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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.

The world premiere of 'Crowd Out' by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer David Lang presented by Birmingham Contemporary Music Group at Millennium Point, Birmingham, in June 2014

Birmingham Contemporary Music Group scheme that enables music lovers to pull the strings on a commission

A scheme where the public can commission a new piece of music has taken off for Birmingham Contemporary Music Group. Christopher Morley reports

Symphony Hall

CBSO and Birmingham Conservatoire deliver range of Russian themed concerts

A Russian theme will invade classical music in Birmingham this week. Christopher Morley looks at the concerts on offer.

Birmingham Conservatoire president reveals exciting plans for the future after Eastside building approved

As planning permission is granted for the new Birmingham Conservatoire at Eastside, principal David Saint reveals more about plans for its future

UK Firsts by BCMG: An evening marked by unfazed virtuosity

Birmingham Contemporary Music Group premiered five new pieces in this CBSO Centre concert

CBSO, at Symphony Hall

Review: Best of the West End by CBSO at Symphony Hall

Merely two days after presenting a technically demanding programme which included a substantial rarely-heard symphony, the CBSO was back in Symphony Hall for the latest in its hugely popular series of Friday Night Classics, really putting on the style for Best of the West End.

Andris Nelsons conducting the CBSO at Bonn for Beethovenfest

CBSO music programme secured after £100,000 donation matched by Arts Council

The future of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra’s chamber music programme has been secured – thanks to a private £100,000 donation being matched by Arts Council England’s Catalyst scheme.

Michael Seal CBSO

American Classics by CBSO review: A performance of sheer pleasure

Michael Seal took up the baton for this concert featuring music from Cole Porter, Leonard Bernstein and George Gershwin

Ex Cathedra to premiere James MacMillan's Seven Angels at Town Hall concert

The new work will be performed at Birmingham Town Hall as part of New Jerusalem Concert

Javier Perianes

Review: Spanish Night by CBSO at Symphony Hall

You would expect a concert of Spanish music, in which the conductor and soloists were all from Spain, to rate high in authenticity – and to a large extent this one did.

Sir Simon Rattle, taken by Rory Coonan with a Victorian plate camera in 1982

Rare plate camera picture of Sir Simon Rattle to show at National Portrait Gallery

Unpublished photograph of the former City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra conductor has been acquired to mark his 60th birthday

Pianist Javier Perianes joins CBSO for evocative concert

The Spanish musician who comes to Symphony Hall this week has become an ambassador for classical music in his home country

Review: Schubert's Great by CBSO at Symphony Hall

Conductor David Afkham,  tipped as a possible replacement for Andris Nelsons, performed efficiently in this matinee concert

Sir Simon Rattle conducting the CBSO at Birmingham Symphony Hall.

Recordings of Sir Simon Rattle conducting CBSO to be broadcast on BBC Radio 3

Never heard before recordings of the former CBSO conductor and the orchestra will be played as part of a celebration of his birthday

Simon Rattle the new CBSO conductor in rehearsal in 1979.

Simon Rattle - the 25 year old tyro who changed CBSO forever

Christopher Morley remembers the moment when Simon Rattle first took up his baton with the CBSO - and how he changed the Birmingham orchestra forever

Andris Nelsons

Who will replace Andris Nelsons at CBSO?

Christopher Morley looks at those in the frame to replace the CBSO principal conductor

Pauline Biddle, new practice senior partner at Deloitte in the Midlands

Deloitte appoints new senior partner for the Midlands

Pauline Biddle, who joined the firm in 2002, will succeed Chris Loughran after five years in the role

GALLERY: Symphony Hall Birmingham to enter the next stage

Concert and conference venue bids to host more events by launching new tiered staging in the stalls to host dinners and meetings

Review: Rachmaninov’s Third Piano Concerto by CBSO

Pianist Nikolai Lugansky triumphed in this CBSO concert at Symphony Hall

Andris Nelsons

Classical concerts you must see in Birmingham in 2015

Last chance to enjoy Andris Nelsons as the hunt continues to replace the CBSO's principal conductor

Andris Nelsons conducting the CBSO at Bonn for Beethovenfest

Christopher Morley's Classical highlights of 2014

Andris Nelsons is going out in a blaze of glory with the CBSO, and his stunning final season is the highlight of Christopher Morley's musical year

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