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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.

Andris Nelsons conducting the CBSO at Bonn for Beethovenfest

City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra on fire for Beethoven cycle

The CBSO will perform the complete cycle of Beethoven's nine symphonies in Birmingham this week. Christopher Morley gets a preview of what's in store on a visit to Bonn.

David Austin Grey, leader of Birmingham jazz group Hansu-Tori

Birmingham jazz group Hansu-Tori to play a number of city gigs

Birmingham jazz group Hansu-Tori take its inspiration from the power of water and the flight of birds. Its leader, David Austin Grey, speaks to Peter Bacon

CBSO Youth orchestra which benefits from support programmes run by the orchestra

CBSO opens new season amid £1m fundraising plea

Symphony orchestra in battle to raise huge amount of money after facing budget cuts of 24 per cent since 2010

Sally Alexander, head teacher of Kimichi School where all pupils must play a musical instrument

Kimichi School opens doors to new educational tune

Headteacher wants to promote music lessons at new fee-paying schools in Acocks Green

Andrzej Panufnik at the last concert he conducted at the Birmingham town hall on April 18, 1959.

Birmingham Symphony Hall concert celebrates the life of former CBSO conductor

A concert at Symphony Hall celebrates the birth of former CBSO conductor Andrzej Panufnik. Christopher Morley talks to his daughter

Sir Willard White.

Sir Willard White to launch the autumn season's classical programme at Malvern Theatres

Christopher Morley takes a look at this pretty hillside town's classical offerings.

The Festival Orchestra which will perform at Presteigne Festival in 2014

George Vass swings into action for this years Presteigne Festival

The artistic director of the revered Presteigne Festival talks to Christopher Morley about his plans for this year's event

Sakari Oramo

CBSO legend Sakari handed Proms baton

Former CBSO principal conductor Sakari Oramo will be taking to the stage of the Royal Albert Hall for the Proms, writes Christopher Morley

Roberto Ruisi, 18, with The Suaret, a £1m Stradivarius

£1m Stradivarius in safe hands of teenager

Roberto Ruisi plays a £1million-plus Stradivarius violin as he leads the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain in a concert at the Symphony Hall.

Birmingham Town Hall

Review: CBSO Youth Orchestra Academy at Birmingham Town Hall

Norman Stinchcombe reviews CBSO Youth Orchestra Academy at Birmingham Town Hall

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.

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