Symphony Hall, Birmingham (Instameet)

Last weekend I was fortunate to be part of a guided tour around Birmingham's famed Symphony Hall organised by @IgersBirmingham. This is something I have wanted to do for some time and it also provided the perfect opportunity to test out my Ricoh 21mm attachment along with my unused Joby Gorrilapod.

The volunteers who provided the tour had loads of interesting facts about the building, from its history to the acoustics of the hall. Here are a few of my favourites;

  • The hall was designed by Percy Thomas Partnership and Renton Howard Wood Levin and completed at the cost of £30 million.
  • Opened by the Queen in June 1991.
  • Maximum capacity 2,262.
  • The is an acoustic canopy which can be raised and lowered above the stage and dampening panels to tailor the 'sound' to the type of music being performed.
  • The entire hall is mounted on rubber cushions.
  • In 2001, a 6000-pipe symphony organ was installed (designed and built by Johannes Klais Orgelbau in Bonn.

After having got lost in the many backstage corridors multiple times I managed to find some great angles for my images.

I edited the below using Lightroom mobile on my iPad.

Symphony Hall (Capacity 2,262) - Clifford Darby 2016

Upper Dampening Panels - Clifford Darby 2016

Hosts Around 270 Events A Year - Clifford Darby 2016

6000-Pipe Symphony Organ

Acoustic Canopy - Clifford Darby 2016

Symphony Hall, Birmingham - Clifford Darby 2016