The Birmingham Classical Season 2018/19

Each year, Town Hall Symphony Hall entertain audiences with the world’s biggest classical music stars and the brand-new 2018/19 Birmingham Classical season is no exception.

Hosted in two of the finest concert halls in the world, THSH strives to reflect Birmingham’s glorious diversity with a distinctive programme of internationally renowned orchestras, recitals and chamber concerts.

Richard Hawley, Head of Artistic Programming said:

In addition to providing seasoned attenders with a wealth of distinguished music, it is ever important to provide a relevant and accessible programme for new audiences. Birmingham is the youngest city in Europe and more ethnically diverse than London. This season is ambitious in attempting to reflect that with a range of astounding young and multi-cultural artists.

Sheku Kanneh-Mason is taking the music world by storm as he becomes this year’s best-selling British debut artist – across ALL genres – making the Top 20 in the Official UK Albums Chart with his classical album ‘Inspiration’. After performing at the Royal Wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, the 19-year-old cellist will bring character, flair and confident musicianship to his solo recital at Town Hall.

It is always a special occasion when an international orchestra perform in Symphony Hall for the first-time – this season boasts 18 Birmingham debuts. On 19 February, the amazing Symphony Orchestra of India will perform in the UK for the first time since their founding in 2006 in an evening that culminates in Rimsky-Korsakov’s classic retelling of the Thousand and One Nights with all its glittering splendour and gorgeous colour. Before that, tabla master Zakir Hussain makes a long awaited return to Birmingham to perform his 2015 Peshkar, a tabla concerto commissioned by India’s National Centre of Performing Arts.




This season with the European Concert Hall Organisation, Town Hall Symphony Hall continues to celebrate young and exceptional artists in Europe’s youngest city with artists nominated for the European Concert Hall Organisation’s Rising Stars programme. In addition to the work with ECHO, the Birmingham Classical 18/19 season welcomes another 10 individuals and ensembles under the age of 30.

The outstanding Amsterdam-based Amatis Trio are both ECHO Rising Stars and BBC New Generation Artists - already established as one of the most strikingly relevant new ensembles on the European scene. They will visit Birmingham for the first time on 25 June to breathe new life into Haydn, Shostakovich and Brahms, as well as a new commission by Swedish composer Andrea Tarrodi.

Other artists featuring as part of the ECHO Rising Star’s season include Quatour Arod on 26 November; Cellist Kian Soltani on 5 February; 2008 BBC Young Musician of the Year Peter Moore on 5 March; Harpist Anaïs Gaudemard on 2 April and Baritone Josep-Ramon Olivé on 14 May.

Tickets for just £5 are available at every Birmingham Classical 18/19 performance for under 30’s. This brand-new initiative is a great way to start young people’s discovery of classical music. Tickets can be booked online, over the phone or in person and must be collected in person with a valid form of ID.





As part of our on-going aspiration to improve our accessibility, THSH have introduced BSL interpretation to as many events where it is practically possible – this includes many pre-show talks throughout the Birmingham Classical season.

On 27 February Birmingham welcomes the return of The British Paraorchestra, this time collaborating with integrated circus company Extraordinary Bodies. With semi-improvised movement, aerial flying and physical theatre, Terry Riley’s minimalist masterpiece In C will be reimagined as the unique union of two very different disciplines.

Extraordinary Bodies will take cues from Riley’s impulsive and slow-morphing cornerstone minimalist composition, resulting in a hypnotic showcase of physical and mental dexterity. The combined effect will be cathartic, uplifting and engulfing - the aural equivalent to climbing inside a giant lava lamp. As the world’s first professional ensemble of disabled musicians, this ground-breaking group headed up by a genuine pioneer and innovator in the world of classical music, Charles Hazlewood, perform and excel at the highest level.

Born without his right hand, pianist Nicholas McCarthy will share his talent with Birmingham audiences for the first time on 30 April.

McCarthy’s historic graduation from the Royal College of Music in 2012 made press headlines around the world and he has subsequently performed extensively throughout the UK and internationally. Piano music for the left hand first came into being in the early 19th Century and developed rapidly following the First World War as a result of the many injuries suffered on the Battlefield. As a champion of this repertoire, McCarthy’s programme includes original works, like Scriabin’s Prelude and Nocturne Op 9, alongside transcriptions by Frédéric Meinders and McCarthy himself.

Town Hall Symphony Hall believes that music should be accessible to all, which is why we offer numerous ways to save on our Birmingham Classical season. As with last year we continue to offer free tickets to under 16’s with an accompanying adult, as well as student discounts with our Student Pulse app.

As well as this THSH also continue to offer savings with concert packages and for group and education bookings.



The Birmingham Classical Season 2018/19 is on sale to THSH patrons and members from 10am on Thursday 26 April, Saturday 28 April for concert package bookers and general sale on Monday 30 April.

Town Hall & Symphony Hall Box Office 0121 780 3333

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