Lyndon Jenkins: Mainly for Pleasure


UPDATE Full programme now announced

Thursday 25 September, 12.30pm
Town Hall Birmingham

A concert to celebrate the life of former Town Hall & Symphony Hall Music Adviser,Lyndon Jenkins, is to be held at Town Hall on Thursday 25 September (12.30pm). The event aims to illustrate some of the many facets of Lyndon’s long and varied career as a musicologist, broadcaster and writer, including some of his particular interests in English, Danish and light music, and his support for the careers of young professional musicians.

Hosted and introduced by his friend and colleague, Julian Lloyd Webber, the occasion will include contributions from some of Lyndon’s many eminent musical friends: Alicja Smietana (violin), Di Xiao (piano), Jiaxin Lloyd Webber (cello), John Lill (piano), Mark Bebbington (piano), Rebeca Omordia (piano), Signe Asmussen (mezzo soprano), Tasmin Little (violin) & John Lenehan (piano)

Julian Lloyd Webber said: “Lyndon was my friend for nearly forty years. He had an encyclopaedic knowledge of music and was immensely generous with his fountain of information. He was also hugely helpful to young artists at the start of their careers. He possessed a caustic sense of humour which will doubtless be lovingly recalled by this concert’s musicians!”

Andrew Jowett OBE, Chief Executive, Town Hall & Symphony Hall said: “For many of our classical music audiences, Lyndon Jenkins was the public face of Town Hall and Symphony Hall. He played a key role in programming the Birmingham International Concert Season and was responsible for originating a number of specially-themed festivals and projects which have contributed significantly to Town Hall and Symphony Hall’s reputation among the great concert halls of the world. I am immensely grateful to Julian Lloyd Webber and the many musicians who have agreed so readily to take part in what I am sure will be a fitting event to remember our much missed friend and colleague.”

A retiring collection will be taken in aid of Town Hall and Symphony Hall’s work in supporting aspiring young musicians, something that Lyndon always sought to encourage.

Lyndon Jenkins: Mainly for Pleasuretakes place on Thursday 25 September, 12.30pm at Town Hall Birmingham. Tickets are free and are available from Friday (15 August) from Town Hall Symphony Hall box office on 0121 780 3333 or online at


Lyndon Jenkins (1938-2014)

Lyndon joined Symphony Hall as Special Projects Manager in 1992 and following his retirement in 2004, remained part of the team as Music Adviser. He played a key role in programming the Birmingham International Concert Season, was responsible for originating a number of specially themed festivals, interviewed many visiting artists and presented the ECHO Rising Stars series since its inception in the early 90s.

For many of our classical music audiences, Lyndon was without doubt the public face of both Symphony Hall and Town Hall, as well as being known by the artists who have appeared here. He helped devise many concerts and projects which have contributed significantly to Town Hall and Symphony Hall’s reputation among the great concert halls of the world.

Lyndon was a highly respected journalist, author, lecturer and broadcaster on music. Locally, he wrote for the Birmingham Post from 1972-1987, was Classical Presenter at Mercia Sound (1980-89), BRMB (1986-89) and BBC Radio WM (1989-92) and later presented a weekly programme of light music on Saga Radio. He was a well-known voice on BBC Radio 3 (including presenting ‘Mainly for Pleasure’ and ‘Record Review’) and BBC World Service between 1983-99, a regular contributor to specialist music journals and writer of CD booklets for many leading record labels including EMI, Testament and Dutton.

A specialist in British music, British artists and British musical history, his many documentary programmes included Sir Thomas Beecham, Sir Malcolm Sargent, Dame Maggie Teyte, Eric Fenby and E J Moeran. His publications included Sir Adrian Boult’s Birmingham Years, The Birmingham 78s, The Recorded Works of William Walton, The Music of Arthur Bliss on Record, While Spring and Summer Sang: Thomas Beecham and the Music of Frederick Delius and Town Hall Birmingham: A History in Pictures.

Among his many interests was a particular love of Scandinavian music and he broadcast regularly on Finnish and Danish radio about Sibelius and Nielsen. His promotion of Danish music led to him being awarded a knighthood from HM The Queen of Denmark for services to Anglo-Danish cultural relations. He gave the first Adrian Boult lecture in Birmingham in 1986, was Chairman of the Delius Society from 1994-2000, latterly Vice-President, and President of the Federation of Recorded Music Societies.

Lyndon moved to Birmingham from his native Swansea in the early 1960s to take up a position as personal assistant to Sir Robert Booth, then Director of Birmingham Chamber of Commerce. Working alongside Sir Robert, Lyndon was at the centre of discussions regarding the proposed National Exhibition Centre development, ultimately taking on the role of Press Officer after it opened in 1976.

Andrew Jowett OBE
Chief Executive, Town Hall and Symphony Hall

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 around 800 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.

Funded 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).

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