Issued: 17 November


1 DECEMBER 2008 – 5 JANUARY 2009

Event infomation can be found at the foot of the page

A sparkling programme of Christmas treats lies ahead at Town Hall & Symphony Hall this December, with a huge selection of performances ranging from traditional carol concerts to musical film and laser spectaculars at Birmingham?s leading concert venues.

From the traditional…

Sing Carols with the City Organist starts the Christmas countdown at Town Hall on Monday 1 December with broadcaster Jeremy Nicholas and the Cambrian Brass Quintet. Organist Thomas Trotter will also accompany the choristers of Lichfield Cathedral for a traditional and always popular Lunchtime Christmas Music concert at Symphony Hall on 9 December.

In full period costume, the Mozart Festival Chorus evoke the festive spirits of the 18th century for an evening of Carols by Candlelight, led by conductor Steven Devine and with soprano Laura Parfitt in the elegant setting of Symphony Hall on Saturday 20 December at 7.30pm.

The London Concert Orchestra and three exquisite soloists perform a wonderful mix of famous seasonal pieces in the Christmas Gala at Symphony Hall on Tuesday 23 December 7.30pm, and is introduced by TV presenter Penny Smith.

Soprano Camilla Roberts and Wynne Evans join the LCO and conductor John Pryce-Jones in a wonderful Last Night of the Christmas Proms concert, with all the classics – including Hornpipe, Land of Hope and Glory, Nessun Dorma and Rule! Britannia – at Symphony Hall on Sunday 28 December.

Close 2008 in style with the New Year?s Eve Concert at Birmingham?s beautifully renovated Town Hall – featuring a packed programme of Proms favourites alongside famous works by Strauss, Rossini, Mendelssohn and more – start the celebrations early with this matinee performance!

Banish those January blues with two charming, fully staged ballet productions from St Petersburg Ballet Theatre featuring Tchaikovsky?s luscious scores, spectacular choreography, and the extraordinarily talented dancer Irina Kolesnikova. The Sleeping Beauty and Swan Lake are at Symphony Hall on Sunday 4 January (matinee) and Monday 5 January.

…to something a little different.

Alternatively, enjoy something a little different at Town Hall and Symphony Hall this December with a Christmas stocking packed with original performances and concerts.

With a Town Hall line-up that includes a visit on Wednesday 10 December from swinging glamour girls The Puppini Sisters, the legendary Buena Vista Social Club songstress Omara Portuondo on Saturday 13 December and stomping folk favourites Bellowhead in a performance on Tuesday 16 December, there is something for everyone.

Escape from the Christmas rush and grab a couple of hours of sublime music with Town Hall Associate Artists and jazz masters the BBC Big Band with special guest Matthew Ford on Friday 12 December or swap the mince pies, mulled wine and tinsel for rock ‘n’ roll high jinks with Midlands legend Roy Wood on Wednesday 17 December. No Christmas would be complete without the female a capella gospel group Black Voices performing on 19 December.

TV star Robert Powell introduces Blockbusters! Music From The Movies at Symphony Hall on Monday 29 December – a fantastic night of unforgettable musical themes from award winning films such as Mission Impossible, Indiana Jones, Gladiator, Batman and The Lord of the Rings amongst others.

Symphony Hall hosts an evening of interplanetary travel with music from hit sci-fi films such as Star Wars, Superman, Thunderbirds and E.T. performed by the London Concert Orchestra to a light and laser extravaganza – Space Classics lands on Tuesday 30 December.

For times, prices and further details visit www.thsh.co.uk or call the Town Hall & Symphony Hall Box Office on 0121 780 3333.


Notes to Editors


Sing Carols With The City Organist
Town Hall Monday 1 December 1pm £8

Lunchtime Christmas Music
Symphony Hall Tuesday 9 December 1pm £8

The Puppini Sisters Christmas Special
Town Hall Wednesday 10 December 8pm Town Hall £12.50 / £18.50

A Swinging Christmas feat. The BBC Big Band
Town Hall Friday 12 December 7.30pm Town Hall £12.50 / £16.50 / £19.50

Omara Portuondo
Town Hall Saturday 13 December 7.30pm £19.50

Town Hall Tuesday 16 December 7.30pm £18.50

Roy Wood
Town Hall Wednesday 17 December 8pm £20

Maddy Prior & The Carnival Band
Town Hall Thursday 18 December 8pm £13.50 / £15 / £16.50

Black Voices: Hallelujah!
Town Hall Friday 19 December 7.30pm £15 Under 16s £10

Carols by Candlelight
Symphony Hall Saturday 20 December 7.30pm £10 / £15 / £20 / £24 / £27.50 / £32.50

Christmas Gala
Symphony Hall Wednesday 23 December 7.30pm £10 / £ 15 / £20 / £23.50 / £26 / £29.50

Last Night of the Christmas Proms
Symphony Hall Sunday 28 December 3pm £10 / £15 / £20 / £24 / £27.50 / £32.50

Blockbusters! Music From The Movies
Symphony Hall Monday 29 December 7.30pm £10 / £15 / £20 / £24 / £27.50 / £32.50

Space Classics
Symphony Hall Tuesday 30 December 7.30pm £10 / £15 / £20 / £24 / £27.50 / £32.50

New Year’s Eve Concert
Town Hall Wednesday 31 December 2pm £9 / £16.50 / £23 / £27.50 /£33

St Petersburg Ballet Theatre: The Sleeping Beauty
Symphony Hall Sunday 4 January 3pm £18 / £25 / £30 / £35 / £40

St Petersburg Ballet Theatre: Swan Lake
Symphony Hall Monday 5 January 7pm £18 / £25 / £30 / £35 / £40

Town Hall and Symphony Hall are managed together by Performances Birmingham Limited, a registered charity. 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 a thriving education/community department reaches a further 20,000 people of all ages.

Town Hall Birmingham re-opened in October 2007 following a £35m renovation funded by Birmingham City Council (£18.3m), Heritage Lottery Fund (£13.7m), European Regional Development Fund (£3m).