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Date Opened 1834
Venue Capacity 1,088
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Venue Address Victoria Square
B3 3DQ

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Birmingham Town Hall is a Grade I listed concert and meeting venue in Victoria Square, Birmingham, England. It was created as a home for the Birmingham Triennial Music Festival established in 1784, the purpose of which was to raise funds for the General Hospital, after St Philips Church (later to become a Cathedral) became too small to hold the festival, and for public meetings.

Construction began on April 27, 1832 with an expected completion date of 1833. With the injection of this money, the building was successfully opened for the delayed Music Festival on October 7, 1834, despite the building still being unfinished. Architect Charles Edge was commissioned in 1835 to repair weaknesses to the design of the building. He was also commissioned for the extension of the building in 1837 and again in 1850.

The Hall closed in 1996 for a 35 million refurbishment, undertaken by Wates Construction, that has seen the Town Hall brought back to its original glory with its 6,000-pipe organ still in place. The project was funded by 18.3 million from Birmingham City Council, 13.7 million from the Heritage Lottery Fund and 3 million from the European Regional Development Fund. The town halls organist performed a piece of music to a group of school children in 2005 after the majority of the organ had been cleaned. However, the organist and the children all had to wear hard hats as the risk of falling debris remained. The hall is now managed by the trustees of the Symphony Hall. It reopened on 4 October 2007, and is to offer concerts again.

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