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Birmingham Symphony Hall

Birmingham Symphony Hall was opened by the Queen in 1991 and is considered the UK’s finest concert hall and also one of the best in the world. The 2,262-seat concert venue in Broad Street, Birmingham, cost £30 million to build and is home to the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. The hall hosts around 270 events a year, including concerts, community performances and conferences. It is known for its specialist features that provide the best possible acoustics and eliminate outside noise.


CBSO classical music conductor Andris Nelsons in 2012.

Review: CBSO at Birmingham Symphony Hall

Andris Nelsons returned to conduct the CBSO.

Edward Gardner brings his new orchestra to Birmingham

Christopher Morley talks to conductor Edward Gardner in Norway ahead of his return to the Symphony Hall

CBSO musical director Mirga Grazinyte-Tyla conducts the orchestra

Birmingham's concert scene has been lit up by Mirga effect

Christopher Morley looks back on a spectacular year for classical music in the Midlands

Ex Cathedra's expedition to explore the New World

Ex Cathedra conductor Jeffrey Skidmore tells Christopher Morley about the Birmingham choir's journey to discover the baroque music of South America

Benjamin Grosvenor

Pianist embraces the raw, immense genius of Brahms

As pianist Benjamin Grosvenor gets ready for a Symphony Hall concert, Christopher Morley talks to him about the challenges of tackling Brahms' First Piano Concerto

Mirga Grazinyte-Tyla

Review: Mirga Conducts Mahler's First, CBSO, at Birmingham Symphony Hall

There was Mirga magic galore enthralling a packed CBSO audience within the Symphony Hall.

Birmingham Symphony Hall

Review: Shostakovich's Eighth, CBSO at Symphony Hall

Just days after a blistering account of Berlioz by the CBSO, comes an equally compelling performance of Shostakovich's wartime symphony.

Alpesh Chauhan, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra

Review: CBSO at Birmingham Symphony Hall

This wonderful programme which was heartwarming confirmation of the conducting gifts of Alpesh Chauhan, alumnus of both the Birmingham Music Service and the CBSO Youth Orchestra, as well as the Royal Northern College of Music.

Birmingham Symphony Hall

Review: Beethoven's Fourth, CBSO at Symphony Hall

Beethoven's fourth symphony lacked mystery, menace and magic.

Alpesh Chauhan

Birmingham conductor's 'excited' about Italian job

Still only in his mid-20s, Birmingham-born Alpesh Chauhan will soon take charge of an orchestra in Parma after impressing with the CBSO.

Edward Gardner

Review: CBSO at the Symphony Hall

CBSO launched its 2016-17 season with a stunning programme placing Beethoven alongside English music.

Lionel Richie in concert.

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The region enjoyed a major jobs boost last year after music tourists spent a total of £271 million in the region

Birmingham Symphony Hall

Review: Italian Symphony, CBSO at Symphony Hall

Rather than a full-blown concerto we had to be content with Bruch’s Scottish Fantasy.

Birmingham Symphony Hall

Review: Moscow State Symphony Orchestra at Symphony Hall

As we discovered in Saturday's concert from the remarkable Moscow State Symphony Orchestra Stephen Johnson is an accomplished composer.

Mirga Grazinyte-Tyla, CBSO music director.

Dates set for Mirga to pick up the baton in Birmingham

Mirga Grazinyte-Tyla tells Christopher Morley why she plans to concentrate solely on her ‘dream’ job with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra

Conductor John Wilson

Review: Vaughan Williams’ Fifth, John Wilson and CBSO at Symphony Hall

John Wilson has a knack for making an orchestra glow, and the CBSO responded with ardour.

Birmingham Symphony Hall

Review: Abrahamsen & Mahler, CBSO at Symphony Hall

The CBSO's latest offering proved an absolute triumph.

Paul Faulkner, chief executive of the Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce

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Conductor Nicholas Collon

Review: Mahler's Tenth, CBSO at Symphony Hall

The shrewdly-planned programme all pointed towards the concluding colossus, Mahler's Symphony no. 10, completed by Deryck Cooke.

Jeffrey Skidmore

Review: St Matthew Passion, Ex Cathedra at the Symphony Hall

The Symphony Hall was packed for this gruelling but ultimately cathartic epic.

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