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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.

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.

Percy Pursglove

The CBSO Centre to host a Percy Pursglove world premiere

On October 17 Percy Pursglove will present the world premiere of his suite for jazz ensemble and choir, Far Reaching Dreams Of Mortal Souls, at the CBSO Centre in Birmingham.

Review: Sinfonia of Birmingham at Sutton Coldfield Town Hall

Richard Bratby reviews Sinfonia of Birmingham at Sutton Coldfield Town Hall

CBSO, at Symphony Hall

Review: Romantic Journeys by CBSO at Birmingham Symphony Hall

David Hart reviews Romantic Journeys by CBSO at Birmingham Symphony Hall.


Review: Birmingham Contemporary Music Group at CBSO Centre

Christopher Morley reviews Birmingham Contemporary Music Group at CBSO Centre

Trumpeter Alison Balsom who is hoping to pass on her experience to the next generation

Top trumpeter Alison Balsom works with Tipton children to encourage more youngsters to take up an instrument

Award-winning musician explains why she has become an ambassador for musical education and keen to pass on her experience to the next generation

Australian Chamber Orchestra, which is performing a piece written by Jonny Greenwood, the guitarist from Radiohead, at Birmingham Symphony Hall.

Birmingham Symphony Hall to host the Australian Chamber Orchestra

A piece of music written for the Australian Chamber Orchestra by Jonny Greenwood, guitarist of rock band Radiohead, will be performed at Birmingham's Symphony Hall. Christopher Morley reports.

Birmingham Symphony Hall

Review: Panufnik Centenary Concert, CBSO at Symphony Hall

Christopher Morley witnesses a celebration of the 100th birthday of Andrzej Panufnik, principal conductor of the CBSO between 1957 and 1959

International soloist Craig Ogden

Stratford-upon-Avon hosts its annual Music Festival with sweet sounds from RSC musicians

A music festival in Stratford and performances by BCMG and Ex Cathedra contribute to a lively concert season ahead, writes Christopher Morley

Andris Nelsons conducting the CBSO at Bonn for Beethovenfest

Review: Beethoven Symphony Cycle, CBSO at Symphony Hall

Norman Stinchcombe finds a Beethoven performance at Symphony Hall to be full of gusto and a refreshing change from previous more low key shows

Andris Nelsons conducting the CBSO at Bonn for Beethovenfest

City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra on fire for Beethoven cycle

The CBSO will perform the complete cycle of Beethoven's nine symphonies in Birmingham this week. Christopher Morley gets a preview of what's in store on a visit to Bonn.

David Austin Grey, leader of Birmingham jazz group Hansu-Tori

Birmingham jazz group Hansu-Tori to play a number of city gigs

Birmingham jazz group Hansu-Tori take its inspiration from the power of water and the flight of birds. Its leader, David Austin Grey, speaks to Peter Bacon

CBSO Youth orchestra which benefits from support programmes run by the orchestra

CBSO opens new season amid £1m fundraising plea

Symphony orchestra in battle to raise huge amount of money after facing budget cuts of 24 per cent since 2010

Sally Alexander, head teacher of Kimichi School where all pupils must play a musical instrument

Kimichi School opens doors to new educational tune

Headteacher wants to promote music lessons at new fee-paying schools in Acocks Green

Andrzej Panufnik at the last concert he conducted at the Birmingham town hall on April 18, 1959.

Birmingham Symphony Hall concert celebrates the life of former CBSO conductor

A concert at Symphony Hall celebrates the birth of former CBSO conductor Andrzej Panufnik. Christopher Morley talks to his daughter

Sir Willard White.

Sir Willard White to launch the autumn season's classical programme at Malvern Theatres

Christopher Morley takes a look at this pretty hillside town's classical offerings.

The Festival Orchestra which will perform at Presteigne Festival in 2014

George Vass swings into action for this years Presteigne Festival

The artistic director of the revered Presteigne Festival talks to Christopher Morley about his plans for this year's event

Sakari Oramo

CBSO legend Sakari handed Proms baton

Former CBSO principal conductor Sakari Oramo will be taking to the stage of the Royal Albert Hall for the Proms, writes Christopher Morley

Roberto Ruisi, 18, with The Suaret, a £1m Stradivarius

£1m Stradivarius in safe hands of teenager

Roberto Ruisi plays a £1million-plus Stradivarius violin as he leads the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain in a concert at the Symphony Hall.

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