Tony Bennett, Joan Armatrading and Sir John Tomlinson have all contributed comments
Leading reviews website ranks Symphony Hall No 1 Birmingham Attraction
Birmingham’s world famous and much admired Symphony Hall is celebrating its 21st anniversary. Now the favourite city landmark, currently ranked No 1 of 154 Birmingham attractions on the influential reviews website Trip Advisor, has launched a campaign to find out ‘What Symphony Hall Means To You’. Artists including Tony Bennett and Joan Armatrading have already added comments, and the hall is inviting concert-goers and the Birmingham public to join the conversation.
The audiences in Birmingham are exceptionally warm and welcoming and they are so fortunate to have this beautiful Symphony Hall right in their home town … one of my favourite places to perform…
In 21 years of bringing great music to Birmingham, Symphony Hall has welcomed major international artists from across the musical spectrum from Liza Minnelli to Ravi Shankar, Jean Michel Jarre to Lang Lang and Morrissey to its resident orchestra the CBSO. It has provided a stage for local and national musical organisations from choral societies to Birmingham Music Service galas and the National Festival of Music For Youth. And its own Education & Community department enables 18,000 people of all ages to participate in its wide ranging activities each year.
Some of the many messages already posted on the hall’s display board include: “Watching my 7 year old niece sing in her school choir – I’ll never forget the excitement on her faceâ€ and â€œA place to listen to music, be inspired, laugh, feel safe, and switch off from the world outsideâ€.
Meanwhile reviewers at Trip Advisor say â€œYou could listen to a recital of the yellow pages and still enjoy itâ€ and â€œOnce you’ve been here anything else in the UK is definitely second bestâ€.
Andrew Jowett, Director of Town Hall & Symphony Hall, has led Symphony Hall since before it opened, â€œOver 10 million people have visited Symphony Hall since 1991 to enjoy, participate in and learn more about music and thousands more have taken part as performers or graduates. In this special year, we wanted to collect and record some individual highlights by inviting people to share their memories and tell us what Symphony Hall means to them and to the City of Birmingham. We’re hoping to capture a wide range of recollections, so whether you’re an audience member or artist, sang on stage as a child, worked as a steward in your student days, or are taking part in a current project, we’d love to hear from you.â€
Notes to Editors
Symphony Hall 21st Anniversary Festival runs from January to July and includes music, comedy, dance, film, family events and more. www.thsh.co.uk/sh21
From Trip Advisor
â€œThis concert venue is so beautiful you could listen to a recital of the yellow pages and still enjoy it. Sumptuous and has aged so wellâ€ – Englandman13 via Trip Advisor
â€œOnce you’ve been here anything else in the UK is definitely second bestâ€ – Chris_at_KN via Trip Advisor
JOANARMATRADING: â€œIt is a must for me to know that on my tours around the world, Birmingham Symphony Hall is at the top of the list. Having grown up in Birmingham, I feel really proud that this city has one of the finest concert halls in the UK. It’s always a highlight to play to the audiences in this wonderful theatre. Happy 21st Symphony Hall.â€
TONYBENNETT: The audiences in Birmingham are exceptionally warm and welcoming and they are so fortunate to have this beautiful Symphony Hall right in their home town. I look forward to seeing everyone again as it is one of my favorite places to perform and hope the Birmingham Symphony Hall has many more anniversaries to celebrate”
JIMMYCARR: â€œPerformances at Symphony Hall feel very intimate – the sound is crystal clear and so I always hear the hecklers in the back row.â€
SIRJOHNTOMLINSON: â€œSo many happy memories of Wagner, Verdi, Bartok, Weill, Elgar etc over the past 21 years. Many happy returns.â€
JOHNBARROWMAN: â€œHappy b-day Symphony Hall I always look forward to performing here!â€
From the ‘What Symphony Hall Means To You’ message board
â€œOne of my favourite memories at Symphony Hall is watching my 7 year old niece sing in her school choir. I’ll never forget the excitement on her face. I really enjoyed the whole concert, which showed off what a talented bunch of youngsters Birmingham has.â€
â€œFantastic performances! Amazing Artists! Lively environment! Friendly atmosphere!â€
â€œSuperb – Perfomances acoustics and staff. The UK’s best by far. Brum be proud!â€
â€œI particularly remember the arrival of a huge organ pipe by canal barge. We were invited to witness this having donated to the organ fund. Some time later we came to the inaugural performance and were blown away by the magnificent sound of this wonderful instrument.â€
â€œGreat gigs and free jazz (in both sense of the phrase)â€
â€œA place to listen to music, be inspired, laugh, feel safe, and switch off from the world outside.â€
Town Hall and Symphony Hall are managed together by Performances Birmingham Limited, a Registered Charity No 1053937. Between them, the two halls present an exciting and varied programme of over 600 concerts and events a year, designed to appeal to people of all ages and backgrounds. Over 500,000 people visit Town Hall and Symphony Hall annually, and almost 12,000 young people and 6,000 adults participate in the thriving Education and Community programme.
Town Hall Birmingham re-opened in October 2007 following a Â£35m renovation funded by Birmingham City Council (Â£18.3m), Heritage Lottery Fund (Â£13.7m), European Regional Development Fund (Â£3m).
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Issued 21 May 2012