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Leading UK music organisation announces biggest autumn season of contemporary music to date

DAVIDBYRNE & ST VINCENT, LAURAMARLING, BILLYBRAGG, SWIMDEEPANDMORESET TO PLAYICONICBIRMINGHAMVENUES

TOWNHALL & SYMPHONYHALLBIRMINGHAM
+ HARE & HOUNDS, THEJAMHOUSE, CBSOCENTRE, UNIVERSITY OF BIRMINGHAM + MORE
SEPTEMBERNOVEMBER 2013

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UK music organisation Town Hall and Symphony Hall Birmingham (THSH) has announced its biggest autumn season of contemporary music to date, featuring over 70 performances from major UK and international artists between September and November 2013.

The season opens at Symphony Hall on Wednesday 28 August with one of just three UK concert hall dates from David Byrne & St Vincent, and goes on to include performances from Jack Johnson (Thursday 12 September, Symphony Hall), Laura Marling (Tuesday 1 October, Symphony Hall), Bryan Ferry (Tuesday 19 November, Symphony Hall) and Billy Bragg (Sunday 24 November, Symphony Hall).

Around 70,000 music fans are expected to visit the two city venues over the coming months for gigs and events including a one-off show from acid-jazz pioneers The Brand New Heavies (Friday 6 September, Town Hall), The Heritage Orchestra’s Live_Transmission: Joy Division Reworked (Saturday 28 September, Symphony Hall), broadcaster and author Stuart Maconie’s The People’s Songs (Wednesday 16 October, Town Hall) and Soul Caribbean featuring Town Hall Gospel Choir (Wednesday 23 October, Town Hall).

Artists opening their tours at the venues include LeAnn Rimes (Saturday 14 September, Symphony Hall), Mott The Hoople (Monday 11 November, Symphony Hall) and Madeleine Peyroux (Wednesday 20 November, Town Hall). Following the release of their debut album Where The Heaven Are We Now, Birmingham buzz band SWIMDEEP play an anticipated show in their home city (Friday 20 September, Town Hall).

Jazzlines, Town Hall Symphony Hall’s dynamic programme of live jazz performances and education projects across Birmingham, brings artists from across the globe to various city venues; amongst them are Swedish drumming legend Magnus Öström (Friday 13 September, Adrian Boult Hall), Birmingham modern day marching band Young Pilgrims (Thursday 26 September, Hare and Hounds), US saxophonist David Murray with his Infinity Quartet (Friday 18 October, CBSO Centre), and South African trumpeter Hugh Masekela & US master pianist Larry Willis (Saturday 16 November, Town Hall).

THSH – a registered charity – also promote the Birmingham International Concert Season (BICS), which is one of the biggest classical seasons in the UK brings the world’s finest orchestras and artists. The organisation also welcomes over half a million music fans each year.

Full programme details http://www.thsh.co.uk

ENDS

NOTES TO EDITOR

Images

Selected hi-res images of artists appearing in the THSH autumn season of contemporary music can be found here
Images of Town Hall and Symphony Hall can be found here
Further images are available on request

Listings

Full listings for the THSH autumn season of contemporary music can be found here

Links

http://www.thsh.co.uk
http://www.facebook.com/townhallsymphonyhall
http://www.twitter.com/thshbirmingham
http://open.spotify.com/user/townhallsymphonyhall

Background

Town Hall and Symphony Hall are managed together by Performances Birmingham Limited, a Registered Charity No 1053937. Between them, the two halls present an exciting and varied programme of over 600 concerts and events a year, connecting people of all ages and backgrounds to music from jazz, folk, world, roots and classical, to rock and pop. Over 500,000 people visit Town Hall and Symphony Hall annually, and almost 12,000 young people and 6,000 adults participate in the thriving Education and Community programme.

Supported by Birmingham City Council
Supported using public funding by Arts Council England

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).

Jazzlines is supported by the PRS for Music Foundation www.prsformusicfoundation.com

Media enquiries

Fiona Fraser / Lyle Bignon / Abi Barrington
Communications Manager / Assistant Communications Manager / Communications Assistant
E fiona.fraser@thsh.co.uk / lyle.bignon@thsh.co.uk / abi.barrington@thsh.co.uk
T 0121 644 5008 / 0121 644 6028 / 0121 644 6078 (Direct)

Issue date

Monday 12 August 2013