UBS and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
UBS has been a keen supporter of the arts for decades. Among the art appreciators of the Midlands is Cecelia Russell, who also happens to be a UBS Wealth Management Client Advisor based here in Birmingham. As a music lover, she can often be found attending our concerts at Symphony Hall.
Here she recommends the concerts she’s looking forward to and some hints and tips to enjoy your concert experience.
Saturday 24 June 2017, 5pm
This is the last time in the 16/17 season to see the fantastic new Music Director Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla in her inaugural season so make sure you don't miss out. Mozart is one of her favourite composers, and the CBSO excels at opera. At 180 minutes it may seem a bit daunting, but there is a 20 minute interval after Act 1 and then a 60 minute interval after act 2 – just enough time for a drink and a picnic!
Earlier in the 2016-17 season
Friday 28 April 2017, 7.30pm
Friday Night Classics: British Blockbusters
The Friday night series are where you can experience the full force of the Orchestra playing tunes that you know and love. If you’re new to classical music, these are definitely where to start. Not only does this concert celebrate British Cinema, but it is also presented by film critic Mark Kermode!
Sunday 12 February 2017, 2.30pm
Family Concert: Tim and Tom’s Symphonic Adventure
If you have children, the CBSO’s family concerts are a great introduction to the delights of music. The concerts are just an hour, and if you arrive early there are free craft activities in the foyer! If you hang about afterwards as well, you’ll get to see the CBSO’s flagship education programme Project remix – a great chance to see young musicians from across the Midlands.
Wednesday 30 November 2016, 2.15pm
Benjamin Grosvenor: Brahms
Here you can see the amazing talent of former CBSO Youth Orchestra cellist Alpesh Chauhan take to the podium. Alpesh is Brummie born and bred and is definitely a rising star to watch. If you’re a CBSO Member you get the chance to have Afternoon Tea with the Maestro himself and also with talented young pianist Benjamin Grosvenor after the concert.
Sunday 30 October 2016, 7pm
CBSO Youth Orchestra: The Wooden Prince
The CBSO Youth Orchestra is one of Europe’s leading Orchestras right here in Birmingham. This particular concert offers a rare complete performance of Bartok’s fairy tale ballet. You’ll get a fantastic concert for just £23 wherever you sit in the hall and be supporting the next generation of West Midlands musical talent.