Duran Duran Star to present THSH sponsored award supporting young local talent

Last month, the Birmingham Music Awards announced that Town Hall Symphony Hall Birmingham will be sponsoring their Rising Star Award, which celebrates exemplary young artists from the Midlands. Today they have announced that Duran Duran founding member John Taylor will present the Rising Star Award on May 2nd.

A shy only child, Nigel John Taylor wasn't an obvious candidate for pop stardom. But when he ditched his first name and picked up a bass guitar, everything changed. Duran Duran were an immediate, global success story, creating some of the greatest and best-loved songs of our time.

Birmingham is where the Duran Duran journey began. We formed in 1978, playing Barbarella’s and many other venues around town, eventually becoming resident band at The Rum Runner. We signed our major label deal and the rest is history. I like to keep in touch with new and aspiring musicians and musical artists – it’s where the energy is – and I love coming back home and rekindling my passion for the city, so I was honoured to be invited to participate in the first Birmingham Music Awards. It’s going to be a great night for the local scene!

John Taylor, Duran Duran
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Town Hall and Symphony Hall Birmingham have long supported talented young musicians, with outreach programmes and public initiatives working across the Midlands to encourage more young people to pursue their love of the arts.

We are thrilled to be supporting Birmingham Music Awards in recognising the emerging local talent this city has to offer. I hope that winners of this Rising Star Award will one day be headlining sell-out solo concerts in Symphony Hall following in the footsteps of artists including Kraftwerk, Robert Plant and Beverley Knight.

Nick Reed, Chief Executive Officer for Town Hall Symphony Hall

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