Symphony Hall Book: A Dream Realised

New book charts history and development of world-renowned concert hall through unique interviews and beautiful photography

Dream Realised

Symphony Hall: A Dream Realised is a new coffee table-style book charting the fascinating history of Birmingham’s world-renowned concert hall from its genesis, construction and acclaimed opening to its first two decades of exceptional music making. Through a series of unique interviews with arts managers, design and construction professionals and civic leaders, author Terry Grimley (for over 25 years arts editor of the Birmingham Post) brings his personal insight, setting Symphony Hall at the heart of Birmingham’s cultural renaissance.

Historical, social and technical aspects are all explored in detail, including chapters on how formidable building obstacles were overcome and how its acclaimed acoustics were developed. Later chapters describe the amazing array of legendary artists who have graced its stage and there are a series of insights into the daily working life of the hall and its staff.

The 168-page book is fully illustrated in colour throughout with historical images, newly-commissioned photography of the building and a wide variety of performances.

Symphony Hall: A Dream Realised by Terry Grimley is available from the Symphony Hall Gift Shop priced £15 (softback), £20 (hardback). For enquiries, please contact

Supported by the Patrick Trust