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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.

 

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.

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.

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BYPY 2016: See all the winners from the annual awards

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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.

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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

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