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Town Hall & Symphony Hall Director Andrew Jowett awarded OBE for services to music

Andrew Jowett, Director of Town Hall and Symphony Hall, Birmingham has been awarded an OBE in HM The Queen’s Birthday Honours for services to music. The honour comes in the year Symphony Hall celebrates its 21st anniversary.

Andrew was appointed Director of Symphony Hall in 1988 – three years before it opened in 1991 to widespread public and critical acclaim – and also manages Town Hall, having overseen its hugely successful re-opening in 2007. During this time he has helped underpin Birmingham’s reputation as an international centre of cultural excellence, creating an outstanding artistic programme which appeals to a wide audience and establishing the two concert halls as ‘must play’ destinations for visiting artists of all genres. Hosting 600 events and welcoming over half a million people each year, Town Hall and Symphony Hall are a source of great pride to the people of Birmingham as well as being a major asset to the City’s local economy.

Andrew Jowett said

I am immensely proud to receive this honour for leading Town Hall and Symphony Hall Birmingham and it is particularly appropriate this year when Symphony Hall is celebrating its 21st anniversary. Running these two world renowned concert halls is an absolute joy and privilege and, in accepting this honour, I do so on behalf of everyone who has helped make them a major force on the national and international music scene, connecting over half a million people to music every year.

ENDS

Notes to Editors

Andrew Jowett was appointed Director of Symphony Hall in November 1988 (the hall opened in 1991). Since 2007 he has been Chief Executive of Performances Birmingham Limited, the registered charity set up to manage Town Hall and Symphony Hall. Andrew is Chair of the British Association of Concert Halls, a Member of the Board of Directors, Association of British Orchestras and a Member of the Council of the Theatrical Management Association. He is also a Trustee of the Young Musicians Trust, a Trustee of the Elgar Birthplace Trust, and an Honorary Fellow of Birmingham City University. He is a Member of the International Society for the Performing Arts, and a Member of the European Concert Hall Organisation. In 2011 Andrew was awarded the Birmingham Civic Society Gold Medal for his significant contribution to Birmingham’s artistic reputation.

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 600 concerts and events a year, designed to appeal to people of all ages and backgrounds. 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.

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).

Symphony Hall opened in 1991 to international critical acclaim. Since then, it has hosted 7,500 events and has welcomed almost 10 million people.
Symphony Hall’s 21st Anniversary Festival runs from January-July 2012 and includes concerts and events from The Royal Opera to Elvis Costello, John Malkovich and Kailash Kher. Remaining events are the Vienna Philharmonic with Sir Simon Rattle (16 June), Sing A Song for 21 (17 June), Tony Bennett (24 June), George Benson (29 June), Wagner’s Die Walkure with Opera North (30 June) and Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis (20 July) www.thsh.co.uk/sh21

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