Tony Bennett presented plaque to celebrate 10th Birmingham appearance - in photos
Birmingham’s Symphony Hall honoured music legend Tony Bennett with a special presentation last night to celebrate two important milestones.
His July 3 concert also marked his 10th visit to the iconic Birmingham venue.
In recognition of Tony’s 10th performance at Symphony Hall he was presented with a plaque for seat T10 on the night of his show, with the engraving ‘Marking Tony Bennett’s 10th Show at Symphony Hall’, making him the first visiting artist to be recognised in this way.
Tony was also be given a framed photograph of the hall as gift to celebrate his 90th birthday.
Since his first visit to the hall in 1996, Tony has performed to over 17,000 adoring fans and he has always spoken fondly about the venue.
“I have loved performing for audiences over the years at Birmingham Symphony Hall as it is a beautiful theatre. I am honoured to have seat in the hall named after me to mark my 10th performance.”
In a glittering 67-year career he has performed alongside the greatest artists of all time, including Count Basie; Ella Fitzgerald; Duke Ellington; Barbra Streisand; Aretha Franklin; Paul McCartney and Elton John. More recent collaborations have included Lady Gaga and the last ever recording with Amy Winehouse in London's Abbey Road Studios.
He has also performed to 11 US Presidents, brought the house down at Glastonbury and the iTunes Festival and has performed to four generations of the royal family, including a performance at Buckingham Palace to celebrate the Queen's Golden Jubilee.