21 And 23 May Brahms Symphony No 1 Alpesh Chauhan Credit Patrick Allen.


  • Brahms Academic Festival Overture10′
  • Mendelssohn Piano Concerto No.120′
  • Mendelssohn Symphony No.1 35′

Alpesh Chauhan needs no introduction here in Birmingham – and nor does Felix Mendelssohn. His music was an instant smash when he visited Birmingham in the 19th century, and in the CBSO’s centenary year, his sparkling First Piano Concerto is like cracking open a bottle of musical champagne – especially when it’s played by our old friend Stephen Hough. Critics say he’s Britain’s greatest living pianist, but we’re just glad to welcome him back, at the heart of a concert that ends with the irrepressible energy of Mendelssohn’s First Symphony, and begins with the cheerful student drinking songs of Brahms’s festive overture. Bottoms up: this is music to prove – once again - that youth is simply a state of mind!

This concert will be filmed in Symphony Hall, Birmingham on Wednesday 25 November 2020, and will be available to view online only from 6pm on Thursday 3 December 2020 until Friday 1 January 2021.

Tickets will be on sale soon!