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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.

British violinist Tasmin Little.

Birmingham's Conservatoire welcomes crop of classical superstars

Birmingham Conservatoire's autumn season has just got under way. Christopher Morley takes a look at some of the glittering visitors heading this way.

Conductor Andris Nelsons in rehearsals with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra at the CBSO Centre.

50 donors raise £2m for CBSO

Orchestra's stunning fundraising effort could point the way to funding arts in city

CBSO Youth Orchestra Academy

Review: CBSO Youth Orchestra Academy at Birmingham Town Hall

Conductor Michael Seal rose to the occasion, magnificently creating total rapport with his young musicians.

Hereford Cathedral

Review: Philharmonia Orchestra at Hereford Cathedral

Christopher Morley enjoys a rich and deep performance of Messiaen's Turangalîla-Symphonie in Hereford

Mirga Grazinyte-Tyla

Review: Summer Concert, CBSO at Symphony Hall

The young  Lithuanian conductor Mirga Grazinyte-Tyla knows exactly how to command the effects she wants to achieve, whether in terms of dynamics, expressive pauses, or arresting dramatic effects.

Conductor Andris Nelsons in rehearsals with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra at the CBSO Centre.

Review: BBC Proms, CBSO at the Royal Albert Hall

A great artistic partnership, cut heartbreakingly short. 

Violinist Alina Ibragimova

Review: Academy of Ancient Music at Cheltenham Town Hall

Alina Ibragimova performed the Mendelssohn Concerto during the concluding concert of this year's Cheltenham Music Festival.

Lichfield Cathedral

Review: CBSO at Lichfield Cathedral

Shani has an engaging stage presence, and in the world premiere of David Matthews’ Toward Sunrise he drew a colourful, expressive performance.

Birmingham Weekender: Motionhouse dancers Martina Bussi and Alasdair Stewart by Selfridges

Birmingham Weekender programme revealed

Outdoor performances, opera, music and art will all combine in the final weekend of September for annual three-day festival

Alpesh Chauhan, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra

Review: Summer Showcase, CBSO, at Birmingham Symphony Hall

When a section plays on its own the conductor becomes more of a co-ordinator than full-on interpreter, something Chauhan clearly understands.

Alpesh Chauhan, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra

Alpesh Chauhan to stay at CBSO as search continues for new music director

The young Birmingham conductor will continue as assistant conductor after contract was extended

Mark Smith (regional chairman of PwC in the Midlands), Julian Wilkins (CBSO Youth Chorus conductor), Stephen Maddock (CBSO chief executive) and Graham Sibley (CBSO principal tuba)

PwC announces CBSO sponsorship deal

The support was announced as the CBSO bid farewell to its music director Andris Nelsons.

City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra's new assistant conductor Alpesh Chauhan

CBSO announces Alpesh Chauhan as assistant conductor

Mr Chauhan will lead city's orchestra for 2015/16 season after recently stepping in at short notice to cover  Andris Nelsons

Performers at Birmingham's International Dance Festival

Good things can happen in the arts

Arts Council England's chief executive Darren Henley discusses the sector at a time of huge funding pressure

Andris Nelsons conducting the CBSO

Review: Andris Nelsons' final concert with CBSO at Symphony Hall

Andris Nelsons'  first of two final concerts with CBSO at Symphony Hall was emotional but also a triumph

Andris Nelsons says Birmingham must keep loving the CBSO

Music director Andris Nelsons shares his thoughts on the future of the CBSO as he bows out with farewell concerts

Conductor Andris Nelsons in rehearsals with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra at the CBSO Centre.

CBSO: 'Andris Nelsons has allowed us to take risks'

Members of the CBSO have paid tribute to music director Andris Nelsons, who is leaving the orchestra

Conductor Andris Nelsons in rehearsals with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra at the CBSO Centre.

See the final rehearsal pictures of CBSO with Andris Nelsons

As Andris Nelsons prepares to bow out as music director of CBSO, we take a look at the final rehearsals

Birmingham Symphony Hall

Review: Schubert, Strauss, Dvorak, CBSO at Symphony Hall

With only a week to go before Andris Nelsons’ departure from the CBSO, it was hardly surprising that last Thursday’s concert, albeit a repeat of one heard in February, attracted such a large crowd of loyal supporters.

Andris Nelsons conducting the CBSO Youth Orchestra at Symphony Hall in 2009.

Haydn in London by CBSO review: Andris Nelsons 'on fire' as he prepares to say goodbye

Andris Nelsons was outstanding in this very special concert

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