Birmingham Town Hall presents an exciting and varied programme of many concerts and events every year, designed to appeal to people of all ages and backgrounds, reflecting Birmingham’s evolving demographics. From jazz to folk, rock to funk and of course classical performances.
The history of Birmingham town hall is inspiring with talks from Charles Dickens to all day jazz events in the first half if the 20th century to famous recordings from infamous bands such as Pink Floyd and Black Sabbath.
Town Hall re-opened on Thursday 4 October 2007, with a two-week festival of events on the theme Celebrating the Past, Pioneering the Future.
Town Hall has undergone a £35m renovation, funded by Birmingham City Council (£18.3m), Heritage Lottery Fund (£13.7m) and European Regional Development Fund (£3m) to bring it into the 21st century.
Acclaimed at its opening in 1834 as the finest music hall in the country, this Grade 1 listed landmark has been lovingly and painstakingly renovated by a dedicated team of conservation and construction professionals. Since that time, its imposing neo-classical design has dominated the City centre’s Victoria and Chamberlain Squares.
A major feature of The town hall is the concert pipe organ. Originally installed in 1834 by William Hill & Sons, the organ was subject to many rebuilds and alterations, all by William Hill, until a restoration by Willis in 1932. By 1956 the organ had been enlarged with many more stops.
The most recent restorations in 1984 and 2007 have been by Manders of London.
Town Hall & Symphony Hall believe that music has the power to transform and change lives, to entertain and uplift, to create shared experiences and to educate. THSH connect people to music through a dynamic and varied concert and education programme at the two world-renowned concert halls – managed jointly by the registered charity Performances Birmingham Limited – and in the wider community.
Every year they welcome over 500,000 people to around 800 concerts and events with a further 18,000 people of all ages enjoying, participating in and learning more about music through our Education & Community programme. By bringing the best musicians and performers in the world to Birmingham, THSH underpin the city’s international reputation. THSH are also major players in the city’s cultural and civic life, and a significant contributor to the local economy.