February News Round-up


News from Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla

CBSO Music Director Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla has shared the following news with us:

I would like to tell you about some happy news in my family. I am pregnant with our second child, with a due date in August. We will need to make some necessary changes in my schedule but I look forward to working together to realize some of our most exciting plans. My family and I are very grateful for your friendship and support.

Major projects and tours during the CBSO’s 2020-21 season will take place as planned, with some modifications to her schedule.

Everyone at the CBSO would like to congratulate Mirga on this exciting news.

Mirga Grazinyte Tyla Cr Frans Jansen Supplied 6. Credit: Frans Jansen.
Credit: Frans Jansen.

Before we set off on tour later this month, take a look at what we got up to in February.


Schubert Symphonies Vol. 2 CD Release

We are excited about the release of our new CD Schubert Symphonies Vol. 2 conducted by Edward Gardner. The album is now available to purchase and stream.

When Edward Gardner and the CBSO play Schubert together, the critics go wild. "Sensationally fine" declared one. "Full of the joys of spring" said another. Hear them playing this delightful music live in the beautiful surroundings of Birmingham Town Hall on Tuesday 14 July, 7.30pm. You can also see Ed Gardner conducting Elgar's The Dream Of Gerontius in April.

Chandos Schubert Symphonies Vol2 Cd.

Concert highlights

Nicola Benedetti: Tchaikovsky

Klaus Mäkelä, one of Europe’s fastest-rising conductors joined one of the nation’s favourite violinists Nicola Benedetti in the endless melody and dazzling fireworks of Tchaikovsky’s much-loved Violin Concerto.

Respighi’s Roman Trilogy

What better way to experience Birmingham’s world-beating concert hall than with a piece that’s designed to show every sound of a full symphony orchestra, from the softest of whispers to the full, spine-tingling, roof-raising blast.

Sounds of the 1920s

We kicked up our heels and partied like it was 1929

The Roaring Twenties: the decade of flappers, cocktails, and the Charleston, when the whole world danced to the wild new rhythms of jazz. And on Tin Pan Alley, songwriters from Gershwin to Irving Berlin created some of the most intoxicating songs of the new century. 

200221 Sounds Of The 1920S.

A London Symphony

Imagine a piece of music inspired by classic Scottish ghost tales, perfectly crafted to give our world-class Youth and Childrens’ choruses the sing of their lives. And then imagine that it’s been written by Gary Carpenter – a composer with a gift for storytelling (he made his name on the cult movie The Wicker Man) as well as a wicked sense of humour (he once wrote a piece inspired by Mozart’s passion for snooker).


Learning & Education

We Got Rhythm

The CBSO’s incredible percussion section went wild at Birmingham Town Hall in a BSL-interpreted family concert presented by Owen Gunnell.

String Play-Along Day

We presented our adult string play-along day, where amateur adult string players had the opportunity to be coached by, and play amongst, members of the CBSO.

KS3: Feel The Music

The CBSO provides annual concerts at Symphony Hall for KS3 pupils. These concerts feature the whole of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, an amazing spectacle itself, but in the awe inspiring surroundings of Symphony Hall these concerts are sure to have a lasting impact on pupils attending.

CBSO Youth Orchestra: Elgar’s Symphony No. 1

“A massive hope in the future” – that was how Elgar described the message of his First Symphony, and when it was premiered in 1908, the audience leapt up and cheered. The CBSO Youth Orchestra represents our massive hope in the musical future. 

Key Stage 1 Concerts

"Creative education like this really fuels learning and drives performance across the curriculum"

CBSO violinists Charlotte and Bryony share their thoughts straight after coming off stage from the Dinosaur Disco.