• Purcell (arr.Stucky) Funeral Music for Queen Mary10′
  • Mozart Piano Concerto No.23 in A major, K488 26′
  • Adès The Exterminating Angel Symphony20′ (CBSO Centenary Commission – World Premiere)

Every concert is an adventure – and what could be more of an adventure than the world premiere of the first symphony by one of Britain’s (and the world’s) most famous living composers? Thomas Adès’s centenary commission for the CBSO is based on his hit opera The Exterminating Angel, and it’s the dazzling climax to an evening that revisits history with Henry Purcell. Oh, and Steven Osborne plays Mozart’s most romantic piano concerto. Trust us, you don’t want to miss it…

Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla
Due to illness Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla is sadly unable to travel to the UK and quarantine ahead of her scheduled performances with the CBSO on Wednesday 16 June.

The world premiere of Thomas Adès’ The Exterminating Angel Symphony (a CBSO Centenary Commission) will now be conducted by Thomas Adès, Steven Osborne will play/direct Mozart’s Piano Concerto No.23 and Purcell’s Funeral Music for Queen Mary will be conducted by CBSO Leader, Eugene Tzikindelean. Dorothy Howell’s Lamia will be deferred to a later date.

Given the significant change to this concert, the title has been amended to simply ‘Mozart and Adès’. If you have already received your e-ticket for the concert, please note that this is still valid and will not be re-issued with the new title and there is nothing that you need do at this time. The CBSO will be contacting all ticket buyers by email about these changes as soon as possible.

Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla and the orchestra hope to perform together again in Birmingham on Wednesday 23 June.

Your safety at the CBSO's concerts
We care deeply about our customers, and that's why the CBSO is working closely with Symphony Hall to ensure that you have a safe and enjoyable experience. You can read about all the new measures in place to help keep you safe on the Symphony Hall's wesbite by clicking here.

Staggered entry times
Following feedback from audience members we have worked with our colleagues at Symphony Hall to update the staggered entry times for our forthcoming concerts. This means that customers can now arrive slightly later than previously requested as below:

If you are sat in the Stalls or Grand Tier, you can now arrive just 30 minutes before the performance.
If you are sat in the Upper Circle or Circle, you can now arrive just 20 minutes before the performance.

If you would like to arrive earlier, that’s absolutely fine and the doors to all levels of the auditorium will open 60 minutes before the concert starts.

Please note that if you booked your tickets before 24.05.21, then your ticket and confirmation email will carry the previously required arrival times. Please be assured that these no longer apply and you can now arrive slightly later as detailed above. Thank you.

Keeping you entertained pre-concert
Due to the staggered entry times, we are aware that some customers will be sitting in the auditorium for longer than usual before the concert begins. You therefore might like to know that we are planning to keep you entertained by installing a large, cinema-style screen above the back of the stage, in front of the choir stalls. So as you sit waiting for the concert to begin, we will be showing a selection of clips from recent recordings, interviews with our players and forthcoming highlights. The films will stop once the concert begins and the screen won’t obscure your view of the stage in any way.

Tickets for students
There are £9 tickets available for students for all performances. Please note that these are limited to one per person, subject to availability and you must bring proof of being a student with you to the performance. To purchase a student ticket, please select a seat as normal and then enter 'Student' into the promo code box in the online checkout to receive the discount. 

On sale information
We’re delighted to have live performances on sale and can’t wait to welcome audiences back to Symphony Hall. However, please note that tickets must be booked online as telephone and counter sales are currently unavailable, as the Symphony Hall Box Office team are still working from home.

A new acoustic screen has been installed at the rear of the Symphony Hall stage, allowing a larger number of musicians to sit on the flat stage and play together while maintaining social distancing than has previously been possible.  The view of the back of the stage from the Stalls will be slightly affected as a result: but it does mean that CBSO audiences will see and hear what we believe is the largest orchestra performing regularly anywhere in the UK at this time.

Government Restrictions: please note, this concert is being planned according to the latest Government guidelines and roadmap. Should the concert be unable to go ahead as live and is instead filmed, your ticket will be valid to watch the concert online. Refunds will also be available on request.



For events sold by THSH Box Office, the THSH per-ticket commission of £3 is included in the price of every individual ticket priced over £13. For full details see