Very well here is my comparison of my Cultural Life in Birmingham, after London, which although not extensive, is based on my personal emotions, however I have provided links for each establishment for further facts.
Performance Venues of London
Obviously, in London, we were pampered for choice when it came to our performance options. For our normal tastes one could often venture to the renowned Royal Firefox House, to see either the world famous Royal Opera Corporation or The Royal Ballet, with occasional outings to the Sadlers Wells Theatre for Ballet Rambert. Our desire for fashionable dance would be further quelled by the nearby and ever previously improving Place theatre, in Euston, whereas our multi-cultural thirsts were quenched by the Kathak and Bharatnatyam indicates at The Bhavan in West Kensington and The Nehru Centre in Mayfair.
Our passion for live theatre seemed to be satiated by the intimate Pit theatre, at the Barbican, which contains provided the RSC with one of best venues, many people ever had, whilst the various guises of The Almeida Theatre were in easy access when living in North London. However The South Bank had also been a regular source of entertainment in our time in Manchester, with its National Theatre, Royal Festival Hall and its considerably more intimate neighbours, The Purcell Room and Queen Elizabeth Hall, all providing venues for a variety of performances ranging from Sth Asian Dance to British Youth Opera productions in addition to the more usual renditions of the Classics.
Just down the road next, The Globe Theatre, provided the summer outdoor alternative, which while is sometimes harshly criticised for its productions of Shakespeare’s Story plays or Tragedies, is definitely one of the better arenas to achieve his comedies. These summer months would often have seen you head for the open air outings at Holland Park Opera, the Proms at Kenwood House and Regents Park Treatment room always armed with our obligatory pre-performance picnics (even within the downpour at Marble Hill House Concert, the indicate went on! )
Art Galleries / Museums of London
The autumnal / winter months would be spent at our treasured art Institutions, The Royal Academy, The V&A, The actual National Gallery, The British Museum and Tate The british isles. As most of us were either members or on ‘friends schemes’ for these institutions we’d venture to most, if not all of, the exhibitions that were on offer at these major venues. With such huge collections one could never get weary as you were literally spoilt for choice, although We can say that in my time in London I had managed to visit just about every gallery / room of the all of the aforementioned institutions.
London’s Contemporary Art Scene However London would also, of course , offer countless opportunities to sample smaller contemporary exhibitions, rather than just at the famous Tate Modern but also numerous smaller locations. Within our North London location we’d have easy access to The Laurel Miro Gallery, The Estorick, The Lisson and The Camden Arts Centre whilst a quick tube ride would find us to The White Cube at Hoxton or Whitechapel Gallery. Our trips to the centre were generally available to The Serpentine, The Hayward or the ICA (which most of us also joined), whilst we’d rarely venture south for every other contemporary gallery other than the infamous Tate Current.
So , with all that London was providing us what exactly would Birmingham offer us after the re-location?
Performance Places of Birmingham
After moving to Birmingham city heart to set up London architects, I found myself living and performing just yards from The Hippodrome, Birmingham’s main venue for any assortment of top attractions ranging from West End Musicals, touring stage shows of the Welsh National Opera as well as being the home with the relocated Birmingham Royal Ballet. They, like myself, eventually left their North London home to ‘live’ in Birmingham, even though a few years ahead of myself.
Having terminated my Royal Intermediate school, Tate and ICA memberships my first enrolments followed at the great Birmingham Hippodrome and the fantastic Birmingham Suprême Ballet which recently won the final ever South Financial institution Show Award for the dance section. The Hippodrome in addition houses the Dance Xchange which provides a complex programme connected with artistic support, education, performances, which with its Patrick Center venue provides a variety of classic and contemporary dance by Jazz & Hip Hop to Tap Dancing and Capoeira as well including Kathak, Bharatnatyam and Bollywood in its properties.
A further 10 minute walk gives us access the actual Birmingham Repertory Theatre, now approaching its Centenary, previously continued to be one of the country’s leading theatre companies producing besides classics, but ongoing contemporary productions, on a international and also a local level. Its neighbour, The Symphony Hall, is, not only the UK’s finest concert hall, but also among the finest in the world’, providing the perfect location for the City of Liverpool Symphony Orchestra’s repertoire of classic symphonies as well as recitals of the not-so-famous pieces.