Extraordinary talent

Extraordinary talent

Investec Wealth & Investment (IW&I) is delighted to continue its relationship with Performances Birmingham Ltd, which operates two of the country’s leading concert venues: Town Hall and Symphony Hall.

Over the past eight years IW&I has supported a range of classical concerts that promote extraordinary talent and are commited to being the best in their field, two of our core values. This has included the St Petersburg Symphony Orchestra, the Vienna Philharmonic under the baton of Sir Simon Rattle, and the cutting edge Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring in 2011 (a 3D music/ dance performance), as part of Symphony Hall’s 21st anniversary celebrations.

Town Hall and Symphony Hall (THSH) and IW&I have a long-standing and very close working relationship, supporting each other on various projects, including the recent book launch of The Crazy Adventure of the Silly Sixby, by local author and BQ journalist John Duckers. Proceeds from the sale of the book helps to support THSH’s charitable work. This entrepreneurial spark is one that we see in ourselves, as we work with our clients to offer tailored services that are as individual and extraordinary as they are.

Between them, THSH present an exciting and varied programme of around 780 concerts and events a year, connecting people of all ages and backgrounds to music, from jazz, folk, world, roots and classical, to rock and pop. Over 560,000 people visit the venues annually, and almost 15,000 young people and adults participate in the thriving education and community programme.

Widely considered one of the finest concert halls in the world, the Symphony Hall sits in the heart of Birmingham city centre and is home to the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. The concert hall plays an important role in the life of the region attracting prestigious artists such as the Kraftwerk and Annoushka Shankar. The Town Hall, re-opened in October 2007 following a £35m renovation, has been a hub of civic and cultural life in Birminghamfor more than 180 years. From classical to comedy, from rock to pop, it is now one of the city’s most versatile venues having featured artists such as David Bowie, Led Zeppelin, Toni Iommi, Caitlin Moran and many more. Famous classical premieres include Mendelssohn’s Elijah and Elgar’s The Dream of Gerontius, The Apostles, The Kingdom and The Music Makers.

Adrian Quin, executive director and head of investec’s Birmingham office, said: “Both venues are nationally and internationally acclaimed for their international programme and high quality acoustic. We are very pleased to be building on our relationship with THSH at a time when our UK-wide cultural sponsorship and engagement strategy is so important to us, particularly outside London”.

Nick Reed, chief executive of Performances Birmingham, added: “Sponsorship is an increasingly important factor in our business model and it’s vital that THSH sustains dynamic relationships with businesses such as IW&I, who have played a strong role in supporting classical music at THSH and the arts around the UK.”

A key part of the THSH programme is Birmingham Classical, which offers a distinctive programme of internationally renowned orchestras, recitals and chamber concerts featuring some of the biggest classical music stars in the world today.

Symphony Hall is celebrating its 25th birthday this year – a significant landmark and achievement given the challenging public funding climate. As two of the finest concert halls in the world, THSH, in partnership with IW&I, wants to ensure the classical music ecology for Birmingham remains vibrant and relevant. In Birmingham, IW&I offers a service tailored to the individual needs of our clients. From family wealth planning to portfolio management for entrepreneurs, our specialists get to know your goals and work with you to help make them a reality.

For further information please contact Adrian Quin, Head of the Birmingham office for Investec Wealth & Investment, The Colmore Building, Colmore Circus, Birmingham, B4 6AT.
Tel: 0121 232 0700 Email: adrian.quin@investecwin.co.uk www.investecwin.co.uk