In honour of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee weekend, Symphony Hall will be hosting two special concerts this June bank holiday.
Opened by HM The Queen on 12 June 1991, Symphony Hall has long-standing links with our monarch – in July 2002 the Queen visited again, as part of her Golden Jubilee celebrations. Accompanied by the Duke of Edinburgh, she enjoyed a concert featuring the CBSO and dancers from Birmingham Royal Ballet, as well as meeting with several members of Symphony Hall staff.
Nikki Fellows, Assistant to the General Manager of Symphony Hall, was one of those lucky enough to meet her:
â€œI was very honoured to be chosen as one of the staff at SH to be presented to HM The Queen and HRH The Duke of Edinburgh. They both spoke to me but I was so overwhelmed to be in their company that I don’t remember a word that was said! Although I was very nervous in the lead up to meeting them, they both made me feel very much at ease and I feel very privileged to have met such important and distinguished people. A real, real honour!â€
The Diamond Jubilee celebrations kick off on Saturday 2nd June with some musical fireworks from the Academy of Ancient Music, in Handel’s Royal Music. From Zadok the Priest to the monumental Hallelujah Chorus, this evening contains a selection of Handel’s glorious music, including all four anthems composed for the coronation of King George II and Queen Caroline.
Then, on 3rd June, the nation’s favourite tenor Russell Watson will be bringing much-loved songs, including Land of Hope and Glory and Rule, Britannia , to the Symphony Hall stage, in his very own tribute to the Queen’s 60 years on the throne.
Symphony Hall Box Office Bank Holiday opening hours
Friday 1 June 10.00am – 8.00pm
Saturday 2 June 10.00am – 8.00pm
Sunday 3 June 12.00pm – 8.00pm
Monday 4 June 12.00 – 4.00pm
Tuesday 5 June 12.00pm – 8.00pm
Town Hall Box Office Bank Holiday opening hours
Saturday 2 June 5.30pm – 8.00pm
Image credit: Ell Brown