Mirga Sheku.

Programme

  • Sibelius Lemminkäinen's Return
  • Elgar  Cello Concerto
  • Sibelius  The Swan of Tuonela
  • Beethoven  Overture Leonore No. 3

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 steps on the world stage. 100 years later, we welcomed 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 2021 as in 1920, music means life - and we’ve never been more eager to share it.