A BRUMMIE historian who has made a name for himself as a radio presenter and author is visiting Kidderminster Town Hall in one of a host of events marking the building's 150th anniversary.

Professor Carl Chinn is giving a lecture, entitled Workshop of World: Victorian Manufacturing and Civic Pride, next Thursday - less than a week after the versatile venue has been filled with the sound of music from Holy Trinity School and Coseley Male Voice choirs.

Prof Chinn is the director of the Birmingham Lives project at South Birmingham College and teaches Community History at the University of Birmingham.

He has written numerous books, focusing on the history of Birmingham and was named West Midlands Man of the Year in 2000.

He was also voted one of the "100 most famous Brummies" when the city celebrated its centenary in 1989.

The lecture, organised by Kidderminster Civic Society, starts at 7.30pm.

Tickets can be purchased in advance from the town hall and Kidderminster Library or on the door on the night.

More information can be obtained by calling 01562 732979 or 01562 732158.

The concert on Saturday night, which will see the singers joined on stage by town hall organist, Tim Morris, boasts a programme of light music and popular arrangements designed to appeal to all.

Holy Trinity music teacher, Heather Barnett, said staff and pupils at the school were "delighted" to contribute to the town hall's anniversary celebrations.

It is not the first time the school choir will have performed with their Coseley male counterparts.

They also had the opportunity earlier this year when they sang their way to first place in the Dudley Music Festival.

Tickets for the concert will be available on the evening and can be obtained in advance by calling 01562 822929 or 01902 658402.