Secondary Schools

The CBSO’s offer for secondary schools aims to provide opportunities for pupils at all stages of their musical development and education.

Opportunities include inspirational performances at Symphony Hall and creative workshops for KS3 pupils, to activities supporting performance and analysis requirements for GCSE and A Level students, and coaching and mentoring by CBSO musicians and vocal staff for school ensembles.

Further details of all our current secondary school offers are below. However, the CBSO’s experienced Learning & Participation team are always happy to discuss specific projects or ideas that you would like to deliver in school. This could be an ensemble in residence programme over an academic year, to a specific workshop or performance to support a creative arts week.

Please contact us at or call 0121 616 6531 to arrange a time for a conversation about your ideas.

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The City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra is proud to be working in partnership with schools and settings on their Artsmark Award journey. By supporting Artsmark settings, we're helping put the arts at the heart of education, inspiring young people to create, experience and participate in high quality arts and culture. 

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As an Arts Award Support and Arts Award Centre, the CBSO's activities can also contribute to a young person's achievement of an Arts Award. 

To find out how we can support your Artsmark and/or Arts Award journey please or cal 0121 616 6500. 

Main Season Concerts

Child tickets are available from £6 to children and young people aged 17 and under for most main season CBSO concerts. Set works are regularly programmed as part of the CBSO’s main concert series at Symphony Hall and in our Centre Stage chamber music series at the CBSO Centre, so why not bring a group to experience their set work being performed live by world class musicians?

CBSO 2019-20 Season Concerts featuring set works:

1 November 2019 – Andrew Lloyd Webber – Musicals (Multiple Boards, GCSE & A Level)

3 November 2019 – The Rite of Spring, (Edexcel AS Level – New Directions)

13 December 2019 – Star Wars – Film Music (Multiple Boards, GCSE & A Level)

6 February 2020 – Bartók Violin Concerto No. 2 (OCR AS Level)
Berlioz Symphonie Fantastique (Edexcel AS Level)

20 February 2020 – Shostakovich Violin Concerto No. 1 (AQA A Level)

28 February 2020 – A Night on Broadway – Musicals (Multiple Boards, GCSE & A Level)

27 March 2020 – 100 Years of Movie Magic – Film Music (Multiple Boards, GCSE & A Level)

22 April 2020 – Beethoven Violin Concerto (OCR A Level 2020)

21 May 2020 – Brahms Symphony No. 1 (WJEC A Level)

10 June 2020 – Shostakovich Symphony No. 11 (AQA A Level)

14 June 2020 – African Sanctus (AQA GCSE African Fusion)

Meet & Greet

If you are bringing a group along to a main season concert, do get in touch with the education team, and for just £15 we can arrange for a 15 minute meet and greet prior to the concert to give pupils a chance to meet a player and discuss the evening’s repertoire with them.