Town hall celebrates 175th anniversary

  • 175th Birthday Concert: Handel’s Messiah
  • Series highlights include Birthday Carnival Open Day, Birthday Bhangra Bash, The Destroyers, Paul Robeson Re-Explored, Elgar’s The Dream of Gerontius, 175th Birthday Salsa Ball and a reading of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol
  • Talks on Town Hall’s architectural, musical and wartime history
  • 175th anniversary webpage
  • Tickets on sale from 10am on Thursday 18 June

Characters from Town Hall’s past helped to launch a special series of events celebrating the 175th anniversary of Town Hall Birmingham, one of the oldest concert halls in the world. Tickets are on sale from 10am on Thursday 18 June for the anniversary series which runs from October to December 2009 and includes concerts, talks, dances, films and more.

The 175th anniversary celebrates Town Hall’s unique and continuing heritage with seventeen events from traditional to contemporary, reflecting the wide range of performance the hall has always presented. From Tea Dances to talks, Salsa to Silent Movie, A Christmas Carol to a Carnival Open Day, there’s sure to be something for everyone.

Characters Joseph Hansom (Roger Williams, right), who designed both the Town Hall and the Hansom Cab, Ozzy Osbourne (Tony Mullins), a World War II soldier (Tom Blackwell) and his sweetheart (Emily Jones), and Charles Dickens (Brett Elesmore) gathered outside the much-loved venue to launch the series.

Town Hall would like to particularly thank Foxdell Carriages, Ruth Bagnall at Costumia and Brett Elesmore.

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