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As a huge fan of many kinds of music I like to see my favourite artists live in concert, I have seen some of my favourite artists, these include Velvet Revolver and Zico Chain who I saw at Cardiff International Arena and Beverley Knight and Boyz II Men. I have seen the last two at the Birmingham Symphony Hall. Beverley Knight late last year and Boyz II Men on 6th March as part of their latest Motown Hitsville tour.
I came up to Birmingham on a National Express coach from Taunton in Somerset and found the Symphony Hall quite easily from the coach station although the coach station has moved since I went to see Beverley Knight so It took a few minutes to work out which way to go this time.
The Symphony Hall is found within the heart of the City and is close to the Town Hall. The Symphony Hall is located in the International Convention Centre (ICC) on Broad Street. On entering the Convention Centre from Centenary Square, Symphony Hall foyers are to your left.
The History of The Hall
The Symphony Hall was built in 1991 for just £30m which is a real bargain considering the beauty of it. The Hall is world renowned as one of the best concert venues in the world and is situated inside the Internation Convention centre or ICC as it is more commonly known.
Since the opening of the Symphony Hall it has seen some of the worlds most renowned orchestras and musical artists perform. It houses the City of Birmingham Orchestra and the Hall has a huge variety of musical performers who have graced the famous stage.
The Seating Plan
The 2262 seater auditorium is really a sight to see and the seating plan goes with rows of stall seating areas on the floor and then the seating plan goes upwards with circle seating at the back and boxes at either side. The great thing about the seating plan is that no matter where you are sitting you will still get a great listening position due to the wonderful acoustics.
The seats are on five levels and each level has it's own bar and toilets. There's seating and a few tables for you to sit and have a drink while you wait until the doors open. This is a great feature of the Symphony Hall as you can wait inside and you don't have to stand in a line worrying about getting in on time.
Surrounding the Symphony Hall
There are some great places to go when your concert has finished. The Symphony Hall is in a prime position as there are many hotels and bars on around Broad Street which are great for when you leave the Hall after the concert. There's a nice wetherspoons pub which I have drank in the two times I have been to the Hall.
It's also not too far from the nightlife in the high street area. With more clubs just a couple of minutes walk away it really is in a great spot if you fancy doing something after the gig.
Watching a concert at The Symphony Hall in Birmingham is a real joy and is superb in many ways. Acoustically, Visually and practically. I have been to Cardiff International Arena, Hammersmith Apollo and now Birmingham Symphony Hall and there is just something so special about watching a concert here that makes me want to go back so much more. Boyz II Men are doing another gig on the 2nd April and I am thinking of going to see them for a third time and second at the Symphony Hall
I would recommend the Symphony Hall to anyone who likes going to concerts. Have a look and I'm sure there will be one of your favourite artists performing here soon. Go and see what you think. You won't be dissapointed. I certainly wasnt.
The symphony Hall in Birmingham is simply breathtaking. It is a huge venue - gazing up at the seats in the gods is enough to make you giddy and gazing down would be tough on a vertigo sufferer. This building has been designed with acoustics in mind, and as a result is an excellent place to listen to music. For some events, it is possible to get seats where the choir would sit. This is not for the fainthearted as it means the entire audience can see you and the other people who have braved it. However, you get to be really close to the orchestra, you get to see what the conductor is doing, and anyone who plays will find this fascinating. I have done this myself, I can wholeheartedly recomend it as a really enlightening experience. The whole complex surrounding the Symphony Hall is great - its a really well designed building and its well worth a visit. if you get a chance, see the Birmingham Symphony orchestra in their home - tickets are surprisingly affordable and it makes for a wonderful night out.