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Birmingham concert hall renamed following £1m donation

The Concert Hall at Birmingham City University’s Royal Birmingham Conservatoire has been officially renamed The Bradshaw Hall

Dr Keith Bradshaw OBE DL has personally donated £1 million to Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, which will be used to fund strategic priorities at the music and acting college. This will include support for student scholarships, educational outreach with children and young people across the West Midlands region, teaching posts and visiting fellowships.

Aston-born Dr Bradshaw co-founded the Listers car dealership 38 years ago, which has now grown into one of England’s largest independent dealer groups. As well as several high profile business interests, he is also co-owner of Halesowen-based Laney Headstock, which produces a range of musical instruments and sound reinforcement products, and is Chairman of Nurton Developments, a West Midlands-based family property company.

Dr Bradshaw also served as High Sheriff for the West Midlands between 2016 and 2017, making him the Queen’s judicial representative in the county at that time. He was awarded an honorary doctorate from Birmingham City University in 2016.

Dr Keith Bradshaw OBE DL said: “I am a firm believer that, those who can, need to be entrepreneurial with their philanthropy, and giving back needs to create a viable plan that will deliver tangible and sustainable benefits for society as a whole. I hope my gift inspires other philanthropists to follow suit and do the same. It is unfortunate that too many local patrons favour London-based institutions, but I feel that those who have made good here in Birmingham should look closer to home when wanting to give back.”

I am a firm believer that, those who can, need to be entrepreneurial with their philanthropy, and giving back needs to create a viable plan that will deliver tangible and sustainable benefits for society as a whole

The naming of the Conservatoire’s performance space in Dr Bradshaw’s honour will be revealed during the inaugural Vice-Chancellor’s Recital, which takes place in The Bradshaw Hall this evening.

Professor Philip Plowden, Vice-Chancellor, Birmingham City University said: “With the new Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, we were given a once-in-a-generation opportunity to create a state-of-the-art music facility for the great performers of tomorrow.

“Keith’s generous gift ensures we can now continue that work well into the future and expand upon current initiatives, providing unique educational opportunities and widening participation to welcome more under-represented groups to study and enjoy music at our University.

“Keith’s donation provides further support for our work of introducing more young people to music and musicianship through our outreach programmes across the region. We hope very much that this will provide an excellent foundation for further donations to support this important work and ensuring that music remains something that everyone in our society can celebrate and enjoy.”

Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, which is based on Jennens Road in Birmingham’s Eastside, houses five public performance spaces and a further 100 practice rooms, recording studios and workshops. It was completed in September 2017 and officially opened earlier this year by HRH The Earl of Wessex.

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