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TOWNHALL & SYMPHONYHALLOFFERSERDINGTONRESIDENTSTICKETS TO TOPSHOWSFOR £5* AS PART OF ARTSCHAMPIONSSCHEME

Residents in Erdington are being offered tickets to some of Town Hall and Symphony Hall’s outstanding live music events for just £5**. *The offer is part of the two leading concert halls’ work as Birmingham City Council Arts Champions. Ruthie Henshall, Anton & Erin, The Gruffalo’s Child, Paco Pena, The Glory of Christmas, Ultimate Movie Heroes, Beethoven Piano Concertos and the Royal Opera are just some of the many family, jazz, popular and classical concerts currently included in the scheme, with more still to be added.

The Entertaining Erdington scheme is part of a wider programme of audience development and community arts support which the two halls have created as Birmingham City Council Arts Champions for the Erdington district. Over the past year, Town Hall and Symphony Hall have been connecting families to music through ‘Musical Bites’ taster sessions, and working with the *CAFÉ Arts*(Constituency Arts Forum of Erdington) to help develop family audiences.

Andrew Jowett OBE, Chief Executive of Town Hall and Symphony Hall said, “The idea of Entertaining Erdington is to encourage more local residents to take advantage of the music on their doorstep – now and in the future. By offering tickets at such a low price to a very wide range of our concerts and events, we hope to tempt people back several times to explore music new to them and to enjoy the shared experience of live music in one of Birmingham’s fabulous halls.”

*a fee of £2.50 per transaction is charged on all bookings except those made in person at Town Hall and Symphony Hall box office.

Further information and concerts listings are available at www.thsh.co.uk/entertainingerdington

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Notes to Editors

Full concert listings at www.thsh.co.uk/entertainingerdington together with booking terms and conditions

Selected Entertaining Erdington events include Ruthie Henshall (Symphony Hall, 4 Nov), Paco Pena (20 Nov, Town Hall), Brodsky Quartet (26 Nov, Town Hall), Beethoven Piano Concertos Nos 1 & 3 (20 Nov, Symphony Hall), Gruffalo’s Child (22 Dec – 16 Jan, Town Hall), The Glory of Christmas (24 Dec, Symphony Hall), Jingle Bell Christmas (22 Dec, Symphony Hall), Ultimate Movie Heroes (29 Dec, Symphony Hall), Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol (23 Dec, Town Hall), Anton and Erin (3 Mar, Symphony Hall), 2001: A Space Odyssey (14 June, Symphony Hall), Holst’s The Planets (15 June, Symphony Hall), The Royal Opera (7 Jul, Symphony Hall)

Summary booking conditions – £5* tickets are available at selected concerts which are listed along with full terms and conditions at www.thsh.co.uk/entertainingerdington. Offer is exclusive to residents in the Erdington district and proof of residence will be requested when collecting tickets. Tickets are offered subject to availability and limited to a maximum of 4 tickets per booker.

*A £2.50 fee per transaction is charged on all bookings except those made in person at Town Hall or Symphony Hall box office

CAFÉ Arts (Consituency Arts Forum of Erdington) is an open forum for artists, writers, musicians and actors – anyone involved in the arts in the Erdington constituency of Birmingham. Facebook group

Town Hall and Symphony Hall are Arts Champions for the Erdington district until April 2014. More information on Birmingham City Council’s Arts Champions scheme

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 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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Issued 31 October 2012