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The story of the CBSO begins in 1920.
In the concert seasons leading up to our centenary in 2020, some concerts each year are programmed to reflect themes of that year's twentieth-century counterpart.

2016-17

As the CBSO approaches its 100th anniversary in 2020, our ten-year journey through the music of the decade 1910 - 1920 reaches 1916-17.

While the First World War reached its brutal climax, Bax and Bartók explored dark passions, Ravel and Respighi retreated to happier times, and Prokofiev and Holst saw otherworldly visions. Some of these pieces – like Holst’s The Planets and Respighi’s The Fountains of Rome – helped define 20th century music. Others, like Elgar’s The Spirit of England, have been lost in time. But they all open a window onto those extraordinary, devastating years: join us at any of these concerts for an adventure in musical time travel.