There’s a place you can go for a foray into the wonderful world of cultural Birmingham.

Our beautiful city is home to two of the finest concert halls in the world, regularly thrilling audiences with a varied programme of events and concerts. Birmingham’s Town Hall and Symphony Hall regularly showcase the biggest names from across a range of genres, from rock to pop and even stand-up comedy. There’s no doubt, however, that some of the biggest spectacles to grace the THSH halls are some of the brightest classical stars. After all, this is surely the reason these acoustic masterpieces were built.

Each year, THSH release a programme of recitals and concerts designed to showcase the very best of the classical music world. The 2018/2019 Birmingham Classical season is no different. With some truly stand-out performances, and a programme that is as diverse and distinct as the city where it is held, this season will see a huge amount of talent perform.

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The performances are designed to showcase the immense talent of the artists and, of course, the wonderful music, but also to be accessible and relevant to the audiences within the city. Birmingham is one of the youngest cities in Europe and very ethnically diverse, and THSH want to reflect these unique characteristics in the events that they host.

The two stunning venues will see outstanding performances from the likes of: tabla master Zakir Hussain (performing his 2015 Peshkar, a tabla concerto commissioned by India’s National Centre of Performing Arts), Cellist Kian Soltani, 2008 BBC Young Musician of the Year Peter Moore and The British Paraorchestra (who will be collaborating with integrated circus company, Extraordinary Bodies, for a truly unique performance incorporating music and movement).

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THSH prides itself on the diverse range of events hosted across their two venues, including many young performers and a number of Birmingham debuts each year. One such debut is the Symphony Orchestra of India, who will perform in the UK for the first time, right here in Birmingham, since their founding in 2006. THSH is also working with the European Concert Hall Organisation to showcase exceptional young artists nominated for the ECHO Rising Stars programme.

Also included in the programme is Sheku Kanneh-Mason, who will be performing a solo recital fresh from his appearance at the Royal Wedding. The 19-year-old cellist is taking the music world by storm, making the Top 20 in the Official UK Albums Chart with his classical album ‘Inspiration’. In June, Amsterdam-based Amatis Trio (both ECHO Rising Stars and BBC New Generation Artists) will be visiting Birmingham for the first time. However, these are just a small number of a plethora of incredible bookings for this season. To see the full list of events, check out the THSH website.

In order to make performances more accessible, THSH have introduced BSL interpretation to as many performances as possible. To introduce younger generations to the world of classical music, £5 tickets for under 30s are available at all performances, and there are free tickets for under 16s when accompanied by an adult. With all of these options, and an exciting and varied selection of performances, there are so many reasons to enjoy a cultured, classical performance this year.

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The Birmingham Classical Season 2018/19 is on sale NOW. Head to the THSH website to for a full list of performances, and to book your tickets. 

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£10 off the top two price bands to all Birmingham Classical performances AND exclusive discounts on selected rock, pop and entertainment shows throughout the year. For a full list of the performances you can enjoy an IBcard discount to, click here.

To book tickets in advance, please call the Box Office via: 0121 780 333 and quote ‘Independent Birmingham’ (you’ll need to present a valid IBcard upon arrival to pick up the tickets), or simply head to the Box Office in person and present your IBcard when ordering. All ticket deals are per cardholder.

Birmingham Classical performances does not include: Jose Calleja or National Youth Orchestra  performances.

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