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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.

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

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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.

Mini-musical adventures - introducing our fun-filled concerts for families

A wonderful journey of musical discovery awaits with the CBSO's family events, perfect to inspire a love of live music in the young. Don't take our word for it: here you can see reactions from children and families themselves - as well as the presenters and musicians - to get a flavour of the buzz and excitement around these first classical encounters. Visit www.cbso.co.uk/family to join us for more Family Concerts at Symphony Hall for an afternoon of fun-filled musical discovery. Expect plenty of music you'll know, and an introduction to some new treats, all performed by the whole CBSO, with a presenter who brings the music to life. Or bring the youngest members of the family to CBSO Centre for Notelets - special toddler-friendly mini-concerts. Expect a feast for all the senses, with bite-sized music, lots to see and plenty of chances for fidgety feed to get up and move around - the perfect friendly setting to explore music and rhythm. Directed by Mathew Beckett for River Rea Films. Copyright: the CBSO - not to be reproduced. information@cbso.co.uk About the CBSO Founded in 1920 by the civic leaders of the city of Birmingham, the CBSO has a world-wide reputation as a pioneer for music, whilst also being deeply rooted at the heart of the UK's second city. The quality, range and scale of the programme delivered by the CBSO's family of orchestral musicians, conductors and choruses is unrivalled anywhere in the world and, as it nears its centenary in 2020, it will continue to push the boundaries to secure a great future for music in Birmingham. In residence at Symphony Hall, Birmingham, the Orchestra performs around 130 concerts each year, at home in Birmingham, across the UK and internationally. Critically acclaimed, they're famed for presenting audiences with star-studded operas, fresh sounding symphonies, and ground-breaking premieres, alongside silent movies, Broadway classics, Bollywood hits and family shows. Whilst inviting some of the world's greatest musicians to the city to perform, the CBSO is also focused on developing future talent. Whether it is investing in up-and-coming artists, supporting four exceptional Choruses and Youth Orchestra, or involving over 36,000 people each year in an extensive learning and participation programme, the CBSO is a proud ambassador and cultural icon for Birmingham. www.cbso.co.uk (FB) City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (Twitter) @TheCBSO

A taste of the CBSO's celebrations of Britten in his centenary year

Join us for the next concert in the series - Bostridge Sings Britten on 6 March 2013 http://www.cbso.co.uk/?page=concerts/viewConcert.html&cid=2567&m=03&y=2013 Get a taste of the music being performed in 2013 with the CBSO, as part of A Boy Was Born, the Birmingham-wide celebration of Benjamin Britten's centenary. Featuring behind-the-scenes interviews from members of the CBSO family including our conductors and performers, plus snippets from rehearsals and concerts. Whether coolly atmospheric, exuberantly playful or stark and powerful, Britten's music is always, unmistakably, Britten: clear but questioning, timeless but modern. "If wind and water could write music, it would sound like Ben's." Yehudi Menuhin Join us for Birmingham's celebrations: www.birminghambritten.co.uk and give us your reactions at #bhambritten. Directed by Mathew Beckett for River Rea Films. Copyright: the CBSO - not to be reproduced. Britten War Requiem footage from CBSO Coventry Cathedral 50th Anniversary performance used here with kind permission by Unitel Classica. Available on DVD & Blu-Ray on the Arthaus Musik Label. information@cbso.co.uk About the CBSO Founded in 1920 by the civic leaders of the city of Birmingham, the CBSO has a world-wide reputation as a pioneer for music, whilst also being deeply rooted at the heart of the UK's second city. The quality, range and scale of the programme delivered by the CBSO's family of orchestral musicians, conductors and choruses is unrivalled anywhere in the world and, as it nears its centenary in 2020, it will continue to push the boundaries to secure a great future for music in Birmingham. In residence at Symphony Hall, Birmingham, the Orchestra performs around 130 concerts each year, at home in Birmingham, across the UK and internationally. Critically acclaimed, they're famed for presenting audiences with star-studded operas, fresh sounding symphonies, and ground-breaking premieres, alongside silent movies, Broadway classics, Bollywood hits and family shows. Whilst inviting some of the world's greatest musicians to the city to perform, the CBSO is also focused on developing future talent. Whether it is investing in up-and-coming artists, supporting four exceptional Choruses and Youth Orchestra, or involving over 36,000 people each year in an extensive learning and participation programme, the CBSO is a proud ambassador and cultural icon for Birmingham. www.cbso.co.uk (FB) City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (Twitter) @TheCBSO

A fresh look at Beethoven's Symphonies - Andris Nelsons & the CBSO

Hear what people are saying about The Birmingham Beethoven Cycle, with insights and reactions from CBSO audience members, players and Andris himself. Join us for more Beethoven in 2013 www.birminghambeethoven.co.uk and give us your reactions at #bhambeethoven. Romantic and revolutionary, dreamer and poet, genius and visionary: the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and the Birmingham International Concert Season 2012/13 celebrate Beethoven's music with performances of all his symphonies and piano concertos. Directed by Mathew Beckett for River Rea Films. Copyright: the CBSO - not to be reproduced. information@cbso.co.uk About the CBSO Founded in 1920 by the civic leaders of the city of Birmingham, the CBSO has a world-wide reputation as a pioneer for music, whilst also being deeply rooted at the heart of the UK's second city. The quality, range and scale of the programme delivered by the CBSO's family of orchestral musicians, conductors and choruses is unrivalled anywhere in the world and, as it nears its centenary in 2020, it will continue to push the boundaries to secure a great future for music in Birmingham. In residence at Symphony Hall, Birmingham, the Orchestra performs around 130 concerts each year, at home in Birmingham, across the UK and internationally. Critically acclaimed, they're famed for presenting audiences with star-studded operas, fresh sounding symphonies, and ground-breaking premieres, alongside silent movies, Broadway classics, Bollywood hits and family shows. Whilst inviting some of the world's greatest musicians to the city to perform, the CBSO is also focused on developing future talent. Whether it is investing in up-and-coming artists, supporting four exceptional Choruses and Youth Orchestra, or involving over 36,000 people each year in an extensive learning and participation programme, the CBSO is a proud ambassador and cultural icon for Birmingham. www.cbso.co.uk (FB) City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (Twitter) @TheCBSO

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