Town Hall Birmingham

Town Hall Birmingham

Town Hall Birmingham
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Architectural Buildings • Government Buildings
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Birmingham's Grade I listed concert hall, managed along sister venue Symphony Hall, is home to a diverse programme of events including jazz, world, folk, rock, pop and classical concerts, organ recitals, spoken word, dance, family, educational and community performances, as well as annual general meetings, product launches, conferences, dinners, fashion shows, graduation ceremonies and broadcasts.
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Neil K
Liverpool, UK609,495 contributions
Sep 2020 • Friends
Walking around Victoria Square you are immediately struck by the wonderful architecture and without a shadow of a doubt the most beautiful structure is the Town Hall.
The Town Hall had a checkered beginning, the architect's who were chosen to construct the Town Hall were Edward Welch and Joseph Hansom of the Hansom cab design fame who both expected the cost of the build to be £8.000 , a Roman architectural style was devised but during construction Hansom went bankrupt as their cost estimates were to low ,three guarantors donated money namely W P Lloyd,John Welch and Edward Tench and the Town Hall building opened for the delayed music festival on the 7th October 1834 ,the building of the Town Hall was marked by tragedy as two workers died on the construction but despite this the building was well received by the public.
Charles Dickens gave public readings here and Mendelssohns " Elijah " and Elgar's " The Dream Of Gerontius " were premiered here.
Buddy Holly,The Beatles,Led Zeppelin, Queen ,The Rolling Stones and many more popular bands performed here throughout the 1960's and 70's .
The Town Hall closed in 1996 closed for a £35 million refurbishment which brought it back to its former glory and reopened for concerts in 2007 .
The architecture itself is awesome, a free standing Corinthian temple ,the columns look cool ,very photogenic, makes for some great photographic opportunities and adds to the joy of visiting Victoria Square.
Most definitely well worth a visit if you're in the area or planning to visit Birmingham.
Written September 12, 2020
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TheGreenDahlia
Birmingham, UK33 contributions
Sep 2020
Saw some of the Moody Blues perform live here and it's an incredible place for a music venue. Really beautiful inside and feels very intimate as it's quite small. Definitely go to a gig here if you get chance.
Written August 25, 2021
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GRAHAMMMCFARLANE
Bedford, UK632 contributions
Oct 2014 • Couples
Birmingham's town hall has great historical significance as part of the Industrial revolution, as well as being one of the really good concert venues with excellent views and acoustics - well worth a visit.
Written December 24, 2014
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WanderAlex
Navan, Ireland100 contributions
Jul 2019 • Couples
Large impressive building with good acoustics. Went to see Neurosis there and was pleasantly surprised. Will happily look for other concerts there
Written July 24, 2019
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macedonboy
Glasgow, UK151,202 contributions
Apr 2019 • Solo
This Victorian era Town Hall is a very impressive looking building that takes it's inspiration from Neo-Classical Architecture and reminds me a little of the Parthenon of Athens. Didn't go instead for any events, just admired it from the outside. Well, what you can see of it given the ongoing work around Victoria Sq.
Written April 20, 2019
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TeamWard
Nottingham, UK4,826 contributions
Mar 2020
The Town hall building in Birmingham looks like it should be a museum for its impressive architecture on the outside but its not, worth a viewing.
Written March 15, 2020
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Lizymee26
Birmingham, UK191 contributions
May 2019 • Friends
I recently booked last minute tickets to see Jamie Lawson perform at the Town Hall. I have always wanted to go to a concert at the Town Hall so decided to book tickets.

I was not disappointed. It was a great venue which offered a really intimate musical experience. The sound was amazing and it wouldn’t have mattered where you sat you would have had a great view.

We sat up in the circle in row B.

If you are going to go earlier for a drink I would recommend the circle bar rather than the lower bar.

The staff were all very polite. The drinks were more expensive than I thought they would be.

I would highly recommend it as a music venue
Written May 13, 2019
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profjoypc
Alnwick, UK4,381 contributions
Jul 2014 • Couples
This wonderful building stands as one of the most interesting symbols of this Victorian age city - its architecture deriving from the classical Roman style. It is now a Grade 1 listed concert hall, having had major renovations in recent years. The Town Hall is fascinating from the outside but is also well worth viewing inside. The acoustics are good and a great range of concerts, recitals and performances are on offer.
Written July 28, 2014
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Pam C
Birmingham, UK70 contributions
Dec 2019 • Couples
The Town Hall is a lovely venue. It’s a pity I can’t say the same for the services offered. The bar choices are awful and the choice of wines is poor. When we were there last Sunday, the Ladies toilets on the circle are were not working, meaning either using the disabled lavatory, or trekking downstairs. Not good.
Written December 26, 2019
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Graham
Rugby, UK753 contributions
Dec 2019
We went here to see the comedian Stewart Francis. We were up in the circle and had a great view of the stage. This hall benefits from being oblong with a huge vaulted ceiling, which means there are no pillars. So there are no bad places to sit.
Written December 8, 2019
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