Celebrating the CBSO with Classic FM


We are proud to be Classic FM’s Orchestra in the Midlands. Throughout April, Classic FM are celebrating the very best live music making in the UK and further afield.

From Monday 10 April, they will be shining the spotlight on the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, with a series of outstanding concerts:

Monday 10 April, 8pm:
Originally recorded 2 February 2017

Everyone can hum the first four notes of Beethoven’s Fifth – but few have heard it under the baton of the CBSO’s acclaimed new Music Director, Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla. Haydn’s exuberant Symphony No.31 (‘Hornsignal’) opens tonight’s concert, and there’s no more poetic partner than Francesco Piemontesi for the final piano concerto by Mirga’s beloved Mozart.

Conductor: Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla
Piano: Francesco Piemontesi

Joseph Haydn Symphony No.31 (Hornsignal)
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Piano Concerto No.27 K.595
Ludwig van Beethoven Symphony No.5

Mirga C B Ealovega. Credit: Ben Ealovega.
Credit: Ben Ealovega.

Tuesday 11 April, 8pm:
Originally recorded 28 October 2016

Tonight’s concert contains music which featured in the 2016 Classic FM Hall of Fame – beginning with the current Number 1, Vaughan Williams’ The Lark Ascending. Further highlights include the stirring orchestral anthem Finlandia, by Sibelius, and the unmistakable sound of Nimrod by Elgar.

Conductor: Michael Seal
Violin: Zoe Beyers
Piano: Mihkel Poll

Ralph Vaughan Williams The Lark Ascending
Nobu Uematsu Final Fantasy – Main Theme
Sergei Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No.2 – 2nd movement
Edward Elgar Enigma Variations – Nimrod
Jean Sibelius Finlandia
Edvard Grieg Peer Gynt – In the Hall of the Mountain King
Max Bruch Violin Concerto No.1 – 3rd movement (finale)

Michael Seal Cr Andrew Foxcrop. Credit: Andrew Fox.
Credit: Andrew Fox.

Wednesday 12 April, 8pm:
Originally recorded 31 March 2017

In the third instalment of Classic FM's week-long celebration of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Katie Breathwick introduces a live concert of music that’s fresh, bright and bursting with life.

Conductor: Julian Wilkins

Antonio Vivaldi Four Seasons – Spring (1st movement)
Percy Grainger Country Gardens
Ralph Vaughan Williams The Wasps – Overture
Johann Strauss Voices of Spring:Waltzes
Aaron Copland Appalachian Spring – Suite (selections)
Benjamin Britten The Cuckoo from Friday Afternoons
Ludwig van Beethoven Symphony No. 6 (Pastoral) – 1st movement
Pyotr Illyich Tchaikovsky Nutcracker Suite: 3 Waltz of the Flowers
Frederick Delius On Hearing the First Cuckoo In Spring

JJW Photo Nov2013.

Thursday 13 April, 8pm:

Catherine will be profiling some of the finest live recordings ever to have been made by the CBSO, the centrepiece being our acclaimed performance of Mahler’s Symphony No.1 (‘Titan’) under the baton of our then Music Director, Simon Rattle. The concert starts with Saint-Saens’ brilliant Piano Concerto No.3, with soloist Stephen Hough.

Conductor: Sakari Oramo
Piano: Stephen Hough

Camille Saint Saens Piano Concerto No.3 in E-flat major


Conductor: Simon Rattle

Gustav Mahler
Symphony No. 1 (Titan)

Simon Rattle Cr Steve J Sherman.