Birmingham’s most iconic historic building
For more than 180 years, Town Hall has been a hub of civic and cultural life in Birmingham. From classical to comedy to rock to pop, it’s now one of the city’s most versatile venues having featured artists such as David Bowie, Led Zeppelin, Tony iommi, Caitlin Moran and more. Famous classical premieres include Mendelssohn’s Elijah and Elgar’s The Dream of Gerontius, The Apostles, The Kingdom and The Music Makers.
The Town Hall Organ
At 70 feet high, the Town Hall organ case is as tall as 2 double-decker buses standing end on end. The largest metal pipe is 35’ 3” long – the height of an average house.
The organ was famous from the time it was first played in 1834 – not only for its size, but because it was the first time an English organ had its pipes incorporated into the decorative case front. It was also one of the very few organs of the time to have 4 manuals and a complete set of pedals.
It has grown over the years from 3,000 to 6,000 pipes. Renowned musicians including Mendelssohn have played it, and it was used for famous premieres such as Elgar’s The Dream of Gerontius, The Apostles and The Kingdom. The organ was most recently refurbished in 2007.
Hear the power of this magnificent instrument. Attend our weekly lunchtime organ recitals performed by Thomas Trotter, Birmingham’s City Organist.