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The Drum - The UK’s Premier Intercultural Arts Centre - Book Online or Call 0121 333 2444: Meet The Drum’s New Patrons – Benjamin Zephaniah and Courtney Pine

We are proud to announce that two phenomenal artists have agreed to become official Patrons of The Drum – pioneering jazz player and musical ambassador Courtney Pine CBE, and Birmingham-born international poetry sensation Dr Benjamin Zephaniah.

We are delighted that Courtney Pine and Benjamin Zephaniah have chosen to lend us their support and encouragement for The Drum’s ongoing development, and in particular our Raising the Roof campaign. Both artists are long-time friends of Birmingham’s cultural scene, appearing and performing at The Drum in the past, and now helping ensure great future opportunities for our audiences and young people.

“It is a great honour to become a Patron of The Drum, particularly during the organisation’s twentieth anniversary. The Drum has evolved into an essential part of Birmingham’s cultural ecology, providing a creative intercultural platform in the UK’s most diverse city, which is home to Europe’s largest Under-16 population.

The Drum’s Raising the Roof campaign will increase the capacity of the Auditorium by a third, transforming it into a flexible, dynamic space… A place where individuals, groups and communities – whatever their age, culture of social background – will be welcome.

I do hope that you will join me in helping to make this visionary scheme a reality for young people in Birmingham.” – Courtney Pine CBE

“The Drum is the kind of place I would have liked to be around when I was growing up in Birmingham. It is so important to have places where young people can explore and develop their talent, which is exactly what The Drum’s Young Gifted Brum achieves so successfully.

Supporting The Drum means supporting some of the most disadvantaged communities in the UK by giving them the creative platform they deserve. To do that you need the right place with the right equipment, and that’s why I’m so excited about The Drum’s Raising the Roof campaign, which is going to create a flexible dynamic space fit for the 21st Century.

It’s such an honour to have become a Patron of The Drum, and I am proud to ask you to join me and help bring their vision to reality. That’s what we do. We Keep it Real. ” – Dr Benjamin Zephaniah

Raising the Roof is a revolutionary £4.8 million plan to redesign, refurbish and upgrade The Drum with new features, facilities and equipment, including expanding our Auditorium capacity, and most importantly, improving and upgrading our services and facilities for young people working in Digital Arts, Dance, and Drama.Top view RtR

Raising the Roof will increase The Drum’s Auditorium capacity to nearly 500 seated and 1000 standing, as well as improved audio visual equipment, and a spectacular new balcony area.

Stage view RtR

Our vision is for The Drum to be a major national arts center, as well as a focal point for community-led arts, and with the support of Patrons and our audiences, we look forward to a bright new future.

To find out how you can help in Raising the Roof, contact The Drum on 0121 333 2422

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mid * point: Drakelow release Double A Side for Cancer Research & Rage Arts

Thanks to the fantastic support of Drakelow we have a fantastic opportunity to raise lots of money to help us give people self esteem and confidence and skills to help them take the next step in their life through film, theatre and music projects.

Local band Drakelow are donating all money from the sales of the double A side single to be released on record store day, April 19th to us and Cancer Research Uk this is a fantastic opportunity to help two great charities one local one national.


AN original track as well as a cover of the classic Grace Cathedral Park by alt us rock group Red House Painters is being released especially for Record Store Day by Birmingham-based dream pop band Drakelow.

The original, String, as well as the seminal cover, will be limited to a small number of CDs and vinyl with all proceeds going toward Cancer Research and Rage Arts, a charity dedicated to helping disadvantaged youngsters get into music and art.

The multi-instrumental quintet will be playing an intimate instore show at famed independent Birmingham record store Swordfish Records on Saturday, April 19 (Record Store Day) as part of a number of events taking place throughout the UK bringing together fans, artists, and thousands of independent record shops.

Drakelow frontman and guitarist Matt Pinfield said: “The experience of being in a record shop and engaging with music in its physical reality is completely different to downloading or streaming music.

“The main difference I find is that that as you browse in a shop, leafing through CDs/vinyl, you are inevitably reminded of songs and albums you’d forgotten about and as a consequence, you revisit them. “The cover we recorded was chosen after delving back into the Red House Painters catalogue after hearing the new album by Mark Kozelek, Benji.

We took the same approach in going back over songs I’d written that, for whatever reason, we don’t play live or have never recorded and picked one that still resonates with us – we hope you enjoy the results of our browsing.”

To hear the songs, visit www.drakelow.eu

For more information, please call 07563323065 or email goodatpiepress@outlook.com

The Drum - The UK’s Premier Intercultural Arts Centre - Book Online or Call 0121 333 2444: Easter Opening Hours at The Drum

Over the Easter Bank Holiday weekend, The Drum will be open at the following times;

Fri 18 Apr – Open from 7pm for Star Sign Link Up

Sat 19 Apr – Closed

Sun 20 Apr – Open from 7pm for Angie Stone

Mon 21 Apr – Closed

Normal service and opening hours will resume on Tue 22 Apr.

While we’re closed, you can still find out about all our great shows and book your tickets at www.the-drum.org.uk

We hope you all have a great weekend!

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The Official Birmingham Hippodrome Blog: Happy Days Bring Blue Skies to Bullring…

Press & PR Assistant Ben Wooldridge (@benwooldridge) writes… Happy Days were certainly here again this week as the cast of Happy Days – A New Musical arrived right in the heart of Birmingham for a fabulous fifties style press call. Principal cast members Heidi Range of the Sugababes, former Emmerdale star Ben Freeman and the […]

The Official Birmingham Hippodrome Blog: Previewing a theatrical coup for Birmingham…

This November, Mariinsky Theatre will bring Wagner’s Epic Ring Cycle to Birmingham Hippodrome in a once in a lifetime week of Opera performance. Birmingham Post’s Christopher Morley headed over to St Petersburg to preview this exciting event… Setting off for St Petersburg wasn’t much fun, what with a 4am wake-up call at Birmingham Airport, and a […]

The Official Birmingham Hippodrome Blog: Raising the curtain on a new season…

Drum roll please… we are very pleased to bring you details of a brand-new season here at Birmingham Hippodrome. This Spring/Summer we have some great previously announced highlights coming your way including the return of International Dance Festival Birmingham, National Theatre’s One Man, Two Guvnors, Opera and Ballet from our partners WNO and BRB, Buddy, […]

The Official Birmingham Hippodrome Blog: Breakin’ Convention line-up revealed!

Press & PR Assistant Ben Wooldridge (@benwooldridge) writes… We are so, so excited to welcome Breakin’ Convention back to Birmingham Hippodrome again in 2014, and this year promises one of the best line-ups yet! The great thing about the show is that the stage is shared by professional hip hop artists from across the globe with […]

The Official Birmingham Hippodrome Blog: Thank you from us! We celebrate a record-breaking year…

We are delighted to announce a record-breaking year for Birmingham Hippodrome which saw paid admissions increase to over 625,000 tickets in the 2013/14 financial year. The theatre has been regarded as the most popular single auditorium in the country averaging over half a million visits annually. But this year’s extraordinary increase, representing 85% of capacity, has […]

The Official Birmingham Hippodrome Blog: Give dance a try for a tenner…

Press & PR Assistant, Ben Wooldridge (@benwooldridge) writes… International Dance Festival Birmingham is now a fixed event in our diaries every two years, one that sees our main stage play host to some of the world’s finest performers and companies; but the great thing is, it’s not for high-brow dance lovers. Yes, some of us may be […]