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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.

 

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.

CBSO musical director Mirga Grazinyte-Tyla conducts the orchestra

Review: CBSO at Birmingham Symphony Hall

Mirga Grazinyte-Tyla returned to a packed and adoring Symphony Hall to conduct her second subscription series concert with "her" CBSO.

Tim and Tom Redmond

Brother's bringing a sense of 'Adventure' to Symphony Hall

Brothers Tim and Tom Redmond let their imaginations run wild and let the music tell their stories at Symphony Hall children's concert

CBSO classical music conductor Andris Nelsons in 2012.

Review: CBSO at Birmingham Symphony Hall

Andris Nelsons returned to conduct the CBSO.

Like most conductors I'm a bit terrified of Beethoven’s Ninth - Peter Marks

Peter Marks, conductor of amateur orchestra Eroica Camerata, talks to Christopher Morley about its distinct style and sound as they prepare to perform in Kings Norton

Edward Gardner brings his new orchestra to Birmingham

Christopher Morley talks to conductor Edward Gardner in Norway ahead of his return to the Symphony Hall

CBSO musical director Mirga Grazinyte-Tyla conducts the orchestra

Birmingham's concert scene has been lit up by Mirga effect

Christopher Morley looks back on a spectacular year for classical music in the Midlands

Benjamin Grosvenor

Pianist embraces the raw, immense genius of Brahms

As pianist Benjamin Grosvenor gets ready for a Symphony Hall concert, Christopher Morley talks to him about the challenges of tackling Brahms' First Piano Concerto

Sir Simon's scintillating symphonies top of the pile for Christmas

As the festive season is upon us, here’s Christopher Morley's top picks for the best gifts for the classical music lovers in your lives

Mirga Grazinyte-Tyla

Review: Mirga Conducts Mahler's First, CBSO, at Birmingham Symphony Hall

There was Mirga magic galore enthralling a packed CBSO audience within the Symphony Hall.

Birmingham Contemporary Music Group in rehearsal

Review: Birmingham Contemporary Music Group at the CBSO Centre

With BCMG, quality has always been more important than quantity.

Talented trio of brothers back to where it all began

Three of the award-winning 12 Ensemble who appear in Birmingham next week tell Christopher Morley how they honed their craft from a young age in the city

Birmingham Symphony Hall

Review: Shostakovich's Eighth, CBSO at Symphony Hall

Just days after a blistering account of Berlioz by the CBSO, comes an equally compelling performance of Shostakovich's wartime symphony.

Creating a buzz with all 17 Beethoven string quartets

Music lovers from across the country will be descending on Bromsgrove at the weekend for the town's Beethovenfest with the Dante Quartet.

Alpesh Chauhan, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra

Review: CBSO at Birmingham Symphony Hall

This wonderful programme which was heartwarming confirmation of the conducting gifts of Alpesh Chauhan, alumnus of both the Birmingham Music Service and the CBSO Youth Orchestra, as well as the Royal Northern College of Music.

Birmingham Symphony Hall

Review: Beethoven's Fourth, CBSO at Symphony Hall

Beethoven's fourth symphony lacked mystery, menace and magic.

Alpesh Chauhan

Birmingham conductor's 'excited' about Italian job

Still only in his mid-20s, Birmingham-born Alpesh Chauhan will soon take charge of an orchestra in Parma after impressing with the CBSO.

Edward Gardner

Review: CBSO at the Symphony Hall

CBSO launched its 2016-17 season with a stunning programme placing Beethoven alongside English music.

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