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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.

Poster for Birmingham Opera Company production of Khovanskygate: A National Enquiry

A topical theme for a company which is far from typical

Birmingham Opera Company is known for its unusual productions. Roz Laws discovers how its latest does not disappoint

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Jazz Diary with Peter Bacon

Peter Bacon rounds-up the coming week of jazz events in the West Midlands.

Ulrich Heinen playing on the Library of Congress’s 1697 Castelbarco Stradivari Cello

Birmingham Contemporary Music Group performs at Washington DC Library of Congress

Lord Mayor of Birmingham attends performance in United States capital

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Jazz Diary with Peter Bacon

Peter Bacon rounds-up the coming week of jazz events in the West Midlands.

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Jazz Diary with Peter Bacon

Peter Bacon rounds-up the coming week of jazz events in the West Midlands.

Colin Baines conducts the Birmingham Choral Union in the Mozart Requiem in the Elgar Concert Hall at the University of Birmingham's Bramall Music Building.

More Mozart magic is coming to Birmingham

A busy classical music week ahead is dominated by the great composer, writes Christopher Morley

Sebastian Rochford

Jazz Diary with Peter Bacon

Peter Bacon rounds-up the coming week of jazz events in the West Midlands.

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Jazz Diary with Peter Bacon

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Peter Bacon rounds-up the coming week of jazz events in the West Midlands.

Composer Ian Venables

New chamber work set to be premiered

A piece of classical music commissioned to celebrate the anniversaries of two concert clubs will be heard for the first time this week. Christopher Morley speaks to composer Ian Venables.

Birmingham Symphony Hall.

Review: Rachmaninov's Second Symphony, CBSO at Symphony Hall

Christopher Morley reviews Rachmaninov's Second Symphony, CBSO at Birmingham Symphony Hall.

Michael Tilson Thomas, conductor with the San Francisco Symphony

Michael Tilson Thomas Orchestra's daring spirit delights its conductor

American conductor Michael Tilson Thomas talks to Christopher Morley about staying power and relationships.

The Tord Gustavsen Quartet

Jazz Diary with Peter Bacon

Peter Bacon rounds-up the coming week of jazz events in the West Midlands.

Birmingham Symphony Hall.

Review: CBSO at Birmingham Symphony Hall

Norman Stinchcombe reviews CBSO at Birmingham's Symphony Hall.

More Canals Than Venice
Birmingham Symphony Hall.

Review: CBSO/Mozart's Gran Partita at Symphony Hall

Norman Stinchcombe reviews CBSO/Mozart's Gran Partita at Birmingham's Symphony Hall.

Symphony Hall, Birmingham

Review: CBSO Youth Orchestra at Symphony Hall

Norman Stinchcombe reviews CBSO Youth Orchestra at Birmingham Symphony Hall.

Birmingham Symphony Hall.

Review: Mozart and Elgar, CBSO at Symphony Hall

Christopher Morley reviews Mozart and Elgar by the CBSO at Birmingham's Symphony Hall.

Pianist Ingrid Fliter

Chopin's confessions laid bare on the stage

Two acclaimed musicians with a great love for the city play in Birmingham this weekend. Christopher Morley sets the scene

Birmingham Symphony Hall.

Review: CBSO/ Mendelssohn at Birmingham's Symphony Hall

Norman Stinchcombe reviews CBSO/ Mendelssohn at Birmingham's Symphony Hall.

Japan tour poster for the CBSO

CBSO awarded Best Concert in Japan accolade by classical music magazine

Critics hail far east performances conducted by Andris Nelsons during orchestra's world tour.

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