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As the only full-time professional symphony orchestra between Bournemouth and Manchester, the CBSO brings world-class musical performance and education to a significant proportion of the British population.

The Guardian recently described us as a ‘world-class orchestra’, and we have ambitious plans to stay that way. Under new Music Director Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla’s leadership, we have set our sights high and have an ambition not only to build on the magnificent artistic excellence fostered by her predecessors Sir Simon Rattle, Sakari Oramo and Andris Nelsons, but also to enrich the lives of even more people through concerts and visionary education and community programmes. Across the musical world we have generated global excitement and all eyes are on the CBSO and the exciting future ahead.

But our public funding – which sustained all aspects of our work in the past – has declined by 42% since 2010, a total of £2.1 million in real terms, and so in order to make these plans possible we must raise at least £1.5 million from private supporters in the year ahead.

"I couldn't imagine a worthier cause"
The Times, 2014

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