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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.

In 2020, we celebrate our centenary and all eyes will be on the CBSO and Birmingham - it will be a time for us to showcase ourselves on the world stage. Under Music Director Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla’s leadership, our aims remain clear: continue to build on the magnificent artistic excellence fostered by her predecessors Sir Simon Rattle, Sakari Oramo and Andris Nelsons, and enrich the lives of even more people through concerts and visionary education and community programmes, so that the whole of society can benefit from the transformative power of music.

Across the musical world we have generated global excitement and all eyes are on the CBSO and our exciting future ahead as we celebrate our centenary.

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.

Now is the perfect time to get closer to the orchestra, the musicians and the music, and be a part of the CBSO's next chapter.

“Let’s be proud together of this city. Let’s be proud together of this wonderful orchestra, and let’s work and dream together”
Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla – Osborn Music Director

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