CBSO to open the Salzburg Festival Centenary

1920 was a big year for music - in Birmingham, the CBSO was born, and in Salzburg, one of the world's greatest classical music festivals began.

We are thrilled to announce that to mark The Salzburg Festival's Centenary, the CBSO Orchestra & Chorus, conducted by Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla, will open Salzburg Festival's ‘Ouverture spirituelle’ on 19 July 2020. 

The Salzburg Festival began on 22 August 1920, in front of what surely must be one of the most beautiful stage backdrops in the world, the façade of the Salzburg Cathedral. In its Centenary year, the Festival will consist of more than 200 performances in 15 venues on 44 days, and will host guests from 80 countries.

The founding principle of the Salzburg Festival was peace, and this sentiment will be particularly honoured in its Centenary Year. The CBSO will be supporting this message by performing Britten's War Requiem, a passionate and profoundly moving exploration of conflict and remembrance, written for the consecration of the new Coventry Cathedral. The CBSO gave the world premiere of this piece in May 1962, so it will be particularly special for us to recreate it in such good company.

For more information and how to book:

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