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One of the founding members of Dexys Midnight Runners and a former X Factor hopeful will be performing to online audiences this June.

Before the lockdown, the music charity responsible for Symphony Hall invited a range of artists into the world-renowned venue to film a series of Facebook Watch Parties, which have now amassed over 75,000 views.

Since then, artists from across the globe have invited audiences into their homes including Eric BibbBeverley Craven and PP Arnold.

With the easing of lockdown, three solo singer-songwriters have been invited on to the site of Symphony Hall’s foyer redevelopment this June. In the last few months, work has continued the transformation of Symphony Hall’s public spaces and though the venue remains closed the music making has begun.

A survey conducted by the Musicians’ Union found that 38% of musicians were not covered by either the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme or the Government Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme. More than a quarter (26%) of musicians who do qualify for the scheme will also struggle to survive financially until SEISS payments are made.

As a charity dedicated to connecting people through music we remain committed to our audiences and musicians even in these hard times. These unique performances create opportunities for musicians and bring some of that magical connection with audiences to the digital space. In addition to the latest recordings, which will be broadcast on Facebook through June, we have commissioned new music from local artists and commissioned digital performances from Birmingham talent.

Nick Reed, Chief Executive

Throughout June, on Town Hall Symphony Hall’s Facebook page, you’ll find pre-recorded performances from bassist and founding member of Dexys Midnight Runners, Pete Williams; Wolverhampton songwriter and composer, Tehillah Henry; and the Brummie singer who wowed judges on the X Factor, Felix Shepherd.

In these uncertain times, many registered charities are relying on the generosity of their supporters more than ever. These performance opportunities have been made possible with the support of Town Hall and Symphony Hall’s audiences.

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