November news Round-up


November has been a very exciting month at the CBSO, including a Grammy nomination, the announcement of our Youth Takeover programme, and Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla's RPS Award! 

Music Director Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla wins the Royal Philharmonic Society Conductor's Award and is nominated for a Grammy

We were delighted this month to hear that our Music Director Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla was awarded the Royal Philharmonic Society's Conductor's Award. The panel praised Miga's 'remarkable commitment' to her role at the CBSO, as well as the energy and enthusiasm that she brings to programming, and the youth and choral contingents of the orchestra.

To top this off, our Weinberg Symphonies Nos. 2 & 21 recording with Mirga Grazinyte-Tyla has been nominated for a Grammy for best orchestral performance! Read the full story here.

mirga conducts mahlers first.

Youth Takeover Programme Announcement 

Our ambitious team of 13 Youth Ambassadors have been tasked with curating, programming and promoting the first evening concert of the orchestra's 2020 centenary. This month they announced their programme, featuring works by Mason Bates, Debussy, Gershwin, Arturo Marquez, Anna Meredith, Piazzolla and Shostakovich. 

‘Throughout its 100 years, the CBSO has thrived on the energy, imagination and uncompromising commitment of Birmingham’s young people. Through our new Youth Ambassadors programme we want to open our doors, welcome new ideas and harness their skills and passion. This is the first time we have handed over control of a full orchestral concert in this way and I can’t wait to see the results!’ 

- Stephen Maddock OBE, Chief Executive of CBSO 

Read more about the Youth Ambassador programme here


Our Centenary Book, ‘Forward: 100 Years of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra’ by Richard Bratby is now available to purchase!

Covering our evolution from part-time municipal ensemble into a symphony orchestra with a worldwide reputation, this celebration of all things CBSO makes the perfect Christmas gift for any classical music fan. 

While the majority of copies are being sold online, copies of the book will be available to purchase in person, and be signed by Richard Bratby, at our 'François Leleux plays Mozart' Centre Stage concert on Thursday 5 December. 

Buy online now

Richard Signings.


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