Before her performance at Symphony Hall last night, the legendary Dionne Warwick was invited to speak to invited guests about celebrating Birmingham Black History Month.
Attended by the Lord Mayor of Birmingham, Councillor Yvonne Mosquito, Vice Lord-Lieutenant for the West Midlands, Beverly Lindsay and Honorary Consul for Lithuania, Keith Stokes-Smith, the private event shone a spotlight on what has become an important feature on the City’s event calendar.
Having worked with songwriters Burt Bacharach and Hal David, Warwick not only ranks among the 40 biggest hit makers of the entire rock era, selling over 25 million albums worldwide, but has received awards for her positive impact to society on top of her hard work and talent.
Paulette Francis-Green, one of the partners for Birmingham Black History Month said:
I am so proud to have been in the company of Ms Warwick, who is a trailblazer with her songs and performances. I grew up with her songs, in particular ‘Anyone Who Had A Heart’ and ‘Walk On By’. Black music has been profound in how it has challenged the injustices of being a person of colour around the world. Music can empower, motivate and encourage all to break down barriers.
On September 20 the Soul/Pop legend took to the Symphony Hall stage and performed some of the most beautifully written classics from 5 decades as part of her 2018 tour, Don’t Make Me Come Over, performing classic hits Walk On By, Any One Who Had A Heart, Do You Know The Way To San Jose, Don’t Make Me Over, Heartbreaker and many more.
Town Hall Symphony Hall’s Chaplain, Elaine Hutchinson said:
It was a phenomenal event! It was lovely to see Dionne Warwick, I never thought I’d actually get to see her in my lifetime, so to be so up close and personal and to be part of Black History Month which is so important for black people in the West Midlands is amazing.
Town Hall, and more recently Symphony Hall, have been the focal point for monumental moment’s in Birmingham’s black history and are delighted to be working closely with Birmingham Black History Month throughout October to share some of these stories.