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Iconic building throws open its doors to all
To celebrate its 25th anniversary Birmingham's Symphony Hall will throw open its doors for a free interactive family fun music day on June 12, 2016,
Between 11am and 9pm Celebrate! will give everyone the chance to explore all the unusual and usually unseen spaces in and around the hall – and with six dressing rooms, five bars, four floors and one massive outdoor loading bay there's loads to see.
The foyers will be open for interactive music making, demonstrations of music technology, workshops, sound installations and backstage tours. For the first time Symphony Hall will be using its dock and loading bay as an innovative open-air music space, hosting its Musical Picnic in the access bay off Broad Street, with views overlooking the canals and Brindleyplace.
Innovative: Enjoy a performance in Symphony Hall's foyer
Highlights of the Celebrate! open day include the Pilgrimage Party, giving budding musicians the chance to perform on the same stage as world-famous artists like Sir Simon Rattle and Tom Jones. There's the opportunity to play a special birthday tune with acclaimed jazz band Young Pilgrims and enjoy beatboxng tuition from acclaimed DJ and World Loopstation Champion Shlomo.
Happy birthday: Young Pilgrims celebrate Symphony Hall's anniversary
Officially opened by Her Majesty The Queen on June 12, 1991, every aspect of Symphony Hall, from its interior design and its shape and dimensions to the materials used for the surfaces and the seat coverings, gives it acoustic perfection. As part of the open day, guests can take part in a discovery trail around the hall and its foyers, inside the reverberation chamber and through the back of the grand organ to see what makes the space so outstanding.
Discovery trail: Symphony Hall is open to all on June 12 (pic: Jason Sheldon)
Celebrate! open day at Symphony Hall on Sunday June 12:
MAIN STAGE 11.15 - 12pm: Family Organ Fun with Asako and Kurt 1.15 - 3pm: Pilgrimage Party with the Young Pilgrims 4pm - 5pm: Big Sing with Sara Colman and Pete Churchill 6.15 - 7.15: Shlomo
BAY C STAGE 11am - 12pm: Musical Picnic with Vo Fletcher 12.30 - 1.30: Musical Picnic with Bethan Jones 2pm - 3pm: Musical Picnic with Randolph Matthews
3.30 - 4.30: Musical Picnic with Catapluf
5pm - 6pm: Musical Picnic with Voodoo Love Orchestra
12pm - 5.30: Project SoundLounge Sessions
LEVELS 4, 5, 5A
11am - 5.45: Interactive music making workshops for children under 8 years