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Via David for THSH Birmingham (Town Hall Symphony Hall)
Jaki Graham helps launch THSH Birmingham Symphony Hall foyer transformation
This week Jaki Graham officially launched the extraordinary transformation of THSH Birmingham Symphony Hall’s foyer, a project called Making an Entrance, alongside Birmingham rapper Lady Sanity and acclaimed pianist, songwriter and globetrotting music collaborator to Sam Smith, Reuben James.
These musicians were at the world-renowned music venue in central Birmingham to celebrate the beginning of this redevelopment which will create a performance space for talented local artists to have even more opportunities to perform as part of a daily programme including free and affordable performances.
Jaki Graham said:
I have had the privilege of performing on stage at Symphony Hall and, as a Birmingham-born artist, it filled me with pride. I’m honoured to be invited to launch this major transformation, which will provide many more talented local musicians the opportunity to perform in this incredible venue”.
Soul singer Jaki Graham established herself as one of the most popular R&B and dance artists in the 80s. The first British black female solo artist to enjoy 6 consecutive top 20 hits, Jaki headlined Jamaica’s 50th Independence Cultural Extravaganza at Symphony Hall in 2012.
The music legend went to school in Ladywood, where much of Town Hall Symphony Hall’s learning and participation output is now focused. Generation Ladywood is a suite of activities that are offered to young people and their families in the Ladywood area.
The Making an Entrance project is a major transformation of Symphony Hall’s public foyer areas. In addition to a state-of-the-art foyer performance space for free and low-cost activities, there will be dedicated spaces able to host learning and participation projects, and a richer and more welcoming experience including an enhanced food and beverage offer, refurbished toilets, additional disabled WCs and a Space to Change facility.
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.
Town Hall Symphony Hall Chief Executive, Nick Reed said:
We currently reach over 18,000 people with our learning and community programme and over the coming years we will be able to reach thousands more in the transformed spaces that this project will create. As significant cuts are made to music tuition in our region’s schools, this transformation will support local talent by providing an enhanced space for people to be musically creative”.
Discover more about THSH Birmingham here: thsh.co.uk