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  • Sibelius Lemminkainen’s Return6′
  • Sibelius Swan of Tuonela8′
  • Elgar  Cello Concerto30′
  • Beethoven Leonore No.314′

Following the government announcement of the new national restrictions that will be in place from Thursday 5 November, all CBSO concerts after this date (both at Symphony Hall and CBSO Centre) are regrettably cancelled. All ticket holders for these concerts will receive a full refund automatically and do not need to contact the Box Office. 

On 10 November 1920 Sir Edward Elgar conducted the City of Birmingham Orchestra in its first symphonic concert – and the future CBSO took its first step onto the world stage. 100 years later, we welcome another Midlands superstar, Sheku Kanneh-Mason, in one of the pieces that Elgar conducted on that historic night: his Cello Concerto, then unknown, but now one of Britain’s best-loved classics. And Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla celebrates another of our star guests from a century ago, Jean Sibelius, before raising a toast to Beethoven in his 250th birthday year: a gripping musical drama of love, courage, and triumph against all odds. In 2020, as in 1920, music means life - and we’ve never been more eager to share it. 

Please note: Entry is by timed ticket from up to 1 hour before the concert start time. Entry times will be indicated on your e-ticket. Approximate running time is 75 minutes and there will be no interval.

The CBSO reserves the right to alter programmes and artists without notice.

For events sold by THSH Box Office, the THSH per-ticket commission of £3 (£2.50 for online bookings) is included in the price of every individual ticket priced over £13. Tickets purchased as part of a CBSO Concert Package are exempt. For full details see


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