Centenary Of The First Concert.


  • Sibelius Lemminkainen’s Return6′
  • Elgar  Cello Concerto30′
  • Sibelius The Swan of Tuonela10′
  • Beethoven Leonore Overture No.313′

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.  

This concert was filmed in Symphony Hall, Birmingham on Tuesday 10 November 2020. This video on demand is available to view from 6pm on Thursday 19 November 2020 until Friday 18 December 2020 and will be streamed via Vimeo. 

Please note that we are currently only able to sell digital concerts to residents within the UK.  


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