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City Of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra

CBSO is a world-class symphony orchestra based in Birmingham. It offers a season of concerts at Symphony Hall in Birmingham, commissions new works, tours nationally and internationally, and operates an extensive education programme.

Funding awards

  • 2012-2013: £2,168,416
  • 2013-2014: £2,218,290
  • 2014-2015: £2,275,965

Video feed

CBSO Brass Players Welcome Birmingham Airport's First Chinese Flight

Huānyíng to Birmingham! A CBSO brass quintet gave passengers on the first direct charter flight from China to Birmingham a rousing welcome on Tuesday 22 July.

Stephen Maddock: CBSO Beethoven Week

CBSO Chief Executive Stephen Maddock introduces the CBSO Beethoven Week, 16-21 September 2014 at Symphony Hall, Birmingham More information at cbso.co.uk/beethoven The nine Beethoven symphonies of Ludwig van Beethoven are more than just music -- they're landmarks of western culture, each one opening up whole new universes of sound and emotion. There's no more thrilling way for Andris Nelsons to Launch his final season with the CBSO, as they perform all nine symphonies over just one week. It'll be intense -- but it'll be unforgettable.

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Bryony Morrison: Bartók's Bluebeard's Castle

CBSO Violinist Bryony Morrison talks about our upcoming concert performance of Bartók's opera Bluebeard's Castle. To book tickets visit the CBSO website http://bit.ly/1pPGuSl

Stephen Maddock: 2014-15 Season Highlights

We spoke to CBSO Chief Executive Stephen Maddock about his personal highlights from our newly-announced 2014 - 15 concert season. See our website for full details of the new season: http://www.cbso.co.uk/?page=seasonlaunch

Spider-Man Theme (CBSO Percussion Cover)

The CBSO's percussion section put together their very own cover version of the 1967 theme tune to the original Spider-Man cartoon. Catch them with the rest of the orchestra for more blockbuster film music in Heroes and Superheroes on Friday 6 June at Symphony Hall Birmingham: http://bit.ly/PGMRdH Vibraphone - Adrian Spillett Marimba/Glockenspiel - Andrew Herbert Marimba - Helen Edordu Timpani - Peter Hill Drumkit - Sophie Hastings Arrangement - Andrew Cottee

Opening Concert 2013/14: Preview

We spoke to CBSO clarinettist Jo Patton during final rehearsals for the orchestra's spectacular season-opening concert on 19th September 2013. The programme includes Stravinsky's Rite of Spring, and Wagner's Wesendonck Lieder and Tannhäuser Overture. www.cbso.co.uk

CBSO - Theme from Bombay

Rehearsal footage taken from A Tribute to AR Rahman rehearsals 3 September 2013. Conductor - Matt Dunkley, Flute - Lisa Mallett. Full concert details http://www.cbso.co.uk/?page=concerts/viewConcert.html&cid=2707

CBSO - Slumdog Millionaire Suite

Rehearsal footage taken from A Tribute to AR Rahman rehearsals 3 September 2013. Conductor - Matt Dunkley, Sitar - Roopa Panesar. Full concert details http://www.cbso.co.uk/?page=concerts/viewConcert.html&cid=2707

CBSO - Lord of the Rings Suite

Rehearsal footage taken from A Tribute to AR Rahman rehearsals 3 September 2013. Conductor - Matt Dunkley. Full concert details http://www.cbso.co.uk/?page=concerts/viewConcert.html&cid=2707

Lisa Mallett plays the Bombay Theme

Flautist Lisa Mallett plays a preview for the CBSO's Tribute to A.R. Rahman concert on 4 September 2013. Tickets: http://www.cbso.co.uk/?page=concerts/viewConcert.html&cid=2707

Lisa Mallett on A.R. Rahman

Lisa Mallett speaks about her experiences with A.R. Rahman's music, and returning to Symphony Hall in the CBSO's Tribute to A.R. Rahman concert on September 4 2013. Tickets: http://www.cbso.co.uk/?page=concerts/viewConcert.html&cid=2707

DBS Law and CBSO Clock on to Safety concert

DBS Law became a sponsor of the CBSO in 2011. They have been working in partnership with Birmingham City Council and Brake to provide road safety education. As a result of these two working relationships a it became clear that there was a natural synergy to work on a creative idea bringing the two areas of work together. The result was a concert based experience at CBSO Centre for more than 2400 children aged 7-8 years between 30 January - 1 February 2013. For full details, photos and BBC coverage, go to: http://storify.com/TheCBSO/clock-on-to-safety

A quick word from CBSO Trumpeter Alan Thomas... Hummel's Trumpet Concerto

Ahead of his performance of Hummel's Trumpet Concerto, Alan Thomas shares his memories of the piece and gives a taste of what to expect. Comedy and Tragedy Wednesday 17 April, 7.30pm Symphony Hall, Birmingham www.cbso.co.uk

CBSO Young Voices - Glee Project

CBSO Young Voices is one of Britain's most exciting young choirs. Formed in 1999 as a partnership between the CBSO and Birmingham Music Service, Young Voices provides the highest standards of choral and musical training to singers of any ability from school years 7 to 13. For more information on CBSO Young Voices and how to join, please visit the CBSO website: http://www.cbso.co.uk/?page=community/chorus/cbsoyoungvoices.html

CBSO working in partnership -- Deutsche Bank

Deutsche Bank is the major supporter of the CBSO Schools Programme 2012-13 ensuring thousands of Birmingham children experience live music in schools and on the stage at Symphony Hall Birmingham. The Stay Tuned programme involves creative music workshops for pupils with CBSO musicians, CBSO ensemble performances in schools and attendance at CBSO Schools and season concerts.

CBSO Mental Health Day Event November 2012

"Singing offers some kind of connection with the soul ...you can't help but feel uplifted." Matt Beckingham A recent partnership formed between the CBSO and Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust (BSMHFT) is leading to remarkable things. This video celebrates the start of that partnership with a day of singing. For full details go to: www.cbso.co.uk/blog

Pop up performance at Moor Street Station, Birmingham (Long Version)

The CBSO's Leo Quartet performed Steve Reich's Different Trains at Moor Street Station, Birmingham in November 2012 as part of a pop up performance to take classical music to new audiences and to perform music that may be dismissed by some as inaccessible to those who may not normally be exposed to it. The music was perfectly framed in the 1930s-style concourse, and one of the inspirations behind the piece, a rail-trip from city to city, was suitably reflected in the rush-hour commuters heading for home on a busy Friday night. To access the full story go to: www.cbso.co.uk/blog

Pop up performance at Moor St Station (Short Version)

The CBSO's Leo Quartet performed Steve Reich's Different Trains at Moor Street Station, Birmingham in November 2012 as part of a pop up performance to take classical music to new audiences and to perform music that may be dismissed by some as inaccessible to those who may not normally be exposed to it. The music was perfectly framed in the 1930s-style concourse, and one of the inspirations behind the piece, a rail-trip from city to city, was suitably reflected in the rush-hour commuters heading for home on a busy Friday night. To access the full story go to: www.cbso.co.uk/blog

The Banshee by Kane Rose

SHOWING AS PART OF THE FLATPACK FESTIVAL AND 4 SQUARES WEEKENDER ON SATURDAY FROM 1:30PM IN THE GALLERY, CHAMBERLAIN SQUARE. Finalist in the Silent Movies Animation Challenge 2012 Animators across the UK took part in a competition to create a silent movie using originally composed Silent Movie scores, recently rediscovered in archives during preparations for moving to the new Library of Birmingham (opening 2013) and recorded by the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. After poring through an impressive inbox of animations, an award-winning panel of judges decided on four animations that were to be premiered in front of a capacity audience and accompanied by the CBSO at Symphony Hall on 20 April 2012 as part of a Chaplin movie night. The amazing animations, which drew applause and laughs aplenty from the audience, included a raging bull, a Moseley bog monster, lots of custard and a mime artist.

CBSO Musical Leadership Project 2012 (Short version)

During 2012 the CBSO worked with 7 schools on a project called Musical Leadership -- a three-year project in Selly Oak, Birmingham. Students and staff from Bournville Junior, Harborne Primary, Jervoise Primary, St Peter's CE Primary, Our Lady & St Rose of Lima Catholic Primary, Tiverton Primary, Weoley Castle Primary, Selly Oak Trust School and Shenley Academy worked with writer Mandy Ross, composer Matt Beckingham, conductor David Lawrence and players of the CBSO on theme of world peace.

CBSO Musical Leadership Project 2012 (Long version)

During 2012 the CBSO worked with 7 schools on a project called Musical Leadership -- a three-year project in Selly Oak, Birmingham. Students and staff from Bournville Junior, Harborne Primary, Jervoise Primary, St Peter's CE Primary, Our Lady & St Rose of Lima Catholic Primary, Tiverton Primary, Weoley Castle Primary, Selly Oak Trust School and Shenley Academy worked with writer Mandy Ross, composer Matt Beckingham, conductor David Lawrence and players of the CBSO on theme of world peace.

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