As concerts and gigs are still being cancelled as a result of the coronavirus outbreak, Town Hall Symphony Hall has continued to bring live music to the people of Birmingham and beyond.
Digital broadcasts from Town Hall and Symphony Hall in the last three months have amassed almost 200,000 views, whilst over 150 singers have joined online music making workshops.
Following the success of those live performances and digital workshops, the music charity responsible for Town Hall and Symphony Hall have today announced a new season of online activities.
Every Friday at 7PM through to November, an array of musicians will entertain online audiences with pre-recorded concerts from Symphony Hall. All filmed in the last few weeks, the performances feature music commissioned exclusively for the music charity performed by Reuben James, Namywa and Ashley Allen; an exclusive performance by the classical violinist featured on Clean Bandit’s number one single ‘Rockabye’, Braimah Kanneh-Mason; and performances from internationally recognised artists including the high voltage daughter of legendary jazz vocalist Dee Dee Bridgewater and Gilbert Moses, China Moses and world renowned concert organist Thomas Trotter.
This August, in place of the annual non-residential Jazzlines Summer School, 16-24 year olds will be invited to take part in Virtually Vocal Sessions – a week of FREE vocal workshops led by professional vocalist and songwriter Sara Colman. The only instrument these young musicians will need is there voice.
This month would have been the 10 year anniversary of Community Spirit, a project run by Town Hall Symphony Hall in partnership with Black Voices. The project offers local community choirs the opportunity to share repertoire and perform as a collective in a large-scale concert in Symphony Hall. And although the large-scale concert can not currently take place, the sharing of repertoire will continue online monthly for the foreseeable future.