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AT TOWN HALL AND SYMPHONY HALL April - May 2011

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Welcome to your guide FOR April AND MAY shows at Town Hall and Symphony Hall.

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HIGHLIGHTS

CONTENTS

Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring 3D Performance p14 The Birmingham Mahler Cycle: Sakari Oramo conducts Symphony No 2 p26

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Highlights

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April Events

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May Events

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Coming Soon

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Free Jazz – Rush Hour Blues & Sax in the City

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Mid-day Mantra & Folk For Free

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Education/Community

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Booking Information

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Seating Plans

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Dining, Drinking & Shopping

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Private Hires & Group Tours

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Accessibility

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Supporting Town Hall and Symphony Hall

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Concerts at a Glance

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How to Reach Us

Joe Brown in Concert p11 Chris de Burgh and Band: Moonfleet p11

Orquesta Buena Vista Social ClubTM featuring Omara Portuondo p6 Mariza: Fado Tradicional p22

The Unthanks p7 Christy Moore with Declan Sinnott p12

Dan Clark: Live p8 Jimmy Carr: Laughter Therapy p9

Andy & Mike’s... Big Box of Bananas! p21 The Tiger Who Came To Tea p13

Patti Austin & The BBC Big Band Avant Gershwin p23

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Don't MISS

THE DHOL FOUNDATION

BIRMINGHAM BACH CHOIR: INSPIRING MASSES 4

Friday 1 April, 7.30pm

Led by the irrepressible and fantastically charismatic Johnny Kalsi, Dhol Drummer with The Afro Celts, this energetic show features a vast array of musical styles: drum and bass, tabla, hip hop and bhangra. The band's music has featured in films such as Gangs of New York, The Incredible Hulk and Rabbit Proof Fence. 'This collective have become a staple diet for audiences around the world.' The Independent

MICKY FLANAGAN THURSDAY 31 MARCH, 8PM

After a recent sell out performance at Town Hall, razor-sharp observational comic Micky Flanagan comes to Symphony Hall with his cheeky brand of comic excellence. 'Micky's take on his working-class East End background is side-splitting.' Stephen Armstrong, The Sunday Times 'Sometimes rude, sometimes thoughtful, but rarely short of hilarious.' Chortle.co.uk

Birmingham Bach Choir Orchestra of the Swan

Bournville Young Singers and guest choirs Call Me Al Jazz Quintet Alexander L’Estrange composer of Zimbe Anne Ellis musical director Mike Brewer OBE guest conductor Ben Wright, BBC Political Correspondent compere

Paul Spicer conductor Claire Seaton soprano Susanna Spicer alto Andrew Mackenzie-Wicks tenor Christopher Foster bass

Friday Night Classics: The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber® FRIDAY 1 APRIL, 7.30PM

Two classical Masses. In this concert Birmingham Bach Choir present a fine early work by Beethoven and a very late one by Haydn, arguably his greatest Mass.

Bournville Young Singers celebrate 25 years of music making by bringing together children's choirs and a local community choir for a performance of Zimbe!, imbued with the spirit and energy of the African tradition. £10, Family ticket (2 adults+2 children) £25 Discounts available, please check when booking.

£10, £15, £19, £25

City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra

Discounts available, please check when booking.

LUNCHTIME ORGAN CONCERT

Tim Rogers vocalist David Shannon vocalist

Monday 4 April, 1pm

Thomas Trotter organ

Including hits from: The Phantom of the Opera, Cats, Evita, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, The Woman in White, Starlight Express, Aspects of Love, Jesus Christ Superstar, Whistle Down the Wind, Sunset Boulevard.

Liszt J S Bach Schumann Dring Grainger Guilmant

Expect a night packed with all your best-loved songs, from Don't Cry For Me Argentina to Love Changes Everything, Any Dream Will Do and Memory. Enjoy a taste of Lloyd Webber's latest show, Love Never Dies, the long-awaited sequel to Phantom.

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Prometheus Trio Sonata No 4 in E minor Three Studies in Canonic Form Caribbean Dance Handel in the Strand March on a theme by Handel

£6 Unreserved seating. Discounts available, please check when booking.

£9.50, £17, £23.50, £29.50, £33.50, £37.50, £39.50 Discounts available, please check when booking. Produced in association with West End International.

£16.50

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No support. 20% discount for full and part-time students.

Nick Davies conductor Robyn North vocalist Jacqui Scott vocalist

SUNDAY 3 APRIL, 7PM

Beethoven Mass in C Haydn Harmoniemesse

£15

Zimbe! Come, sing the songs of Africa!

SATURDAY 2 APRIL, 7.30PM

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BRITISH CLASSICS WEDNESDAY 6 APRIL, 2.15PM

City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra John Wilson conductor Andrew Haveron violin Lawrence Power viola

ORQUESTA BUENA VISTA SOCIAL CLUBTM FEATURING OMARA PORTUONDO TUESDAY 5 APRIL, 7.30PM

An extraordinary line-up of Buena Vista Social ClubTM stalwarts, in a 15-piece band direct from Havana. The band return to Symphony Hall by popular demand to present some of the finest Cuban music ever made. Joining the band this year is Omara Portuondo, a member of the original line-up, whose 2008 recording Gracias, won a Latin Grammy. Omara Portuondo vocals Jesus 'Aguaje' Ramos trombone Guajiro Mirabal trumpet Manuel Galbán guitar/keyboard Papi Oviedo tres Rolando Luna piano Pedro Pablo bass

Luis Alemany trumpet Filiberto Sanches timbales La Noche bongos Angel Terry congas Carlos Calunga vocals Idania Valdes vocals

Walton Delius Benjamin Haydn Wood Sullivan Hartley Elgar Farnon Warner Toye Coates

Portsmouth Point Summer Night on the River Romantic Fantasy The Horse Guards, Whitehall The Mikado - Overture Rouge et Noir Salut d'Amour Pictures in the Fire Scrub, Brothers, Scrub! The Haunted Ballroom London Suite

6' 5' 20' 4' 7' 4' 4' 4' 4' 8' 15'

Some of these pieces are light-music classics, others are the kind of melodies you're always humming but can't put a name to; either way, they'll come up fresh as a daisy under John Wilson's sparkling baton. £9.50, £14, £19, £23, £26, £30, £35 Discounts available, please check when booking.

£28.50, £32.50

THE UNTHANKS

CELEBRITY PIANO RECITAL: FREDDY KEMPF

WEDNESDAY 6 APRIL, 7.30PM

THURSDAY 7 APRIL, 7.30PM

Plus support Trembling Bells

Beethoven Eroica Variations Beethoven Piano Sonata No 21 in C, Op 53, Waldstein Bach-Rachmaninov Partita in E major Schumann Kreisleriana, Op 16

Mercury-nominated Tynesiders Rachel and Becky Unthank have become most legendary for their live gigs. Stories of love, loss, birth, death, brawls and booze make for a rollercoaster ride, as the sisters' singing is set against otherworldly musical pictures, sounding both traditional and adventurous at once. £17.50 Discounts available, please check when booking.

24' 22' 9' 30'

Freddy Kempf's big break came when he didn't win the 1998 Tchaikovsky Piano Competition. The audience complained, the Russian press protested and he shot to prominence overnight. Since then he has been acknowledged as one of the world’s leading pianists. Tonight his programme ranges from the irresistible energy of Beethoven's Waldstein to Schumann's fantastical Kreisleriana and includes a real novelty in Rachmaninov's Bach arrangement. £5, £10, £15, £22.50, £30

No interval. No support.

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DAN CLARK: LIVE

JIMMY CARR: LAUGHTER THERAPY

FRIDAY 8 APRIL, 8PM

Saturday 9 & Sunday 10 April, 8PM

Best known as lovable rogue Don Danbury in the BBC3 sitcom How Not to Live Your Life and Johnny Two Hats in The Mighty Boosh – Dan Clark finally takes his unique brand of comedy on the road. The show combines his brilliant observational stand-up routines with the occasional hysterical song.

Laughter Therapy is Jimmy Carr's ninth solo show and his appearances will be a record fourteenth and fifteenth at Symphony Hall. It'll be an evening of non-stop jokes, gags and banter and is to be recorded for a DVD release later on in the year.

'Clark is that rare combination – a great gagsmith and actor, and the result is a stand-up set that is both strong on jokes and drama.' The Guardian

If you've got a sick sense of humour then maybe laughter is the best medicine. Not to be taken if you have a sensitive disposition or an overactive moral compass.

£15 No support.

£25 Not suitable for under 16s. Please note that performances are being filmed and latecomers will not be admitted.

Queen Haïm SATURDAY 9 APRIL, 7PM

City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra Emmanuelle Haïm conductor Lucy Crowe soprano Ed Lyon tenor Lully Purcell Rameau

Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme - Suite The Fairy Queen - Suite Arias, duets and orchestral music from the operas

SAMPAD’S ASIAN SPRING 18' 30' 45'

For a world truly beyond the imagination, follow Emmanuelle Haïm into the astonishing realm of the French Baroque. It’s a world of sun kings and thunder gods, of lovers and nymphs, of flying monsters, singing frogs and dancing butterflies. It’s all there in the sensational music of Rameau and Lully. 5.45pm Free pre-concert talk. Conductor and harpsichordist Emmanuelle Haïm, in conversation with Simon Webb of the CBSO. £9.50, £17, £23.50, £32, £39.50

TOWN Hall Tour

SUNDAY 10 APRIL, 4PM

MONDAY 11 APRIL, 11AM

The annual sampad showcase returns to Town Hall with an energetic celebration of South Asian dance. Experience the exhilarating classical forms of Kathak and Bharatanatyam, breathtaking Bollywood moves and traditional Punjabi folk dance alongside contemporary and urban hip hop. Asian Spring brings together dancers of all ages and styles in an eclectic extravaganza.

Take a walk through the history and renovation of Town Hall and hear about performers past and present.

£7

60plus, full-time students, under 16s, unwaged, disabled patrons £5.

Discounts available, please check when booking.

Duration: approximately 1 hour. To book call the Box Office on 0121 780 3333. Adults £6

For more information on group tours see p39.

Discounts available, please check when booking.

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TUNED IN SEMINAR: STREAM OR SELL

JOE BROWN IN CONCERT

BALLETS RUSSES

Wednesday 13 April, 6pm

THURSDAY 14 APRIL, 7.30PM

With Pete Brown, Phil Capaldi, Roland Jones and Mike Nichols

This free seminar looks at the range of platforms for online music whether it’s streamed or sold. It also explores the use of the internet purely as a retail base or to get music heard by the masses. Can music plays be monetised, or does streaming lower the price that consumers are willing to pay?

City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra

FRIDAY 15 APRIL, 8PM

Andris Nelsons conductor CBSO Chorus

Rock & Roll legend Joe Brown brings you a two-hour musical celebration. 2008 marked Joe's 50th year as a professional entertainer and his anniversary tour was a complete sell out. He also achieved a Gold Record for 100,000 sales of his Very Best Of album and received both MOJO magazines coveted Outstanding Contribution To Music Award and an MBE.

Free event Presented by Punch. To register for a place, email onelias@punch-records.co.uk or call 0121 224 7441 clearly stating your name, email address, telephone number and the date of the seminar. Further information is available from www.punch-records.co.uk

Stravinsky Ravel

Petrushka Daphnis et Chloé

34' 50'

6.15pm Free pre-concert talk: A personal perspective from Giannandrea Poesio, dance critic of The Spectator.

SYMPHONY Hall BACKSTAGE Tour

£9.50, £14, £18, £21, £24.50, £29, £33, £37.50, £39.50

THURSDAY 14 APRIL, 11AM

Now is your chance to see this enduring and acclaimed musician live in a sensational show.

As part of the CBSO's ten-year 2020 project, this performance celebrates with two revolutionary scores that Diaghilev commissioned from the most brilliant composers of the age. Stravinsky’s Petrushka tells a fantastic story of love and death; Ravel's Daphnis et Chloé is a love story of Ancient Greece. Prepare to be dazzled.

Discounts available, please check when booking.

Take a tour of the stunning auditorium and glimpse inside the inner workings of this world-famous concert hall. Duration: approximately 1 hour. To book call the Box Office on 0121 780 3333. Adults £6 60plus, full-time students, under 16s, unwaged, disabled patrons £5. For more information on group tours see p39.

£25.50

CHRIS DE BURGH AND BAND: MOONFLEET FRIDAY 15 & SATURDAY 16 APRIL, 7.30PM

Following his many previous sold out shows, Chris de Burgh returns to Symphony Hall. Chris is best known for his classic hits Don't Pay The Ferryman, High On Emotion, Spanish Train and of course The Lady In Red, which is still one of the most played songs on the planet. Chris and his band will perform some favourites and songs from his new album Moonfleet. £37.50, £45, £50, £60 Limit of 6 tickets per person. For an extra special evening, why not try our Celebration Hamper?  Enjoy champagne and luxury chocolates in our private area for just £30 per couple. To book please call 0121 780 3333 before Wednesday 13 April.

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RUBY TURNER

THE TIGER WHO CAME TO TEA

SATURDAY 16 APRIL, 7.30PM

TUESDAY 19 – FRIDAY 22 APRIL

Plus support Birmingham Community Gospel Choir

LIVE ON STAGE: THE PERFECT EASTER HOLIDAY ENTERTAINMENT!

Ruby Turner is regarded as having one of the greatest voices the UK has ever produced. A prolific songwriter, Ruby’s songs have been covered by artists such as Lulu, Yazz and Maxi Priest, while her vocal prowess has been employed by Brian Ferry, Mick Jagger, Steve Winwood, and Jools Holland.

The doorbell rings just as Sophie and her mummy are sitting down to tea. Who could it possibly be? What they certainly don't expect to see at the door is a big, stripy tiger! Following on from last year's highly successful tour, the tea-guzzling tiger is back on the road in this delightful family show; packed with oodles of magic, sing-a-long songs and clumsy chaos! A stunning stage adaptation of this classic tale of teatime mayhem... expect to be surprised!

For this evening's concert Ruby will perform a variety of songs including Gospel numbers.

'A modern classic.' The Independent Watch a sneak preview online at www.thetigerwhocametotealive.com

£16

£10.50, £8.50 per ticket for groups of 10+ For groups, please call 0800 358 7070. Suitable for age 3+

CHRISTY MOORE With Declan Sinnott

Sing Hymns with the City Organist MONDAY 18 APRIL, 1PM

With St Peter's Collegiate Church Choirs, Wolverhampton Peter Morris director Thomas Trotter organ Jeremy Nicholas compere Join the choristers of St Peter's to form a choir of hundreds as Jeremy Nicholas and Thomas Trotter lead you in an exploration of some of Britain's most glorious and rousing hymns.

MONDAY 18 APRIL, 8PM

Christy Moore has been singing and writing songs for most of his life. He has been on the road since 1966, and has made over 30 albums, both solo and with the prestigious bands Moving Hearts and Planxty.

Tuesday 19 April, 1.30pm & 3.30pm Wednesday 20 April, 11am & 1.30pm Thursday 21 April, 11am & 1.30pm Friday 22 April, 11am & 1.30pm The show lasts for approximately 55 minutes with no interval. Based on the picture book written and illustrated by Judith Kerr. Adapted for the stage with songs and lyrics by David Wood. Illustrations copyright © Kerr-Kneale Productions Ltd 1968

He will be accompanied by the well known musician and record producer, Declan Sinnott, whose relationship with Christy goes back to his Moving Hearts days. £30 No support.

£8 Discounts available, please check when booking. Reserved seating.

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GOOD FRIDAY ST MATTHEW PASSION

STRAVINSKY’S RITE OF SPRING, 3D PERFORMANCE

Friday 22 APRIL, 2PM

THURSDAY 21 APRIL, 6.30PM & 8.30PM

Ex Cathedra Choir and Baroque Orchestra

City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra

Jeffrey Skidmore conductor Jeremy Budd Evangelist Eamonn Dougan Christus Greg Skidmore Pilate

Ilan Volkov conductor Julia Mach dancer Klaus Obermaier concept, artistic direction, choreography Ars Electronica Futurelab interactive design and technical development Alois Hummer sound design Wolfgang Friedlinger lighting design

J S Bach

180'

St Matthew Passion

Birmingham's Good Friday performances of Bach's monumental St Matthew Passion are a hallowed tradition. One of the UK's finest choirs, Ex Cathedra's trailblazing performances and critically acclaimed recordings have put it at the forefront of early music.

Put on your 3D glasses and catch one of the most remarkable experiences you will ever have in a concert hall! The CBSO and extraordinary dancer Julia Mach perform Stravinsky’s primeval Rite of Spring. Digital wizardry interacts with them in an astonishing interplay between reality and fantasy, translating real-time computer-generated stereoscopic projections into a virtual reality space.

'The Ex Cathedra performance is superb…' ★★★★★ BBC Music magazine £5, £15, £20, £25, £30, £35, £40 Discounts available, please check when booking.

'The experience is mind-altering.' The Independent '... the real and virtual intermingle... The Matrix-like effects are truly dazzling.' The Times Explore Rite of Spring 3D further with the microsite riteofspring3d.thsh.co.uk get a taste of the production in action by watching videos, read the Behind the Scenes blog, and playing with the interactive wRite. £5, £17.50, £22.50 Discounts available, please check when booking. Each performance will last approximately 45 minutes. Rite of Spring will be preceded by brief works by Varese and Ligeti. A production of Brucknerhaus Linz and Ars Electronica Futurelab. Management: Karsten Witt Musik Management / Shaksfin Asia.

An English Celebration for St George's Day Saturday 23 April, 6PM

By Birmingham St George's Day Association Professor Carl Chinn MBE compere Sovereign Brass Sharron Burns Jake Fifer tenor Mass Male Voice Choirs Bravura String Group

Youth Music Theatre Group Mark Evitts monologist Steve Allen musical director John Barber accompanist Birmingham Schools showcase

The annual concert returns to Symphony Hall. Sponsored by

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TALVIN SINGH & NILADRI KUMAR

FRIDAY NIGHT CLASSICS: A NIGHT AT THE OPERA

FRIDAY 29 APRIL, 7.30PM

FRIDAY 29 APRIL, 7.30PM

Two of the most innovative musicians around combine their formidable talents and musicianship.

City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra Stuart Stratford conductor Ana James soprano Ju Hyun Kim tenor Daniel Grice baritone

Tabla player, producer, and composer Talvin Singh is known for his groundbreaking original sounds using Indian traditions and modern European aesthetics. Niladri Kumar is a fifth generation sitar player with a fresh, experimental approach. This concert will fuse the classical with the contemporary to unfold a novel soundscape.

Including favourite arias, ensembles and overtures from: Verdi: La Traviata and Aida, Puccini: Madam Butterfly and La Bohème, Mozart: Don Giovanni and The Marriage of Figaro, Bizet: The Pearl Fishers and Carmen, Rossini: The Barber of Seville, Donizetti: L'elisir d'amore, Leoncavallo: Pagliacci. (Sung in original languages with English surtitles)

£12.50, £16.50, £19.50

£9.50, £17, £23.50, £29.50, £33.50, £37.50, £39.50

Presented in association with Darbar. No support. Discounts available, please check when booking.

Discounts available, please check when booking.

KATIE MELUA WEDNESDAY 27 APRIL, 7.30PM

For an extra special evening, why not try our Celebration Hamper?  Enjoy champagne and luxury chocolates in our private area for just £30 per couple. To book please call 0121 780 3333 before Wednesday 27 April.

Plus special guests Katie Melua's first two albums, Call Off The Search and Piece By Piece both became international number ones, with singles such as The Closest Thing To Crazy and Nine Million Bicycles becoming airplay hits around the world. Tonight she will be performing her hits as well as songs from her latest album The House. £30, £32.50, £50 Katie Melua's show in Birmingham has been rescheduled and moved from the NIA to Symphony Hall. If you have previously bought a ticket, the vendor will be in touch with regards to issuing replacement tickets. If you cannot make the rescheduled dates please contact your point of purchase for a refund.

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RUSSELL WATSON LIVE IN CONCERT: LA VOCE

THE ORGAN SYMPHONY WEDNESDAY 4 MAY, 2.15PM THURSDAY 5 MAY, 7.30PM

SATURDAY 30 APRIL, 7.30PM SUNDAY 1 MAY, 7.30PM

City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra

Russell Watson returns to Symphony Hall with a stronger, more driven and powerful voice. His renditions of Pino Donaggio's Io Che Non Vivo (Senza Te), Mario Lanza's Arrivederci Roma and Parla Piu Piano (the theme from The Godfather) are nothing less than astounding. Accompanied by an accomplished orchestra, this is set to be an exciting show.

Jun Märkl conductor Sergio Tiempo piano Thomas Trotter organ Debussy Le Martyre de Saint Sébastien - Symphonic Fragments 21’ Ravel Piano Concerto in G major 21’ Saint-Saëns Symphony No 3 Organ 34’

Russian Music from the Bolshoi

£25.53, £40.85, £61.28

TUESDAY 3 MAY, 7.30PM

You might have heard it in the film Babe, but trust us – when the mighty Symphony Hall organ crashes in at the end of Saint-Saëns's Organ Symphony, and the CBSO’s trumpets raise the roof, you won't be thinking about talking pigs! One thing’s for sure: this concert is going to end with a bang.

Bolshoi Symphony Orchestra Alexander Lazarev conductor Ivan Rudin piano

Black Voices & Town Hall Gospel Choir Sunday 1 May, 7.30pm

Birmingham’s premier a cappella ensemble, Black Voices, returns to Town Hall with their soulful mix of standards and new numbers. They are joined by the much-loved Town Hall Gospel Choir. £15, Students and under 16s £7.50 Discounts available, please check when booking. Please note that this concert has been rescheduled from 17 Dec and Voces8 have been replaced by the Town Hall Gospel Choir. Black Voices is a Town Hall Associate Artist.

Khachaturian Suite from Spartacus Shostakovich Piano Concerto No 2 Tchaikovsky (arr. Mravinsky) Music from The Nutcracker

21' 20'

The Wednesday concert is followed by a Members' Afternoon Tea with Jun Märkl as guest speaker. Contact Ellie Griffiths on 0121 616 6514.

40'

Join us for a truly authentic performance of two of the most stunning Russian ballet scores from the outstanding Bolshoi Symphony Orchestra. Tchaikovsky's much-loved Nutcracker and Khachaturian's ever popular Spartacus display the full range of emotion, lyricism and glittering orchestral colours.

Wednesday £9.50, £14, £19, £23, £26, £30, £35 Thursday £9.50, £14, £18, £21, £24.50, £29, £33, £37.50, £39.50 Discounts available, please check when booking.

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A Handful of Horns: Elspeth Dutch plays Mozart

ANDY & MIKE'S... BIG BOX OF BANANAS!

Wednesday 4 May, 2.30pm

SATURDAY 7 MAY, 11AM

Orchestra of the Swan

CBeebies presenter Andy Day brings his much loved humour to this high energy, fast-paced children's comedy for 4-11 year olds (and their entire families).

Elspeth Dutch horn David Curtis conductor Haydn Mozart Mozart

Symphony No 31 Horn Signal Horn Concerto No 4 Symphony No 25 in G minor

Between him and his long-term comedy partner Mike James, they create the hilarious, slap-stick and chaotic, Andy & Mike’s… Big Box of Bananas!

20’ 16’ 23’

A magical and mysterious box appears. Unable to open it, the boys take you on an exciting journey to find out what’s inside! You'll meet confused pirates, musical sea life and extravagant all-singing, all-dancing air stewards!

Elspeth Dutch, Principal horn in the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra joins Orchestra of the Swan for a matinee performance of the world's favourite horn concerto. Haydn's Horn Signal and Mozart’s Symphony No 25 both feature a full horn section providing a suitable frame for Elspeth’s wonderful performance.

£9.50 There will be one interval.

1.30pm Free pre-concert talk. Post-concert Conversation Club starts 15 minutes after the performance ends. £6.50, £8.50, £12.50, £16.50, £19.50 Discounts available, please check when booking. Orchestra of the Swan is a Town Hall Associate Artist.

PAUL CHOWDRHY: NOT PC

Celebrity Recital: Natalie Clein FRIDAY 6 MAY, 7.30PM

Natalie Clein cello Katya Apekisheva piano J S Bach Solo Cello Suite No 2 in D Minor Shostakovich Cello Sonata in D Minor

18’ 29’

Sibelius Malinconia Rachmaninov Cello Sonata in G Minor

13’ 33’

Few British performers have caught the public's imagination as much as cellist Natalie Clein. Her programme includes Rachmaninov's great Sonata, one of his most passionate and poetic works, as well as the timeless, reflective beauty of Bach's Cello Suite No 2. 'Natalie Clein is the foremost cellist of her generation.' Oliver Condy, BBC Music magazine £5, £7.50, £13.50, £18.50, £25

LUNCHTIME ORGAN CONCERT

SATURDAY 7 MAY, 8PM

MONDAY 9 MAY, 1PM

Brand new material and unscripted improvisation is his trademark. Share Paul’s acute observations on subjects such as how the word ‘irony’ replaced the word 'offensive' and became the PC way of behaving distastefully. And why don’t friends like it when he orders from a Chinese restaurant in the same accent as the waiter?

Thomas Trotter organ

'Brutally honest, internationally acclaimed.' Time Out 'Star in the making.' Daily Telegraph

Liszt Prelude & Fugue on BACH Hollins A Song of Sunshine Duruflé Prelude & Fugue on the name ALAIN Weir Ettrick Banks Mendelssohn Nocturne & Scherzo from A Midsummer Night's Dream, War March of the Priests from Athalia £6 Discounts available, please check when booking.

£15 No support.

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DOM JOLY: WELCOME TO WHEREVER I AM MONDAY 9 MAY, 8PM

Since his multi-award winning international TV hit Trigger Happy TV, Dom Joly has led the most extraordinary of lives. In this laugh-out-loud show, Dom talks us through the perils of holidaying in Chernobyl, trying to fly across the Grand Canyon strapped to an eight foot rocket and eating from Gillian McKeith’s pants while imprisoned in the Australian jungle.

Russian Classics Thursday 12 May, 2.15pm Saturday 14 May, 7pm

City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra Andrew Litton conductor Simon Trpc˘eski piano

No support.

Prokofiev Rachmaninov Shostakovich

MARIZA: FADO TRADICIONAL

Shostakovich's Tenth is certainly one of the most powerful of all 20th-century symphonies. Regular guest conductor Andrew Litton guides the CBSO through its dark corridors and joins the dazzling young Macedonian virtuoso Simon Trpc˘eski.

£19.50

TUESDAY 10 MAY, 8PM

Mariza is more than just the leading Portuguese fado singer of her generation. She is a global icon who has seduced worldwide audiences with her awesome singing, charasmatic stage presence and powerful blend of traditional and contemporary song forms. 'She gets better and better... spellbinding...' The Times 'When Mariza sings, time stands still.' Charlie Gillett, BBC Radio 3 'Audiences in the world's most prestigious concert halls have swooned before her majestic voice and loveable charisma...' The Evening Standard £25 No support.

War and Peace Overture Piano Concerto No 2 Symphony No 10

6' 32' 46'

Thursday, 1.15pm & Saturday, 5.45pm Free pre-concert talk: The Player's Perspective - Shostakovich's Tenth. Thursday £9.50, £14, £19, £23, £26, £30, £35 Saturday £9.50, £14, £18, £21, £24.50, £29, £33, £37.50, £39.50 Discounts available, please check when booking.

Patti Austin and the BBC Big band avant gershwin FRIDAY 13 MAY, 7.30PM

Legendary jazz and soul singer Patti Austin joins forces with the BBC Big Band for an exclusive UK concert appearance. Together they perform the music from her Grammy winning album Avant Gershwin. Including I’ll Build a Stairway to Paradise, Love Walked In, Funny Face, Swanee and Lady be Good. 'By far the best band to come out of England.' George Shearing £12.50, £16.50, £19.50, £25 Concert to be recorded for BBC Radio 2’s Big Band Special. BBC Big Band is a Town Hall Associate Artist.

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Sunday Morning Coffee Concert: Apollon Musagete Quartet SUNDAY 15 MAY, 11AM

City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra

Echo Rising Stars Series 16th Season Apollon Musagete String Quartet Beethoven Schubert

Quartet in C minor Op18 No 4 Quartet in D minor Death and the Maiden

This emerging string quartet has been nominated for the ECHO Rising Stars series by Vienna's two famous concert halls, the Musikverein and the Konzerthaus, which is a further recommendation in itself where the music of Beethoven and Schubert are concerned: Death and the Maiden is one of the greatest works in the whole literature.

STAATSKAPELLE DRESDEN

£7.50 Stalls only. Discounts available, please check when booking. Ticket includes a cup of coffee or tea, or a glass of sherry, orange juice or water.

FRIDAY 13 MAY, 7.30PM

Staatskapelle Dresden Christoph Eschenbach conductor Leonard Elschenbroich cello Schumann Tchaikovsky Brahms

Overture, The Bride of Messina Rococo Variations Symphony No 1

Discounts available, please check when booking.

Michael Seal conductor Matthew Sharp presenter CBSO Boys' Choir in partnership with Barclays Wealth CBSO Young Voices in partnership with Birmingham Music Service Let the CBSO and master story-teller Matthew Sharp take you to the forest and into a magical world of fairy-tale and adventure. Then tip-toe onwards to meet Little Red Riding Hood, her wacky grandmother and the wildest wolf you've ever seen. Roald Dahl's wonderful words and Paul Patterson's colourful music will cast the spell! Free craft workshops and music, including a pre-concert performance by the CBSO Boys' Choir, in the foyers from 1.30pm. Why not come dressed up as your favourite animal or fairy-tale character?

£15, Under 16s £6.50 Any group of four people £30. Groups: 1 free ticket for every eight children. (NB all children must be accompanied).

9' 17' 45'

A rare chance for you to hear the Staatskapelle Dresden, one of the world's greatest orchestras, perform at Symphony Hall. Their concert includes Tchaikovsky's loveable Rococo Variations, featuring rising star Leonard Elschenbroich as soloist, complemented by the heroic grandeur and warmth of Brahms's First Symphony. £5, £15, £22.50, £27.50, £33.50, £38.50, £45

Family Concert: Little Red Riding Hood SUNDAY 15 MAY, 3PM

STAFF BENDA BILILI

SING FOR ALL: COMMUNITY SPIRIT

SATURDAY 14 MAY, 8PM

SUNDAY 15 MAY, 6PM

One of the hottest African acts on the scene right now, their name translates as ‘look beyond appearances’. The mesmerising rumba-rooted grooves, overlaid with vibrant vocals, are sometimes reminiscent of Cuban swing, at other times of the Godfather of Soul, James Brown.

Featuring Black Voices and Ex Cathedra Bringing together some of the most exciting and diverse choral groups from Birmingham and the surrounding areas, this concert celebrates the wealth of local choral talent. With new music commissioned and existing music shared, styles ranging from gospel to folk, barbershop to classical will be showcased for all to hear.

'The funkiest, grittiest sound yet out of Congo.' Mojo £15 Discounts available, please check when booking.

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Handel from Il Giardino Armonico

WE'LL MEET AGAIN

THURSDAY 19 MAY, 7.30PM

MONDAY 16 MAY, 2.30PM

Il Giardino Armonico Giovanni Antonini director

Tony Leyton Phil Jeffery Martyn St James

Andy Eastwood Steve Barclay Lucia Matisse Mervyn Francis

Handel Geminiani Handel Handel Vivaldi Handel

We’ll Meet Again clocks up an amazing tenth year in 2011. Here is a show celebrating the best of wartime entertainment and a tribute to the armed forces, past, present and future. Recalling forties favourites Gracie Fields, Vera Lynn, Tessie O’Shea, Max Miller, Bing Crosby and many more, this show is great fun and is sure to leave you with a nostalgic glow. Discounts available, please check when booking.

THE BIRMINGHAM MAHLER CYCLE: Sakari Oramo conducts SYMPHONY NO 2 Wednesday 18 MAY, 7.30pm

WEDNESDAY 18 MAY, 11AM

City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra

Take a tour of the stunning auditorium and glimpse inside the inner workings of this world-famous concert hall.

Sakari Oramo conductor Jane Irwin soprano

Duration: approximately 1 hour.

Mahler

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Gustav Mahler may have believed that a symphony "should be like the world", but his Second Symphony goes further – and takes you to the end of the world itself! It's more like a blockbuster movie than a classical symphony, with an ending that'll leave you choked with emotion.

60 plus, full-time students, under 16s, unwaged, disabled patrons £5. For more information on group tours see p39.

Discounts available, please check when booking.

JANE McDONALD

Renata Pokupic´ mezzo CBSO Chorus

6.15pm Free pre-concert talk. Part of the Birmingham Mahler Cycle. £10, £14, £19, £24, £29, £34, £39, £44, £48

7' 11'

£5, £7.50, £17.50, £25, £35

SYMPHONY HALL BACKSTAGE TOUR

Adults £6

12' 11' 11' 15'

Il Giardino Armonico are one of Europe's leading Baroque ensembles, at the top of their game, their revelatory performances packed with freshness and pizzazz. Their Town Hall concert includes the sparkling Concerti Grossi of Handel and music by his Italian contemporaries.

£12.50

Symphony No 2 (Resurrection)

Concerto Grosso Op 6, No 1 Concerto Grosso Op 5, No 12, La Follia Concerto Grosso Op 6, No 12 Concerto Grosso Op 6, No 6 Concerto in F for Strings and Recorder, La Tempesta Di Mare Concerto Grosso Op 6, No 7

FRIDAY 20 MAY, 7.30PM

80'

Jane McDonald brings her fabulous new show to Symphony Hall for a sensational evening of music, warmth and laughter. Fresh from record breaking appearances across the UK in 2010, which brought capacity houses to their feet wherever she appeared, this is truly one of the hottest tickets in town. £22.50, £25, £27.50 For an extra special evening, why not try our Celebration Hamper? Enjoy champagne and luxury chocolates in our private area for just £30 per couple. To book please call 0121 780 3333 before Wednesday 18 May.

Discounts available, please check when booking.

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Orff: Carmina Burana With Birmingham Schools' Symphony Orchestra

LUNCHTIME ORGAN CONCERT

Saturday 21 May, 7.30PM

MONDAY 23 MAY, 1PM

City of Birmingham Choir Birmingham Schools' Symphony Orchestra Birmingham Music Service Children’s Chorale

Thomas Trotter organ

Michael Seal conductor Respighi Orff

The Pines of Rome Carmina Burana

An exciting programme of music guaranteed to showcase the talents of the renowned Birmingham Schools' Symphony Orchestra. The flagship group of the Birmingham Music Service, the BSSO has both a national and international reputation and has most recently undertaken a very well received tour to Barcelona.

J S Bach Franck Howells Wammes Best Benedict

Prelude & Fugue in E flat BWV 552 Prelude, Fugue & Variation, Op 18 Rhapsody, Op 17 No 3 Vallée des danses Variations on God Save The Queen Marche des Templiers

£6 Unreserved seating. Discounts available, please check when booking.

The Great C Major

FRIDAY NIGHT CLASSICS: A NIGHT AT THE OSCARS

Tuesday 24 May, 7.30pm & Wednesday 25 May, 2.15pm

FRIDAY 27 MAY, 7.30PM

City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra

City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra

Walter Weller conductor Dejan Lazic´ piano

Carl Davis conductor Lance Ellington vocalist

Brahms Schubert

Piano Concerto No 1 Symphony No 9 (The Great)

42' 57'

Brahms's First Piano Concerto is the work of a young genius in (unrequited) love, driven by an almost volcanic passion. If you think Schubert only did songs, think again: his Great C major Symphony is a huge, gloriously sunny celebration of life. Tuesday £9.50, £14, £18, £21, £24.50, £29, £33, £37.50, £39.50 Wednesday £9.50, £14, £19, £23, £26, £30, £35

Roll out the red carpet for an evening of music from Oscarwinning films through the decades. From classics like Moon River and Raindrops Keep Falling on my Head to hits from High Noon, Jaws, Philadelphia, The Godfather II, Let it Be, Out of Africa, The Lion King and Monsters Inc., this concert promises everything from tear-jerkers to music guaranteed to raise a smile! £9.50, £17, £23.50, £29.50, £33.50, £37.50, £39.50 Discounts available, please check when booking.

Discounts available, please check when booking.

£12, £16, £20

TOWN Hall Tour WORCESTERSHIRE YOUTH MUSIC GALA CONCERT 2011 SUNDAY 22 MAY, 6PM

An annual Gala Concert providing an opportunity to showcase all the orchestras, bands, young instrumentalists and voices organised by Worcestershire Youth Music, an organisation that is part of Children’s services within Worcestershire County Council. The event features around 1000 young people.

MONDAY 23 MAY, 2.30PM Take a walk through the history and renovation of Town Hall and hear about performers past and present. Duration: approximately 1 hour. To book call the Box Office on 0121 780 3333. Adults £6 60plus, full-time students, under 16s, unwaged, disabled patrons £5.

£15.50

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THURSDAY 26 MAY, 7.30PM

Voice of Emotions: Jagjit Singh

In the past two decades, Richard Marx has sold over 30 million records and had thirteen number one singles. His debut release Don’t Mean Nothing and self-titled album launched his success as a solo artist. The 1989 follow-up, Repeat Offender, sold over 7 million copies and featured number ones, Satisfied and Right Here Waiting, which were succeeded by the international hit, Hazzard.

The leading Ghazal Maestro is celebrating five decades of performing with this unique concert. He has regaled audiences the world over, sung for film and recorded over 70 albums. He is joined by fantastic musicians from India playing violin, flute, guitar, tabla and Indian percussion.

RICHARD MARX: STORIES TO TELL

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Coming Soon Ladysmith Black Mambazo

An Audience with Pam Ayres

Thursday 2 June, 7.30PM

£24 - £27.50

£19

Judy Collins

Jack Jones: The Greatest Hits Tour

Tuesday 7 June, 7.30PM

£20

ONE MAN STAR WARS™ TRILOGY

GLENN HUGHES

SATURDAY 28 MAY, 7.30PM

SUNDAY 29 MAY, 8PM

Mike & The Mechanics: Hit the Road

Canadian actor Charles Ross spent much of his childhood in a galaxy far, far away, watching Star Wars™ videos over and over again. The result of this misspent youth is his hilarious show, One-Man Star Wars™ Trilogy, where he single-handedly plays all the characters, sings the music, flies the ships, fights the battles and condenses the plots into just sixty minutes.

Plus support

SUNDAY 29 MAY, 8PM

Glenn Hughes bass guitar, vocals Pontus Engborg drums Soren Anderson guitar Anders Olinder keyboards

Mike & The Mechanics formed in 1984, as a side project that would go on to sell over 10 million albums. The band scored massive hits with the tracks Silent Running, All I Need Is A Miracle, The Living Years and Over My Shoulder.

'A delight for fans… but there's enough here to satisfy casual observers too.' The Independent £19.50 One Man Star Wars™ Trilogy performed with permission of Lucasfilm Ltd. All 'Star Wars' elements property of Lucasfilm Ltd. All rights reserved.

Expect a diverse selection of classic songs from Glenn Hughes's extensive canon, including Trapeze, Deep Purple, Hughes Thrall and Glenn’s solo albums. In keeping with the tradition of the classic British hard rock vibe with Black Country Communion, which featured the all star line up of Joe Bonamassa, Derek Sherinian and Jason Bonham, Glenn’s solo touring band packs a hard, direct rock approach. £22

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For this tour, Mike Rutherford joins forces with one of the UK's most successful R&B acts Andrew Roachford and Canadian born singer and actor Tim Howar. £35, £40

Thursday 27 October, 7.30PM

£32.50

Danny Bhoy: Messenger (PLEASE Do nOt Shoot)

Sunday 23 October, 5PM

Thursday 9 June, 8PM

ADRIAN EDMONDSON AND THE BAD SHEPHERDS

£15

THURSDAY 3 November, 8PM

£18.50

Michael Ball Live in Concert

Yes

Friday 10 & Saturday 11 June, 8PM

£32.50 - £36

£34.50

TUESDAY 7 June & WEDNESDAY 15 JUNE, 7.30PM

Sunday 13 November, 7.30PM

£9.50 - £39.50

£33.50, £37.50

Friday 24 June, 7.30PM

£5 - £45

£27.50

Rattle Conducts RAVEL's Bolero

Engelbert Humperdinck

Wagner’s Ring: Das Rheingold

ABBA THE SHOW: The Ultimate Tribute to ABBA

Brian Wilson Re-imagines Gershwin £45 - £50

Cara Dillon

Friday 16 – Saturday 31 December, ICC HALL 1

£18.50 - £28

Room On The Broom

Sunday 16 OCTOBER, 8PM

£18

Saturday 19 November, 8PM

The Snowman presented by Birmingham Repertory Theatre

Wednesday 14 September, 7.30PM

Friday 11 November, 8PM

Wednesday 21 December – Friday 13 January

£10.50, £8.50 for groups of 10+

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FREE JAZZ

Free eventS in Symphony Hall's Level 3 Bar

Friday 5.30pm, Symphony Hall, Level 3 Bar

Come and join us after work on a Thursday and enjoy some of the best in contemporary folk music from the Midlands.

RUSH HOUR BLUES

After a long week at work come along and unwind in the intimate, relaxing atmosphere of Symphony Hall's Level 3 Bar and let the sensational sounds of Rush Hour Blues help you find that Friday feeling. It's all free – and you deserve it! 'It's free and it really is the place to be.' Birmingham Post Presented in association with Birmingham Jazz.

Friday 1 April

Friday 13 May

Birmingham jazz youth group

Mark Goodchild Band

Friday 8 April

Friday 20 May

Charlotte Glasson Band

John Martin Quartet

Friday 15 April

Friday 27 May

Sam Coombes Quartet

Midlands Youth Jazz Orchestra

SAX IN THE CITY Featuring Andy Hamilton and The Blue Notes

Free event in Symphony Hall's Level 3 Bar 12.30pm - 3.30pm Saturday 2 April

Friday 29 April

Saturday 21 May

Lizzy Parks

Relax with Birmingham jazz legend Andy Hamilton as he brings you the finest in jazz together with his band The Blue Notes.

(Please note that there are no performances 22 April or 6 May)

'Sumptuous, sensuous, gifted… Hamilton's sound is irresistible.' The Guardian Supported by Arts Council England.

Free events in Symphony Hall's LEVEL 3 bar Mid-day Mantra is a free monthly series presenting music to uplift the spirit on Saturday lunchtime. Escape the hurly-burly, as we present outstanding Asian artists from the UK and the Indian subcontinent in relaxed, informal sessions.

Azad Kashmir Folk Group sanyogita kumari Saturday 9 April, 1pm – 2.30pm

One of the leading exponents of ‘Sher Khawani’ (folk poetry), this accomplished ensemble combines a range of instruments while the vocalist sings devotional themes of pain, suffering, peace and love. Sanyogita has performed throughout the UK as a solo artist as well as accompanying established, world renowned classical dancers.

INDUS Saturday 28 May, 1PM – 2.30PM

Indus brings together four of the country's leading instrumentalists from Indian, Western & Jazz genres. Inspired by the rich musical tapestry of India and Pakistan, the group's original music skilfully navigates uncharted and ever-changing musical terrain.

Louise Jordan

Awaiting copy for Folk4free

Thursday 14 April, 5.30PM – 7PM

Louise's unique arrangements and fresh interpretation of traditional folk music have entertained audiences from the National Theatre to Leigh on Sea Folk Festival. With delicate balance, story, music and vocal, her stage show features a mixture of traditional and self-penned songs accompanied by guitar.

Poppy Tibbetts

THURSDAY 19 May, 5.30pm – 7PM

If you're fortunate enough to have already encountered this young songstress you may notice a bit of a name change. Now using her real name, Poppy Tibbetts sings with depth, sincerity and humour, so much so that you might not even notice she’s referring to Facebook and JLS. It’s hard not to be impressed by her. Free Events Presented in association with Moseley Folk Festival. The Folk for Free series is supported by Arts Council England.

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EDUCATION & COMMUNITY Over 10,000 people a year are inspired by the choice of creative opportunities offered by THSH Education & Community department. People of all ages discover the venues and artistic programme by participating in events and projects in family, school and community settings, the state-of-the-art Patrick Music and Multimedia Studio and the halls themselves.

Spotlight on... SCIENCE OF SOUND DISCOVERY DAY

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Members enjoy more for just £15 a year • Be the first to hear who’s coming to town and when, so that you never miss a thing • Be first in the queue for tickets with a priority booking line, exclusively for members • Waive added costs with no transaction fee to pay and free use of the cloakroom • Be first through the doors with flat rate parking that you can pay beforehand, saving you time and money

Children from primary schools across Birmingham are invited to come and visit the magnificent Symphony Hall for our Science of Sound Discovery Days. These introduce Key Stage 2 children to our world famous concert hall and the science behind its stunning acoustics in a fun and interactive way. Using demonstrations and real-life examples, our team of musicians, technicians and science experts teach the theory behind how sound is made, travels and how we hear. It’s an exciting opportunity for the children involved to experience our concert venues, the impressive Symphony Hall organ and hear live musical performances. For more information on how your school can participate please contact katy.woodford@thsh.co.uk

And, being first here, there’s time to make the most of your member’s discount in our bars and in any of the participating restaurants and bars around the city.

Join today. Visit thsh.co.uk/membership or telephone 0121 780 3333 to find out more. Or next time you’re around pop into Town Hall or Symphony Hall’s Box Office and talk to us about membership.

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BOOKING INFORMATION How to Book

GROUPS

DATA PROTECTION

A £2 fee per transaction will be charged on all bookings except purchases made in person at Town Hall or Symphony Hall Box Office.

Discounts on selected concerts. For further information or to make a booking, phone our Group Booking Department on FREEPHONE 0800 358 7070, open 10am to 5pm Monday to Friday. All tickets are offered subject to availability. Proof of eligibility may be required when purchasing/ collecting reduced price tickets. Discounts vary per concert, please check with the Box Office.

Once you have booked tickets for Town Hall or Symphony Hall your contact details will be held and processed on our Box Office database. From time to time we and the artists/performers may send you information about forthcoming events (including the artists’/performers’ events at other venues) 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.)

LOST TICKETS

DISCLAIMER

A charge may be made for printing duplicate tickets.

Information and prices in this guide were correct at the time of going to press – please check prior to booking. Unforeseen circumstances, however, may result in changes to the published programme or named artists. The timings given for each piece are for guidance and may vary in performance. Performances Birmingham Limited – a company controlled by Birmingham City Council – is a Registered Charity No. 1053937. Registered in England No. 3169600. Registered Office: Symphony Hall, Broad Street, Birmingham, UK B1 2EA.

ONLINE

www.thsh.co.uk BY PHONE

0121 780 3333. IN PERSON

Symphony Hall Box Office, in the ICC, is open 10am–6pm (Monday - Saturday) and 12pm–4pm (Sunday). As of 1 April 2011, Town Hall Box Office will be open two hours before the start time of a performance. Opening hours may be extended on concert days. DISCOUNTS

Discounts vary from concert to concert and are subject to availability. For selected concerts discounts are available for students and under 25s, families, over 60s, benefit recipients, wheelchair users and disabled patrons, concert package bookers and through the Birmingham Passport to Leisure scheme. Please check our website or ask for details when booking. You can book some discounted tickets online. If you require other reduced price tickets, please contact the Box Office on 0121 780 3333. 36

CONCERTS BY COACH

These coach schemes are organised by regular concert–goers. Telford & Newport: The Newport Music Coach, Anita Davies 01952 813340 Shropshire & Mid Wales: The Concerts Coach, Frank North 01743 790400 South Shropshire: Ludlow & District Theatre & Arts Group, Bronwen Coldwell 01584 831323 Droitwich & Bromsgrove: Bromsgrove Music Tours, Jennie McGregor Smith 01527 872422

SEATING PLANS

Photography: Adrian Burrows (Thomas Trotter, Andris Nelsons), David Ellis (Giovani Antonini), operaomnia.co.uk (Jeffrey Skidmore), Felix Broad (Dejan Lazic), Michael Grieve (Talvin Singh & Niladri Kumar), Monique Deul (Freddy Kempf), Simon Fowler (Emanuelle Haïm) All pianos at Town Hall and Symphony Hall are tuned by John Chapman. T: 07855 397048. Design by Cogent Elliott.

Leominster & Hereford: Mary Seldon, 01885 482543. Email: selonda@onetel.net Worcester: Montfort Theatre Goers, Evesham, Mrs D Lambert 01386 761445

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DINING, DRINKING & SHOPPING SYMPHONY HALL

From April 2011, the Level 3 (Ground Floor) bar at Symphony Hall will be offering hot and cold drinks, sandwiches and snacks from 10am through to concert time, 7 days a week. All foyer bars are open an hour before every Symphony Hall concert.

Symphony Hall Music Shop Situated in the ICC Mall, Symphony Hall Music Shop offers an exceptional range of music and gifts, open 11am to 6pm (Mon – Sat) and late on concert nights. For more information call 0121 200 2382.

CORPORATE AND PRIVATE HIRE EVENTS Town Hall and Symphony Hall welcome bookings for private and corporate events. Our two spectacular venues can provide the perfect and unique backdrop for your event. For more information please visit: http://hires.thsh.co.uk email: corporate@thsh.co.uk or call us on 0121 644 6053.

GROUP TOURS Education & Community deliver a range of bespoke group tours, designed to meet individual interests. For more information contact education@thsh.co.uk or call 0121 644 5185. TOWN HALL

The Coffee Bar is situated in the main foyer. Opening hours may vary. Free Wi-Fi at Town Hall with any purchase from the Coffee Bar. Foyer Bars open an hour before a concert, for the interval and post-concert on the Lower and Circle Levels.

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ACCESSIBILITY This guide is available free of charge on audiocassette or Braille (on request) from: Rhondda Channell, Sound Services, VISTA, Margaret Rd. (off Gwendolen Rd), Leicester, LE5 5FU. Tel: 0116 249 8841 Email: rhondda.channell@vistablind.org.uk Facilities for Disabled Patrons 0121 780 4949 Minicom Line 0121 644 6140 CUSTOMERS WITH MOBILITY DIFFICULTIES: Town Hall

Please note that there are steps up to the Stalls and Circle but a lift is available. The Stalls have flat access to all seats and generous space between rows. Patrons who need to remain in their wheelchairs during the performance can book spaces in the Stalls and the Side Circle. There are accessible toilets on all levels. Symphony Hall

All levels are accessible by lift, but there are steps within the auditorium on all levels, including the Stalls – please ask when booking if you need flat access to your seats.

also available in the Upper Circle). There are accessible toilets on Level 3 (Stalls), Level 5 (Upper Circle) and Level 5a (Grand Tier).

DEAF AND HARD OF HEARING CUSTOMERS: Town Hall

The auditorium is equipped with a hearing loop system. Please switch your hearing aid to the T position. Symphony Hall

The auditorium is equipped with an infrared hearing enhancement system. You need to collect a receiver to use this system. Receivers are available free of charge – please ask a steward.

Areas for patrons who need to remain in their wheelchairs during the performance are located in the Stalls (and for classical concerts are

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BLIND AND PARTIALLY SIGHTED CUSTOMERS:

THANK YOU TO OUR SUPPORTERS

Town Hall & Symphony Hall

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 participate in community arts projects at our two worldfamous venues.

Guide dogs are welcome and can remain in the auditorium or be cared for by a steward in the foyer. Please ask if you need any assistance.

PARKING FOR BLUE BADGE HOLDERS: Town Hall

There are three spaces directly outside Town Hall (accessed from Paradise Circus). These spaces must be booked in advance by calling the Stage Door on 0121 644 5039. Please have your vehicle registration number and Blue Badge number to hand when you call. Symphony Hall

Blue Badge holders can pre-book a drop off request by calling the Box Office on 0121 780 4949 and presenting their Blue Badge to the Security Officer at the barrier on arrival. Very limited parking for disabled people driving themselves is available at the ICC, and must be pre-booked by calling the Box Office on 0121 780 4949. Requests for four or more concerts should be put in writing to THSH Box Office, Symphony Hall, Broad St, Birmingham, B1 2EA. Please allow two weeks for a reply. If you would like more information about parking for Blue Badge holders in Birmingham please call 0121 303 6644. Please note that drop off and parking requests must be made the day before the concert at the latest.

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

CORPORATE FRIENDS

Donors Alan Woodfield Ann Copsey Baron Davenport’s Charity Birmingham Decorative & Fine Arts Society Blackwell Charitable Trust Bruce Wake Charitable Trust The Chatwin Trust Coutts Charitable Trust DMC McDonald Foundation, facilitated by the IAO The Garfield Weston Foundation The George Cadbury Trust The GNC Trust The Golsoncott Foundation Grantham Yorke Trust Grimmitt Trust Limoges Trust The 29th May 1961 Charitable Trust Michael Loftus, News from the Future The Oakley Charitable Trust The Owen Family Trust The Patrick Trust Peter & Jane How Trust Rotary International in Great Britain and Ireland The Roughley Trust Tanner Charitable Trust Wolfson Foundation Our supporters, volunteers and Friends.

BUSINESS PARTNERS BBC Music Magazine Classic FM Radio XL

If you are interested in supporting Town Hall and Symphony Hall and would like further information please take a look at our website www.thsh.co.uk/page/support-us/ or contact our Development Team on 0121 644 6026 or 0121 644 5075. You can also make a donation online or organise your own fundraising event for Town Hall and Symphony Hall through Just Giving http://justgiving.com/performbirmingham For volunteering enquiries, please email volunteers@thsh.co.uk

OUR PARTNERS Rush Hour Blues is presented in association with BBC Big Band concerts presented in association with

Sax in the City, Mid-day Mantra and Folk for Free are supported by Mid-day Mantra is presented in association with

Folk for Free is presented in association with Moseley Folk

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sampad's Asian Spring

Sun 10

Jimmy Carr: Laughter Therapy

Jimmy Carr: Laughter Therapy

Chris de Burgh and Band: Moonfleet

Sing Hymns with the City Organist

Sat 16 Mon 18

Andy & Mike's... Big Box of Bananas!

Sat 7

Sun 15

Worcestershire Youth Music Gala Concert 2011

Sun 22

Richard Marx: Stories To Tell CBSO Friday Night Classics: A Night at the Oscars Voice of Emotions: Jagjit Singh

One Man Star Wars™ Trilogy Glenn Hughes

Thu 26 Fri 27 Sat 28 Sun 29

Soweto Kinch Thomas Trotter

TOWN HALL ASSOCIATE ARTISTS

CBSO: The Great C Major

Wed 25

THE RESIDENT ORCHESTRA OF SYMPHONY HALL

Mike & The Mechanics: Hit The Road

CBSO: The Great C Major

Tue 24

Lunchtime Organ Concert

Orff: Carmina Burana with Birmingham Schools' Symphony Orchestra Sat 21

Mon 23

Jane McDonald

Handel from Il Giardino Armonico

The Birmingham Mahler Cycle: Sakari Orami Conducts Symphony No 2

CBSO Family Concert: Little Red Riding Hood

Fri 20

Thu 19

Wed 18

We'll Meet Again

Sing For All: Community Spirit

Sunday Morning Coffee Concert: Apollon Musagete Quartet

Mon 16

Staatskapelle Dresden Staff Benda Bilili

Sat 14

CBSO: Russian Classics

CBSO: Russian Classics Patti Austin & The BBC Big Band: Avant Gershwin

Fri 13

Mariza: Fado Tradicional

Dom Joly: Welcome To Wherever I Am Thu 12

Tue 10

Lunchtime Organ Concert

Paul Chowdhry: Not PC

CBSO: The Organ Symphony Celebrity Recital: Natalie Clein

Fri 6

Mon 9

Russian Music from The Bolshoi A Handful of Horns: Elspeth Dutch Plays Mozart

Russell Watson Live in Concert: La Voce Wed 4

Black Voices & Town Hall Gospel Choir

Symphony Hall

Tue 3

Sun 1

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Russell Watson Live in Concert: La Voce

CBSO Friday Night Classics: A Night at the Opera Sat 30

Katie Melua Talvin Singh & Niladri Kumar

Good Friday St Matthew Passion

Fri 29

The Tiger Who Came To Tea

Fri 22

An English Celebration for St George's Day

The Tiger Who Came To Tea

Thu 21

Wed 27

The Tiger Who Came To Tea

Wed 20

Sat 23

The Tiger Who Came To Tea

Tue 19

Stravinsky's Rite of Spring 3D Performance

Chris de Burgh and Band: Moonfleet

Ruby Turner and Birmingham Community Gospel Choir

Fri 15

Christy Moore with Declan Sinnott

Ballets Russes Joe Brown in Concert

Thu 14

Tuned in Seminar: Stream or Sell

CBSO: Queen Haïm

Sat 9 Wed 13

Dan Clark: Live

Fri 8

Celebrity Piano Recital: Freddy Kempf

CBSO: British Classics

The Unthanks

Wed 6 Thu 7

Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club™ featuring Omara Portuondo

Tue 5

ZIMBE! Come sing the songs of Africa!

Sun 3

Lunchtime Organ Concert

Birmingham Bach Choir: Inspiring Masses 4

Sat 2

CBSO Friday Night Classics: The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber®

Symphony Hall

Mon 4

The Dhol Foundation

Town Hall Fri 1

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THSH What's On Guide April / May 2011