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Lesley Garrett Wednesday 9 December, 7.30pm Symphony Hall

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Welcome to your guide to the shows at Town Hall and Symphony Hall in DECEMBER AND JANUARY For full details of all our upcoming events please contact the Box Office on 0121 780 3333 or visit In 2009, Town Hall marks its milestone 175TH anniversary with a special series of events including concerts, talks, dances, films and more. The 175TH anniversary celebrates Town Hall’s unique and continuing heritage with eighteen events from traditional to contemporary, reflecting the wide range of performance the Hall has always presented.

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Schubert from Bostridge and Pappano p30 Barenboim plays Beethoven p33




December Events

The New York Voices with the BBC Big Band p16 Glenn Miller Orchestra p24


January Events

Ray Davies in Concert p11 David Gray p13


Coming Soon


Free Jazz – Rush Hour Blues & Sax in the City


Children’s Events


Public Tours

A Christmas Carol p7 Ringside p26




Booking Information

Johann Strauss Gala p23 Anton & Erin – Steppin’ Out p27


Seating Plans



The Gruffalo p19 Children’s Events p37


Dining, Drinking & Shopping


Supporting Town Hall and Symphony Hall


How to Reach Us


Concerts at a Glance

Kate Rusby at Christmas p9 Tom Paxton p32

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Haydn 200: The Creation

Great Romantics

Capsule 10th Birthday Concert

Wednesday 2 December, 2.15pm

Wednesday 2 December, 7.30pm

City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra Andris Nelsons conductor Nikolai Lugansky piano

Tunng Six Organs of Admittance Lightning Dust Bela Emerson

Liadov The Enchanted Lake Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No 3 ˇ Symphony No 8 Dvorák

7’ 44’ 36’

ˇ Forget the New World, Dvorák’s Eighth Symphony celebrates the old world with lilting tunes and utterly irresistible charm. Andris Nelsons sets the mood with another Slavic fairytale, Liadov’s ravishing Enchanted Lake, before being joined by pianist Nikolai Lugansky for Rachmaninov’s epic Third Concerto.

Capsule, crafting extraordinary events for adventurous audiences for the past 10 years, celebrate with special guests Tunng, who mix skewed electronica with pastoral English folk, Six Organs of Admittance, hippie jams updated for the kids of today, complemented by the bewitching Bela Emerson, a prolific performer of electric cello, and Canadian band Lightning Dust. £12.50

£9.50, £14, £18, £22, £25, £29, £34 Discounts available, please check when booking.

Midlands Hospitals’ Choir Christmas Concerts

Thursday 3 December, 7.30pm

Friday 4 December, 3pm & 7.15pm

City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra Andris Nelsons conductor Ailish Tynan soprano Joel Prieto tenor Vuyani Mlinde bass CBSO Chorus

David Lawrence conductor Tenors Un Limited Gemini Brass

Haydn The Creation (sung in English)


Celebrate the 200th anniversary of Haydn’s death with his great oratorio The Creation - one of the freshest and happiest pieces of religious music ever written. Tonight’s concert is supported by the Tolkien Trust. 6.15pm Free pre-concert talk. £9.50, £13.50, £17, £20.50, £23.50, £28, £32, £37, £39.50 Discounts available, please check when booking.

The Midlands Hospitals’ Choir gives annual Christmas Concerts to raise funds for CLIC Sargent, the largest charity helping children with cancer. The concert includes arrangements of favourite and newer carols, some sung by candlelight. £10, £16, £22 Discounts available, please check when booking.

Children’s Event: Carnival of the Animals

Handel’s Messiah SH Friday 4 December, 7pm TH Tuesday 8 December, 7pm

Saturday 5 December, 11am

City of Birmingham Choir Adrian Lucas conductor City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra Alison Roddy soprano Susanna Spicer contralto Ed Lyon tenor George Humphreys bass Thomas Trotter harpsichord

For details see page 37

The City of Birmingham Choir’s Messiah performances will be extra special this year as they celebrate 25 years with Thomas Trotter at the harpsichord and Handel’s 250th anniversary, in Town Hall’s 175th year. A long standing Birmingham tradition, these concerts come highly recommended and feature regularly in the UK’s “Top Ten Messiahs”. SH 4 December £11, £16, £21, £26, £31, £36 TH 8 December £12, £16, £24, £28 Discounts available, please check when booking.



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British Police Symphony Orchestra Proms Night Spectacular! Saturday 5 December, 7.30pm

The British Police Symphony Orchestra returns once again for the annual Proms Night Spectacular! The first half features Rachmaninov’s Second Piano Concerto before launching into a traditional Last Night celebration. Come and be part of one of the region’s most popular seasonal concerts. £10, £15, £20

Lunchtime Christmas Music Monday 7 December, 1pm

Choir of St John’s College Cambridge Andrew Nethsingha director Thomas Trotter organ Graham Walker cello A feast of Christmas music and carols sung by a choir that remains one of the greatest exponents of the English choral tradition. Featuring beautiful music by Vaughan Williams, Darke, Howells and Birmingham’s John Joubert, plus audience carols.

Discounts available, please check when booking.


The London Welsh Male Voice Choir CHARITY GALA CONCERT Saturday 5 December, 7.30pm

Haydn James conductor Gaynor Keeble mezzo soprano Andrew Forbes organist Join us for a special gala charity concert from the internationally acclaimed London Welsh Male Voice Choir, in aid of the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign and THSH Education & Community programme. The choir performs an uplifting selection of Christmas favourites alongside opera choruses, spirituals, folk songs and hits from the musicals, including The Impossible Dream, Myfawny, You Raise Me Up, Soldiers’ Chorus, Working Man, Yr Anthem Geltaidd, Rachie and many more.

Walsall Music Service SUNDAY 6 December, 2.30PM AND 7.30pm

Walsall Music Service has formed a choir of over 600 young voices to sing exciting and well-loved seasonal music at these concerts. Also featured will be the winner of the West Midlands’ Pop Stars Competition; ballet, modern dance and music theatre groups; The Beacon Symphonic Wind Band and Walsall Youth Jazz. £6 Tickets go on sale from 3 November.

Reserved seating. Discounts available, please check when booking.

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens Monday 7 December, 7.30pm

Performed by Clive Francis In December 1853, Dickens chose A Christmas Carol for his first ever public reading, in Town Hall. Despite “the inclemency of the weather, nearly 2,000 persons had assembled.” Clive Francis recreates the occasion, filling the stage with an entire Dickensian landscape. “Clive Francis as Scrooge is spellbinding” Sunday Times £15 Discounts available, please check when booking. In association with Marc Sinden Productions.


£15, £19.50, £25 Supported by the Patrick Trust.



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Sir Willard White: Robeson Re-Explored

Lesley Garrett Christmas Gala Concert

Tuesday 8 December, 7pm

Handel’s Messiah

Wednesday 9 December, 7.30pm

Wednesday 9 December, 7.30pm

City of Birmingham Choir For details see page 5

Sir Willard White Pavão String Quartet Guy Barker trumpet Neal Thornton piano and arrangements Geoff Gascoyne bass Richard Bolton guitar Mark Doffman drums Town Hall Gospel Choir

Philip Ellis conductor The English Chamber Orchestra

Only Men Aloud! Tuesday 8 December, 7.30pm

After a critically acclaimed sell out tour, Only Men Aloud!, winners of the BBC One hit show Last Choir Standing, return with a very special Christmas concert. The show features a festive Christmas repertoire, songs from their first and second albums plus a few firm favourites. £20, £26, £29.50

A celebration of Paul Robeson’s four appearances at Town Hall. Sir Willard White, his band, and the Town Hall Gospel Choir explore his life story with an evening of the songs he made immortal, including, of course, the legendary Ol’ Man River.

Britain’s most popular soprano presents a gala evening of her favourite carols and seasonal songs alongside opera and classical arias from her recent album Amazing Grace. Accompanied by The English Chamber Orchestra, the concert features music by composers such as Mozart, Vivaldi, Puccini, John Rutter, Karl Jenkins, Bach and Verdi. £11.50, £15.50, £21.50, £26.50, £33.50, £37.50

6.15pm Free pre-concert talk: Paul Robeson remembered. Sold out, returns only. £5, £6.50, £13.50, £18.50, £25

Kate Rusby at Christmas

Choir Benches not available. Discounts available, please check when booking.

Thursday 10 December, 7.30pm

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Kate Rusby is one of Britain’s foremost folk artists, whether performing traditional songs or her own intuitive material. This special evening takes in Rusby classics, old favourites and a showcase of South Yorkshire village carols, complete with brass quintet. A chance to hear new variations of familiar carols, in a rousing Christmas celebration. £20 No support.



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Symphonic Dances: II

Friday Night Classics: Winter Wonderland

Thursday 10 December, 7.30pm

Friday 11 December, 7.30pm

City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra Kristjan Järvi conductor Tim Garland saxophone Eduardo Vassallo cello

City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra Gareth Hudson conductor Annalene Beechey vocalist Glyn Kerslake vocalist

Ginastera Estancia Garland Double Concerto (world premiere) Bernstein West Side Story - Symphonic Dances Ravel Daphnis and Chloé - Suite No 2

14’ 25’ 24’ 18’

Take a sleigh ride into the CBSO’s very own winter wonderland with songs including: Prokofiev’s Troika, Drivin’ Home for Christmas, Little Drummer Boy, Baby it’s Cold Outside, Mistletoe and Wine, Santa Baby, Winter Wonderland, Let It Snow, A Winter’s Tale, White Christmas, Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, When a Child Is Born, Mary’s Boy Child and more!

Kristjan Järvi presents a programme intoxicated by dance rhythms including Ravel’s sensual ballet and Bernstein’s New York take on Romeo and Juliet. Ginastera’s ballet is also a riot of Argentine colour, and an appropriate prelude to leading jazz composer and Acoustic Triangle member Tim Garland’s new Latin-influenced concerto. 6.15pm Free pre-concert talk. £9.50, £13.50, £17, £20.50, £23.50, £28, £32, £37, £39.50 Discounts available, please check when booking.

£9.50, £16.50, £23, £28.50, £33, £37, £39.50 Discounts available, please check when booking.

Scott Matthews & Band

Ray Davies in Concert

Latin American Christmas

Friday 11 December, 8pm

Saturday 12 December, 7.30pm

Saturday 12 December, 8pm

Plus support Jo Hamilton

Ex Cathedra Choir & Baroque Ensemble Ex Cathedra Academy of Vocal Music Andrew Fletcher organ Jeffrey Skidmore conductor

Hard on the heels of his latest album release The Kinks Choral Collection, Ray Davies returns to Symphony Hall. One of the most successful and influential songwriters of the ‘60s British Invasion, his string of international hits began with You Really Got Me, followed by All Day and All of The Night, and many, many others.

The Midlands’ own Scott Matthews makes his first visit to Town Hall for a one-off Christmas show. His celebrated performance on Later with Jools Holland had Damon Albarn, amongst others, singing his praises. Scott has recently toured with Robert Plant, Alison Krauss, Rufus Wainwright, Bert Jansch and The Foo Fighters. He received the Ivor Novello Award for Elusive, and released his second album Elsewhere to great acclaim in 2009. “The most promising home-grown singer-songwriter to emerge in years” Q magazine

Vibrant and joyous, this concert is filled with indigenous references and hidden Christian messages. Ex Cathedra’s performances of Baroque music from Latin America have been nationally and internationally acclaimed. What better way to get into the Christmas spirit?


£5, £15, £22.50, £30 Ex Cathedra is a Town Hall Associate Artist.




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Salvation Army ‘Rejoice’ Christmas Carol Concert Sunday 13 December, 2.30pm & 6pm

Christmas carols, music and drama with the Salvation Army. The concert features vocal soloist Susanne Dymott, guest speaker Commissioner John Matear and festive music from the Salvation Army brass bands, choirs, timbrels and children. Let the Salvation Army remind you of the true meaning of Christmas. £4, £7, £9

Sing Carols with the City Organist Monday 14 December, 1pm

Thomas Trotter organ Cambrian Brass Jeremy Nicholas compere An annual favourite, this is a truly festive occasion in which you have the chance to sing your heart out with favourite carols, led by Thomas Trotter and Cambrian Brass.

Discounts available, please check when booking.


Birmingham Music Service Christmas Concert Sunday 13 December, 6pm

Birmingham Music Service’s annual Christmas concert featuring the talented young musicians of the city.

Reserved seating. Discounts available, please check when booking.

Birmingham Community Foundation Christmas Prom Tuesday 15 December, 8pm

Birmingham Philharmonic Orchestra Richard Laing conductor Adrian Goldberg compere Held in aid of the Birmingham Community Foundation, the Birmingham Philharmonic Orchestra performs a rich and inspiring classical repertoire including carols such as Deck the Halls, Once in Royal David’s City combined with traditional classical favourites such as Jerusalem and Pomp and Circumstance. £15, £20

£10 Discounts available, please check when booking. Tickets are on sale from Monday 9 November.

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David Gray Tuesday 15 December, 7.30PM

David Gray visits Symphony Hall to mark the release of Draw the Line, a new collection of songs showing the artist in a new revitalised light, hungry for more feeling. Highlights are aplenty including the new single Fugitive. Don’t miss the chance to see him bring his songs to life in person. £29.50



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Britten Sinfonia at Lunch Thursday 17 December, 1pm

Jacqueline Shave, Miranda Dale violin Martin Outram viola Caroline Dearnley cello Jaime Martin flute Joy Farrall clarinet Huw Watkins piano Helen Yates percussion

Britten Sinfonia’s concert focuses on the chamber music of pioneering composer Harrison Birtwistle. Much of Birtwistle’s music has been influenced by Medieval and Renaissance masters. In today’s performance you can hear the contrast of the contemporary against a work by either Bach or a composer of the Middle Ages.

Biss plays Mozart Wednesday 16 December, 7.30pm


City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra Robert Spano conductor Jonathan Biss piano Tiensuu False Memories (UK premiere) Mozart Piano Concerto No 9, K271 Sibelius Symphony No 2

Discounts available, please check when booking.

Discounts available, please check when booking.



Thursday 17 December, 7.45pm

16’ 31’ 42’

Lulu, Chaka Khan and Anastacia

Imelda May Wednesday 16 December, 8pm

Plus support Dublin-born Imelda May has the rare kind of raw talent and timeless glamour that truly illuminates the stage. You don’t just watch Imelda perform, you experience it. The rockabilly/blues singer has recently toured with Jeff Beck, appeared at Glastonbury and received acclaim for album Love Tattoo.

The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain Christmas Special Thursday 17 December, 8pm

Here Come the Girls

Sibelius’s sweeping, passionate symphony has long been a Birmingham favourite, and Spano also introduces a work by one of the finest of the current amazing generation of Finnish composers. Between the two, Jonathan Biss performs a miraculous product of the 21-yearold Mozart. £9.50, £13.50, £17, £20.50, £23.50, £28, £32, £37, £39.50

Machaut Hoquetus David Harrison Birtwistle Double Hocket JS Bach Art of Fugue Contrapunctus VII, XII and XVII Harrison Birtwistle Lied Harrison Birtwistle Verses Christian Mason New Work (world premiere tour) Ockeghem Ut heremita solus

Here Comes the Girls is centred on the three superstar voices - Lulu, Anastacia and Chaka Khan - each with their own unique sense of style, humour and musical heritage. Celebrating all that it means to be a woman, the show mixes great music, laughter, tears, glamour, joy – and a bit of mischief for good measure.

The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain, seen and heard across the globe, is simultaneously provocative, entertaining and inspiring. Their shows combine music, humour and intelligence with silliness. £18.50 (This event is now sold out but you can catch the Orchestra at Ukulelescope, Saturday 5 June 2010, Town Hall, 8pm, £18.50. This is a screening of silent film footage with musical accompaniment, in conjunction with the BFI).

£25, £30, £40

£15 stalls standing. £17 reserved circle seating.

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The New York Voices with the BBC Big Band

Carols by Candlelight

Friday 18 December, 7.30pm

Mozart Festival Orchestra in full 18th Century costume

Saturday 19 December, 7.30pm

The Grammy-winning quartet makes an exclusive UK appearance with the BBC Big Band. Expect the best in vocal jazz including Sing Sing Sing, Ain’t Nobody Here But Us Chickens, Orange Coloured Sky and seasonal favourites as We Wish You a Merry Christmas!

Gareth Hancock conductor Gail Pearson soprano Canzonetta choir

£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.

Carols and seasonal classics, performed by the UK’s most elegant ensemble in full period costume in a candle-lit style setting. Carols include O Little Town of Bethlehem, Hark! The Herald Angels Sing, The First Nowell, O Come, All Ye Faithful, While Shepherds Watched and O Come, O Come Emmanuel.

White Christmas

£11, £15.50, £21, £24.50, £28, £33

Friday 18 December, 7.30pm

London Concert Orchestra John Rigby conductor Capital Voices May your Christmas celebrations be magical, merry and bright with this wonderful show of nostalgic all-time favourites, including: Merry Christmas, It’s The Most Wonderful Time of the Year, Let it Snow, Santa Baby, A Winter’s Tale, Nativity Carol, Jingle Bell Rock, White Christmas, The Christmas Song, Baby It’s Cold Outside, I Wish it Could be Christmas Everyday, The Twelve Days of Christmas, Santa Claus is Coming to Town, Sleigh Ride and The Holly and the Ivy. £11, £15.50, £21, £24.50, £28, £33

Black Voices Christmas Concert Saturday 19 December, 7.30pm

With special guests Town Hall Gospel Choir Carol Pemberton music director Colin Anderson choir director The UK’s foremost female unaccompanied group entertain and inspire with their brilliant renditions of gospel, spirituals, traditional Caribbean and African music, jazz and blues. They’re joined by special guests Town Hall Gospel Choir, to sing an uplifting selection of Christmas music. £15 Discounts available, please check when booking. Black Voices is a Town Hall Associate Artist.



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Programme includes: Corelli Allegro and Pastorale from Christmas Concerto Bach Air on the G String Mozart Alleluia from Exultate Jubilate Pearsall In dulci jubilo Cullen Joy to the World Handel Let the bright Seraphim, Zadok the Priest, Christmas sequence from Messiah

Christmas Celebrations

Celebrate Christmas with Thomas Spencer-Wortley

Sunday 20 December, 2.30pm

Monday 21 December, 7.30pm

City of Birmingham Choir Adrian Lucas conductor Heart of England Brass

Special guests All Angels

Celebrate Christmas with the City of Birmingham Choir. A fabulously festive concert to get you in the Christmas spirit - brass band, children’s choir and carols to enjoy and sing-along-with. £10, £12, £16, £22 Discounts available, please check when booking.

Classical crossover tenor, Thomas Spencer-Wortley, is joined by Classical Brit-nominated All Angels, Irish soprano Mairead Carlin, West End guests, and allfemale string quartet Midnight. With popular classics, songs from the shows and festive favourites, there’s something for everyone. “The solo version of Il Divo” Sunday Express £27.50, £29.50 Discounts available, please check when booking.

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A Christmas Fantasia Tuesday 22 December, 7pm

Canoldir Male Choir James Llewelyn Jones musical director Philip Lloyd Holtam (Welsh National Opera) tenor Choirs of Edgbaston High School for Girls Join Canoldir and guests for a seasonal selection of choral and vocal music ranging from favourite Christmas carols and light hearted songs to classical chorus and oratorio. £12, £15 Choir seats not available.

Festive Favourites with Alan Titchmarsh Sunday 20 December, 3pm & 7.30pm Monday 21 December, 7.30pm Tuesday 22 December, 3pm & 7.30pm

City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra Simon Halsey conductor Alan Titchmarsh presenter CBSO Chorus & CBSO Youth Chorus CBSO Young Voices CBSO Boys’ Choir CBSO Children’s Chorus Join the CBSO for its traditional Christmas concerts, hosted by British treasure Alan Titchmarsh. There will be lots of festive music, carols to sing along to, plus Alan shares Christmas readings from his seasonal anthology Fill My Stocking.

Christmas Carol Singalong Wednesday 23 December, 7.30pm

London Concert Orchestra Jonathan Cohen compere Sophie-Louise Dann special guest singer Birmingham Festival Choral Society Irrepressible showman Jonathan Cohen leads you on a Christmas romp through your favourite carols and songs - Silent Night, God Rest You Merry Gentlemen, The Twelve Days of Christmas, Sleigh Ride, Good King Wenceslas, Winter Wonderland, Let it Snow, Away in a Manger, Santa Claus is Coming to Town, Hark! The Herald Angels Sing, The First Nowell, I Saw Three Ships, Frosty the Snowman and O Little Town of Bethlehem. £11, £15.50, £21, £24.50, £28, £33

£9.50, £17.50, £24, £29.50, £34.50, £37.50, £39.50

The Gruffalo Wednesday 23 December – Sunday 3 January

This big scary monster is heading to Town Hall this Christmas! Join Mouse on an adventurous journey through the deep dark wood in this magical, musical adaptation of the award-winning picture book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler (“a modern classic” The Observer). Mouse can scare hungry animals away with tall stories of the terrifying Gruffalo, but what happens when he comes face to face with the very creature he imagined? Songs, laughs and scary fun for children aged three and up, and their adults... Let your imagination run wild! Recommended for ages 3–7. Performance lasts just under 1 hour and there is no interval. £10.50 Groups of 10 or more - £8.50 (for groups please call 0800 358 7070).

Wednesday 23 December, 1.30pm & 3.30pm Thursday 24 December, 11am & 1.30pm Sunday 27 December, 11am, 1.30pm, 3.30pm Monday 28 December, 11am & 1.30pm Tuesday 29 December, 11am & 1.30pm Wednesday 30 December, 11am & 1.30pm Thursday 31 December, 11am & 1.30pm Saturday 2 January *, 11am, 1.30pm, 3.30pm Sunday 3 January, 11am, 1.30pm, 3.30pm *Children’s Event The Great Gruffalo Grrrr Day, free to ticketholders for performances on this day. For details see p37.

Discounts available, please check when booking.



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Christmas Eve Classics Thursday 24 December, 3pm

London Concert Orchestra David Hill conductor James Edwards tenor Crispian Steele-Perkins trumpet Birmingham Choral Union Staffordshire Children’s Choir

Bach Jesu, Joy Of Man’s Desiring Handel Zadok the Priest Franck Panis Angelicus Rutter The Angels’ Carol Vivaldi Gloria Adam O Holy Night

Schubert Ave Maria Berlioz Shepherds’ Farewell Adams The Holy City

This concert of joyous seasonal and traditional music for all the family perfectly captures the true spirit of Christmas. Plus carols for all - The First Nowell, O Come, All Ye Faithful, Hark! The Herald Angels Sing, It Came Upon the Midnight Clear. £11, £15.50, £21, £24, £26.50, £30

Last Night of the Christmas Proms Sunday 27 December, 7.30pm

London Concert Orchestra Stephen Bell conductor Philip O’Brien tenor Owen Gilhooly baritone

Ravel Bolero Verdi Force of Destiny Overture, La Donna È Mobile Tchaikovsky The Sleeping Beauty Waltz Bizet Duet from The Pearl Fishers Sousa Stars and Stripes Forever Delibes Prelude and Mazurka from Coppélia Offenbach Orpheus in the Underworld Overture

A riotous celebration in true Proms tradition with classic after classic after classic - Rule Britannia!, Jerusalem, Nessun Dorma, The Dam Busters March, Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines and a rousing flag-waving finale. £11, £15.50, £21, £24.50, £28, £33



THE Real Deal Comedy Jam CHRISTMAS SPECIAL Monday 28 December, 7.30PM

A night of urban stand-up comedy, music and dance from the Real Deal Comedy Jam Variety Show. End the year with a surprise twist in a variety show destined to end your 2009 with jovial festivity. Showcasing some of the UK’s world-renowned comedians, dancers and artists, this is a show not to be missed. £25, £27.50

Simply Gershwin Monday 28 December, 7.30pm

Dancing from three time world champions Chris Marques and Jaclyn Spencer London Concert Orchestra Gavin Sutherland piano/conductor Douglas Mills tap dancer Nicola Hughes, Edward Baruwa special guest vocalists Broadway glamour and toe-tapping tunes in a new all-Gershwin programme of song and dance - Rhapsody in Blue, S’Wonderful, Lady Be Good, Strike Up the Band, The Man I Love, Fascinatin’ Rhythm, I’ve Got a Crush on You, A Foggy Day in London Town, Walking the Dog, Someone to Watch Over Me and excerpts from Porgy and Bess. £11, £15.50, £21, £24.50, £28, £33

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New Year’s Eve Gala

Johann Strauss Gala

Thursday 31 December, 5pm & 9.30pm

Friday 1 January, 3pm

Special guests Kit and the Widow

Johann Strauss Orchestra Caroline MacPhie soprano Johann Strauss Dancers in beautiful costumes of the period Christopher Hampson choreography and staging David Juritz directs from the violin in the traditional Viennese manner

London Concert Orchestra Anthony Inglis conductor Claire Wild soprano

A Night at the Opera

The Sound of Musicals

Tuesday 29 December, 7.30pm

London Concert Orchestra Andrew Greenwood conductor Linda Richardson soprano

Wednesday 30 December, 7.30pm

Rafael Rojas tenor Jennie Bond compere Leicester Philharmonic Choir

Fanfare Trumpeters Of The Band Of The Welsh Guards Rossini Barber of Seville Overture Verdi Brindisi, Sempre Libera from La Traviata, La Donna È Mobile from Rigoletto, Miserere From Il Trovatore, Va Pensiero from Nabucco, Grand March from Aida Tchaikovsky Lensky’s Aria from Eugene Onegin Gounod Soldiers’ Chorus, Jewel Song from Faust Offenbach The Legend Of Kleinzack, Barcarolle from Tales Of Hoffman Catalani Ebben? Ne Andrò Lontano from La Wally Puccini Vissi D’arte from Tosca, Intermezzo from Manon Lescaut, Love Duet from La Bohème

Special guest star Ruthie Henshall London Concert Orchestra Richard Balcombe conductor Show-stopping numbers from the greatest Broadway and West End musicals with glittering soloists from London’s West End, Deborah Myers, Tim Howar and James Graeme. Including Chicago, Kiss Me Kate, Mamma Mia, My Fair Lady, High Society, Les Miserables, Crazy For You, Guys And Dolls, West Side Story, The Sound Of Music and The Phantom of The Opera.

Dvorák ˇ Carnival Overture Grieg Morning and In The Hall of the Mountain King Sibelius Finlandia Puccini O Mio Babbino Caro Tchaikovsky Capriccio Italien Strauss Radetzky March Fucik Entrance of the Gladiators Mozart Queen of the Night from The Magic Flute

Waltz back in time to the glittering ballrooms of 19th century Vienna with a magical mix of music, song and dance from the Strauss Family and friends - The Blue Danube Waltz, Tritsch Tratsch Polka, The Laughing Song from Die Fledermaus, Radetzky March, Thunder and Lightning Polka, Pizzicato Polka, Wiener Blut, Perpetuum Mobile and Die Fledermaus Overture. £11, £15.50, £19.50, £24, £29, £34

Rousing classics and all your Proms favourites - Rule, Britannia!, 633 Squadron, Land of Hope and Glory and Nessun Dorma. Special guests Kit and the Widow take a fond look back at the year. Come along to the matinee for the perfect start to your New Year’s Eve celebrations. 5pm £10.50, £14.50, £19.50, £24.50, £29.50, £35 9.30pm Returns only £17.50 £23.50 £28.50, £33.50, £38.50, £42.50

£11.50, £16, £22.50, £26, £29.50, £35

Jennie Bond hosts a royal tour of glorious arias and timeless music from the world’s best-loved operas. £11, £15.50, £21, £24.50, £28, £33



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Glenn Miller Orchestra

Lunchtime Organ Concert

Brahms and Sibelius

Saturday 2 January, 3pm

Monday 11 January, 1PM

Wednesday 13 January, 2.15pm & Thursday 14 January, 7.30pm

Join legendary band leader Ray McVay and the UK’s greatest big band with classic hits and wartime chart toppers including American Patrol, Perfidia, Kalamazoo, Moonlight Serenade, In the Mood, Chattanooga Choo Choo and more. Featuring Jan Messeder, Colin Anthony, The Uptown Hall Gang, The Moonlight Serenades and forces’ sweethearts, Irresistible.

Thomas Trotter organ

City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra Vassily Sinaisky conductor Laurence Jackson violin Ulrich Heinen cello

£14.50, £19.50, £23.50, £26.50

Bonnet Variations de Concert DeGrigny 3 Pieces from Organ Mass Bonnal Paysages Euskariens Alain Postlude pour l’office de complies Litaize Prélude et Danse Fuguée

7’ 10’ 18’ 4’ 7’

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

Belcea Quartet Sunday Afternoon at the Symphony

New Year from Vienna

Sunday 3 January, 3pm

Saturday 9 January, 3pm & 7pm

Manchester Concert Orchestra John Pryce-Jones conductor Jonathan Scott organ

City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra Barry Wordsworth conductor Elizabeth Atherton soprano

Rossini William Tell Overture Saint-Saens Symphony No 3, Organ Bizet Carmen Suite Mascagni Intermezzo from Cavelleria Rusticana Elgar Chanson de Matin Strauss Blue Danube Waltz Tchaikovsky Capriccio Italien

Tap your toes into 2010 with the CBSO’s effervescent New Year celebrations in traditional Viennese style, featuring waltzes and polkas including Strauss’s Die Fledermaus - Overture & Czardas, Tritsch Tratsch Polka, Champagne Polka, Emperor Waltz, Egyptian March, Voices of Spring, Cuckoo Polka, Pizzicato-Polka, Thunder and Lightning Polka, The Blue Danube and Lehár’s Gold & Silver Waltz and The Merry Widow (Vilja Song).

After the hectic whirl of Christmas and the New Year, relax and enjoy a charming afternoon of perfect classics.

Discounts available, please check when booking.

Monday 11 January, 7.30pm

Beethoven String Quartet, Op 59, No 1, Razumovsky 40’ Schubert String Quartet Death and the Maiden 37’ The Belcea Quartet has earned an international reputation for some of the most polished performances you will hear today. At Town Hall they play two masterpieces: Schubert’s Death and the Maiden Quartet and Beethoven’s epic first Razumovsky Quartet.

Brahms Academic Festival Overture Double Concerto Sibelius The Swan of Tuonela - Legend No 2 Symphony No 5

10’ 31’ 10’ 31’

Brahms’s Academic Festival Overture is a hilarious one-in-the-eye for those who think of Brahms as stuffy – and so is his gorgeous Double Concerto. The Swan of Tuonela is a darkly beautiful meditation on mortality; the mighty Fifth Symphony, meanwhile, is one of the 20th century’s most dynamic masterpieces. 1.15pm (13 Jan only) Free pre-concert talk. Wednesday 13 January: £9.50, £14, £18, £22, £25, £29, £34 Thursday 14 January: £9.50, £13.50, £17, £20.50, £23.50, £28, £32, £37, £39.50 Discounts available, please check when booking.

£5, £6.50, £10, £15, £20 Discounts available, please check when booking.

£9.50, £16.50, £23, £28.50, £33, £37, £39.50

£11, £15.50, £21, £24, £27.50, £31.50



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Mem Morrison presents Ringside Thursday 14 January, 7.45pm Friday 15 January, 7.45pm

Mem Morrison requests the pleasure of your company at Town Hall Birmingham. Take a front row seat, join the family and meet the many potential brides at his long overdue wedding reception. From behind the big hair and a seven-tier wedding cake a flicker of hope peers; an intimate attempt to belong to a culture, to a family and to someone. Mem Morrison’s new production Ringside draws on a lifetime of remembered Turkish Cypriot family weddings, testing traditional values by breaking the silence and changing history forever. Will it be Mem’s turn next? £10 Tickets must be booked through The REP Box Office on 0121 236 4455. Wheelchair spaces can only be booked by phone. In association with Birmingham Repertory Theatre, Fierce! and Town Hall Birmingham. Produced by Artsadmin. Supported by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.

Anton & Erin – Steppin’ Out Saturday 16 January, 3pm & 7.30pm

Step out with Anton Du Beke and Erin Boag in a sensational all-new show. From the BBC‘s Strictly Come Dancing, Anton and Erin will charm you with the glamour of ballroom. They are joined by a dance ensemble, special guest vocalist and a dazzling live orchestra celebrating music, song and dance including Cole Porter, Irving Berlin and Gershwin. £15, £19.50, £27.50, £31.50, £36, £39.50

Recreatio! Saturday 16 January, 7.30pm

New English Orchestra and Singers Nigel Swinford director Programme includes: Telemann Concerto for Three Trumpets Vivaldi Concerto for Two Violins Beethoven Hallelujah chorus A kaleidoscope of music to refresh and inspire, from an ensemble specialising in spiritual music. This varied concert includes music from different genres and around the world including Scottish fiddle music and spirituals. £10, £15, £20, £25



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Sunday Morning Coffee Concert

Elgar’s Enigma

Sunday 17 January, 11am

Britten Sinfonia at Lunch

Wednesday 20 January, 7.30pm Saturday 23 January, 7pm

ECHO Rising Stars Series 15th Season

City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra Edward Gardner conductor Alison Balsom trumpet Christopher Yates viola

Emil Jonason clarinet Peter Friis Johansson piano Debussy Première Rhapsodie Anders Hillborg Tampere Raw Brahms Sonata No 1 in F minor Op 120 In this latest Rising Stars concert these young artists, nominated by the Concert Hall in Stockholm, offer two of the finest and most popular works in the clarinet repertoire, Debussy’s Rhapsody No 1 and the first of Brahms’s two Sonatas, as well as a modern piece by their distinguished countryman Anders Hillborg. £7.50 stalls only Discounts available, please check when booking. Ticket includes a cup of coffee or tea, or a glass of sherry, orange juice or water.

Vaughan Williams Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis Macmillan Epiclesis Britten Lachrymae Elgar Enigma Variations

This concert of superb British music begins with an English jewel. Britten’s late work for viola and strings also draws on older English music, while James Macmillan’s striking trumpet concerto is a prayer inspired by the composer’s Christian faith. The concert ends with Elgar’s brilliant tribute to his friends. 6.15pm (20 Jan) 5.45pm (23 Jan) Free pre-concert talk. £9.50, £13.50, £17, £20.50, £23.50, £28, £32, £37, £39.50 Discounts available, please check when booking.

Lunchtime Organ Concert

15’ 25’ 15’ 29’

CBSO Schools’ Concert – Enigma Variations

Thursday 21 January, 1pm

Thursday 21 January, 11.30AM and 1.30pm

Thomas Gould, Miranda Dale violin Martin Outram viola Caroline Dearnley cello Joy Farrall clarinet Huw Watkins piano

City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra Edward Gardner conductor Elgar Enigma Variations 11.30am: specially devised for Key Stage 2 (years 5 and 6) 1.30pm: for Key Stages 3 and 4

Gibbons arr. Muhly This Is the Record of John Hosanna to the Son of David O Lord in Thy Wrath Howells Rhapsodic Quintet Nico Muhly New Work (world premiere tour) Copland Sextet

£4 per ticket for children and teachers, and home-schooling* children and parents. To book please call Group Bookings on 0800 358 7070. For information on pre-concert support packages and other opportunities available for schools with the CBSO, please contact the CBSO’s Education Department by email ( or telephone (0121 616 6546).

Young firebrand composer, Nico Muhly has devised this programme. His influences are wide-ranging with early English choral music a particular interest. Here are his new arrangements of three songs by Jacobean composer, Orlando Gibbons plus a new work by Muhly himself.

*Proof of eligibility, e.g. registration with your Local Authority is required. Please note that this replaces the previously advertised schools’ concerts on 15 April 2010.

£7.50 stalls only Discounts available, please check when booking.

Monday 18 January, 1pm

Thomas Trotter organ Mozart Fantasia for a Musical Clock K608 Bach Two Preludes from the “18” Chorales (BWV 664 & 658) Haydn Five Clock Pieces Anderson The Syncopated Clock Vierne Toccata – Clair de Lune – Carillon de Westminster

10’ 11’ 6’ 3’ 15’

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



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Holocaust Memorial Day Sunday 24 January, 2pm

This year marks the 65th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau. The theme is Legacy of Hope. Survivors tell how they’ve passed a message of hope and resilience to the next generation. Free event

The Imagined Village

Sing Live - Sing the Classics and Classical Rock

Thursday 21 January, 7.30pm

The Imagined Village is a stunning project spearheaded by Grammy Award-winning musician and producer Simon Emmerson. An outstanding line-up includes Martin Carthy, Eliza Carthy, and Chris Wood backed by a band featuring Simon Emmerson, Johnny Kalsi, Ali Friend, Andy Gangadeen, Simon Richmond, Sheema Mukherjee and Barney Morse Brown. Traditional instruments are interwoven with the sounds of today. Fiddles and squeezebox sit alongside electronica and ambient effect, and Simon is joined by members of world beat troupe Transglobal Underground and live electronic band, The Bays. £16.50 Supported by Moseley Folk Festival.

Sunday 24 January, 7.30pm

Schubert from Bostridge and Pappano

Sing Live Central brings classical and rock together in one concert. Featuring time honoured favourites from Mozart and Handel, including the beautiful Ave Verum Corpus, and rock hits from U2, Bon Jovi, Queen, and more. Sing Live are accompanied by The National Festival Orchestra and a rock band.

Friday 22 January, 7.30pm

Ian Bostridge tenor Antonio Pappano piano Schubert Widerschein, Der Winterabend, Die Sterne Schwanengesang

13’ 53’

“A performance as intense and intriguing as it was timeless,” wrote The Scotsman after Ian Bostridge and Antonio Pappano, Music Director of the Royal Opera House, performed Schwanengesang (Swansong) at the 2008 Edinburgh Festival. These unforgettable songs are the last that Schubert completed – audacious, economical and deeply expressive. £5, £6.50, £13.50, £18.50, £25 Choir benches not available. Please note there is no interval. Discounts available, please check when booking.

£15, £17.50, £19.50, £21.50

Lunchtime Organ Concert

Reach Concert - The people CHARITY Saturday 23 January, 7.30pm

Monday 25 January, 1pm

Richard Atlas singer

Thomas Trotter organ

Richard Atlas is an opera-trained singer who has performed in theatre musicals. In this concert he will perform uplifting musical numbers accompanied by a 6-piece band.

Bach Prelude & Fugue in G BWV 541 Franck Prière Best Variations on God save the Queen Harris Four Short Pieces Wagner Overture to Die Meistersinger

£7.50 All proceeds go towards supporting an orphanage in India.

7’ 12’ 8’ 10’ 10’

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



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Tom Paxton Monday 25 January, 7.30pm

Perennial US folk music legend Tom Paxton returns to Town Hall in his incredible sixth decade as a live performer. He has delighted generations with unforgettable classics including Ramblin’ Boy, Always on My Mind and Bottle of Wine. He has a quite magical charisma on stage, combining subtly acerbic wit with dignity, humanity and unique charm in abundance. No-one walks away from a Tom Paxton show without a big smile and a warm feeling. An absolute one-off.

An Alpine Symphony

Barenboim plays beethoven

Thursday 28 January, 7.30pm Tuesday 2 February, 7.30pm

Saturday 30 January, 7.30pm

Staatskapelle Berlin Daniel Barenboim conductor/piano

City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra Andris Nelsons conductor Martin Helmchen piano Mozart Symphony No 33 Piano Concerto No 24, K491 Strauss An Alpine Symphony

19’ 31’ 51’

Strauss’s Alpine Symphony is vast, with everything from a trickling mountain stream to a mighty glacier painted in music of dazzling colour and breathtaking power. Mozart was Strauss’s favourite composer, so Mozart’s spirited works performed tonight make the perfect musical hors d’oeuvre.


6.15pm (both dates) Free pre-concert talk.

No Support.

£9.50, £13.50, £17, £20.50, £23.50, £28, £32, £37, £39.50

Schoenberg Verklärte Nacht Beethoven Piano Concerto No 5, Emperor

20’ 38’

Few names are more prestigious in music today than that of Daniel Barenboim. A musical colossus and legend in his own lifetime, he is one of the world’s leading pianists and conductors, with barely a corner of musical life that he has not touched in some way. Steeped in Beethoven’s music, Barenboim’s performance of the Emperor Concerto with the Staatskapelle Berlin is eagerly anticipated. £5, £17.50, £25, £32.50, £40, £50, £60 Discounts available, please check when booking.

Discounts available, please check when booking.



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Coming Soon

THE Hairy Bikers’ Big night out SATURDAY 30 January, 8pM

Jan Garbarek group

Join The Hairy Bikers for an evening of cooking, chatting and laughs. As well as cooking, Dave recently won BBC’s Celebrity Mastermind, while Si took second place in The Weakest Link. 2009 has been busy with a 30-part BBC2 series, The Hairy Bikers’ Food Tour of Britain. Now they are embarking upon a national tour, bikes and pans at the ready.

Steve Reich’s Drumming

Friday 29 JANUARY, 7.30pm

Saturday 20 February, 7pm

£18.50, £22.50, £25

£5, £6.50, £10, £14.50, £17.50

Noel Fielding

Chris Rea

Tuesday 2 & Wednesday 3 February, 8pm

Tuesday 9 & WEDNESDAY 10 March, 7.30pm



Black Dyke Band



SUNDAY 7 February, 3pm

Thursday 11 March, 7.30pm



XL – In 40 Parts

Judy Collins plus support

The Dubliners

Sunday 31 January, 4pm

Sunday 7 February, 7.30pm

Wednesday 17 March, 8pm

Ex Cathedra Choir Jeffrey Skidmore conductor



Tallis Spem in alium Striggio Ecce beatam lucem Gabriel Jackson Santum est verum lucem (2005) Alec Roth A new work (2010) Tallis Sing and Glorify

Rhod Gilbert

An Evening with Barbara Dickson

Monday 8 February, 8pm

Wednesday 24 March, 8pm


£22.50, £24.50

CBSO: Film Music for lovers Friday 12 february, 7.30pm

In Ex Cathedra’s 40th year, a concert of music written in 40 parts, including two works specially written for the choir itself and the iconic model – the soaring, uplifting, truly monumental Spem in alium!

£9.50, £16.50, £23, £28.50, £33, £37, £39.50

£5, £15, £22.50, £30


Tim Vine

Don McLean in Concert Plus support Monday 3 May, 8pm £27.50, £32.50

Friday 19 February, 8pm

Ex Cathedra is a Town Hall Associate Artist.



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5.30pm, Symphony Hall, Level 3 Bar

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!

Free event in Symphony Hall’s Level 3 Bar

“It’s free and it really is the place to be.” Birmingham Post Saturday 19 December 12.30 – 3.30pm

Presented in association with Birmingham Jazz.

Saturday 9 January 12.30 – 3.30pm

4 December

15 January

Sid Peacock & Surge

Edgar Macias Latin Jazz Quintet

11 December

Andy Derrick Jazz Quartet 18 December

The Sub Ensemble 8 January

Bryan Corbett Quartet

22 January

Adrian Litvinoff & Interplay 29 January

Delano Mills Tribute to Grover Washington

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

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Dress in your animal outfit or bring along your animal mask for the Carnival! Bring your decorated home-made instrument and your singing voices for the nursery rhymes. Let Orchestra of the Swan and Clive Dennis Cole take you on a magical musical tour like no other. Jambi the Tiger and Gracie the Giraffe from DZG will be joining in the fun! Children can have their faces painted to become their favourite animal! For children under 7 and their families. Adults £5, 60plus £4.50, Under 16s £2.50, Family Ticket £12 (4 people, minimum 1 adult)

Supported by Arts Council England.

The Great Gruffalo Grrrr Day Saturday 2 January, 10.30am – 3.30pm, TOWN HALL

Join us for this fun packed day of all things Gruffalo! Wild stories and crazy crafts, face painting and lots more in Town Hall’s foyers. Come along for a magical day for all the family. The foyer events are free to those with Gruffalo tickets. If you would like to book tickets to see The Gruffalo show please see page 19 for details.


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PUBLIC TOURS SYMPHONY HALL Tuesday 1 december, 11am FRIDAY 11 december, 11am friday 8 january, 11am

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. To book a British Sign Language interpreted Public Tour or for more information, please email the THSH Education & Community Department

thursday 14 january, 11am

Join our guides on an exciting tour around Symphony Hall, discovering the world-famous acoustics, stunning auditorium, dressing rooms and the magnificent Symphony Organ. Lasts approximately 1½ hours.

Town Hall Tuesday 8 December, 11am Saturday 12 December, 11am Tuesday 12 January, 11am MONDAY 18 January, 2.30pm

Come and discover this Grade 1 listed landmark, learn about performers past and present, find out about the history and how Town Hall has been painstakingly renovated. Lasts approximately 1 hour.

BECOME OUR FRIEND As a Friend of Town Hall and Symphony Hall you will receive exclusive benefits. With newsletters, invitations to events, ticket offers, and a Friends Booking Line, this is the perfect opportunity to find out more about our great venues. Your membership also supports the important work undertaken by Town Hall and Symphony Hall, bringing great arts experiences to everyone in our community. Friends membership can also make the perfect gift for birthdays, anniversaries or to say thank you! For further information on being our Friend please contact us on 0121 644 5072, or email

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


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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: email: or call us on 0121 644 6053.

THSH Education & Community department offers a wide range of creative opportunities, inspired by the magnificence of our world-class venues. People of all ages are invited to engage with our buildings and artistic programme through participatory projects and events.

Spotlight on… SOUNDBOUNCE SoundBounce is a successful music and dance project for under-fives, taking inspiration from the shapes and sounds of the Pipe Organ. The project also aims to engage children and families with Town Hall & Symphony Hall and its programme.

We invite, engage and inspire over 10,000 people a year through monthly children’s events, projects in family, school & community settings, venue and exhibition tours and the Patrick Music and Multimedia Studio.

SoundBounce families are also invited to Symphony Hall for a session of celebration and sharing. Here, children and parents are able to bounce and dance their way around the hall and have a go on the magnificent organ – much to their delight!

The Education & Community programme is developed and delivered in partnership with various organisations and through consultation with participants. Project Managers have a particular focus on children and young people, community engagement and disability and inclusion and use their expertise to develop high quality programmes of work. THSH has been working in partnership with Ladywood Children’s Centre for a number of years, with further SoundBounce sessions running from November. Children and families work with an early years music specialist, dance artist and organist, to explore sounds, shapes and make their own music. SoundBounce introduces children and families to the organ, making it exciting and accessible, playing nursery rhymes and favourite songs.

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

SEATING PLANS You can book some discounted tickets online. If you require other reduced price tickets, please contact the Box Office on 0121 780 3333. GROUPS

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 Saturday.

Droitwich & Bromsgrove: Bromsgrove Music Tours, Jennie McGregor Smith 01527 872422 Leominster & Hereford: Mary Seldon, 01885 482543. Email: DATA PROTECTION

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.)



Opening hours may be extended on concert days.

A charge may be made for printing duplicate tickets.



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.

These coach schemes are organised by regular concert–goers.

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.


0121 780 3333. IN PERSON

Symphony Hall Box Office, in the ICC, is open 10am–6pm (Monday - Saturday) and 12pm–4pm (Sunday). Town Hall Box Office is open 11am–5pm (Monday - Saturday) and 12pm–4pm (Sunday).


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Photography: Adrian Burrows (Symphony Hall, Thomas Trotter, Andris Nelsons), Mike Gutteridge (Symphony Hall, Town Hall), Jonathan Lee (Education), Marco Borggreve (Andris Nelsons), BBC (Sir Willard White), Simon Fowler – Decca Records (Lesley Garrett), Lawrence Watson (Ray Davies), J Henry Fair (Jonathan Biss), Sheila Rock – EMI Classics (Belcea Quartet), Sussie Ahlburg under licence to EMI Classics ( Ian Bostridge and Antonio Pappano), Monika Rittershaus (Daniel Barenboim). Design by Cogent Elliott.

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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. Tel: 0116 249 8817 Email: 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) 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.

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


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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.


Cafe Vite is situated in the ICC Mall, open 7 days a week. Opening hours may vary. Foyer Bars are open an hour before a concert, for the interval and post-concert on Level 3.




Situated in the ICC Mall, THe 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.

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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. 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.


The Coffee Bar is situated in the main foyer open 7 days a week. Opening hours may vary. Free Wi-Fi at Town Hall with any purchase from the Coffee Bar. Foyer Bars open an hour before a concert, for the interval and post-concert on the Lower and Circle Levels.

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Symphony Hall is part of the International Convention Centre on Broad Street, Birmingham, B1 2EA. On entering the Convention Centre through the main entrance on Centenary Square, Symphony Hall foyers are on the left. Town Hall is located in Victoria Square, Birmingham, B3 3DQ.

BY CAR - Car parking for Symphony Hall is available at Brindleyplace, beneath the National Indoor Arena (NIA) and Brindley Drive car parks. Car parking for Town Hall is available at Brindley Drive and Brunel Street car parks. For more information contact The Highways Agency on 08457 504030 or visit their website or visit Midlands Traffic Information’s website

BY RAIL - For rail information contact National Rail Enquiries on 08457 484950 or visit their website There are fast and frequent rail services with free parking at many Centro stations. The Centro Hotline 0121 200 2700 (open 7.30am–10.30pm every day) can help you plan your journey. For further information visit

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City of Birmingham Choir - Handel's Messiah Sir Willard White: Robeson Re-Explored Kate Rusby at Christmas Scott Matthews plus guests Ex Cathedra - Latin American Christmas Birmingham Music Service Sing Carols with the City Organist Birmingham Community Foundation Christmas Prom Imelda May plus support Britten Sinfonia at Lunch

Tue 8 Wed 9 Thu 10 Fri 11 Sat 12 Sun 13 Mon 14 Tue 15 Wed 16 Thu 17

Last Night of the Christmas Proms Simply Gershwin

Celebrate Christmas with Thomas Spencer-Wortley Canoldir Choir - A Christmas Fantasia The Gruffalo (1.30pm & 3.30pm) The Gruffalo (11am & 1.30pm) The Gruffalo (11am, 1.30pm, 3.30pm) The Gruffalo (11am & 1.30pm) The Real Deal Comedy Jam Christmas Special The Gruffalo (11am & 1.30pm) The Gruffalo (11am & 1.30pm) The Gruffalo (11am & 1.30pm)

Mon 21 Tue 22 Wed 23 Thu 24 Sun 27 Mon 28 Tue 29 Wed 30 Thu 31

Mem Morrison - Ringside New English Orchestra - Recreatio! Sunday Morning Coffee Concert Lunchtime Organ Concert

Fri 15 Sat 16 Sun 17 Mon 18

Reach Concert - The People Charity Holocaust Memorial Service Lunchtime Organ Concert

Sat 23 Sun 24 Mon 25

Soweto Kinch Thomas Trotter


Barenboim plays Beethoven XL - In 40 Parts

Sun 31


CBSO An Alpine Symphony The Hairy Bikers’ Big Night Out

Sat 30

Sing Live - Sing the Classics and Classical Rock

Thu 28

Tom Paxton

Schubert from Bostridge and Pappano

Fri 22

CBSO Elgar's Enigma

CBSO Schools' Concert - Enigma Variations

Thu 21

The Imagined Village

CBSO Elgar's Enigma

Wed 20 Britten Sinfonia at Lunch

CBSO Brahms and Sibelius Anton & Erin - Steppin' Out

CBSO Brahms and Sibelius Mem Morrison - Ringside

Thu 14

Lunchtime Organ Concert Wed 13

CBSO New Year from Vienna Belcea Quartet

Sunday Afternoon at the Symphony

Glenn Miller Orchestra

Mon 11

The Gruffalo (11am, 1.30pm, 3.30pm)

Johann Strauss Gala

Symphony Hall

New Year's Eve Gala (9.30pm)

New Year's Eve Gala (5pm)

The Sound of Musicals

A Night at the Opera

Christmas Eve Classics

Christmas Carol Singalong

CBSO Festive Favourites with Alan Titchmarsh

Sat 9

The Gruffalo (11am, 1.30pm, 3.30pm)

Sat 2 Sun 3

Fri 1


Town Hall

CBSO Festive Favourites with Alan Titchmarsh

City of Birmingham Choir - Christmas Celebrations

Sun 20

Wed 28

CBSO Festive Favourites with Alan Titchmarsh

Black Voices Christmas Concert

Carols by Candlelight

The New York Voices with the BBC Big Band

Sat 19

White Christmas

Here Come the Girls

CBSO Biss Plays Mozart

David Gray

Salvation Army - 'Rejoice' Christmas Carol Concert

Ray Davies in Concert

CBSO Friday Night Classics: Winter Wonderland

CBSO Symphonic Dances: II

Lesley Garrett Christmas Gala Concert

Fri 18

The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain

Lunchtime Christmas Music Only Men Aloud!

Walsall Music Service A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

British Police Symphony Orchestra Proms Night Spectacular!

Mon 7

The London Welsh Male Voice Choir

Children's Event - Carnival of the Animals

Sun 6

Sat 5

City of Birmingham Choir - Handel’s Messiah

Midlands Hospital Choir Christmas Concert

CBSO Haydn 200: The Creation Midlands Hospital Choir Christmas Concert

CBSO Great Romantics

Symphony Hall

Fri 4

Capsule 10th Birthday Concert

Town Hall

Thu 3

Wed 2

Tue 1



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THSH What's On Guide December 2009 & January 2010  

Guide to events and concerts at Town Hall and Symphony Hall, Birmingham during December 2009 and January 2010.