Learning, Engagement & Talent Development

We aim to offer excellent learning, engagement and talent development opportunities for the widest possible audience.

Under Sir Simon Rattle’s music directorship the CBSO was the first UK orchestra to establish its own education programme. Learning, engagement and talent development have been ever more important aspects of the orchestra’s work since that time.

Between 2014 and 2018 young people of all abilities will have the opportunity to benefit from:

  • Schools, family and early years concerts
  • A schools programme which takes CBSO musicians into classrooms around the region.
  • Those seeking more significant musical opportunities will have the chance to:
  • Perform in Project Remix — a free, unauditioned choral and orchestral community programme
  • Develop their skills through Sparks instrumental masterclasses for young musicians of Grade 6 standard and above

The most gifted and talented young musicians will benefit from:

  • The CBSO Youth Orchestra, which enables exceptional young instrumentalists to perform major works with leading conductors and soloists
  • The CBSO Youth and Children’s Choruses, which enable 130 auditioned singers aged 9–18 to perform major choral works with the CBSO
  • Partnerships with the University of Birmingham and Royal Birmingham Conservatoire.

The CBSO will also cater for the needs of important parts of the community through:

  • Music & Ability — a programme enabling young people with disabilities to access musical opportunities in and out of school
  • Music for Life — a programme providing access to music for older people in care homes
  • Its 'SO Vocal' Community Choir

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