Short of things to do with your kids in Birmingham on this wet weekend? Then head to Symphony Hall Birmingham as it celebrates its 25th anniversary tomorrow with a free interactive fun-packed day for the whole family.
Photo by Mike Gutteridge
The Symphony Hall will throw open its doors and throw out the rule book as it invites visitors to explore Birmingham’s iconic Hall like never before. Throughout the day there will be a variety of free performances, entertainment and special appearances with opportunities for everyone to learn and join in.
With an internationally acclaimed Hall, six dressing rooms, five bars, four floors and one massive outdoor loading bay, Symphony Hall is offering the chance to explore all of the unusual and previously unseen spaces for a 25th birthday party befitting Birmingham’s much loved music venue,
Hop on a backstage tour for a tale or two, drop in on one of the family activities or simply relax and reminisce, soaking up the party atmosphere. Taking place throughout the day from 11.00 – 21.00, every corner of Symphony Hall will be bustling with musical delights. The foyers will be open to families and people of all ages to take part in interactive music making, demonstrations of music technology, workshops, sound installations and backstage tours.
Photo taken by Ming de Nasty
Befitting to this weekend’s celebrations, Symphony Hall Birmingham was officially opened by Her Majesty The Queen on 12 th June 1991, and every aspect of it, from its interior design, to its shape and dimensions, down to the materials used for the surfaces and the seat coverings, gives the hall its unparalleled and renowned acoustic perfection.
As part of the open day, visitors will also be able take part in a discovery trail around the hall and its foyers, inside the reverberation chamber, through the back of the grand organ and discover first-hand what makes the Hall so outstanding.
Credit – Jason Sheldon
For the first time ever, Symphony Hall Birmingham will be using its dock and loading bay as an innovative open-air music space, hosting its unique Musical Picnic in the access bay off Broad Street with views overlooking the canals and Brindley Place.
If your kids (or you!) are budding musicians, there will be the chance for them to stand and perform on the same stage as world-famous artists including Sir Simon Rattle and Tom Jones at the Pilgrimage Party from 13.15 – 15.00. If you play an instrument, take it along and learn the Birthday tune along with acclaimed jazz band, Young Pilgrims – suitable for all ages, any instrument, any level.
Further highlights include internationally acclaimed DJ and World Loopstation Champion, Shlomo, on the main stage between 18.15 – 19.15pm for a beatboxing masterclass.
You can view the full listing for the event below and find out further information here.
Credit – Ben Hopper
Listings for events on Sunday 12 June at Symphony Hall Birmingham 11:00hrs – 21:00hrs
11:15 – 12:00 Family Organ Fun with Asako and Kurt
13:15 – 15:00 Pilgrimage Party with the Young Pilgrims
16:00 – 17:00 Big Sing with Sara Colman and Pete Churchill
18:15 – 19:15 Shlomo
Bay C Stage
11:00 – 12:00 Musical Picnic with Vo Fletcher
12:30 – 13:30 Musical Picnic with Bethan Jones
14:00 – 15:00 Musical Picnic with Randolph Matthews
15:30 – 16:30 Musical Picnic with Catapluf
17:00 – 18:00 Musical Picnic with Voodoo Love Orchestra
12:00 – 17:30 Project SoundLounge Sessions – music and Spoken Word
Levels 4, 5, 5a
11:00 – 17:45 Interactive music making workshops for children under 8 years
Level 3 Foyer/Bar
11:00 – 21:00 Sound Installation
12:00 – 17:00 Tours every half an hour
19:30 – 21:00 After Party