Supporting Schools

"I wish that the Orchestra and I will find ways to plant a seed of desire for music in their hearts" 

Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla

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Under Sir Simon Rattle’s leadership, the CBSO was one of the first orchestras to develop a large-scale educational and community programme, motivated by a belief that young people should have access to the high-quality musical opportunities regardless of social or cultural background or economic means.  Since Sir Simon’s departure the programme has continued to grow, and today provides 75,000 opportunities for people to engage in music-making each year.

New Osborn Music Director Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla hopes to play a pivotal role in the education programme, starting with four schools concerts, presented at Symphony Hall for around 8,000 11 to 14 year olds.

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“I am so looking forward to conducting the Schools Concerts with the CBSO. It’s incredibly important that we share our love for music with young people. I feel that for all of us, the things we experience in our childhood can make a huge impact for the rest of our lives.”

Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla

As part of our commitment that every young person growing up in Birmingham should have an opportunity to hear the orchestra performing live, each Year 7 child in a Birmingham state school will be offered a free ticket for one of the concerts. Over 5,500 children are attending as part of that scheme.

The total cost of staging the concerts will be over £60,000.  Around 65% of this cost will be covered by ticket income, support from Birmingham Music Service, and valuable additional support from our corporate partner Deloitte. We are inviting CBSO supporters to consider offering additional support towards the remaining £18,000.  

If you support Mirga’s wish to work with young people and would like to make a contribution towards the cost of the schools concerts, call Eve Vines on 0121 616 6541 or click on the button to donate online.