter organ Experience Christmas music and carols from Thomas Trotter and one of England’s greatest cathedral choirs in the splendour of Symphony Hall. The programme will include carols by Herbert Howells, Eric Whitacre, and Bob Chilcott. Advance booking is recommended for this very popular concert. £10

Monday 12 November 1pm Town Hall

Sing Carols with the City Organist

Reserved seating.

Buxtehude Prelude & Fugue in A minor Piérne Three Pieces Lionel Rogg Two Studies Smith Tarantelle Brillante Reger Chorale-Fantasia: Wachet auf!

Cambrian Brass Jeremy Nicholas presenter Get into the festive mood and sing your heart out to muchloved carols from Cambrian Brass and Thomas Trotter, with a sprinkling of Christmas cheer from presenter Jeremy Nicholas.

Monday 14 January 1pm Town Hall

£6 Unreserved seating.

Advance booking is recommended for this very popular concert. £10 Reserved seating.

C.H.H.Parry Fantasia & Fugue in G J.S.Bach Pastorale P.Mascagni Intermezzo (Cavalleria Rusticana) C.Franck Prière M.Gould Pavanne J.Bonnet Variations de Concert £6 Unreserved seating.

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Box office 0121 345 0606 or visit www.thsh.co.uk

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Vivaldi’s Four Seasons

Book six or more concerts and save up to 30%!

Wednesday 21 November 2.30pm Town Hall

See page 28 for details

Orchestra of The Swan David Curtis conductor David Le Page violin Respighi Ancients Airs and Dances Suite No 3 Warlock Capriol Suite Vivaldi The Four Seasons

What the World Needs Now... The Music of Burt Bacharach Friday Night Classics Friday 23 November, 7.30pm Symphony Hall

Orchestra of The Swan is a Town Hall Associate Artist.

Beethoven Mass in C

Beethoven Piano Concertos Nos 1 & 3 Andsnes and the Mahler Chamber Orchestra Part of the Birmingham International Concert Season

Tuesday 20 November 8pm Symphony Hall Mahler Chamber Orchestra Leif Ove Andsnes piano/director Beethoven Stravinsky Beethoven

Overture, Coriolan Piano Concerto No 1 Octet Piano Concerto No 3

9’ 37’ 14’ 37’

Beethoven’s First and Third Piano Concertos contain all the fire and fantasy of the young virtuoso. From the keyboard Leif Ove Andsnes directs an orchestra hailed as the best in the world by Le Monde. £9.50 – £40 Part of the Birmingham Beethoven Cycle.

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RECOMMENDED BY

Wednesday 28 November 7.30pm Symphony Hall Kazushi Ono conductor Nicola Benedetti violin

Richard Balcombe conductor Graham Bickley, Sarah Lark, Alison Jiear vocalists

£6.50 – £21.50

Benedetti plays Szymanowski

The CBSO and an all-star cast give the deluxe treatment to Bacharach classics including Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head, What The World Needs Now, Do You Know The Way to San José?, Walk On By and many more.

Dvorák The Wood Dove Szymanowski Violin Concerto No 1 Bartók Concerto for Orchestra

One of Britain’s best-loved violinists, Nicola Benedetti joins the CBSO to perform Szymanowski’s glittering Concerto, the piece with which she won BBC Young Musician of the Year in 2004. Then the CBSO takes the spotlight in Bartók’s life-affirming and dazzling Concerto for Orchestra. £10 – £42

£12.50 – £40

Thursday 22 November 7.30pm Symphony Hall

Brodsky Quartet: Wheel of 4Tunes

Nelsons conducts Bruckner’s Eighth

Olari Elts conductor Anna Leese soprano Kai Rüütel mezzo Ben Johnson tenor Stephen Loges bass CBSO Chorus

Monday 26 November 7.30pm Town Hall

Thursday 6 December 7.30pm Symphony Hall

The Brodsky Quartet are 40 years old this year and are out to have some fun! Come along and join in with their Wheel of 4Tunes concert: the programme is picked by audience members spinning a wheel, with 40 of the quartet’s favourite works on offer.

Andris Nelsons conductor Claire Booth soprano

Haydn Te Deum 12’ Symphony No 104 (London) 29’ Beethoven Mass in C 45’ Olari Elts conducts the CBSO’s world-famous Chorus in Beethoven’s noble, heartfelt Mass in C – but not before a ringing shout of joy from the happiest religious composer of all time, Beethoven’s teacher Joseph “Papa” Haydn. £10 – £42 Part of the Birmingham Beethoven Cycle.

20’ 23’ 38’

£9.50 – £30

Bruckner Symphony No 8 Schoenberg Pierrot Lunaire

83’ 38’

Andris Nelsons conducts one of the grandest and greatest symphonies in all music; Bruckner’s Eighth; a mighty vision of the eternal, composed for an enormous orchestra. Be sure to hear it – and stay on to hear BCMG perform Schoenberg’s masterpiece. 6.15pm Pre-concert performance, see website for details. PLUS – a late-night performance Birmingham Contemporary Music Group £10 – £42

Box office 0121 345 0606 or visit www.thsh.co.uk

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Vivaldi’s Four Seasons

Book six or more concerts and save up to 30%!

Wednesday 21 November 2.30pm Town Hall

See page 28 for details

Orchestra of The Swan David Curtis conductor David Le Page violin Respighi Ancients Airs and Dances Suite No 3 Warlock Capriol Suite Vivaldi The Four Seasons

What the World Needs Now... The Music of Burt Bacharach Friday Night Classics Friday 23 November, 7.30pm Symphony Hall

Orchestra of The Swan is a Town Hall Associate Artist.

Beethoven Mass in C

Beethoven Piano Concertos Nos 1 & 3 Andsnes and the Mahler Chamber Orchestra Part of the Birmingham International Concert Season

Tuesday 20 November 8pm Symphony Hall Mahler Chamber Orchestra Leif Ove Andsnes piano/director Beethoven Stravinsky Beethoven

Overture, Coriolan Piano Concerto No 1 Octet Piano Concerto No 3

9’ 37’ 14’ 37’

Beethoven’s First and Third Piano Concertos contain all the fire and fantasy of the young virtuoso. From the keyboard Leif Ove Andsnes directs an orchestra hailed as the best in the world by Le Monde. £9.50 – £40 Part of the Birmingham Beethoven Cycle.

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RECOMMENDED BY

Wednesday 28 November 7.30pm Symphony Hall Kazushi Ono conductor Nicola Benedetti violin

Richard Balcombe conductor Graham Bickley, Sarah Lark, Alison Jiear vocalists

£6.50 – £21.50

Benedetti plays Szymanowski

The CBSO and an all-star cast give the deluxe treatment to Bacharach classics including Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head, What The World Needs Now, Do You Know The Way to San José?, Walk On By and many more.

Dvorák The Wood Dove Szymanowski Violin Concerto No 1 Bartók Concerto for Orchestra

One of Britain’s best-loved violinists, Nicola Benedetti joins the CBSO to perform Szymanowski’s glittering Concerto, the piece with which she won BBC Young Musician of the Year in 2004. Then the CBSO takes the spotlight in Bartók’s life-affirming and dazzling Concerto for Orchestra. £10 – £42

£12.50 – £40

Thursday 22 November 7.30pm Symphony Hall

Brodsky Quartet: Wheel of 4Tunes

Nelsons conducts Bruckner’s Eighth

Olari Elts conductor Anna Leese soprano Kai Rüütel mezzo Ben Johnson tenor Stephen Loges bass CBSO Chorus

Monday 26 November 7.30pm Town Hall

Thursday 6 December 7.30pm Symphony Hall

The Brodsky Quartet are 40 years old this year and are out to have some fun! Come along and join in with their Wheel of 4Tunes concert: the programme is picked by audience members spinning a wheel, with 40 of the quartet’s favourite works on offer.

Andris Nelsons conductor Claire Booth soprano

Haydn Te Deum 12’ Symphony No 104 (London) 29’ Beethoven Mass in C 45’ Olari Elts conducts the CBSO’s world-famous Chorus in Beethoven’s noble, heartfelt Mass in C – but not before a ringing shout of joy from the happiest religious composer of all time, Beethoven’s teacher Joseph “Papa” Haydn. £10 – £42 Part of the Birmingham Beethoven Cycle.

20’ 23’ 38’

£9.50 – £30

Bruckner Symphony No 8 Schoenberg Pierrot Lunaire

83’ 38’

Andris Nelsons conducts one of the grandest and greatest symphonies in all music; Bruckner’s Eighth; a mighty vision of the eternal, composed for an enormous orchestra. Be sure to hear it – and stay on to hear BCMG perform Schoenberg’s masterpiece. 6.15pm Pre-concert performance, see website for details. PLUS – a late-night performance Birmingham Contemporary Music Group £10 – £42

Box office 0121 345 0606 or visit www.thsh.co.uk

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Christmas concerts Messiah from King’s

Part of the Birmingham International Concert Season

Benevolent Fund Concert:

Friday 14 December 7.30pm Symphony Hall

The Eroica

Thursday 13 December 7.30pm Symphony Hall Andris Nelsons conductor Baiba Skride violin Daniel Müller-Schott cello Lars Vogt piano Beethoven Triple Concerto Symphony No 3 Eroica

Part of the Birmingham International Concert Season

Sunday 9 December 3pm Town Hall European Union Chamber Orchestra Nicola Benedetti violin Leonard Elschenbroich cello Corelli Vivaldi Manfredini Vivaldi Torelli Handel Vivaldi

Concerto Grosso in G minor, Christmas Concerto Cello Concerto in G minor RV 416 Concerto Grosso in F, Christmas Concerto Concerto for Violin & Cello in F RV 544 Concerto in G minor, Christmas Concerto Pastoral Symphony from Messiah Autumn and Winter from The Four Seasons

15’ 10’ 10’ 10’ 10’ 3’ 17’

Together with the European Union Chamber Orchestra, Nicola Benedetti performs an exuberant baroque programme featuring delightful seasonal highlights: the peacefully pastoral Christmas Concertos of Corelli and his contemporaries, and Vivaldi’s popular Winter from The Four Seasons. £9.50 – £35

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Handel 34’ 47’

Beethoven’s mighty Eroica Symphony changed the course of musical history. It’s a profoundly moving human drama, and in this concert devoted to the CBSO Benevolent Fund*, expect Andris Nelsons to find every last drop of emotion.

Nicola Benedetti plays Concertos for Christmas

Choir of King’s College, Cambridge Academy of Ancient Music Stephen Cleobury conductor Elizabeth Watts soprano Claudia Huckle alto Thomas Walker tenor Ashley Riches baritone Messiah

138’

Stephen Cleobury conducts the world-famous Choir of King’s College, a distinguished line-up of soloists, and the Academy of Ancient Music in the best-loved of all choral works. RECOMMENDED BY £9.50 – £50

Carols By Candlelight

Tuned In: The Eroica

Sunday 16 December 3pm Symphony Hall

Saturday 15 December 7pm Symphony Hall

Mozart Festival Orchestra in full period costume Michael Bawtree conductor Canzonetta choir Rachel Nicholls soprano

6.15pm Pre-concert talk, see website for details.

Andris Nelsons conductor Stephen Johnson presenter

£10 – £42 Part of the Birmingham Beethoven Cycle.

An introduction to Beethoven’s Eroica Symphony, with live orchestral examples 35’

*The CBSO Benevolent Fund, registered friendly society 735F, exists to support CBSO players and staff, past and present, at times of ill-health or other hardship.

Beethoven Symphony No 3, Eroica

DID YOU KNOW? For £35 you can sponsor a child in Ladywood to learn a musical instrument? For more information see www.thsh.co.uk

47’

Delve behind the notes as the BBC’s Stephen Johnson – assisted on stage by Andris Nelsons and the full CBSO – uncovers the incredible story of Beethoven’s Eroica. £20 Includes a free programme. Part of the Birmingham Beethoven Cycle.

Handel Zadok the Priest, Let the Bright Seraphim Mozart Laudate Dominum Rutter Nativity Carol Corelli Allegro and Pastorale from Christmas Concerto Handel Messiah Christmas sequence including Hallelujah Chorus Bach Air on the G String, Sleepers Wake Gruber Silent Night Darke In the bleak midwinter Vivaldi Gloria (First Movement) Wood Ding, Dong Merrily on High Plus carols for all including; The First Nowell, God rest you merry, gentlemen, O come, all ye faithful, While shepherds watched, Once in royal David’s city and Hark! the herald angels sing. Herald the Christmas season with this concert of carols and seasonal classics performed by the Mozart Festival Orchestra, staged in full 18th Century costume in an evocative candle-lit style setting. £12.50 – £36

Box office 0121 345 0606 or visit www.thsh.co.uk

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Christmas concerts Messiah from King’s

Part of the Birmingham International Concert Season

Benevolent Fund Concert:

Friday 14 December 7.30pm Symphony Hall

The Eroica

Thursday 13 December 7.30pm Symphony Hall Andris Nelsons conductor Baiba Skride violin Daniel Müller-Schott cello Lars Vogt piano Beethoven Triple Concerto Symphony No 3 Eroica

Part of the Birmingham International Concert Season

Sunday 9 December 3pm Town Hall European Union Chamber Orchestra Nicola Benedetti violin Leonard Elschenbroich cello Corelli Vivaldi Manfredini Vivaldi Torelli Handel Vivaldi

Concerto Grosso in G minor, Christmas Concerto Cello Concerto in G minor RV 416 Concerto Grosso in F, Christmas Concerto Concerto for Violin & Cello in F RV 544 Concerto in G minor, Christmas Concerto Pastoral Symphony from Messiah Autumn and Winter from The Four Seasons

15’ 10’ 10’ 10’ 10’ 3’ 17’

Together with the European Union Chamber Orchestra, Nicola Benedetti performs an exuberant baroque programme featuring delightful seasonal highlights: the peacefully pastoral Christmas Concertos of Corelli and his contemporaries, and Vivaldi’s popular Winter from The Four Seasons. £9.50 – £35

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Handel 34’ 47’

Beethoven’s mighty Eroica Symphony changed the course of musical history. It’s a profoundly moving human drama, and in this concert devoted to the CBSO Benevolent Fund*, expect Andris Nelsons to find every last drop of emotion.

Nicola Benedetti plays Concertos for Christmas

Choir of King’s College, Cambridge Academy of Ancient Music Stephen Cleobury conductor Elizabeth Watts soprano Claudia Huckle alto Thomas Walker tenor Ashley Riches baritone Messiah

138’

Stephen Cleobury conducts the world-famous Choir of King’s College, a distinguished line-up of soloists, and the Academy of Ancient Music in the best-loved of all choral works. RECOMMENDED BY £9.50 – £50

Carols By Candlelight

Tuned In: The Eroica

Sunday 16 December 3pm Symphony Hall

Saturday 15 December 7pm Symphony Hall

Mozart Festival Orchestra in full period costume Michael Bawtree conductor Canzonetta choir Rachel Nicholls soprano

6.15pm Pre-concert talk, see website for details.

Andris Nelsons conductor Stephen Johnson presenter

£10 – £42 Part of the Birmingham Beethoven Cycle.

An introduction to Beethoven’s Eroica Symphony, with live orchestral examples 35’

*The CBSO Benevolent Fund, registered friendly society 735F, exists to support CBSO players and staff, past and present, at times of ill-health or other hardship.

Beethoven Symphony No 3, Eroica

DID YOU KNOW? For £35 you can sponsor a child in Ladywood to learn a musical instrument? For more information see www.thsh.co.uk

47’

Delve behind the notes as the BBC’s Stephen Johnson – assisted on stage by Andris Nelsons and the full CBSO – uncovers the incredible story of Beethoven’s Eroica. £20 Includes a free programme. Part of the Birmingham Beethoven Cycle.

Handel Zadok the Priest, Let the Bright Seraphim Mozart Laudate Dominum Rutter Nativity Carol Corelli Allegro and Pastorale from Christmas Concerto Handel Messiah Christmas sequence including Hallelujah Chorus Bach Air on the G String, Sleepers Wake Gruber Silent Night Darke In the bleak midwinter Vivaldi Gloria (First Movement) Wood Ding, Dong Merrily on High Plus carols for all including; The First Nowell, God rest you merry, gentlemen, O come, all ye faithful, While shepherds watched, Once in royal David’s city and Hark! the herald angels sing. Herald the Christmas season with this concert of carols and seasonal classics performed by the Mozart Festival Orchestra, staged in full 18th Century costume in an evocative candle-lit style setting. £12.50 – £36

Box office 0121 345 0606 or visit www.thsh.co.uk

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Christmas with Katherine Jenkins Tuesday 18 December 7.30pm Symphony Hall National Symphony Orchestra Anthony Inglis conductor Join Katherine Jenkins for her very own selection of Christmas music. £29.50 – £55

Festive Favourites with Alan Titchmarsh Friday 21 & Saturday 22 December 7.30pm Sunday 23 December 3pm & 7.30pm Symphony Hall Simon Halsey conductor Alan Titchmarsh presenter CBSO Choruses Join the CBSO and Alan Titchmarsh as they celebrate Christmas with massed choirs, seasonal music old and new, and of course lots of favourite carols for all to sing. £12.50 – £40

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The Glory of Christmas Monday 24 December 2.30pm Symphony Hall London Concert Orchestra Birmingham Choral Union Staffordshire Childrens Choir John Pryce-Jones conductor Joshua Ellicott tenor Crispian Steele-Perkins trumpet

Last Night of The Christmas Proms Thursday 27 December 7.30pm Symphony Hall London Concert Orchestra Jae Alexander conductor Kate Valentine soprano Nicholas Ransley tenor Tchaikovsky Bizet Delibes Mascagni Puccini Verdi Saint-Saens Tchaikovsky Strauss Elgar Handel

Sleeping Beauty Waltz Farandole from L’Arlésienne Prelude and Mazurka from Coppélia Intermezzo from Cavalleria Rusticana O Soave Fanciulla from La Bohème Brindisi from La Traviata Finale from Organ Symphony Nutcracker Suite Die Fledermaus Overture Nimrod Excerpts from Music for the Royal Fireworks

An unforgettable programme of rousing classics with a grand British flag waving finale including; Rule, Brittannia!, Nessun Dorma, Jerusalem, Fantasia on British Sea Songs, and Land of Hope and Glory.

Bach Jesu, Joy of man’s desiring Goodall The Lord is my Shepherd Schubert Ave Maria Pearsall In dulci jubilo Clarke Trumpet Suite Adam O Holy Night Handel Hallelujah Chorus, Worthy is the Lamb from Messiah Bach Sheep may safely graze Gruber Silent Night Haydn Trumpet Concerto (final movement) Willcocks See amid the winter’s snow Adams The Holy City Rutter The Twelve Days of Christmas

£12.50 – £36

Plus carols for all including; God rest you merry gentlemen, Good King Wenceslas, Once in yoyal David’s city, The First Nowell, O come, all ye faithful, Hark!, the herald angels sing.

From Danny Elfman to John Williams, this concert features film scores including: Batman, Superman, James Bond, Robin Hood, The Lord of The Rings and many more.

A Christmas Eve concert of joyous seasonal and traditional music that perfectly captures the true spirit of Christmas.

£12.50 – £36

Ultimate Movie Heroes Saturday 29 December 7.30pm Symphony Hall London Concert Orchestra Anthony Inglis conductor

The Four Seasons By Candlelight Sunday 30 December 2.30pm Symphony Hall Mozart Festival Orchestra in full period costume David Juritz conductor Rachel Nicholls soprano Crispian Steele–Perkins trumpet Handel Charpentier Handel Bach Pachelbel Purcell Bach Handel Vivaldi

Let the Bright Seraphim Opening of the Te Deum I know my redeemer liveth Double Violin Concerto Canon Trumpet Suite Brandenburg Concerto No 3 Eternal Source of Light Divine The Four Seasons

Vivaldi’s masterpiece crowns a superb programme performed in full period costume in a wonderful candle-lit style setting. £12.50 – £32.50

£12.50 – £32.50

Box office 0121 345 0606 or visit www.thsh.co.uk

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Christmas with Katherine Jenkins Tuesday 18 December 7.30pm Symphony Hall National Symphony Orchestra Anthony Inglis conductor Join Katherine Jenkins for her very own selection of Christmas music. £29.50 – £55

Festive Favourites with Alan Titchmarsh Friday 21 & Saturday 22 December 7.30pm Sunday 23 December 3pm & 7.30pm Symphony Hall Simon Halsey conductor Alan Titchmarsh presenter CBSO Choruses Join the CBSO and Alan Titchmarsh as they celebrate Christmas with massed choirs, seasonal music old and new, and of course lots of favourite carols for all to sing. £12.50 – £40

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The Glory of Christmas Monday 24 December 2.30pm Symphony Hall London Concert Orchestra Birmingham Choral Union Staffordshire Childrens Choir John Pryce-Jones conductor Joshua Ellicott tenor Crispian Steele-Perkins trumpet

Last Night of The Christmas Proms Thursday 27 December 7.30pm Symphony Hall London Concert Orchestra Jae Alexander conductor Kate Valentine soprano Nicholas Ransley tenor Tchaikovsky Bizet Delibes Mascagni Puccini Verdi Saint-Saens Tchaikovsky Strauss Elgar Handel

Sleeping Beauty Waltz Farandole from L’Arlésienne Prelude and Mazurka from Coppélia Intermezzo from Cavalleria Rusticana O Soave Fanciulla from La Bohème Brindisi from La Traviata Finale from Organ Symphony Nutcracker Suite Die Fledermaus Overture Nimrod Excerpts from Music for the Royal Fireworks

An unforgettable programme of rousing classics with a grand British flag waving finale including; Rule, Brittannia!, Nessun Dorma, Jerusalem, Fantasia on British Sea Songs, and Land of Hope and Glory.

Bach Jesu, Joy of man’s desiring Goodall The Lord is my Shepherd Schubert Ave Maria Pearsall In dulci jubilo Clarke Trumpet Suite Adam O Holy Night Handel Hallelujah Chorus, Worthy is the Lamb from Messiah Bach Sheep may safely graze Gruber Silent Night Haydn Trumpet Concerto (final movement) Willcocks See amid the winter’s snow Adams The Holy City Rutter The Twelve Days of Christmas

£12.50 – £36

Plus carols for all including; God rest you merry gentlemen, Good King Wenceslas, Once in yoyal David’s city, The First Nowell, O come, all ye faithful, Hark!, the herald angels sing.

From Danny Elfman to John Williams, this concert features film scores including: Batman, Superman, James Bond, Robin Hood, The Lord of The Rings and many more.

A Christmas Eve concert of joyous seasonal and traditional music that perfectly captures the true spirit of Christmas.

£12.50 – £36

Ultimate Movie Heroes Saturday 29 December 7.30pm Symphony Hall London Concert Orchestra Anthony Inglis conductor

The Four Seasons By Candlelight Sunday 30 December 2.30pm Symphony Hall Mozart Festival Orchestra in full period costume David Juritz conductor Rachel Nicholls soprano Crispian Steele–Perkins trumpet Handel Charpentier Handel Bach Pachelbel Purcell Bach Handel Vivaldi

Let the Bright Seraphim Opening of the Te Deum I know my redeemer liveth Double Violin Concerto Canon Trumpet Suite Brandenburg Concerto No 3 Eternal Source of Light Divine The Four Seasons

Vivaldi’s masterpiece crowns a superb programme performed in full period costume in a wonderful candle-lit style setting. £12.50 – £32.50

£12.50 – £32.50

Box office 0121 345 0606 or visit www.thsh.co.uk

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New Year concerts Beethoven’s Ninth

H.M.S. Pinafore

Sunday 30 December 7.30pm Symphony Hall

Viennese New Year Saturday 5 January 3pm Symphony Hall

City of Birmingham Choir Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Christopher Warren-Green conductor Julia Sporsén soprano Julia Riley mezzo-soprano Joshua Ellicott tenor Duncan Rock baritone Danny Driver piano Symphony No 9 Choral Piano Concerto No 5 Emperor

Beethoven

The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra performs an all-Beethoven programme featuring the monumental Choral symphony with its climactic Ode to Joy. £23.50 – £39.50

New Year’s Eve Gala Monday 31 December 9.30pm Symphony Hall London Concert Orchestra Anthony Inglis conductor Jesus Leon tenor Richard Morrison baritone Rossini Sousa Bizet Verdi Brahms Rossini Strauss Bizet Elgar Tchaikovsky

William Tell Overture Semper Fidelis Toreador Song La Donna è Mobile Hungarian Dance No 5 Largo al Factotum Thunder and Lightning Polka The Pearlfishers Duet Nimrod Swan Lake Waltz 1812 Overture

Great classics to see in the New Year including; Nessun Dorma, Rule Britannia!, Jerusalem, Hornpipe, Dambusters March and Land of Hope and Glory. £17.50 – £45

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Martin Yates conductor James Edwards tenor

One Night In Vienna Tuesday 1 January 2.30pm Symphony Hall Johann Strauss Orchestra Rainer Hersch conductor Johann Strauss Dancers in costumes of the period From the producers of the Johann Strauss Gala comes an exciting new show bringing you the best of the Viennese tradition including; TritschTratsch Polka, The Blue Danube Waltz, The Laughing Song, Perpetuum Mobile, Overture from Die Fledermaus, Wiener Blut and Thunder and Lightning Polka. Plus timeless dance music from other masters of the waltz; Tchaikovsky, Lehár and many more £12.50 – £36.50

MUSIC SHOP Symphony Hall Music Shop Complete your experience with a trip to the Symphony Hall Music Shop, situated in the ICC, offering an exceptional range of music and themed gifts. Opening Times 11am to 6pm Monday to Saturday and until late on concert nights. For more information call 0121 200 2382 or email martin.hare@thsh.co.uk

Programme includes: Johann Strauss II Tritsch-Tratsch Polka   Annen-Polka   Blue Danube Waltz   Thunder and Lightning Polka Suppé Overture – Poet and Peasant Lehár Gold and Silver Waltz Kreisler Viennese Rhapsodic Fantasietta Heuberger The Opera Ball – Overture & Im Chambre Séparée Lehár Girls were Made to Love and Kiss Waldteufel Skaters’ Waltz Tauber My Heart and I Romberg The Student Prince – Serenade Sieczynski Vienna, City of my Dreams Elegant waltzes, playful polkas, and good oldfashioned operetta romance from tenor James Edwards. Let the CBSO and maestro Martin Yates whirl you back to a more glamorous age, and raise a glass to the start of another year. £12.50 – £40

Sunday 6 January 3pm Symphony Hall TBC Sir Joseph Porter Riccardo Simonetti Captain Corcoran Oliver White Ralph Rackstraw Bruce Graham Dick Deadeye Mark Evans Bill Bobstay Ross Finnie Bob Beckett Charlotte Page Josephine Louise Crane Cousin Hebe Rosemary Ashe Little Buttercup This nautical tale of romance and mistaken identities features some of Gilbert’s wittiest characters and overflows with memorable music, in this semi-staged concert performance. £12.50 – £36

Beethoven Symphonies 4 & 5 Wednesday 9 January 7.30pm Thursday 10 January 2.15pm Symphony Hall Andris Nelsons conductor Carolyn Sampson soprano Beethoven Symphony No 4   Ah, Perfido! Scena and Aria Symphony No 5

32’ 15’ 36’

Andris Nelsons’s Beethoven odyssey arrives at the most famous symphony of all time. Prepare to be electrified – and to be delighted by the Fifth’s prettier, funnier sister, the exuberant Fourth Symphony. £10 – £42 Part of the Birmingham Beethoven Cycle.

Box office 0121 345 0606 or visit www.thsh.co.uk

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New Year concerts Beethoven’s Ninth

H.M.S. Pinafore

Sunday 30 December 7.30pm Symphony Hall

Viennese New Year Saturday 5 January 3pm Symphony Hall

City of Birmingham Choir Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Christopher Warren-Green conductor Julia Sporsén soprano Julia Riley mezzo-soprano Joshua Ellicott tenor Duncan Rock baritone Danny Driver piano Symphony No 9 Choral Piano Concerto No 5 Emperor

Beethoven

The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra performs an all-Beethoven programme featuring the monumental Choral symphony with its climactic Ode to Joy. £23.50 – £39.50

New Year’s Eve Gala Monday 31 December 9.30pm Symphony Hall London Concert Orchestra Anthony Inglis conductor Jesus Leon tenor Richard Morrison baritone Rossini Sousa Bizet Verdi Brahms Rossini Strauss Bizet Elgar Tchaikovsky

William Tell Overture Semper Fidelis Toreador Song La Donna è Mobile Hungarian Dance No 5 Largo al Factotum Thunder and Lightning Polka The Pearlfishers Duet Nimrod Swan Lake Waltz 1812 Overture

Great classics to see in the New Year including; Nessun Dorma, Rule Britannia!, Jerusalem, Hornpipe, Dambusters March and Land of Hope and Glory. £17.50 – £45

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Martin Yates conductor James Edwards tenor

One Night In Vienna Tuesday 1 January 2.30pm Symphony Hall Johann Strauss Orchestra Rainer Hersch conductor Johann Strauss Dancers in costumes of the period From the producers of the Johann Strauss Gala comes an exciting new show bringing you the best of the Viennese tradition including; TritschTratsch Polka, The Blue Danube Waltz, The Laughing Song, Perpetuum Mobile, Overture from Die Fledermaus, Wiener Blut and Thunder and Lightning Polka. Plus timeless dance music from other masters of the waltz; Tchaikovsky, Lehár and many more £12.50 – £36.50

MUSIC SHOP Symphony Hall Music Shop Complete your experience with a trip to the Symphony Hall Music Shop, situated in the ICC, offering an exceptional range of music and themed gifts. Opening Times 11am to 6pm Monday to Saturday and until late on concert nights. For more information call 0121 200 2382 or email martin.hare@thsh.co.uk

Programme includes: Johann Strauss II Tritsch-Tratsch Polka   Annen-Polka   Blue Danube Waltz   Thunder and Lightning Polka Suppé Overture – Poet and Peasant Lehár Gold and Silver Waltz Kreisler Viennese Rhapsodic Fantasietta Heuberger The Opera Ball – Overture & Im Chambre Séparée Lehár Girls were Made to Love and Kiss Waldteufel Skaters’ Waltz Tauber My Heart and I Romberg The Student Prince – Serenade Sieczynski Vienna, City of my Dreams Elegant waltzes, playful polkas, and good oldfashioned operetta romance from tenor James Edwards. Let the CBSO and maestro Martin Yates whirl you back to a more glamorous age, and raise a glass to the start of another year. £12.50 – £40

Sunday 6 January 3pm Symphony Hall TBC Sir Joseph Porter Riccardo Simonetti Captain Corcoran Oliver White Ralph Rackstraw Bruce Graham Dick Deadeye Mark Evans Bill Bobstay Ross Finnie Bob Beckett Charlotte Page Josephine Louise Crane Cousin Hebe Rosemary Ashe Little Buttercup This nautical tale of romance and mistaken identities features some of Gilbert’s wittiest characters and overflows with memorable music, in this semi-staged concert performance. £12.50 – £36

Beethoven Symphonies 4 & 5 Wednesday 9 January 7.30pm Thursday 10 January 2.15pm Symphony Hall Andris Nelsons conductor Carolyn Sampson soprano Beethoven Symphony No 4   Ah, Perfido! Scena and Aria Symphony No 5

32’ 15’ 36’

Andris Nelsons’s Beethoven odyssey arrives at the most famous symphony of all time. Prepare to be electrified – and to be delighted by the Fifth’s prettier, funnier sister, the exuberant Fourth Symphony. £10 – £42 Part of the Birmingham Beethoven Cycle.

Box office 0121 345 0606 or visit www.thsh.co.uk

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A BOY WAS BORN Celebrating the Britten Centenary in Birmingham.

Britten Beethoven Britten Prokofiev

Ex Cathedra Choir Academy of Vocal Music Jeffrey Skidmore conductor Alexander Mason organ 4’ 4’ 32’ 10’ 10’ 15’

Experience the sweet lyricism of A Hymn to St Cecilia, the special atmosphere of A Boy Was Born and the youthful genius of A Hymn to the Virgin, written when Britten was just sixteen. £9.50 – £35 Ex Cathedra is a Town Hall Associate Artist. EDITOR’S CHOICE

Britten Discovery Day Part of the

Birmingham International Concert Season

Saturday 12 January 10.30am – 5pm CBSO Centre A day-long series of talks, live music and discussion examining Benjamin Britten, his music, and his world: from the influence of the Suffolk coast to the innocence of childhood and the darkness of the human condition.

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Andris Nelsons conductor Simon Trpceski piano

Britten Sinfonia Angela Hewitt piano

Saturday 12 January 2013 7.30pm Town Hall

£15

Wednesday 23 January 2.15pm Thursday 24 January 7.30pm Symphony Hall

Sunday 13 January 2013 5.30pm Town Hall

Birmingham International Concert Season

Jubilate in C A Hymn to the Virgin A Boy Was Born Choral Dances from Gloriana A Hymn to St Cecilia Rejoice in the Lamb

Nelsons conducts Tchaikovsky

Birmingham International Concert Season

A Boy Was Born Part of the

Britten

Young Britten and Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No 2 Part of the

Simple Symphony Piano Concerto No 2 Variations on a theme of Frank Bridge Symphony No 1, Classical

16’ 27’ 24’ 16’

The brilliance of popular pieces by the young Britten is matched by two other exuberant masterworks by composers also in their twenties: the quirky charm of Prokofiev and the rugged impetuosity of Beethoven’s Second Piano Concerto.

City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra Edward Gardner conductor Susan Gritton soprano Allan Clayton tenor Kelley O’Connor alto* CBSO Chorus CBSO Youth Chorus CBSO Children’s Chorus

Part of the Birmingham Beethoven Cycle.

Winter Words from Ian Bostridge Wednesday 16 January 2013 7.30pm Town Hall

Bridge The Sea 19’ Elgar Sea Pictures* 23’ Britten Spring Symphony 45’

Ian Bostridge tenor Julius Drake piano Twelve songs from Winterreise (A Winter’s Journey) Winter Words

35’ 22’

Benjamin Britten wrote Winter Words for the tenor Peter Pears, and the duo were legendary interpreters of Schubert’s Winterreise. Ian Bostridge – one of today’s greatest interpreters of the music of both composers – continues that tradition. £9.50 – £35 Part of the Birmingham Beethoven Cycle.

A Spring Symphony Thursday 17 January 7.30pm Saturday 19 January 7pm Symphony Hall

£9.50 – £35

Schubert Britten

Strauss Chopin Tchaikovsky

This concert sees Britten’s magical Spring Symphony paired with two bracing British seascapes to enter Britten’s 100th birthday year on the crest of a wave. Thu 17, 6.15pm & Sat 19, 5.45pm Pre-concert talk: check website for details. £10 – £42

Till Eulenspiegel Piano Concerto No 1 Symphony No 3, Polish

16’ 39’ 44’

The sensational Macedonian pianist Simon Trpceski joins Andris Nelsons and the CBSO for a night of love, laughter, and melody without limits. 1pm (23 Jan), 6.15pm (24 Jan) Free pre-concert talk, check website for details. Wed: £10 – £39.50 Thu: £10 – £42

Echo Rising Stars Series 18th Season

Rising Stars: Daniella Koch & Oliver Triendl Sunday 13 January 11am Town Hall Daniella Koch flute Oliver Triendl piano £7.50 Unreserved seating. Ticket includes coffee or tea, or a glass of sherry, orange juice or water.

Another stirring performance Symphony Hall Cafe Bar The Level 3 (Ground Floor) bar at Symphony Hall is now offering hot and cold drinks, sandwiches and snacks from 10am through to concert time, everyday, except Sundays when it is open from 12 noon. Foyer bars are open an hour before every Symphony Hall concert.

Box office 0121 345 0606 or visit www.thsh.co.uk

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A BOY WAS BORN Celebrating the Britten Centenary in Birmingham.

Britten Beethoven Britten Prokofiev

Ex Cathedra Choir Academy of Vocal Music Jeffrey Skidmore conductor Alexander Mason organ 4’ 4’ 32’ 10’ 10’ 15’

Experience the sweet lyricism of A Hymn to St Cecilia, the special atmosphere of A Boy Was Born and the youthful genius of A Hymn to the Virgin, written when Britten was just sixteen. £9.50 – £35 Ex Cathedra is a Town Hall Associate Artist. EDITOR’S CHOICE

Britten Discovery Day Part of the

Birmingham International Concert Season

Saturday 12 January 10.30am – 5pm CBSO Centre A day-long series of talks, live music and discussion examining Benjamin Britten, his music, and his world: from the influence of the Suffolk coast to the innocence of childhood and the darkness of the human condition.

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Andris Nelsons conductor Simon Trpceski piano

Britten Sinfonia Angela Hewitt piano

Saturday 12 January 2013 7.30pm Town Hall

£15

Wednesday 23 January 2.15pm Thursday 24 January 7.30pm Symphony Hall

Sunday 13 January 2013 5.30pm Town Hall

Birmingham International Concert Season

Jubilate in C A Hymn to the Virgin A Boy Was Born Choral Dances from Gloriana A Hymn to St Cecilia Rejoice in the Lamb

Nelsons conducts Tchaikovsky

Birmingham International Concert Season

A Boy Was Born Part of the

Britten

Young Britten and Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No 2 Part of the

Simple Symphony Piano Concerto No 2 Variations on a theme of Frank Bridge Symphony No 1, Classical

16’ 27’ 24’ 16’

The brilliance of popular pieces by the young Britten is matched by two other exuberant masterworks by composers also in their twenties: the quirky charm of Prokofiev and the rugged impetuosity of Beethoven’s Second Piano Concerto.

City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra Edward Gardner conductor Susan Gritton soprano Allan Clayton tenor Kelley O’Connor alto* CBSO Chorus CBSO Youth Chorus CBSO Children’s Chorus

Part of the Birmingham Beethoven Cycle.

Winter Words from Ian Bostridge Wednesday 16 January 2013 7.30pm Town Hall

Bridge The Sea 19’ Elgar Sea Pictures* 23’ Britten Spring Symphony 45’

Ian Bostridge tenor Julius Drake piano Twelve songs from Winterreise (A Winter’s Journey) Winter Words

35’ 22’

Benjamin Britten wrote Winter Words for the tenor Peter Pears, and the duo were legendary interpreters of Schubert’s Winterreise. Ian Bostridge – one of today’s greatest interpreters of the music of both composers – continues that tradition. £9.50 – £35 Part of the Birmingham Beethoven Cycle.

A Spring Symphony Thursday 17 January 7.30pm Saturday 19 January 7pm Symphony Hall

£9.50 – £35

Schubert Britten

Strauss Chopin Tchaikovsky

This concert sees Britten’s magical Spring Symphony paired with two bracing British seascapes to enter Britten’s 100th birthday year on the crest of a wave. Thu 17, 6.15pm & Sat 19, 5.45pm Pre-concert talk: check website for details. £10 – £42

Till Eulenspiegel Piano Concerto No 1 Symphony No 3, Polish

16’ 39’ 44’

The sensational Macedonian pianist Simon Trpceski joins Andris Nelsons and the CBSO for a night of love, laughter, and melody without limits. 1pm (23 Jan), 6.15pm (24 Jan) Free pre-concert talk, check website for details. Wed: £10 – £39.50 Thu: £10 – £42

Echo Rising Stars Series 18th Season

Rising Stars: Daniella Koch & Oliver Triendl Sunday 13 January 11am Town Hall Daniella Koch flute Oliver Triendl piano £7.50 Unreserved seating. Ticket includes coffee or tea, or a glass of sherry, orange juice or water.

Another stirring performance Symphony Hall Cafe Bar The Level 3 (Ground Floor) bar at Symphony Hall is now offering hot and cold drinks, sandwiches and snacks from 10am through to concert time, everyday, except Sundays when it is open from 12 noon. Foyer bars are open an hour before every Symphony Hall concert.

Box office 0121 345 0606 or visit www.thsh.co.uk

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How to Book The Labèque Sisters play Poulenc

By Phone Call our Box Office on 0121 345 0606.

Wednesday 30 January 7.30pm Symphony Hall Nicholas McGegan conductor Katia and Marielle Labèque piano

Belcea Quartet: Beethoven Plus… Part of the Birmingham International Concert Season The Belcea Quartet has very much come of age, but maturity and widespread international repute has in no way dented the freshness of the players’ music-making. In the first two of three concerts this season they perform music by Beethoven, Haydn and Shostakovich. Their third concert is on 1 July.

Beethoven plus... Haydn Monday 28 January 7.30pm Town Hall Haydn Beethoven £9.50 – £30

String Quartet in D minor, Op 103 String Quartet in A, Op 18, No 5 String Quartet in C sharp minor, Op 131

11’ 27’  38’

Tuesday 29 January 7.30pm Town Hall

£9.50 – £30 Part of the Birmingham Beethoven Cycle.

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34’ 38’

In Person Town Hall Box Office is open two hours before the start time of a performance. Symphony Hall Box Office, in the ICC is open 10am – 6pm (Monday – Saturday) and 12pm – 4pm (Sunday). Open later on concert days.

Discounts

12’

Discounts are available for some concert performances, please check online or on 0121 345 0606 / 0121 345 0604.

26’

*A £2.50 fee per transaction will be charged on all bookings except purchases made in person at Town Hall or Symphony Hall Box Office.

19’ 25’

In tonight’s concert Katia and Marielle Labèque take centre stage in some of the most delightful music ever written for two pianos and orchestra: Mozart’s youthful romp, and Poulenc’s champagne-cocktail of a double concerto. £10 – £42

Beethoven plus... Shostakovich Shostakovich String Quartet No 3 Beethoven String Quartet in E flat, Op 127

Poulenc Suite Française Mozart Concerto in E flat for Two pianos, K365 Poulenc Concerto for Two Pianos Mozart Symphony No 39

Online www.thsh.co.uk

DID YOU KNOW? Over 1/2 million people enjoy performances at Town Hall and Symphony Hall every year?

Save up to 30% on tickets Book for six or more Birmingham International Concert Season and save up to 30% on tickets.

Book six or more concerts and save up to 30%!

You will also receive these exclusive benefits: • Ticket exchange scheme • Free concert programme • Discounts on selected additional concerts throughout the year • Car parking for just £4.50 at Qpark Brindleyplace • 12½% discount at Symphony Hall Music Shop • 10% discount on Town Hall and Symphony Hall merchandise • 30% discount on additional Birmingham International Concert Season concert tickets if you book 17 or more concerts in your package To book concert packages, call Box Office on 0121 345 0606

Box office 0121 345 0606 or visit www.thsh.co.uk

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How to Book The Labèque Sisters play Poulenc

By Phone Call our Box Office on 0121 345 0606.

Wednesday 30 January 7.30pm Symphony Hall Nicholas McGegan conductor Katia and Marielle Labèque piano

Belcea Quartet: Beethoven Plus… Part of the Birmingham International Concert Season The Belcea Quartet has very much come of age, but maturity and widespread international repute has in no way dented the freshness of the players’ music-making. In the first two of three concerts this season they perform music by Beethoven, Haydn and Shostakovich. Their third concert is on 1 July.

Beethoven plus... Haydn Monday 28 January 7.30pm Town Hall Haydn Beethoven £9.50 – £30

String Quartet in D minor, Op 103 String Quartet in A, Op 18, No 5 String Quartet in C sharp minor, Op 131

11’ 27’  38’

Tuesday 29 January 7.30pm Town Hall

£9.50 – £30 Part of the Birmingham Beethoven Cycle.

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34’ 38’

In Person Town Hall Box Office is open two hours before the start time of a performance. Symphony Hall Box Office, in the ICC is open 10am – 6pm (Monday – Saturday) and 12pm – 4pm (Sunday). Open later on concert days.

Discounts

12’

Discounts are available for some concert performances, please check online or on 0121 345 0606 / 0121 345 0604.

26’

*A £2.50 fee per transaction will be charged on all bookings except purchases made in person at Town Hall or Symphony Hall Box Office.

19’ 25’

In tonight’s concert Katia and Marielle Labèque take centre stage in some of the most delightful music ever written for two pianos and orchestra: Mozart’s youthful romp, and Poulenc’s champagne-cocktail of a double concerto. £10 – £42

Beethoven plus... Shostakovich Shostakovich String Quartet No 3 Beethoven String Quartet in E flat, Op 127

Poulenc Suite Française Mozart Concerto in E flat for Two pianos, K365 Poulenc Concerto for Two Pianos Mozart Symphony No 39

Online www.thsh.co.uk

DID YOU KNOW? Over 1/2 million people enjoy performances at Town Hall and Symphony Hall every year?

Save up to 30% on tickets Book for six or more Birmingham International Concert Season and save up to 30% on tickets.

Book six or more concerts and save up to 30%!

You will also receive these exclusive benefits: • Ticket exchange scheme • Free concert programme • Discounts on selected additional concerts throughout the year • Car parking for just £4.50 at Qpark Brindleyplace • 12½% discount at Symphony Hall Music Shop • 10% discount on Town Hall and Symphony Hall merchandise • 30% discount on additional Birmingham International Concert Season concert tickets if you book 17 or more concerts in your package To book concert packages, call Box Office on 0121 345 0606

Box office 0121 345 0606 or visit www.thsh.co.uk

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An Evening with Tony Benn

Rufus Wainwright and his Band

Monday 17 September 7.30pm Town Hall

Saturday 17 November 7.30pm Symphony Hall

The veteran Labour politician Tony Benn will be talking about his life in politics and what he thinks about the changes in the Labour party. Expect an evening of frank responses and entertaining political anecdotes. £17

Affectionately referred to by Elton John as “the greatest songwriter on the planet” and praised by the New York Times for his “genuine originality,” Rufus Wainwright has established himself as one of the great male vocalists and songwriters of his generation. £25-£45

An Evening with Chris Bonington Monday 29 October 7.30pm Town Hall Chris Bonington presents a brand new “life and times” talk, covering his sixty years spent as a mountaineer.   With original images and raw footage, this is a rare opportunity to hear about some of the greatest expeditions of the twentieth century. £18

The Sound Of Musicals Sunday 4 November 7.30pm Symphony Hall Enjoy show-stopping songs from some of the best-loved musicals of all time as Ruthie Henshall stars in an evening packed with all the glamour and excitement of musical theatre! Songs include favourites from My Fair Lady, Oliver!, West Side Story, Chicago, The Phantom of the Opera and Les Misérables. £12.50 – £34.50

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A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens Performed by Clive Francis

Sunday 23 December 8pm Town Hall In December 1853 Dickens chose A Christmas Carol for his first ever public reading, in Town Hall. Clive Francis recreates the occasion, filling the stage with an entire Dickensian landscape. £16.50

Jools Holland and his Rhythm and Blues Orchestra Thursday 20 December 7.30pm Symphony Hall Boogie-woogie piano master Jools Holland brings his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra to Symphony Hall, providing the ultimate party experience, with some very special guests. £34.50

Jingle Bell Christmas Saturday 22 December 2.30pm Symphony Hall From Hollywood’s White Christmas to chart topping All I Want for Christmas Is You, it’s seasonal hit after hit. £12.50 – £36

Musicals of The Night Friday 28 December 7.30pm Symphony Hall An exciting new line-up of West End and Broadway show-stopping songs featuring stars from the West End including Celia Graham, Matthew Cammelle and Tim Howar. £12.50 – £36

Glenn Miller Orchestra

Family Concert: The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party Sunday 18 November 3pm Symphony Hall Michael Seal conductor Alasdair Malloy presenter Tumble down the rabbit hole and join the CBSO for the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party. FREE craft workshops and music in the foyers from 1.30pm. Why not come dressed up as a character from Alice in Wonderland? Special prices apply: Adults £15 / Young People aged 16 and under £7.50

Saturday 29 December 2.30pm Symphony Hall

From the creators of The Gruffalo

Legendary band leader Ray McVay swings into Birmingham to direct the UK’s most renowned big band playing the hits of Glenn Miller. £15 – £28.50

Saturday 22 December – Wednesday 16 January 2013 Town Hall

Jazz, Folk, World & Roots

Paco Peña: Quimeras Tuesday 20 November 7.30pm Town Hall

The Gruffalo’s Child

Tall Stories Theatre Company returns, bringing Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s awardwinning sequel to life in this magical, musical adaptation. £10.50, £8.50 for groups of 10+

Quimeras brings to life the journey of a group of people in pursuit of a better life, searching beyond the frontier for a wonderful, promising world. In the end this dream notion often turns out to be a chimera – an imagined beautiful reality that turns out to be false, crude and tragic. £19.50 – £28.50

Box office 0121 345 0606 or visit www.thsh.co.uk

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Family

An Evening with Tony Benn

Rufus Wainwright and his Band

Monday 17 September 7.30pm Town Hall

Saturday 17 November 7.30pm Symphony Hall

The veteran Labour politician Tony Benn will be talking about his life in politics and what he thinks about the changes in the Labour party. Expect an evening of frank responses and entertaining political anecdotes. £17

Affectionately referred to by Elton John as “the greatest songwriter on the planet” and praised by the New York Times for his “genuine originality,” Rufus Wainwright has established himself as one of the great male vocalists and songwriters of his generation. £25-£45

An Evening with Chris Bonington Monday 29 October 7.30pm Town Hall Chris Bonington presents a brand new “life and times” talk, covering his sixty years spent as a mountaineer.   With original images and raw footage, this is a rare opportunity to hear about some of the greatest expeditions of the twentieth century. £18

The Sound Of Musicals Sunday 4 November 7.30pm Symphony Hall Enjoy show-stopping songs from some of the best-loved musicals of all time as Ruthie Henshall stars in an evening packed with all the glamour and excitement of musical theatre! Songs include favourites from My Fair Lady, Oliver!, West Side Story, Chicago, The Phantom of the Opera and Les Misérables. £12.50 – £34.50

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A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens Performed by Clive Francis

Sunday 23 December 8pm Town Hall In December 1853 Dickens chose A Christmas Carol for his first ever public reading, in Town Hall. Clive Francis recreates the occasion, filling the stage with an entire Dickensian landscape. £16.50

Jools Holland and his Rhythm and Blues Orchestra Thursday 20 December 7.30pm Symphony Hall Boogie-woogie piano master Jools Holland brings his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra to Symphony Hall, providing the ultimate party experience, with some very special guests. £34.50

Jingle Bell Christmas Saturday 22 December 2.30pm Symphony Hall From Hollywood’s White Christmas to chart topping All I Want for Christmas Is You, it’s seasonal hit after hit. £12.50 – £36

Musicals of The Night Friday 28 December 7.30pm Symphony Hall An exciting new line-up of West End and Broadway show-stopping songs featuring stars from the West End including Celia Graham, Matthew Cammelle and Tim Howar. £12.50 – £36

Glenn Miller Orchestra

Family Concert: The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party Sunday 18 November 3pm Symphony Hall Michael Seal conductor Alasdair Malloy presenter Tumble down the rabbit hole and join the CBSO for the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party. FREE craft workshops and music in the foyers from 1.30pm. Why not come dressed up as a character from Alice in Wonderland? Special prices apply: Adults £15 / Young People aged 16 and under £7.50

Saturday 29 December 2.30pm Symphony Hall

From the creators of The Gruffalo

Legendary band leader Ray McVay swings into Birmingham to direct the UK’s most renowned big band playing the hits of Glenn Miller. £15 – £28.50

Saturday 22 December – Wednesday 16 January 2013 Town Hall

Jazz, Folk, World & Roots

Paco Peña: Quimeras Tuesday 20 November 7.30pm Town Hall

The Gruffalo’s Child

Tall Stories Theatre Company returns, bringing Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s awardwinning sequel to life in this magical, musical adaptation. £10.50, £8.50 for groups of 10+

Quimeras brings to life the journey of a group of people in pursuit of a better life, searching beyond the frontier for a wonderful, promising world. In the end this dream notion often turns out to be a chimera – an imagined beautiful reality that turns out to be false, crude and tragic. £19.50 – £28.50

Box office 0121 345 0606 or visit www.thsh.co.uk

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Accessibility Facilities for disabled patrons 0121 780 4949 Minicom line 0121 644 6140 Facilities for disabled patrons Wheelchair Users and Disabled Patrons receive discounts on selected shows. For information on facilities for disabled patrons please call 0121 780 4949 / Minicom line 0121 644 6140 or visit www.thsh.co.uk/your-visit/information-for-disabled-visitors/.

This guide is available free of charge on CD or Braille (on request) from Rhondda Channell, Sound Services, VISTA, Margaret Road (off Gwendolen Road), Leicester, LE5 5FU. Tel: 0116 249 8841 Email: rhondda.channell@vistablind.org.uk

Thank You to our Supporters Performances Birmingham is one of the largest regional arts charities in the country. We invite people to discover great performances at the heart of Birmingham and to participate in community arts projects at our two world-famous venues. Ticket sales alone cannot sustain our programme; we rely on voluntary contributions to enable us to continue and expand our work. We aim to reach even more people within our communities and further develop our wide-ranging programme. We would like to thank all our supporters for their generous contributions to our charitable work over the last year.

Corporate Sponsors

Data Protection Once you have booked tickets all your contact details will be held and processed on our Box Office marketing database and from time to time we may send you information about Town Hall and Symphony Hall and the programme of events and activities using any one of the contact methods you have provided. Other arts organisations and companies carefully selected by Performances Birmingham may also be interested in sending you information on events and products they think will be of interest. If you do not want your details to be passed to another organisation please tell us at the time of booking. (Data Protection Act (1998). Registration No X3281 12 8.) Disclaimer Information and prices in this guide were correct at the time of going to press and published in good faith. Unforeseen circumstances, however, may result in changes to the published programme or named artists; please check prior to booking. The timings given for each piece are for guidance and may vary in performance.

Education Sponsor

Business Partners

Performances Birmingham Limited – a Company controlled by Birmingham City Council – is a Registered Charity No 1053937. Registered in England No 3169600. Performances Birmingham Limited. Registered Office: Symphony Hall, Broad Street, Birmingham, UK, B1 2EA.

Donors

LEAVE A LEGACY Did you know that leaving a legacy to THSH will help ensure that future generations have the opportunity to share in your passion for music? For more info visit www.thsh.co.uk/support-us or contact our Development Team on 0121 644 5072 or 0121 644 5075.

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Acme Whistles, Alan Woodfield, The Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation, Ann Copsey, The Austin and Hope Pilkington Trust, Baron Davenport’s Charity, Birmingham Decorative & Fine Arts Society, Blackwell Charitable Trust, Bruce Wake CharitableTrust, The Bryant Trust, The Chatwin Trust, Coutts Charitable Trust, The Dickens Charitable Trust, DMC McDonald Foundation – facilitated by the IAO, The Douglas Turner Trust, The Eric W. Vincent Trust Fund, The Ernest Cook Trust,The Garfield Weston Foundation, The George Cadbury Trust, The George Fentham Birmingham Charity, GJW Turner Trust, The GNC Trust, The Golsoncott Foundation, Grantham Yorke Trust, Grimmitt Trust, Hilton Garden Inn Brindleyplace, hydraPower Dynamics Ltd, The John Feeney Charitable Trust, The Keith & Joan Mindelsohn Charitable Trust, LandAid Charitable Trust, Limoges Trust, The 29th May 1961 Charitable Trust, Michael Loftus – News from the Future, The Oakley Charitable Trust, Oundle School, The Owen Family Trust, The Patrick Trust, Peter & Jane How Trust, Rotary International in Great Britain and Ireland, The Roughley Trust, Wolfson Foundation, our supporters, volunteers and Friends.

Support If you are interested in supporting Town Hall & Symphony Hall there are many ways in which you can help, for example, by giving a donation, becoming a Friend, or leaving a legacy. If you would like further information, please take a look at our website www.thsh.co.uk/support-us or contact our Development Team on 0121 644 5072 or 0121 644 5075.

Box office 0121 345 0606 or visit www.thsh.co.uk

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Accessibility Facilities for disabled patrons 0121 780 4949 Minicom line 0121 644 6140 Facilities for disabled patrons Wheelchair Users and Disabled Patrons receive discounts on selected shows. For information on facilities for disabled patrons please call 0121 780 4949 / Minicom line 0121 644 6140 or visit www.thsh.co.uk/your-visit/information-for-disabled-visitors/.

This guide is available free of charge on CD or Braille (on request) from Rhondda Channell, Sound Services, VISTA, Margaret Road (off Gwendolen Road), Leicester, LE5 5FU. Tel: 0116 249 8841 Email: rhondda.channell@vistablind.org.uk

Thank You to our Supporters Performances Birmingham is one of the largest regional arts charities in the country. We invite people to discover great performances at the heart of Birmingham and to participate in community arts projects at our two world-famous venues. Ticket sales alone cannot sustain our programme; we rely on voluntary contributions to enable us to continue and expand our work. We aim to reach even more people within our communities and further develop our wide-ranging programme. We would like to thank all our supporters for their generous contributions to our charitable work over the last year.

Corporate Sponsors

Data Protection Once you have booked tickets all your contact details will be held and processed on our Box Office marketing database and from time to time we may send you information about Town Hall and Symphony Hall and the programme of events and activities using any one of the contact methods you have provided. Other arts organisations and companies carefully selected by Performances Birmingham may also be interested in sending you information on events and products they think will be of interest. If you do not want your details to be passed to another organisation please tell us at the time of booking. (Data Protection Act (1998). Registration No X3281 12 8.) Disclaimer Information and prices in this guide were correct at the time of going to press and published in good faith. Unforeseen circumstances, however, may result in changes to the published programme or named artists; please check prior to booking. The timings given for each piece are for guidance and may vary in performance.

Education Sponsor

Business Partners

Performances Birmingham Limited – a Company controlled by Birmingham City Council – is a Registered Charity No 1053937. Registered in England No 3169600. Performances Birmingham Limited. Registered Office: Symphony Hall, Broad Street, Birmingham, UK, B1 2EA.

Donors

LEAVE A LEGACY Did you know that leaving a legacy to THSH will help ensure that future generations have the opportunity to share in your passion for music? For more info visit www.thsh.co.uk/support-us or contact our Development Team on 0121 644 5072 or 0121 644 5075.

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Acme Whistles, Alan Woodfield, The Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation, Ann Copsey, The Austin and Hope Pilkington Trust, Baron Davenport’s Charity, Birmingham Decorative & Fine Arts Society, Blackwell Charitable Trust, Bruce Wake CharitableTrust, The Bryant Trust, The Chatwin Trust, Coutts Charitable Trust, The Dickens Charitable Trust, DMC McDonald Foundation – facilitated by the IAO, The Douglas Turner Trust, The Eric W. Vincent Trust Fund, The Ernest Cook Trust,The Garfield Weston Foundation, The George Cadbury Trust, The George Fentham Birmingham Charity, GJW Turner Trust, The GNC Trust, The Golsoncott Foundation, Grantham Yorke Trust, Grimmitt Trust, Hilton Garden Inn Brindleyplace, hydraPower Dynamics Ltd, The John Feeney Charitable Trust, The Keith & Joan Mindelsohn Charitable Trust, LandAid Charitable Trust, Limoges Trust, The 29th May 1961 Charitable Trust, Michael Loftus – News from the Future, The Oakley Charitable Trust, Oundle School, The Owen Family Trust, The Patrick Trust, Peter & Jane How Trust, Rotary International in Great Britain and Ireland, The Roughley Trust, Wolfson Foundation, our supporters, volunteers and Friends.

Support If you are interested in supporting Town Hall & Symphony Hall there are many ways in which you can help, for example, by giving a donation, becoming a Friend, or leaving a legacy. If you would like further information, please take a look at our website www.thsh.co.uk/support-us or contact our Development Team on 0121 644 5072 or 0121 644 5075.

Box office 0121 345 0606 or visit www.thsh.co.uk

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