Symphony Hall opened in 1991 to immediate public and critical acclaim. With its world class acoustics and stunning auditorium it is considered to be not only the UK’s finest concert hall but also one of the best in the world.
Symphony Hall presents prestigious international orchestras and is also home to the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (CBSO). Complementing the classical programme is the best in jazz, world music, folk, rock, pop and stand-up comedy. The Hall also plays an important role in the life of the region and is regularly used for community events, graduation ceremonies and conferences.
Its 2262-seat auditorium is a model of modern concert hall design and its superb acoustics, engineered by Artec Consultants Inc, New York, are the benchmark by which new concert halls are measured. In 2001 the Hall was completed with the installation of the 6000-pipe Symphony Organ which is a centre piece attraction.
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.