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how strange viv...wonder what happened and why they were removed..i was there round about 62 singing in the school choir but my memory is very vague about that
This is how i remember the TH when i sang there a couple of times, with the pupils from Loxton Street School. Fabulous building.
I remember going in the late 50's to concerts jazz, trad and modern and to the CBSO. i saw the MJQ somewhere not sure it was the town hall. For students day we had a/the barb (If i can remember)I can't remember any in the late 50s, Viv, but I haven't been in there since.
guilbert.............Great videos, thank you for sharing!Some videos on YouTube about the Town Hall.
First a video showing how the Town Hall exterior has changed over time (a series of still photographs)
Next a video of the history of the Town Hall (and the famous painting of the Town Hall)
Finally Humphrey Lyttleton remembering his jazz concerts at the town hall. a few brief shots of Birmingham in the 1950s
The guy who ran the Firebird was an Hispanic American, Chris Padan, and knew all the American jazz stars including Basie, Ellington, Brubeck & the MJQ. Some of the member of the bands would go there for lunch before the evening concerts. I used to frequent the place for lunch quite often as well as play downstairs occasionally, as did Roy Castle if he was in Brum, and Chris would give me nod when he expected the visiting musicians to call. Chris moved down to Richmond, Surrey, with the intention of opening a similar place. I don't know whether he did or not, but I know that he passed away in 1996.