THSH's Paul Keene is Concert Hall Manager of the Year

Town Hall & Symphony Hall’s Director of Programming, Paul Keene, has been awarded the first ‘Concert Hall Manager of the Year’ title by the Association of British Orchestras (ABO) and Rhinegold Publishing.

Presented at the ABO’s annual conference gala dinner last night (18 January) the award recognises the quality, creative ambition, diversity and formidable international partnerships which have been hallmarks of Paul’s programming both at Symphony Hall – fittingly, this year celebrating its 21st anniversary – and more recently Town Hall.

The title is awarded in recognition of “the power of Paul’s personal vision, his tireless commitment to its delivery and rich contribution to cultural life in Birmingham and beyond” and gives as examples a ‘quartet of standout events’ last season, all involving the partnering of visual arts with music: the Philharmonia’s Tristan und Isolde with vivid film projections by Bill Viola, Klaus Obermaier’s stunningly complex Rite of Spring 3D, Thomas Adès’s In Seven Days with Tal Rosner’s visuals and the Houston Symphony Orchestra’s The Planets with HD footage from NASA.

Paul is currently overseeing a major festival to celebrate Symphony Hall’s 21st anniversary which includes a series of Wagner operas, innovative projects, film screenings with live accompaniment, workshops and behind the scenes access.

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