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Jazz musician Andy Hamilton had a "zest for music"

Musician Ronnie Palmer from the Note Benders said that what made Andy Hamilton stand out was the fact that he achieved international fame when he was in his seventies - when most people would normally be winding down their careers.

He said that even at that age, Andy still had a zest for music and his playing was good, he was inspirational.

Concert in memory of Birmingham jazz musician Andy Hamilton

Concert at Symphony Hall for Andy Hamilton Credit: ITV Central

A free concert was held to celebrate the life of Andy Hamilton at Symphony Hall. The jazz musician moved to Birmingham in 1949 from Jamaica and was a regular performer at the venue.

The event was compered by Dr Carl Chinn and featured tributes from a number of Birmingham's most notable figures.

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Symphony Hall Director "immensely proud" to be honoured

Symphony Hall director Andrew Jowett awarded an OBE Credit: ITV Central

The Director of Symphony Hall in Birmingham says he is "immensely proud" after being awarded an OBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours. It comes in the year Symphony Hall celebrates its 21st anniversary.

Andrew Jowett was appointed Director in 1988 - three years before Symphony Hall opened.

Andrew Jowett said “I am immensely proud to receive this honour for leading Town Hall and Symphony Hall Birmingham and it is particularly appropriate this year when Symphony Hall is celebrating its 21st anniversary.

Running these two world renowned concert halls is an absolute joy and privilege and, in accepting this honour, I do so on behalf of everyone who has helped make them a major force on the national and international music scene, connecting over half a million people to music every year.”