Keynote Concerts

We aim to reach the widest possible audience with excellent concerts. The CBSO presents a diverse programme of around 180 concerts per year in Birmingham and worldwide.

Our ticket income is the highest of any UK symphony orchestra, but this covers only around 50% of the full cost of getting the orchestra on stage to perform. In the years ahead the CBSO will continue to present an internationally-significant classical season of evening and matinee concerts at Symphony Hall.

The programme will be built around several over-arching strands:

  • CBSO:2020, a ten-year project exploring music composed in the tumultuous decade leading up to the CBSO’s establishment in 1920
  • A multi-year commemoration of the World War I centenary
  • A Shakespeare anniversary season
  • Opera performances including Parsifal and Falstaff
  • A new music programme with commissions from the likes of Einojuhani Rautavaara and Hans Abrahamsen.

Birmingham is the youngest major city in Europe, and almost 50% of its residents are from black and minority ethnic communities. The West Midlands is also home to a significant number of people from rural areas where arts provision is low.

The CBSO will reflect these distinctive characteristics by presenting:

  • Around 35 Key Stage 1, 2 and 3 schools concerts, family concerts and toddlers’ concerts each year
  • Around 12 non-classical concerts each year, including performances of South Asian music.

To find out more about specific funding opportunities, please contact Simon Fairclough, Director of Development on 0121 616 6502.