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by Andy Coleman (subscribe)
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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.

Symphony Hall Birmingham, Celebrate open day, 25th anniversary, Shlomo, Young Pilgrims, Musical Picnic


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.

Symphony Hall Birmingham, Celebrate open day, 25th anniversary, Shlomo, Young Pilgrims, Musical Picnic
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.

Symphony Hall Birmingham, Celebrate open day, 25th anniversary, Shlomo, Young Pilgrims, Musical Picnic
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.

Symphony Hall Birmingham, Celebrate open day, 25th anniversary, Shlomo, Young Pilgrims, Musical Picnic
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

ARTISTS' BAR
12pm - 5.30: Project SoundLounge Sessions

LEVELS 4, 5, 5A
11am - 5.45: Interactive music making workshops for children under 8 years

LEVEL 3 FOYER/BAR
11am - 9pm: Sound Installation
12pm - 5pm: Tours every half hour

LOADING DOCK
5.30 - 9pm: After Party

Symphony Hall Birmingham, Celebrate open day, 25th anniversary, Shlomo, Young Pilgrims, Musical Picnic


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Why? See Symphony Hall as you've never seen it before
When: June 12, 2016
Phone: 0121 780 3333
Where: Symphony Hall, Birmingham
Cost: Free
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