Town Hall and Symphony Hall Director, Andrew Jowett, has been honoured byBirmingham Civic Society with the award of a Gold Medal in recognition of ‘his significant contribution to Birmingham’s artistic reputation’.
Given to individuals who have made a significant contribution to life in Birmingham and who typically have not otherwise been formally recognised, only 37 Gold Medals have been awarded in the 93 years since the Society?s formation. The Gold Medal has often been the first of many honours to be heaped on these remarkable individuals and Andrew is now joining in company with Sir Simon Rattle, the architect WH Bidlake, founder of the Birmingham Rep Sir Barry Jackson and relief worker and promoter of improved housing Florence Barrow.
David Clarke, chair of Birmingham Civic Society explained: “Having opened in 1991Symphony Hall is acknowledged as one of the world?s greatest concert halls and thesource of great civic pride. From the outset, Andrew has been responsible for itsartistic programming, operation, and management and, with his team, is credited withhaving created an outstanding programme of activity at Symphony Hall that appeals toa wide audience – the classical programme being complemented by jazz, world music,folk, rock, pop and stand-up comedy – together with a community engagementprogramme that reaches 10,000 people each year. In 2007 Andrew oversaw thesuccessful re-opening of Town Hall, which has immediately regained its place at thecultural heart of Birmingham. It is in recognition of his contribution that the Trustees ofthe Civic Society have chosen to recognise Andrew in this way”
Andrew was awarded the Gold Medal following a ceremony during which Birmingham Symphony Hall itself was awarded the Birmingham Civic Society?s prestigious Forward Prize for the breadth of its programme combined with its proactive engagement with the local community.