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DUKE OF GLOUCESTER TO VISIT TOWN HALL TO UNVEIL PRESTIGIOUS BIRMINGHAM CIVIC SOCIETY AWARD

Issued 10 July

FRIDAY 11 JULY

HRH The Duke of Gloucester will present Town Hall Birmingham with a prestigious award on behalf of Birmingham Civic Society, unveiling a commemorative plaque at a ceremony tomorrow (Friday 11 July).

The Renaissance Award recognises the scale and quality of restoration work on the Grade 1 listed concert hall, which reopened in October 2007 following a £35million renovation project funded by Birmingham City Council, Heritage Lottery Fund and the European Regional Development Fund.

Civic Society chairman Dr. Freddie Gick said, ‘This award acknowledges the tremendous work which has gone in to restoring and conserving this city landmark for future generations. Birmingham Civic Society is proud to be associated with Town Hall Birmingham’.

Andrew Jowett, Director of Town Hall and Symphony Hall said, ‘We are delighted to accept the Renaissance Award from Birmingham Civic Society on behalf of all those responsible for the hugely successful renovation of Town Hall. The much loved historic landmark is now truly a building for the 21st century, presenting concerts and events for people of all ages and backgrounds in Birmingham and beyond, and enabling us to fulfil our ambition to celebrate the past and pioneer the future.’

Town Hall Birmingham joins Moor St Station (2005), St James’ Church, Edgbaston (2005) and Handsworth Park (2006) as winners of the award.

HRH The Duke of Gloucester will also attend performances at Town Hall and Symphony Hall by children as part of the Music For Youth Festival before meeting Lincoln Abbotts, Chief Executive of Music For Youth and young performers at Symphony Hall. Over 10,000 musicians, singers and dancers come together to perform in the National Festival of Music for Youth in the city between 7-12 July.

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Please note: A host photographer has been organised by Performances Birmingham. Images from the day will be made available as soon as possible.

Note to Editors
The Birmingham Civic Society works to encourage pride and interest in the city through preservation work, tree planting schemes, education projects and events raising awareness of heritage and history.
Originally designed by Joseph Hansom and completed in 1834, the imposing neo-classical Town Hall has hosted a wide variety of events ranging from political speeches from Joseph Chamberlain to premieres of work by Mendelssohn, and performances by Count Basie, The Beatles and Bob Dylan amongst others.
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.
Music for Youth is an educational charity with a worldwide reputation for its work in music education. It provides free access to educational and performance opportunities for all kinds of groups of young musicians and audiences through a nationwide series of festivals and concerts.