Issued: 20 November

Event Info

The supposed rivalry between Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Antonio Salieri was fixed in people?s minds by the 1984 film Amadeus, which suggested that a jealous Salieri poisoned the younger man. Although no evidence exists to support that theory, it is certainly true that Mozart?s reputation has always overshadowed Salieri?s. Now audiences have the opportunity to judge their relative musical merits in a matinee concert entitled ?Mozart V Salieri? by Orchestra of the Swan, conducted by David Curtis, at Town Hall Birmingham on Sunday 30 November.

Pitting the two composers head to head, the concert begins with Salieri?s Symphony in D. Mozart?s contribution is his much-loved Concerto for Flute and Harp (with flautist Diane Clark and Helen Cole, harp) and his Symphony No 29, the best known of his earlier symphonies, written when he was just eighteen.

Based in Stratford, Orchestra of the Swan?s outstanding performances couple innovative programming with an accessible presentation style. They are now in their second season as a Town Hall Associate Artist.

Orchestra of the Swan?s Mozart V Salieri concert is at Town Hall Birmingham at 2.30pm on Sunday 30 November. Tickets priced £6.50-£19.50 (with reductions) are available from Town Hall Box Office 0121 780 3333 or


Note to Editors

Orchestra of the Swan is a Town Hall Associate Artist


Remaining concerts in the matinee series:
Bach?s Brandenburg – Wed 18 February, 2.30pm
Essential Mahler – Wed 25 March, 2.30pm
The English Romantic – Wed 15 April, 2.30pm
Tasmin Little and Sibelius – Sun 10 May, 2.30pm

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).