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Leading venue celebrates with exciting classical concert
The 25th anniversary of Birmingham's prestigious Symphony Hall is being marked with a series of events beginning with a concert by the CBSO on April 15, 2016.

Birmingham Symphony Hall, The Next 25
Happy 25th birthday: Birmingham Symphony Hall

The Next 25 concert is a story of '25s' with the programme comprising:

Stravinsky's Firebird, performed 25 years ago at Symphony Hall's opening concert on April 15,1991;

• Grieg's Piano Concerto, written when the composer was 25-years-old;

• A new commission by 25-year-old Ryan Latimer.

Jamie Phillips, Birmingham Symphony Hall
Conductor: Jamie Phillips

In addition, the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra will be conducted by 25-year-old Jamie Phillips, originally from Harborne in Birmingham. Jamie, the Associate Conductor for The Hallé Orchestra, says: ''I'm absolutely delighted to be part of the 25th anniversary celebrations of Symphony Hall. It was in this concert hall, one of the greatest in the world, that I grew up listening to music, so it is a privilege to be able to return to celebrate with the wonderful CBSO. I'm sure it will be a fantastic occasion."

Lukas Geniušas, Birmingham Symphony Hall
Pianist: Lukas Geniušas (pic: Evgenij Evtiukhin)

Lithuanian-Russian pianist Lukas Geniušas, also aged 25, will be making his Birmingham debut with his performance of Grieg's piano concerto. A prize winner at 2015's renowned Tchaikovsky Competition, Lukas is well-known for thrilling audiences with his ambitious and well-received performances and recently debuted to acclaim in London's Wigmore Hall and the Southbank Centre's International Piano Series.

Ryan Latimer, Symphony Hall Birmingham
Composer: Ryan Latimer

The concert will also feature a short work composed specifically for the event by 25-year-old composer Ryan Latimer. Having completed his undergraduate and postgraduate training at the acclaimed Birmingham Conservatiore, Ryan then received the Musicians' Union 'Bill Warman' Award, Bachelor of Music Award and Composition Prize.

Nick Reed, chief executive officer for Town Hall/ Symphony Hall, says: "This is our small way of saying thank you to a city that has supported Symphony Hall and has enabled it to achieve so much over its lifetime. Without the support of the people of Birmingham, none of it would have been possible. So if you're lifelong fans of classical music then come along, if you've never sat down and listened to it before, then definitely come along.

"Birmingham is home to some of the most talented musicians and artists in the world, some of which will be performing that night, so take a few hours out of your usual routine and head to Symphony Hall to experience something truly amazing."

In a bid to encourage more young people to engage in the arts under- 25s are invited to attend The Next 25 for free. Tickets for over- 25s are available at a significantly reduced price of Ł10 plus fees.

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Why? Celebrate 25 years of Birmingham's Symphony Hall
When: April 15, 2016
Phone: 0121 345 0600
Where: Symphony Hall, Birmingham
Cost: Ł10 (over-25s); Free (under-25s)
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