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Review: Birmingham Bach Choir, Symphony Hall

Birmingham Bach Choir delivered one of the most important concerts in its history when it performed the Unfinished Remembering which was commissioned by the choir to mark the outbreak of the the First World War

Review: Tony Bennett, Symphony Hall

Tony Bennett
A sea of warmth greeted Tony Bennett at Symphony Hall as he received two standing ovations during a performance which covered a broad spectrum of his back catalogue

Home of the Week: £1,850,000  Mill House in Dumbleton

Mill House, in Dumbleton, Worcestershire
The late travel writer and adventurer Sir Patrick Leigh Fermor returned from Greece to this Worcestershire home but never got to enjoy his return, reports Alison Jones.

That giant steel frame on Icknield Street? It's the new Assay Office building taking shape

The steel frame of the new Assay Office in Icknield Street
The new Icknield Street building, due to open in 2015, is slowly changing the landscape of the city’s historic Jewellery Quarter

Home of the day: John Madin-designed Edgbaston house on market for £450,000

Clare Drive, Edgbaston
Townhouses share peaceful, picturesque grounds extending to about 1.5 acres off Augustus Road
Andrew Williams, from the Erdington-based Froth Blowers Brewing Company, which features in the Good Beer Guide

Good Beer Guide features West Midlands microbreweries

New research has revealed the slump at the pump is over as region's independent breweries are now setting up in record numbers

Stone Willy's Kitchen opens in Longbridge town centre

Andrea Clarke, property manager with St. Modwen (second left), marks the opening of the new Stone Willy's Kitchen in Longbridge with staff (from left) Will Robinson, Gynn Mahal, Claire Mudie and Charlie Rees
Latest company to join regeneration of south Birmingham town centre by St Modwen

Drink of a bygone age is making a very spirited comeback at the Birmingham Gin Festival

Bar manager Laura Stephens with old original bottles of gin from Holland, in the Gin parlour at the Jekyll and Hyde pub in Steelhouse lane, Birmingham.
Once known as a drink of yesteryear, gin has made a roaring return. Ahead of this weekend's Birmingham Gin Festival, Mary Griffin finds out what sparked the second city's gin renaissance
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Textile designer William Morris named wallpaper after Wolverhampton brewer's home

A Wolverhampton brewer once filled his great home with treasure from far and wide... and then lost it all. Chris Upton reports

Midland soldier's poignant war diary reveals Christmas truce of December 1914

Regimental Sergeant-Major George Beck, of 1st Warwickshire Regiment.
A Midland soldier lived through the incredible Christmas Truce of December 1914 - and now his diaries are being published.

Influential Warwickshire historian was antiquary to the stars in the 1600s

Sir William Dugdale in 1656
An influential historian from Warwickshire was antiquary to the stars in the 1600s. Chris Upton reports
Alfa Romeo Giulietta JTD Distinctive

Motoring Test Drive: The stylish and super-sleek Alfa Romeo Giulietta JTD Distinctive

Edward Stephens looks at the subtle changes to the super-sleek Alfa Romeo Giulietta

Motoring Road Test: Sleek Honda Civic Tourer stands out from the crowd

Honda Civic Tourer 1.8 i_VTEC SR
Edward Stephens enjoys packing as many bags as possible into this spacious estate car

Motoring Road Test: Audi A3 Cabriolet Sport is a stylish drop-top on road to street cred

Audi A3 Cabriolet
Looks are everything when it comes to convertibles, writes Edward Stephens
Mill House, in Dumbleton, Worcestershire

Home of the Week: £1,850,000 Mill House in Dumbleton

The late travel writer and adventurer Sir Patrick Leigh Fermor came back from Greece to this Worcestershire home but never got to enjoy his return, reports Alison Jones.

Home of the day: John Madin-designed Edgbaston house on market for £450,000

Clare Drive, Edgbaston
Townhouses share peaceful, picturesque grounds extending to about 1.5 acres off Augustus Road

Home of the day: £1,250,000 Hall Farm in Stoke Bliss, Tenbury Wells

Hall Farm in Stoke Bliss, Tenbury Wells, Worcestershire.
Exposed timber combines with modern decor to great effect in this listed farmhouse, writes Alison Jones

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The steel frame of the new Assay Office in Icknield Street

That giant steel frame on Icknield Street? It's the new Assay Office building taking shape

Hall Farm in Stoke Bliss, Tenbury Wells, Worcestershire.

Home of the day: £1,250,000 Hall Farm in Stoke Bliss, Tenbury Wells

The Old Rectory in Alveston, near Stratford upon Avon.

Home of the week: £1,100,000 The Old Rectory at Alveston

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Graeme Brown
Regional Head of Business
Enda Mullen
Business Reporter
Cillian O’ Brien
Business Reporter
Jon Griffin
Business Reporter
Alison Jones
Features writer
Ben Hurst
News Editor
Jonathan Walker
Political Editor