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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.


Edward Gardner

Review: CBSO at the Symphony Hall

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

Oliver Knussen

Review: Birmingham Contemporary Music Group at CBSO Centre

The CBSO Centre was buzzing in a huge display of affection for Jackie and Stephen Newbould, retiring after nearly 30 years at the helm of Birmingham Contemporary Music Group.

Birmingham Symphony Hall

Review: Italian Symphony, CBSO at Symphony Hall

Rather than a full-blown concerto we had to be content with Bruch’s Scottish Fantasy.

International pianist Paul Lewis

Review: Chipping Campden Festival Academy Orchestra at St James' Church, Chipping Campden

You only have to leaf through its programme to see that the Chipping Campden International Music Festival is a class act.

BYPY 2016: See all the winners from the annual awards

Find out who took home the category prizes and was named overall Birmingham Young Professional of the Year 2016 at last night's ceremony - in partnership with BYPY

Mirga Grazinyte-Tyla, CBSO music director.

Dates set for Mirga to pick up the baton in Birmingham

Mirga Grazinyte-Tyla tells Christopher Morley why she plans to concentrate solely on her ‘dream’ job with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra

Conductor John Wilson

Review: Vaughan Williams’ Fifth, John Wilson and CBSO at Symphony Hall

John Wilson has a knack for making an orchestra glow, and the CBSO responded with ardour.

Sir James Galway

Review: Sir James Galway at Adrian Boult Hall

The celebrated flute player kicked off the City of Sounds Festival with an enchanting performance

Birmingham Symphony Hall

Review: Abrahamsen & Mahler, CBSO at Symphony Hall

The CBSO's latest offering proved an absolute triumph.

BYPY 2016: All about the Marketing and Communications category finalists

Spotlight shone on the three young Marketing and Communications professionals shortlisted for a flagship BPS Birmingham award

Guests enjoy dinner during Birmingham Young Professional of the Year 2015

BYPY 2016: The 18 category finalists and Aspiring Talent Award shortlists have been revealed

Find out who the top 18 young professionals in Birmingham are now - in partnership with BYPY

Phil Riley, founder of commercial radio group Orion Media

Birmingham Post Power 250: Media

The ten people listed as the most influential in the West Midlands from the world of media

Mirga Grazinyte-Tyla

Birmingham Post Power 250: Culture

The ten people listed as the most influential in the West Midlands from the world of culture

Conductor Nicholas Collon

Review: Mahler's Tenth, CBSO at Symphony Hall

The shrewdly-planned programme all pointed towards the concluding colossus, Mahler's Symphony no. 10, completed by Deryck Cooke.

Jeffrey Skidmore

Review: St Matthew Passion, Ex Cathedra at the Symphony Hall

The Symphony Hall was packed for this gruelling but ultimately cathartic epic.

Birmingham Symphony Hall

Review: Elgar's Second, CBSO, at the Symphony Hall

This concert from the CBSO goes onto the shortlist for highlight of the year.

Birmingham Symphony Hall

Review: Shostakovich's Fifteenth, CBSO, at Symphony Hall

From a programme which promised so much, it's ironic that the most satisfying item was the one serving as a pipe-opener, but here coming up fresh and exhilarating.

Conductor Michael Lloyd

Review: Symphony Of A Thousand, Birmingham Philharmonic Orchestra at Symphony Hall

This was a concert celebrating the orchestra's 75th anniversary, as well as remembering ground-breaking Mahler performances under one-time long-serving conductor Kenneth Page.

Midland firm scoops award for world's first plastic trumpet

Coventry-based Warwick Music Group is behind the innovative product

Violinist Baiba Skride. Picture by Marco Borggreve.

Review: CBSO, Olari Elts and Baiba Skride at Symphony Hall

Olari Elts went on to sculpt Shostakovich's Tenth Symphony in big, sweeping gestures and a positively lurid palette of orchestral colours.

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