Season Highlights - Music to suit your mood


Absence makes the heart grow fonder, and in the two years since we last launched a new CBSO season, we’ve all come to realise how much music means to us. It takes us to new places, and makes old memories fresh. It raises our spirits, soothes our sorrows, and lets us feel things we’ve never experienced before. 

Our new season stars the 90 world-class musicians of our orchestra, all eager to be back on stage and making music. We’ve invited guest artists from around the world, and conductors who inspire us. We’ve finally been able to re-unite our family of choruses and youth choruses, too – and they’re sounding more glorious than ever. And above all, it stars you, our audience. We’re nothing without you, and we’re determined to give you an autumn to remember. So join us, and…

Mirga conducts Vixen.

THRILL

to symphonic blockbusters. Saint-Saëns’ Organ symphony opens our season, and from Rachmaninoff’s barnstorming Third Piano Concerto to epic symphonies by Brahms and Shostakovich, these concerts showcase the incredible sound of a huge orchestra raising the roof. That spine-tingling sensation comes as standard!


INDULGE

as the great Romantic composers sweep you off your feet. Tchaikovsky pours his heart out in his Pathétique symphony, Dvořák dreams of home from the New World, and the waltzes of Johann Strauss whirl you to a more elegant age. Sit back, and let the music soar.


CELEBRATE

because when the CBSO plays live in Symphony Hall, you’re hearing the best sound system on Broad Street! We’ve got a glittering tribute to Elton John, a trip to the (musical) zoo – perfect for younger listeners – and our annual choral celebration of Christmas for the whole family. Birmingham’s biggest night out – bar none


EXPLORE

something different. Mirga GražinyteTyla transforms Symphony Hall into a Czech forest when she conducts Janáček’s magical opera The Cunning Little Vixen. But the adventures don’t stop there: meet star saxophonist Jess Gillam, and rediscover a luscious violin concerto by “the Russian Mendelssohn” Alexander Glazunov. Or come and experience the thrill of a big premiere – musical history in the making. 


UNWIND

and relax, with music that makes your cares simply float away. From the calm of Beethoven’s "Pastoral" symphony, to Fauré’s haunting Requiem and a whole evening devoted to the Classic FM Hall of Fame, these are the concerts to help you escape into serenity. 


Whatever your mood, and whatever the occasion, music is all about emotion – and whether you crave deep relaxation or a shot of raw adrenaline, there’s something here that will hit the spot. Music is back in Birmingham - and we can’t wait to share it with you.