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Alesha Dixon Tuesday 3 November Symphony Hall

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HIGHLIGHTS Classical Gergiev, Mariinsky and the CBSO p10 Elgar’s The Dream of Gerontius p33

Jazz Gershwin & Soul p14 Johnny Mercer – A Centenary Celebration p28

Welcome to your guide to the shows at Town Hall and Symphony Hall in October and November. 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.


October Events


November Events


Coming Soon

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.


Free Jazz – Rush Hour Blues & Sax in the City


Children’s Events


Christmas 2009


Public Tours


Booking Information


Seating Plans


Education & Community




Dining, Drinking & Shopping


Supporting Town Hall and Symphony Hall


Concerts at a Glance

Supported by

Rock & Pop Beverley Knight p31 Alison Moyet p33

World & Folk Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club™ p7 The Old Dance School, The Toy Hearts and The Destroyers p9

Comedy Rob Brydon p5 & p25 Ed Byrne p28

Dance 175th Anniversary Tea Dances p4 Bollywood Steps p7

Family Children’s Events p37 The Gruffalo p38

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175TH Anniversary Tea Dances

Town Hall 175TH Birthday Concert: Handel’s Messiah Saturday 3 October, 7pm

Thursday 1 October 11.30am - 1.30pm & 3pm - 5pm

The Sixteen Choir and Orchestra Harry Christophers conductor Gillian Keith soprano Catherine Wyn-Rogers mezzo soprano

with the Garry Allcock All-Stars Band Celebrate Town Hall’s birthday with wonderful dances in glorious surroundings, with live music compered by Paul Drakely.

John Mark Ainsley tenor Chris Purves baritone Handel The Messiah 144’

Handel’s Messiah has been at the heart of Town Hall’s programme throughout its existence. Harry Christophers, The Sixteen and a vintage line-up of British soloists perform the most popular oratorio ever composed. There will be an interval between Parts I & II. The concert finishes at c.9.45pm.

£7.50 Unreserved tables. In support of UK Older People’s Day, 1 October 2009.

£5, £6.50, £15, £27.50, £40 Discounts available, please check when booking.

Rob Brydon Saturday 3 October, 7.30pm

An Evening with Joan Baez Thursday 1 October, 7.30pm

Almost 50 years after recording her first solo album, American folk legend Joan Baez tours the UK this autumn with music from her 24th studio release. Day After Tomorrow features a selection of songs by some of Joan’s favourite writers, including Tom Waits, Elvis Costello, Patty Griffin and Steve Earle.

Remembering Nusrat - A Tribute to Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan Friday 2 October, 7.30pm

Michael Seal conductor Ustad Rahat Fateh Ali Khan lead vocal Fateh Ali Khan Party supporting vocals and percussion Music arranged by Tim Pottier

“Simply astounding” The Times “…a royal presence” The Independent

Today Rahat Fateh Ali Khan teams up with the CBSO on this ambitious project fusing Nusrat’s most loved compositions with the might of the orchestra. Featuring superhits Dum Must Qalander, Yeh Jo Halka, Halka, stirring love song Afreen, Afreen, popular Bollywood tracks Zindagi Jhoom Kar and many more.


£25, £35, £50, £75

Only a few tickets left. New show added Thursday 12 November, see page 25. £18.50 Part of Birmingham Comedy Festival.

175 Today! Birthday Carnival Open Day Sunday 4 October, 11am-4pm

For details please see page 37. FREE

Frank Carson Sunday 4 October, 7pm

Plus support A true British comedy legend, Frank has appeared on nearly every light entertainment programme on TV since The Comedians. A truly funny and loveable man, maybe it’s “the way he tells ‘em”. This promises to be “a cracker”. £15 Part of Birmingham Comedy Festival.

Presented by Saregama in association with the CBSO. 4


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Russian Romantics

Jane McDonald – Live! Sunday 4 October, 7.30pm

Tchaikovsky Excerpts from Sleeping Beauty Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No 1 Rachmaninov Symphony No 3

£22.50, £25, £27.50

Richard Hawley

Monday 5 October, 7.30pm

Wednesday 7 October, 8pm

Thomas Trotter organ

Plus support

Town Hall’s splendid 1834 organ, by William Hill, is one of the finest of English instruments, sounding as fresh as the day it was first played. Birmingham City Organist Thomas Trotter gives a special anniversary recital with a range of colourful music from its heyday.

Richard Hawley comes to Town Hall to mark the release of his new album Truelove’s Gutter in September. Truelove’s Gutter is a testament to his intoxicating song writing talents. It’s his most musically adventurous album so far, and his most emotionally naked.

6.15pm Free pre-concert talk


£5, £6.50, £10, £15, £20 Choir Benches not available. Discounts available, please check when booking.

Friday 9 October, 7.30pm and Saturday 10 October, 2.30pm & 7.30pm

St Petersburg Symphony Orchestra Alexander Dmitriev conductor Barry Douglas piano

A magical evening of music and laughter starring Britain’s bestloved diva and television star. Featuring many favourites from her fabulous repertoire, Jane and her brilliant musicians and backing singers will bring you to your feet.

175TH Birthday Organ Concert

Bollywood Steps Victoria Square

Wednesday 7 October, 7.30pm

Bollywood Steps is a unique British Bollywood outdoor dance spectacle that is the highlight of Town Hall’s 175th Anniversary Celebrations. The show celebrates all the classic Bollywood moments in a series of dazzling dance numbers, with lighting, pyrotechnics, colourful costumes, water effects and a moment of mass audience participation in a magnificent wedding scene - all set against the spectacular architectural backdrop of Town Hall. We want you to have fun and join in, whatever your age and ability! Visit to find out how to get involved, or just turn up and learn your Bollywood Steps on the day.

17’ 32’ 39’

Tchaikovsky’s unforgettable ballet music complements his First Piano Concerto, which opens with one of the world’s best-known melodies, whilst Rachmaninov’s Third Symphony is suffused with glowing autumnal colours and nostalgic passion.

FREE Presented by Town Hall in association with Nutkhut. Bollywood Steps is a People Dancing programme, funded by Legacy Trust UK, Arts Council England West Midlands and Advantage West Midlands.

£5, £12.50, £18.50, £23.50, £27.50, £33.50, £37.50 Discounts available, please check when booking. Sponsored by

Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club™ Thursday 8 October, 7.30pm

Guajiro Mirabal, Aguaje Ramos, Manuel Galban and Barbarito Torres An extraordinary line-up of Buena Vista Social Club™ stalwarts, together in a 13-piece band direct from Havana, present some of the finest Cuban music ever made. Tonight’s concert takes you on a musical excursion from the original 1996 Buena Vista Social Club™ recordings up to the present day. £29.50



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Friday Night Classics: The Best of the West End Friday 9 October, 7.30pm

Martin Yates conductor Rachel Barrell vocalist Jacqui Scott vocalist Simon Bowman vocalist Including hits from Les Misérables, The Lion King, Cats, Phantom of the Opera, Guys and Dolls, Oklahoma!, Miss Saigon, South Pacific, Oliver!, Carousel, Sunset Boulevard and more! Roll out the red carpet for this indulgent evening featuring some of the best-loved numbers in showbiz from across the decades, as the CBSO treads the boards with top West End artists. £9.50, £16.50, £23, £28.50, £33, £37, £39.50 Discounts available, please check when booking. Produced in association with West End International Ltd.

The Force of Destiny Saturday 10 October, 7pm

Dmitri Slobodeniouk conductor Kristine Opolais soprano Verdi La forza del destino - Overture 8’ Tchaikovsky Eugene Onegin - Letter Scene, Entr’acte & Waltz 22’ Verdi Otello - Salice and Ave Maria 10’ Tchaikovsky Symphony No 4 44’ Tchaikovsky’s Fourth is the perfect finish to this night of passion – after Latvian soprano Kristine Opolais sings two of the all-time great romantic opera scenes by Tchaikovsky and his idol Verdi. Expect guest conductor Dmitri Slobodeniouk to give it his all.

An Afternoon with Pam Ayres

Lunchtime Organ Concert Monday 12 October, 1pm

Sunday 11 October, 3pm

Thomas Trotter organ

Pam Ayres visits Symphony Hall following her sell-out concert at Town Hall in 2007. Pam’s current show includes material from her bestsellers Surgically Enhanced, With These Hands, and The Works, plus new poems and stories.

CPE Bach Fantasia & Fugue in C minor JS Bach Trio Sonata No 1 Mendelssohn Sonata No 4 Pierné Trois Pièces Mulet Carillon-Sortie £6 Unreserved seating. Discounts available, please check when booking.

“Forget the corny comedian: Pam Ayres is a proper poet, whose wistful, funny, and perceptive verse captures both the joy and unfairness of life.” Sunday Times £16.50 Part of Birmingham Comedy Festival.

5.45pm Free pre-concert talk

A Hall for all Seasons: 175 Years of Classical Music

£9.50, £13.50, £17, £20.50, £23.50, £28, £32, £37, £39.50 Discounts available, please check when booking.

Monday 12 October, 3.30pm

Three of Birmingham’s best-loved bohemian bands get together for a birthday shindig to remember. Expect the eclectic, with youthful folk from The Old Dance School, Brummie bluegrass from The Toy Hearts and turbo-charged gypsy-punk from The Destroyers.

Every illustrious name in classical music has graced this grand old building during its 175 years, from Mendelssohn to Sir Simon Rattle. Lyndon Jenkins and Beresford King-Smith explore a rich past, in a talk with illustrations, rare film footage and fascinating historical recordings.

£10 standing, £12 seated


The Old Dance School, The Toy Hearts & The Destroyers Sunday 11 October, 7pm



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Includes complimentary tea or coffee.

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Ladysmith Black Mambazo

Mary Black in Concert

Friday 16 October, 7.30pm

Saturday 17 October, 8pm

Friday 16 October, 7.30pm

Plus special guest Netsayi

Starring The Alan Price Set and featuring Zoot Money and Bobby Tench. Plus special guests Chris Farlowe and Maggie Bell.

For more than 30 years, Ladysmith Black Mambazo have married the intricate dance and brilliant harmonies of their native South Africa to Christian gospel music. This Grammy award-winning a capella group have worked with Paul Simon, Stevie Wonder, Dolly Parton, and George Clinton – don’t miss these icons of African sound.

Internationally-renowned Irish singer Mary Black brings her blend of contemporary and traditional folk to Birmingham. A seminal figure in Irish musical history, she has recorded and performed with Van Morrison, Joan Baez, Emmylou Harris and many more in a career spanning over 25 years.

Maximum Rhythm ‘n’ Blues: A Night at The Flamingo

Zero 7 plus guests Tuesday 13 October, 7.30pm

Grammy and Brit Award nominated duo Zero 7 are back with a UK tour in support of their forthcoming album Yeah Ghost. Having found fame remixing the likes of Radiohead, Terry Callier and Lenny Kravitz, they released a number of successful albums including 2006’s The Garden and collaborations with Sia Furler, Tina Dico and Jose Gonzàlez among others.

Following numerous critically acclaimed tours and due to public demand, Maximum Rhythm ‘n’ Blues is back, boasting some of the finest quality talent ever assembled on one stage.



Stalls standing or reserved seating.


£26 Presented in association with The Drum.

Gergiev, Mariinsky and the CBSO

Prom Praise

Wednesday 14 and Thursday 15 October, 7.30pm

Saturday 17 October, 7.30pm

Orchestra and Chorus of the Mariinsky Theatre City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and Chorus Valery Gergiev conductor Sergei Semishkur tenor Prokofiev Cantata for the 20th Anniversary of the October Revolution Berlioz Grande messe des morts (Requiem)

47’ 78’

Two great orchestras and choruses come together under Valery Gergiev for a once-in-a-lifetime performance of Berlioz’s Requiem, a gigantic work, with four extra brass bands; and Prokofiev’s Cantata with accordion ensemble, alarm bells, cannon-shots, sirens and a speaker with megaphone who is the voice of Lenin. 6.15pm Free pre-concert talk (both dates) £5, £10, £14, £19, £24, £29, £34, £39, £44, £48

Noël Tredinnick conductor All Souls Orchestra Prom Praise Birmingham Choir Chris Eaton soloist Geraldine Latty soloist Archbishop John Sentamu guest speaker Prom Praise blends sacred and concert music, in a joyful fusion of performance with worship, combining the spirit of Songs of Praise with the world-famous Last Night of the Proms. £10.50, £14.50, £16.50, £19.50

Discounts available, please check when booking.



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Paul Potts

Sunday Morning Coffee Concert

Sunday 18 October, 7.30pm

Sunday 18 October, 11am

ECHO Rising Stars Series 15th Season

Plus support Elizabeth Marvelly

The Barbirolli String Quartet

Britain’s Got Talent winner Paul Potts wowed the nation with his amazing operatic skills, lifetime passion for singing and down-toearth nature. He has described his new found success as, “like a fairy tale and I’m terrified I’m going to wake up soon and find I’ve dreamt it all”. Don’t miss your chance to see him live.

Haydn Quartet in G major Op 77 No 1 Delius Late Swallows Brahms Quartet in C minor Op 51 No 1

20’ 9’ 28’

The new series of Rising Stars concerts opens with the UK’s nomination as it begins its concert tour of the great European concert halls. Named after the famous conductor, these young players here include a movement from Delius’s string quartet (1919) in whose earliest performances Sir John Barbirolli played as a young cellist.

Monday 19 October, 7.30pm

Wednesday 21 October, 7.30pm

Relive the magic of David Essex live in concert. David has been a national treasure since the 70s. This concert brings together all your favourite hits including Hold Me Close, Gonna Make You A Star and Rock On, together with tracks from his latest album.

Everything you ever wanted to know about Town Hall’s architectural history and recent renaissance in a talk by Barry Adams, Project Architect, and Anthony Peers, Project Historian.

£24, £26

Monday 19 October, 1pm

Sunday 18 October, 7.30pm

David Gammie organ

Imogen Cooper piano

Bach Toccata in F Dandrieu Three pieces from Premier Livre d’Orgue Karg-Elert Sonatina in A minor, Op 74 Allcoat Two Concert Studies Avenir de Monfred In Paradisum Koehne Gothic Toccata

Imogen Cooper is a great artist whose performances are renowned for their sensitivity and depth. Nowhere is this more apparent than in Schubert’s music, including the fresh lyricism of his first set of Impromptus, the fiery A minor Sonata and the powerful serenity of his great last Sonata. £5, £6.50, £13.50, £18.50, £25 Discounts available, please check when booking.



Elgar Serenade for Strings Walton Two Pieces from Henry V Holst St Paul’s Suite Britten Simple Symphony Elgar Chanson de Matin Chanson de Nuit Vaughan Williams The Lark Ascending

Lunchtime Organ Recital

29’ 21’ 38’

An English Rose - Tasmin Little plays the Lark Ascending Orchestra of the Swan Tasmin Little violin David Curtis conductor

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

Schubert Four Impromptus, D899 Sonata in A minor, D784 Sonata in B flat major, D960


Wednesday 21 October, 2.30pm



Celebrity Piano Recital: Imogen Cooper

A Hansom Building: Town Hall, Ancient and Modern


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

A Black Country Night Out Tuesday 20 October, 7.30pm

The cream of Black Country entertainment comes together again to raise the roof with laughter. Master of ceremonies Tommy Mundon is joined by Aynuk, Giggetty, the region’s most famous musical act, 2008’s sensation Lee Wilson and The Duchess of Dudley Lizzie Wiggins.

12’ 5’ 18’ 20’ 4’ 4’ 15’

An afternoon celebrating the genius of English composers including the extraordinary flight of fancy from Vaughan Williams inspired by Meredith’s evocative poem. 1.30pm Free pre-concert talk Post-concert Conversation Club, starts 15 minutes after 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.

£17 Discounts available, please check when booking.

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Major Thirds

BBC BIG BAND: Gershwin & Soul

Thursday 22 October, 2.15pm

Friday 23 October, 7.30pm

Saturday 24 October, 7.30pm

Michael Seal conductor Jack Liebeck violin

Soul diva Jaki Graham makes her debut with the BBC Big Band. Join them as they explore the funkier side of Gershwin with a new slant on classics such as Summertime, They All Laughed, They Can’t Take That Away From Me, It Ain’t Necessarily So and many more.

Birmingham Bach Choir English Chamber Orchestra Paul Spicer conductor Nicki Kennedy soprano

Beethoven Overture, Leonora No 3 Mozart Violin Concerto No 3 Mendelssohn Symphony No 3 (Scottish)

14’ 28’ 40’

Wild landscapes, swirling mists, skirling pipes and Highland reels - they all feature in Mendelssohn’s gloriously romantic Scottish Symphony. En route, though, come two more romantic adventures: Beethoven’s stirring hymn to freedom, and the teenage Mozart’s courtly Third Violin Concerto. £9.50, £14, £18, £22, £25, £29, £34 Discounts available, please check when booking.

Lunchtime Organ Concert

Inspiring Masses

Monday 26 October, 1pm

Ida Falk Winland soprano Robert Murray tenor Simon Lobelson bass

Mozart Mass in C minor K427 (Levin Completion)

£12.50, £16.50, £19.50

Mozart composed his ‘Great’ Mass in C minor to celebrate his marriage to Constanza Weber in 1782. Although unfinished at the time, it is performed today with the recent, acclaimed completion by Robert Levin.

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

£5, £10, £13.50, £16.50, £20, £25, £30

Peter King organ Guilmant March on a Theme of Handel Mozart Piano Duet Sonata in D, K381 (arr. Best) Mendelssohn Prelude & Fugue in E minor (arr. Best) Hollins Song of Sunshine Karg-Elert Homage to Handel – 54 Variations on a Ground Bass £6 Unreserved seating. Discounts available, please check when booking.

Discounts available, please check when booking.

Morrissey Friday 23 October, 7.30pm

Handel’s Israel in Egypt

Rescheduled from 13 May. Sold out, returns only.

Sunday 25 October, 7.30pm


Birmingham Festival Choral Society

175TH Birthday Salsa Ball: Grupo X All-Stars in a Tribute to Tito Puente Saturday 24 October, 7pm - 2am

ESO Chamber Orchestra Patrick Larley conductor Philippa Hyde soprano David Allsopp counter-tenor

Monday 26 October, 7.30pm

Joshua Ellicott tenor James Birchall bass Andrew Kidd bass

Following 2008’s sell-out Salsa Ball, this year celebrate Town Hall’s 175th birthday with the hot sounds of salsa. Featuring the legendary Grupo X AllStars and compere Rohan Brown.

Based on the Book of Exodus, Handel’s forgotten gem features virtuosic double choruses depicting plagues of hailstones, blood and fire, with the eventual triumph of Moses leading the Israelites out of Egypt. This dramatic oratorio is a genuine delight for Handel devotees.

Dress to impress – black tie preferred but not essential.

£6.50, £10, £16.50, £20 Discounts available, please check when booking.

The Proclaimers Plus support Miles Hunt and Erica Nockalls lt’s 22 years since The Proclaimers released their first album This Is The Story. Craig and Charlie Reid have since enjoyed huge successes across the globe. 2007 saw their biggest ever UK tour and the chart-topping Comic Relief single I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles). Now they are back on the road following the June release of new album Notes & Rhymes. £22.50

£18.50 standing 14


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The RAF in Concert

Haydn 200: I Tuesday 27 October, 7.30pm

WEDNESDAY 28 October, 7.30pm

Giovanni Antonini conductor Dejan Lazic´ piano

Ian Lavender compere Flying Officer Matthew Little, Emma Kershaw soloists

Haydn Symphony No 102 Haydn Piano Concerto in D major Beethoven Symphony No 2

26’ 20’ 34’

Beethoven’s Second is a flamboyant homage to Haydn from a young man in a hurry, a controlled explosion of wit, panache and pure creative energy. It’s the perfect complement to Haydn’s elegant concerto. 6.15pm Free pre-concert talk.

Leading RAF musicians present popular classics from stage and screen, rousing military music plus big band numbers performed by the legendary swing band The Squadronaires. With toe-tapping Glenn Miller melodies, an Armed Forces Salute and classical favourites, it’s the perfect night out for all the family. £13.50, £16.50, £19.50

Wishbone Ash Friday 30 October, 8pm

With special guests The Hamsters Forty years and counting, and Wishbone Ash’s following and influence on the rock scene continue unabated. The original and best exponents of twin guitar rock, they are joined by The Hamsters, the hardest working blues/rock band in the UK. £17.50

In support of the Royal Air Force Charitable Trust.

£9.50, £17, £23.50, £32, £39.50 Discounts available, please check when booking.

An Evening with Ludovico Einaudi Tuesday 27 October, 7.30pm

The Nightbook Tour Classic FM favourite Ludovico Einaudi presents Nightbook, a musical meditation. Blending piano, strings and percussion, with electronics, Nightbook is the latest work from the composer/pianist long admired for his hauntingly beautiful and evocative style. Einaudi describes the project as “A night-time landscape. ... It’s like a dream - anything may happen.” £15, £20, £25

Friday Night Classics: John Williams’ Heroes

ˇ Tchaikovsky and Dvorák Thursday 29 October, 7.30pm

Friday 30 October, 7.30pm

Czech Philharmonic Orchestra Jakub Hruša ˚ conductor Nicola Benedetti violin

John Wilson conductor

ˇ Taras Bulba Janácek Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto Dvorák ˇ Symphony No 7

23’ 33’ 38’

The Czech Philharmonic Orchestra perform music from its homeland, including Dvorák’s grandly tragic Seventh Symphony. Superstar of the violin, ˇ Nicola Benedetti, joins the orchestra in Tchaikovsky’s heart-warming Violin Concerto. 6.15pm Pre-concert talk with Lyndon Jenkins. £5, £12.50, £18.50, £23.50, £27.50, £33.50, £37.50

Including music from: Star Wars, The Sea Hawk, The Philadelphia Story, Jaws, Taxi Driver, E.T. , Airport, Ben Hur, Catch Me If You Can, Schindler’s List, Close Encounters of the Third Kind and Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. From blockbuster to blockbuster, tonight’s concert is a celebration of great film themes with a live symphony orchestra. Travel across the stars with an unbeatable line-up featuring the music of John Williams. £9.50, £16.50, £23, £28.50, £33, £37, £39.50 Discounts available, please check when booking.

Discounts available, please check when booking.



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Halloween Silent Movie Special: THE Phantom of the Opera (1925) Saturday 31 October, 7.30pm

Certificate PG The vintage era of silent cinema recreated in a vintage venue. Renowned cinema organist Nigel Ogden improvises an accompaniment to Lon Chaney’s legendary performance as the mad, vengeful recluse seated at his organ in the depths of the Paris Opera House. £15 Fancy dress to impress – prize for the best costume is a bottle of Champagne and £50 THSH gift voucher.

Midlands Festival of Remembrance Sunday 1 November, 6.30pm

Salute to the Airborne Forces Band of The Parachute Regiment Alcester Male Voice Choir The annual gathering to honour all who have made the ultimate sacrifice in service of their country. £5, £10, £15 Please send ticket applications to Frank Manning, 22 Lambeth Road, Birmingham, B44 9NS or up to 1 September. Tickets are also available from Town Hall and Symphony Hall Box Office from 15 September.

Lunchtime Organ Concert

CBSO Youth Orchestra Sunday 1 November, 7pm

Monday 2 November, 1pm

Thomas Søndergård conductor Martin Roscoe piano

Thomas Trotter organ

Saturday 31 October, 7.30pm

Bedford Più Mosso (world premiere) Dohnányi Variations on a Nursery Tune Prokofiev Symphony No 5

After a sold out performance at Town Hall in September, Tim Minchin lugs his piano back out to Symphony Hall to give those poor souls who missed out another chance to see his biting and brilliant show.

Prokofiev declared that his Fifth Symphony celebrated “the greatness of the human spirit”. Ernö Dohnányi’s Nursery Tune Variations parody everyone from Mozart to Mahler! And a new work from Luke Bedford written for the energy and verve of the CBSO’s Youth Orchestra.

Tim wants to know if you are Ready For This, without really specifying what This is.

5.45pm Free pre-concert talk

Tim Minchin: Ready for This?


10’ 25’ 44’

Handel Organ Concerto Op 4 No 2 Bach Prelude & Fugue in D minor BWV539 Barber Variations on Wondrous Love Katya Kulkova Stalactites (winner of the 2009 Choir & Organ Composition Competition) Wagner Overture, Rienzi (arr. Lemare) £6 Unreserved seating. Discounts available, please check when booking.

£13 Discounts available, please check when booking.

Over 16s only.



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Town Hall, Birmingham and World War II

Alesha Dixon

Monday 2 November, 2.30pm & 6.30pm

Tuesday 3 November, 7.30pm

During the wars, Town Hall was used as an army recruitment centre, sandbagged against enemy action, and hosted patriotic meetings featuring Churchill and Chamberlain. Professor Carl Chinn presents an illustrated talk, with live music from the period provided by Garry Allcock and his All-Stars Band.

Alesha Dixon makes her debut at Symphony Hall. Since shimmying her way into the charts with The Boy Does Nothing and Breathe Slow, she has sold over 750,000 records. An artist at the top of her game, an electrifying dancer and an accomplished songwriter and singer with her own unique sound – welcome to The Alesha Show!



In Love... With Renée Fleming

Steve Earle

Monday 2 November, 7.30pm

Thursday 5 November, 8pm

Renée Fleming soprano Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Charles Dutoit conductor Tchaikovsky Fantasy Overture, Romeo and Juliet Tchaikovsky Tatyana’s Letter Scene from Eugene Onegin Prokofiev Suite, Romeo and Juliet Puccini, Mascagni & Cilea Italian Operatic Arias

Plus support

21’ 14’ 37’

There are few more famous operatic divas than Renée Fleming, whose fame has soared into realms normally reserved for pop music superstars. She returns to Symphony Hall after a break of six years with a programme on the theme of love. £5, £17.50, £25, £32.50, £40, £50, £60 Discounts available, please check when booking.



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“Townes Van Zandt is the best songwriter in the whole world and I’ll stand on Bob Dylan’s coffee table in my cowboy boots and say that.” Steve Earle Hardcore troubadour Steve Earle hits the UK in support of his new album Townes, a 15-song set written by Earle’s friend and mentor, the late singer-songwriter, Townes Van Zandt. “This is an extraordinary tribute to an elusive talent.” Daily Express £22.50

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Salsa Celtica Friday 6 November, 8pm

Salsa Celtica’s synthesis of Scottish and Irish traditional music with Latin American salsa has taken them and their music all over the world. Their line up combines some of Scotland and Ireland’s most exciting artists with a stellar group of world, jazz and salsa musicians from the UK and Latin America, in a heady mix of virtuosity and energy.

Elkie Brooks in Concert

Children’s Event: The Classic Buskers

Saturday 7 November, 8pm

Saturday 7 November, 11am

For details see page 37.

“A stunning marriage of musical styles...” The Scotsman “Scene stealers...” The Observer £16 Stalls standing or reserved seating.

Jansen plays Sibelius

£21.50 No support.

Ilan Volkov conductor Janine Jansen violin

Thursday 5 November, 7.30pm

Ilan Volkov conductor Janine Jansen violin Chin Rocaná (UK premiere) Sibelius Violin Concerto Brahms Symphony No 2

Jansen plays Sibelius Saturday 7 November, 7pm

Elkie Brooks is one of the most successful and popular singers the UK has ever produced. Performing some of her classic hits including blues, jazz and perhaps a song or two from her forthcoming album, don’t miss the chance to see a truly great artist in action.

21’ 31’ 39’

Korean composer Unsuk Chin has attracted a worldwide following – and this is the first chance in Britain to hear Rocaná. Then we’re off to the northern landscape of Sibelius’ popular Violin Concerto and finally to the Alpine meadows of Brahms’s happiest symphony. 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.

Jimmy Carr – Rapier Wit Friday 6 NovEMBER, 8pm

A heady mix of artistic integrity, loyalty and greed has put Jimmy back on the road. If you only see one comedy show this year…What’s the matter with you? Get out more. £22.50 Over 16s only.

Mendelssohn Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage Sibelius Violin Concerto Brahms Symphony No 2

13’ 31’ 39’

There’s no better way to launch a concert than with Mendelssohn’s Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage: all the fun of his Hebrides overture, but with none of the seasickness. Then we’re off to the brooding northern landscape of Sibelius’s impassioned Violin Concerto, then to the sunlit Alpine meadows of Brahms’s happiest symphony. £9.50, £13.50, £17, £20.50, £23.50, £28, £32, £37, £39.50

Jimmy Webb & The Webb Brothers Sunday 8 November, 7.30pm

Grammy Award-winning Jimmy Webb has written such hits as By The Time I Get To Phoenix, Wichita Lineman, Galveston, MacArthur Park, Didn’t We and Up, Up and Away. Jimmy Webb, his father Bob, and his sons, The Webb Brothers – Christiaan, Justin, James and Cornelius – take to the stage as a threegeneration family band, performing Jimmy Webb classics as well as notable Webb Brothers tunes. £28.50

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Rob Brydon

100 Years AT the Woodlands: A Gala Concert

Lunchtime Organ Concert Monday 9 November, 1pm

Tuesday 10 November, 7.30pm

Thomas Trotter organ Bach Concerto after Vivaldi in D minor BWV596 Buxtehude Canzonetta in G Passacaglia in D minor Bolcom Three Gospel Preludes Bridge Two Pieces (from Six Pieces) Bonnet Variations de Concert £6 Unreserved seating. Discounts available, please check when booking.

BBC Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert Tuesday 10 November, 1pm

Meta4 Szymanowski String Quartet No 1 in C major Op 37 Haydn String Quartet Op 64 No 2 in B minor £7.50 Discounts available, please check when booking.

A charity gala concert supporting The Royal Orthopaedic Hospital, this year celebrating 100 years of the famous Woodlands. One of the UK’s finest soul singers, Birmingham’s very own Ruby Turner, headlines a wonderful evening of music and theatre, taking a nostalgic look back with some familiar faces and celebrating Birmingham’s young talent. £20

The Planets Tuesday 10 November, 7.30pm Thursday 12 November, 2.15pm

Elgar Cockaigne Overture Grieg Piano Concerto Holst The Planets

10 Nov: £9.50, £13.50, £17, £20.50, £23.50, £28, £32, £37, £39.50 12 Nov: £9.50, £14, £18, £22, £25, £29, £34

15’ 30’ 48’

Show of Hands witH Miranda Sykes Thursday 12 November, 8pm

Special guest Flossie Malavialle England’s finest acoustic roots duo, have sold out the Royal Albert Hall three times, headlined Glastonbury and WOMAD, and supported Peter Gabriel and Jools Holland. This is not folk as you know it, it pitches into rock, blues, country and world music, played on an eye-defying multitude of instruments from slide guitar to fiddle, mandolin to South American cuatro. £17.50


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Academy of St Martin in the Fields Murray Perahia piano/director JC Bach Sinfonia Concertante in E flat, T288/7 Mozart Piano Concerto No 17 in G, K453 JS Bach Concerto No 3 in D, BWV1054 Mozart Symphony No 38, Prague

20’ 30’ 16’ 31’

Maturity, elegance and simplicity are hallmarks of Murray Perahia’s performances. With this concert Perahia extends his range, directing Mozart and Bach from the keyboard and taking up the baton for the Prague Symphony – a work of grandeur, majesty and celebratory exuberance. Discounts available, please check when booking.

Discounts available, please check when booking.


Rob Brydon’s credits read like a compendium of modern British comedy: Marion & Geoff, I’m Alan Partridge, Black Books, The Keith Barret Show, A Cock and Bull Story, I’m Sorry I Haven’t a Clue, Q.I. and of course Uncle Bryn in Gavin and Stacey. Rob returns to Symphony Hall following his sell-out shows in April and October.

£5, £12.50, £18.50, £23.50, £27.50, £33.50, £37.50

Elgar’s Cockaigne overture glitters with the pageantry and bustle of Edwardian London. Holst’s Planets suite isn’t just famous for great tunes like Jupiter and Mars. Grieg’s Piano Concerto offers gentler charms – but with Leon McCawley it will be every bit as spectacular. 6.15pm (10 Nov) and 1.15pm (12 Nov) Free pre-concert talk

Friday 13 November, 7.30pm


John Wilson conductor Leon McCawley piano City of Birmingham Symphony Youth Chorus (Seniors)

Murray Perahia Plays Bach and Mozart

Thursday 12 November, 7.30pm

Bill Wyman’s Rhythm Kings Friday 13 November, 8pm

Rock and roll icon, author, restaurateur, legendary former Rolling Stones bassist Bill Wyman has seen it all. His latest musical rebirth as the driving force behind the fabulous Rhythm Kings sees him return to his musical roots. Joining him are the legendary musicians Albert Lee, Beverley Skeete, Graham Broad, Geraint Watkins, Georgie Fame, Terry Taylor, Nick Payn and Frank Mead. £26.50

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Family Concert: Heroes and Villains

Sunday Morning Coffee Concert

Haydn 200: II

Lunchtime Organ Concert

Sunday 15 November, 11am

Sunday 15 November, 3pm

Monday 16 November, 1pm

Wednesday 18 November, 7.30pm

ECHO Rising Stars Series 15th Season

Matthew Coorey conductor Alasdair Malloy presenter

Ulrich Walther organ

Jean-Christophe Spinosi conductor Rinat Shaham mezzo soprano

Cora Burggraaf mezzo soprano Christoph Berner piano Cora Burggraaf performs a varied programme ranging from three rarities by Bizet and a selection of lieder by Richard Strauss to Hugo Wolf (the four Mignon songs) and some numbers by Kurt Weill. A feast for lovers of the human voice.

From dashing princes to action heroes such as Indiana Jones and The Incredibles, Doctor Who and Harry Potter, Alasdair Malloy will be fighting evil with the CBSO’s musical super-powers. The Ride of the Valkyries, The Dance of the Knights and more. Free craft workshops and music in the foyers from 1.30pm. £12 Discounts available, please check when booking.

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

Celebrating Darwin: Is Human Evolution Over?

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

Haydn Symphony No 83 (The Hen) Handel Julius Caesar - Dall’ondoso periglio ... Aure, deh, per pietà Rossini The Thieving Magpie - Overture Rossini The Italian Girl in Algiers - Cruda sorte; Per lui che adoro Handel Xerxes - Ombra mai fù Rossini The Barber of Seville - Overture; Una voce poco fa Haydn Symphony No 82 (The Bear)

26’ 7’ 10’ 10’ 3’ 12’ 26’

One of the stars of the period instrument music scene and now a leading opera conductor, Corsican-born Jean-Christophe Spinosi makes his CBSO debut with a sparkling programme featuring this year’s anniversary composers, Handel and Haydn. £9.50, £17, £23.50, £32, £39.50

Sunday 15 November, 3pm


Talk by Professor Steve Jones

Monday 16 November, 7.30pm

Birmingham’s central role in the Enlightenment and the Industrial Revolution was partly influenced by the Lunar Society, which counted James Watt, Joseph Priestly and Erasmus Darwin – grandfather of famous Origin of the Species author Charles Darwin – amongst its members. At the close of the bicentenary of Charles Darwin’s birth, eminent biologist Professor Steve Jones looks to the next 200 years: is human evolution over?

JS Bach Kyrie, Gott heilger Geist à 5, BWV 671 Toccata in D minor BWV 912 (arr. Reger) Prelude and Fugue in C sharp minor BWV 849 (arr. Reger) Mendelssohn Prelude and fugue in B minor Op 35 No 4 Whitlock Scherzetto Dupré Prelude et fugue in B minor Op 7 No 1 Ligeti Etude No 2, Coulée Rachmaninov Prelude in C sharp minor (arr. Vierne) Wagner Ride of the Valkyries (arr. Lemare)

Over the course of a remarkable 40-year career that has time and again redefined the boundaries of rock, Yes have become renowned for their live performances. In this autumn’s tour original band members Steve Howe, Chris Squire and Alan White are joined by Oliver Wakeman (son of Rick Wakeman) on keyboards and vocalist Benoit David.

Discounts available, please check when booking.

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Bryn Terfel: Bad Boys Wednesday 18 November, 7.30pm

Bryn Terfel returns to Symphony Hall to perform a devilish selection of arias from the greatest villains in the worlds of opera and musicals. Accompanied by full orchestra and choir, from Scarpia (Tosca) to Méphistofélès (Faust), Iago (Otello) to Sporting Life (Porgy and Bess), no other baritone today brings to life these sinister roles so compellingly on the concert platform. £19.50, £25.50, £29.50, £40, £50, £65

An Evening with Jack Jones


Friday 20 November, 7.30pm

Carl Davis conductor

The comedy favourite returns with a blisteringly funny one man show about marriage, class, the youth of today and anything else that strikes him as humorous.

Including music from: The Big Country, The Magnificent Seven, High Noon, Blazing Saddles, The Lone Ranger, Shane, Oklahoma!, The High Chaparral, Little House on the Prairie, Brokeback Mountain, Dances with Wolves, Copland’s Rodeo and more!


BBC Big band: Johnny Mercer, A Centenary Celebration

Jack Jones is the double Grammy-winning easy listening giant nominated by Frank Sinatra as “one of the major singers of our time.” His swinging renditions of contemporary pop and rock, as well as classic standards have packed concerts time and time again. Jones will charm you with his wit, sensitivity and vocal power.

Jiggs Whigham conductor

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Half toff, half pikey...all comic!

Friday 20 November, 7.30pm

£25, £27.50, £29.50

Friday Night Classics: The Wild Wild West

Thursday 19 November, 8pm

Thursday 19 November, 7.30pm

“Jones is a bona fide legend” The Guardian


Ed Byrne, Different Class

Big music from a Big Country! Join all-American maestro Carl Davis as he swings into the saddle to round up the very wildest tunes of the old West.

63’ 30’

6.15pm Free pre-concert talk. £9.50, £16.50, £23, £28.50, £33, £37, £39.50

£11, £16, £21, £26, £31, £36

Discounts available, please check when booking.

Discounts available, please check when booking.

Alaap, Heera and Mona: 175TH Birthday Bhangra Bash Saturday 21 November, 7.30pm

Birthday Bhangra from Alaap, Heera and Mona, pioneers of British bhangra and the musical voice of first and second generation Brit-Asians from the 1970s. Show your kids what it was all about, as you join in ‘Balle Balle!’ Families welcome; no alcohol.

To hear these and many more join the BBC Big Band for this Centenary Celebration.


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

Vaughan Williams A Sea Symphony Delius Sea Drift

Dramatic and emotional impressions of the sea created by two great English composers, using Walt Whitman’s poetry as their text. A terrific nautical night out.

Singers Clare Teal and Peter Grant star with the BBC Big Band to celebrate the music of Oscar-winning lyricist Johnny Mercer. Johnny Mercer collaborated with many great songwriters including Hoagy Carmichael (Lazybones), Harold Arlen (Blues in the Night) and Henry Mancini (Moon River).

£12.50, £16.50, £19.50

City of Birmingham Choir City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra Adrian Lucas conductor Julie Cooper soprano James Rutherford baritone

Supported by sampad. Presented in association with The Drum and Radio XL. Discounts available, please check when booking. Doors open 7pm.

Birmingham Inspired – A Concert Sunday 22 November, 6pm

Diana Sinclair conductor and piano The Adventist Mass Choir David Brooks conductor The Camp Hill Youth Chorale Joyous Symphony and others A rich variety of gospel, spirituals, folk, classical, hymns, modern and twentieth century music is presented for the people of Birmingham. The Adventist Mass Choir, and Diana Sinclair’s meditational piano will uplift, revitalize, and refresh. Including My Tribute, My Shepherd Will Supply, Steal Away, The Lord’s Prayer, Amazing Grace, Thou O Lord, Total Praise and more. £8

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Ryuichi Sakamoto: Playing the Piano

Monday 23 November, 1pm

Tuesday 24 November, 8pm

Sunday 22 November, 7.30pm

Thomas Trotter organ

After a successful summer as special guest for The Eagles arena tour, legendary Sheffield-born singer, songwriter and former front man of Ace, Squeeze and Mike & The Mechanics is back with his acclaimed new album I Know That Name. His marvellously soulful voice is known to millions through hits including How Long, Tempted and The Living Years.

Legendary composer, performer and producer Ryuichi Sakamoto tours the UK for the first time in 15 years. Sakamoto’s best-known work is probably the soundtrack to Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence, and Bertolucci’s The Last Emperor won him an Oscar, a Grammy and a Golden Globe. Don’t miss this rare chance to see him perform. £20, £25

Lunchtime Organ Concert

Paul Carrack in Concert

Mendelssohn Overture, Fingal’s Cave (arr. Lemare) Schumann Four Sketches Pärt Annum per Annum Antallfy-Zsirros Sketches on Negro Spirituals Vierne Finale from Symphony No 6

£26.50 No support.

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

Music to Lift the Spirit - Beethoven’s Triple Concerto WEDNESDAY 25 November, 2.30pm

An Audience with Sally Morgan Monday 23 November, 7.30pm

Following her TV series Sally Morgan Star Psychic, Sally Morgan is on tour. Sally’s psychic power has been with her since she was nine months old and she is now rated as one of the world’s top mediums. Her reputation has been built from her close relationships with many high profile celebrities. £19.50

Beverley Knight Monday 23 November, 7.30pm

Plus special guests The UK’s soul queen Beverley Knight returns to Symphony Hall this November touring her latest album 100%. Featuring collaborations with Guy Chambers and Jimmy Hogarth (Adele, Duffy), multi-Grammy-Award-winning-legends Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, and Amanda Ghost (co-writer of Beyoncé and Shakira’s Beautiful Liar), 100% has given Knight “...the most fun I’ve ever had making a record.” £21.50, £25

Orchestra of the Swan Alexander Sitkovetsky violin Qian Wu piano Leonard Elschenbroich cello David Curtis conductor Rossini Overture: Italian Girl in Algiers Mozart Symphony No 31, Paris Beethoven Triple Concerto for violin, piano and cello

8’ 22’ 35’

Rossini’s sunny Italian Girl in Algiers, Mozart’s sparkling Paris Symphony and Beethoven’s exuberant Triple Concerto: this is the perfect afternoon concert. 1.30pm Free pre-concert talk. Post-concert Conversation Club, starts 15 minutes after 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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Raymond Froggatt: Blue and Gold Tour

Alison Moyet

If You Prefer A Milder Comedian, Please Ask For One

Thursday 26 November, 7.30pm

Plus special guests

Following his acclaimed BBC TV series, Stewart Lee returns to live stand-up with a brand new show. The co-writer of Jerry Springer The Opera follows his award-winning UK tour 41st Best Stand-up Ever with a provocative performance inspired by an altercation in a high street coffee chain.

Froggie followers arrive at his shows clutching frogs, with green scarves waving, certainly a sight to behold. Froggie will make you laugh with his stories and cry at a song that touches the heart. An evening with Raymond Froggatt is pure magic, and not to be missed.

Stewart Lee PLUS SUPPORT Wednesday 25 November, 8pm

Friday 27 November, 7.30pm

Plus special guest Matt Tyler

“The funniest, most cliché-free comedian on the circuit” Ricky Gervais

Alison Moyet is an outstanding singer, with a breadth of range which is truly remarkable. From electropop, to soaring ballads to sumptuous jazz, she has always delivered amazing performances. She has just released a Best Of album where All Cried Out, Love Resurrection, That Ole Devil Called Love, Is This Love and Windmills Of Your Mind are just the start.



Nelsons Conducts Bruckner’s Third

£25, £30

Wednesday 25 November, 7.30pm

Andris Nelsons conductor Kari Kriikku clarinet Wagner Parsifal - Prelude Lindberg Clarinet Concerto Bruckner Symphony No 3

14’ 25’ 54’

If you heard CBSO Music Director Andris Nelsons conducting Wagner and Strauss last season, you won’t want to miss his Bruckner. The evening begins with Wagner’s Parsifal prelude – while Magnus Lindberg’s Clarinet Concerto is like a firework display amidst all this Teutonic grandeur. 6.15pm Free pre-concert talk. £9.50, £13.50, £17, £20.50, £23.50, £28, £32, £37, £39.50

Steeleye Span Friday 27 November, 8pm

40th Anniversary Tour 2009 sees Steeleye Span celebrate an incredible 40 years. The current line-up of Maddy Prior, Peter Knight, Liam Genockey, Ken Nicol and Peter Zorn are touring internationally as well as releasing a new album which takes them back to their roots, the interpretation of traditional song. £14.50, £16, £18.50

Elgar’s The Dream of Gerontius Saturday 28 November, 7.30pm & Sunday 29 November, 4pm

Ex Cathedra XL Anniversary Choir Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment Jeffrey Skidmore conductor Anna Stéphany mezzo soprano Adrian Thompson tenor Roderick Williams bass Elgar The Dream of Gerontius


The story of one man’s journey from this world to the next, The Dream of Gerontius was originally premiered in Town Hall in 1900. These performances will be the first period-instrument rendition of Gerontius that return to the score as Elgar conceived it. 28 November 6.15pm Pre-concert talk with Lyndon Jenkins. £5, £15, £27.50, £40 Choir benches and stalls front four rows not available. Discounts available, please check when booking. Ex Cathedra is a Town Hall Associate Artist and is supported by Advantage West Midlands ‘2009 Celebration of Imagination’.

Discounts available, please check when booking.



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7’ 44’ 36’

Dvorák ˇ celebrates the old world with lilting tunes and utterly irresistible charm. The mood is set with Liadov’s ravishing Enchanted Lake before pianist Nikolai Lugansky plays Rachmaninov’s epic Third Concerto, premiered 100 years ago and still as thrilling as ever! 28 November £9.50, £13.50, £17, £20.50, £23.50, £28, £32, £37, £39.50 2 December £9.50, £14, £18, £22, £25, £29, £34 Discounts available, please check when booking.

Lunchtime Organ Concert

Daniele Rosina conductor Bethan Dudley soprano Andrew Ashwin baritone Brahms Academic Festival Overture Barber Adagio for Strings Brahms Ein Deutsches Requiem

Friday 4 December, 7pm

thursday 10 December, 7.30pm

City of Birmingham Choir


£11, £16, £21, £26, £31, £36

10’ 8’ 68’

Brahms’s intensely moving Requiem, performed by Birmingham University’s Choir and Philharmonic Orchestra, offers a humane message of hope in its sentiment “Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.” Discounts available, please check when booking.

The London Welsh Male Voice Choir

Thomas Trotter organ

The annual Positively Red concert features music, dance, comedy and drama – and it will be a celebration of the many advances in HIV treatment, leading to longer, more productive lives.


Supported by The Patrick Trust, in aid of Muscular Dystrophy Campaign and THSH.

Friday Night Classics: Winter Wonderland Friday 11 December, 7.30pm

£15, £19.50, £25

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


British Police Symphony Orchestra Saturday 5 December, 7.30PM

SATURDAY 12 December, 8pm

£10, £15, £20


World AIDS Day 2009 - Positively Red Concert Monday 30 November, 7.30pm

Scott Matthews Plus support Friday 11 December, 8pm

Saturday 5 December, 7.30PM


Monday 30 November, 1pm

Handel Overture to Messiah (arr. Best) Bach Three Chorale-Preludes on ‘Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland’ Messiaen Les Bergers; Dessiens Eternels; Dieu parmi nous (from La Nativité du Seigneur) Reger Fantasy on the Chorale ‘Wachet auf, ruft uns die stimme’

Kate rusby at christmas

Handel’s Messiah

SUNDAY 29 November, 6pm

Andris Nelsons conductor Nikolai Lugansky piano Liadov The Enchanted Lake Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No 3 ˇ Symphony No 8 Dvorák

Coming Soon

University of Birmingham Choir and Philharmonic Orchestra

Great Romantics Saturday 28 November, 7pm Wednesday 2 December, 2.15pm

Black voices christmas concert

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

SATURDAY 19 December, 7.30pm

Monday 7 December, 7.30pm

With guest appearance by the Town Hall Gospel Choir.

Performed by Clive Francis


£15 Under 16s £7.50

Festive favourites with Alan Titchmarsh

Free admission

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

Handel’s Messiah

SUNDAY 20 - TUESDAY 22 DECEMBER £9.50, £17.50, £24, £29.50, £34.50, £37.50, £39.50

Tuesday 8 December, 7pm

City of Birmingham Choir £12, £16, £24, £28

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Wednesday 9 December, 7.30pm

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£11.50, £15.50, £21.50, £26.50, £33.50, £37.50

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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 Presented in association with Birmingham Jazz.

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Sunday 4 October, 11am – 4pm

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

Free fun-packed day of music, dance and all things carnival to celebrate Town Hall’s 175th birthday. Mask making, craft activities, performances by The Notebenders and The Infusion Ensemble, dance workshops and much, much more. Something special for all the family.

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

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This event is FREE.

THE CLASSIC BUSKERS Saturday 7 November, 11am

The Classic Buskers lead us on an exploration of panpipes, crumhorns, ocarinas of various shapes and sizes, the swanee whistle, nose flute, electric saxophone and rubber chicken, with a chance for curious children to come up on stage and see the instruments at close hand, and even try some of them out! Adults £5, 60plus £4.50, under 16s £2.50 Family Ticket (4 people, minimum 1 adult and 1 child) £12

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Friday 18 December, 7.30pm

Thursday 31 December, 5pm & 9.30pm

Friday 9 October, 11am

White Christmas

New Year’s Eve Gala

Friday 30 October, 11am

Saturday 19 December, 7.30pm

Friday 1 January, 3pm

Carols by Candlelight

Johann Strauss Gala

Wednesday 23 December, 7.30pm

Saturday 2 January, 3pm

Christmas Carol Singalong

Glenn Miller Orchestra

Thursday 24 December, 3pm

Sunday 3 January, 3pm

Christmas Eve Classics

Sunday Afternoon at the Symphony

Thursday 5 November, 11am Wednesday 18 November, 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

Sunday 27 December, 7.30pm

Friday 16 October, 11am

Last Night of the Christmas Proms

Tuesday 20 October, 11am

Monday 28 December, 7.30pm Simply Gershwin

Thursday 19 November,11am


Tuesday 29 December, 7.30pm

Wednesday 23 December – Sunday 3 January* Live on stage!

A Night at the Opera

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!

Wednesday 30 December, 7.30pm The Sound of Musicals

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

Friday 27 November, 11am

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.

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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), Andrew Eccles, Decca (Renée Fleming), Balint Hrotko (Guajiro Mirabel), Eric Richmond (The Classic Buskers), Martial Trouillez (Bill Wyman), Oliver Mark (Ludovico Einaudi), James Ashby (Ex Cathedra), Mark Harrison (The Sixteen Choir), Robert Hoffman (Ladysmith Black Mambazo). Design by Cogent Elliott.

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EDUCATION & COMMUNITY 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. 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. 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.

October & November Events FREEDOM TOWN

Monday 16 November, Symphony Hall

A practical and interactive exploration of the Science of Sound for Year 5 pupils, with South American group Caliche. Investigate the maths and mechanics of the pipe organ, peek deep inside the ear, and creatively explore theories of acoustics, sound waves and vibrations. This 6-week project begins with a visit to Symphony Hall, and concludes with making a simple instrument and a music making session.

For teachers and musicians leading music with young people who have special needs, physical, and learning disabilities.

For more information contact 0121 644 6051 or

Tuesday 6 October, Town Hall

This exciting multimedia performance is the culmination of seven months of creative discovery and collaboration focusing on two unique cities. Schools in Birmingham and Freetown, Sierra Leone have used poetry and jazz to explore the notion of ‘freedom’. Working with Town Hall’s Associate Artists, they have created a vibrant evening of dance, song, spoken word, visual art and multimedia. Tickets are free of charge but must be booked through Box Office.


Learn about the best techniques and technologies, share skills and stories and try out the Patrick Music and Multimedia Studio and its equipment. For anyone working with music in school, mainstream or special, youth clubs, health settings, support groups. For further information contact 0121 236 7978 or 42

Spotlight on…… Science of Sound

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

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


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

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


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


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.

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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.

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. 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.


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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Donors Alan Woodfield Ann Copsey Big Sky Banners Birmingham Decorative & Fine Arts Society The Chatwin Trust Coutts Charitable Trust The Garfield Weston Foundation The George Cadbury Trust The GNC Trust The Golsoncott Foundation Grantham Yorke Trust Grimmitt Trust The 29th May 1961 Charitable Trust The Owen Family Trust The Patrick Trust Peter & Jane How Trust Redman Fisher Engineering Rotary International in Great Britain and Ireland 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 or contact our Development Team on 0121 644 5010 or 0121 644 5075. You can also make a donation online or organise your own fundraising event for Town Hall and Symphony Hall through Just Giving For volunteering enquiries, please email

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Frank Carson

175 Today! Birthday Carnival Open Day

An Afternoon with Pam Ayres

Sun 11

Ladysmith Black Mambazo Prom Praise

Fri 16 Sat 17

Tchaikovsky and Dvorák ˇ

Thu 29

Jimmy Carr

Fri 6

BBC Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert

CBSO The Planets

CBSO The Planets

Tue 10

Thu 12

An Evening with Jack Jones CBSO Friday Night Classics: The Wild Wild West City of Birmingham Choir Ryuichi Sakamoto: Playing the Piano

Thu 19 Fri 20 Sat 21 Sun 22

Ex Cathedra: Elgar's The Dream of Gerontius Ex Cathedra: Elgar's The Dream of Gerontius

CBSO Great Romantics University of Birmingham Choir and Philharmonic Orchestra

Sat 28 Sun 29


Soweto Kinch Thomas Trotter


World AIDS Day 2009 - Positively Red Concert

Lunchtime Organ Concert

Steeleye Span

Fri 27

Mon 30

Raymond Froggatt: Blue and Gold Tour Alison Moyet

Thu 26

Stewart Lee

Orchestra of the Swan: Music to Lift the Spirit CBSO Nelsons Conducts Bruckner's Third

Paul Carrack in Concert Wed 25

An Audience with Sally Morgan

Lunchtime Organ Concert

Birmingham Inspired - A Concert

Alaap, Heera and Mona: 175TH Birthday Bhangra Bash

CBSO Haydn 200: II

Lunchtime Organ Concert

Celebrating Darwin: Is Human Evolution Over?

Tue 24

Beverley Knight

BBC Big Band: Johnny Mercer, A Centenary Celebration

Bryn Terfel: Bad Boys

Wed 18

Mon 23

Ed Byrne - Different Class


Mon 16

Sunday Morning Coffee Concert

CBSO Family Concert: Heroes and Villains

Bill Wyman's Rhythm Kings

Murray Perahia Plays Bach and Mozart Sun 15

Show of Hands with Miranda Sykes Fri 13

Rob Brydon

Lunchtime Organ Concert

100 Years at the Woodlands: A Gala Concert

Jimmy Webb & The Webb Brothers Mon 9

Elkie Brooks in Concert

Children's Event: The Classic Buskers

Salsa Celtica

Steve Earle plus support

Sun 8

CBSO Jansen Plays Sibelius

CBSO Jansen Plays Sibelius

Sat 7

Alesha Dixon

In Love… with Renée Fleming

Thu 5

Town Hall, Birmingham and World War II

Lunchtime Organ Concert

Tue 3

Town Hall, Birmingham and World War II

CBSO Youth Orchestra

Midlands Festival of Remembrance

Town Hall

Halloween Silent Movie Special:The Phantom of the Opera (1925)

Mon 2

Symphony Hall

Tim Minchin: Ready For This?

Wishbone Ash and The Hamsters

CBSO Haydn 200: I

Sun 1


Sat 31

John Williams' Heroes

CBSO Friday Night Classics:

The RAF in Concert

Wed 28

Fri 30

An Evening with Ludovico Einaudi

Tue 27

Lunchtime Organ Concert The Proclaimers

All-Stars in a Tribute to Tito Puente

175TH Birthday Salsa Ball: Grupo X

Mon 26

Inspiring Masses

Sat 24

BBC Big Band: Gershwin & Soul

Handel's Israel in Egypt


Fri 23

A Hansom Building: Town Hall, Ancient and Modern

Sun 25

CBSO Major Thirds

An English Rose - Tasmin Little plays The Lark Ascending

Thu 22

A Black Country Night Out

Lunchtime Organ Concert

Celebrity Piano Recital: Imogen Cooper

Wed 21

David Essex

Sunday Morning Coffee Concert

Mary Black in Concert

Maximum Rhythm 'n' Blues: A Night At The Flamingo

Zero 7 plus guests

A Hall for all Seasons: 175 Years of Classical Music

Lunchtime Organ Concert

The Old Dance School, The Toy Hearts and The Destroyers

Bollywood Steps

Tue 20

Mon 19

Paul Potts

Gergiev, Mariinsky and the CBSO

Thu 15

Sun 18

Gergiev, Mariinsky and the CBSO

Wed 14

Tue 13

Mon 12

CBSO The Force of Destiny

Sat 10

The Best of the West End

Bollywood Steps

Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club

Thu 8 Fri 9

Richard Hawley

Wed 7

CBSO Friday Night Classics:

Freedom Town Russian Romantics

Tue 6

175TH Birthday Organ Concert

Jane McDonald - Live!

Sun 4

Town Hall 175TH Birthday Concert: Handel's Messiah

175TH Anniversary Tea Dances

Town Hall

Mon 5

Rob Brydon

A Tribute to Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan

CBSO Remembering Nusrat:

An Evening with Joan Baez

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HOW TO REACH US 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

THSH What's On Guide October & November 2009  

Guide to events and concerts at Town Hall and Symphony Hall, Birmingham during August and September 2009.