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Birmingham’s motto is “Forward”, and since its very first concert in September 1920, the CBSO has championed the music of living composers. So to celebrate our Centenary, we’re looking to the future in a big way, with an unprecedented series of 20 new commissions from some of the boldest and most dynamic composers in the world today. In the 2019-20 season alone, we’re introducing new pieces by Thea Musgrave, Jörg WidmannGrace-Evangeline Mason, Gary Carpenter and Unsuk Chin. Stef Conner has also written a new piece for our community choir SO Vocal, which we'll premiere as part of our Christmas celebrations.

Our former Composer in Association Julian Anderson has written a ravishing new cello concerto, and Mirga Gražinytė- Tyla will conduct the world premiere of the first symphony by Thomas Adès – arguably Britain’s most internationally significant composer since Benjamin Britten. And that’s just for starters: there’ll be surprises along the way, and still more famous names next season. Because in Birmingham, we don’t just celebrate history: we make it.

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