AWARD 2019



Since opening in 1991, Symphony Hall has been at Birmingham’s cultural heart and we have one mission: to inspire a love of live music, through performance, participation and learning. Every year, we present the world’s most exciting and diverse artists on our stage - from Jools Holland, to Gregory Porter, and of course, the world-renowned City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. THSH also reaches out to many communities across the West Midlands through an ambitious Learning and Participation programme which nurtures a lifelong love of music. However, as significant cuts are made to music tuition in our region’s schools and our funding from local government continues to decline, our financial resilience, relevance and commitment to inclusivity is more important than ever. The Making an Entrance project is a major transformation of Symphony Hall’s public foyer areas - to ensure that we continue to be a creative force and financially independent long into the future.

In spring 2019, THSH launched a public fundraising campaign for its capital project, Making an Entrance. As a regular attendee, Mr Emery was selected as a prospect and received a letter outlining the organisation’s plans. Shortly afterwards, when booking a booking a ticket in-person at the Box Office, he asked to speak to Development Manager, Chris Smith, to explain that he thinks the objectives of the campaign are extremely valuable to Birmingham and believes that the improvements will benefit both the regular concert going audience as well as the local community. He then donated £5 explaining that it was all he could afford to contribute, wishing the project well. THSH have nominated Mr Emery for the Prize to highlight that they value support in all forms. Mr Emery’s support of the organisation, by purchasing tickets and coming so frequently, has been invaluable and the fact he still wanted to contribute further gives further endorsement of their plans.


Chris Smith, Development Manager, Town Hall Symphony Hall:

“We are thrilled to be shortlisted for the Individual Award of the Achates Philanthropy Prize. The public campaign supporting Making an Entrance has been an absolute success, and donors like Mr Emery have shown that support can come in all forms. We’ve felt empowered by the vast support shown toward the campaign, knowing that once the project is completed, Birmingham will have a cultural hub capable of supporting multiple communities.”

Mr R Emery:

“As a lifelong lover of music, I’ve been coming to Symphony Hall since it opened in 1991. The acoustics of the hall are second to none, and I’ve been fortunate enough to hear many different artists perform, such as Tony Bennett, and have been lucky to hear orchestras play tunes from the West End and versions of wonderful music by Ella Fitzgerald and Irving Berlin. I’m delighted to be shortlisted for the Prize - the hall is so important to everyone in Birmingham, and I’m happy to support where I can. I’m looking forward to seeing the changes – I’ll be visiting many times between now and then!”