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City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (CBSO)

Berkley Street, BIRMINGHAM, West Midlands, B1 2LF

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Celebrating 100 years of CBSO
For the last ten years, we’ve been counting down to our centenary by following – year by year – the musical events of the decade 1910-1920. Now, after a journey that’s taken us through war, revolution, social struggles and some of the most astonishing music of the 20th century, we leave 1919 and finally arrive in 1920; the year that will see the foundation of the CBSO. Edward Elgar retreats to the woods of Sussex, and writes a Cello Concerto haunted by the scents of autumn (28 September). Gabriel Fauré conjures up an 18th century world of lost enchantment (2 April). Vaughan Williams mourns fallen friends, and rewrites his London Symphony for a sadder, wiser world (27 & 29 February). And the young Igor Stravinsky tips Baroque music into a cocktail shaker, gives it a twist, and pours out Pulcinella (2 April): the bright, irreverent sound of a century that has come of age.

Based in Symphony Hall, it gives over 100 concerts each year in Birmingham, the UK and around the world, playing music that ranges from classics to contemporary, film music and even symphonic disco. With a far-reaching community programme and a family of world-class choruses and youth ensembles, it’s involved in every aspect of music-making in the region.

Elgar conducted the orchestra’s very first symphonic concert in 1920. But it was when it discovered the young British conductor Simon Rattle in 1980 that the CBSO became internationally famous. Rattle’s successors Sakari Oramo and Andris Nelsons helped cement that global reputation. 

Now, under the dynamic leadership of Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla, associate conductor Michael Seal, assistant conductor Jonathan Bloxham and chorus director Simon Halsey CBE, the CBSO continues to do what it does best – playing great music for the people of Birmingham and the Midlands. As it approaches its centenary in 2020, the CBSO, more than ever, remains the heart of musical life in the UK’s Second City. 


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