Higher Education

The CBSO supports young musicians throughout their education, and working with Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, the University of Birmingham, the University of Cambridge and other higher education partners we support the emerging professional musicians of the future.

Our wide-ranging Partnership in Orchestral Development with Royal Birmingham Conservatoire includes joint delivery of an M.Mus in Orchestral Performance for string players, and a training scheme which enables selected students to gain first-hand professional experience by observing and playing in CBSO rehearsals.  At the University of Birmingham we co-deliver an MA in Choral Conducting and provide regular opportunities for students to sing alongside the CBSO at Symphony Hall.  Our Scholarships in Orchestral Composition at the University of Cambridge allow advanced student composers to hear their music rehearsed and professionally recorded by the CBSO.

We are able to tailor long-term programmes of activity, or one off visits, to meet the specific needs and interests of each higher education partner.  Opportunities include sectionals for university orchestras, masterclasses for musically gifted students, specialist coaching for chamber music ensembles and choral conducting workshops – we have a wealth of skills to share with our partners to support and complement existing offers.

With an upper age limit of 21, the CBSO Youth Orchestra also provides opportunities for students studying in the West Midlands to perform significant orchestral repertoire with internationally-renowned conductors and soloists, receive sectional coaching from CBSO musicians and perform in the magnificent Symphony Hall in Birmingham.

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Ticket Offers for Students and Young People


Available from one month before the concert: Tickets from £6 for selected performances.

Young People Aged 18-30

Available from one month before the concert: £10 tickets for selected performances.

Cbso Youth Orchestra Vaughan Williams Second.