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The CBSO or City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra was founded in 1920 by Birmingham’s civic leaders, led by MP Neville Chamberlain who later became UK Prime Minister (1937-1940). Originally known by the shorter title of City of Birmingham Orchestra, it changed to its current name in 1948. The CBSO is the resident orchestra at Birmingham Symphony Hall, playing around 130 concerts a year, and has released music on its own label and on other labels. The CBSO also runs a range of choirs as well as community music projects to help disadvantaged areas and develop the next generation of musical talent.

Top festive classical concerts taking place at Symphony Hall

Hugh Dennis and Brian Blessed are among celebrities taking part in classical concerts

CBSO, at Symphony Hall

Messiah by City of Birmingham Choir at Birmingham Symphony Hall

Maggie Cotton reviews Messiah by the City of Birmingham Choir at Birmingham Symphony Hall

Review: CBSO does Elgar’s Enigma Variations at Symphony Hall

The much in demand James Ehnes delivered a wonderful performance of Elgar at this CBSO matinee

Review: CBSO does MacMillan’s St Luke Passion at Symphony Hall

Celebrating its 40th anniversary, the CBSO Chorus gave a wonderfully assured UK premiere to its international co-commission, James MacMillan’s St Luke Passion.

New Digbeth record company Stoney Lane Records hopes to showcase local talent

Fazeley Studios based company Stoney Lane Records is named after a former West Bromwich Albion home ground. Peter Bacon finds out more from guitarist and now label boss Sam Slater

CBSO, at Symphony Hall

CBSO exceeds fund-raising target of £50,000

The CBSO has raised nearly £60,000 following a public appeal for funds after facing budget cuts.

Review: CBSO - Nelsons conducts Bruckner’s Seventh at Symphony Hall

Christopher Morley is bowled over by Andris Nelsons at Symphony Hall

CBSO, at Symphony Hall

Review: Spirit of 1945 by CBSO at Birmingham Symphony Hall

Christopher Morley reviews Spirit of 1945 by CBSO at Birmingham Symphony Hall.

Steve Coleman, jazz saxophonist.

Jazz saxophonist Steve Coleman chooses Birmingham as only UK date for tour

Chicago saxophonist Steve Coleman brings his Five Elements band to Birmingham for the only UK concert in their European tour. He chats to Peter Bacon.

Review: Dudley Yamaha International Piano Competition Finals, Symphony Hall

Oh, to have been a fly on the wall during discussions by a most distinguished jury; 12 overall, but four only for the final concert.

Conductor John Wilson is back at Symphony Hall reconstructing lost film scores from Hollywood

John Wilson Orchestra presents an evening of Cole Porter at Symphony Hall

Review: Russian Classics, CBSO at Symphony Hall

Exciting hew conductors seem to be coming at us from all directions, and the latest to hit Birmingham is Gustavo Gimeno, a personable young Spanish with an elegant podium technique.

Dudley Yamaha International Piano Competition comes to Symphony Hall

The final of a prestigious piano competition takes place at Symphony Hall on Sunday.

Review: CBSO - War and Peace, Symphony Hall

Russian peasant militia inspired the opening and chunky brass themes for Prokofiev’s War and Peace Overture.

String quartet The Stringcredibles are taking the sounds of the First World War out on tour

Violinist from the CBSO reveals how string quartet is educating children about the First World War

Review: CBSO Youth Orchestra at Symphony Hall, Birmingham

Christopher Morley reviews UK premiere to mark centenary of First World War

Wagner's Das Walkure, performed by the Marlinsky Theatre

Birmingham Hippodrome is to host Das Rheingold

Birmingham will be at the centre of the operatic world next week. Willard White talks to Christopher Morley about Wagner's Ring cycle

CBSO, at Symphony Hall

Review: CBSO/ Bruch's Violin Concerto at Birmingham Symphony Hall

Norman Stinchcombe reviews CBSO/ Bruch's Violin Concerto at Birmingham Symphony Hall

Edward Gardner

What does the future hold for CBSO conductor Edward Gardner?

Edward Gardner beings his final season by conducting the CBSO in Brahms and Bartok at Birmingham Symphony Hall.

Review: Sinfonia of Birmingham at Sutton Coldfield Town Hall

Richard Bratby reviews Sinfonia of Birmingham at Sutton Coldfield Town Hall

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