Issued: 9 March


FRIDAY 24 APRIL 2009, 7.30PM
£25 / £29.50

Event Info

Iconic British singer-songwriter Elvis Costello and the internationally acclaimed Brodsky Quartet will visit Symphony Hall Birmingham for a rare and intimate performance of classic songs and new arrangements on 24 April.

Costello will perform seminal tracks including the 1983 anti-Falklands War song Shipbuilding rearranged as a melancholy tango, early hip hop influenced track Pills and Soap and an intense new version of Bedlam, his acclaimed 2005 critique of human disasters.

The performance will include tender and witty reworkings of songs such as My Mood Swings, which first appeared in cult film The Big Lebowski and Oscar nominated classic The Scarlet Tide co-composed with T Bone Burnett, as well as folk ballads powerfully adapted for strings and voice. Several of the rearrangements have been newly written, and include songs that are still to be recorded.

Offering an exceptional opportunity to see one of the world?s greatest songwriters and vocalists up close and personal, the concert also celebrates one of the most authentic and powerful partnerships in music today. Costello?s vocals and thought-provoking lyrics, laid bare against the lush, sweeping strings of The Brodsky Quartet promise a truly unique and starkly beautiful live experience.

Costello-Brodsky collaboration, art pop album The Juliet Letters, gained international recognition, went on to win the prestigious Dutch Edison Award and was applauded by many music critics – from Rolling Stone magazine to the New York Times.

Costello has carved a path of musical curiosity and exploration in a career spanning more than 30 years, collaborating with acclaimed artists including his wife Diana Krall, Burt Bacharach, Paul McCartney and Sting.

The Brodsky Quartet are at the forefront of the international music scene and combine a love and mastery of the traditional string quartet repertoire in addition to pioneering work with a diverse range of performing artists including singers Sting, Dawn Upshaw and Bjork.


Notes to editors

Elvis Costello & The Brodsky Quartet
Symphony Hall, Birmingham
Friday 24 April 2009, 7.30pm
£25 / £29.50—-the-brodsky-quartet

Elvis Costello is well known for his musical eclecticism and innovative and influential songwriting capabilities. Having originally been linked with the punk and new wave explosion, his music has since drawn on dozens of genres. Tonight he joins pioneering Brodsky String Quartet for an evening to celebrate their longstanding collaborations.

Since its formation in 1972 the Brodsky Quartet has performed over 2000 concerts on the major stages of the world and released more than 50 recordings. A natural curiosity and insatiable desire to explore has propelled the group in many artistic directions and continues to ensure them not only a place at the very forefront of the international chamber music scene but also a rich and varied musical existence. Their energy and craftmanship have attracted numerous awards and accolades worldwide, while ongoing educational work provides a vehicle for passing on experience and staying in touch with the next generation.

Daniel Rowland, violin
Ian Belton, violin
Jacqueline Thomas, cello
Paul Cassidy, viola

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).