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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 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

Stephen Saltaire

Birmingham Contemporary Music Group chair Stephen Saltaire to retire after 15 years

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Retirement coincides with moves to develop links between BCMG and city’s business community

Edward Gardner

Review: Elgar’s Cello Concerto by CBSO at Symphony Hall

Originally billed as Edward Gardner's final appearance, this concert by the CBSO was outstanding

Director Iqbal Khan: My grim view of Birmingham has changed

The prestigious director talks about his work with English Touring Opera and Royal Shakespeare Company

Edward Gardner

Review: CBSO does Mendelssohn's Midsummer Night's Dream at Symphony Hall

Edward Gardner bows out of the CBSO with this stunning performance

Julian Lloyd Webber will become principal of Birmingham Conservatoire in July

Lloyd Webber to be hands-on principal of Birmingham Conservatoire

World renowned cellist will takes up duties in July ahead of the institutions move to a brand new building

Birmingham Opera Company rehearsing for The Ice Break

The Ice Break, Birmingham Opera Company review: A masterpiece

It was probably CBSO's most artistically significant performance of the year in this fabulous Birmingham Opera Company production inside the derelict B12 Warehouse

Violinist Tamsin Waley-Cohen

Review: English Symphony Orchestra at Elgar Concert Hall

This concert at the University of Birmingham hall had plenty of highlights but overall lacked sparkle

Birmingham Opera Company to stage latest production in a Digbeth warehouse

Birmingham Opera Company will perform The Ice Break by Michael Tippett from April 3, 2015

Review: CBSO does Beethoven and Brahms at Symphony Hall

Pianist Steven Osborne performed beautifully in this concert conducted by Andrew Manze

The Mailbox in Birmingham city centre, home of the BBC in Birmingham

Redeveloped Mailbox to open in phases over summer period

The Harvey Nichols opening will be followed by a number of new store launches at the shopping centre over the summer period

CBSO, at Symphony Hall

Review: Beethoven and Brahms, CBSO at Birmingham Symphony Hall

David Hart reviews Beethoven and Brahms by the CBSO at Birmingham Symphony Hall.

Five amazing jazz gigs to see in Birmingham in April 2015

Marius Neset, Vula Viel and Tony Kofi among highlights in April 2015

World-renowned pianist Stephen Hough

Review: CBSO does Rachmaninov's second Symphony

This was a richly rewarding partnership between piano and CBSO, with Andris Nelsons and Stephen Hough shining through

CBSO classical music conductor Andris Nelsons in 2012.

Andris Nelsons' finest moments as principal conductor of CBSO

As Nelsons prepares to say farewell to Birmingham, Christopher Morley attempts to pick out his finest moments

Edward Gardner

Review: Janacek’s Glagolitic Mass by CBSO

Conductor Edward Gardener conducted the CBSO at Symphony Hall with great authority

Conductor Andris Nelsons

CBSO's Andris Nelsons bows out with final series of concerts

The CBSO has announced its final series of concerts with Andris Nelsons at the helm

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

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