Last Week at CBSO


We had a jam-packed week from 1-8 February with the Orchestra and Chorus performing alongside incredible soloists in Birmingham, Manchester and London, to over 14,000 people, more than half of which were children and young people.


Saturday 1 February 

CBSO Chorus with the BBC Philharmonic at Bridgewater Hall, Manchester

The CBSO Chorus travelled up to Manchester to perform Myaskovsky's Symphony No.6 the BBC Philharmonic, conducted by Vassily Sinaisky.

CBSO on tour for Beethoven Weekender at Barbican Centre, London 

Barbican presented a festival weekend exploring Beethoven, one of music’s most mythologised geniuses. Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla and CBSO joined Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and Vasily Petrenko, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and Kirill Karabits, Royal Northern Sinfonia and Lars Vogt, and Hallé and Sir Mark Elder to present a full symphony cycle. 


Sunday 2 February 

CBSO's percussion section Family concert We Got Rhythm at Town Hall, Birmingham 

Presenter Owen Gunnell and CBSO Percussion Ensemble Adrian Spillett, Andrew Herbert, Toby Kearney, Matthew Hardy, Sophie Hastings went a bit wild at Town Hall, Birmingham for a BSL interpreted Family concert in the round. If you can hit it, crash it, smash it or beat it, they can turn it into pure musical energy in this explosively fun concert.

CBSO String Play-Along Day at CBSO Centre, Birmingham

70 adult amateur string players joined 16 CBSO musicians for an adult string play-along day. 

This was a fantastic opportunity to work with some of the UK’s foremost orchestral musicians, conducted by George Jackson, on core orchestral repertoire including Purcell’s Chaconne (arr. Britten), Warlock’s Capriol Suite and Elgar’s Introduction and Allegro.


Monday 3 – Tuesday 4 February 

CBSO School's concerts KS3: Feel The Music at Symphony Hall, Birmingham 

Joy, terror, deep calm and edge-of-the seat thrills – the symphony orchestra is the greatest machine ever invented for expressing human emotion. And in these hour-long Schools’ Concerts, specially devised for students in Key Stage Three, conductor Michael Seal, presenter Tim Redmond and 80 world-class musicians didn't hold back


Thursday 6 February

CBSO with Nicola Benedetti at Symphony Hall, Birmingham 

We experienced fireworks on stage at Symphony Hall! The CBSO were joined by one of the nation’s favourite violinists Nicola Benedetti, and one of Europe’s fastest-rising conductors Klaus Mäkelä for Tchaikovsky’s much-loved Violin Concerto.

We caught up with Nicola Benedetti in her dressing room, straight after she came offstage at Symphony Hall with conductor Klaus Mäkelä and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra.

Nicola shares her thoughts about Birmingham's thriving classical music audiences and the unique sound of the CBSO.


Friday 7 February 

Centre Stage concert Stravinsky’s Clarinet and String Quartet at CBSO Centre, Birmingham 

We presented a WW1 memorial Centre Stage concert with our principal clarinetist Oliver Janes and a quartet of CBSO string players, Peter Campbell-Kelly, Bryony Morrison, Christopher Yates and Helen Edgar. Read the programme notes here.

2020 02 Centre Stage Stravinskys Clarinet And String Quartet 4.

The CBSO on tour for Cambridge: 30th Anniversary Gala Concert at Cambridge Corn Exchange 

We helped the Cambridge Corn Exchange celebrate 30 years of orchestral music with a programme of Berlioz's Symphonie fantastique and Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto with conductor Klaus Mäkelä and Nicola Benedetti .


Saturday 8 February 

CBSO rehearsals start for KS1: Dinosaur Disco Schools concerts 

Key Stage 1 concerts are specially designed to appeal to some of our youngest audience members, featuring a small ensemble of CBSO musicians in the wonderful setting of the CBSO Centre.

Each concert has a theme providing a clear structure for children, and the performances incorporate music and stories relating to the chosen theme. The aim of these concerts is to inspire our young audiences and provide them with the opportunity to experience orchestral music in an exciting and engaging environment.

CBSO with Nicola Benedetti at Symphony Hall, Birmingham 

Our CBSO Youth Ambassadors interviewed Nicola Benedetti following her performance on Saturday 8 February.