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Martin Kemp And The Notebenders

Ahead of performing at Symphony Hall in Big Band Broadway next year, Spandau Ballet's Martin Kemp made a visit to the site of Symphony Hall's £13.2 million redevelopment on Monday, 25 November, and met with members of Birmingham community big band, The Notebenders.

For Big Band Broadway, Martin and Shirlie Kemp will be joined by legendary Broadway music-man Larry Blank and the London Concert Orchestra. Along with sensational vocalists Rachel Tucker and Matt Ford, audiences on Sunday, 16 February 2020, will enjoy an exciting concert of music from the searing rhythms of Sweet Charity and Cabaret to the blistering brass of West Side Story.

Performances continue throughout the major transformation of Symphony Hall’s foyers. Upon completion, Symphony Hall will boast a brand-new performance space for talented local artists to have even more opportunities to perform as part of a daily programme with free and affordable performances.

The Notebenders will be one of many local community groups who will benefit from the state-of-the-art performance space.

The Notebenders Big Band is the brainchild of thier patron and inspiration, Andy Hamilton MBE, who is himself remembered with a named seat in the Symphony Hall auditorium. Band members hail from all sections of the diverse and dynamic communities of the City of Birmingham and the wider West Midlands region. They are a true representation of crossing and breaking down barriers through music.

Town Hall Symphony Hall has been working for over ten years with Ladywood-based community big band, The Notebenders. Led by Conservatoire graduates and supported by the Jazzlines Talent Development programme, The Notebenders is a unique and important part of Town Hall Symphony Hall’s commitment to supporting the musical aspirations of the people of Birmingham and enabling free access to quality performances in a world class venue.

Mary Wakelam-Sloan, Jazz Programme Manager

Town Hall Symphony Hall present a wide-ranging programme of music, comedy and spoken word, and the £13.2 million project will mean that even more people can access and enjoy this work.

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