Coronavirus Update


We very much miss all of our audiences and supporters, and hope that you are keeping well.  It has been lovely to see many of you at our member zoom sessions and events surrounding the recent Peer Gynt online concert release, and of course hearing from you in the emails and messages we regularly receive.  

With businesses across the UK beginning to open up again, we are pleased to hear the latest announcement that indoor performances are allowed from tomorrow (Sat 15 Aug), and have a number of plans about how we could achieve this safely - whether that be back in Symphony Hall, through much smaller events at CBSO Centre, or elsewhere.

Whilst the CBSO Centre remains closed to the public, a number of our musicians returned in mid-July for the first time since March to record some small socially-distanced ensemble activity – we will share footage from these sessions with you in the coming months, along with a variety of @home videos that you may have seen on our social media channels and Stay Tuned.  

In all of our plans, the safety and well being of our supporters, musicians and staff remains our top priority, but we all look forward to welcoming you back to live concerts when this is possible.  In the meantime, we hope that you enjoy regularly released new content on Stay Tuned and that you will be able to join us on Saturday 5 September for a very special performance from the comfort of your own home – more details on this coming very soon!

Take care from all of us at the CBSO.


Thursday 11 June 2020


Tuesday 12 May 2020

The CBSO has decided to postpone its planned October 2020 tour to the USA as a result of the ongoing impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Following discussions with each of the host cities concerned, we are rescheduling the orchestra’s 12 planned concerts across 9 US cities to the autumn of 2022. The rescheduled tour dates and details will be announced in due course.

Whilst we are disappointed not to be seeing US audiences this year, the safety and wellbeing of our supporters and musicians is paramount, hence we look forward to seeing them in 2022.

The CBSO remains grateful to Mr John Osborn for his exceptional generosity in making the tour possible.

Additional support has been provided by the Dunard Fund.


Thursday 30 April 2020

Following the ongoing situation and government guidance surrounding the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, CBSO concerts are now cancelled up until the end of July.  The safety of our audiences, artists, musicians and staff is always our utmost priority and we are working hard to make exciting plans for when we may return to making and sharing music with you.  If you have booked tickets for one of our cancelled concerts, the THSH Box Office will contact you directly. We thank you in advance for your understanding.

Cancelled Concerts:

  • Friday 1 May, 7.30pm, English Serenade with Classic FM 
  • Thursday 7 May, 7.30pm, Debussy and Varèse  
  • Wednesday 13 May, 7.30pm & Thursday 14 May, 2.15pm, Holst: The Planets   
  • Friday 15 May, 2pm, Cuppa Concerts: Dementia Friendly Concert Series 
  • Thursday 21 May, 2.15pm & Saturday 23 May, 7pm, Brahms: Symphony No.1 
  • Friday 22 May, 1.10pm, Grace Evangeline Mason: Making Musical History
  • Wednesday 27 May, 7.30pm, Benjamin Grosvenor: Chopin 
  • Friday 29 May, 1.10pm, Benjamin Grosvenor plays Brahms 
  • Friday 29 May, 7.30pm, Sondheim: Broadway Baby 
  • Sunday 31 May, 2.30pm, Family Film Classics
  • Thursday 4 June, 7pm, Handel’s Messiah 
  • Friday 5 June, 1.10pm, Telemann and Bach
  • Wednesday 10 June, 2.15pm & Thursday 11 June, 7.30pm, Rachmaninov and Shostakovich   
  • Sunday 14 June, 5pm, African Sanctus 
  • Saturday 20 June, 7pm, Britten’s War Requiem 
  • Wednesday 24 June, 1.10pm, CBSO Cellos Come Dancing
  • Friday 26 June, 7.30pm The CBSO’s Bollywood Hits
  • Friday 26 June, 11am & 1.30pm Notelets: Time Travel
  • Saturday 27 June, 11am, 1.30pm & 3.30pm, Notelets: Time Travel  
  • Thursday 2 July, 11am & 1.30pm, KS2: Schools’ Concerts 
  • Tuesday 14 July, 7.30pm, Edward Gardner conducts Schubert
  • Sunday 26 July, 7pm, CBSO Youth Orchestra Academy: A Fist Full of Fives


Thursday 23 April 2020

Following the ongoing situation and government guidance surrounding the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, CBSO concerts are now cancelled up until the end of May.  We will continue to review the situation and make any further updates available here.  If you have booked tickets for one of our cancelled concerts, the THSH Box Office will contact you directly. We thank you in advance for your understanding.

Cancelled Concerts:

  • Wednesday 29 April, 2.15pm & Thursday 30 April, 7.30pm, Beethoven’s Eroica 
  • Thursday 30 April, 1.10pm, Mozart Flute Quartets   
  • Friday 1 May, 7.30pm, English Serenade with Classic FM 
  • Thursday 7 May, 7.30pm, Debussy and Varèse 
  • Wednesday 13 May, 7.30pm & Thursday 14 May, 2.15pm, Holst: The Planets  
  • Friday 15 May, 2pm, Cuppa Concerts: Dementia Friendly Concert Series 
  • Thursday 21 May, 2.15pm & Saturday 23 May, 7pm, Brahms: Symphony No.1
  • Friday 22 May, 1.10pm, Grace Evangeline Mason: Making Musical History
  • Wednesday 27 May, 7.30pm, Benjamin Grosvenor: Chopin
  • Friday 29 May, 1.10pm, Benjamin Grosvenor plays Brahms
  • Friday 29 May, 7.30pm, Sondheim: Broadway Baby
  • Sunday 31 May, 2.30pm, Family Film Classics


Wednesday 8 April 2020

Following the ongoing situation and government guidance surrounding the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, the CBSO has decided to cancel concerts until at least mid-May.  If you have booked tickets for one of our cancelled concerts, the THSH box office will contact you directly. 

CBSO Centre is currently closed, and all our learning and participation activity has now been cancelled for the remaining academic year.  We will continue to review the situation and make any further updates available here.  Please visit Stay Tuned where we will continue to work hard to add to our new online portal designed to help you stay connected to our Orchestra whilst we can’t play for you live. We thank you in advance for your understanding.

Cancelled Concerts:

  • Thursday 16 April, 1.10pm, Elgar’s Piano Quintet
  • Thursday 16 April, 7.30pm & Saturday 18 April, 7pm, Elgar’s The Dream of Gerontius
  • Wednesday 22 April, 7.30pm, Osmo Vänskä: Sibelius and Beethoven
  • Wednesday 29 April, 2.15pm & Thursday 30 April, 7.30pm, Beethoven’s Eroica  
  • Thursday 30 April, 1.10pm, Mozart Flute Quartets   
  • Friday 1 May, 7.30pm, English Serenade with Classic FM 
  • Thursday 7 May, 7.30pm, Debussy and Varèse 
  • Wednesday 13 May, 7.30pm & Thursday 14 May, 2.15pm, Holst: The Planets  
  • Friday 15 May, 2pm, Cuppa Concerts: Dementia Friendly Concert Series 


Wednesday 18 March 2020

Following the latest government guidance the CBSO has decided to cancel its concerts at Symphony Hall until at least mid-April. CBSO Centre will also be closed for public events, and all our learning and participation activity is suspended. We will continue to review the situation and regular updates will be made available here. The safety of our audiences, artists, musicians and staff is our utmost priority and we thank you in advance for your understanding.

Cancelled Concerts:

  • Friday 27 March, 7.30pm, 100 Years of Movie Magic
  • Saturday 28 March, 1.30pm & Sunday 29 March, 7pm, Singalong with the CBSO: Verdi’s Requiem
  • Thursday 2 April, 11am, Cuppa Concerts: Dementia Friendly Concerts
  • Thursday 2 April, 7.30pm, Stravinsky’s Pulcinella
  • Friday 3 April, 7.30pm, Elton John: 50 Years of Your Song
  • Thursday 16 April, 1.10pm, Elgar’s Piano Quintet
  • Thursday 16 April, 7.30pm & Saturday 18 April, 7pm, Elgar’s The Dream of Gerontius

We recognise that these are unprecedented and worrying times and that for many people the primary concern will be the health and livelihood of their loved ones. But many people have already contacted us to express concern about the impact COVID19 is having on the CBSO and other organisations they love.   

The CBSO depends on income from ticket purchases and performance fees for its existence, and for the livelihoods of its musicians and staff. We estimate that COVID-19 has already cost us a significant six-figure sum, and that the cost of cancelling concerts in Birmingham will be at least £20,000 per week.

If you have booked tickets for one of our cancelled concerts, the THSH box office will contact you directly. Please do not contact the box office as they are receiving a large volume of calls and will deal with each concert cancellation in turn.  We will be giving ticket bookers the option to consider donating all or part of their ticket value to us, and there are many other ways that you can help. 


Tuesday 17 March 2020

CBSO are urgently assessing our activity following the government advice late yesterday afternoon. Further updates will be made available on our website as soon as possible. Please bear with us - any affected ticket bookers will be contacted in due course.


Friday 13 March 2020

Due to the ongoing Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak and the restrictions on large-scale events in countries right across Europe, all ten concerts on the CBSO’s European tour this month have been cancelled by the venues we were due to visit.

In line with UK government advice, there are currently no changes planned for the orchestra’s UK concerts.  CBSO Centre will also remain open.  We will of course continue to follow UK government, NHS and WHO advice, and will react to any changing situations as required.

We have also recently been informed that our Music Director, Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla, has just tested positive for COVID-19. Mirga is recovering in self-isolation at home. The CBSO are following advice from Public Health England and all staff and orchestra members have been informed.  We would like to wish Mirga a speedy recovery and look forward to seeing her when she is next with us in May.