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Sakari Oramo turns at his last concert with the CBSO in 2008

Sakari Oramo: The CBSO made me who I am today says conductor

Sakari Oramo returns to Symphony Hall tomorrow. He tells Christopher Morley about the pride he takes in the continuing success of his former Birmingham orchestra

CBSO musical director Mirga Grazinyte-Tyla conducts the orchestra

New CBSO season sees Mirga busy with Debussy

The City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra has unveiled an exciting programme for 2017/18. Its music director talks to Christopher Morley

CBSO conductor Louis Fremaux in action

War hero who turned the CBSO into a fighting force

A former conductor of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra died last month aged 95. Christopher Morley recalls his achievements ahead of a concert in his memory

Thomas Trotter

Magical milestone's a key moment for city organist

As concert number 750 looms, city organist Thomas Trotter reveals how he keeps track of his plethora of programmes.

Duncan Honeybourne

Celebrating Birmingham composer's 90th birthday

Pianist Duncan Honeybourne tells Christopher Morley about his admiration for Mosley-based John Joubert, both as a great composer and as a great friend

The conveyor belt of great pianists enticed to Codsall

The man behind the biennial Codsall Community Arts Festival talks to Christopher Morley about the event’s history of engaging great pianists to perform

Review: Angela Hewitt plays Bach at Birmingham Town Hall

Hewitt played the affable fifth suite in G major, the most popular of the set, last and with good reason.

Bulldozers can't destroy city's globetrotting spirit

After the loss of the Adrian Boult Hall, Birmingham Conservatoire has used the opportunity to take its world flavours across the city.

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

Birmingham Town Hall

Review: Orchestra of the Swan at Birmingham Town Hall

Orchestra of the Swan introduced us to their partners next season, Lucia Caruso, and her husband, Pedro Henriques da Silva.

Birmingham Town Hall

Review: Orchestra of the Swan at Birmingham Town Hall

Orchestra of the Swan's performance at Birmingham Town Hall was absolutely delightful.

Birmingham Town Hall

Review: Brant International Piano Competition Final at Birmingham Town Hall

There was not much to quicken the listening juices during Saturday afternoon's 37th final of the competition.

Birmingham Town Hall

Review: Daniel Hope and L’Arte del Mondo at Birmingham Town Hall

Daniel Hope bobs, he bounces, he bends almost double - all the while spinning a rich, glittering stream of notes.

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

Birmingham Town Hall

Review: Igor Levit at Birmingham Town Hall

The Russian pianist alternately charmed, beguiled, hammered and finally finessed into submission Frederic Rzewski's epic  The People United Will Never Be Defeated.

The organ loft of Birmingham Town Hall.

Review: The Secret Life of the Organ at Birmingham Town Hall

One unintended consequence of this concert was how thoroughly it proved that Philip Glass is one of the most potent and distinctive musical minds of our time.

Tenor Mark Padmore

Review: Mark Padmore and Paul Lewis at Birmingham Town Hall

Mark Padmore and Paul Lewis perform as one. The only centrestage egos here are those of the composers.

Mirga Grazinyte-Tyla

Could CBSO get its first female musical director?

A hastily arranged concert has prompted rumours a replacement to Andris Nelsons is imminent


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