Symphony Hall transformed into stunning new events space


Unique staging solution transforms renowned concert hall into stunning new conference and events space


It has hosted Bruce Springsteen, Paloma Faith and Sir Simon Rattle, now Birmingham’s world-famous Symphony Hall has been transformed as never before – from a renowned concert hall into a stunning new space for the international conference, corporate and events market.

Symphony Hall: The Next Stage is a creative offering that combines world-class acoustics and expert event delivery with custom-built tiered staging covering the Stalls seating, designed by industry leaders Staging Services Ltd. The innovative solution uses over 300 stage decks to create a floating tiered floor providing a 600sqm floor area with a banqueting capacity of 620. A bespoke balustrade system using the latest LED technology has been developed especially for the project and will be used to bring cabaret style events and conferences to life.

Symphony Hall has already attracted its first booking for The Next Stage with the confirmation that The Asset Based Finance Association is to hold its annual conference at the hall in June 2015.

The Next Stage was unveiled at a launch event on 12 January in partnership with Staging Services Ltd, supported by Amadeus, Saville AV and Thorns Furniture.

Richard Langford, Marketing Manager, Staging Services Ltd said, “Staging Services has been providing live event organisers with staging and bespoke stage sets for more than 25 years. This is a really exciting time for us. We’re used to giving performances a lift but in the new partnership with Symphony Hall Birmingham we will literally be lifting the venue – there’s something very special about this opportunity. It’s not every day you get to work with such a precious and highly acclaimed venue.”

Anita Bhalla OBE, Chair, Performances Birmingham Limited (the leading music charity which manages Town Hall and Symphony Hall) said “The Next Stage marks a hugely significant step in Symphony Hall’s history, opening up the hall in response to demand from the corporate and events industry, and providing a valuable new income stream for the charity in these financially challenging times. For CSR-conscious organisations, holding an event at Symphony Hall (or indeed at Town Hall) supports the charity’s valuable education and talent development programme which reaches 18,000 people each year and underpins our artistic programme which brings the best in the world to Birmingham.”

The Town Hall and Symphony Hall team already has an excellent track record of conference and events delivery. Symphony Hall has provided the stage for the Conservative Party Conference, and clients have included The Open University, Chartered Institute of Payroll Professionals and Peter Jones Academy. Meanwhile, the Grade 1 listed Town Hall has provided an exceptional backdrop for conferences, events, banquets and weddings for the past seven years.

For enquiries, please contact Catherine McGlone or Charlotte Torlo, Commercial Managers, Town Hall & Symphony Hall 0121 644 6053 or 0121 644 5010 or visit


NOTES TO EDITORS #thenextstage

The Next Stage facts
600sqm floor space
620 banqueting capacity
300 stage decks
14,000 controlled LEDs
126 flashing balustrade units


Town Hall and Symphony Hall are managed together by Performances Birmingham Limited, a Registered Charity No 1053937. Between them, the two halls present an exciting and varied programme of over 800 concerts and events a year, connecting people of all ages and backgrounds to music from jazz, folk, world, roots and classical, to rock and pop. Over 500,000 people visit Town Hall and Symphony Hall annually, and almost 12,000 young people and 6,000 adults participate in the thriving Education and Community programme.

Funded by Birmingham City Council
Supported using public funding by Arts Council England

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).

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Issued 12 January 2015

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