Symphony Hall on Westside unveils its summer 2023 season

From leading stand-up comedians and top-class singers to an enchanting children’s movie and a man who’s been to space, there’s something for everyone at Symphony Hall this summer.

B:Music, the Birmingham music charity responsible for Symphony Hall, as well as nearby Town Hall, has launched its new summer programme for 2023 which includes live concerts, dance, comedy and the spoken word.

The new season at Symphony Hall on Centenary Square commences on 3 May with a concert by the CBSO, conducted by Japanese conductor Kazuki Yamada. This is the first of a varied programme of classical treats that also includes the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra on 16 May.

But popular music soon holds sway with concerts by James on 5 May, who have more than 25 million album sales to their name, Daniel O’Donnell on 11 May and singer-songwriter Katie Melua on 15 May.

The varied programme continues in May with the likes of Mike and the Mechanics, Midge Ure, and the London Concert Orchestra performing music from Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, and Game of Thrones, among others.

Further highlights can be found on the Symphony Hall stage throughout June and July.

They include the comedy of stand-up stars Jonathan Van Ness and 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown host Jimmy Carr, further classic film scores courtesy of The Music of Zimmer vs Williams, and the outstanding vocal talents of American folk singer Bonnie Raitt.

Pop group Shalamar celebrate their 40th anniversary with the help of guest local singer Jaki Graham, while dance fans can look forward to Anton Du Beke and Giovanni Pernice join forces on their spectacular show Him and Me.

Meanwhile, Birmingham-based female a cappella quintet, Black Voices, will perform hit songs by the likes of Mica Paris, Soul II Soul and Eternal.

A complete change of direction sees Canadian astronaut and ex-commander of the International Space Station, Chris Hadfield, host a mind-expanding evening of exploration, imagery, stories, and music in June.

And Symphony Hall’s summer season ends in style on 31 July with Encanto in Concert: The Film with Live Orchestra.

Audiences will be able to see Walt Disney Animation Studios’ film come to life in a UK tour for the first time ever, featuring the entire feature-length film with a full orchestra performing the score. To see the full programme and to book tickets, visit www.bmusic.co.uk

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