£150,000 grant received for Centenary Commissions


We are delighted to announce that the CBSO has received multi-year funding from the John Ellerman Foundation in support of our ambitious series of centenary commissions.

The John Ellerman Foundation has awarded us a total of £150,000 to support seven of the 40 CBSO centenary commissions which will be performed across our two centenary seasons, 2019-20 and 2020-21. 

20 of the commissions are being written by some of the world's most celebrated composers; these will be performed as part of concert programmes across the two seasons. The other 20 have been commissioned from the most promising young composers of the next generation, and will be performed as encores. This is one of the largest-scale and most significant recent commitments to new music by any symphony orchestra.

Commissions which will be supported by the John Ellerman Foundation include Thea Musgrave’s Trumpet Concerto and Thomas Adès’ Angel Symphony, both of which will be performed as part of the CBSO's 2019-20 concert season at Symphony Hall, Birmingham. The grant will also support The Thrill of the New, a special concert on 17 October designed to introduce audiences to contemporary music and composers.

Read more about this season's centenary commissions here. Find out more about the John Ellerman Foundation here.