Symphony Hall is delighted to be awarded Birmingham Civic Society’s prestigiousForward Prize for its significant contribution to life in Birmingham.
The prize, which has been awarded on only 23 previous occasions, recognises the breadth of Symphony Hall?s programme combined with its proactive engagement with the local community. This award marks the beginning of a year of celebration in the run up to Symphony Hall?s 21st Anniversary, which culminates in a festival running from January to June 2012.
David Clarke, chairman of the Birmingham Civic Society, commented that, ?theorganisation has made an incredible contribution over the past 20 years, encouragingthe participation of tens of thousands of young people and running a programme ofevents that has something for everyone in the city without ever compromising onexcellence.?
Meanwhile, Town Hall & Symphony Hall’s Director, Andrew Jowett said, ?It is a greathonour to receive this award from the Birmingham Civic Society which recogniseseverything that Symphony Hall stands for. Even before it opened, it was clear thatSymphony Hall would be a symbol of the city?s regeneration and cultural renaissance.Twenty years on, I remain immensely proud that the building which, was received withoverwhelming critical, artistic and public acclaim at its opening, is still ranked at the topof the world?s international concert halls and is cherished by the people of Birmingham.Our aim is to offer an exciting and varied programme of events to welcome everyone,to provide a platform for local, national and international performance and to offerinspiring community engagement projects for people of all ages, particularly those inour immediate neighbourhood of Ladywood.?
The Forward Prize plaque will be presented to Symphony Hall today by the Lord Mayor of Birmingham.