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april & may 2009

What’s On At Town Hall and Symphony Hall

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Welcome to your guide to the shows at Town Hall and Symphony Hall in April and May.

Don’t Miss


April Events


May Events


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Supporting Town Hall and Symphony Hall


Concerts at a Glance


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Black Voices

Soweto Kinch Thomas Trotter the resident orchestra of symphony hall

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Saturday 14 March, 7.30pm Symphony Hall

Sunday 22 March, 7.30pm Symphony Hall

don't miss Friday 13 March, 8pm Town Hall

Noah and the Whale – Club silencio tour

The Music of andrew Lloyd Webber

Plus support by Jay Jay Pistolet

Richard Ward-Roden conductor

Noah and the Whale burst onto the scene last year with huge summer hit 5 Years Time and acclaimed Gold-selling debut album, Peaceful, The World Lays Me Down.

Starring Daniel Boys, Chrissie Hammond, Helen Hobson, Scott Davis

Club Silencio will be an evening of film and music curated by the band. The blending of moving-image, projection and live sets will create a complete evening of entertainment from doors to coats replete with programme and compere. The name of the tour is an allusion to the David Lynch film scene but also to the show’s unifying themes of real, surreal and illusion. £12 stalls unreserved standing and circle reserved seating

America Due to phenomenal public demand, one of the legendary bands to emerge from the 1970s country-rock scene, America, return to the UK. Hits like I Need You, Ventura Highway, Don't Cross The River and Sister Golden Hair were cornerstones of FM rock radio and their classic greatest hits collection History sold over 4 million copies. In 1972 the classic A Horse With No Name made America a global phenomenon, paving the way for an impressive string of hits that seamlessly assimilated strands of rock, pop, and folk elements into a thrilling musical mix. £32.50

For many years the hugely prolific Andrew Lloyd Webber has dominated the theatre stage in the West End and Broadway, and enjoyed unrivalled chart and commercial success, too. Having written some of the world's most covered compositions, in recent years he has taken on the role of mentor in television's American Idol, How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria, Any Dream Will Do, as well as I'd Do Anything and Your Country Needs You. Join The Showbiz Pops Orchestra, and four of the West End’s finest stars in an evening of excerpts from the musicals of the world's most successful composer – including The Phantom of the Opera, Cats, Evita, Jesus Christ Superstar, Starlight Express, Sunset Boulevard, Aspects of Love, Tell Me on a Sunday, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and many other Lloyd Webber favourites. £22.50, £26.50, £30

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april Thursday 26 March, 7.30pm Symphony Hall

Thursday 26 March, 7.30pm Town Hall

Wednesday 1 April, 2.15pm Symphony Hall

British Classics City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra John Wilson conductor Lawrence Power viola


Courtney Pine & Jazz Warriors Afropeans

Mr Acker Bilk and his Paramount Jazz Band

Courtney Pine’s Jazz Warriors were a seminal black British big band from the 1980s, shaking up the UK jazz scene by celebrating the wealth of funk and reggae-influenced Afro-Caribbean talent.

The Big Chris Barber Band Acker Bilk and his Paramount Jazz Band gained worldwide fame with his international hit singles Stranger On The Shore in 1962 and Aria in 1976. Chris Barber celebrates his sixtieth year as a bandleader in 2008/09, having notched up over 10,000 concerts and thousands of recordings. Don’t miss a night of phenomenal trad-jazz from these true legends. £19.50, £21.50, £23.50

In 2007, as part of the events marking the 200th Anniversary of the Abolition of the Slave Trade Act, Courtney led a freshly minted Jazz Warriors in a concert and album themed around the experience of what he calls ‘Afropeans’ – people of African descent who were born in or live in Europe. The result was an extraordinary ensemble of leading UK jazz soloists, including the likes of Dennis Rollins, Tony Kofi, Jay Phelps, Jason Yarde and Omar Puente. “Hugely entertaining” The Times £16.50, £18.50 Presented in association with The Drum.

Holst The Perfect Fool – ballet music 13’ Delius On Hearing the 4’ First Cuckoo in Spring Walton Viola Concerto 25’ Sullivan Overture di Ballo 11’ German Romeo and Juliet – Nocturne 5’ Farnon Westminster Waltz 3’ Ketèlbey Sanctuary of the Heart 4’ Elgar Chanson de nuit 4’ Coates The Three Men Suite 15’ Springtime in England; and what better way to celebrate it than with this delightfully tuneful programme? Some of these pieces are 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. A fine British string player joins him for an afternoon of pure melodious pleasure. 1.15pm Free pre-concert talk £9.50, £13.50, £17.50, £21.50, £24, £28, £32

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Friday 3 April, 7.30pm Symphony Hall

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Friday 3 April, 7.30pm Town Hall

Saturday 4 April Symphony Hall foyers, 10 am Town Hall, 11am

FREE Family Learning Day Friday Night Classics: Chaplin’s Circus

Frank & Ella – A Tribute

City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra

BBC Big Band

Carl Davis conductor

Todd Gordon vocalist Anita Wardell vocalist

Davis The Cure Chaplin The Circus

23’ 72’

Conductor, composer and entertainer Carl Davis is world famous for his new scores for classic silent movies; tonight he presents two of Charlie Chaplin’s greatest silent comedies, accompanied live by the CBSO with music that mirrors every action, gesture and emotion on the screen. The Circus was the most successful silent film of all time, and finds Chaplin’s Little Tramp stumbling into a hilarious new profession. And as for The Cure – well, one critic wrote that “in terms of sheer belly-laughs, it may well be the funniest movie Chaplin ever made”. Decide for yourself as Symphony Hall transforms into a giant cinema. One thing’s for sure though – silent movies have never sounded better! £10, £14, £16.50, £19.50, £22.50, £25, £29

An unforgettable evening featuring many of the great songs immortalised by Frank Sinatra and Ella Fitzgerald. A host of swing classics including Pennies from Heaven, Something’s Gotta Give, Come Fly with Me, Lady be Good, How High the Moon and The Lady is a Tramp. The concert is to be recorded for BBC Radio 2’s Big Band Special £12.50, £16.50, £19.50 BBC Big Band is a Town Hall Associate Artist.

A totally free and totally fun Family Learning Day at Symphony Hall and Town Hall for families, carers, children and young people from across the city. For details please see page 38.

Saturday 4 April, 7pm Symphony Hall

Alcester Male Voice Choir This popular, much travelled Midlands Community Choir promises you an exciting, varied evening of music including: Men of Harlech, Grand March from Aida, O Fortuna, Calon Lan, Dashenka, Agnus Dei, Medley from Jesus Christ Superstar. Talented young artists will complement the programme. 10% discount for groups of 20 or more and coach transport available through the Choir on 02476 971 929 or visit £12.50, £14.50, £18.50, £22.50

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Saturday 4 April, 7.30pm Town Hall

Sunday 5 April, 4pm Town Hall

Orchestra Baobab

Sampad presents Asian Spring

A fantastic night out! Orchestra Baobab are one of Africa’s great iconic bands, creators of one of the world’s most sublime and truly distinctive pop sounds. Founded in 1970, Orchestra Baobab fused Afro-Cuban rhythm and Portuguese Creole melody with Congolese rumba, high life and a whole gamut of local styles. They kickstarted a musical renaissance in their native Senegal, which turned the capital Dakar into one of the world’s most vibrant musical cities. They produced more hits in less than a decade than other bands in a lifetime. £17.50, £19.50 Presented in association with The Drum.

The twelfth annual dance showcase, held in the sumptuous surroundings of Town Hall. This year’s programme will feature performances from local and youth dance groups including Bengali Association Group, Bollywood Dreams Dance Academy, Chitraleka Dance Company, Diverse Dance Company, Mini Arts Group, Nachda Sansaar Jrs, S & J Stars, Sonia Sabri Company, Hina & Co and Subhash Viman. Rhythms and routines from traditional Kathak and Bharatanatyam to Bollywood and Contemporary will bring together dancers of all ages in an eclectic dance extravaganza. This event sells well every year so make sure you book in advance! £7 60plus, under 16s, unwaged £5 One free ticket for every ten purchased.

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Sunday 5 April, 7pm Symphony Hall

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Monday 6 April, 1pm Symphony Hall

Monday 6 April, 2.30pm Town Hall

We'll Meet Again

Singalong with the CBSO: Mozart’s Requiem

Hits from the Blitz

City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra Simon Halsey conductor Join the CBSO with its world-renowned chorus director, Simon Halsey, and young professional soloists to sing Mozart’s Requiem, which he was famously still working upon at his untimely death. If you enjoy singing, the unique experience of performing such a powerful work in Birmingham’s magnificent Symphony Hall, with over 1000 singers, is surely not to be missed. Audience £10.50 Choir Stalls, £8 Grand Tier. NB seats are unreserved in these areas. Singer £18.50*, Singer including score hire £24.50* If you are singing, please book in advance by telephone or in person, to tell the Box Office your voice type.

Lunchtime Organ Concert Thomas Trotter organ JS Bach Prelude & Fugue in B minor Howells Master Tallis’s Testament Sarabande for the Morning of Easter Alain Three Pieces Goss-Custard Chelsea Fayre Coates The Princess Elizabeth March

Relive the spirit of the Forties in this wonderful afternoon performance with lots of singalong tunes that will bring back warm memories. The show pays tribute to the legendary stars of the war years – Vera Lynn, Donald Peers, Gracie Fields, George Formby, Bing Crosby, and famous comedians Max Miller and Tessie O’Shea. This special show promises not only to evoke the spirit of wartime Britain, but the music and laughter that kept Britain smiling through her darkest days. £12, Groups of 10 or more £10

Adults £5, 60plus , full-time students , under 16s , unwaged £4

Singers: rehearsals start at 1.30pm; further details with tickets. We are using the new Novello choral edition. To hire a score with Simon Halsey's rehearsal markings, please purchase the Singer & Score Hire ticket. Please note if you are not bringing your own score, pre-booking of score hire via this ticket is essential. Pre-booked scores can be collected from 12.30pm on the day by showing your score ticket. *Please note, singer tickets are not available online. We'll Meet Again

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Monday 6 April, 6pm Town Hall

Tuesday 7 April, 1pm Town Hall

Tuesday 7 April, 7.30pm Symphony Hall

Copenhagen: Eco-Metropolis

BBC Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert

Evening Organ Concert Thierry Escaich

Talking Cities: MADE and Birmingham City University urban design public lecture series.

Giuliano Sommerhalder trumpet Roberto Arosio piano

Thierry Escaich organ

Klaus Bondam: Mayor, The City of Copenhagen, Technical and Environmental Administration.

Enescu Légende Honegger Intrada for trumpet Françaix Sonatine ˚ Sonata Martinu

Consistently ranked as a top world city in which to live, Copenhagen is renowned for its architecture, public spaces and its leadership in tackling the environmental challenges of urban development. Klaus Bondam will discuss his goal for Copenhagen to be the Eco-Metropolis of the world by 2015 and his Metropolis for People policy, set to create even better conditions for urban life through public participation and dialogue between citizens and experts. £5, full-time students , under 16s , unwaged £3 Sponsored by Atkins and Birmingham City Council. The talk will be for 60 minutes without an interval, followed by questions from the audience.

The BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artists scheme exists to provide support to some of the brightest talents in the world of classical music. In the first of a pair of BBC Radio 3 lunchtime concerts this spring, we hear from the hugely talented young trumpeter Giuliano Sommerhalder in three of the 20th century’s most delightful works for trumpet and piano. £7.50, 60 plus , full-time students , under 16s , unwaged £5

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One of the most outstanding organists of his generation, Thierry Escaich presents a programme that pits some of the greatest composers of German Romantic music against those of the French school, including Brahms, Mendelssohn, Dupré and Franck. As organist of St Étienne-du-Mont, where one of his predecessors was the great Maurice Duruflé, Escaich’s playing is steeped in the French organ tradition, central to which is the art of improvisation; bring your own themes along to experience the excitement of a live re-working of selected material. 6.15pm Pre-concert talk with Graeme Kay £5, £8, £10, £12.50, £15, £17.50, £20 60plus £5, £7, £9, £11.50, £14, £16, £18.50

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Wednesday 8 April, 8pm Thursday 9 April, 8pm Symphony Hall

Friday 10 April, 2pm Symphony Hall

april Wednesday 8 April, 7.30pm Town Hall

The National Youth Wind Orchestra Of Great Britain Matthew George conductor James Gourlay tuba Bernstein Profanation (from Symphony No 1, Jeremiah) arr. Bencriscutto Bruce Fraser Tuba Concerto. Martin Ellerby Elgar Variations. Band version – World Premiere Hudson Noguiera Senzalas, Maracutus e Qolumbus Rolf Rudin Out Of Nowhere John Williams Star Wars trilogy arr. Hunsberger £12, £15 Under 16s , full-time students £5 Stalls only.

Jackson Browne – Time The Conqueror Tour Jackson Browne has written and performed some of the most literate and moving songs in popular music and has defined a genre of songwriting charged with honesty, emotion and personal politics. He’s been honoured with inductions into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame. Browne’s latest release, Time The Conqueror, is his first set of new material in six years. Accompanying Browne is his band of fifteen years: Kevin McCormick (bass), Mark Goldenberg (guitars), Mauricio Lewak (drums) and Jeff Young (keyboards, backing vocals). £40

Good Friday St Matthew Passion Ex Cathedra Soloists, Choir & Baroque Orchestra Jeffrey Skidmore conductor Nicholas Mulroy Evangelist Eamonn Dougan Christus J S Bach St Matthew Passion


Ex Cathedra’s trailblazing performances and critically acclaimed recordings have put them at the forefront of the international early music movement, so we can expect them to bring searching new insights to this season’s traditional Good Friday performance of Bach’s St Matthew Passion. It is the largest, most elaborate and most affecting of all Bach’s works, telling the story of the last days of Christ in music of great dignity and emotional intensity. £5, £12.50, £18.50, £23.50, £27.50, £33.50, £37.50 60plus £11.50, £17, £21.50, £25, £31, £33.50 Choir not available. Sung in English. There will be an extended interval for tea and the performance will end at approximately 6pm. Ex Cathedra is a Town Hall Associate Artist.

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Saturday 11 April, 7pm Town Hall

Sunday 12 April, 7.30pm Town Hall

Handel's Messiah

Bat For Lashes

Birmingham Choral Union Birmingham Choral Union Orchestra

Plus support School of Seven Bells

Colin Baines conductor Birmingham Choral Union was established in the 1880s and has a long history of involvement with the Town Hall, at one time performing here monthly. The annual Easter Messiah was a feature of their programme and it is with great pleasure that they are singing Handel’s great oratorio in Town Hall for the first time since the re-opening. £7, £12, £16, £20 60plus , under 16s , unwaged , groups of 10 or more £5, £10, £14, £18

With her dazzling second album, Two Suns, Bat For Lashes AKA Natasha Khan is set to assume the mantle of the most dynamic and intriguing pop performer in the UK right now. Natasha Khan’s debut Fur And Gold was nominated for the 2007 Mercury Music Prize, and earned two Brit Award nominations for Best Breakthrough and Best Female in 2008. The album’s blend of spooky childhood reveries and magical piano balladry caught the imagination of everyone. After Bat for Lashes supported Radiohead on their European tour last summer at their personal request, Natasha headed out to New York and the Californian desert to write what has now become Two Suns. “One of the year’s most exciting debuts” Music Week Stalls standing, circle reserved seating £12.50

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Wednesday 15 April, 2.30pm Town Hall

Thursday 16 April, 7.30pm Symphony Hall

Friday 17 April, 7.30pm Symphony Hall

Wednesday matinee: The English Romantic

The Solid Silver 60s Show


Orchestra of the Swan

The Searchers, Wayne Fontana, The Merseybeats, John Walker (of the Walker Brothers), The Dakotas

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David Curtis conductor Mark Bebbington piano Vaughan Williams Overture, The Wasps John Ireland Piano Concerto Brahms Symphony No 2 A perfect afternoon classical treat in the beautiful setting of Town Hall. The renaissance of English music, led by Elgar, saw an astonishing flowering of talent which continues today. Ireland’s Piano Concerto is on a large scale, firmly based on the 19thcentury romantic model. It provides an ideal counterpart to Brahms's sublime D major symphony, perhaps the most intimate of all his symphonic masterpieces. 1.30pm Free pre-concert talk Post-concert Conversation Club in the Circle Bar 15 mins after the end of the performance. £8.50, £12.50, £16.50, £19.50 Choir benches £6.50 60plus £7.50, £11.50, £15, £17.50 Orchestra of the Swan is a Town Hall Associate Artist.

The UK’s original and premier 60s show is back once again! The Searchers are a firm favourite, going strong since their first number one in 1963 with Sweets For My Sweet. Wayne Fontana was one of the many talented artists of the 1960s beat boom with hits like Um Um Um Um Um Um and Game of Love. The Merseybeats are one of the true surviving bands from the 60s when Liverpool ruled the airwaves! As part of The Walker Brothers, John Walker had his first hit Love Her in 1965, with a string of hits that followed. Completing this impressive line-up are The Dakotas with chart-topping hits Bad to Me, Little Children and Do You Want to Know A Secret. £19.50, £21.50, £23.50

plus special guests After an absence of 20 years, Ultravox are on tour, featuring the original 1980s line up of Midge Ure, Chris Cross, Warren Cann and Billy Currie. Fans can look forward to the band performing material from all their albums, including Vienna, Rage in Eden and Quartet. Ultravox were one of one of the primary exponents of the British electronic pop music movement of the early 1980s. £29.50, £32.50 Sold out, returns only

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Friday 17 April, 7.30pm Town Hall

Motorcity Roots: Anniversary Tribute to motown Featuring Jazz Jamaica “Jazz Jamaica, the raucously vivacious British band ... puts a reggae bounce under just about every soul classic you’ve ever heard of . . . irresistible.” The Guardian Motown Records, named after hometown Detroit’s nickname of Motor City, was founded in January 1959. To celebrate the anniversary, put on those flares for an unforgettable party evening as Jazz Jamaica’s ska-jazz-reggae band dusts down your favourite Motown Classics. This band really rocks, and with their big, bold, brassy horns and skanking rhythm section, we guarantee they’ll have you Dancing in the Street! Jazz Jamaica’s world-class line-up includes Gary Crosby, Abram Wilson, Denys Baptiste, Alex Wilson, Harry Brown, and Rod Youngs, with Zara McFarlane, Baby Sol and J’Nay on vocals. £16.50 Presented in association with The Drum.

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THE STORY OF THE SUPREMES FROM THE MARY WILSON COLLECTION Waterhall, Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery 21 February to 7 June 2009 Tickets:, 0121 303 1966 Celebrating the 50th anniversary of Motown Records, Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery presents more than 50 original stage costumes worn by The Supremes. This spectacular exhibition charts their changing image throughout their career, from their early days as The Primettes to the stunning Hollywood designs worn at the height of their fame.

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Saturday 18 April, 7pm Symphony Hall

Sunday 19 April, 3pm Symphony Hall

Anglo Welsh Festival

Family Concert: Carnival of the Animals

Editor’s choice

Saturday 18 April, 7.30pm Town Hall

Purcell’s Dido & Aeneas New London Consort Philip Pickett conductor Jonathan Miller director Sue Lefton choreography, movement Eskandar costumes Julia Gooding Dido Michael George Aeneas Joanne Lunn Belinda Purcell Dido and Aeneas (1700)

Canoldir Male Choir 43rd Annual Concert


Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas is an emotionally charged drama of love, death, fate and the supernatural, culminating in Dido’s famous lament. This fully-staged performance, directed by the legendary Jonathan Miller, celebrates the 350th anniversary of Purcell’s birth in 1659. A stunning reconstruction of the 1700 Lincoln's Inn Theatre revival, it reconstructs additional scenes and long-lost music and is accompanied by a large and colourful orchestra of period instruments.

Enjoy an evening of spine-tingling choral music from a unique blend of over 400 male voices drawn from choirs all over England and Wales. Guests are local violinist John Garner, and from Guernsey, Les Chansonelles, a ladies choir who won Gold at the recent World Choir Olympics. £7.50, £15, £20, £22, £25 60plus , full-time students £5 (Grand Tier only)

City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra Michael Seal conductor Tommy Pearson presenter City of Birmingham Young Voices A concert inspired by the animal kingdom. Join the CBSO as it travels through jungles, oceans, farmyards and forests, including Saint-Saëns’ The Carnival of the Animals, and Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake. Roll up, roll up, and hear the elephants trumpet and roar in Stravinsky’s Circus Polka, but beware of Rossini’s Thieving Magpie and Elgar’s Wild Bears! Why not come dressed up as your favourite animal?

6.15pm Pre-concert conversation with Philip Pickett

Free creative workshops and music in the foyers from 1.30pm

£5, £6.50, £15, £22, £30

Adults £12, Young People aged 16 and under £6.50, Any group of four people £27, Groups: 1 free adult ticket for every eight children

Choir benches not available. 60plus £5, £6.50, £14, £21, £27.50

All children must be accompanied.

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Sunday 19 April, 7pm Town Hall

Monday 20 April, 7.30pm Symphony Hall

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Tuesday 21 April, 8pm Town Hall

an evening with Kenny G

An Evening of Song and Laughter with Foster & Allen The beautiful melodies of Foster and Allen have made them a phenomenal success all over the world. Since their first hit record in 1978 they have gone on to record 18 gold award-winning albums and tour the world many times. Don’t miss this opportunity to spend a wonderful evening being serenaded by this well-loved Irish duo. £17.50, £19.50

Over the past two decades Kenny G has established himself as the biggest-selling instrumental musician of the modern era. He has collaborated with the likes of Aretha Franklin, Whitney Houston, Natalie Cole and Frank Sinatra. For the past twenty years he has been a mainstay of arenas, amphitheatres and concert halls and has performed for millions of people all over the world. £36, £39

Asia A Night At The Theatre with Asia Asia exploded onto the music scene in 1982. This ‘supergroup’, featuring bassist/ vocalist John Wetton, drummer Carl Palmer, keyboardist Geoff Downes, and guitarist Steve Howe, was the logical successor to their collective bands of the 70s – Yes, ELP, King Crimson, and The Buggles. Their debut album included classics Heat Of The Moment, Only Time Will Tell, and Sole Survivor. Now the original members are reunited: “This is the real Asia,” says Steve Howe. “There have been other versions, but this original line-up is the one that the public truly embraced… it will be nice, finally, to play for audiences all over the world, many of whom never had a chance to see the group in concert.” £25

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Wednesday 22 April, 7.30pm Symphony Hall

Inspired by Bach City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra Andris Nelsons conductor Isabelle van Keulen violin Jonathan Holland trumpet Bach (orch. Elgar) Fantasia and Fugue in C minor Berg Violin Concerto Pärt Concerto Piccolo on B-A-C-H Brahms Symphony No 4

8’ 25’ 8’ 42’

Tonight CBSO music director Andris Nelsons takes us to Brahms’s final symphony – with its finale based on music from a Bach cantata – by way of Berg’s highly expressive violin concerto – which quotes a Bach chorale at its emotional climax – and the tiny trumpet concerto in which Arvo Pärt incorporates the great man’s name. Elgar’s sumptuous arrangement of some genuine Bach sets the evening off in splendid style. 6.15pm Free pre-concert talk £9.50, £13.50, £17, £20.50, £23.50, £28, £32, £37, £39.50

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Wednesday 22 April, 7.45pm Town Hall

Thursday 23 April, 7.30pm Symphony Hall

PJ Harvey & John Parish

Russell Watson

PJ Harvey and John Parish visit Town Hall to mark their second collaborative album A Woman A Man Walked By. Described by journalist John Harris as “…mischievous, deadly serious, elegant and poetic, and possessed of a brutal power – doubtful that you will hear a record as brimming with creative brio and musical invention this year…”

With five albums going gold, platinum, or double platinum and four Classic BRIT Awards under his belt, Russell is recognised worldwide as the UK’s biggest selling classical artist of the 21st century. He is the first artist to have a classical album at the No 1 spot in the UK classical charts for an entire year.

Backed by a band comprising Eric Drew Feldman, Giovanni Ferrario and Jean-Marc Butty, the show will feature music from the new album as well as their first collaboration, 1996’s Dance Hall At Louse Point.

£24.47, £36.70, £53.83

£20 (maximum of 4 tickets per customer, stalls standing and circle reserved seating)

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Friday 24 April, 7.30pm Symphony Hall

Friday 24 April, 7.30pm Town Hall

Elvis Costello & The Brodsky Quartet Elvis Costello is well known for his musical eclecticism and his innovative and influential songwriting capabilities. Having originally been linked with the punk and new wave explosion, since then his music has since drawn on dozens of genres. Tonight he joins the pioneering Brodsky String Quartet for an evening to celebrate their longstanding collaborations. The programme will include tracks from their hugely successful recordings The Juliet Letters and Moodswings, alongside new Costello songs arranged for voice and quartet. The Juliet Letters was inspired by an Italian professor's decision to reply to the many thousands of letters written every year to Shakespeare’s fictional Juliet. 'The Brodsky Quartet are the team for the new century' Gramophone

Celebrity Recital: Christian Tetzlaff & Lars Vogt Christian Tetzlaff violin Lars Vogt piano

£25, £29.50 Elvis C


Bach Sonata in F minor, BWV 1018 18’ Brahms Sonata in A major, Op 100 20’ Franck Sonata in A major 30’ This partnership between two of today’s finest soloists is one of the great musical success stories of recent years. Each is a formidable artist in his own right, and as a duo they combine superb virtuosity and engaging musicianship. They are playing three of the most popular sonatas for violin and piano: a musical journey from the grave beauty of Bach’s F minor Sonata to the full-blooded romantic sweep of Cesar Franck, via the serenity of the much-loved A major Sonata by Brahms.

ky Quartet

The Brods

£5, £6.50, £10, £15, £20 60plus £5, £6.50, £9, £14, £18.50

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Saturday 25 April, 6pm Symphony Hall

Saturday 25 April, 7.30pm Town Hall

Sunday 26 April, 11am Town Hall

An English Celebration for St George's Day

Rossini: Petite Messe Solennelle

Carl Chinn MBE compere

City of Birmingham Choir

The Seventh Annual Concert Songs and music to celebrate St George’s Day

Adrian Lucas conductor Claire Seaton soprano Susanna Spicer mezzo soprano Andrew MacKenzie-Wicks tenor Christopher Foster bass

Sunday Morning Coffee Concert

Christopher Robinson piano Libby Robinson piano David Newsholme harmonium

Hendrickje Van Kerckhove soprano Inge Spinette piano ECHO Rising Stars Series

An evening of glorious and delightful music – Rossini’s last major work is full of colour, drama and intensity, with two pianos and harmonium providing a feisty accompaniment. Intended not for church but a Paris salon, Rossini’s great melodies provide us with a variety of movements, parts of which are not very solennelle!

This delightful soprano comes as a 'Rising Star' on the recommendation of the Concertgebouw Amsterdam and the Brussels Philharmonic Society. She offers a varied programme ranging from Grieg's Six German Lieder Op 48 through four of Richard Strauss's songs (including Ständchen and Morgen) to lighter numbers by Reynaldo Hahn and Oscar Straus and some cabaret songs – perfect fare for a Sunday morning in Town Hall.

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This year’s concert includes English music including that of Gilbert and Sullivan with the Highbury Players in costume, plus massed male voice choirs, brass band and much more. £6, £8, to include free concert programme On sale Wednesday 4 March Presented by the Birmingham St George’s Day Association.

£10, £15, £22.50, £28 Full-time students, under 25s £7.50, £11.25, £14 Please note there is no interval.

£7.50 60plus, under 16s, full-time students, unwaged £5 Ticket includes a cup of coffee or tea, or a glass of sherry, orange juice or water.

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Sunday 26 April, 7pm Symphony Hall

The Birmingham Philharmonic Environment Prom Birmingham Philharmonic Orchestra Michael Lloyd conductor Anna Ovsyanikova violin With the City of Birmingham Choir and guests BPO goes green! Enjoy mountains, sunrises, rainstorms and soaring larks – feel the ground tremble in Respighi’s Pines of Rome and hear what the Ballad of a Living Planet has to say! Have flags to hand for the usual prom fair and join us to celebrate our ‘Green and Pleasant Land’. Concert promoted by the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM) and the Birmingham Community Foundation. £8.50, £12.50, £15, £17.50, £20 10% discount for 60plus, full-time students, under 16s, unwaged Family ticket (Four tickets, must include one adult and one child) 20% off top three ticket prices, not available online.

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Monday 27 April, 1pm Town Hall

Wednesday 29 April, 7.30pm Symphony Hall

Sing Hymns with the City Organist

Rob Brydon

Glorious music and a thrilling occasion – don’t miss your chance to experience a rousing journey through some of Britain’s most treasured hymns, as City Organist Thomas Trotter invites you to take your place amongst hundreds of enthusiastic voices, supported by the splendour of the Cambrian Brass Quintet and Town Hall’s historic 1834 instrument. All ages welcome.

Rob Brydon’s credits read like a compendium of modern British comedy, Marion & Geoff, Human Remains, I’m Alan Partridge, Black Books, The Keith Barret Show, A Cock and Bull Story, Little Britain, Director’s Commentary, Have I Got News For You, I’m Sorry I Haven’t a Clue, Q.I. and most recently his highly acclaimed performance as Uncle Bryn in Gavin and Stacey. Now this multi award winning writer and performer comes to Symphony Hall with an evening of brand new stand up comedy.

Adults £8


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may Thursday 30 April, 7.30pm Symphony Hall

Friday 1 May, 7.30pm Symphony Hall

IgorFest: Orpheus

Madeleine Peyroux

City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra

Critically acclaimed French-American JazzBlues singer Madeleine Peyroux is often compared in style and voice to the great Billie Holiday; she combines both original material and interpretations of works by such songwriting luminaries as Leonard Cohen, Tom Waits, Serge Gainsbourg and Edith Piaf, among others. The often enigmatic Peyroux doubtless promises a sensuous and laid back musical experience to savour.

Jac van Steen conductor Ex Cathedra Stravinsky Orpheus 31’ Introitus – T. S. Eliot 4’ in memoriam Requiem Canticles 15’ Chorale Variations on 11‘ Vom Himmel Hoch Variations: Aldous Huxley 5’ in memoriam Symphony in C 28’ As the CBSO nears the end of its acclaimed four-year journey through the complete music of Igor Stravinsky, it showcases an unexpectedly spiritual side to this modern master. A joyous celebration of Bach, the wonderfully stylish ballet Orpheus and the sunny Symphony in C provide an unforgettable contrast to Stravinsky’s haunting final work – the Requiem Canticles, performed by Birmingham’s superb professional chamber choir Ex Cathedra. 6.15pm Free pre-concert talk 10pm: Stay late for Stravinsky's Cantata £9.50, £13.50, £17, £20.50, £23.50, £28, £32, £37, £39.50 With English surtitles.


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Saturday 2 May, 11am Town Hall

Sunday 3 May, 6pm Town Hall

Children's Event: Hansel and Gretel and the Glorious Glasses of Glee

Birmingham Music Service

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Saturday 2 May, 7.30pm Sunday 3 May, 7.30pm Symphony Hall

Chris de Burgh Few artists can lay claim to international success spanning three decades but, beginning with his very first release, Chris de Burgh has achieved precisely that. The facts speak for themselves; a career encompassing 17 studio albums, approaching 3,000 concerts worldwide, plaudits and landmarks too numerous to mention – with album sales in excess of 40 million…and counting. £35, £40, £45

Chris de Burgh

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Monday 4 May, 7.30pm Symphony Hall

Birmingham Schools' Symphony Orchestra Michael Seal conductor Thomas Gould soloist Arvo Pärt Cantus in Memoriam Benjamin Britten Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto Sibelius Symphony No 2 £10 60plus, under 16s, full-time students, unwaged £5

Only Men Aloud! Plus special guests In 2008 Only Men Aloud! entered what was to be the UK’s biggest choir competition to date, with choirs battling to become voted the best on BBC's hit Saturday night show Last Choir Standing. Only Men Aloud! gave some incredible performances and after an allWelsh final, were crowned the winners and the nation’s favourite choir. After selling out two shows at the Wales Millennium Centre in December, Only Men Aloud! are visiting Symphony Hall as part of a UK tour. £17.13, £19.57, £24.47 Sold out, returns only

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Wednesday 6 May, 7.30pm Symphony Hall

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Thursday 7 May, 7.30PM Town hall

Friday 8 May, 5 – 7pm Town Hall

BBC Radio 3: Mendelssohn Live! BBC Philharmonic Nicholas Kraemer conductor

IgorFest: Biblical Works


City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra Sakari Oramo conductor Roderick Williams baritone Exaudi consort of soloists New London Chamber Choir

Certificate PG

Stravinsky Babel Abraham and Isaac The Flood A Sermon, a Narrative and a Prayer Threni

Improvised organ accompaniment by Nigel Ogden 5’ 10’ 24’ 15’ 30’

Stravinsky's sacred music contains some of his most moving – and personal – inspirations. Acclaimed baritone Roderick Williams joins the CBSO’s popular Principal Guest Conductor to sing some of the most original – and imaginative – religious music of our time. 6.15pm Free pre-concert talk £9.50, £13.50, £17, £20.50, £23.50, £28, £32, £37, £39.50 With English surtitles.

Originally completed in 1927 and set in 2026, Fritz Lang’s futuristic Metropolis is perhaps the most influential silent film of all time. Employing iconic imagery and pioneering vision, the film explores the tensions of a divided city where impoverished workers are forced to live underground whilst the rich enjoy a lavish world of luxury. Shown tonight in an extensive 2001 official restoration, take your seat and experience a true classic of science fiction movie making. £15

BBC Radio 3 celebrates the 200th anniversary of Mendelssohn's birth with a live broadcast of its drivetime show In Tune presented by Sean Rafferty. The BBC Philharmonic and Nicholas Kraemer take to the platform joined by international talent. Violinist Tai Murray performs Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto in E minor, organist Thomas Trotter plays the very same instrument Mendelssohn used when he visited Town Hall in 1837, and the BBC Chorister of the Year 2008, Alice Halstead, sings his O for the Wings of a Dove. Doors open at 4.30pm. Latecomers will be admitted at suitable points, but audience members are requested to be seated by 4.55pm when doors close. Tickets are free from the THSH Box Office.

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Friday 8 May, 7.30pm Symphony Hall

Saturday 9 May, 7pm Symphony Hall

DvoR � ák’s New World Symphony

IgorFest: The Fireworks Finale

Prague Symphony Orchestra

City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra

Libor Pešek conductor Nina Kotova cello

Sakari Oramo conductor Anita Watson Parasha Liora Grodnikaite The Neighbour Elizabeth Sikora The Mother Robert Gardiner The Hussar City of Birmingham Symphony Chorus & Youth Chorus

Dvor�ák Prague Waltzes Cello Concerto Symphony No 9, From the New World

9’ 40’ 40’

Libor Pešek is one of a long line of Czech conductors who have the music of Dvor�ák firmly in their blood. He visits Symphony Hall with the Prague Symphony Orchestra in two of Dvor�ák’s best-loved works: the Cello Concerto, packed with superb melodies that tug at the heart-strings, and the evocative New World Symphony, one of the most enduringly popular of all symphonies. The set of enchanting waltzes that Dvor�ák composed specially for a Prague ball provides a perfect prelude.

Stravinsky Fireworks 4’ Four Russian Peasant Songs 4’ Mavra 27’ The King of the Stars 5’ The Rite of Spring 35’ For four years the CBSO has been playing every single piece written by Igor Stravinsky. Tonight, it completes this epic journey. This dazzling finale has it all – the Russian romance of his Tchaikovsky-inspired opera Mavra, the glittering celebration of Fireworks, and two extraordinary rarities, sung by the CBSO’s superb Chorus. It finishes of course with the ear-splitting, revolutionary masterpiece that shaped the modern world: The Rite of Spring.

£5, £12.50, £18.50, £23.50, £27.50, £33.50, £37.50 60plus £11.50, £17, £21.50, £25, £31, £33.50.

5.45pm Free pre-concert talk Sponsored by

Nina Kotova

£9.50, £13.50, £17, £20.50, £23.50, £28, £32, £37, £39.50 Sung in Russian with English surtitles.

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may Saturday 9 May, 7.30pm Town Hall

Sunday 10 May, 2.30pm Town Hall

Birmingham Music Service


Bob Vivian conductor

Orchestra of the Swan David Curtis conductor Tasmin Little violin

Birmingham Schools’ Concert Orchestra £10 60plus, under 16s, full-time students, unwaged £5

Sunday 10 May, 6pm Symphony Hall

Worcestershire Youth Music Gala Concert This is Worcestershire Youth Music’s eighth annual gala concert, designed to showcase the talent of Worcestershire’s young musicians. The concert features 1000 young people aged 9 to 19 in a variety of ensembles including string orchestras, choirs, brass bands, wind orchestras and symphony orchestras. The concert ends with a spectacular finale and is compéred by Katie Johnson.

Mendelssohn Music from A Midsummer Night’s Dream Haydn Symphony No 94 Surprise Roxanna Panufnik Indian Summer Mendelssohn Violin Concerto In 2009 we celebrate the 200th anniversary of the birth of Mendelssohn and the death of Haydn with two of their most iconic works. Haydn’s surprise symphony is full of wit, humour and of course, surprises – and like all the best jokes, it can be told again and again. In contrast, Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto is elegant and refined: for many music lovers it is the ‘perfect’ concerto. We are delighted to have Tasmin Little, one of the UK’s most outstanding violinists, as soloist for this afternoon’s concert. Join Tasmin and David in conversation with Chris Morley at 1.30pm


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Monday 11 May, 1pm Symphony Hall

Monday 11 May, 7.30pm Town Hall

Lunchtime Organ Concert

An Audience with Arthur Smith

Thomas Trotter organ

Much loved broadcaster, comedian, stalwart of the Edinburgh Festival and Grumpy Old Man, Arthur Smith will delight with his witty observations as he sets the world to rights and takes questions from the audience.

J C Bach Concerto in D major, Op 1 No 6 Haydn Five Clock Pieces Stanley Voluntary, Op 5 No 1 Whitlock Canzona & Scherzetto (from Organ Sonata) Stanford Fantasia & Toccata Adults £5

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Tuesday 12 May, 7.30pm Symphony Hall


A Pastoral Symphony City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra Douglas Boyd conductor Joan Rodgers soprano

60plus £14.40

Sibelius Tapiola Canteloube Songs of the Auvergne Beethoven Symphony No 6, Pastoral

60 plus, full-time students, under 16s , unwaged £4

20’ 25’ 42’

You might not have heard of Canteloube’s Songs of the Auvergne – but you’ll definitely know their famous Baïlèro; a tune onceheard, never forgotten. The wonderful British soprano Joan Rodgers sings it in this concert, alongside pure northern nature-magic from Sibelius, and Beethoven’s lovely, eternallyfresh Pastoral symphony. Possibly the most serene music ever written! £9.50, £13.50, £17, £20.50, £23.50, £28, £32, £37, £39.50

Arthur Smith

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Tuesday 12 May, 8pm Town Hall

Wednesday 13 May, 1pm Town Hall

Wednesday 13 May, 6.30pm Town Hall

An Acoustic Evening with Al Stewart


Handel’s Arianna

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Featuring Laurence Juber Magical history tours have been Al Stewart’s trademark since the early 1970s. From early albums Past, Present & Future, Modern Times, The Year of the Cat, Time Passages to the more recent A Beach Full of Shells and Sparks of Ancient Light his erudite lyrics, instantly recognisable drawl, and seductive tunes present him at the top of his art. Braiding historical fact and speculative imagination into musical short stories that whisk us up, down and sideways in time and place, he displays the emotions that transcend any fixed moment – imagination, creative talent, and a historian’s calm eye for the great and small incidents that shape personal and global events. £27.50

Tatiana Dardykina piano Beethoven Sonata No 32 in C minor, Op.111 Chopin Scherzo in C sharp minor, Op 39 Rachmaninov Prelude No 6 in E flat, Op 23 Rachmaninov Etude-Tableau No 5, Op 39 Rachmaninov Moments Musicaux Nos 5 and 6, Op 16

Academy of Ancient Music Christopher Hogwood conductor Lisa Milne Alceste Angelika Kirchschlager Teseo Sonia Prina Carilda Alice Coote Tauride Antonio Abete Minos Handel Arianna in Creta (1733)


The winner of this year's Symphony HallBirmingham Conservatoire Competition takes the Town Hall stage to give her prize-winning recital (postponed from last November). This annual prize is open to advanced music students of the Conservatoire and invariably produces top-quality performers. Tatiana is certainly that, and her programme offers a feast of music for lovers of the piano.

Handel Heaven for lovers of great singing! Since its first recording in 1999 Arianna has emerged as a forgotten masterpiece, full of vital, colourful music. It is the perfect vehicle for the sublime voices of Angelika Kirchschlager, Alice Coote, Lisa Milne and their colleagues, and baroque opera is a wonderful experience in the intimate and beautiful surroundings of Town Hall.


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60plus £5, £6.50, £14, £21, £27.50 Choir benches not available. Concert performance sung in Italian, with English surtitles. There will be two intervals.

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Wednesday 13 May, 7.30pm Symphony Hall

Thursday 14 May, 8pm Symphony Hall

Morrissey Plus special guests After selling out London’s Royal Albert Hall and two homecoming shows at the Manchester Apollo in 15 minutes, Morrissey visits Symphony Hall as part of a full UK tour. £32.50 Sold out, returns only

Nick Lowe with special guest Ron Sexsmith Somewhere in London a musician lives who carries the keys to the musical kingdom. In his Technicolor sonic scope are all kinds of sounds, from rock to country to soul to pop. He has been performing for 40 years, but is as fresh today as the first time he stepped on stage. His songs are as solid as the earth, yet carry no lingering hype or heaviness. The musician is Nick Lowe, the headmaster of British rock, and his recent album, At My Age, is such a cause for certain celebration that fans and neophytes alike should mark its release as a date to remember. Special guest, Ron Sexsmith, is a major contemporary writer/artist who has amassed a sizable and consistently enthralling body of work since making his major label debut in 1995. £28.50


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english originals festival Following the success of last year’s festival, we present the second English Originals Weekend: a celebration of music and artists that are uniquely English in character, all with a strong sense of place, identity, time and tradition. By popular request West-Country troubadour Seth Lakeman returns with special guests; we pay tribute to Midlands legend Nick Drake; and we welcome the acclaimed Northumbrian band Rachel Unthank & The Winterset.

Friday 15 May, 5.30 – 7pm Symphony Hall, level 3 bar

Friday 15 May, 7.30pm Town Hall

Saturday 16 May 4.30pm Symphony Hall, ICC Hall 5

Folk4Free: Mama Matrix

Rachel Unthank & The Winterset

A Skin Too Few: The Days of Nick Drake

Plus guests to be announced

The title of this moving and beautifully photographed film – more of a poem than a documentary – comes from a quote from Drake’s sister Gabrielle, who said ‘I always say that Nick was born with a skin too few.’ The film approaches the landscapes, locations, people and music in the life of one of rock’s most tragically romantic figures.

Part of Rush Hour Blues. They don’t come more original than local band and strange musical creatures Mama Matrix: Daz Dolczech, Dark Mavis, Anka J, Mike Hurley and Murpheus. Admission free.

Dancing down the leftfield and singing in their own lilting Geordie accents, Rachel Unthank & The Winterset are the inheritors, curators and gleeful distorters of Tyneside's traditions. Recently nominated for the Mercury Music Prize and with acres of critical acclaim, The Unthank sisters take time out of the studio to perform a special Town Hall concert. Check the website for guests to be announced. “a sensationally graceful sound that can be epic and subdued, dreamy and specific, as well as supernaturally ancient and defiantly modern … easily more contemporary and stylish than boys in skinny trousers holding electric guitars like it’s 1969.” Paul Morley £15

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For the latest guest updates check the website Saturday 16 May, 7.30pm Town Hall

Sunday 17 May, 4.30pm Symphony Hall, ICC Hall 5

Sunday 17 May, 7.30pm Symphony Hall

Way to Blue: The Songs of Nick Drake

Joe Boyd and guests in conversation

An Evening with Seth Lakeman & Friends

Featuring: Beth Orton, Graham Coxon and Robyn Hitchcock plus more

Legendary producer Joe Boyd, discusses and reads from White Bicycles, his funny and fascinating memoir of the legendary musicians he launched, managed or supported including Nick Drake, Fairport Convention, the Incredible String Band and Pink Floyd.

The press often call Seth Lakeman the ‘man who made folk fashionable’. It obviously helps that he is lavishly talented and ruggedly handsome, but the real secret lies in his music, which whilst firmly rooted in the traditions of his West Country folk is also steadfastly contemporary and adventurous. Tonight he performs music from his last album and brings together a variety of musical friends, for a shindig to remember…

Produced by Joe Boyd Arrangements by Robert Kirby Undoubtedly one of the most influential English singer-songwriters of the last 50 years, Drake found little mainstream success during his lifetime. However since his untimely death at the age of 26, his fragile acoustic, autumnal music has touched the hearts of millions of people. This very special evening, curated by his producer Joe Boyd with arranger Robert Kirby, brings together an array of special guest artists to celebrate a unique talent. £22.50 Beth Ort on

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Sunday 17 May, 5.30 – 7pm Symphony Hall, level 3 bar

Folk4Free: Vijay Kishore ‘Brilliant brilliant songs. Like a brummie Jeff Buckley singing the words of Nina Simone.’ NME ‘Brilliant . . . Vijay is amazing, with the voice of an angel’ Janice Long, BBC Radio 2 Admission free. Seth



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Friday 15 May, 7.30pm Saturday 16 May, 3pm Symphony Hall

Symphony Ballroom! City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra John Wilson conductor Camilla Dallerup dancer Ian Waite dancer Matthew Ford vocalist After last year’s sell-out performances, Symphony Ballroom is back! The CBSO’s spectacular 60-piece orchestra and the inspirational arranger/conductor John Wilson will once again be joined by Matthew Ford, Big Band Singer Of The Year, and two of the stars from BBC1’s Strictly Come Dancing. This fabulous show combines great music from the 1930s, 40s and 50s with amazing dancing – so come and join Ian and Camilla for an unrivalled evening’s entertainment that’s bound to get your toes tapping! “Amazing dancing, tremendous playing, wonderful conducting, timeless music – can’t wait!” Matthew Ford £9.50, £16, £22.50, £28, £32, £36, £39.50

Sunday 17 May, 3pm, Town Hall

Monday 18 May, 1pm Town Hall

Andsnes plays Mozart and Beethoven

Lunchtime Organ Concert

Norwegian Chamber Orchestra

Thomas Trotter organ

Leif Ove Andsnes piano/director Terje Tønnesen director

J S Bach Fantasia on Komm, Heiliger Geist C P E Bach Sonata in D major Mendelssohn Overture to A Midsummer Night’s Dream Duruflé Prelude, Adagio & Variations on Veni, Creator

Mozart Piano Concerto No 14 in E flat, K449 Prokofiev Classical Symphony Grieg Holberg Suite Beethoven Piano Concerto No 3 in C minor, Op 37

22’ 14’ 21’ 34’

The outstanding pianist Leif Ove Andsnes plays and directs a pair of contrasting classical concertos with his native Norwegian musicians: sparkling, sunny Mozart and turbulent Beethoven. Two much-loved works from a later era continue the classical and Norwegian themes – Prokofiev’s dashing Classical Symphony and Grieg’s Holberg Suite.

Adults £5 60plus, full-time students, under 16s, unwaged £4

£5, £6.50, £15, £22, £30 60plus £5, £6.50, £14, £21, £27.50 Leif Ove Andsnes

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Monday 18 May, 7.30pm Symphony Hall

Monday 18 May, 7.30pm Town Hall

Tuesday 19 May, 1pm Town Hall

John Barrowman

An Audience with Paddy Ashdown

BBC Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert

As a Royal Marine Commando, a member of the Special Boat Service, a diplomat, a Member of Parliament and leader of his party and, most recently, the international community’s High Representative in war-torn Bosnia and Herzegovina, Paddy Ashdown has led a life packed with drama and adventure.

Tai Murray violin Maurycy Banaszek viola Dane Johansen cello

Now he has told the full story in his autobiography, A Fortunate Life. Join him for a fascinating evening, appearing before audiences across the country, talking about his life and times, taking questions and signing his book.

Acclaimed as ‘superb’ by The New York Times, twenty-six year old violinist Tai Murray is a rising star of her generation increasingly in demand for both recitals and orchestral engagements.

Plus special guests John Barrowman, much loved actor, singer, TV and West End star returns to Symphony Hall. The show will feature songs from his new album Music Music Music, including the Gary Barlow penned pop gem What About Us, as well as songs from John’s multi-selling album Another Side. £26.91, £34.26 Sold out, returns only

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Programme includes: Beethoven String Trio in C minor Op 9 Gubaidulina String Trio

In this, the second of this season's spring concerts with BBC Radio 3, she appears as part of the BBC's New Generation Artists scheme alongside two other outstanding chamber musicians in works for string trio, old and new. £7.50 60plus, full-time students, under 16s, unwaged £5

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may Tuesday 19 May, 7.30pm Symphony Hall

Rhydian Plus special guests All his life, Rhydian Roberts has had a dream. Now he is about to live it. The classically trained Welsh singer and last year’s X Factor finalist released his debut album in November 2008 and visits Symphony Hall as part of a UK tour. £22.02 £24.57 £29.36 Sold out, returns only

Freddy Kempf

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Wednesday 20 May, 2.15pm Thursday 21 May, 7.30pm Symphony Hall

Wednesday 20 May 2009, 7.30pm Symphony Hall

The Emperor Concerto City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra

Orquesta Nacional de España Josep Pons conductor José María Gallardo guitar

Vassily Sinaisky conductor Freddy Kempf piano Beethoven Piano Concerto No 5 Emperor Mendelssohn Symphony No 4 Italian Tchaikovsky Francesca da Rimini

38’ 26’ 24’

Beethoven never called his grandest piano concerto ‘The Emperor’, but it’s not hard to hear why the nickname has stuck. A work on a truly epic scale, its torrents of notes make it a thrilling showpiece for Birmingham favourite, pianist Freddy Kempf. The CBSO continues its Felix Mendelssohn celebrations with his irresistibly cheerful Italian Symphony – and stays in Italy for Tchaikovsky’s sweeping tale of doomed passion, inspired by the great love story in Dante’s Inferno. 20 May: £9.50, £13.50, £17.50, £21.50, £24, £28, £32 21 May: £9.50, £13.50, £17, £20.50, £23.50, £28, £32, £37, £39.50

Rodrigo’s Guitar Concerto

Turina Danzas Fantásticas Rodrigo Concierto de Aranjuez Ravel Alborada del Gracioso Rapsodie espagnole Boléro

17’ 21’ 9’ 15’ 13’

An evening of dazzling Spanish orchestral showpieces played in truly authentic style by the national orchestra of Spain. Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez is the most famous of all guitar concertos, suffused with the atmosphere of hot Spanish nights and the animated rhythms of Spanish dance. No less evocative is Ravel’s Rapsodie espagnole, one of the most captivating musical portraits ever painted of Spain. Ravel’s slow-burning Boléro brings this enjoyable concert to a climactic conclusion. £5, £12.50, £18.50, £23.50, £27.50, £33.50, £37.50 60plus £11.50, £17, £21.50, £25, £31, £33.50.

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Friday 22 May, 7.30pm Symphony Hall

Friday 22 May,7.30pm Town Hall

Antony and the Johnsons


Antony and the Johnsons won the 2005 Mercury Music Prize for the album I Am A Bird Now. The third album, The Crying Light, was released in January this year. “Antony's style is intimate, claustrophobic and unbearably poignant. Doors to deep emotions fly open and a myriad of damaging experiences rush out, in a voice as strange as it is pure.” The Guardian £25 Sold out, returns only

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BBC Big Band Jiggs Whigham conductor The BBC Big Band celebrates the rich musical heritage of jazz on film. Highlights include the Theme from Mission:Impossible, Round Midnight, An American in Paris, Breakfast at Tiffany’s and Spiderman. Plus guest, former Pop Idol winner Michelle McManus singing ‘the best of Bond’ including GoldenEye, Diamonds are Forever and Goldfinger. £12.50, £16.50, £19.50 The concert is to be recorded for BBC Radio 2’s Big Band Special.



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may Sunday 24 May, 7.30pm Symphony Hall

Monday 25 May, 7.30pm Symphony Hall

George Thorogood Plus support Thorogood and his band the Destroyers fought their way to the top. They came out of Delaware in the 70s as a jarringly high-energy bunch whose raucous, slide guitar-stoked, blues-rock takes on tunes by Chuck Berry, Elmore James, Bo Diddley and others helped land them a record contract. Further fame came in the 80s including Thorogood’s best-known hit Bad to the Bone. New album Hard Stuff keeps the faith with covers of tracks by John Lee Hooker, Jimmy Reed and Fats Domino. £25

Leon Jackson and same difference Leon Jackson’s story is the stuff of dreams. The shy teenager from a council estate in Scotland won the hearts of the nation with his stunning voice and steadfast determination. He triumphed on The X Factor and smashed straight in at No 1 with his first single, When You Believe. X Factor finalists and pop sensations Same Difference perform a selection of great pop music including debut single We R One, laden with uplifting hooks and feel good harmonies. £23.50

Leon Jackson

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Wednesday 27 May, 7.30pm Sunday 31 May, 4pm Symphony Hall

Friday 29 May, 7.45pm Town Hall

Dominic Kirwan In Concert

Mahler’s Resurrection City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra

Although Dominic enjoys musical fame today with chart-topping albums and phenomenally successful concert tours, his Irish roots and early musical influences can still be seen in his live shows. Join Dominic and his band for an unforgettable evening of music delivered in his own inimitable style!

Andris Nelsons conductor Sarah Fox soprano Mihoko Fujimura mezzo soprano City of Birmingham Symphony Chorus Widmann Antiphon (UK premiere) (27 May only) Mahler Symphony No 2, Resurrection

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15’ 77’

£17.50, £19.50

No two ways about it, every performance of Mahler’s tremendous Resurrection Symphony is a special event. Written for hundreds of performers, this epic musical journey to the end of the world – and beyond! – is the kind of piece that can leave you shaken to the soul or transported to the heavens. It’s also something of a CBSO tradition – so this performance by the CBSO’s brilliant new Music Director, Andris Nelsons, is going to be the event of the season. Unmissable. 6.15pm Free pre-concert talk (27 May only) 27 May: £9.50, £13.50, £17, £20.50, £23.50, £28, £32, £37, £39.50 31 May: £9.50, £13.50, £17.50, £21.50, £24, £28, £32 With English surtitles. Andris Nelsons

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Bach – a Beautiful Mind Bach is the most universal of all composers. To close the Birmingham International Concert Season, Town Hall and Symphony Hall will reverberate to a weekend of Bach masterpieces by some of today’s leading performers.

Friday 29 May, 7.30pm Symphony Hall

Saturday 30 May, 11AM–5pm Symphony Hall

Thomas Trotter plays Bach’s Trio Sonatas

Bach Discovery Day

It is said that Bach wrote these six miniature masterpieces as training studies for his son Wilhelm Friedmann. Written in three parts (one for each hand and one for the feet!), they are still amongst the most taxing pieces in all organ music, requiring physical dexterity and superb artistry to realise their vitality and charm.

A day-long series of talks with discussions and live music. For more details see £15 60plus, full-time students £10

6.15pm Pre-concert conversation with Thomas Trotter £5, £8, £10, £12.50, £15, £17.50, £20 60plus £7, £9, £11.50, £14, £16, £18.50 Full-time students, under 25s £4, £5, £6.25, £7.50, £8.75, £10 Alina Ibragimova


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Saturday 30 May, 7.30pm Town Hall

Sunday 31 May, 11am Town Hall

Sunday 31 May, 7.30pm Town Hall

Angela Hewitt plays Bach’s Goldberg Variations

Coffee Concert – David Rees-Williams trio play bach

Natalie Clein & Alina Ibragimova play Solo Bach

Bach’s Goldberg Variations is regarded as one of classical music’s most iconic works: a universal masterpiece that somehow reconciles simplicity and complexity, pleasure and profundity, music and mathematics. Canadian pianist Angela Hewitt is one of the work’s greatest living interpreters, playing it here in the intimate surroundings of Town Hall.

The David Rees-Williams Trio unite the best of classical and jazz. Following the release of Thinking Aloud, which was widely acclaimed as one of the outstanding albums of its genre, the Trio round off the Bach: A Beautiful Mind weekend with a Bach-infused set perfect for Sunday morning listening. If you like the Jacques Loussier Trio, you’ll love this.

Natalie Clein cello Alina Ibragimova violin

‘The David Rees-Williams Trio have just got better and better … their jazz forays into the classical repertoire are just magical’ Guy Dammann, The Guardian.

Two of today’s most eagerly watched young soloists share a programme of Bach masterpieces for solo violin and cello. No young cellist has made more impact than Natalie Clein, and violinist Alina Ibragimova was described recently by The Times as “destined to be a force in the classical music firmament for decades to come.”

6.15pm Pre-concert conversation with Angela Hewitt £5, £6.50, £15, £22, £30 60plus £5, £6.50, £14, £21, £27.50 The concert will finish at approx. 9pm. Please note there is no interval.

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£7.50 60plus, under 16s, students, unwaged £5

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Bach Cello Suite No 1 in G, BWV1007 Bach Violin Partita No 2 in D minor, BWV1004 Bach Violin Sonata No 1 in G minor, BWV1001 Bach Cello Suite No 3 in C, BWV1009

6.15pm Pre-concert talk £7, £12, £16, £20 60plus £5, £6.50, £9, £14, £18.50




17’ 29’ 16’ 20’

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Children’s Events Saturday 4 April Town hall and symphony hall foyers

FREE Family Learning Day A totally free and totally fun Family Learning Day at Symphony Hall AND Town Hall for families, carers, children and young people from across the city.

Symphony Hall Foyers, 10am Try your hand at a range of interactive art, science, drama and music activities that will be taking place throughout the day. There is no need to book, just show up on the day!

Town Hall, 11am Ex Cathedra Family Singing Workshops, 1 hour workshops beginning at 11am and 12.15pm. Drumming Workshops with Andy Mason, 1 hour workshops beginning at 1.30pm and 2.45pm Limited places available – please pre-book with the University of the First Age (details below) or arrive early to avoid disappointment. The Family Learning Day is a chance to find out about city-wide activities available for young people outside the school curriculum. It is organised by the University of the First Age on behalf of Birmingham City Council’s Study Support Strategy Group. To get further information on the activities available, times and venues, please contact the University of the First Age: Tel: 0121 212 9838 Email: Website:

Saturday 2 May, 11am Town Hall

Hansel and Gretel and the Glorious Glasses of Glee Performed by the Children’s Theatre Company ‘MythsandLegwarmers’. The Independent Inspector of Fairytales drops in on Hansel and Gretel only to find that all is not well.... Gretel is ghastly, Hansel is nowhere to be seen and the not so wicked Lulu Witchy Woo has developed a penchant for eating the under tens! Will the Inspector ever find Hansel? Will he be able to stop Gretel being so grotty and mean and what is the secret of the Glorious Glasses of Glee? With songs, silliness, puppets and participation, come and join The Inspector on his fantastic and surprising journey through Hansel and Gretel’s world! Adults £5, 60plus £4.50, under 16s £2.50, Family Ticket, (4 people, minimum 1 adult and 1 child) £12 Performance lasts 50 minutes. The UK's first National Family Week will be happening from 25 to 31 May 2009. There will be lots of fun activities for families to take part in during the half term holiday, so to find out more, visit

Box Office 0121 780 3333

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Rush Hour Blues


Free jazz in Symphony Hall’s Level 3 Bar on Friday evenings at 5.30pm

Featuring Andy Hamilton and The Blue Notes

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.

3 April

8 May

Kevin Figes Quartet

Mike Walker and the Real Book North West Band

17 April

Shreefpunk led by Matthias Schriefl Part of the ECHO Rising Stars series 24 April

Fret & Fiddle 1 May

Mike Hatton and the MJHQ quintet

Please note there is no gig on 10 April

15 May

Mama Matrix

Part of English Originals Festival 22 May

Tom Hill and Outsville 29 May

Tim Collinson Quartet

Free event in Symphony Hall’s Level 3 Bar

Saturday 18 April, 12.30pm – 3.30pm Saturday 9 May, 12.30pm – 3.30pm Relax with Birmingham jazz legend Andy Hamilton as he brings you the finest in jazz together with his band The Blue Notes. “Sumptuous, sensuous, gifted … Hamilton’s sound is irresistible” The Guardian Supported by Arts Council England.

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Coming Soon Monday 1 June, 8pm Symphony Hall

Friday 19 June, 8pm Town Hall

Christy Moore


£28, £32.50


Wednesday 3 June, 8pm Town Hall

Thursday 25 June, 7.30pm Symphony Hall

Camille O’ Sullivan: The Dark Angel

Jeff Beck £35

£17.50 Monday 8 June, 8pm Town Hall

Mark Thomas: It's The Stupid Economy! £15 Wednesday 17 June, 8pm Symphony Hall

Russell Howard £15

Friday 3 July, 7.30pm Symphony Hall

CBSO Friday Night Classics: Bernstein on Broadway £9.50, £16, £22.50, £28, £32, £36, £39.50 Saturday 26 September, 7.30pm Town Hall

Tim Minchin £17.50

Camille O’ Sullivan

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Public Tours Symphony HALL


Friday 3 April, 11am

Saturday 18 April, 11am

Wednesday 22 April, 11am

Friday 24 April, 11am

Wednesday 6 May, 11am

Monday 11 May, 11am

Friday 15 May, 11am Join our tour guides on an exciting journey around Symphony Hall. Discover the world-famous acoustics within the stunning auditorium. You’ll have the chance to see where the stars relax by visiting a dressing room, learn about the history of the venue and find out about the magnificent Symphony Organ. Tours last approximately an hour and a half.

Friday 29 May, 11am Acclaimed at its opening in 1834 as the finest music hall in the country, this Grade 1 listed landmark has been lovingly and painstakingly renovated by a dedicated team of conservation and construction professionals. Come and discover the Town Hall, learn about performers past and present, find out about the history and heritage and discover its transformation since its closure in 1996. Tours last approximately an hour.

To book tours please call the Box Office on 0121 780 3333 £6, 60plus, full-time students, under 16s, unwaged, disabled patrons £5 Please advise the Box Office at the time of the booking if any member of your group will be in a wheelchair or has difficulty walking.

Town Hall and Symphony Hall now offer British Sign Language interpreted Public Tours. To book a BSL Public Tour or for more information, please email the THSH Education/Community Department –

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Become Our Friend As a Friend of Town Hall and Symphony Hall, you can enjoy yourself, involve yourself and encourage the enjoyment of others. You will receive exclusive Friends benefits, including advance mailings, newsletters, invitations to events and ticket offers, and also be supporting the work undertaken by Town Hall and Symphony Hall. Friends membership also makes the perfect gift for birthdays, anniversaries or to say thank you! For further information on being our Friend please contact Sara Moore on 0121 644 5072, or email

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Free Wi-Fi at Town Hall

Adjacent to the cloakroom off the ICC Mall, offering a range of gifts, souvenirs, cards, newspapers, magazines and confectionery.

Situated in the main foyer of Town Hall and serving light snacks and refreshments. Open 10am until the end of the interval on concert evenings, until 5pm Monday to Friday, when there is no evening show, and until 4pm at weekends, when there is no evening show.

Town Hall Coffee Bar now provides totally free Wi-Fi access without having to subscribe to a specific provider. All you have to do is make any purchase from the Coffee Bar, and you will receive the daily password.

CAFÉ VITE Situated in the ICC Mall, open 7 days a week offering a fantastic range of high quality food and drink. Opening times may vary please see the Café or eating-and-drinking for details.

FOYER BARS Symphony Hall’s foyer bars open an hour before the start of a concert and stay open for the interval and post concert on Level 3, serving a variety of drinks and snacks. To pre-order interval drinks download a form from

FOYER BARS Town Hall’s foyer bars open an hour before the start of a concert and stay open for the interval and post concert on the lower and Circle Levels, serving a variety of hot and cold drinks. To pre-order interval drinks download a form from planning-your-visit/eating-and-drinking.

Don’t forget! A range of gifts and souvenirs are available from our Gift Desk during concerts including our cuddly squirrel mascots, mouse mats, greeting cards and even musical fridge magnets! A limited mail order service is also available, please contact us on 0121 200 2382 for further details.

Town Hall is the perfect meeting place for business or pleasure, with its prime location in Victoria Square. It has been one of Birmingham’s major landmarks since 1834, and has recently undergone a £35 million restoration.

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Accessibility FACILITIES FOR Disabled Patrons

This guide is available free of charge on audiocassette or Braille (on request) from Lynda Shaw, Sound Services, VISTA, Margaret Rd. (off Gwendolen Rd), Leicester, LE5 5FU

0121 780 4949

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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.

Please note that there are steps up to the Stalls & Circle but a lift is available. The Stalls has 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. Areas for patrons who need to remain in their wheelchairs during the performance are located in the Stalls (and for classical concerts are also available in the Upper Circle). There are accessible toilets on Level 3 (Stalls) and Level 5 (Upper Circle).

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.


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.

Town Hall

Symphony Hall

Accompanied wheelchair users may be dropped off in King Alfred Place outside the front entrance to the ICC. 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.

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

By Credit/Debit Card For full price and some discounted tickets. If you require any other reduced price tickets, contact the Box Office on 0121 780 3333.

By Phone Call our Box Office on 0121 780 3333

If paying by post please include the expiry date (and Issue Number for Maestro cards) and the address of the registered cardholder (tickets will be sent to this address).

By Cheque Cheques should be made payable to Performances Birmingham Ltd with the amount left open, but stating an upper limit in the bottom left hand corner

In Person Town Hall and Symphony Hall Box Office at Town Hall in Victoria Square or Symphony Hall on Broad Street. Symphony Hall Box Office is open 10am – 6pm Monday to Saturday & 12pm – 4pm on a Sunday. Town Hall Box Office is open 11am – 5pm Monday to Saturday & 12pm – 4pm on a Sunday.Opening hours may be extended on concert days.


By Post

Discounted tickets are available for concert package bookers, groups of 11 or more, families, students and young people under 25, benefit recipients and through the Birmingham Passport to Leisure scheme.

Send payment to Town Hall & Symphony Hall Box Office, Symphony Hall, Broad Street, Birmingham, B1 2EA. Please do not send cash through the post.

Discounts vary from concert to concert; please check our website or ask for details when booking.

BIRMINGHAM International Concert Season 2008/09

City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra Season 2008/09 Discounted tickets are available for concert package bookers, groups of 11 or more, families, students and young people 25 and under, benefit recipients and through the Birmingham Passport to Leisure scheme.

Groups of 11 or More 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.

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LOST TICKETS A charge may be made for printing duplicate tickets.

DATA PROTECTION Once you have booked tickets for Town Hall or Symphony Hall all your contact details will be held and processed on our Box Office marketing database and from time to time we may send you information about Town Hall and Symphony Hall and their programme of events and activities using any one of the contact methods you have provided. Other arts organizations 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 organization please tell us at the time of booking. (Data Protection Act (1984). Registration No. X3281 12 8.)

CONCERTS BY COACH These coach schemes are organised by regular concert–goers. Telford & Newport: The Newport Music Coach, Anita Davies 01952 813340

South Shropshire: The Concerts Coach, Frank North 01743 790400 Shropshire & Mid-Wales: Ludlow & District Theatre & Arts Group, Bronwen Coldwell 01584 831323 Droitwich & Bromsgrove: Bromsgrove Music Tours, Jennie McGregor Smith 01527 872422 Leominster & Hereford: Mary Seldon, 01885 482543. Email:

DISCLAIMER 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. Design: Essence Design Limited Photography: Adrian Burrows (Symphony Hall, Thomas Trotter, Andris Nelsons), Mike Gutteridge (Symphony Hall, Town Hall), Pamela Sutton (Acker Bilk), Jonas Karlsson (Orchestra Baobab), Alexandra Vosding (Christian Tetzlaff), Anthony Parmelee (Lars Vogt), Mike Inns (Asia), Don Felix Cervantes (Antony and the Johnsons), Andy Warrington (Arthur Smith), Lukas Beck (Angelika Kirchschlager), Simon Fowler (Leif Ove Andsnes, Angela Hewitt), Ray Burmiston (Alina Ibragimova), Anne-Marie Le Ble (Joan Rodgers), Sussie Ahlberg (Alina Ibragimova), Rio Hashimoto (Freddy Kempf), Frazer Ashford (BBC Big Band) CBSO Carnival of the Animals illustration by Philip Downs

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Seating Plans Town Hall

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Our Partners



Specialist music shop Rush Hour Blues is presented in association with

DvoR � ák’s New World Symphony sponsored by

BBC Big band concerts presented in association with

Sax in the City is supported by

Complete your Town Hall and Symphony Hall experience with a visit to our shop. Situated in the ICC Mall, THe SHop offers a range of Town Hall and Symphony Hall inspired gifts and an exceptional range of music.

Opening Times 11am to 6pm Monday to Saturday and until late on concert nights.

For more information call 0121 200 2382

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Education/community The promotion of music as a life-enhancing experience is at the heart of Performances Birmingham’s work. Symphony Hall has a long history of working with 5–18 year olds, offering many ways to participate and develop skills whilst supporting teachers and group leaders. Town Hall helps to extend this work by providing additional performance, training and lifelong learning opportunities for under 5s, families and senior citizens from all walks of life. We expect to reach more than 20,000 people every year. We currently run five programmes of activity and for more information, especially regarding tours, please contact the Education/Community Department on 0121 644 6051 or email

• The Science of Sound/Organ

Looking at the acoustics, architecture, and engineering of both Symphony Hall and Town Hall and the music, materials, maths and mechanics of both organs.

• Singing

Large-scale choral events for primary school children and choral training for teachers. We are very grateful for the support we receive from the Patrons of our Singing Programme – the Peter & Jane How Trust.

• Discovering our Heritage

Telling the story of Birmingham’s social, architectural, political and musical history focusing on the contribution of both the Town Hall and Symphony Hall.

• Inspiring Performance

Opportunities for young people to engage and perform with professional artists, contribute to our performance programme, design and run their own events, undertake hands-on training and access courses in multi-media and music technology. We run a series of interactive family events at Town Hall on the first Saturday of each month.

•T  echnology in Music

Our projects use technology in fun and innovative ways to inspire children and young people to explore music, the arts and their own imagination! Working within our unique concert halls and our cutting edge Patrick Musictech Studio we strive to integrate technology with artists and performances to create an inspiring musical experience for all involved.

Photographs taken as part of Edgbaston Arts Champions Project by Jonathan Lee

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Thank you to our Supporters Performances Birmingham is one of the largest regional arts charities in the country. We invite people to discover great performances at the heart of Birmingham and participate in community arts projects at our two world famous venues.

Corporate Friends:

The Chatwin Trust The George Cadbury Trust Grantham Yorke Trust The Owen Family Trust

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.

DLA Piper

We would like to thank all our supporters for their generous contributions to our charitable work over the last year.

BBC Music Magazine

The Patrick Trust Peter & Jane How Trust Redman Fisher Engineering Our supporters, volunteers and Friends

Business Partners: Classic FM Radio XL

Corporate Sponsors:


Support: If you are interested in supporting Town Hall and Symphony Hall and would like further information please take a look at our website or contact our Development Team: Karen Daw 0121 644 5075 Sara Moore 0121 644 5072 You can also make a donation on-line or organise your own fund raising event for Town Hall and Symphony Hall through Just Giving For volunteering enquiries, please email

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Copenhagen: Eco-Metropolis Tue 7 BBC Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert Evening Organ Concert Wed 8 The National Youth Wind Orchestra Jackson Browne – of Great Britain Time The Conqueror Tour Thu 9 Jackson Browne – Time The Conqueror Tour Fri 10 Good Friday St Matthew Passion Sat 11 Handel's Messiah Sun 12 Bat for Lashes Wed 15 Wednesday Matinee: The English Romantic Thu 16 The Solid Silver 60s Show Fri 17 Motorcity Roots: Ultravox Anniversary Tribute to Motown Sat 18 Purcell's Dido & Aeneas Anglo-Welsh Festival – Canoldir Male Canoldir Male Choir 43rd Annual Concert Sun 19 An Evening of Song and Laughter CBSO Family Concert: Carnival of with Foster & Allen the Animals   Mon 20 An Evening wth Kenny G Tue 21 Asia Wed 22 PJ Harvey & John Parish CBSO Inspired by Bach Thu 23 Russell Watson Fri 24 Celebrity Recital: Elvis Costello & the Brodsky Quartet Christian Tetzlaff & Lars Vogt Sat 25 An English Celebration for Rossini: Petite Messe Solennelle St George's Day Sun 26 Sunday Morning Coffee Concert The Birmingham Philharmonic Environment Prom Mon 27 Sing Hymns with the City Organist   Wed 29 Rob Brydon Thu 30 CBSO IgorFest: Orpheus  

Orchestra Baobab Alcester Male Voice Choir Sun 5 sampad presents Asian Spring Singalong with the CBSO: Mozart's Requiem Mon 6 We'll Meet Again Lunchtime Organ Concert

Wed 1 CBSO British Classics Fri 3 Frank & Ella – A Tribute CBSO Friday Night Classics: Chaplin's Circus Sat 4 Children's Event – Children's Event – Free Family Learning Day Free Family Learning Day


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An Audience with Paddy Ashdown Tue 19 BBC Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert Rhydian Wed 20 CBSO The Emperor Concerto Rodrigo's Guitar Concerto Thu 21 CBSO The Emperor Concerto Fri 22 Jazz Goes to the Movies Antony and the Johnsons Sun 24 George Thorogood Mon 25 Leon Jackson and Same Difference Wed 27 CBSO Mahler's Resurrection Fri 29 Dominic Kirwan in Concert Thomas Trotter plays Bach's Trio Sonatas Sat 30 Angela Hewitt plays Bach's Bach Discovery Day Goldberg Variations Sun 31 Coffee Concert CBSO Mahler's Resurrection Sun 31 Natalie Clein & Alina Ibragimova play solo Bach

Handel's Arianna Thu 14 Nick Lowe Fri 15 English Originals Festival – CBSO Symphony Ballroom Rachel Unthank and the Winterset Sat 16 English Originals Festival – CBSO Symphony Ballroom Way to Blue: The Songs of Nick Drake Sun 17 Andsnes plays Mozart and Beethoven English Originals Festival – An Evening with Seth Lakeman & Friends Mon 18 Lunchtime Organ Concert John Barrowman

Fri 1 Madeleine Peyroux Sat 2 Children's Event: Hansel and Gretel Chris de Burgh and the Glorious Glasses of Glee Sun 3 Birmingham Music Service Chris de Burgh Mon 4 Only Men Aloud! Plus special guests Wed 6 CBSO IgorFest: Biblical Works Thu 7 Metropolis Fri 8 BBC Radio 3: Mendelssohn Live! Dvorák’s New World Symphony   Sat 9 Birmingham Music Service CBSO IgorFest: The Fireworks Finale   Sun 10 Tasmin Little plays Mendelssohn Worcestershire Youth Music Gala Concert Mon 11 An Audience with Arthur Smith   Lunchtime Organ Concert Tue 12 An Acoustic Evening with Al Stewart CBSO A Pastoral Symphony   Wed 13 Lunchtime Concert Morrissey


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THSH What's On Guide April & May 09  

Guide to events and concerts at Town Hall and Symphony Hall. Birmingham during April & May 2009

THSH What's On Guide April & May 09  

Guide to events and concerts at Town Hall and Symphony Hall. Birmingham during April & May 2009