STAND-BY for a number of big names heading for Birmingham’s Symphony Hall later this year.

The legendary, 19 times Grammy Award-winning singer, Tony Bennett will return there for the tenth time this July!

Bennett has performed to over 17,000 adoring fans in the hall since his first visit in 1996, and says he can’t wait to come back.

He says: “The audiences in Birmingham are exceptionally warm and welcoming and they are so fortunate to have this beautiful Symphony Hall right in their home town … 'one of my favourite places to perform…”  

The singer will showcase his greatest hits, including The Best Is Yet to Come, How Do You Keep the Music Playing, I Got Rhythm, The Shadow of Your Smile and the multi-award winning fan favourite, I Left My Heart in San Francisco.

The show is scheduled for Monday, July 3, at 8pm.

Later in the year, on September 14 (7.30pm) another famous American singing artist will be in the city.

This time it’s singer, songwriter, composer, pianist and author Neil Sedaka.

Sedaka has enjoyed an impressive 60 year career which ranges from being one of the first teen pop sensations of the 50’s, a successful songwriter for himself and other artists in the 60’s, a superstar in the 70’s, remaining a constant force in writing and performing presently.

This is all thanks to the countless songs he has written, performed, and produced that continue to inspire artists and audiences around the world.

In addition to his extensive worldwide tour schedule, he has just released I Do It For Applause, a CD of twelve new Sedaka songs and the official release of Joie De Vivre “The album is the culmination of sixty-four years of writing", says Neil. "This is a gift I was born with. My main objective is to always top the last collection, raise the bar and reinvent Neil Sedaka."

All of these ventures will no doubt add to his legend – that of a consummate musician, an extraordinary vocalist, and an ageless songwriting talent.

Then it’s British singing sensation Alison Moyet at the hall on November 9 (7pm).

Her new album and tour Other is adventurous electronic pop music, showcasing her intense, poetic and thought provoking voice and songwriting.

Other finds Alison at the top of her game - making exactly the adventurous electronic pop music she wants to at this moment in time, with her voice and songwriting intense, poetic and thought provoking. Other was catalysed by Alison’s fruitful dalliance with producer and song writing collaborator Guy Sigsworth, who (as well as having worked with Björk, Goldie and Madonna), co-created her last album the minutes, which debuted at number 5 in the national charts and won critical acclaim.

The new album features backing vocals from her daughter on The English U, which was preceded by her guest appearance on stage at Alison’s Royal Albert Hall show, and an appearance in the video for When I Was Your Girl (from the minutes).

Also due on stage at Symphony Hall later this year are the multi-platinum international music sensation and 2017 Grammy nominee Celtic Woman. They return with their all-new tour, Voices of Angels and will be accompanied by musicians and dancers as they bring a fresh fusion to centuries of musical tradition.

Celtic Woman appear on Monday, October 30 (8pm).