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Birmingham Symphony Hall turns 21

Inside Symphony Hall in Birmingham
Image caption Symphony Hall is celebrating the anniversary with a seven month festival

Birmingham concert venue Symphony Hall celebrates its twenty-first birthday on Tuesday.

A special concert featuring Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and Chorus will include Elgar's The Music Makers and Ravel's Daphnis and Chloe suite.

The show is part of a seven month celebration entitled the Symphony Hall 21st Anniversary Festival.

Other forthcoming events include rare UK performances from Tony Bennett and George Benson.

The Birmingham venue has hosted 7,500 events and more than 10 million people since being opened by The Queen in 1991.

Andris Nelsons and Simon Halsey will conduct Tuesday's special anniversary show featuring baritone Bryn Terfel and mezzo-soprano Christine Rice.

'Favourite place'

It will be repeated on June 13 followed by another month of events, including Sir Simon Rattle conducting the Vienna Philharmonic and a promenade-style performance featuring over 600 city schoolchildren.

Musicians and audience members are also being encouraged to pay tribute to the venue with special messages on Facebook and Twitter and in its foyer.

Image caption Artists from Wynton Marsalis to Bruce Springsteen have performed in Symphony Hall

"The audiences in Birmingham are exceptionally warm and welcoming," Tony Bennett has said of the venue.

"They are so fortunate to have this beautiful Symphony Hall right in their home town... One of my favourite places to perform."

Artists from Bruce Springsteen to Morrissey have played the 2,262 seat venue over the past twenty-one years, along with some of the world's greatest soloists and orchestras.

The Anniversary Festival has already featured performances from the Royal Opera, Billy Connolly, Elvis Costello and John Malkovich among others.

The Festival will be brought to a close on July 20 with New York's Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis.

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