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AT TOWN HALL AND SYMPHONY HALL DECEMBER 2011 - JANUARY 2012

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Polar – A HD adventure to the ends of the earth, featuring a live score from the CBSO Wednesday 21 December, 2.30pm & 7.30pm Symphony Hall

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Welcome to your guide FOR DECEMBER AND JANUARY shows at Town Hall and Symphony Hall.

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HIGHLIGHTS

CONTENTS

The CBSO’s Great Big Choral Christmas, p16 Carmina Burana, p23 The Royal Opera: Die Meistersinger, p27

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Highlights

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December Events

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January 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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How to Reach Us

Jedward: Carnival, p5 Christmas with The Puppini Sisters, p7 An Evening with Lindsey Buckingham, p8 Steeleye Span In Concert, p6 The Unthanks, p7 The Destroyers' Town Hall Extravaganza!, p9

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Education & Community

The Snowman, p13 Room On The Broom, p19 Polar, p20

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Booking Information

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Seating Plans

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Dining, Drinking & Shopping

A Swinging Christmas, p14 Glenn Miller Orchestra, p25

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Celebration Packages

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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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Membership

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CBSO: THE YEAR 1911 - SIBELIUS AND NIELSEN

C  HRISTMAS EXTRAVAGANZA CONCERT

THURSDAY 1 DECEMBER, 7.30PM

THURSDAY 1 DECEMBER, 8PM

SATURDAY 3 DECEMBER, 7.30PM

City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra Robert Spano conductor Inger Dam-Jensen soprano Jeremy Huw Williams baritone

Noddy Holder compere Michael Syrett conductor Birmingham Philharmonic Concert Band St Peter's Collegiate Church Choir (Wolverhampton) St Mary's Church Choir (Warwickshire) Members of the City of Birmingham Choir Azaad Dhol Drumming Group

Ex Cathedra Choir & Baroque Orchestra Jeffrey Skidmore conductor Matthew Venner alto

Sibelius Symphony No 4 Grieg Orchestral Songs Nielsen Symphony No 3, Sinfonia Espansiva

32’ 20’ 38’

Sibelius and Nielsen re-invent the symphony in unmistakable style in this stirring programme, alongside a selection of Grieg’s lovely orchestral songs. £10, £14.50, £19, £22.50, £25, £30, £34.50, £37.50, £39.50 Discounts available, please check when booking.

The Christmas Extravaganza Concert is a signature event for the Midlands, raising much needed funds for local grassroots community and voluntary groups across our region. These are amazing projects helping local people to find solutions to local needs through the Birmingham & Black Country Community Foundation. This show will be an exciting and inspiring way to begin the festive season. £12, £15, £20

SATURDAY 3 DECEMBER, 7.30PM

This annual celebration features Gershwin’s Rhapsody In Blue and Overture to Girl Crazy, El Salon Mexico, Rodeo by Copland and Sousa’s The Washington Post plus many more. Don’t forget to bring your singing voices for Jerusalem, Rule Britannia and Land Of Hope and Glory as the BPSO launches into a traditional Proms Night climax complete with a stunning fireworks display. £11, £16, £21 4

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SUNDAY 4 DECEMBER, 7.30pm

Plus support Playing songs from their second album, Victory, and all the favourites from Planet Jedward, Carnival will not disappoint fans of their high octane performances and insatiable energy.

Vivaldi Dixit Dominus Beatus vir Stabat Mater Magnificat

£24.50

Vivaldi remains best known as a composer of virtuosic instrumental music, particularly in the form of concertos like The Four Seasons. Reviving a programme which first brought Ex Cathedra international acclaim, this concert shows that Vivaldi’s choral music is equally stunning. £9.50, £17.50, £25, £35

B  RITISH POLICE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA PROMS NIGHT SPECTACULAR!

JEDWARD: CARNIVAL

VIVALDI VESPERS

Discounts available, please check when booking. Ex Cathedra is a Town Hall Associate Artist.

UNIVERSITY OF BIRMINGHAM CHOIR AND SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA SUNDAY 4 DECEMBER, 6PM

Paul Rodmell conductor University of Birmingham Choir and Symphony Orchestra Tchaikovsky Schubert Dvorák ˇ

Waltz and Polonaise from Eugene Onegin Symphony No 8 in B minor, Unfinished Mass in D, Op 86

The University Choir and Symphony Orchestra perform a programme of nineteenth-century music, comprising the orchestral version of Dvorák’s fresh and intensely melodic Mass in D, preceded ˇ by the most well-known of Schubert’s symphonies. And, as an introduction, two dances from Tchaikovsky’s operatic masterpiece Eugene Onegin. £15 Discounts available, please check when booking.

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TOMMY EMMANUEL MONDAY 5 DECEMBER, 7.30PM

Plus support Gareth Pearson Two time Grammy-Award nominee Tommy Emmanuel returns to Town Hall with his solo acoustic show. His unusually broad repertoire encompasses not only country and bluegrass, but pop, jazz, blues, gospel and even classical, flamenco and aboriginal styles. His technical precision and virtuosic improvisation make this performance a must see. £20

STEELEYE SPAN IN CONCERT TUESDAY 6 DECEMBER, 8PM

CBSO: NELSONS CONDUCTS BRUCKNER’S SEVENTH WEDNESDAY 7 DECEMBER, 7.30PM

City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra Andris Nelsons conductor Thomas Trotter organ Ruders Symphony No 4 (Feeney Trust co-commission – UK premiere) Bruckner Symphony No 7

30’ 70’

You’ll be knocked backwards by the emotion, grandeur and breathtaking beauty of Bruckner’s great romantic Seventh Symphony. First, though, the Symphony Hall organ gets a workout in the UK premiere of Danish master Poul Ruders’s new symphony. 6.15pm Free pre-concert talk: Premiere! Poul Ruders Composer Poul Ruders discusses his new symphony with Stephen Johnson.

CHRISTMAS WITH THE PUPPINI SISTERS

£10, £14.50, £19, £22.50, £25, £30, £34.50, £37.50, £39.50

WEDNESDAY 7 DECEMBER, 8PM

Discounts available, please check when booking.

This vocal trio, loosely based on 1940s close harmony, is backed by a thumping, grinding swing-punk band. The Sisters perform re-workings of wartime classics, imaginative arrangements of camp pop songs and a plethora of exciting original material. In this show, they play a selection from their repertoire along with some specially arranged Christmas classics.

Electric folk-rock pioneers, pop stars, respecters of tradition, true innovators, an inspiration to generations – Steeleye Span have been many things over the course of their incredible career. This show will see them revisit their famous Now We Are Six album in its entirety, alongside all the classics that have made them one of the most respected and successful British bands of all time.

Their previous Town Hall Christmas show was a sell-out, so book now to avoid missing out on this unique seasonal experience! £15, £18.50 No support.

£19.50

THE UNTHANKS EXPLORE AND PERFORM THE MUSIC OF ROBERT WYATT AND ANTONY & THE JOHNSONS THURSDAY 8 DECEMBER, 7.30PM

The Unthanks return to Town Hall with a special pre-Christmas concert. The show comprises a set of Robert Wyatt music and a set of Antony & The Johnsons songs, exploring two of the most adventurous songbooks of the last half-century. The concert features The Unthanks' full 10-piece band including string quartet. 'I am flattered and mystified! Their voices are so pure.' Antony Hegarty 'I love the idea. It makes me happy just thinking about it.' Robert Wyatt £17.50 Discounts available, please check when booking. No support.

No support.

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BLACK VOICES: CHRISTMAS ANCIENT & MODERN FRIDAY 9 DECEMBER, 7.30PM

With special guests Town Hall Gospel Choir

AN EVENING WITH LINDSEY BUCKINGHAM

HANDEL: MESSIAH

THURSDAY 8 DECEMBER, 7.30PM

SH FRIDAY 9 DECEMBER, 7PM TH TUESDAY 13 DECEMBER, 7PM

Revered songwriter, singer and guitarist of Fleetwood Mac Lindsey Buckingham comes to Symphony Hall in support of his sixth solo studio album Seeds We Sow. £42.50 No support.

City of Birmingham Choir City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra Adrian Lucas conductor Thomas Trotter harpsichord Roger Judd organ

An evening of vocal sophistication with a good measure of festive cheer. Black Voices will be joined by special guests Town Hall Gospel Choir for the premiere of a Christmas medley featuring an orchestra of voices. The choir will also sing a soulful and inspirational selection of festive favourites, including Go Tell it On The Mountain, Mary Had A Baby, and Carol of the Bells.

SYMPHONY Hall BACKSTAGE Tour

Handel

FRIDAY 9 DECEMBER, 11AM

Enjoy an evening of musical luxury at one of the City of Birmingham Choir’s highly acclaimed Messiah performances.

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

Messiah

‘Stunningly accomplished performance by Adrian Lucas and the City of Birmingham Choir.’ Birmingham Post

Duration: approximately 1½ hours. To book call the Box Office on 0121 780 3333.

9 Dec: £11, £16, £21, £26, £31, £36 13 Dec: £12, £18, £25, £30 Discounts available, please check when booking.

Adults £6 60plus, full-time students, under 16s, unwaged, disabled patrons £5. For more information on group tours see p43.

£15

Paula Greenwood soprano William Purefoy countertenor Thomas Hobbs tenor David Soar bass

Discounts available, please check when booking. Black Voices is a Town Hall Associate Artist.

THE DESTROYERS' TOWN HALL EXTRAVAGANZA! SATURDAY 10 DECEMBER, 8PM

Plus guests The Mike Fletcher Big Band

CBSO TUNED IN: BRUCKNER’S SEVENTH SYMPHONY SATURDAY 10 DECEMBER, 7PM

City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra Andris Nelsons conductor Stephen Johnson presenter An introduction to Bruckner’s Seventh, with live orchestral examples Bruckner Symphony No 7

35’ 70’

Presenter Stephen Johnson gives a user-friendly guided tour of one of Bruckner’s great musical journeys, his Seventh Symphony, before a performance of the complete work.

A riotous ’20s themed evening of music and dancing with The Destroyers, The Mike Fletcher Big Band and special guests to be announced. Dress to impress and don’t forget those dancing shoes. The Destroyers' Town Hall Extravaganza! features material from their forthcoming second album plus a few other surprises as well… ‘Brilliant gypsy jazz mentalism, certainly one of the finest Midlands groups playing today.’ Metro 'Bonkers but great fun.' New Scientist £10 stalls standing, £12.50 circle reserved seating Discounts available, please check when booking.

£20 including a free programme Discounts available, please check when booking.

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REJOICE! christmas carol concert

SING CAROLS WITH THE CITY ORGANIST

With the Salvation Army

MONDAY 12 DECEMBER, 1PM

SUNDAY 11 DECEMBER, 2.30PM & 6pm

Thomas Trotter organ Cambrian Brass Jeremy Nicholas compere

Christmas carols, music and drama with the Salvation Army. Featuring vocalists Kerry Sampson and Nicholas Lester as well as the usual festive music from the Salvation Army's own brass bands, choirs, timbrels and children. With plenty of opportunities for audience participation, let the Salvation Army remind you of the true meaning of Christmas. £6, £8, £10

Sing your heart out to favourite carols at this festive occasion, accompanied by the joyful sound of Cambrian Brass and Thomas Trotter at Town Hall’s mighty organ. Advance booking is recommended for this very popular concert.

ALFIE BOE TUESDAY 13 DECEMBER, 7.30PM TUESDAY 31 JANUARY, 7.30PM

Tenor Alfie Boe comes to Symphony Hall as part of his UK tour for an eagerly anticipated concert. Following in the wake of his hugely successful album, Bring Him Home, which went gold within weeks, this concert promises to delight audiences. £20, £25, £35 Sold out, returns only. Members find out first, see back page for details.

£9.50

Discounts available, please check when booking.

Reserved seating. Discounts available, please check when booking.

A CHRISTMAS CAROL BY CHARLES DICKENS Performed by Clive Francis In December 1853 Dickens chose A Christmas Carol for his first ever public reading, in Town Hall, where ‘notwithstanding the inclemency of the weather, nearly 2,000 persons had assembled.’

SUNDAY 11 DECEMBER, 7.30PM

Clive Francis recreates the occasion, reprising his triumphant performance at Town Hall in 2009. The performance starts with an introduction by Clive Francis, who will explain more about the history of A Christmas Carol and Dickens’s first reading at Town Hall.

Enjoy a festive evening of beautiful Christmas choral music. The Sixteen bring you carols from medieval times to the present day, including some popular favourites and pieces by Palestrina, Byrd, Rutter, Britten, Howells, and Birmingham’s own John Joubert. A magical experience and, to quote Richard Morrison of The Times, ‘a tiny soundbite of heaven.’

‘Clive Francis as Scrooge is spellbinding.’ Sunday Times £16.50, under 16s £10

£9.50, £17.50, £27.50, £40 Discounts available, please check when booking.

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TUESDAY 13 DECEMBER, 7PM

City of Birmingham Choir

The Sixteen Harry Christophers conductor

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The event will last approximately 1hr 55mins including interval.

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HANDEL: MESSIAH

THE SIXTEEN AT CHRISTMAS

SUNDAY 11 DECEMBER, 2.30PM

£12, £18, £25, £30 Discounts available, please check when booking.

BIRMINGHAM INTERNATIONAL CONCERT SEASON

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ICC Theatre THE SNOWMAN

THAT’LL BE THE DAY CHRISTMAS SHOW WEDNESDAY 14 DECEMBER, 7.30PM

FRIDAY 16 – SATURDAY 31 DECEMBER

Prepare for a party as one of the UK’s most successful touring rock ‘n’ roll productions, That’ll Be The Day, comes to Town Hall for the first time with its brand new Christmas show.

The live stage show based on Raymond Briggs’ The Snowman with music and lyrics by Howard Blake.

The That'll Be The Day gang celebrate the festive season by bringing back the good times, with a combination of unique comedy routines mixed with a non-stop line-up of Christmas hits. The show promises a feel good party atmosphere.

When a young boy’s snowman comes to life on Christmas Eve the two set off on a night-time quest for adventure. On their travels, they meet dancing penguins, reindeer and crowds of the Snowman’s friends. Will the Snowman escape the clutches of the evil Jack Frost as he soars through the night sky? And will he get his new friend back home before Christmas morning? Featuring the classic song Walking In The Air by Howard Blake, Birmingham Repertory Theatre’s hugely popular production of The Snowman has thrilled audiences since 1993.

£22.50

‘Sheer theatrical magic. Go to The Snowman and melt.’ The Times

CBSO BENEVOLENT FUND CONCERT WEDNESDAY 14 DECEMBER, 7.30PM

City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra Andris Nelsons conductor Peter Donohoe piano Shostakovich Rachmaninov Sibelius

Festival Overture Piano Concerto No 3 Symphony No 2

6’ 44’ 44’

ONLY MEN ALOUD: A CHRISTMAS CONCERT

‘The Rolls-Royce of children’s entertainment.’ Evening Standard

THURSDAY 15 DECEMBER, 7.30PM

£18.50, £20.50, £25.50, £28

After last year’s sell out shows, Only Men Aloud return to Symphony Hall. Tonight’s show will feature a selection of festive Christmas repertoire, some new twists to familiar songs plus a mixture from both of their albums, and a few firm favourites.

Family tickets available, please check when booking.

£19.50, £26.50, £32.50 For an extra special evening, why not try our Celebration Hamper? Enjoy champagne and luxury chocolates for just £30 per couple. To book please call 0121 780 3333 before Tuesday 13 December.

A concert full of Birmingham audience favourites - Sibelius’s Second, Andris Nelsons and pianist Peter Donohoe - bursting with great music, in aid of the CBSO Benevolent Fund*. £10, £14.50, £19, £22.50, £25, £30, £34.50, £37.50, £39.50 Discounts available, please check when booking. *Registered Friendly Society 735F

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Presented in association with Birmingham Repertory Theatre. By arrangement with Snowman Enterprises Ltd and Chester Music Ltd.

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London symphony orchestra: BEETHOVEN’s NINTH SYMPHONY FRIDAY 16 DECEMBER, 7.30PM

London Symphony Orchestra The Monteverdi Choir Sir John Eliot Gardiner conductor Beethoven

Rebecca Evans soprano Wilke te Brummelstroete mezzo-soprano Steve Davislim tenor

Symphony No 1 26’ Symphony No 9, Choral 67’

Sir John Eliot Gardiner and the London Symphony Orchestra ignite the exhilarating drama of Beethoven’s Choral Symphony, crowned with the luminous voices of The Monteverdi Choir for the concluding Ode to Joy. The towering majesty of Beethoven’s great masterpiece is cast alongside the composer’s first youthful adventure in symphonic form. 2011 12

£9.50, £15, £22.50, £27.50, £33.50, £38.50, £45 Discounts available, please check when booking.

BIRMINGHAM INTERNATIONAL CONCERT SEASON

A SWINGING CHRISTMAS Featuring the BBC Big Band and special guests

B  IRMINGHAM MUSIC SERVICE: WINTER GALA CONCERT

FRIDAY 16 DECEMBER, 7.30PM

Join the BBC Big Band and Clare Teal as they celebrate ‘A Swinging Christmas’ at Town Hall in the company of special guests including singer Matthew Ford. Together they perform seasonal favourites including I’ve Got my Love to Keep Me Warm, Baby it’s Cold Outside, The Christmas Song and Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer. £13.50, £17, £19.50

SATURDAY 17 DECEMBER, 6PM

Birmingham Music Service’s annual Christmas concert featuring talented young musicians of the city. £10 Discounts available, please check when booking.

BBC Big Band is a Town Hall Associate Artist. Concert to be recorded for BBC Radio 2's Big Band Special.

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WHITE CHRISTMAS

CAROLS BY CANDLELIGHT

SATURDAY 17 DECEMBER, 7.30PM

SATURDAY 17 DECEMBER, 2.30PM Monday 19 December, 7.30PM

Mozart Festival Orchestra in full period costume Canzonetta (17 Dec) Stuart Stratford conductor (17 Dec) Steven Devine conductor (19 Dec) Anna Devin soprano (17 Dec) Mozart Festival Chorus (19 Dec) Laura Mitchell soprano (19 Dec) Bach Gruber Cullen Corelli Mozart Pearsall Handel

Air on the G String Silent Night Joy to the World Allegro and Pastorale from Christmas Concerto Alleluia from Exultate, Jubilate In dulci jubilo Let the bright Seraphim Zadok the Priest Christmas sequence from Messiah

Carols and seasonal classics performed by the UK’s most elegant ensemble in full period costume in a candle-lit style setting. Carols including: O little town of Bethlehem, Hark! the herald angels sing, The First Nowell, O come, all ye faithful, While shepherds watched and O come, O come Emmanuel. £12.50, £16.50, £22.50, £27.50, £31, £36

London Concert Orchestra Capital Voices John Rigby conductor Jacinta Whyte soloist Matt Little soloist May your celebrations be magical, merry and bright with this nostalgic show of all-time favourite Christmas songs. Including: Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree, Shepherd’s Pipe Carol, We Need A Little Christmas, The Christmas Song, Blue Christmas, It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year, White Christmas, Jingle Bell Rock, I Wish it Could be Christmas Everyday and many more. £12.50, £16.50, £22.50, £27.50, £31, £36 For an extra special evening, why not try our Celebration Hamper? Enjoy champagne and luxury chocolates for just £30 per couple. To book please call 0121 780 3333 before Thursday 15 December.

Christmas Treats SUNDAY 18 DECEMBER, 2.30PM

City of Birmingham Choir Birmingham Philharmonic Orchestra

Michael Lloyd conductor Adrian Lucas conductor

Treat yourselves this Christmas with festive orchestral favourites from the Birmingham Philharmonic Orchestra. Alongside excerpts from Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker Suite and Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel, there’ll be traditional carols to sing along with and a few choral Christmas crackers from the City of Birmingham Choir. £10, £15, £20, £25 Discounts available, please check when booking.

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MIDLANDS HOSPITALS' CHOIR: A christmas celebration

The CBSO’s Great Big Choral Christmas SUNDAY 18 DECEMBER, 3PM THURSDAY 22 DECEMBER, 7.30PM FRIDAY 23 DECEMBER, 3PM & 7.30PM

City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra Simon Halsey conductor Sue Perkins presenter CBSO Choruses

CHRISTMAS CLASSICS WITH LESLEY GARRETT

Join the whole CBSO family for a joyful celebration of seasonal music, with well-known favourites, unusual treats and carols for all to sing. TV personality Sue Perkins adds a dash of her trademark humour to proceedings.

Lesley Garrett London Concert Orchestra The London Chorus Robert Dean conductor Laurence Kilsby boy soprano

£10, £17, £23.50, £29.50, £34, £37.50, £39.50 Discounts available, please check when booking.

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SUNDAY 18 DECEMBER, 7.30PM

Franck Bach Goodall Blake Tchaikovsky Schubert Lloyd Webber Gardner

Panis Angelicus Opening Chorus from Christmas Oratorio The Lord is my Shepherd Walking in the Air Suite from The Nutcracker Ave Maria Pie Jesu from Requiem Tomorrow shall be my dancing day

Star soprano Lesley Garrett presents the splendour of a grand Christmas gala and crowns the evening with glorious Christmas song. Plus carols for all including; God rest you merry, gentlemen, The First Nowell, O little town of Bethlehem and O come, all ye faithful.

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£12.50, £16.50, £22.50, £29.50, £34.50, £39.50

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For an extra special evening, why not try our Celebration Hamper? Enjoy champagne and luxury chocolates for just £30 per couple. To book please call 0121 780 3333 before Thursday 15 December.

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TOWN Hall Tour

MONDAY 19 DECEMBER, 3PM & 7.15PM

TUESDAY 20 DECEMBER, 11AM

Midlands Hospitals' Choir David Lawrence conductor Rachel Little soprano Gemini Brass Julian Wilkins organ, piano Dodici Corde guitar duo

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

The Midlands Hospitals’ Choir gives annual Christmas concerts to raise funds for CLIC Sargent, the largest charity helping children with cancer. The evening will include a selection of old and new seasonal music with special guests Dodici Corde and Rachel Little.

60plus, full-time students, under 16s, unwaged, disabled patrons £5. Please note that Town Hall tour tickets must be booked in advance and are available until the day before the tour. Please come to Town Hall stage door on arrival (this is the door facing Birmingham Library). For more information on group tours see p43.

3pm: £8.50, £10, £12.50, £14.50 7.15pm: £8.50, £12, 14.50, £16.50

CAROLS BY CANDLELIGHT MONDAY 19 DECEMBER, 7.30PM

See page 15 for details. £12.50, £16.50, £22.50, £27.50, £31, £36

LUNCHTIME CHRISTMAS MUSIC TUESDAY 20 DECEMBER, 1PM

The Choir of St John’s College, Cambridge Andrew Nethsingha director Thomas Trotter organ Join Thomas Trotter and one of the finest collegiate choirs in the world for Christmas music and carols in the splendour of Symphony Hall. Featuring Christmas classics by Rutter and Darke, as well as audience carols. Advance booking is recommended for this very popular concert. £9.50 Reserved seating. Discounts available, please check when booking.

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WEDNESDAY 21 DECEMBER – FRIDAY 13 JANUARY

TUESDAY 20 DECEMBER, 7PM

Wednesday 21 December 1.30pm & 3.30pm Thursday 22 December 11am & 1.30pm Friday 23 December 11am &1.30pm Saturday 24 December 11am & 1.30pm Tuesday 27 December 1.30pm & 3.30pm Wednesday 28 December 11am & 1.30pm Thursday 29 December 11am & 1.30pm Thursday 5 January 10.30am & 1.30pm Friday 6 January 10.30am Saturday 7 January 11am & 1.30pm Sunday 8 January 11am & 1.30pm Tuesday 10 January 10.30am & 1.30pm Wednesday 11 January 10.30am & 1.30pm Thursday 12 January 10.30am & 1.30pm Friday 13 January 10.30am & 1.30pm

Canoldir Male Choir James Llewelyn Jones musical director Warwickshire Boys Choir Garry Jones musical director Debbie Bennett soprano Richard Dawson organist Canoldir Male Choir complete this prize-winning year with a sensational celebration of Christmas, bringing together seasonal favourites and new additions to the repertoire. Adding to the occasion will be guest artists Warwickshire Boys Choir and soprano soloist Debbie Bennett. £13, £17

C  HRISTMAS CAROL SINGALONG TUESDAY 20 DECEMBER, 7.30PM

London Concert Chorus London Concert Orchestra Jonathan Cohen presenter Alison Jiear special guest Clap your hands, stamp your feet and sing your heart out to carols such as; Frosty the Snowman, Once in royal David’s city, Let It Snow, Winter Wonderland, O come, all ye faithful, I Saw Three Ships, and Hark! the herald angels sing plus many more. £12.50, £16.50, £22.50, £27.50, £31, £36

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The Perfect Family Treat

ROOM ON THE BROOM

CANOLDIR’S Christmas celebration

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A spellbinding new adventure from the creators of The Gruffalo. Adapted from the best-selling book written by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Axel Scheffler. 'How the cat purred and how the witch grinned, As they sat on their broomstick and flew through the wind.' Watch a sneak preview online at www.roomonthebroomlive.co.uk ‘An enjoyable and energetic hour performed by a genuinely engaging young cast.’ The Guardian 'One of the best children's theatre productions I've seen. We brought a class of 5-7 year olds who all loved it - as did the teachers. True magic!' St Christopher's primary school Room on the Broom is heading to Town Hall this Christmas! How many witches' cats can you find inside this What's On Guide? For the answer visit www.thsh.co.uk/room-on-the-broom £10.50, £8.50 each, for groups of 10+

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CHRISTMAS EVE CLASSICS

Polar Wednesday 21 DECEMBER, 2.30PM & 7.30PM

Music specially chosen and arranged by John Harle City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra John Harle conductor Experience the great ice fields of the Polar regions in this stunning production of music and film for all ages.

BBC WM’s Ed Doolan presents his annual Christmas show, with music, guests and plenty of surprises. You never know which of Ed’s celebrity friends will be popping along to join in the fun.

Hear the CBSO as they accompany dramatic pictures of white blizzards, dazzling blue oceans and the wilderness of the ends of the Earth.

£3.50

Watch a preview online at www.polarconcert.com 2.30pm: £9.50, £12.50, £18.50, £25, £32.50 7.30pm: £12.50, £17.50, £25.50, £32.50, £39.50

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THURSDAY 22 DECEMBER, 12pm

Composer John Harle perfectly marries the music of Beethoven, Bach, Sibelius, Mozart and Tchaikovsky to never-before-seen footage of polar bears, penguins, beluga whales and incredible HD imagery of the vast, remote landscapes of the Arctic and Antarctic.

‘…the footage of the Aurora Borealis… was nothing less than hypnotic.’ Liverpool Echo

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The Ed Doolan Christmas Show

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BOXING DAY GALA

SATURDAY 24 DECEMBER, 3PM

MONDAY 26 DECEMBER, 3PM

London Concert Orchestra Birmingham Choral Union Warwickshire Girls Choir John Pryce-Jones conductor Ed Lyon tenor Crispian Steele-Perkins trumpet

London Concert Orchestra Fraser Goulding conductor Martin Cousin piano

Vivaldi Bach Franck Head Haydn Adam Handel Stanley Bach/Gounod Pachelbel Handel

Gloria (First Movement) Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring Panis Angelicus The Little Road to Bethlehem Trumpet Concerto (Final Movement) O Holy Night Worthy is the Lamb Trumpet Voluntary Ave Maria Canon Zadok the Priest

Tchaikovsky Delius Bizet Grieg Strauss Offenbach Elgar

Suite from The Nutcracker Walk to the Paradise Garden Dance Boheme Piano Concerto Die Fledermaus Overture Orpheus in the Underworld Overture Pomp and Circumstance March No 4

A special Boxing Day matinee of great classics with an explosive 1812 Overture indoor firework finale. £12.50, £16.50, £22.50, £26, £28, £32.50 For an extra special afternoon, why not try our Celebration Hamper? Enjoy champagne and luxury chocolates for just £30 per couple. To book please call 0121 780 3333 before Wednesday 21 December.

This concert of joyous seasonal and traditional music for all the family perfectly captures the true spirit of Christmas. With carols for all including; While shepherds watched, Hark! the herald angels sing, Once in royal David’s city, Good King Wenceslas, O come, all ye faithful and The First Nowell. £12.50, £16.50, £22.50, £26, £28, £32.50 For an extra special afternoon, why not try our Celebration Hamper? Enjoy champagne and luxury chocolates for just £30 per couple. To book please call 0121 780 3333 before Wednesday 21 December.

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LAST NIGHT OF THE CHRISTMAS PROMS

MOZART BY CANDLELIGHT TUESDAY 27 DECEMBER, 3PM

Mozart Festival Orchestra in full period costume Thomas Carroll conductor Richard Hosford clarinet Jonathan Scott piano Mozart

Don Giovanni Overture Clarinet Concerto Eine kleine Nachtmusik Piano Concerto No 21 Symphony No 41 Jupiter

MOVIE NIGHT CLASSICS

CARMINA BURANA

TUESDAY 27 DECEMBER, 7.30PM

WEDNESDAY 28 DECEMBER, 7.30PM

FRIDAY 30 DECEMBER, 7.30PM

Ravel Suppe Sousa Verdi Elgar Rossini Bizet Strauss Tchaikovsky

London Concert Orchestra Paul Bateman conductor Virginia McKenna host

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra City of Birmingham Choir Lichfield Cathedral School Choir Andrew Greenwood conductor Alish Tynan soprano Colin Judson tenor Mark Stone baritone Stephen Disley organ

Bolero Light Cavalry Overture Stars and Stripes Forever Prelude to Act I from La Traviata, La donna è mobile from Rigoletto Nimrod Largo al factotum Duet from The Pearlfishers Blue Danube Waltz Finale from Swan Lake

A programme of rousing classics with a grand, flag waving finale. Featuring; Jerusalem, Nessun Dorma, Dambusters March, Rule Britannia! and Land of Hope and Glory. £12.50, £16.50, £22.50, £27.50, £31, £36 For an extra special evening, why not try our Celebration Hamper? Enjoy champagne and luxury chocolates for just £30 per couple. To book please call 0121 780 3333 before Wednesday 21 December.

An afternoon of Mozart masterpieces performed in an evocative candle-lit style setting.

Join the acclaimed actress Virginia McKenna as she introduces a magical concert of timeless scores from some of the most famous films of all time including; Murder On The Orient Express, Ben Hur, Gladiator, The Great Escape, Dr Zhivago, Lawrence of Arabia, The Lord of The Rings, Star Wars and Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Plus a special tribute to the late John Barry with Born Free, Out of Africa, James Bond Theme, Goldfinger, Diamonds are Forever, and Dances With Wolves. £12.50, £16.50, £22.50, £27.50, £32.50, £37.50 For an extra special evening, why not try our Celebration Hamper? Enjoy champagne and luxury chocolates for just £30 per couple. To book please call 0121 780 3333 before Wednesday 21 December.

THE SOUND OF MUSICALS THURSDAY 29 DECEMBER, 7.30PM

Wagner Prelude to Act III from Lohengrin Saint-Saëns Organ Symphony Orff Carmina Burana

London Concert Orchestra David Shrubsole conductor Jessie Buckley James Graeme Alison Jiear Tim Howar Deborah Myers

The highly acclaimed Royal Philharmonic Orchestra makes a welcome return with a concert of monumental classics including the Saint-Saëns Organ Symphony.

A new programme of show-stopping songs and the greatest Broadway and West End musicals with star of BBC’s I’d Do Anything Jessie Buckley.

£22.50, £29.50, £37.50, £42.50

Featuring songs from; Les Miserables, Anything Goes, South Pacific, The Sound of Music, Sweet Charity, The Phantom of The Opera, Wicked, The Wizard of Oz, Grease, Love Never Dies, Cats and Carousel.

£12.50, £16.50, £22.50, £26, £28, £32.50

£12.50, £16.50, £22.50, £27.50, £32.50, £37.50 For an extra special evening, why not try our Celebration Hamper? Enjoy champagne and luxury chocolates for just £30 per couple. To book please call 0121 780 3333 before Wednesday 21 December.

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NEW YEAR’S EVE GALA

JOHANN STRAUSS GALA

THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE

GLENN MILLER ORCHESTRA

SATURDAY 31 DECEMBER, 3PM & 9.30PM

SUNDAY 1 JANUARY, 2.30PM

SUNDAY 1 JANUARY, 7.30PM

MONDAY 2 JANUARY, 3PM

London Concert Orchestra Anthony Inglis conductor James Edwards tenor Sarah Redgwick soprano

Johann Strauss Orchestra directed from the violin in the traditional Viennese manner by David Juritz Amy Freston soprano Johann Strauss Dancers

London Concert Orchestra Gilbert & Sullivan Chorus Richard Balcombe conductor Simon Butteriss Major General Alistair McGowan The Pirate King Mark Evans Samuel Oliver White Frederic Charlotte Page Mabel Abigail Iveson Edith Anna Lowe Kate Rosie Bell Isabel Beverly Klein Ruth Bruce Graham Sergeant of Police

Glenn Miller Orchestra The Uptown Hill Gang The Moonlight Serenaders Ray McVay conductor Catherine Sykes Colin Anthony The Jiving Lindy Hoppers special guests

Rossini Puccini Glinka Mascagni Verdi Copland Tchaikovsky

Thieving Magpie Overture O soave fanciulla from La Bohème Ruslan and Ludmila Overture Intermezzo from Cavalleria Rusticana Sempre libera, Brindisi from La Traviata Fanfare for the Common Man Sleeping Beauty Waltz

Waltz back in time to the glittering ballrooms of 19th Century Vienna with an enchanting mix of music, song and dance from the Strauss Family and Friends. Featuring; Tritsch Tratsch Polka, The Blue Danube Waltz, Radetzky March, Die Fledermaus Overture, Wiener Blut, Voices of Spring, Thunder and Lightning Polka, Pizzicato Polka, Perpetuum Mobile and The Laughing Song from Die Fledermaus.

Conductor Anthony Inglis returns with a traditional helping of great fun and music to start your New Year’s Eve revelry. Featuring all your Proms favourites; Nessun Dorma, Rule Britannia!, Jerusalem, Hornpipe and Land of Hope and Glory.

£12.50, £17.50, £21.50, £25.50, £31.50, £36.50

3pm: £11.50, £15.50, £25.50, £31.50, £36.50 9.30pm: £17.50, £25, £30, £35, £40, £45

Legendary bandleader Ray McVay swings into Birmingham to direct the UK’s most renowned big band for a nostalgic journey back to the ‘40s with chart topping war time hits such as;

An all-star cast of Savoyards led by Alistair McGowan perform a semi-staged concert performance of Gilbert and Sullivan’s hilarious masterpiece. Including; A Policeman’s Lot is Not A Happy One, I am a Pirate King, Hail, Poetry, The Modern Major General, With Cat-Like Tread, Poor Wandering One, Here’s A First Rate Opportunity and Climb Over Rocky Mountain. £12.50, £16.50, £22.50, £27.50, £31, £36 For an extra special evening, why not try our Celebration Hamper? Enjoy champagne and luxury chocolates for just £30 per couple. To book please call 0121 780 3333 before Wednesday 21 December.

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Rhapsody In Blue, Dambusters March, Russian Patrol, music from Carmen, Stardust, New York New York. Plus classic Glenn Miller favourites; Moonlight Serenade, American Patrol, In The Mood, String of Pearls and Little Brown Jug. The orchestra will perform the second half of the concert in the World War II uniforms of the US army Air Force. £15, £19.50, £25.50, £28.50 For an extra special afternoon, why not try our Celebration Hamper? Enjoy champagne and luxury chocolates for just £30 per couple. To book please call 0121 780 3333 before Wednesday 21 December.

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Viennese Whirl Saturday 7 JANUARY, 3PM & 7PM

City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra Stephen Bell conductor Rebecca Bottone soprano Strauss  Blue Danube Waltz, The Gypsy Baron Overture, Roses from the South Waltz, Emperor Waltz, Tritsch-Tratsch Polka, Voices of Spring Waltz, Vaterland March, Hunting Polka, Die Fledermaus Overture and Laughing Song, Nordseebilder Waltz, Pizzicato Polka. Zeller Roses in Tyrol, Don’t Be Cross Lanner New Year Galop Millocker I Give My Heart

THE ROYAL OPERA: DIE MEISTERSINGER

LUNCHTIME ORGAN CONCERT

WEDNESDAY 11 JANUARY, 4.30PM

Monday 9 January, 1PM

Wagner

Thomas Trotter organ Widor Stanley Liszt Wammes Wallen Bizet

Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg

The Royal Opera Chorus The Orchestra of the Royal Opera House Antonio Pappano conductor Bryn Terfel Sachs Emma Bell Eva

Allegro from Symphony No 6 Voluntary, Op 6 No 6 Prelude & Fugue on BACH Vallée des danses Tiger Carmen Suite (arr. Lemare)

Simon O’Neill Walther Toby Spence David Peter Coleman-Wright Beckmesser Sir John Tomlinson Pogner

Symphony Hall’s 21st Anniversary Festival opens with an unmissable event: The Royal Opera makes its much-anticipated return to Birmingham to launch a sequence of Wagner’s four greatest music dramas. Two operatic titans – Bryn Terfel and Sir John Tomlinson – lead a star-studded cast in Wagner’s epic comedy about the power and glory of song, under the inspired baton of Antonio Pappano.

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

£9.50, £20, £29, £38, £50, £62.50, £75 Discounts available, please check when booking. Concert performance sung in German with English surtitles. Please note surtitles may not be visible from every seat. Please check when booking. This concert has a running time of c. 5 hours 30 minutes including two intervals.

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The CBSO plays all your favourite Johann Strauss waltzes and polkas, while star soprano Rebecca Bottone dishes up some of Viennese operetta’s most mouthwatering melodies. £10, £17, £24, £29.50, £33, £37, £39.50

BIRMINGHAM INTERNATIONAL CONCERT SEASON

Discounts available, please check when booking.

SYMPHONY Hall BACKSTAGE Tour THURSDAY 12 JANUARY, 11AM Take a tour of the stunning auditorium and glimpse inside the inner workings of this world-famous concert hall. Duration: approximately 1½ hours. 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 p43.

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CBSO Romantic Landscapes

THE CLASSIC ROCK SHOW

WEDNESDAY 18 JANUARY, 2.15PM THURSDAY 19 JANUARY, 7.30PM

SUNDAY 15 JANUARY, 8pm

The Ten Best Selling Rock Albums of All Time

City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra Karl-Heinz Steffens conductor Sol Gabetta cello

An amazing mix of selected album tracks from the ten best selling rock albums of all time plus a special anthem-by-anthem finale. Featuring highlights from, The Eagles Greatest Hits, Led Zeppelin IV, Fleetwood Mac Rumours, Dire Straits Brothers In Arms,  Pink Floyd Dark Side of the Moon and The Wall, Elton John Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, Bruce Springsteen Born to Run,  AC/DC Back In Black and Meat Loaf Bat out of Hell... plus encore songs from Jimi Hendrix, Lynyrd Skynyrd and The Who.

CBSO: Nelsons conducts Strauss THURSDAY 12 JANUARY, 7.30PM SATURDAY 14 JANUARY, 7PM

City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra Andris Nelsons conductor Stephen Hough piano Strauss Tod und Verklärung Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No 1 Strauss Also sprach Zarathustra

£20 There are also a limited number of higher priced Gold Circle tickets available. No support.

24’ 26’ 32’

In this blockbuster concert, Andris Nelsons takes his love affair with Strauss to the next level. When you hear the stupendous opening fanfare of Also sprach Zarathustra, you’ll be blown sideways. Thursday: 6.15pm, Saturday: 5.45pm Free pre-concert talk. Richard Strauss: Man and Superman. Writer and broadcaster Stephen Johnson explores tonight’s programme. £10, £14.50, £19, £22.50, £25, £30, £34.50, £37.50, £39.50

ROLL OUT THE BARREL TUESDAY 17 JANUARY, 2.30PM

For over 10 years this uplifting show has been delighting audiences all over the UK with a wonderful mix of music and memories. In a glorious show, Terry Bradford and Sussie Arvesen take you on a musical journey of non-stop nostalgia featuring over 65 songs that you know and love. You’ll be singing all the way home. £12 Discounts available, please check when booking.

Mozart Saint-Saëns ˇ Dvorák ˇ Dvorák

Symphony No 36 Linz Cello Concerto No 1 Silent Woods for Cello and Orchestra Symphony No 8

30’ 19’ 5’ 36’

ˇ Dvorák’s Eighth must be one of the happiest symphonies ever written. That’s just the climax of this joyous concert, which also features Mozart’s Linz Symphony and Saint-Saëns’s passionate First Cello Concerto. Wednesday: 1.15pm, Thursday: 6.15pm. Free pre-concert talk: Dvorák’s Eighth. Writer and critic Malcolm MacDonald ˇ explores Dvorák’s world. ˇ Wednesday’s concert is followed by a CBSO Members’ Afternoon Tea with Karl-Heinz Steffens. For further information contact Claire Watts on 0121 616 6514. Wednesday: £10, £14.50, £19.50, £24, £27.50, £31, £37 Thursday: £10, £14.50, £19, £22.50, £25, £30, £34.50, £37.50, £39.50

CBSO Schools Concerts for Key Stage 3 students FRIDAY 20 JANUARY, 11AM & 1PM

An interactive schools concert specially devised for Key Stage 3 students, with lively presentation and the whole CBSO. £5 per ticket for children and teachers, and home-schooling* children and parents. To book, please call Group Bookings on 0800 358 7070. *Proof of eligibility, e.g. registration with your Local Authority, required.

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HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL Day SUNDAY 22 JANUARY, 2PM

To commemorate victims and survivors of the Holocaust and Nazi persecutions as well as other worldwide genocides. This year’s ceremony is inspired by the theme from the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust for 2012, Speak Up, Speak Out. Free event

Lunchtime Organ Concert Monday 23 January, 1PM

Thomas Trotter organ Handel Boyce Bach Buck Stanford

Musical Picnic Saturday 21 January, Symphony Hall Cafe Bar 10.30am – 1.30pm

Tuck into a morning of musical entertainment with all the family. Watch, listen and join in with fun performances and activities and enjoy music from resident band The Notebenders.

£6

ANTON & ERIN: LET’s DO IT

Unreserved seating. Discounts available, please check when booking.

SATURDAY 21 JANUARY, 3PM & 7.30pm

Following a sold out UK tour in 2011, stars of BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing, Anton du Beke and Erin Boag, return with a sensational new show.

Free event

They will be joined by singer Lance Ellington, superb guest dancers and a live orchestra conducted by Richard Balcombe. Enjoy music from George Gershwin, Irving Berlin, Kander & Ebb and Cole Porter with classic hits such as An American in Paris, Fascinating Rhythm, It Don’t Mean a Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing), Cavatina, Blue Danube Waltz, Don’t Rain on My Parade and many more. £15.50, £19.50, £29.50, £33.50, £37.50, £39.50

Organ Concerto in B flat, Op 4 No 2 Voluntary in D Trio Sonata No 3 Variations on Annie Laurie Fantasy & Toccata

CBSO WINTER DREAMS WEDNESDAY 25 JANUARY, 7.30PM THURSDAY 26 JANUARY, 2.15PM

City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra Andris Nelsons conductor Hélène Grimaud piano Tchaikovsky Brahms

Symphony No 1 Winter Dreams 43’ Piano Concerto No 2 50’

MONDAY 23 January, 2.30pm

Andris Nelsons sets the mood with Tchaikovsky's delightful Winter Dreams before Brahms's big sunny and effortlessly tuneful Piano Concerto.

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

Wednesday: £10, £14.50, £19, £22.50, £25, £30, £34.50, £37.50, £39.50 Thursday: £10, £14.50, £19.50, £24, £27.50, £31, £37

TOWN Hall Tour

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

Discounts available, please check when booking.

Adults £6 60plus, full-time students, under 16s, unwaged, disabled patrons £5. Please note that Town Hall tour tickets must be booked in advance and are available until the day before the tour. Please come to Town Hall stage door on arrival (this is the door facing Birmingham Library). For more information on group tours see p43.

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SING LIVE SATURDAY 28 JANUARY, 7.30PM

In this concert Sing Live present powerful and robust choral music celebrating themes from the Olympic Games. They will be performing Proud – the official theme for the London 2012 Olympic bid, Barcelona from the 1992 Olympics, Dare to Dream from Sydney in 2000, The Power of the Dream from Atlanta 1996 and many more.

Lahti Symphony Orchestra Plays Sibelius THURSDAY 26 JANUARY, 7.30PM

Lahti Symphony Orchestra Okko Kamu conductor Elina Vähälä violin Sibelius

There will also be renditions of Tina Turner’s Simply the Best, Hero by Mariah Carey, Shine by Take That, Lou Reed’s Perfect Day and Celebration by Kool and the Gang in an uplifting event.

KATHERINE JENKINS: DAYDREAM

£15, £17.50

SUNDAY 29 & MONDAY 30 JANUARY, 7.30PM

Discounts available, please check when booking.

Katherine Jenkins, the record-breaking multi-platinum selling mezzo-soprano returns to Symphony Hall. This show will see Katherine perform some of her best-known songs including tracks from her debut album Premiere through to her new album Daydream.

Karelia Suite 14’ Violin Concerto 31’ The Swan of Tuonela 10’ Symphony No 5 30’

Finland’s greatest orchestra, the outstanding Lahti Symphony Orchestra, take us on a breathtaking ride through the works of Sibelius. His music is in their blood, and each piece is a vivid postcard of the composer’s homeland: the beautiful Nordic landscapes of the Violin Concerto, the bleak waters of the mythical Swan of Tuonela, and the sweeping snowy vistas of the Fifth Symphony.

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RUMOURS OF FLEETWOOD MAC TUESDAY 31 JANUARY, 8PM

Rumours of Fleetwood Mac replicate the band at their brilliant best performing timeless classics such as Albatross, Go Your Own Way, Dreams, Say You Love Me, Little Lies, Everywhere and many more.

£27.50, £37.50, £47.50, £65

ALFIE BOE

‘An extraordinary emotive performance of Fleetwood Mac.’ Mick Fleetwood

TUESDAY 31 JANUARY, 7.30PM

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‘A stunning and emotive snapshot of the World’s first supergroup – stunning.’ Sunday Times

Sold out, returns only. Members find out first, see back page for details.

£22.50 No support.

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Coming Soon  WO TRAD JAZZ LEGENDS together: T mr ACKER BILK & his paramount jazz band & the big CHRIS BARBER band

scott of the antarctic centenary concert

fascinating aida

T  IME GENTLEMEN PLEASE! FEATURING THE DEMON BARBER ROADSHOW

MARTIN SIMPSON TRIO SUNDAY 5 FEBRUARY, 7.30PM £17.50

transatlantic sessions wednesday 8 FEBRUARY, 7.30PM £25.50

 happy and glorious: 60 glorious years in music and song to celebrate her majesty's DIAMOND JUBILEE SATURDAY 11 FEBRUARY, 7.30PM £16 - £36.50

JOHN LILL PLAYS BEETHOVEN AND BRAHMS

Coming Soon

an evening of music and dance BIRMINGHAM ROYAL BALLET

FRIDAY 17 FEBRUARY, 7.30PM £18.50

FRIDAY 3 FEBRUARY, 7.30PM £9.50 - £40

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sunday 12 FEBRUARY, 2.30PM £13.50

FRIDAY 17 FEBRUARY, 7.30PM £10 - £29.50

FRIDAY 3 FEBRUARY, 7.30PM £22

SUNDAY 12 FEBRUARY, 3PM £9.50 - £30

black dyke band

FRIDAY 2 MARCH, 8PM £15

nick lowe saturday 3 march, 7.30PM £27.50

the hollies 50th anniversary tour ThursdaY 8 MARCH, 7.30PM £19.50 - £27.50

F  airport Convention Friday 9 MARCH, 7.30PM £23

JOAN BAEZ TUESDAY 13 MARCH, 7.30PM £34.50, £39.50

SPAGHETTI WESTERN ORCHESTRA FRIDAY 16 MARCH, 7.30PM £18.50, £19.50

The Dubliners Saturday 17 MARCH, 8PM £25

lord of the dance TUESDAY 20 - sunday 25 March £25 - £38.50

go and play up your own end Wednesday 21 MARCH, 7.30PM £21.50

BjÖrn again Friday 23 MARCH, 8PM £18.50

David sylvian monday 26 march, 8PM £32.50

Jack bruce and his big blues band

An evening with charlie landsborough FRIDAY 30 MARCH, 7.30PM £18.50

Stewart Lee: carpet remnant world FRIDAY 30 MARCH, 8PM £19.50

SARAH MILLICAN: THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLICAN saturday 7 & SUNDAY 15 APRIL, 8PM £20

 rimethorpe colliery band: G Brassed off 15th anniversary tour sunday 22 april, 3PM £17.50, £19.50

Don Williams TUESDAY 1 MAY, 7.30PM £37.50

The wizard of oz Friday 4 MAY, 3pm & 7PM £9.50 - £35

THE CHIEFTAINS TUESDAY 5 JUNE, 8PM £35, £37.50

thursday 29 MARCH, 8PM £25

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FREE JAZZ RUSH HOUR BLUES

Friday 5.30pm, Symphony Hall Cafe Bar After a long week at work come along and unwind in the intimate, relaxing atmosphere of Symphony Hall Cafe 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.

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6 JANUARY

SAM CROCKATT QUARTET WITH KIT DOWNES

STEVE AJAO'S BLUES BAND 13 JANUARY

9 DECEMBER

LEVI FRENCH TRIO

MITCH PERRINS QUARTET 20 JANUARY

16 DECEMBER

ANDY HAMILTON AND THE BLUE NOTES Christmas Special presented in association with Sax in the City.

BRYAN CORBETT QUARTET 27 JANUARY

NICK JURD QUARTET

FREE EVENTS IN SYMPHONY HALL CAFE 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.

TEYMOUR HOUSEGO

LAURA J MARTIN & DUOTONE

Featuring Andy Hamilton and The Blue Notes

SATURDAY 10 december, 1pm

THURSDAY 15 DECEMBER, 5.30PM

Teymour Housego has established himself as one of the UK’s leading multi-cultural flautists. From the sounds he grew up with as a young boy in India, through the decade he spent between London and Paris, he explores the wealth and diversity of musicians these two cities have to offer.

Laura J Martin's bursts of guitar create a suitably off-kilter, psychedelic feel and the insistent rhythm is acutely arresting alongside her Bonnie Dobson-like vocal. Duotone has regularly mesmerised audiences around the country with shows that breathlessly move from riotous energy all the way down to the most delicate moments of intimacy.

Please note The December Sax In The City is in collaboration with Rush Hour Blues on Friday 16 December.

HARI VRNDAVN SIVANESAN

Llama: ECHO Rising Stars Series 17th Season

SATURDAY 14 JANUARY, 1PM

THURSDAY 19 january, 5.30PM

Saturday 28 January

Hari Vrndavn Sivanesan is a soulful and virtuosic player of the veena. He combines devotion to the instrument, a deep knowledge of the culture and a keen sense of humour. Privileged to have been chosen as the current year’s BBC Radio 3 World Routes Academy Protégé, Hari looks forward to taking his music and career to new boundaries.

Llama bring their unique blend of folk songs, flamenco and fado to Birmingham on their European tour as ECHO Rising Stars for 2011/12. Five years ago, percussionist Ravid Goldschmidt found himself busking on the streets of Barcelona with his hang drum (a UFO-shaped melodic instrument). He soon realised combining the hang with the vocals of Silvia Perez Cruz could create beautiful music which defies genre.

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Free event in Symphony Hall Cafe Bar 12.30pm - 3.30pm

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

Presented in association with sampad. The Mid-day Mantra series is supported by Arts Council England.

The next event is on 18 February in Symphony Hall Cafe Bar at 1pm.

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

SAX IN THE CITY

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

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Presented in association with Moseley Folk Festival. The Folk for Free series is supported by Arts Council England.

The next event is on 23 February in Symphony Hall Cafe Bar at 5.30pm.

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In the lead up to a performance by internationally renowned jazz artist Abram Wilson at the Symphony Hall Musical Picnic event in November, THSH is working with Abram to deliver outreach workshops and performances with schools, community groups and local emerging artists. Everyone’s hard work will culminate in performances alongside Abram at a community event in Ladywood which is being programmed and organised by local residents taking part in the project, and at Musical Picnic, our free family event at Symphony Hall. THSH looks forward to growing its relationship with Birmingham Jazz and developing new opportunities to work with local communities, schools and partner organisations. For information about January’s Musical Picnic please see p.30

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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 available 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). Town Hall Box Office is 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.

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

SEATING PLANS

Photo credits: Herbie Knott (The Snowman), Adrian Burrows (The Destroyers, Thomas Trotter), Brian Tarr (Bryn Terfel), Gautier Deblonde (London Symphony Orchestra), Jason Sheldon (Musical Picnic).

Droitwich & Bromsgrove: Bromsgrove Music Tours, Jennie McGregor Smith 01527 872422 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 CAFE BAR

TOWN HALL

Situated on Level 3 (Ground Floor), Symphony Hall Cafe Bar 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 ordinarily open an hour before every Symphony Hall concert.

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

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.

This is a perfect treat for someone special. For £125 per couple, the package also includes a personalised warm welcome and flowers on arrival, a programme, interval drinks and ice cream. We will arrange it all for you so you can relax and enjoy your special evening. For more information, please contact us on 0121 644 5072 or email celebrate@thsh.co.uk

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.

Celebration Packages ✁

In association with Edmunds restaurant in Brindleyplace we are pleased to introduce our Celebration Packages.

50p OFF

Edmunds provides a relaxed and refreshing approach to fine dining; here you will be treated to an exquisite three course meal with a glass of Champagne. You will be served with plenty of time to enjoy your meal before making your way across the bridge to Symphony Hall for your chosen show.

when you buy a cup of coffee at Symphony Hall Cafe Bar. Hand this voucher in at Symphony Hall Cafe Bar and receive a 50p discount on a cup of coffee. Not to be used in conjunction with any other offers. Voucher valid from 10am - 6pm. Until 1/6/12. Copies not accepted.

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ACCESSIBILITY This guide is available free of charge on CD 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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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 Charitable Trust 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 Oundle School 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.

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 5075.

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

BUSINESS PARTNERS BBC Music Magazine Classic FM

EDUCATION SPONSOR

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Nelsons Conducts Bruckner's Seventh An Evening with Lindsey Buckingham Handel: Messiah

University of Birmingham Choir and Symphony Orchestra Tommy Emmanuel Steeleye Span In Concert Christmas with The Puppini Sisters The Unthanks explore and perform the music of Robert Wyatt and Anthony & The Johnsons Black Voices: Christmas Ancient & Modern The Destroyers' Town Hall Extravaganza! A Christmas Carol By Charles Dickens

Sun 4 Mon 5 Tue 6 Wed 7 Thu 8 Fri 9 Sat 10 Sun 11

Canoldir's Christmas Celebration

Room On The Broom Room On The Broom

Room On The Broom Room On The Broom

Tue 20

Wed 21 Thu 22

Fri 23 Sat 24

Room On The Broom

Thu 29

Room On The Broom Room On The Broom Room On The Broom

Fri 6 Sat 7 Sun 8

Room On The Broom Room On The Broom Room On The Broom

Wed 11 Thu 12 Fri 13

Soweto Kinch Thomas Trotter

TOWN HALL ASSOCIATE ARTISTS

THE RESIDENT ORCHESTRA OF SYMPHONY HALL

Katherine Jenkins: Daydream Alfie Boe

Tue 31

Rumours of Fleetwood Mac

Katherine Jenkins: Daydream Mon 30

Lahti Symphony Orchestra Plays Sibelius Sun 29

Sing Live

CBSO Winter Dreams Sat 28

CBSO Winter Dreams Thu 26

Lunchtime Organ Concert Wed 25

Mon 23

Anton & Erin: Let's Do It

Musical Picnic

Sat 21 Holocaust Memorial

CBSO Schools Concerts for Key Stage 3 Students

Fri 20

Sun 22

CBSO Romantic Landscapes

Thu 19

Nelsons Conducts Strauss

Nelsons Conducts Strauss

The Royal Opera: Die Meistersinger

Lunchtime Organ Concert

Viennese Whirl

Glenn Miller Orchestra

The Pirates of Penzance

Johann Strauss Gala

New Year's Eve Gala

The Snowman (in ICC Theatre)

Carmina Burana

The Snowman (in ICC Theatre)

The Sound of Musicals

The Snowman (in ICC Theatre)

Movie Night Classics

The Snowman (in ICC Theatre)

Last Night of The Christmas Proms

Mozart By Candlelight

Symphony Hall

The Snowman (in ICC Theatre)

Boxing Day Gala

The Snowman (in ICC Theatre)

Christmas Eve Classics

The Snowman (in ICC Theatre)

The CBSO's Great Big Choral Christmas

The Snowman (in ICC Theatre)

The CBSO's Great Big Choral Christmas

The Ed Doolan Christmas Show

The Snowman (in ICC Theatre)

Polar

The Snowman (in ICC Theatre)

Christmas Carol Singalong

Lunchtime Christmas Music

The Snowman (in ICC Theatre)

Christmas Classics with Lesley Garrett

The CBSO's Great Big Choral Christmas

CBSO Romantic Landscapes

Roll Out The Barrel

Tue 17

White Christmas The Snowman (in ICC Theatre)

Wed 18

The Classic Rock Show

Sun 15

Sat 14

Room On The Broom

Tue 10

Mon 9

Room On The Broom

Thu 5

Mon 2

Sun 1

January

Sat 31

Fri 30

Room On The Broom

Town Hall

Wed 28

Tue 27

Tue 27

Room On The Broom

Midlands Hospitals' Choir: A Christmas Celebration Carols By Candlelight

Mon 19

Mon 26

Christmas Treats

Sun 18

Carols By Candlelight

The Snowman (in ICC Theatre)

Birmingham Music Service: Winter Gala Concert

Sat 17

LSO: Beethoven's Ninth Symphony

The Snowman (in ICC Theatre) A Swinging Christmas

Alfie Boe CBSO Benevolent Fund Concert Only Men Aloud: A Christmas Concert

Wed 14 Fri 16

Handel: Messiah That'll Be The Day Christmas Show

Tue 13

Rejoice! Christmas Carol Concert

Thu 15

Sing Carols with The City Organist

Mon 12

The Sixteen at Christmas

Jedward: Carnival

Vivaldi Vespers

Sat 3

CBSO Tuned In: Bruckner's Seventh Symphony

British Police Symphony Orchestra: Proms Night Spectacular!

CBSO: The Year 1911 - Sibelius and Nielson

Symphony Hall

Christmas Extravaganza Concert

Town Hall Thu 1

December

AT A GLANCE


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December - January What's On Guide  

What's On At Town Hall Symphoyn Hall, Birmingham, December 2011 - January 2012.