About our programmes

Want to know a little more about the music?

We've asked some brilliant writers to share their insights into the amazing pieces we're playing this season. You can read the notes online, or download a PDF of the full concert programme.

Printed programmes are also available to purchase before CBSO concerts.

We're doing things a bit differently in our 2024-25 season! Pre-order your concert programme and it'll be available for you to collect on the day of the concert. Just show your voucher at the programme desk before heading into the performance.

List of programmes

  1. Headshot of conductor Maxim Emelyaychev

    Beethoven 5

  2. Photograph of Eugene Tzikindelean playing the violin at Symphony Hall.

    Kazuki conducts Symphonie Fantastique

  3. Grieg's Piano Concerto

  4. Photograph of the orchestra performing on-stage at Symphony Hall

    Viennese New Year

  5. Photograph of Michael England conducting the CBSO, whilst the players wear Christmas hats.

    Christmas at the Movies

  6. Choral Christmas with Anna Lapwood

  7. Photograph of Kazuki Yamada conducting the CBSO at Symphony Hall.

    Kazuki Conducts Beethoven's Eroica

  8. Photograph of Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla conducting the CBSO.

    From Mirga With Love

  9. Headshot of Simon Halsey.

    Simon Halsey: 40 Years

  10. Photograph of two musicians sitting cross-legged on the floor to perform at Symphony Hall.

    CBSO & The Orchestral Qawwali Project

  11. Photograph of Francesca Dego playing the violin whilst wearing a ball gown.

    Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto

  12. Bach and Schumann

  13. Photograph of Ray Chen playing the violin.

    Scottish Symphony

  14. Photograph of Richard Balcombe conducting the CBSO.

    Burt Bacharach: What the World Needs Now

  15. Headshot of Nicholas Carter.

    Brahms 3

  16. Headshot of pianist Jeneba Kanneh Mason

    Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No.2

  17. Photograph of Fazil Say with red and blue lighting playing across his face.

    Kazuki conducts Rachmaninoff

  18. Photograph of two percussionists playing the cymbals and bass drum at Symphony Hall.

    Classics at the Movies

  19. Photograph of Boris Giltburg posing in front of graffiti whilst wearing a bright orange jacket.

    Shostakovich 8

  20. Photograph of Thomas Trotter standing in front of the organ at Birmingham Town Hall.

    Organ Symphony

  21. Photograph of Sheku Kanneh-Mason playing the cello with the CBSO at Symphony Hall.

    Kazuki & Sheku Kanneh-Mason

  22. Photograph of Kazuki Yamada conducting the CBSO.

    Kazuki conducts Verdi Requiem