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Arts Council backs Symphony upgrade

25 June 2019

BIRMINGHAM’S 1,901 Symphony Hall has received £4.5 million of Arts Council funding as part of its £13.2m redevelopment programme.

When completed, the city centre venue will feature a new entrance, extra bars, new education centres and corporate hospitality suites and additional performance spaces, while the box office will also be relocated.

Nick Reed, chief executive for operator Birmingham’s Town Hall Symphony Hall (THSH), says the redevelopment is on track to be completed before the Commonwealth Games 2022.

The venue opened in 1991 and is widely regarded as one of the world’s best concert venues acoustically.

“I spent several years as the vice-chairman of Performances Birmingham, which runs THSH, so I have seen first-hand just how wonderful the venue is,” says Mayor of the West Midlands Andy Street

Acts playing the venueinclude Robert Plant, Sheryl Crow, both promoted by SJM Concerts, David Byrne (AEG Presents), The Pretenders (Kilimanjaro Live) and Nick Cave (ATC Live).

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