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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.

 

Conductor Nicholas Collon

Review: CBSO with Nicholas Collon at Birmingham Symphony Hall

For its first performance of the Konzertstück this century the CBSO put its own home team out front.

Company to bring the boy Mozart's early works to life

Conductor Ian Page talks to Christopher Morley about his passion for performing works created when the famous composer was just 11 years old

Internationally renowned pianist, Steven Osborne

Tippett concerto a labour of love for pianist Steven Osborne

Ahead of a concert at Symphony Hall, the soloist explains to Christopher Morley why a piece which was once described as 'unplayable' is one of his favourites

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

A view over the town of Ludlow in Shropshire, England

Young mezzo-soprano's vocal about her disability

Christopher Morley talks to mezzo-soprano Bethan Langford about how, despite being visually impaired, she has managed to carve out a glittering career

Musician Ravi Shankar.

Sitar legend's princess story finally set for crowning glory

Eastern influences take centre stage as, with help from Ravi Shankar’s daughter, an ambitious unfinished opera is brought to life. Christopher Morley previews an exciting double-header

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

Benjamin Frith

Saints march in with a few surprises up their sleeve...

Christopher Morley previews a busy few weeks ahead on the classical scene, including an enterprising mix of the known and not-so-known from the Orchestra of St John

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.

International cricket at Edgbaston boosted Birmingham's tourism economy in 2016

Record visitors boost Birmingham's tourism economy

City welcomes all-time high as international cricket and Conservative Party Conference among events which underpin record 2016

The retirement of Canon Marcus Huxley, Director of Music at Birmingham Cathedral

Canon Marcus Huxley to conduct his last major event at Birmingham Cathedral

Canon Marcus Huxley is set to retire later this year after 30 years service as Director of Music at Birmingham Cathedral

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

Birmingham Symphony Hall

Review: When in Rome, CBSO, at Birmingham Symphony Hall

The solo writing in Wolf-Ferrari's substantial work is virtually ever-present, and cruelly demanding.

British composer Arthur Sullivan

The towering success of a 19th century double act

Christopher Morley looks at the enduring appeal of Gilbert & Sullivan ahead of a production of 'the best thing' they ever wrote at Symphony Hall in Birmingham

Birmingham Symphony Hall

Review: British Classics, CBSO at Symphony Hall

Elgar's In the South is a tone-poem of Straussian stature and texture, and the performance it received from the CBSO under John Wilson was both full-blooded and insightful, generously phrased and perceptively fleet of detail.

Francesca Dego

Italian composer's concerto is a jewel yet to be admired

The CBSO give the UK premiere of a rarely-performed piece of work by Venetian composer Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari, Christopher Morley talks to soloist Francesca Dego

Peruvian-born opera singer Juan Diego Florez performed with Welsh mezzo-soprano Katherine Jenkins in 2007

Opera star who still has pop and Peruvian folk in his blood

One of the world's greatest bel canto tenors, Juan Diego Florez, comes to Birmingham's Symphony Hall for the first time this month

Paraorchestra creates one body of talent with CBSO

Bringing a dizzying range of instruments, the world's first ensemble for disabled people is ready to show there's no barriers for talented players

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.

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