Symphony Halls 21st Anniversary Festival

PAST EVENT - Until July Symphony Hall’s 21st anniversary festival celebrates 21 years of bringing great music to Birmingham with a vibrant and exciting festival.



  • Music, comedy, dance
  • World premieres
  • Innovative projects
  • Film screenings with live accompaniment
  • Workshops
  • Behind the scenes access
  • Family events  

Some festival highlights:

Wagnerfest, 30 June

Four great Wagner operas with The Royal Opera, Mariinsky Orchestra & Chorus, CBSO and Opera North.

Symphony Hall’s 21st Anniversary - anniversary concerts, 12 & 13 June

The culmination of Symphony Hall’s 21st Anniversary Festival comes in June with a pair concerts by the CBSO and Chorus conducted by Andris Nelsons and Simon Halsey marking the official royal opening of the hall by HM The Queen on 12 June 1991.

The concerts include a centenary performance of Elgar’s The Music Makers - premiered in Birmingham’s Town Hall - and Ravel’s Daphnis and Chloé suite, performed at the very first Symphony Hall concert.  Bryn Terfel joins the orchestra for a selection of operatic arias.

21st Anniversary Organ Concert, 13 June

City Organist Thomas Trotter gives a concert on the Symphony Organ, installed for the Hall’s 10th birthday in 2001 following a £1.5m fundraising appeal.    

Sir Simon Rattle and the Vienna Philharmonic, 16 June

Twenty one years after conducting the opening concerts of Symphony Hall, Sir Simon Rattle returns, this time with the Vienna Philharmonic.    

Sing A Song For 21, 17 June

In partnership with Ex Cathedra, Sing a Song for 21 will see 1000 children from 21 schools participate in a major project designed to inspire and promote the joys of singing and create a legacy of singing in schools.   The project’s finale will fill Symphony Hall and the Mall of the International Convention Centre (also celebrating its 21st anniversary) with music based on playground singing games. Tickets on sale soon.

Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, 20 July

Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra close the Festival and celebrate the presence in Birmingham of the US Olympic track and field team. Tickets on sale soon.

For more information about the festival visit the Town Hall Symphony Hall website here or follow them on twitter.


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