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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.

Judith Weir, former resident composer with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra

Former CBSO composer named Master of the Queen’s Music

Judith Weir officially took up her role after she cycled to Buckingham Palace to meet the Queen

CBSO Youth orchestra

Youth comes to fore in summer concerts

Young musicians will be taking over Birmingham's most prestigious venues in the next few weeks. Christopher Morley reports

DBS Law celebrates winning the Big Tick in the Business in the Community category at the Responsible Business Awards 2014 for its Clock on to Safety initiative. Pictured are Sian Morris, Sam Higgins, Rupy Sandhu, Sam Zaffer and Neeru Karra

DBS Law lands national award for road safety initiative

DBS Law won the Big Tick in the 'Business in the Community' category for its 'Clock on to Safety' initiative

Peter Knott, Midland Area Director, Arts Council England

Arts groups' futures are secured after grant awards

The Arts Council England has announced that £57.3 million will be spent across 24 organisations, representing a small rise.

CBSO, at Symphony Hall

Review: Duke Bluebeard's Castle, CBSO at Symphony Hall

Norman Stinchcombe reviews Duke Bluebeard's Castle by CBSO at Birmingham Symphony Hall

Music

Review: Birmingham Choral Union at St George's Church in Edgbaston

Norman Stinchcombe reviews Birmingham Choral Union at St George's Church in Edgbaston

Birmingham Symphony Hall

Review: CBSO/Mozart's Mass in C Minor at Birmingham Symphony Hall

Norman Stinchcombe reviews CBSO/Mozart's Mass in C Minor at Birmingham Symphony Hall

Birmingham Symphony Hall

Review: Strauss and Shakespeare, CBSO at Symphony Hall

Norman Stinchcombe reviews Strauss and Shakespear by CBSO at Birmingham Symphony Hall.

Birmingham Symphony Hall

Review: Beethoven's Emperor Concerto, CBSO at Symphony Hall

Christopher Morley reviews Beethoven's Emperor Concerto by CBSO at Birmingham Symphony Hall.

Birmingham Town Hall

Review: Turangalila-Symphonie at Birmingham Town Hall

Christopher Morley reviews Turangalila-Symphonie by Birmingham Conservatoire Symphony Orchestra at Birmingham Town Hall.

Adrian Boult Hall

Review: BCA Charity Concert, CBSO strings at Adrian Boult Hall

Christopher Morley reviews the BCA Charity Concert with CBSO strings at Birmingham's Adrian Boult Hall.

Symphony Hall, The ICC, Birmingham, under construction in March 1990

How city bluffed Europe to build Symphony Hall

New book lifts lid on the methods used to finance construction of great concert venue

Birmingham Symphony Hall

Review: Thomas Ades: Contemporary Horizons, CBSO, at Symphony Hall

Christopher Morley reviews Thomas Ades: Contemporary Horizons, CBSO, at Birmingham's Symphony Hall.

The REP, which last year voiced concerns over funding issues

Arts Council England vows to fight region’s funding raw deal

Body accepts imbalance exists between the regions and London when it comes to funding

CBSO, at Symphony Hall

Review: Summer Serenade, CBSO, at Birmingham Symphony Hall

Christopher Morley reviews Summer Serenade, CBSO, at Birmingham Symphony Hall

Pianist Nicolas Hodges

Pianist relishes the modern approach

Pianist Nicolas Hodges talks to Christopher Morley about performing two new piano concertos at Symphony Hall next week.

Andris Nelsons was on superlative form, making his looming departure even more poignant.

Review: Andris and Hakan in concert with the CBSO, at Symphony Hall, Birmingham

Hakan Hardenberger was totally immersed in the music even when not playing, his colourings via an array of mutes vivid and atmospheric and his agility in all Dean's demands consummate.

The Werther Ensemble with James Barralet centre background with cello.

Festival aiming to capture the musical essence of England

The theme of this year's Wootton Wawen Music Festival is a musical Essence of England and runs from June 9-14.

Andris Nelsons

Breaking up is hard to do for leader of city's orchestra

As Andris Nelsons prepares to leave CBSO as its principal conductor, he talks to Christopher Morley about the future of the orchestra.

Symphony Hall, Birmingham

Review: Der Rosenkavalier/CBSO at Birmingham Symphony Hall

Christopher Morley reviews Der Rosenkavalier/CBSO at Birmingham Symphony Hall

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