CBSO: Behind the Music

CBSO: Behind the Music is a virtual event series, exclusive to CBSO Members.

Hosted by former CBSO violinist David Gregory, the series will see members and friends of the orchestra interviewed on Zoom, enabling you to get to know some of them even better. You will have the chance to find out more about the CBSO with a look behind the scenes and exclusive insight into our world-class orchestra and the people who make it tick.

Information about how to join and tune into each webinar will be sent out to CBSO members in members' email updates. If you have any queries, please contact

This series of events is exclusive to CBSO members. To access this benefit and others, join us as a member here.

Upcoming webinars

The next webinar is scheduled for:

Tuesday 6th July

Check back for more information in due course!

David Gregory

David was a violinist with the CBSO for 42 years, retiring at the end of 2019. He joined the CBSO in the second violins, moving to firsts after a few years. He enjoyed presenting pre-concert talks for many years, often using CBSO colleagues to illustrate them. Having been leader of the Midland Youth Orchestra and subsequently a coach for their first violins, David says it was ‘natural’ to continue to coach the violins in the CBSO Youth Orchestra and it ‘has been wonderful to see the Youth Orchestra continually improve and achieve so much since its inception’.

Born in Sparkhill, Birmingham, David took up the violin at the age of six when players from the CBSO visited his primary school and made such an impression that he decided immediately that he must learn the instrument. ‘Luckily’, says David, ‘there was a violin teacher just around the corner from where I lived’. Further study with CBSO violinist Sylvia Peel and, whilst reading Music at Oxford University, with Manoug Parikian, then led to a one-year postgraduate diploma at the Royal Academy of Music with Hugh Maguire of the Allegri Quartet. Before joining the CBSO David sang tenor in London churches and chapels, had holiday jobs as a waiter and barman and -before university - learned shoe repairing from his father who had a shop in Bartley Green.

Cbso David Gregory Cr Upstream Photography.