Farewell Andris

i MXT7tXr X3 Copy. Credit: Neil Pugh.

Andris Nelsons conducted his final concerts in Birmingham with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra to packed houses on 17 and 18 June - concerts featuring Mahler's vast Third Symphony and a new piece by fellow latvian Ēriks Ešenvalds, Lakes Awake at Dawn.

The atmosphere in the hall was electric and emotional on both nights, with standing ovations for Andris, CBSO Chorus and soloist Michaela Schuster - in 18 June lasting over ten minutes, as Andris individually thanked almost every member of the orchestra.

Here is a brief round-up of comments and images from this event, to see reviews, images and social media buzz in full, click here.

And you can listen to the whole concert again on BBC iplayer - available until 16 July 2015.


Audience Buzz

Twitter, Facebook and beyond...

"Such a great joy and privilege to hear @TheCBSO @CBSOChorus perform Mahler 3 with and for @andris_nelsons final concert. So powerful."
Stephen Williams

"Overwhelming, emotional night -@andris_nelsons we'll really miss you but we'll do what you said and keep supporting @TheCBSO #farewellAndris"

"Damn, @TheCBSO can play. Andris Nelsons' farewell concert at Symphony Hall this evening was ace."
Jenni Bird

"Thank you to @TheCBSO Stunning concert to say #farewellAndris - esp the sublime Mahler finale. What a wonderful orchestra. What great music."
Richard Knight

"One of the most emotional concerts I have ever heard @TheCBSO @CBSOChorus #FarewellAndris"
Helen Chamberlain

"What a fantastic final concert as part of CBSYC with @TheCBSO - truly unforgettable."

"@TheCBSO @andris_nelsons Thanks so much for a wonderful 7 years! Awesome and emotional playing throughout this evening! Amazing"
Jon Eastwood

"Thank you… Last night was quite special, brilliant concert with outstanding musicians and to see the love, affection and respect that Andris commands was a privileged experience"
Sue and Mike – Friends of the CBSO

Post-concert Party at CBSO Centre