16-18 & 23-25 March 2018

"What rules do you follow?"
...asked Claude Debussy’s music teacher. “Pleasure,” he replied. But pleasure can unlock whole worlds. 100 years after his death, join Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla and the CBSO as they set out in search of the wonder, the power and the sheer beauty of music’s quietest revolutionary.

We'll journey through sensual pleasures and sacred ecstasies, children’s games and bold new sounds, culminating in a concert performance of Debussy’s fairytale opera Pelléas et Mélisande. It’s an adventure that’ll involve our entire musical family, plus musical groups from across the whole city.

The Debussy Festival has been made possible through the generous support of Barry and Frances Kirkham, Jerry Sykes and HSBC.


Save money on individual ticket prices by buying a festival pass for £50, to one or both weekends. Plus, top up your pass by just £5 to include even more Debussy - chamber music concerts with CBSO Musicians at our home, CBSO Centre.

Sold separately to Debussy Festival Passes:
Pelléas et Mélisande
Saturday 23 June 2018, 7pm

Weekend 1

16-18 MARCH 2018

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Weekend 2

23-25 MARCH 2018

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Omo Bello - La Belle Époque

Soprano Omo Bello performs a ravishing all-French recital.   50% off with a festival pass

Friday 23 March 2018, 7.30pm
Town Hall, Birmingham