Enjoy the full experience of cinema and music at Westside’s Symphony Hall

A feast of music from festive cinema favourites awaits visitors to Westside in the run-up to Christmas.

Birmingham music charity B:Music, which runs Symphony Hall, promises to ‘B:Festive’ in the weeks leading up to the big day as it puts the finishing touches to its seasonal programme.

And leading the way are a number of magical festive movies which are being brought to the Symphony Hall stage on a giant screen, accompanied by a live orchestra playing the famous musical scores.

Top musicians will be performing the film score exactly as the composer intended using high tech prompts to align precisely with the movie.

First up on Symphony Hall’s festive film season is The Holiday on 25 November at 2.30pm and 7.30pm. Starring Cameron Diaz, Kate Winslet, Jude Law and Jack Black, the film tells the story of how two women who have never met and live 6,000 miles apart find themselves in the exact same place.

That is followed by Disney’s much loved 1992 musical comedy, The Muppet Christmas Carol, which starred Michael Caine as Scrooge, on 4 December, and the Richard Curtis Christmas romantic comedy Love Actually – celebrating its 20th anniversary – on 5 December.

And completing Symphony Hall’s Christmas movie line-up is How the Grinch Stole Christmas on 9 December, with Jim Carrey as the voice of the Grinch, who hates everything about the festive holiday and sets out to ruin it for the townsfolk of Whoville.

As well as the seasonal film favourites, Symphony Hall will also be playing host to a variety of shows over the course of December.

They range from Strictly Come Dancing’s Janette Manrara and Aljaž Škorjanec on 10 December to Jools Holland and his Rhythm and Blues Orchestra, with special guests including Birmingham’s own Ruby Turner (15 and 16 December), to Candlelit Carols with the Mozart Festival Orchestra and Canzonetta Choir (17 December),

And, finishing the festive celebrations in style, Symphony Hall hosts two spectacular New Year’s Eve concerts: The London Concert Orchestra play the New Year’s Eve Gala in the afternoon, before DJ Gary Davies presents BBC Radio 2’s Sounds of the 80s: The Live Tour in the evening with special guests including Carole Decker and local favourite Toyah Willcox.

To see the full programme and to book tickets, visit www.bmusic.co.uk

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