Birmingham Town Hall & Symphony Hall

« Birmingham Symphony Hall has one of the very best acoustics in the world, one of very few to provide resonant warmth (almost to the level of a stone church) at the same time as having so much clarity that your ear can pick out clearly the timbre of any individual instrument of your choice. »
David Karlin, May 2015
August 2017
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BirminghamStravinsky's The Rite of Spring

Coll, Adès, Stravinsky
National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain; Thomas Adès

BirminghamChineke! Orchestra

Coleridge-Taylor, Mendelssohn, Elgar
Roderick Cox; Chineke! Orchestra; Tai Murray

BirminghamBasel Symphony Orchestra

Busoni, Saint-Saëns, Beethoven
Basel Symphony Orchestra; Ivor Bolton; Sol Gabetta

BirminghamMariinsky Orchestra

Rimsky-Korsakov, Prokofiev, Rachmaninov
Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra; Valery Gergiev; Denis Matsuev
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Levit explores interior worlds of Shostakovich

Shostakovich's mighty piano cycle is given a delicate and intense performance - truly an expidition into some of the most personal of the composer's music.
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Ecstatically uncomfortable: a revelatory, risk-taking Turangalîla in Birmingham

Sakari Oramo pushes the BBC Symphony Orchestra to breaking point at Symphony Hall
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Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra at Symphony Hall

East meets West meets East in a disappointing display of homogenised, sugar-coated music-making in Birmingham
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Ravi Shankar’s Opera Sukanya Delights in Birmingham

Five years after the composer's death, his musical collaborator David Murphy ensures that Shankar's only operatic work finally gets heard.
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Season preview: Looking back at the 2015/16 season

All roads lead to Birmingham

Town Hall and Symphony Hall flexes its international muscles next season with a number of starry ensembles bringing mouthwatering programmes to Birmingham.
© David Karlin | Mike Gutteridge
© David Karlin | Mike Gutteridge