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This page details terms and conditions relevant to CBSO ticket bookings, offers and competitions.

Please note that tickets for most CBSO events are sold through Town Hall and Symphony Hall Box Office, and as such are also subject to the respective THSH Terms and Conditions. These terms and conditions also relate to attendance at performances in THSH-owned venues. The CBSO has no policy control in external venues.

Standard Tickets

  • A per ticket commission applies - please see below for further information.
  • Once you have booked tickets for a CBSO concert, your contact details will be held on the CBSO’s and THSH’s marketing and box office databases
  • You may receive details from both organisations about their future activities, using any of the contact methods you provided, unless you specify otherwise when booking.
  • Other arts organisations and companies carefully selected by CBSO and THSH may also be interested in sending you information on events and products they think will be of interest. If you do not want your details to be passed to other organisations please tell us at the time of booking.
  • Returned tickets are only accepted for certain sold out performances at the Box Office's discretion. There is a service charge of 10% of the face value and money resulting from a resale will be given as THSH Account Credit, valid for 1 year.
  • Lost tickets: there is a £2 charge for printing duplicate tickets.
  • The CBSO reserves the right to alter programmes and artists without notice.
  • All tickets are subject to availability.

Family Concerts and Notelets

  • Children must be accompanied by an adult.
  • To check the suitability of a performance for your family, please enquire when booking.
  • All children over aged 9+ months require a ticket for Notelets concerts.

Group Tickets

  • All CBSO performances at Symphony Hall and CBSO Centre are available to book under the groups discount, with the exception of Family, Schools & Notelets concerts. Contact THSH Box Office on 0800 358 7070 to make your reservation or complete and return a Group Booking form.
  • The groups discount of 20% applies to groups where the total number of attendees is 11 or more.
  • Two free tickets will be issued to groups purchasing 20 or more tickets for one concert
  • You will need to confirm final numbers for your group at least 8 weeks in advance, and full payment must then be made. Please note that a £3 transaction fee, plus £1 (optional) postage, will be charged on all bookings, except purchases made in person at Town Hall or Symphony Hall Box Office.
  • If you distribute your tickets in advance, please make a note of which group members are sitting in which seats on your group member seat allocation form, and return it to the address given on the form, in case any of your group mislay their tickets.
  • Please note that if you are bringing a coach to Symphony Hall and would like to drop off outside the front doors, you will only be allowed access through the barrier if you have provided details of your coach company in advance to THSH Box Office on 0121 345 0499 . Passes to guarantee your entrance through the barrier will be sent to you when registered.

Concert Packages

  • Package discounts cannot be combined with any other discount or concession.
  • If you are unable to attend a concert in your CBSO Concert Package, you can exchange to same-price seats for another CBSO-promoted concert at Symphony Hall in the same season, or use tickets as part-payment towards CBSO tickets of a higher value, subject to availability (with a limit of one exchange per ticket; subsequent exchanges will be charged at £3). To arrange an exchange call the Box Office on 0121 345 0499 at least 48 hours in advance of the concert from which you are exchanging. Tickets should be returned to THSH Box Office, Broad Street, Birmingham B1 2EA, and must be received prior to the concert date in order for the exchange to be carried out. The Box Office reserves the right to refuse exchanges at shorter notice. Only tickets purchased as part of your CBSO Concert Package can be exchanged. Credit notes cannot be issued.
  • Notelets, Centre Stage concerts at CBSO Centre and Disney Frozen in Concert are not eligible for concert package discount and associated benefits.

Gift Vouchers

  • Vouchers may be used in full or part payment for CBSO concert promotions at Town Hall, Symphony Hall and CBSO Centre, Birmingham
  • Vouchers may be redeemed at Town Hall or Symphony Hall Box Office in person or by post.
  • If booking by post, please note that vouchers are sent through the post at the customer’s own risk. Please give details of what you wish to book - if the value of the tickets requested exceeds the value of the vouchers, please enclose a cheque made payable to Performances Birmingham Ltd to cover the excess.
  • Do not send cash or credit card details through the post.
  • Vouchers may not be used with online purchases.
  • This voucher may not be exchanged for cash, either in whole or part.
  • No change can be given.
  • Vouchers cannot be replaced.


The below terms and conditions apply to all our competitions unless specified otherwise:

  • Entry into any CBSO-promoted competition will be deemed as acceptance of the below terms and conditions.
  • By entering the competition, entrants automatically give consent for their entries and any content thereof, including their name and other personal data, to be used in any and all CBSO publicity materials without notice or limitation
  • Employees of the CBSO, their family members or anyone else connected in any way with the competition shall not be permitted to enter competitions.
  • There is no entry fee and no purchase necessary to enter CBSO competitions.
  • No entries to the competition will be permitted after the specified closing date. CBSO reserve the right to reject competition entries on these grounds. No responsibility can be accepted for entries not received for any reason, even if beyond the entrant's control.
  • Prizes are non-transferable and no cash alternative is offered. Prizes are subject to availability and the CBSO reserves the right to substitute any prize with another of equivalent value without notice.
  • The promoter’s decision in respect of the winner all matters to do with the competition will be final and no correspondence will be entered into.
  • The winner will be notified within 10 working days of the closing date. If the winner cannot be contacted or does not claim the prize within 10 working days of notification, the CBSO reserves the right to withdraw the prize and pick a replacement winner.
  • The CBSO reserves the right to cancel or amend the competition and these terms and conditions without notice.

Tickets for benefit recipients

If you receive income support, job seeker’s allowance, pension credit and disability tax credit (or their future equivalents), you can buy one ticket per performance for £5 plus transaction fee*, from one month before the concert. Proof of eligibility required, to be presented when collecting your ticket. We reserve the right to allocate tickets in certain areas of the hall and withdraw this discount on well-sold concerts.

Budget seats

If you’re on a budget and don’t mind a seat in a less favourable seat (eg restricted view), there are a number of budget seats priced £12.50 plus transaction fee* for many of our concerts. They are at the back of the Grand Tier and Upper Circle, in the Stalls Terrace and at the very front of the Stalls when a stage extension is not in use.

Standby tickets

Patrons aged 60+ receive a 10% discount off one ticket (Symphony Hall/Town Hall concerts only). Birmingham City Council’s ‘Passport to Leisure’ holders can buy Circle tickets for £30 plus transaction fee*, or a seat on another level for £22 plus transaction fee* at Symphony Hall, and receive £1 off a full-price ticket at CBSO Centre.

Available in person or by phone from 1pm on the day of evening performances and 10am for matinée concerts (Symphony Hall & Town Hall concerts), and from CBSO Centre 1 hour before CBSO Centre performances. Standby tickets subject to availability and issued on production of valid ID. We reserve the right to allocate tickets in certain areas and withdraw standby offers on well-sold concerts.

Student and Under 30s Tickets

  • £5 tickets for anyone under the age of 18 or in full-time education.
  • £8 tickets for 18-30 year olds.
  • Student tickets are exempt from the £3 THSH per ticket commission fee.
  • (Student) ID is required
  • One discounted ticket per ID used
  • Tickets are available from one month before the concert date.
  • Tickets can be booked online, by phone and in person – proof of eligibility will be required on collection.
  • The CBSO reserves the right to allocate tickets in certain areas of the hall and to withdraw this discount on concerts that are selling out.

*A transaction fee of £3, plus £1 (optional) postage is payable on all bookings except those made in person at the THSH Box Offices

Per Ticket Commission
NB. These
changes will affect CBSO concerts from the 2016-17 season.

From 4 April 2016, Performances Birmingham Limited is replacing a ‘per transaction’ fee with a ‘per ticket’ commission - £2.50 per ticket for online transactions and £3 per ticket telephone and in person transactions. The commission is included in the advertised ticket price.

Wheelchair spaces and disabled companion tickets must be booked over the phone by calling 0121 780 3333 or by visiting Symphony Hall in person. Customers who book a wheelchair space will also only pay £2.50 per ticket commission for the ticket they purchase and nothing for any free carer ticket

Group bookings (which can only be made by phone or via email) are subject to a £1 per ticket fee. 

No fee applies to tickets £12.50 and under, or those purchased as part of a Concert Package (unless tickets are posted, in which case there is a postage fee of £1.50).

Click here to visit the Terms and Conditions page of the THSH website for further information.