Birmingham Town Hall - A Birmingham Gem!

Birmingham Town Hall is a Grade I listed building located in Victoria Square and Chamberlain Square. It is a concert hall and a venue for popular assemblies in the City.  


The city's Town Hall was opened in 1834 and was the first significant work of the 19th-century to be considered a revival of Roman architecture.

Birmingham Town Hall. Photography by Daniel Sturley

 

For more than 180 years, Town Hall has been a hub of civic and cultural life in Birmingham.

It is a versatile venue, hosting classical music, rock, popular music and even comedy.

Events held at Birmingham's Town Hall have featured many world renowned artists such as David Bowie, Led Zeppelin, Tony Iommi, Caitlin Moran and many more. Famous classical premieres held at the Town Hall have included Mendelssohn’s Elijah and Elgar’s The Dream of Gerontius, The Apostles, The Kingdom and The Music Makers.

 

The Town Hall Organ

Inside and out, Birmingham's Town Hall is stunning in so many ways but it is the historic William Hill organ that has to be showpiece of this impressive building.

The organ paid for out of public funds was specially commissioned at the time of the build in 1834. It has huge pipes, 32 feet in length and, over the years, the size of the organ has grown from 3,000 to 6,000 pipes. 

At the time of the installation, it was the largest organ in England, and even now, it is considered comparable with the most powerful of organs around the world.

The William Hill organ is integral to the musical past and future of The Town Hall. 

Town Hall organ. Photography by Mike Gutteridge.

 

History of The Birmingham Town Hall 

The design and build of the Town Hall is based on the Roman Temple of Castor and Pollux. 

Birmingham Town Hall.  At the Birmingham History Galleries. Photography by Elliott Brown

 

It was designed by Joseph Aloyisus Hansom and immediately became a form for political debate and speech-making, as well as internationally recognised venue for music. it was home to the Triennial Music Festivals between 1834 and 1912 and home to the CBSO between 1926 and 1991.  

Charles Dickens famously gave a reading of A Christmas Carol in the Town Hall.

It has undergone numerous alterations and changes to reflect the needs of musical performers and their audiences and remains one of the City's true Gems. 

Birmingham Town Hall and Tram. Photography by Elliott Brown

 

Town Hall Accident Memorial

What looks like the Lower Part Of A Fluted Column, is close to the Cathedral Square entrance from Temple Row (near Cherry Street). In January 1833, there was an accident at the construction site of the Town Hall, resulting in the deaths of John Heap (aged 38) and William Badger (aged 26). It looks like a stone pillar from the Town Hall. Near the end of April each year is Workers Memorial Day. Flowers are placed here to remember people killed or injured at work.

Town Hall Accident MemorialTown Hall Accident Memorial at Cathedral Square (January 2011). Photography by Elliott Brown

 

Contacts and further details

View Town Hall on our Birmingham map HERE.

www.thsh.co.uk/town-hall

Travel to Town Hall Birmingham HERE.

Project dates

01 Sep 2019 - On-going

Passions

History & heritage, People & community, Music & musicians

Contact

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Jonathan Bostock

0121 410 5520
jonathan.bostock@ yourplaceyourspace.com