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AT TOWN HALL AND SYMPHONY HALL June - JULY 2011

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Welcome to your guide FOR JUNE AND JULY shows at Town Hall and Symphony Hall.

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HIGHLIGHTS

CONTENTS

Wagner's Ring: Das Rheingold, p18 Sir Anthony Hopkins - In Concert, p26

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Highlights

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Don't Miss

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June Events

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July Events

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Coming Soon

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Free Jazz – Rush Hour Blues & Sax in the City

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Mid-day Mantra & Folk for Free

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Education/Community

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How to Reach Us

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Booking Information

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Seating Plans

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Dining, Drinking & Shopping

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Private Hires & Group Tours

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Accessibility

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Supporting Town Hall and Symphony Hall

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Concerts at a Glance

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Membership

Michael Ball: Live in Concert, p9 Ringo Starr and His All Starr Band p15

Ladysmith Black Mambazo, p5 Ravi Shankar: Celebrating His 10th Decade, p12 Judy Collins, p7 Folk for Free, p33 Danny Bhoy: Messenger (Please Do Not Shoot), p9

Bollywood Dreams, p21 Sounds Like Summer, p27

Great Swing Battles: The BBC Big Band Meets MYJO, p13 Al Jarreau, p26

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TRAGEDY AND TRIUMPH WEDNESDAY 1 JUNE, 7.30PM SATURDAY 4 JUNE, 7PM

City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra Andris Nelsons conductor Mihaela Ursuleasa piano Tchaikovsky Francesca da Rimini 24’ Bartók Piano Concerto No 2 28’ Tchaikovsky Symphony No 4 44’

KERRY ELLIS AND BRIAN MAY - ANTHEMS: THE TOUR

BALTIC CROSSING

MONDAY 9 MAY, 7.30PM

ECHO Rising Stars Series 16th Season

Plus guests

Baltic Crossing use their strong affinity for old dance music and respect for each other's traditions to bring a new youthful energy to the folk music of Europe.

Anthems, Kerry Ellis’s stunning hit debut album, produced by and co-starring Queen legend Brian May, comes to life at Symphony Hall. This unique show features both rock and musical theatre hits including songs from Wicked, Chess and We Will Rock You. ‘Ellis’s huge voice and May’s scorching guitar riffs pack enough energy to blow the roof off the Palladium.’ The Sun £34.50, £39

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THURSDAY 19 MAY, 5.30PM

With award-winning members hailing from the UK, Finland and Denmark, Baltic Crossing bring you fiery Scandinavian fiddles, bubbling Northumbrian pipes and a driving guitar and double bass rhythm section. Free Event Part of Folk for Free. For more information see page 33.

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Tchaikovsky's Fourth is an emotional autobiography in which the composer wrestles with his personal demons. As a contrast, soloist Mihaela Ursuleasa brings her sparkling panache to Bartók's score. A reception for all CBSO Patrons, Music Directors, Circle Members and Chair Endowers will take place after the concert on 4 June. For details, call Eve Smith on 0121 616 6533. £9.50, £14, £18, £21, £24.50, £29, £33, £37.50, £39.50

LADYSMITH BLACK MAMBAZO

Discounts available, please check when booking.

THURSDAY 2 JUNE, 7.30PM

Plus special guest Muntu Valdo For over forty years, the voices of Ladysmith Black Mambazo have married the intricate rhythms and harmonies of their native South African musical traditions to the sounds and sentiments of Christian gospel music. They have collaborated with world-famous artists, such as Paul Simon, Stevie Wonder and Dolly Parton to name but a few. Tonight, Ladysmith Black Mambazo will perform songs including numbers from their latest album Songs From A Zulu Farm. 6.15pm Free foyer performance as part of the Celebrating Sanctuary Festival of World Music, led by Congolese vocalist Bisengo Ndombasi. £24, £26, £27.50

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SUNDAY MORNING COFFEE CONCERT: RAMÓN ORTEGA QUERO

CANOLDIR MALE VOICE CHOIR 45TH ANNUAL CONCERT

SUNDAY 5 JUNE, 11AM

SUNDAY 5 JUNE, 7PM

ECHO Rising Stars Series 16th Season

James Llewelyn Jones musical director Elin Manahan Thomas soprano Catrin Finch harp Sophie Rudge soprano Charles Matthews organ

Ramón Ortega Quero oboe Peter Kofler harpsichord Telemann Vivaldi J S Bach Rameau

Trio Sonata in B Flat Major, TWV 42:B4 Violin Sonata in G Minor, RV 28** Flute Sonata in E Minor, BWV 1034** Pièces de Clavecin en Concert No 5

Ramón Ortega Quero was selected by Daniel Barenboim for his famous East-West Divan Orchestra and is now Principal Oboe of the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra. The European concert halls in Hamburg, Cologne and Baden-Baden have nominated him as a Rising Star of 2010/11. His programme is a wonderful selection of tuneful music by four of the greatest baroque composers. £7.50 Stalls only, unreserved seating. Discounts available, please check when booking. Ticket includes a cup of coffee or tea, or a glass of sherry, orange juice or water. **Arrangement for oboe, harpsichord and basso continuo.

Joining Canoldir this year are three fine female musicians from Wales: renowned harpist Catrin Finch and sopranos Sophie Rudge and Songs of Praise presenter Elin Manahan Thomas. With a programme of widely varied music from opera to pop, there will be something for everybody to enjoy. £10, £15, £19, £24 Discounts available, please check when booking.

LUNCHTIME ORGAN CONCERT MONDAY 6 JUNE, 1PM

Martin Setchell organist of Christchurch Town Hall, New Zealand German Handel Hollins Boëllmann Bertuletti Maquaire

Festive Trumpet Tune Overture to the Occasional Oratorio Grand Choeur Ronde française, Op 37 Fuga sopra un soggetto Three movements from Symphony No 1 in E flat

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

JUDY COLLINS TUESDAY 7 JUNE, 7.30PM

Plus support Sadie Jemmett Judy Collins has thrilled listeners with her unique blend of interpretative folksongs and original compositions for nearly five decades. She has an extensive catalogue from the sixties up to the present and is still recording and delighting music audiences all over the world. Judy’s rendition of Joni Mitchell’s Both Sides Now on her 1967 album Wildflowers has since been entered into the Grammy Hall of Fame. Don’t miss your chance to see this extraordinary performer. £20 Presented in association with WME Entertainment.

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DANNY BHOY: MESSENGER (PLEASE DO NOT SHOOT)

RAVEL IN SPAIN

THURSDAY 9 JUNE, 8PM

TUESDAY 7 JUNE, 7.30PM

Scotland’s Danny Bhoy comes to Symphony Hall following his spectacular British TV debut on Live at the Apollo.

City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra Andris Nelsons conductor Anna Stephany mezzo Bonaventura Bottone tenor Yann Beuron tenor Andrew Shore bass

His unique brand of personal storytelling, razor-sharp wit and relaxed style, have helped to make him into one of the most in-demand and criticallyacclaimed comedians around the world. ‘Bhoy’s surely got what it takes to become a hit.’ The Guardian

Ravel L’heure espagnole 45’ (Sung in French with English surtitles) Rapsodie espagnole 15’ Pavane pour une infante défunte 6’ Alborada del gracioso 7’ Boléro 14’ L’heure espagnole is a seductive French farce, drenched with Spanish passion. But that’s just the first half of this all-Ravel spectacular. “He’s mad!” declared one of Boléro’s first listeners – but these days, it’s the audience that goes crazy for those blazing colours and unstoppable rhythms. 6.15pm Free pre-concert talk with Ravel expert Roger Nichols. 9.45pm Free post-concert talk: Andris Nelsons in conversation with Stephen Maddock. £9.50, £14, £18, £21, £24.50, £29, £33, £37.50, £39.50 Discounts available, please check when booking.

£15 Not suitable for under 14s.

JULIAN LLOYD WEBBER PLAYS ELGAR'S CELLO CONCERTO WEDNESDAY 8 JUNE, 2.30PM

Orchestra of the Swan Julian Lloyd Webber cello David Curtis conductor Vaughan Williams Elgar Brahms

The Wasps Overture Cello Concerto Symphony No 2

Orchestra of the Swan close its season in suitable style with Elgar’s masterpiece, his Cello Concerto, performed by Julian Lloyd Webber. Vaughan Williams’s Wasps Overture sets the scene and Brahms’s sunniest symphony concludes the programme. 1.30pm Free pre-concert talk. Post-concert Conversation Club starts 15 minutes after the performance ends. £6.50, £8.50, £12.50, £16.50, £19.50 Discounts available, please check when booking. Orchestra of the Swan is a Town Hall Associate Artist.

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MICHAEL BALL: LIVE IN CONCERT FRIDAY 10 JUNE, 8PM SATURDAY 11 JUNE, 8PM

Michael Ball, one of Britain’s leading musical theatre stars, multi-platinum recording artist and Olivier Award winner brings his new show Heroes to Symphony Hall. Aptly named, Michael will be performing songs by his musical ‘heroes’ plus some of his own hits. £32.50, £36 No support. For an extra special evening, why not try our Celebration Hamper? Enjoy champagne and luxury chocolates in our private area for just £30 per couple. To book please call 0121 780 3333 before Wednesday 8 June. Please note that the performance on 11 June is being filmed and latecomers will not be admitted.

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RAVEL’S BOLÉRO WEDNESDAY 15 JUNE, 7.30PM

City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra Andris Nelsons conductor Yuri Minenko countertenor Fauré Dalbavie Ravel

RATTLE CONDUCTS DAS LIED VON DER ERDE

Nelsons conducts Ravel’s Spanish-inspired orchestral music in a concert filled with emotion. Before the interval, experience a little French fantasy, and a dazzling showcase for the extraordinary voice of Yuri Minenko.

SUNDAY 12 JUNE, 7PM

City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra

THE HARLEM GOSPEL CHOIR

Sir Simon Rattle conductor Magdalena Kožená mezzo soprano Michael Schade tenor Messiaen Mahler

Ex exspecto resurrectionem mortuorum Das Lied von der Erde (Sung in German with English surtitles)

Mahler’s farewell to the world is intensely moving, particularly at its close which describes a bittersweet leave-taking from life and nature, in music of almost unbearable poignancy. Part of The Birmingham Mahler Cycle. 5.45pm Free pre-concert talk.

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

TUESDAY 14 JUNE, 7.30PM

26’ 59’

Masques et Bergamasques 15’ Sonnets (UK premiere) 23’ Rapsodie espagnole 15’ Pavane pour une infante défunte 6’ Alborada del gracioso 7’ Boléro 14’

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Direct from New York, The Harlem Gospel Choir return to the UK after a six year absence. Their dynamic harmonies reflect the joyous and inspirational culture of Harlem; each performance is themed with bringing people and nations together. The Harlem Gospel Choir recently performed their uplifting songs of hope at Michael Jackson’s memorial. ‘The Harlem Gospel Choir are tremendous!’ Sir Elton John £17.50, £21.50 No support.

£10, £14, £19, £24, £29, £34, £39, £44, £48 Sold out, returns only. Members find out first. For more details, see back page.

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AN EVENING OF RAGAS

GREAT SWING BATTLES: THE BBC BIG BAND MEETS MYJO

THURSDAY 16 JUNE, 7.30PM

FRIDAY 17 JUNE, 7.30PM

Ravi Shankar sitar Tanmoy Bose tabla Ravichandra Kulur flute Parimal Sadaphal sitar

The BBC Big Band joins forces with the acclaimed Midland Youth Jazz Orchestra. Together they recreate all the excitement of the great musical battles of the swing era.

The world-renowned performer, composer, teacher and writer returns to Symphony Hall with an evening of ragas. The programme will be announced from the stage.

Join them as they feature classic scores from the great bands of Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Chick Webb, Benny Goodman, Lionel Hampton and Woody Herman.

RAVI SHANKAR: CELEBRATING HIS 10TH DECADE

£25, £35, £45, £55, £75 No interval.

£12.50, £16.50, £19.50 Concert to be recorded for BBC Radio 2’s Big Band Special. BBC Big Band is a Town Hall Associate Artist.

SONGS OF SANCTUARY CELEBRATION SATURDAY 18 JUNE, 11AM-4PM

SYMPHONY Hall BACKSTAGE Tour FRIDAY 17 JUNE, 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 p39.

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SYMPHONY HALL FOYER A mini-festival of global music in celebration of THSH’s Songs of Sanctuary Schools Project, Celebrating Sanctuary Festival and National Refugee Week 2011. See performances from world bands Son de la Vie, Crossroad Collision, Daholl Kurdish Ensemble and the Bland Mahdi Ensemble, along with a unique repertoire of world music performed by young people from schools across Birmingham.

THERE WAS A CHILD SATURDAY 18 JUNE, 7PM

City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra Simon Halsey conductor Ailish Tynan soprano Toby Spence tenor CBSO Chorus CBSO Youth Chorus CBSO Children’s Chorus Britten Whitacre Butterworth (orch. Baker) Dove

Simple Symphony 16’ little man in a hurry* (European premiere) 5’ Six Songs from A Shropshire Lad There Was A Child*

Dove wrote There Was A Child as a tribute to a friend’s son who died young. It follows in an English tradition, from the songs that Butterworth wrote five years before his death, through Britten’s feisty symphony, to Whitacre’s commission for the CBSO Youth Chorus, written in 2010. *CBSO co-commissions.

5.45pm Free pre-concert talk with Jonathan Dove, composer of There Was A Child. £9.50, £14, £18, £21, £24.50, £29, £33, £37.50, £39.50 Discounts available, please check when booking.

Plus family entertainment including arts and crafts activities. Free Event

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DON MCLEAN IN CONCERT

RINGO STARR AND HIS ALL STARR BAND

SUNDAY 19 JUNE, 7.30PM

MONDAY 20 JUNE, 7.30PM

America’s legendary singer-songwriter Don McLean returns to Symphony Hall. Over the course of his extraordinary career he has sold over 40 gold and platinum records worldwide and has performed 12 world tours.

The legendary Beatles drummer and musical icon Ringo Starr comes to Symphony Hall with His All Starr Band. As well as drumming, he has enjoyed a successful and dynamic career as a singer, songwriter, musical collaborator and actor.

He has been inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame, and in 2002 his smash hit, American Pie, was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame.

His music, as a solo artist and as a Beatle, is permeated with his personality. His warmth, humour, and exceptional musicianship have given the world many well-loved songs such as With A Little Help From My Friends, Don’t Pass Me By and Octopus’s Garden to name a few.

£27.50, £33.50

£55, £60

LUNCHTIME ORGAN CONCERT: THOMAS TROTTER SUMMER REQUEST CONCERT

TOWN Hall Tour

MONDAY 20 JUNE, 1PM

MONDAY 20 JUNE, 2.30PM

Thomas Trotter organ

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

This is your chance to request favourite pieces that you have enjoyed hearing Thomas play this season. Please send your selections to Emily Jones, Organ Requests, Symphony Hall, Broad Street, Birmingham, B1 2EA by Friday 27 May. £6 Unreserved seating. Discounts available, please check when booking.

Duration: approximately 1 hour. To book call the Box Office on 0121 780 3333. Adults £6 60plus, full-time students, under 16s, unwaged, disabled patrons £5. 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 p39.

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SCHOOLS CONCERTS: A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM

MIDSUMMER MENDELSSOHN

WEDNESDAY 22 JUNE, 11.30AM & 1.30PM

THURSDAY 23 JUNE, 7.30PM

City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra

City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra

Cornelius Meister conductor

Cornelius Meister conductor Arabella Steinbacher violin

Especially devised for Key Stage 2 (Years 3 and 4), this concert features the music that Mendelssohn wrote for A Midsummer Night’s Dream. With a play within a play, it’s a recipe for confusion, merriment, and ultimately a happy ending. You’ll hear the scampering of fairy feet, the braying of Bottom the ass, and of course the famous Wedding March.

LADYWOOD SCHOOLS SHOWCASE TUESDAY 21 JUNE, 7PM

THSH’s Education and Community Department and Birmingham Music Service’s Wider Opportunities Programme bring some 800 young Ladywood musicians together for a showcase evening at Symphony Hall. With the Birmingham Music Service Brass Band and other special guests, this promises to be a packed evening with classes of strings, brass, woodwind, percussion, keyboard and guitar, plus everyone joining forces for a grand finale mass vocal piece. £3

To book: please call Group Bookings on 0800 358 7070. For information about pre-concert support packages and other opportunities available for schools with the CBSO, please contact the Education Department: education@cbso.co.uk or call 0121 616 6546. *Proof of eligibility, e.g. registration with your Local Authority, required.

25’ 27’ 36’

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THE EDUARDO NIEBLA EXPERIENCE

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WEDNESDAY 22 JUNE, 7.30PM

Eduardo Niebla guitar, composer Jyotsna Srikanth Indian violin Ricardo Garcia guitar accompaniment Dharmesh Parmar tabla

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Flamenco-jazz guitar virtuoso, Eduardo Niebla, is a master of today’s generation; technically superb and poignantly poetic. Inspired by tours to India, the Middle East, his adopted Yorkshire homeland and his mother, Eduardo presents his stunning new album My Gypsy Waltz together with music from his acclaimed 30 year career.

Season passes available call Caroline Harvey on 0121 643 7799.

‘Astonishing interplay between the principals who wed technical fluidity and virtuosity to an unashamedly secular passion.’ Q

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A Midsummer Night’s Dream – Overture and Incidental Music Violin Concerto Symphony No 7

A Midsummer Night’s Dream is some of the loveliest music ever inspired by poetry. The same enchantment makes Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto sparkle and dance, especially in the hands of today's soloist Arabella Steinbacher. Then Cornelius Meister conducts a stirring blast of Beethoven’s Seventh.

£4 per ticket for children and teachers, and home-schooling*children and parents.

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WAGNER’S RING: DAS RHEINGOLD FRIDAY 24 JUNE, 7.30PM

Opera North Richard Farnes conductor Peter Mumford concert staging and lighting design Dame Anne Evans artistic consultant Michael Druiett Wotan Joachim Seipp Alberich Wolfgang Ablinger-Sperrhacke Loge Yvonne Howard Fricka Andrea Baker Erda James Creswell Fasolt Gregory Frank Fafner Wagner

SING LIVE: THE BEATLES STORY SATURDAY 25 JUNE, 7.30PM

Giselle Allen Freia Peter Wedd Froh Derek Welton Donner Richard Roberts Mime Meeta Raval Woglinde Jennifer Johnston Wellgunde Sarah Castle Flosshilde

Das Rheingold 150’

Das Rheingold is the first part of Wagner’s Ring: a brooding mythological tragedy of love, power and vengeance. Each of the four parts will be performed at Symphony Hall over the next four years. Join us for an unforgettable journey through one of the world’s greatest sagas.

Steven Roberts conductor Sing Live perform hits from the early Cavern Club days to the height of Beatlemania and then into the solo careers that followed. This concert features classic songs from the Fab Four and promises to recapture the sound of the sixties. Hits will include A Hard Day's Night, All My Loving, Love Me Do, Ticket To Ride, Penny Lane, Imagine, My Sweet Lord and many others. £15, £17.50 On Sale 13 April. Discounts available, please check when booking.

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MAKING MUSIC WEST MIDLANDS CONCERT: MENDELSSOHN's ELIJAH

SUNDAY 26 JUNE, 7.30PM

Plus support

Sung in German with English surtitles.

Birmingham Philharmonic Orchestra

£5, £15, £22.50, £27.50, £33.50, £38.50, £45

The Massed Choirs of Making Music West Midlands

Cyndi Lauper burst onto the world stage 25 years ago. Over 30 million global record sales later, she has proven that she has the heart and soul to keep her legion of fans compelled by her every creative move. With music at the centre of her life, Cyndi has received many award nominations and accolades for her work. She has enjoyed a sparkling career, and evolved into a multi-faceted renaissance woman.

Mendelssohn

£30, £33.50

Discounts available, please check when booking. Choir and Chorus Boxes not available. No interval. The concert will end at approximately 10pm. A collaboration of Opera North, The Sage Gateshead and Symphony Hall, Birmingham. With the financial support of The Future Fund.

SUNDAY 26 JUNE, 7.30PM

Making Music West Midlands Michael Lloyd conductor

Elijah

Internationally renowned soloists and 230 performers present this dramatic oratorio at Town Hall, where it was originally performed. Elijah was commissioned by the committee of the Birmingham Music Festival and premiered on 26 August 1846, with Mendelssohn himself conducting. £10, £15, £20

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BRITTEN’S WAR REQUIEM FRIDAY 1 JULY, 7.30PM

FRIDAY 1 JULY, 7.30PM

Birmingham Conservatoire Symphony Orchestra Soloists of the Birmingham Conservatoire Vocal Department Elgar Howarth conductor Chi Hoe Mak and Marcus Huxley chorus masters

City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra

Benjamin Britten

Including: Cheek to Cheek, Pick Yourself Up, The Way You Look Tonight, Top Hat, Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off, They Can’t Take That Away From Me, Fine Romance, That’s Entertainment, Walking the Dog, Shall We Dance?, They All Laughed, The Continental and lots more.

War Requiem

Britten wrote his War Requiem for the completion ceremony of the new Coventry Cathedral built alongside the ruins of the original which was destroyed in World War II. Elgar Howarth conducts the Conservatoire’s full forces in this extraordinary masterpiece for their end of year concert. £12 Discounts available, please check when booking. No interval.

GREGG ALLMAN: THE LOW COUNTRY BLUES TOUR

FRIDAY NIGHT CLASSICS: PUTTIN’ ON THE RITZ

SATURDAY 2 JULY, 8PM

As a founding member of the Allman Brothers Band and in his own solo career, Gregg has long been a gifted natural interpreter of the blues. His soulful and distinctive voice is one of the defining sounds in the history of American music. He will be performing songs from the universally acclaimed Low Country Blues, Allman’s first album in 14 years.

John Wilson conductor Kim Criswell vocals Gary Williams vocals

Indulge in an evening of great music from the golden age of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. Conductor John Wilson has a real passion for these songs, and it’s easy to see why, with hit after hit by George and Ira Gershwin, Irving Berlin and Jerome Kern – brought to you by star vocalists Kim Criswell and Gary Williams. £9.50, £17, £23.50, £29.50, £33.50, £37.50, £39.50 Discounts available, please check when booking. For an extra special evening, why not try our Celebration Hamper? Enjoy champagne and luxury chocolates in our private area for just £30 per couple. To book please call 0121 780 3333 before Wednesday 29 June.

BOLLYWOOD DREAMS

‘Amazing, both his distinctive voice and Hammond keyboard playing have remained intact.’ ★★★★ The Guardian

SATURDAY 2 JULY, 11AM

Bollywood Dreams Dance Company take you on a vibrant and colourful journey, bringing the Bollywood screen to stage. Join us for a colourful morning packed full of fun and dazzling dancers.

£10, £20, £25

£5, Family ticket £18 (4 people, minimum 1 adult) Suitable for ages 4+

ROBERT WILLIAM AND FLORENCE AMY BRANT INTERNATIONAL PIANO COMPETITION 2011 SATURDAY 2 JULY, 7PM

This prestigious competition provides young pianists with the chance to further their careers and perform in world-class venues. The three finalists, selected at the Barber Institute on 25 and 26 June, perform a varied programme of no more than 40 minutes, consisting of their own choice of works.

BROLLY AND FRIENDS IN AID OF MARIE CURIE SUNDAY 3 JULY, 6PM

Brolly and Friends is back again at Symphony Hall. This year the concert is in aid of Marie Curie Cancer Care Nurses. A host of Irish stars give their support by performing on this spectacular evening. £20

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NATIONAL FESTIVAL OF MUSIC FOR YOUTH

SING FOR ALL: CREATIVE FOUNDATIONS

MONDAY 4 JULY – SATURDAY 9 JULY

MONDAY 11 JULY, 6PM

Open air and indoors, the National Festival has become one of the major highlights in the music education calendar. Packed with inspirational performances, workshops and conferences, this seven day festival brings together 12,000 of the country's most exciting performers.

John Gibbons conductor Karl Jenkins

Stabat Mater

Over the past six months, teachers and music leaders have attended workshops in Symphony Hall, discovering how to inspire confidence when singing and engage the next generation in choral and orchestral music. Children, young people and teachers will perform alongside professional musicians for a truly memorable evening celebrating Birmingham’s musical talent.

Hundreds of ensembles will perform an eclectic mix of styles including jazz, orchestral, rock, folk, urban, wind, brass, pop, choral and chamber music as well as new collaborative projects. The National Festival is held at venues across Birmingham including Town Hall, Symphony Hall, Birmingham Conservatoire and O2 Academy.

£5

On sale Sunday 1 May. Visit www.mfy.org.uk for further details.

SYMPHONY Hall BACKSTAGE Tour TUESDAY 12 JULY, 11AM Take a tour of the stunning auditorium and glimpse inside the inner workings of this world-famous concert hall.

AN EVENING WITH PENGUIN CAFE FRIDAY 8 JULY, 8PM

Penguin Cafe’s music has infiltrated daily life from films like Napoleon Dynamite to countless theme tunes, and they have played festivals from Bestival and The Big Chill to the Royal Albert Hall as part of the BBC Proms. Their sound is at once familiar and new, combining acoustic power and a beguiling, feisty charm. Tonight they will be performing songs from their current album A Matter of Life...

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 p39.

‘Penguin Cafe continues to occupy a unique place in music: nothing else has ever sounded quite like it.’ Brian Eno ‘Upbeat folk strums, north African strains, a little blues, some classical minimalism, a hint of Calypso and a touch of Celtic fire – exquisite.’ The Arts Desk

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BIRMINGHAM MUSIC SERVICE GALA CONCERTS THURSDAY 14 JULY, 7PM FRIDAY 15 JULY, 7PM

Birmingham Music Service presents two Summer Gala Concerts featuring over 500 children singing. Ensembles performing are the Music Theatre Choir, Percussion Ensemble, the Azaad Dhol Group, Symphony Orchestra, Steel Band, Guitar Ensemble, Concert Band, Brass Band, Jazz Ensemble and the annual Battle of the Bands competition winner. Thursday night's music will be on a Beat Night theme and Friday night's music will be Show Night. £10 On sale Monday 13 June.

CBSO Film Music Festival: 21ST CENTURY SOUNDTRACKS

LAST NIGHT OF THE SUMMER PROMS SATURDAY 16 JULY, 7.30PM

London Concert Orchestra Viv McLean piano Catrin Aur soprano Gavin Sutherland conductor Ravel Bolero Debussy Clair de lune Gershwin Summertime Tchaikovsky Swan Lake Finale Vivaldi Summer from The Four Seasons Puccini O mio babbino caro from La Bohème Mascagni Intermezzo Cavalleria Rusticana Gershwin Rhapsody in Blue Grieg Morning and In the Hall of the Mountain King Plus all your proms favourites including: Fantasia on British Sea Songs, Rule, Britannia!, Land of Hope and Glory, See The Conquering Hero Comes. What better way to spend a summer’s evening than with this uplifting concert of classics? The diverse programme includes marches, waltzes, arias and choruses, with much loved pieces such as Ravel’s Bolero, Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake Finale, Vivaldi’s Summer from The Four Seasons and many more. No Last Night of the Summer Proms celebration would be complete without a finale of traditional Proms favourites, from Nessun Dorma, to Rule, Britannia!, Jerusalem and, of course, Land of Hope and Glory! PLUS there is a free glass of summer Pimm's for every person attending the show. £12.50, £16.50, £22.50, £26.50, £31.50, £34.50 Ticket includes a glass of summer Pimm's.

TUESDAY 19 JULY, 7.30PM

City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra Dirk Brossé conductor Including music from: Slumdog Millionaire, Lord of the Rings, Pirates of the Caribbean, Paul, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Atonement, The Queen, Lagaan, Pride and Prejudice, There Will Be Blood, Chicken Run, Love Actually. Celebrate the best of today's British movie talent with a spectacular concert featuring major film scores of this millennium. The CBSO performs award-winning music from hugely successful films of the last ten years, introduced by some of the extraordinary people that made them, including composers and directors.

CBSO Film Music Festival: JOHN WILLIAMS BLOCKBUSTERS

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FRIDAY 22 JULY, 7.30PM

Michael Seal conductor Including music from: Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, Schindler’s List, Munich, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Star Wars, The Witches of Eastwick, JFK, Jaws, Saving Private Ryan, The Lost World: Jurassic Park, E.T.: The Extra Terrestrial and Superman.

CBSO Film Music Festival: NYJO JAZZ IN FILM – LIVE! THURSDAY 21 JULY, 7.30PM

National Youth Jazz Orchestra Mark Armstrong director Join the National Youth Jazz Orchestra for a lively night of the best jazz-influenced film scores. Featuring iconic music including Austin Powers, Dirty Harry, Bullitt, The Taking of Pelham 123, Touch of Evil, Who Framed Roger Rabbit?, Man With The Golden Arm, plus special guests to be announced.

No-one writes a film theme like John Williams – no wonder he’s today’s most popular living composer. If you think his music is thrilling on the big screen, just wait until you hear it live at Symphony Hall – as the CBSO plays a blockbuster concert of John Williams’s very greatest themes. £12.50, £19, £25, £32, £39.50 Discounts available, please check when booking.

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BSS SHOWBIZ SUMMER SHOWCASE SATURDAY 23 JULY, 7PM

The Midland's leading part-time performing arts school for young people aged 5-18 showcases its 150 pupils in this evening of music, dance, acting and talent. £15 Discounts available, please check when booking.

CBSO Film Music Festival: SIR ANTHONY HOPKINS - IN CONCERT SATURDAY 23 JULY, 7.30PM

City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra Sir Anthony Hopkins CBE Michael Seal conductor Featuring some of Sir Anthony Hopkins’s original music for orchestra, including his scores for his own films Slipstream and August, as well as music from Shadowlands, Silence of the Lambs and Remains of the Day. Hopkins will talk about his music and his film roles, in conversation with Tommy Pearson. £12.50, £19, £25, £32, £39.50 Discounts available, please check when booking.

Al Jarreau

SOUNDS LIKE SUMMER

SUNDAY 24 JULY, 7.30PM

FRIDAY 29 JULY, 4PM

Regarded as one of the most important figures in the history of R&B, soul and jazz and seven time Grammy winner; Al Jarreau returns to Birmingham for the first time in over two decades. His unique vocal style has seen him reach worldwide acclaim throughout the whole of his illustrious career. Expect to hear his greatest pieces of work such as We're in This Love Together, After All, Take Five, Moonlighting and many more.

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Don’t miss this unique opportunity to hear the musical talents of 45 young people from across the city. Over five days, they have worked with professional musicians, students from Birmingham Conservatoire, Town Hall Symphony Hall and the University of The First Age to develop their performance, composition and teamwork skills. Be ready to tap your feet, clap your hands and cheer the next generation of Birmingham's musical talent. Free Event

CBSO YOUTH ORCHESTRA ACADEMY SUNDAY 31 JULY, 7PM

CSBO Youth Orchestra Academy Michael Seal conductor Adès Three Studies from Couperin 12’ Schubert / Berio Symphony in D, D.936a (Rendering for orchestra) 32’ Stravinsky Pulcinella (complete) 40’ Pulcinella is probably the wittiest ballet-score Igor Stravinsky ever wrote. It’s a true twentieth century classic – and in this rare complete performance, you’ll hear every note, played with sparkle by the chamber version of CBSO Youth Orchestra. £15 Discounts available, please check when booking.

TOWN Hall Tour

MIDORI AND THE CBSO

MONDAY 25 JULY, 11AM

FRIDAY 29 JULY, 7.30PM

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

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Duration: approximately 1 hour. To book call the Box Office on 0121 780 3333. Adults £6 60plus, full-time students, under 16s, unwaged, disabled patrons £5. 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 p39.

Andris Nelsons conductor Midori violin CBSO Chorus Strauss Walton Prokofiev

Don Juan 18’ Violin Concerto 28’ Alexander Nevsky 36’

This is a high-octane thriller of a concert, with the ever-energetic Andris Nelsons at the helm for Strauss's passionate Don Juan and Prokofiev's spectacular cantata. And we're thrilled to welcome back a true superstar of the violin, Midori, in Walton's glittering concerto. £9.50, £14, £18, £21, £24.50, £29, £33, £37.50, £39.50 Discounts available, please check when booking.

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ICC Hall 1 THE SNOWMAN

ROOM ON THE BROOM WEDNESDAY 21 DECEMBER 2011 – FRIDAY 13 JANUARY 2012

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

A spellbinding new adventure from the creators of The Gruffalo. The witch and her cat are flying happily along on their broomstick when a stormy wind blows the witch’s hat, bow and wand away into the night.

FRIDAY 16 – SATURDAY 31 DECEMBER ICC HALL 1

Ruari Murchison designer Tim Mitchell lighting design Robert North choreography Bill Alexander director

With the help of a daft dog, a beautiful bird and a friendly frog, her belongings are retrieved. But this broomstick’s not meant for five and CRACK! – it snaps in two! When a hungry dragon appears, who will save the poor witch? And will there ever be room on the broom for everyone? Fasten your seatbelts for a rip-roaring ride on a truly magnificent broom!

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

Watch a sneak preview online at www.roomonthebroomlive.co.uk

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

★★★★ Time Out ★★★★ Sunday Times ★★★★ Edinburgh Festival 2009 Sell Out! ★★★★★ The List

£18.50, £20.50, £25.50, £28 Family tickets are available at a cost of £20 per seat. To qualify for family tickets your group has to be between 4 and 7 people and include at least two under 14s.

‘An enjoyable and energetic hour performed by a genuinely engaging young cast.’ The Guardian

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

£10.50, £8.50 for groups of 10+ Suitable for ages 3+ All illustrations copyright © Axel Scheffler 1999, published by Macmillan Children’s Books. Photos copyright Simon Turtle.

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Blackmore's night

SATURDAY 10 & SUNDAY 11 SEPTEMBER FREE

WEDNESDAY 5 OCTOBER, 7.30PM £28

BRIAN WILSON RE-IMAGINES GERSHWIN WEDNESDAY 14 SEPTEMBER, 7.30PM £45, £50

An EVENING WITH RICK WAKEMAN

TUESDAY 20 SEPTEMBER, 7.30PM £19

T  HE ENID & CBSO: A NIGHT OF POWER AND ROMANCE SATURDAY 15 OCTOBER, 7.30PM £36 - £40

THE MAGNETS

CARA DILLON

WEDNESDAY 28 SEPTEMBER, 8PM £15

SUNDAY 16 OCTOBER, 8PM £18

JASON BYRNE: CIRQUE DU BYRNE

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CROSBY & NASH THURSDAY 6 OCTOBER, 8PM £45, £55

Sunday 18 SEPTEMBER, 7.30PM £25

FRIDAY 30 SEPTEMBER, 8PM £15

ENGELBERT HUMPERDINCK

JUSTIN MOORHOUSE: LIVE

STEPHEN MERCHANT MONDAY 17 & TUESDAY 18 OCTOBER, 7.30PM £25

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SUNDAY 13 NOVEMBER, 7.30PM £33.50, £37.50

WEDNESDAY 19 OCTOBER, 8PM £15

JOHN BARROWMAN

AN AUDIENCE WITH PAM AYRES

MONDAY 14 & Thursday 17 NOVEMBER, 7.30PM £22.50 - £40

SUNDAY 23 OCTOBER, 5PM £19

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BILL WYMAN'S RHYTHM KINGS: BACK IN THE UK WEDNESDAY 26 OCTOBER, 8PM £30.50

FRIDAY 18 NOVEMBER, 7.30PM £19.50, £21.50

JACK JONES: THE GREATEST HITS TOUR THURSDAY 27 OCTOBER, 7.30PM £32.50

ABBA THE SHOW: THE ULTIMATE TRIBUTE TO ABBA SATURDAY 19 NOVEMBER, 8PM £27.50

ADRIAN EDMONDSON AND THE BAD SHEPHERDS THURSDAY 3 NOVEMBER, 8PM £18.50

ALFIE BOE TUESDAY 13 DECEMBER, 7.30PM £20 - £35

 arah Millican: S Thoroughly modern millicAn THURSDAY 3 NOVEMBER, 8PM £20

THAT’LL BE THE DAY CHRISTMAS SHOW WEDNESDAY 14 DECEMBER, 7.30PM £22.50

YES FRIDAY 11 NOVEMBER, 8PM £34.50

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FREE JAZZ RUSH HOUR BLUES

Friday 5.30pm, Symphony Hall, Level 3 Bar 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.

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SIMON SPILLETT + EDGAR MACIAS TRIO

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FRET AND FIDDLE KEVIN FIGES QUARTET

SURGE SAXOPHONES + HOLYHEAD SCHOOL ENSEMBLE (BIRMINGHAM JAZZ EDUCATIONAL PROJECTS)

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SON DE LA VIE

DELANO MILLS QUARTET 22 JULY

CASEY GREENE BAND

SAX IN THE CITY Featuring Andy Hamilton and The Blue Notes

Free event in Symphony Hall's Level 3 Bar 12.30pm - 3.30pm Saturday 4 JUNE Saturday 23 JULY

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.

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

RUpinder PANESAR SATURDAY 11 JUNE, 1PM – 2.30PM

Rupinder Panesar is a rising star of the Indian music scene in the UK and abroad and is considered to be one of the world’s finest, up-and-coming sitarists. Her performances have generated both excitement with audiences and respect from her peers who have recognised her outstanding ability. This has led her to record music for the film soundtrack of West is West, the follow up to the critically acclaimed East is East.

RAVICHANDRA KULUR WITH DR JYOTSNA SRIKANTH SATURDAY 16 JULY, 1PM – 2.30PM

Ravichandra Kulur is one of India’s most sought-after flautists. He has a unique style of playing rare South Indian ragas in complicated rhythmic cycles. His talents also include bansuri, Western flute, wind midi controller, kanjira, vocal percussion and flutes from around the world.

Free events in Symphony Hall's LEVEL 3 bar Come join us after work on a Thursday and enjoy some of the best in contemporary folk music from the Midlands.

THE CARRIVICK SISTERS THURSDAY 16 JUNE, 5.30PM – 7PM

Songwriting twins Laura and Charlotte Carrivick play a variety of bluegrass instruments; guitar, mandolin, banjo, dobro and fiddle, with vocal harmonies. Although their background is in bluegrass, their music has a strong folk influence which is evident in their original songs, many of which are inspired by their local landscape and stories. Their talent has received recent recognition as finalists in the prestigious BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Awards 2010. Free Event Presented in association with Moseley Folk Festival. The Folk for Free series is supported by Arts Council England.

Folk for Free will return at 4.30pm on Saturday 10 September for an Artsfest special. Please note that there is a change to May's event. See p4 for details.

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This project culminates in the Songs of Sanctuary Celebration on 18 June: a mini-festival of global music in celebration of the Songs of Sanctuary Schools Project, Celebrating Sanctuary Festival and National Refugee Week 2011. Alongside the schools’ newly created repertoires, there will be performances from world bands including Son de la Vie, Crossroad Collision, and Daholl Kurdish Ensemble, as well as arts and craft activities, displays from local refugee organisations and much more.

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BOOKING INFORMATION How to Book

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

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

Once you have booked tickets for Town Hall or Symphony Hall your contact details will be held and processed on our Box Office database. From time to time we and the artists/performers may send you information about forthcoming events (including the artists’/performers’ events at other venues) using any one of the contact methods you have provided. Other arts organisations and companies carefully selected by Performances Birmingham may also be interested in sending you information on events and products they think will be of interest. If you do not want your details to be passed to another organisation please tell us at the time of booking. (Data Protection Act (1998). Registration No X3281 12 8.)

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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.

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

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

CONCERTS BY COACH

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

SEATING PLANS

Photography: Mat Hennek EMI Classics (Sir Simon Rattle), Rob Shanahan (Ringo Starr), Gary Longbottom (Eduardo Niebla), Mike McCleod (Canoldir Male Voice Choir), Edward Moss (Music For Youth), Steve Gullick (Penguin Cafe), The Snowman: snowman enterprises ltd. All pianos at Town Hall and Symphony Hall are tuned by John Chapman. T: 07855 397048. Design by Cogent Elliott.

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

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DINING, DRINKING & SHOPPING SYMPHONY HALL CAFE BAR

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

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

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

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

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

Foyer Bars open an hour before a concert, for the interval and post-concert on the Lower and Circle Levels.

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Celebration Packages Created for those occasions when you really want to impress, Symphony Hall Birmingham is proud to unveil its new celebration package. Working in association with Edmunds in Brindleyplace – recognised as one of the top 100 restaurants in Britain by the Sunday Times Food List – we're offering a 3-course meal with a glass of bubbly, served in their relaxed surroundings with plenty of time to enjoy your food before joining us just 3 minutes walk away at Symphony Hall for your chosen show. This is a perfect treat for someone special. For £125 per couple, the package also includes a warm welcome and flowers on arrival, a concert programme (when produced), interval ice cream and drinks. We will take care of all the arrangements 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 Please note that tickets for your chosen show are not included in the above price and should be purchased separately.

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

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

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

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

DEAF AND HARD OF HEARING CUSTOMERS: Town Hall

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

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

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

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

PARKING FOR BLUE BADGE HOLDERS: Town Hall

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

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

Ticket sales alone cannot sustain our programme; we rely on voluntary contributions to enable us to continue and expand our work. We aim to reach even more people within our communities and further develop our wide-ranging programme. We would like to thank all our supporters for their generous contributions to our charitable work over the last year.

CORPORATE SPONSoRS

CORPORATE FRIENDS

Donors Alan Woodfield Ann Copsey Baron Davenport’s Charity Birmingham Decorative & Fine Arts Society Blackwell Charitable Trust Bruce Wake Charitable Trust The Chatwin Trust Coutts Charitable Trust DMC McDonald Foundation, facilitated by the IAO The Garfield Weston Foundation The George Cadbury Trust The GNC Trust The Golsoncott Foundation Grantham Yorke Trust Grimmitt Trust Limoges Trust The 29th May 1961 Charitable Trust Michael Loftus, News from the Future 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.

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Judy Collins Julian Lloyd Webber Plays Elgar's Cello Concerto

Tue 7 Wed 8

Michael Ball: Live In Concert CBSO: Rattle Conducts Das Lied von der Erde

Sat 11 Sun 12

Bollywood Dreams

Sat 2

Last Night of the Summer Proms CBSO: 21st Century Soundtracks

Tue 19

Soweto Kinch Thomas Trotter

TOWN HALL ASSOCIATE ARTISTS

CBSO Youth Orchestra Academy

THE RESIDENT ORCHESTRA OF SYMPHONY HALL

CBSO: Midori and the CBSO

Sounds Like Summer

Fri 29 Sun 31

Al Jarreau

CBSO: Sir Anthony Hopkins - In Concert

Sat 23 Sun 24

CBSO: John Williams Blockbusters

Fri 22 BSS Showbiz Summer Showcase

Birmingham Music Service Sat 16 National Youth Jazz Orchestra: Jazz In Film - Live!

Birmingham Music Service Fri 15

Thu 21

Sing For All: Creative Foundations

National Festival of Music for Youth

Sat 9 Thu 14

National Festival of Music for Youth

Fri 8 Mon 11

National Festival of Music for Youth An Evening with Penguin Cafe

Thu 7

National Festival of Music for Youth

National Festival of Music for Youth

Tue 5 Wed 6

National Festival of Music for Youth

Mon 4 National Festival of Music for Youth

Brolly and Friends in Aid of Marie Curie

Gregg Allman: The Low Country Blues Tour

CBSO Friday Night Classics: Puttin' On The Ritz

Symphony Hall

Cyndi Lauper

Sun 3

Brant Piano Competition Final

Britten's War Requiem

Fri 1

JULY

Town Hall

Making Music West Midlands Concert: Mendelssohn's Elijah Sun 26

Wagner's Ring: Das Rhinegold Sing Live: The Beatles Story

Fri 24 Sat 25

CBSO: Midsummer Mendelssohn

Thu 23

CBSO Schools Concerts: A Midsummer Night's Dream The Eduardo Niebla Experience

Wed 22

Ringo Starr and His All Starr Band Ladywood Schools Showcase

Lunchtime Organ Concert: Thomas Trotter Summer Request Concert

Don McLean In Concert

CBSO: There Was a Child

Tue 21

Mon 20

Sun 19

Sat 18

Songs of Sanctuary Celebration

Ravi Shankar: Celebrating His 10th Decade

Thu 16 Fri 17

CBSO: Ravel's BolĂŠro

Wed 15 Great Swing Battles: The BBC Big Band Meets MYJO

Michael Ball: Live In Concert

Fri 10

Tue 14

Danny Bhoy: Messenger (Please Do Not Shoot)

Thu 9

The Harlem Gospel Choir

Canoldir Male Voice Choir

Lunchtime Organ Concert

Mon 6

CBSO: Ravel In Spain

CBSO: Tragedy and Triumph Sunday Morning Coffee Concert

Sun 5

Ladysmith Black Mambazo

Sat 4

CBSO: Tragedy and Triumph

Symphony Hall

Thu 2

Town Hall Wed 1

JUNE

AT A GLANCE


Box Office 0121 780 3333 www.thsh.co.uk/membership

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Members enjoy more for just £15 a year • Be the first to hear who’s coming to town and when, so that you never miss a thing • Be first in the queue for tickets with a priority booking line, exclusively for members • Waive added costs with no transaction fee to pay and free use of the cloakroom • Be first through the doors with flat rate parking that you can pay beforehand, saving you time and money And, being first here, there’s time to make the most of your member’s discount in our bars and in any of the participating restaurants and bars around the city.

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

What's On Guide THSH June - July 2011  

Events at Town Hall Symphony Hall Birmingam in June and July 2011.

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