January News Round-up


We launched the CBSO's centenary year in truly roof-raising style.


Mahler's Symphony of a Thousand 

We launched the CBSO’s centenary year in truly roof-raising style with Mahler's Symphony No. 8.

Conducted by Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla, the CBSO were joined on stage by soloists Erin Wall, Natalya Romaniw, Katja Stuber, Karen Cargill, Alice Coote, AJ Glueckert, Roland Wood, Morris Robinson along with the CBSO Chorus, CBSO Youth Chorus, CBSO Children’s Chorus, University of Birmingham Voices and Baltimore Choral Arts Society.


A Vision of the Future – when the CBSO Youth Ambassadors took over!

For the first time ever, we gave 13 Youth Ambassadors full rein of our symphony orchestra, with the opportunity to curate, programme and promote the first evening concert of the orchestra’s 2020 centenary year.


Announcing Two New Concerts

In 2004, right here in Birmingham, the CBSO became the first British symphony orchestra to perform with A.R. Rahman - and since then, we've never stopped loving the music of Bollywood. Experience The CBSO's Bollywood Hits on Friday 26 June.

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. Join us at Town Hall, Birmingham on Tuesday 14 July for Edward Gardner conducts Schubert.



Wizard of Oz Relaxed Concerts

We went on a magical musical journey down the yellow brick road in our Relaxed Concerts for schools.

Presenter Jane Wright, BSL interpreter Sarah Butt, and a 10 piece CBSO ensemble delivered performances specially designed for pupils with special educational needs inspired by The Wizard of Oz and met some interesting characters on the way.


Grammy Awards

Congratulations to Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla for her nomination in the Best Orchestral Performance category at the 62nd Annual Grammy Awards for Weinberg: Symphonies Nos. 2 & 21.