November Roundup

What a busy month it's been! Highlights include returning to Symphony Hall and performing a live concert for the first time in seven months with socially distanced audiences and the launch of a few exciting projects: our new digital concert series, our Cuppa Concerts packages for people living in care homes and an appeal supporting our Sound of the Future fundraising campaign which sees your donations matched up to a total of £100,000, thanks to two CBSO campaign board members.

Birmingham is currently in Tier 3 of the Government’s coronavirus guidelines. Whilst it is not possible to welcome audiences to watch concerts live at present, the CBSO are delighted to be able to continue to release new digital concerts for audiences to enjoy online. We look forward to welcoming audiences back to Symphony Hall and the CBSO Centre for live performances as soon as it is possible.

CBSO returned to Symphony Hall

Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla and the CBSO returned to Symphony Hall on Wednesday 4th of November with a programme including pieces by Brahms, Ligeti and Mozart. It was wonderful being back, and we're glad our audiences enjoyed the experience as much as we did!

Audience comment from TwitterSo wonderful to hear @TheCBSO playing live again at @THSHBirmingham this evening. Hoping this will be possible again soon!

Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla, Nikolaj Henriques and the CBSO. Credit: Andrew Fox.
Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla, Nikolaj Henriques and the CBSO. Credit: Andrew Fox.
The CBSO. Credit: Andrew Fox.
The CBSO. Credit: Andrew Fox.
Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla and the CBSO. Credit: Andrew Fox.
Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla and the CBSO. Credit: Andrew Fox.

The launch of our new Digital Concert series

We are delighted that we are able to continue to release new digital concerts for you to enjoy online, from the comfort of your own home. Here are some of our upcoming digital concerts that are available to book and stream now!

Audience comment from Twitter:

Enjoyed the wonderful Centenary Concert yesterday and have signed up for details of the series. Not the same as live in Symphony Hall but still BRILLIANT!


Reviews of Centenary of the First Concert, which is available to book now.

The Launch of Cuppa Concerts

We're thrilled to have launched our new Cuppa Concerts programme, which includes Cuppa Concerts: At Home – a series of filmed concerts, specially designed for older people and care settings, to enjoy from home anywhere in the UK.

At the best of times, there is limited opportunity for care settings and older people’s groups to access high quality, carefully programmed concerts performed by world class musicians, due to their location, financial situation, or the vulnerability of their residents. This is why we’re so excited to launch Cuppa Concerts: At Home – an engaging and affordable musical package, for older people to enjoy from the comfort of their living rooms.

Do you know anyone living in a care home? Why not gift them a CBSO concert! For information about booking Cuppa Concerts as a gift to a care home, please contact: or if you work for a care setting and would like to book, please click here.


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In celebrating our 100th birthday and as part of The Sound of the Future campaign, we’re delighted that two members of the CBSO Campaign Board have generously committed to match all new donations received, through one-off gifts, memberships and membership upgrades pound for pound, up to a total of £100,000. All donations made to the campaign unlock the match funding and therefore have double the impact in supporting the CBSO.


The South Bank Sky Arts Award 2020 Nominations

Nominations have been revealed for The South Bank Sky Arts Awards 2020 and we're thrilled to announce Thea Musgrave's Trumpet Concerto has been nominated for the Classical Music award. This Concerto premiered at Cheltenham Music Festival in July 2019, where the CBSO and Alison Balsom performed the stunning music by living legend Thea Musgrave. Subsequent performances followed at Symphony Hall last October, as part of our special Centenary Commissions series and finally, later the same month, we played the Concerto on tour in Hamburg and to audiences at the beautiful Elbphilharmonie.

We're also delighted to extend our congratulations to Birmingham Opera Company. They have been nominated for the Opera award for their production Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk, which featured the CBSO! This sold out, critically acclaimed performance also included the operatic debut of our former CBSO Assistant Conductor Alpesh Chauhan. Find out more about Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk.

Read more about the awards.

Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk.
Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk.