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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.

Alpesh Chauhan, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra

Review: Summer Showcase, CBSO, at Birmingham Symphony Hall

When a section plays on its own the conductor becomes more of a co-ordinator than full-on interpreter, something Chauhan clearly understands.

Alpesh Chauhan, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra

Alpesh Chauhan to stay at CBSO as search continues for new music director

The young Birmingham conductor will continue as assistant conductor after contract was extended

Mark Smith (regional chairman of PwC in the Midlands), Julian Wilkins (CBSO Youth Chorus conductor), Stephen Maddock (CBSO chief executive) and Graham Sibley (CBSO principal tuba)

PwC announces CBSO sponsorship deal

The support was announced as the CBSO bid farewell to its music director Andris Nelsons.

City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra's new assistant conductor Alpesh Chauhan

CBSO announces Alpesh Chauhan as assistant conductor

Mr Chauhan will lead city's orchestra for 2015/16 season after recently stepping in at short notice to cover  Andris Nelsons

Performers at Birmingham's International Dance Festival

Good things can happen in the arts

Arts Council England's chief executive Darren Henley discusses the sector at a time of huge funding pressure

Andris Nelsons conducting the CBSO

Review: Andris Nelsons' final concert with CBSO at Symphony Hall

Andris Nelsons'  first of two final concerts with CBSO at Symphony Hall was emotional but also a triumph

Andris Nelsons says Birmingham must keep loving the CBSO

Music director Andris Nelsons shares his thoughts on the future of the CBSO as he bows out with farewell concerts

Conductor Andris Nelsons in rehearsals with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra at the CBSO Centre.

CBSO: 'Andris Nelsons has allowed us to take risks'

Members of the CBSO have paid tribute to music director Andris Nelsons, who is leaving the orchestra

Conductor Andris Nelsons in rehearsals with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra at the CBSO Centre.

See the final rehearsal pictures of CBSO with Andris Nelsons

As Andris Nelsons prepares to bow out as music director of CBSO, we take a look at the final rehearsals

Birmingham Symphony Hall

Review: Schubert, Strauss, Dvorak, CBSO at Symphony Hall

With only a week to go before Andris Nelsons’ departure from the CBSO, it was hardly surprising that last Thursday’s concert, albeit a repeat of one heard in February, attracted such a large crowd of loyal supporters.

Andris Nelsons conducting the CBSO Youth Orchestra at Symphony Hall in 2009.

Haydn in London by CBSO review: Andris Nelsons 'on fire' as he prepares to say goodbye

Andris Nelsons was outstanding in this very special concert

Stephen Saltaire

Birmingham Contemporary Music Group chair Stephen Saltaire to retire after 15 years

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Retirement coincides with moves to develop links between BCMG and city’s business community

Edward Gardner

Review: Elgar’s Cello Concerto by CBSO at Symphony Hall

Originally billed as Edward Gardner's final appearance, this concert by the CBSO was outstanding

Director Iqbal Khan: My grim view of Birmingham has changed

The prestigious director talks about his work with English Touring Opera and Royal Shakespeare Company

Edward Gardner

Review: CBSO does Mendelssohn's Midsummer Night's Dream at Symphony Hall

Edward Gardner bows out of the CBSO with this stunning performance

Julian Lloyd Webber will become principal of Birmingham Conservatoire in July

Lloyd Webber to be hands-on principal of Birmingham Conservatoire

World renowned cellist will takes up duties in July ahead of the institutions move to a brand new building

Birmingham Opera Company rehearsing for The Ice Break

The Ice Break, Birmingham Opera Company review: A masterpiece

It was probably CBSO's most artistically significant performance of the year in this fabulous Birmingham Opera Company production inside the derelict B12 Warehouse

Violinist Tamsin Waley-Cohen

Review: English Symphony Orchestra at Elgar Concert Hall

This concert at the University of Birmingham hall had plenty of highlights but overall lacked sparkle

Birmingham Opera Company to stage latest production in a Digbeth warehouse

Birmingham Opera Company will perform The Ice Break by Michael Tippett from April 3, 2015

Review: CBSO does Beethoven and Brahms at Symphony Hall

Pianist Steven Osborne performed beautifully in this concert conducted by Andrew Manze

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