B:Music Summer to Autumn 2023 Season

B:Music Summer to Autumn 2023 Season


Posted 2023-07-12 by Tony Collinsfollow

Tue 01 Aug 2023 - Tue 31 Oct 2023

Two top-class music venues in the heart of Birmingham have unveiled a packed programme of entertainment following the launch of their new August to October 2023 season. B:Music , the Birmingham music charity responsible for both Symphony Hall and Town Hall, has opened the curtain on its list of forthcoming shows which includes comedy, live music, dance and spoken word across the two famous stages which sit close by to each other in Birmingham city centre.

Among the highlights of the August - October season is B:JazzFest, which takes place at Symphony Hall in August, the Olivier Award-nominated West End show, The Tiger Who Came to Tea, and a visit by actor and musician Damian Lewis who brings his band to Town Hall in September as part of his first ever UK tour. There will also be a celebration of 40 years of Thomas Trotter as Birmingham City Organist at Symphony Hall and a special Halloween centenary screening of classic horror film The Hunchback of Notre Dame.

Actor Damian Lewis brings his band to Birmingham on first UK tour

The new season includes plenty of live music to choose from, with everything from the 169th British Open Brass Band Championships to Panjabi MC, widely recognised as the greatest British-Asian music export ever. Now in its third year, B:JazzFest will take place at Symphony Hall from 7 to 11 August with performances ranging from international touring artists to rising stars. Confirmed acts include Gabriella Liandu, Nishla Smith, and Olivia Murphy’s Jazz Orchestra. Damian Lewis is expected to deliver rootsy, rock and jazz-tinged songs when he brings his band to Town Hall on 15 September. And join Thomas Trotter on a musical journey in a concert that celebrates a remarkable 40 years as Birmingham City Organist with a captivating programme at Symphony Hall in October.

Continuing the anniversary theme, The National Children’s Choir of Great Britain celebrates its 25th anniversary at Town Hall (12 August), while The London Community Gospel Choir later marks 40 years at the same venue (9 September). Audiences can also experience the epic music of cinema’s most spine-tingling moments performed live on the Symphony Hall stage by an orchestra and choir in Symphonic Universe, presented by BBC Radio 1’s Ali Plumb (1 October).

The Tiger Who Came to Tea

For dance fans, Strictly Come Dancing legend and judge, Anton Du Beke, takes to the Symphony Hall stage with his show An Evening with Anton Du Beke and Friends (29 October). He will be accompanied by a live band, guest singer Lance Ellington, and his dancers. If comedy is your thing, B:Music is providing the laughs this autumn with a string of comedy A-listers including Simon Brodkin: Screwed Up (14 September), Kae Kurd: Kurd Immunity (22 September), Jason Byrne: The Ironic Bionic Man (8 October), Sophie McCartney: Tired and Tested (19 October), John Robins: Howl (28 October) and Jen Brister: The Optimist (30 October).

Family entertainment includes The Tiger Who Came to Tea at Town Hall (22-26 August), while Andy and the Odd Socks bring their madcap mix of songs, slapstick, and silliness to life (16 September). Or join Toscana Strings for The Wind in the Willows and Ferdinand the Bull (24 September) and encounter these two classic stories brought to life through music, dance, and a little help from the audience. Other highlights include TV historian Lucy Worsley sharing stories from the fascinating life of the Queen of Crime, Agatha Christie (9 October) and the screening of the silent movie The Hunchback of Notre Dame (31 October) starring Lon Chaney.

The National Children's Choir of GB

Audiences can also see the opening night of the first-ever Loose Women Live tour (1 September), Richard Herring’s Leicester Square Theatre Podcast in front of a live audience at Town Hall (8 September), and a performance from soul star Alexander O’Neal who performs at Town Hall as part of his Time to Say Goodbye: Farewell World Tour (21 September).

To see the full programme and to book tickets, visit www.bmusic.co.uk


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