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HANDEL'S MESSIAH HERALDS TOWN HALL'S 175TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATIONS AND OPENS BIRMINGHAM INTERNATIONAL CONCERT SEASON

Issued: 9 September 2009

TOWNHALL 175TH BIRTHDAYCONCERT: HANDEL’S MESSIAH
SATURDAY 3 OCTOBER 2009, 7pm
TOWNHALL, BIRMINGHAM

Event Info

Town Hall Birmingham celebrates its 175th birthday on 3 October when Harry Christophers conducts The Sixteen in what is sure to be a thrilling performance of Handel?s Messiah. Featuring soloists Gillian Keith, Catherine Wyn-Rogers, John Mark Ainsley and Christopher Purves this performance of the most popular oratorio ever written will open both Town Hall?s 175TH anniversary series and the 2009/10 Birmingham International Concert Season.

The Sixteen was founded in 1979 by conductor Harry Christophers who can?t wait to perform Messiah at Town Hall this October… ?It is a wonderful honour for us, in this our thirtieth anniversary year, to be celebrating Town Hall?s 175th anniversary.? Comprising both choir and period instrument orchestra, The Sixteen won the prestigious MIDEM Classical Award 2009 for their recent recording of Handel?s Messiah. With such experience behind them Christophers promises a night not to be missed – ?Messiah is not simply a collection of exquisite arias and brilliantly vivid choruses; it is an entertainment which, in our performance, will test your emotions and will ultimately be an inspiration to everyone, both performer and listener alike.?

Successfully premièred in Dublin in 1741, Handel?s oratorio was initially rejected in England but by 1834, when Town Hall was built, it was a choral favourite and was performed at every Birmingham Triennial Music Festival (held until 1912). The choral festivals, which Town Hall was built to house, were internationally renowned, drawing thousands of people to Birmingham to hear the very best in classical music and establishing an international musical reputation for the city.

Originally opened in October 1834 and re-opened in October 2007, Town Hall now marks its 175TH anniversary with a series of events that celebrate aspects of its rich history with music, talks, dance, film and more. More information is available at www.thsh.co.uk/175th.

The Town Hall 175TH Birthday Concert: Handel?s Messiah featuring Harry Christophers and The Sixteen is at Town Hall Birmingham on Saturday 3 October at 7pm. Tickets available from the box office on 0121 780 3333 or online at www.thsh.co.uk

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Note to Editors
CONCERTLISTING

TOWNHALL 175TH BIRTHDAYCONCERT: HANDEL?S MESSIAH
The Sixteen Choir and Orchestra
Harry Christophers conductor
Gillian Keith soprano
Catherine Wyn-Rogers mezzo soprano
John Mark Ainsley tenor
Chris Purves baritone
Handel: The Messiah

Tickets £5-£40 (discounts available)

Link to concert page: http://www.thsh.co.uk/view/town-hall-175th-birthday-concert—handels-messiah
Town Hall 175th anniversary: www.thsh.co.uk/175th

SERIESEVENTLISTINGS (classical events highlighted)

Thu 1 Oct, 11.30am & 3pm
TOWNHALLDANCES with the Garry Allcock All-Stars Band

Sat 3 Oct, 7pm
TOWNHALL 175TH BIRTHDAYCONCERT: HANDEL?S MESSIAH
Harry Christophers conducts The Sixteen

Sun 4 Oct, 11am-4pm
175 TODAY! BIRTHDAYCARNIVALOPENDAY

Mon 5 Oct, 7.30pm
175TH BIRTHDAYORGANCONCERT: THOMASTROTTER

Fri 9 Oct, 8pm (learn the steps from 7.30pm)
Sat 10 Oct, 3pm (learn the steps from 2.30pm), Sat 10 Oct, 8pm (learn the steps from 7.30pm)
Victoria Square, Birmingham
nutkhut?s BOLLYWOODSTEPS created by Simmy Gupta
Introduced by Bobby Friction

Sun 11 Oct, 7pm
THEOLDDANCESCHOOL, THETOYHEARTS & THEDESTROYERS

Mon 12 Oct, 3.30pm
A HALLFORALLSEASONS: 175 YEARS OF CLASSICALMUSIC
Illustrated talk by Lyndon Jenkins and Beresford King-Smith

Wed 21 Oct, 7.30pm
A HANSOMBUILDING: TOWNHALL, ANCIENTANDMODERN
Talk by Barry Adams and Anthony Peers

Sat 24 Oct, 7pm-2am
175TH BIRTHDAYSALSABALL: GRUPO X ALL-STARS IN A TRIBUTE TO TITOPUENTE
Compere Rohan Brown

Sat 31 Oct, 7.30pm
HALLOWEENSILENTMOVIESPECIAL: PHANTOM OF THEOPERA (1925)
Improvised organ accompaniment by Nigel Ogden

Mon 2 Nov, 2.30pm & 6.30pm
TOWNHALL, BIRMINGHAMANDWORLDWAR II
Talk by Professor Carl Chinn with live music from Garry Allcock and his All-Stars Band

Sun 15 Nov, 3pm
CELEBRATINGDARWIN: IS HUMANEVOLUTIONOVER?
Talk by Professor Steve Jones

Sat 21 Nov, 7.30pm (doors open 7pm)
ALAAP, HEERAANDMONA: 175TH BIRTHDAYBHANGRABASH

Fri 27 Nov, 8pm
STEELEYESPAN – 40TH ANNIVERSARYTOUR

Sat 28 Nov, 7.30pm
Sun 29 Nov, 4pm
ELGAR?S THEDREAM OF GERONTIUS
With Ex Cathedra and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment

Wed 2 Dec, 7.30pm
CAPSULE 10TH BIRTHDAYCONCERT

Mon 7 Dec, 7.30pm
A CHRISTMASCAROL BY CHARLESDICKENS, PERFORMED BY CLIVEFRANCIS

Wed 9 Dec, 7.30-m
SIRWILLARDWHITE: ROBESON RE-EXPLORED
Sponsored by Jamaica National Building Society

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).

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