An update from the CBSO


City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and Town Hall Symphony Hall are delighted to have been awarded grants in the latest round of Culture Recovery Funding.

Arts Council England have announced today that the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (CBSO) will receive £480,000 and Town Hall Symphony Hall (THSH) will receive £465,325 as part of the Government’s Culture Recovery Fund.

Stephen Maddock, Chief Executive of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra said: “We are delighted to receive this funding, which will help to secure the future of the CBSO as we move forward after the huge impact of the Covid pandemic. As well as supporting the return of live concerts from 19th May this funding will be crucial in helping us to realise our ambitious digital plans which will mean our music can continue to reach the widest possible audiences at home, as well as allowing us to restart our Choruses and vital Learning and Participation activity. Whilst there are still challenges ahead we are extremely grateful to Arts Council England and our other private donors and funders, and together with our colleagues at Symphony Hall we are hugely excited to be welcoming live audiences back in May.”

Nick Reed, Chief Executive for the music charity responsible for Town Hall and Symphony Hall said: “We are once again incredibly grateful for the Government support that has been awarded today. Through the last year the music charity responsible for these two iconic venues has continued to connect audiences to music through regular digital broadcast, which now boast over half a million views, and have enabled Symphony Hall to open for the filming of digital concerts from our Resident Orchestra, the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. I believe music will play a powerful role in reuniting communities in person and I hope that our halls will be a beacon for that reconnection. We have been overwhelmed by the generosity of our audiences and supporters and we look forward to making memories with you all in our halls once again.”

Subject to the successful roll-out of the government’s roadmap, the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra will perform live concerts for socially-distanced audiences at Symphony Hall each Wednesday from 19 May-7 July. Each programme will be performed twice, at 2pm and 6.30pm, to allow for as many people as possible to join in person whilst seating capacity is restricted.  Programme details will be announced soon.

Digital concerts packages are currently available for audiences to enjoy at home, while our Cuppa Concerts are specially designed for older people and care settings. Sign-up to the CBSO’s social media channels for regular updates and further opportunities to see our work.

Friday 26 March 2021

The CBSO is delighted to announce that - subject to the continued successful rollout of the government's roadmap - it is planning to give live concerts for socially-distanced audiences at Symphony Hall each Wednesday from 19 May-7 July.

Each programme will be performed twice, at 2pm and 6.30pm, to allow for as many people as possible to join us in person whilst seating capacity is restricted. 

Full details of the programmes to be performed will be shared over the coming weeks.

Both Town Hall Symphony Hall and the CBSO have adopted the ‘See it Safely’ toolkit (created by UK Theatre and the Society of London Theatre) to ensure that all performances follow the latest Government guidelines.

Stephen Maddock, Chief Executive of the CBSO, said: ‘All of us at the CBSO have been working tirelessly with our partners at Symphony Hall to bring live music to our audiences as soon as it is possible and safe to do so.  We hope that our weekly Wednesday concerts will be able to commence on Wednesday 19 May, with highlights including concerts with Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla, Kazuki Yamada and Edward Gardner as well as soloists including Stephen Hough. We can’t wait to share our plans with you soon.’

Friday 5 March 2021

A joint statement from the CBSO and the music charity responsible for Town Hall and Symphony Hall:

Last week the government announced a roadmap towards the easing of lockdown restrictions in England, which included plans to reopen cultural venues. The exact date on which venues will be able to reopen will depend upon the success of earlier stages of the roadmap, but it will be no earlier than 17 May. 

The music charity responsible for Town Hall and Symphony Hall and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra are working together on plans to restart live concerts with social distancing measures in place as soon as restrictions are lifted. As soon as we are able to do so we will share further information about the anticipated summer concert programme. We know that the government’s roadmap is contingent on the data, and we will remain flexible if our plans need to change.    

Together we are looking forward to the moment when we are able to welcome audiences back – we can’t wait to share live music with you once again.

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Stephen Maddock, Chief Executive of the CBSO, said: 'All of us at the CBSO are looking forward to the moment when we can be re-united with our audiences in person. We are particularly excited by the many improvements across Birmingham City Centre which have been completed over the last year, including Symphony Hall’s spectacular new foyers which will come into use later in the coming season.

In the meantime, we are continuing to film and share a variety of music digitally through our social media channels and website to ensure that as many people as possible have access to our work.  We are also working towards resuming our activities in schools over the summer term; will release the next digital concert in the Cuppa Concert at Home series for older people and care settings; and our choruses continue to rehearse online until in person rehearsals are allowed.

We look forward to keeping you updated as our plans develop and a huge thank you for all of your support and patience over the last year as we have navigated our way through the pandemic so far.'