PM marks 21 years of music; speaks at Symphony Hall

Prime Minister David Cameron MP helped celebrate Symphony Hall’s 21st anniversary by unveiling a commemorative plaque marking 21 years since the hall was officially opened by HM The Queen in 1991.

Mr Cameron met with Andrew Jowett, Chief Executive of Town Hall and Symphony Hall, along with Paul Thandi, Nick Waight and members of staff from the ICC, which hosted the Conservative Party Conference for the third time in five years.

“Both the ICC and Symphony Hall are world class venues, which benefit Birmingham both economically and culturally. I am very pleased to be able to mark this occasion during the Conservative Party conference.”– Prime Minister David Cameron

The Prime Minister also followed in the footsteps of internationally acclaimed artists such as Morrissey, Bruce Springsteen, Grace Jones, Sir Simon Rattle and the world’s greatest orchestras again, in taking to the stage at Birmingham’s prestigious Symphony Hall, to deliver his keynote speech and officially close the conference earlier today.

Symphony Hall is universally recognised as one of the finest concert halls in the world and has welcomed over 10 million visitors and presented in excess of 7,500 performances, concerts and events in its 21 year history.

“In 21 years, Symphony Hall has made a significant contribution to the cultural and social fabric of the City of Birmingham, as well as firmly claiming its place on the global music map. We bring the best musicians and performers in the world to Birmingham, underpinning the city’s international reputation as well as connecting audience members to music in their millions. And though best known as one of the world’s great concert halls, Symphony Hall also offers a stunning and unique backdrop for speeches and presentations. 2012 has been a fantastic year for Symphony Hall, and we are delighted the Prime Minister has chosen to help us celebrate this significant milestone.”– Andrew Jowett

Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne, Secretary of State for Work and Pensions *Iain Duncan Smith, Secretary of State of Communities and Local Government Eric Pickles, Culture Secretary Maria Miller, Mayor of London Boris Johnson, Home Secretary Theresa May and Secretary of State for Justice Chris Grayling all delivered speeches in Symphony Hall during the three-day gathering.

“The foundations were laid in 1987 for this ambitious £200m project that became one of Birmingham’s new iconic buildings and the NEC Group is very proud that the ICC and Symphony Hall exceeded their potential as catalysts for the regeneration of the city.”– Paul Thandi, Chief Executive of the NEC Group

The 2,200 seat Symphony Hall opened in Birmingham to critical acclaim in 1991. Since then, artists including Yehudi Menuhin, Liza Minnelli, Jean Michel Jarre, Lang Lang,* Grace Jones*, Ravi Shankar and many of the world’s greatest soloists and orchestras have graced its stage. Symphony Hall now welcomes 500,000 people to 600 events each year alongside Grade I listed sister venue Town Hall.