After London, Birmingham is the UK’s second largest city. With a population of around one million it grew rapidly during the Industrial Revolution to become a powerhouse of British industry. Much of the heavy industry has long since vanished but it remains a vibrant and diverse place with a rich cultural heritage. For instance, many of Britain’s best known rock bands – Black Sabbath, the Moody Blues, Duran Duran & the ELO – all started life in Birmingham. And between them they created some lasting records – for instance Nights in White Satin, Paranoid, Mr. Blue Sky, and Say a Prayer.