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Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla.


  • Gipps Symphony No. 221′
  • Adès The Exterminating Angel Symphony20′ (a CBSO Centenary Commission)
  • Interval20′
  • Brahms Symphony No. 3 in F major37′

In preparation for our upcoming performance at the BBC Proms 2021, we join Music Director Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla to champion the music of a too-long neglected composer. A pupil of Vaughan Williams, Ruth Gipps started her career as an oboist with what was then the City of Birmingham Orchestra in 1944, before becoming established as a composer. Her Symphony No. 2 takes a wide-screen, cinematic view of the Second World War, embracing exhilaration, anxiety and, finally, ecstatic rejoicing. Conflict of a very different kind runs through The Exterminating Angel Symphony by Thomas Adès (50 this year), inspired by Louis Buñuel’s Surrealist film.

Brahms’s Third Symphony strikes a more autumnal tone, inspired by a visit to the River Rhine in 1883. The critic Eduard Hanslick pronounced it 'artistically the most nearly perfect' of the composer’s symphonies to date.

On sale information
Tickets can be booked online or by phone. Box office phone lines (0121 780 3333) are now open Monday-Saturday from 10am – 2pm.

Please note that for this performance we will be trialling a mixture of standard and socially-distanced seating in Symphony Hall as follows:

• Stalls – standard seating
• Circle – standard seating
• Upper Circle – socially distanced
• Grand Tier – socially distanced

The following measures remain in place at Symphony Hall for this performance
Symphony Hall will be accessible from one hour before each performance. 
You are welcome to bring your own bottled water, which may be consumed in the Hall.
Toilet facilities in the foyers will be accessible before and after the performance, but not within the Mall.
Cloakroom facilities will not be in use during this time, and we ask that you only bring minimal items and small bags into the Hall, that will fit under your allocated seats.

Face Masks
Except for those with exemption from wearing a face covering for health reasons, masks must always be worn in all areas of the venue (including foyers, lifts, toilets and the Hall itself), before, during, and after the performance.
Please note that some reasons for exemptions are not always visible.

For further information, please visit the Keeping You Safe page on the B:Music website.

The following discounts are available for this performance:

• Wheelchair User or Disabled Patron if they need assistance of a companion/helper, the helper ticket is free.

• Benefit recipient discount. If you receive income support, job seeker’s allowance, universal credit, pension credit or personal independence payment you can book one ticket per performance at the special rate of £13. Please note, you may be asked to present the form of ID used to claim the tickets on arrival at Symphony Hall.

• Child aged 17 and under / School & Youth group tickets - £5

• Full time Student tickets - £5

• Those aged 18-30 can book tickets for £10

• Groups: 20% discount for groups of 8+, free reservation facility. For accompanied children aged 17 or under, the child ticket price applies instead of the 20% discount. 2 free tickets when you buy 20+ tickets for one concert. Groups subject to a £1 per ticket commission.



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