The Making an Entrance project is a major transformation of Symphony Hall’s public foyer areas - to ensure that we continue to be a creative force and financially independent long into the future.
Since opening in 1991, Symphony Hall has been at Birmingham’s cultural heart and we have one mission: to inspire a love of live music, through performance, participation and learning.
Every year, we present the world’s most exciting and diverse artists on our stage - from Jools Holland, to Gregory Porter, and of course, the world-renowned City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. Throughout the redevelopment of the foyer, the main auditorium will continue to present performances that entertain and inspire you.
THSH also reaches out to many communities across the West Midlands through an ambitious Learning and Participation programme which nurtures a lifelong love of music. However, as significant cuts are made to music tuition in our region’s schools, and our funding from local government continues to decline, our financial resilience, relevance and commitment to inclusivity is more important than ever.
Key features of the new foyers will be:
- A state-of-the-art foyer performance space for free activities
- Dedicated spaces able to host learning and participation projects, exhibitions and installations
- A richer and more welcoming experience for all of our audiences - our foyers will be fully accessible with an enhanced food and beverage offer
- Refurbished toilets and additional disabled WCs and a Place to Change facility
- A more environmentally-sound Symphony Hall, thus reducing waste and saving energy.
The impact of these changes will be huge for our audiences and visitors. For instance, from summer 2020, the new foyer spaces will host hundreds of free, diverse and exciting events, while our vital Learning and Participation programme will reach over 24,000 young people and adults every year.
95% of funding has already been pledged for the work. But we need our audiences to help us reach our target. Every donation that is made will make a big difference and, thanks to a generous donor, your gift will be matched pound for pound, doubling the impact your gift can have.
If you are eligible, we will also be able to claim 25p per £1 donated through Gift Aid.
All donors will have the option to have their gift recognised on a permanent honour wall in the new public spaces.
If you have any comments about the changes to the building, or to discuss a gift, please do not hesitate to contact Chris Smith, Development Manager (Campaigns) on 0121 289 6246 or email [email protected].
Thank you to our audiences for all of your continued support.
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