UK music charity ends 2013 on a high note

View THSH’s 2013 highlights in numbers here


Leading UK music charity Town Hall & Symphony Hall (THSH) ends 2013 on a high note following its busiest year to date, well-positioned to strengthen its on-going commitment to connecting people to music in 2014.

In the past 12 months, the Birmingham-based organisation has welcomed well over half a million music and entertainment fans to around 800 free and ticketed concerts, gigs, shows and performances at Town Hall, Symphony Hall and other city venues including the CBSO Centre, the Hare & Hounds and the University of Birmingham’s Bramall Music Building.

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Orchestras, artists and entertainers including the Czech Philharmonic, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Bryn Terfel, LeAnn Rimes, Russell Brand, Mott The Hoople and Madeleine Peyroux all opened their UK tours in Birmingham at THSH during 2013, and the organisation also presented exclusive performances from Steve Reich, the Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester, Brand New Heavies, Stuart Maconie and Cerys Matthews.

Over 7000 visitors experienced the award-winning Universe of Sound installation, presented in conjunction with the Philharmonia, and Big Fun Festival – THSH’s first ever family festival – drew in 5000 parents and children.

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As well as working with regional, national and international partners and promoters to bring the world’s best artists to the centre of the UK, THSH has hosted performances by around 300 emerging artists and engaged 6,000 adults and 12,000 young people in a wide range of Education and Community projects over the year. In 2013, THSH has appointed an artist-in-residence and four Fellows via its Jazzlines programme to an already exciting group of Associate Artists and an award winning Town Hall Gospel Choir, producing a wide variety of commissions and performances as a result.

“By continuing to discover, develop and promote Birmingham’s future musicians and music professionals, bringing the world’s best artists and orchestras to two of the UK’s greatest concert halls and working to deliver incredible projects in the communities of Birmingham, we’re committed to putting music and creativity at the heart of everything we do.”

– Andrew Jowett OBE, Chief Executive
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THSH – connecting people to music infographic, produced by Caroline Beavon



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, 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).

The Jazzlines Fellowship scheme is supported by Jerwood Charitable Foundation. Three Jazzlines Fellowships are offered to talented musicians, aged 18-35, nominated by industry professionals based on their skills, commitment and potential to develop. The Fellowships began in March 2013 and the programme will run for one year.’

The Jerwood Charitable Foundation is dedicated to imaginative and responsible revenue funding of the arts, supporting artists to develop and grow at important stages in their careers. It works with artists across art forms, from dance and theatre to literature, music and the visual arts.

Jonathan Silk is supported by the BBC Performing Arts Fund Music fellowship scheme.

Jazzlines is Town Hall & Symphony Hall’s dynamic strand of concert programming and inspirational education work from jazz producers Tony Dudley-Evans and Mary Wakelam Sloan, connecting people to jazz music. Launched in April 2012, Jazzlines is supported by a three-year funding grant from Arts Council England under the National Portfolio Organisation scheme. The programme encompasses live jazz performances at a wide variety of venues around the city, including Town Hall & Symphony Hall, and an innovative participation and learning programme.

Jazzlines is supported by the PRS for Music Foundation

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Issue date

Thursday 19 December 2013