11,000 attend six concerts in six days
7,500 visit the free Universe of Sound experience
Symphony Hall Birmingham is reporting another box office success thanks to a bumper crop of six sold-out performances in six days.
In the last week, audiences have flocked to enjoy the wide range of world class shows for which the hall is known, from pop, blues and classical to children’s concerts and a film screening with live orchestral accompaniment. Musicians as diverse as Josh Groban, The Philharmonia with Vladimir Ashkenazy, Hugh Laurie and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra have all graced the stage, drawing in 11,000 people.
Over the weekend The Philharmonia Orchestra gave two concerts marking the conclusion of Universe of Sound – a project which has also seen over 7,500 people visit a free digital musical experience at the Municipal Bank on Broad Street and 800 attend a free family day. And there have also been two further free gigs as part of Town Hall & Symphony Hall’s Jazzlines programme – at Bramall Music Building and in Symphony Hall’s cafe bar during the same period.
“These terrific visitor figures are not only good news for Town Hall and Symphony Hall but also create a positive knock-on effect on the wider city economy. And it’s not over yet! After a further three sold out performances by the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and singing duo Jonathan & Charlotte next week, Symphony Hall then welcomes 8000 young musicians from across the UK for Music For Youth’s five-day National Festival in the city.” – Chris Baldock, Director of Performances Town Hall and Symphony Hall
The results are another boost for the concert hall which, in January this year, reported an 18% increase on ticket sales for its Christmas Festival.