Symphony Hall

Symphony Hall, Birmingham: Hours, Address, Symphony Hall Reviews: 4.5/5

Symphony Hall
4.5
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
About
Birmingham's world-famous acoustically refined 2262 capacity concert hall presents a diverse programme of jazz, world, folk, rock, pop and classical music concerts, organ recitals, spoken word, dance, family, educational and community performances each year, as well as conferences, graduation ceremonies, business meetings and major broadcasts.Symphony Hall is managed alongside sister venue Town Hall, by the registered charity Performances Birmingham Ltd, and is home to the Birmingham International Concert Season and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra.
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Eliza Delilah
Birmingham, UK20 contributions
Feb 2022 • Friends
Stunningly gorgeous venue from top to bottom. The staff are really friendly and the queue for the bar moved to quickly - the staff certainly have their speed and quality of service down to a t!

The only thing that lost -1* is that fact that the particular show I last went to allowed the audience to stand up during the show. Unfortunately this meant that we weren't able to see many parts of the show as my elderly grandmother couldn't be standing up and down every 5 minutes. There are disabled seats available to book I'm advance - I would recommend anyone with any slight mobility issue to book these, regardless of their disabled status to avoid our problem.

Otherwise a brilliant venue!
Written April 5, 2022
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Amy
27 contributions
May 2022 • Friends
Most recently I went to the Zimmer/Williams concert at the Symphony Hall - the music was fantastic and the event was so enjoyable. All members of staff are always so welcoming.

We sat in the Grand Tier, and although I don’t usually have a problem with heights, the seating was so steep I did feel quite unwell looking down on the orchestra from this angle. However I have sat in the ‘box’ of the grand tier for a different event in the past and didn’t have the same issue.

Although a tannoy message warns you that latecomers may not be admitted, several late comers came in during the first piece of music. It was distracting, having to stand and allow them past, or have them walking along the rows in front of you. I think it would have been much better to hold late comers near the door, then allow them to take their seats at a suitable break in the performance.

During the interval, prepare for a very long queue for the bar and ladies restrooms. The ice creams on offer are lovely but the prices are high, as you’d expect!
Written May 21, 2022
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Steviefull
Kidderminster, UK1,346 contributions
Nov 2021
We were here to see Return Of The Jedi played with a live orchestra, the venue itself was easy to find and we arrived early so went straight in, our covid passes were checked and we were shown to our seats. The venue is very impressive, with a decent amount of floor seats and tiered seating offering good views from the rear of the hall.

My girlfriend went and got some refreshments which were decently priced for a venue like this, which was a nice surprise and the toilets were easily accessible which is always a bonus.

The screen wasn't massive but visible and the orchestra positioned on the raised stage area so could be seen clearly. The film looked great for 40 years old and the orchestra were so good you forgot they were there as they were note perfect. The two hours plus intermission flew by and we had a great time.

I look forward to something of interest comign back on so we can visit again.
Written January 2, 2022
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traceykennedy97
Staffordshire, UK4 contributions
Dec 2021 • Couples
I visited Symphony Hall this afternoon to watch a Christmas Spectacular. Really disappointed to find that a large proportion of the audience did not wear a mask during the show. There was no enforcement, no announcents reminding the attendees that it is a legal requirement in a theatre.
When the management were challenged afterwards, their response was that they are a 'hospitality' venue, like a pub or restaurant and therefore no masks are required.

Had I walked into a pub, cafe or restaurant and had to sit as close to others without masks, I would have left. I had no choice in Symphony Hall. Theatres have been cribbing about how long they had to be closed,little wonder when they made no effort to ensure safety. Had I not had covid in October, I would have left, as it was, I moved to an uncrowded area after the interval as it seemed other people did indeed leave as there were lots of empty seats.
Written December 18, 2021
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David S
United Kingdom36 contributions
Dec 2021
We attended the Now 80s concert last night and had a fantastic time. It was really good to see and listen to great live musicians and singers. The quality of voices was West End standard and we could dance and sing along to all the songs.

All staff at the venue were friendly and helpful. A special shout out to Alexander who went the extra mile for us and made us feel very welcome.

We will definitely visit again soon.
Written December 30, 2021
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David T
Exeter, UK66 contributions
Dec 2021
Went to the NYE Gala Concert, We've been several times and always the best entertainment - popular classical music plus some fun from the conductor - all very light hearted. London Concert Orchestra always good and the singers were impressive. The solo violinist was exceptional.
We also had the pre-concert dinner which was fine dining at it's best.
Congrats to all the staff who were working on such an important night of the year all to give us a good experience.
The only downside was no enforcement of mask wearing. There were plenty of stewards who could have mentioned it and it could have been mentioned from the stage. It's weak for the ICC not to tackle this issue.
Written January 2, 2022
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Trudy H
1 contribution
Mar 2022 • Couples
Symphony hall champagne experience is a monumental rip off avoid at all costs, the experience is in a corridor over looking Weathersoons with no atmosphere a bottle of champagne on a bowl of nuts. Two other couples walked out in discussed. We would have been better and cheaper to buy a bottle and sit in the bar. This is clearly an expensive rip off.
Written March 18, 2022
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Vijee
Birmingham, UK61 contributions
Dec 2019
The acoustics re simply out of this world. I have been here many times, in the last three years with different seatings. Am yet to sit somewhere where I am disappointed by either sound or view. Just go and enjoy the experience. A friend of mine who lives in Berlin, and who is a passionate classical music lover told me about Symphony Hall's amazing acoustics even before I moved to Birmingham, and he has never ever been here. :-o
Written March 4, 2020
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Jane B
24 contributions
Feb 2020 • Couples
Last night we went to see Queen Symphonic at this amazing venue. It is modern yet classic, and the acoustics are so good you get great sound wherever you sit. This was our fourth visit and we are already looking forward to the next!

Staff are plentiful and very helpful and there are plenty of restaurants and bars nearby in Brindley Place for a pre-existing show meal/ drink.
Written February 16, 2020
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Jennie E
Cheltenham, UK32 contributions
Dec 2019
Fantastic venue for a classical concert. Acoustics were amazing, and superb seats overlooking the orchestra. As Broad Street was being dug up, we parked at Broadway Plaza car park at the top of Hagley Road, rather than at Brindley Place - only an 18 minute easy walk from the Symphony Hall, easy to get out, no queuing, and very reasonable price.
Written January 3, 2020
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