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July 2014

7.00pmSaturday 26th July

CBSO YOUTH ORCHESTRA ACADEMY

Town Hall, Birmingham. 0121 345 0603

Seal

Kodály, Strauss, Beethoven

Beethoven's Eroica Symphony blew classical music sky-high. Richard Strauss's Metamorphosen is a cry of anguish in a world devastated by madness. This is music of extremes:...

7.30pmMonday 25th August

WAGNER AND ELGAR

Symphony Hall, Birmingham. +44 (0)121 345 0600

Nelsons, Vogt

Wagner, Elgar

Wagner: Parsifal - Good Friday Music 11' Act 2 Soliloquy 7' Act 3: Nur eine Waffe taugt 6' Wagner: Lohengrin - Prelude to Act 3 4' Lohengrin's Soliloquy and Grail Narration 9' Elgar: Symphony No. 2 54' "Here,...

7.30pmTuesday 16th September

BEETHOVEN WEEK: THE EROICA

Symphony Hall, Birmingham. +44 (0)121 345 0600

Nelsons

Beethoven Cycle: Symphonies 1, 2 & 3

The symphonies of Ludwig van Beethoven are the greatest journey any conductor and orchestra can take together, and tonight, Andris Nelsons and the CBSO begin that adventure once more. The...

2.15pmThursday 18th September

BEETHOVEN WEEK: THE FIFTH SYMPHONY

Symphony Hall, Birmingham. +44 (0)121 345 0600

Nelsons

Beethoven Cycle: Symphonies 4 & 5

"Thus Fate knocks at the door!" Everyone's heard the first four notes of Beethoven's Fifth Symphony, but if that's all you've heard, you're in for a thrilling surprise, as Andris...

7.00pmSaturday 20th September

BEETHOVEN WEEK: THE PASTORAL

Symphony Hall, Birmingham. +44 (0)121 345 0600

Nelsons

Beethoven Cycle: Symphonies 6 & 7

From spring-fresh opening to serene finish, there's no experience in music more life-affirming than Beethoven's lovely Pastoral Symphony. And there's none more gloriously, exuberantly, physical than his unstoppable Seventh -...

7.00pmSunday 21st September

BEETHOVEN WEEK: THE CHORAL SYMPHONY

Symphony Hall, Birmingham. +44 (0)121 345 0600

Nelsons, Dasch, Braun, Johnson, Mlinde, CBSO Chorus

Beethoven Cycle: Symphonies 8 & 9

Beethoven's Ninth Symphony is the summit of any Beethoven cycle - and some might say, the whole of classical music. But there's a lifetime of experience to live through before...

7.30pmWednesday 24th September

PANUFNIK CENTENARY

Symphony Hall, Birmingham. +44 (0)121 345 0600

Seal, Donohoe

Stravinsky, Beethoven, Panufnik, Wagner

When Andrzej Panufnik escaped from communist Poland, Britain offered him a home - and so it was that one of Europe's greatest post-war composers became principal conductor of the CBSO....

7.30pmThursday 2nd October

ROMANTIC JOURNEYS

Symphony Hall, Birmingham. +44 (0)121 345 0600

Wigglesworth, Tynan

Sibelius, Mozart, Wigglesworth, Debussy

Mozart composed, directed and performed his own music. So does the remarkable young British musician Ryan Wigglesworth, and the 21-year old Mozart's lively piano concerto is just one of the...

7.30pmWednesday 8th October

BRUCH'S VIOLIN CONCERTO

Symphony Hall, Birmingham. +44 (0)121 345 0600

Sinaisky, Jackson

Smetana, Bruch, Dvorak

Autumn sunshine: cellos and horns sing a quiet hymn, a bird sings cheerfully, and in a flurry of drums and trumpets, Dvorák's Eighth Symphony is on its way. Symphonies simply...

2.15pmThursday 9th October

BRUCH'S VIOLIN CONCERTO

Symphony Hall, Birmingham. +44 (0)121 345 0600

Smetana, Sinaisky, Jackson

Bruch, Dvorak

Autumn sunshine: cellos and horns sing a quiet hymn, a bird sings cheerfully, and in a flurry of drums and trumpets, Dvorák's Eighth Symphony is on its way. Symphonies simply...

7.30pmThursday 16th October

BARTÓK UNCOVERED

Symphony Hall, Birmingham. +44 (0)121 345 0600

Gardner, Rissmann

Bartok, Brahms

Exiled to America, Béla Bartók re-invented himself, and his Concerto for Orchestra is far more than just one of the most entertaining showpieces ever created for a great symphony orchestra....

3.00pmSaturday 18th October

BARTÓK'S CONCERTO FOR ORCHESTRA

Symphony Hall, Birmingham. +44 (0)121 345 0600

Gardner, Schwizgebel

Bartok, Brahms, Liszt

Bartók's Concerto for Orchestra begins in darkness, and ends with a shout of joy. In between comes the ultimate work-out for orchestra: 40 minutes of zingy tunes, fabulous colours and...

7.30pmWednesday 22nd October

MEDITERRANEAN CLASSICS

Symphony Hall, Birmingham. +44 (0)121 345 0600

Altinoglu, Capuçon

Rossini, Berlioz, Stravinsky, Ravel

Pirates of the Mediterranean, hard-drinking bandits, and Greek gods who know how to party... just another night in with the CBSO! The French conductor Alain Altinoglu caused quite a stir...

7.30pmFriday 24th October

FRIDAY NIGHT CLASSICS: TV AND ADVERT CLASSICS

Symphony Hall, Birmingham. +44 (0)121 345 0600

Seal, Gaspar, Whatley

TV and Advert Classics

Prokofiev Montagues and Capulets The Apprentice Bach Orchestral Suite No. 3 - Air Hamlet Sibelius Karelia Suite -...

2.30pmSunday 26th October

FAMILY CONCERT: CARTOON CLASSICS

Symphony Hall, Birmingham. +44 (0)121 345 0600

Seal, Wilkinson

Cartoon Classics

What's up, doc? You might not realise it - but if you're a fan of The Simpsons, The Incredibles or Bugs Bunny, you've probably heard enough classical music...

2.15pmWednesday 29th October

NELSONS CONDUCTS STRAUSS AND BRAHMS

Symphony Hall, Birmingham. +44 (0)121 345 0600

Nelsons, Vassallo, Yates

Strauss, Brahms

Battling windmills, flying horses and a very angry herd of sheep... Richard Strauss's warm-hearted take on the tale of Don Quixote is one of music's all-time comic masterpieces. Brahms's First...

7.30pmThursday 30th October

NELSONS CONDUCTS STRAUSS AND BRAHMS

Symphony Hall, Birmingham. +44 (0)121 345 0600

Nelsons, Vassallo, Yates

Strauss, Brahms

Battling windmills, flying horses and a very angry herd of sheep... Richard Strauss's warm-hearted take on the tale of Don Quixote is one of music's all-time comic masterpieces. Brahms's First...

7.00pmSunday 2nd November

THE PLANETS: CBSO YOUTH ORCHESTRA:

Symphony Hall, Birmingham. +44 (0)121 345 0600

Benjamin, Ainsley, CBSO Youth Chorus

Turnage, Vaughan Williams, Holst, Matthews

Since 2004, the CBSO's world-class Youth Orchestra has been pushing back the frontiers of what young musicians can achieve. Tonight, in a special 10th anniversary celebration, CBSO Youth Orchestra...

7.30pmThursday 6th November

WAR AND PEACE

Symphony Hall, Birmingham. +44 (0)121 345 0600

Shani, Piemontesi

Prokofiev, Beethoven

Composed in wartime Russia and premiered to the sound of gunfire, Prokofiev's Fifth was considered by the composer to be a "symphony of the greatness of the human spirit". But,...

7.30pmWednesday 12th November

RUSSIAN CLASSICS

Symphony Hall, Birmingham. +44 (0)121 345 0600

Gimeno, Trpceski

Tchaikovsky, Prokofiev

No composer puts on a show quite like Tchaikovsky - whether it's the world's most famous love theme in his Romeo and Juliet overture, or the high-kicking, vodka-fuelled festivities that...

2.15pmThursday 13th November

RUSSIAN CLASSICS

Symphony Hall, Birmingham. +44 (0)121 345 0600

Gimeno, Trpceski

Tchaikovsky, Prokofiev

No composer puts on a show quite like Tchaikovsky - whether it's the world's most famous love theme in his Romeo and Juliet overture, or the high-kicking, vodka-fuelled festivities that...

3.00pmSunday 16th November

THE FINAL: DUDLEY-YAMAHA INTERNATIONAL PIANO COMPETITION

Symphony Hall, Birmingham. +44 (0)121 345 0600

Seal, Competition Finalists

The Final: Dudley International Piano Competition

For nearly 50 years, the Dudley-Yamaha International Piano Competition has been one of the UK's leading piano competitions - and with past competitors including Paul Lewis, Peter Donohoe and Joanna...

7.30pmWednesday 19th November

SPIRIT OF 1945

Symphony Hall, Birmingham. +44 (0)121 345 0600

Collon, Leleux

Britten, Copland, Strauss, Shostakovich

1945: year zero. In the USSR, Shostakovich blew a raspberry at Uncle Joe Stalin. In America, Copland conjured a magical picture of lost innocence. In Germany, Richard Strauss was also...

7.30pmFriday 21st November

FRIDAY NIGHT CLASSICS: SONGS FROM THE SIXTIES

Symphony Hall, Birmingham. +44 (0)121 345 0600

Balcombe, Carewe, Osmon, Jiear, Bickley

Songs from the Sixties

Up, Up and Away Monday Monday/California Dreamin' Music to Watch the Girls Go By • At Last Downtown • You're My World I Only Want To Be With You • MacArthur Park Everlasting Love •...

2.15pmThursday 27th November

NELSONS CONDUCTS BRUCKNER'S SEVENTH

Symphony Hall, Birmingham. +44 (0)121 345 0600

Nelsons, Hough

Schumann, Bruckner

Imagine a symphony played by an angel. That's how Anton Bruckner first dreamed of the blissful opening melody of his Seventh Symphony - and when you hear it, you'll understand...

7.00pmSaturday 29th November

NELSONS CONDUCTS BRUCKNER'S SEVENTH

Symphony Hall, Birmingham. +44 (0)121 345 0600

Nelsons, Hough

Schumann, Bruckner

Imagine a symphony played by an angel. That's how Anton Bruckner first dreamed of the blissful opening melody of his Seventh Symphony - and when you hear it, you'll understand...

7.30pmThursday 4th December

MACMILLAN'S ST LUKE PASSION

Symphony Hall, Birmingham. +44 (0)121 345 0600

MacMillan, Spence, Watkins, CBSO Chorus, CBSO Youth Chorus

Britten, MacMillan

James MacMillan has been called the greatest British composer since Britten, and his music is urgent, melodious, and burning to communicate. The UK premiere of his St Luke Passion -...

10.30amFriday 5th December

NOTELETS: CHRISTMAS CRACKERS

CBSO Centre, Birmingham. +44 (0)121 345 0491

CBSO Brass Ensemble, Arlidge

Christmas Crackers

What better Christmas gift for the youngest members of the family than this special toddler-friendly Christmas concert at CBSO Centre? Join members of the CBSO brass section for some festive...

1.30pmFriday 5th December

NOTELETS: CHRISTMAS CRACKERS

CBSO Centre, Birmingham. +44 (0)121 345 0491

CBSO Brass Ensemble, Arlidge

Christmas Crackers

What better Christmas gift for the youngest members of the family than this special toddler-friendly Christmas concert at CBSO Centre? Join members of the CBSO brass section for some festive...

11.00amSaturday 6th December

NOTELETS: CHRISTMAS CRACKERS

CBSO Centre, Birmingham. +44 (0)121 345 0491

CBSO Brass Ensemble, Arlidge

Christmas Crackers

What better Christmas gift for the youngest members of the family than this special toddler-friendly Christmas concert at CBSO Centre? Join members of the CBSO brass section for some festive...

1.30pmSaturday 6th December

NOTELETS: CHRISTMAS CRACKERS

CBSO Centre, Birmingham. +44 (0)121 345 0491

CBSO Brass Ensemble, Arlidge

Christmas Crackers

What better Christmas gift for the youngest members of the family than this special toddler-friendly Christmas concert at CBSO Centre? Join members of the CBSO brass section for some festive...

3.30pmSaturday 6th December

NOTELETS: CHRISTMAS CRACKERS

CBSO Centre, Birmingham. +44 (0)121 345 0491

CBSO Brass Ensemble, Arlidge

Christmas Crackers

What better Christmas gift for the youngest members of the family than this special toddler-friendly Christmas concert at CBSO Centre? Join members of the CBSO brass section for some festive...

2.15pmWednesday 10th December

ELGAR'S ENIGMA VARIATIONS

Symphony Hall, Birmingham. +44 (0)121 345 0600

Litton, Ehnes

Britten, Walton, Elgar

Elgar dedicated his Enigma Variations to "my friends pictured within", and if all you know of them is Nimrod, you're about to meet some of the most engaging characters in...

7.00pmSaturday 13th December

ELGAR'S ENIGMA VARIATIONS

Symphony Hall, Birmingham. +44 (0)121 345 0600

Litton, Ehnes

Britten, Walton, Elgar

Elgar dedicated his Enigma Variations to "my friends pictured within", and if all you know of them is Nimrod, you're about to meet some of the most engaging characters in...

7.30pmFriday 19th December

FESTIVE FAVOURITES WITH HUGH DENNIS

Symphony Hall, Birmingham. +44 (0)121 345 0600

Halsey, Dennis, CBSO Choruses

Festive Favourites with Hugh Dennis

Christmas is a time for the family, and as we bring together our family of musicians for favourite tunes and carols, humorous readings, and a chance to join in and...

3.00pmSunday 21st December

FESTIVE FAVOURITES WITH HUGH DENNIS

Symphony Hall, Birmingham. +44 (0)121 345 0600

Halsey, Dennis, CBSO Choruses

Festive Favourites with Hugh Dennis

Christmas is a time for the family, and as we bring together our family of musicians for favourite tunes and carols, humorous readings, and a chance to join in and...

7.30pmSunday 21st December

FESTIVE FAVOURITES WITH HUGH DENNIS

Symphony Hall, Birmingham. +44 (0)121 345 0600

Halsey, Dennis, CBSO Choruses

Festive Favourites with Hugh Dennis

Christmas is a time for the family, and as we bring together our family of musicians for favourite tunes and carols, humorous readings, and a chance to join in and...

7.30pmMonday 22nd December

FESTIVE FAVOURITES WITH HUGH DENNIS

Symphony Hall, Birmingham. +44 (0)121 345 0600

Halsey, Dennis, CBSO Choruses

Festive Favourites with Hugh Dennis

Christmas is a time for the family, and as we bring together our family of musicians for favourite tunes and carols, humorous readings, and a chance to join in and...

3.00pmSunday 4th January

THE MAGIC OF VIENNA

Symphony Hall, Birmingham. +44 (0)121 345 0600

Ward, Royal

Viennese Classics

Strauss The Gypsy Baron - Overture Strauss Music of the Spheres Waltz Strauss Helenen-Quadrille Délibes Sylvia - Pizzicati ...

7.30pmThursday 8th January

RACHMANINOV'S THIRD PIANO CONCERTO

Symphony Hall, Birmingham. +44 (0)121 345 0600

Vedernikov, Lugansky

Rachmaninov, Tchaikovsky

It's been called the "Everest of piano concertos", and it's true - for difficulty, grandeur and pure heart-on-sleeve romance, Rachmaninov's Third Concerto is hard to top. Nikolai Lugansky, an old...

3.00pmSaturday 10th January

RACHMANINOV'S THIRD PIANO CONCERTO

Symphony Hall, Birmingham. +44 (0)121 345 0600

Vedernikov, Lugansky

Rachmaninov, Tchaikovsky

It's been called the "Everest of piano concertos", and it's true - for difficulty, grandeur and pure heart-on-sleeve romance, Rachmaninov's Third Concerto is hard to top. Nikolai Lugansky, an old...

2.15pmWednesday 14th January

SCHUBERT'S GREAT

Symphony Hall, Birmingham. +44 (0)121 345 0600

Afkham, Polegato

Beethoven, Mahler, Schubert

There's nothing in all music to compare with Schubert's monumental Ninth Symphony. Some hear it as a challenge to Beethoven, others hear it as a summer journey through a sunlit...

7.00pmSaturday 17th January

SCHUBERT'S GREAT

Symphony Hall, Birmingham. +44 (0)121 345 0600

Afkham, Polegato

Webern, Mahler, Schubert

There's nothing in all music to compare with Schubert's monumental Ninth Symphony. Some hear it as a challenge to Beethoven, others hear it as a summer journey through a sunlit...

11.30amTuesday 20th January

SCHOOLS CONCERT: THE CBSO'S GUIDE TO THE ORCHESTRA

Symphony Hall, Birmingham. +44 (0)121 345 0600

Seal, Malloy

The CBSO's Guide to the Orchestra

Prokofiev Montagues and Capulets Vivaldi The Four Seasons - Spring John Williams Harry Potter: Nimbus 2000 Mozart Symphony...

1.30pmTuesday 20th January

SCHOOLS CONCERT: THE CBSO'S GUIDE TO THE ORCHESTRA

Symphony Hall, Birmingham. +44 (0)121 345 0600

Seal, Malloy

The CBSO's Guide to the Orchestra

Prokofiev Montagues and Capulets Vivaldi The Four Seasons - Spring John Williams Harry Potter: Nimbus 2000 Mozart Symphony...

7.30pmThursday 22nd January

SPANISH NIGHT

Symphony Hall, Birmingham. +44 (0)121 345 0600

Pons, Toledo, Perianes

Falla, Ravel

"Something more than festivals and dances has inspired these evocations in sound," said Manuel de Falla, "for melancholy and mystery also have their part." In the latest instalment of the...

11.00amFriday 23rd January

SCHOOLS CONCERT: THE CBSO'S GUIDE TO THE ORCHESTRA

Symphony Hall, Birmingham. +44 (0)121 345 0600

Seal, Malloy

The CBSO's Guide to the Orchestra

Prokofiev Montagues and Capulets Vivaldi The Four Seasons - Spring John Williams Harry Potter: Nimbus 2000 Mozart Symphony...

1.00pmFriday 23rd January

SCHOOLS CONCERT: THE CBSO'S GUIDE TO THE ORCHESTRA

Symphony Hall, Birmingham. +44 (0)121 345 0600

Seal, Malloy

The CBSO's Guide to the Orchestra

Prokofiev Montagues and Capulets Vivaldi The Four Seasons - Spring John Williams Harry Potter: Nimbus 2000 Mozart Symphony...

7.00pmSunday 25th January

SINGALONG WITH THE CBSO: MOZART'S REQUIEM

Symphony Hall, Birmingham. +44 (0)121 345 0600

Halsey, CBSO Chorus

Mozart

Ever wondered what it's like to sing live at Symphony Hall with the full CBSO? Now's your chance to find out, in this one-off performance from scratch of...

7.30pmWednesday 28th January

AMERICAN CLASSICS WITH FREDDY KEMPF

Symphony Hall, Birmingham. +44 (0)121 345 0600

Seal, Kempf

Bernstein, Gershwin, Korngold

A symphony from the New World... with a difference. Mahler declared Erich Korngold a genius, but Hitler had other ideas - and from exile in California, Korngold poured out all...

7.30pmFriday 30th January

FRIDAY NIGHT CLASSICS: BEST OF THE WEST END

Symphony Hall, Birmingham. +44 (0)121 345 0600

England, West End star vocalists

Best of the West End

Want to take in a show? Tonight the CBSO brings the West End's biggest hits - and biggest stars - right here to Birmingham. With songs from The...

2.30pmSunday 1st February

FAMILY CONCERT: AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 MINUTES

Symphony Hall, Birmingham. +44 (0)121 345 0600

Wilkins, Malloy, CBSO Youth Chorus

Around the World in 80 Minutes

Birmingham has been called "the world in one city" - and here's the music to prove it! Presenter Alasdair Malloy, maestro Julian Wilkins, the incredible CBSO...

7.30pmThursday 5th February

FROM THE DANUBE TO THE RHINE

Symphony Hall, Birmingham. +44 (0)121 345 0600

Ono, Zupancic

Schubert, Mozart, Schumann

Schumann's "Rhenish" symphony opens in a blaze of glory… and ends at a beer festival! There's never been a more enjoyable way to experience the Rhineland, and you don't even...

3.00pmSaturday 7th February

FROM THE DANUBE TO THE RHINE

Symphony Hall, Birmingham. +44 (0)121 345 0600

Ono, Zupancic

Schubert, Mozart, Schumann

Schumann's "Rhenish" symphony opens in a blaze of glory… and ends at a beer festival! There's never been a more enjoyable way to experience the Rhineland, and you don't even...

7.30pmWednesday 11th February

SHOSTAKOVICH UNCOVERED

Symphony Hall, Birmingham. +44 (0)121 345 0600

Nelsons, Rissmann

Shostakovich

Shostakovich's Eleventh Symphony is an epic musical tale of tyranny and revolution - or is it? In this special concert, presenter Paul Rissmann uses illustrations, anecdotes and the full CBSO...

3.00pmSunday 15th February

WAR AND REVOLUTION

Symphony Hall, Birmingham. +44 (0)121 345 0600

Nelsons, Dennis

Elgar, Shostakovich

War, protest, and a great nation on the brink of revolution: officially, Shostakovich based his mighty Eleventh Symphony on the events of 1905 - but this roof-raising blockbuster of a...

2.15pmThursday 19th February

SCHUBERT, STRAUSS & DVORAK

Symphony Hall, Birmingham. +44 (0)121 345 0600

Nelsons, Dutch

Schubert, Strauss, Dvorak

If you enjoy Dvorák's New World Symphony, just imagine the music he wrote when he was happily at home! Dvorák's Seventh is stormy, passionate and filled with the kind of...

7.30pmFriday 20th February

FRIDAY NIGHT CLASSICS: OPERA GALA

Symphony Hall, Birmingham. +44 (0)121 345 0600

Bell, Romaniw, Wedd, Thorpe, Birmingham University Singers

Opera Gala

Wagner Lohengrin - Prelude to Act 3 • In Fernem Land Dvorák Rusalka - Song to the Moon Rossini The Barber...

7.00pmSunday 22nd February

MAHLER'S FIRST SYMPHONY: CBSO YOUTH ORCHESTRA

Symphony Hall, Birmingham. +44 (0)121 345 0600

Gardner, Kozhukhin

Lutoslawski, Prokofiev, Mahler

Mahler's First Symphony begins by creating the world - and ends by storming Heaven itself. Well, the CBSO Youth Orchestra likes a challenge, and if you've heard our inspirational young...

7.30pmThursday 26th February

MAHLER'S SIXTH SYMPHONY

Symphony Hall, Birmingham. +44 (0)121 345 0600

Nelsons

Berg, Mahler

Mahler's Sixth Symphony portrays an artist crushed by three "hammer blows of fate" - and soon afterwards, three devastating blows reduced Mahler's own life to ruins. Coincidence? What's certain is...

7.00pmSaturday 28th February

MAHLER'S SIXTH SYMPHONY

Symphony Hall, Birmingham. +44 (0)121 345 0600

Nelsons

Mahler

Careful what you wish for. Mahler's Sixth Symphony portrays an artist destroyed by three mighty "hammer blows of fate" - and soon afterwards, three devastating blows reduced Mahler's own life...

7.30pmThursday 5th March

JANACEK'S GLAGOLITIC MASS

Symphony Hall, Birmingham. +44 (0)121 345 0600

Gardner, Orgonášová, Connolly, Daszak, Bayley, Trotter, CBSO Chorus

Berlioz, Janacek

"The fragrance of the trees was like incense," declared Leos Janácek. "I felt a cathedral grow from a great forest." And with its jubilant trumpets, thundering organ and raw, unbuttoned...

10.30amFriday 6th March

NOTELETS: MOVE & GROOVE

CBSO Centre, Birmingham. +44 (0)121 345 0491

Arlidge

An interactive mini-concert for toddlers and their families

You're never too young to discover the joy of live music, with this specially-devised, toddler-friendly mini-concert. A 10-piece mini orchestra will help parents and children alike...

1.30pmFriday 6th March

NOTELETS: MOVE & GROOVE

CBSO Centre, Birmingham. +44 (0)121 345 0491

Arlidge

An interactive mini-concert for toddlers and their families

You're never too young to discover the joy of live music, with this specially-devised, toddler-friendly mini-concert. A 10-piece mini orchestra will help parents and children alike...

7.30pmFriday 6th March

FRIDAY NIGHT CLASSICS: 21ST CENTURY BLOCKBUSTERS

Symphony Hall, Birmingham. +44 (0)121 345 0600

Seal, Pearson

21st Century Blockbusters

Williams Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone Williams Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Shore The Hobbit ...

11.00amSaturday 7th March

NOTELETS: MOVE & GROOVE

CBSO Centre, Birmingham. +44 (0)121 345 0491

Arlidge

An interactive mini-concert for toddlers and their families

You're never too young to discover the joy of live music, with this specially-devised, toddler-friendly mini-concert. A 10-piece mini orchestra will help parents and children alike...

1.30pmSaturday 7th March

NOTELETS: MOVE & GROOVE

CBSO Centre, Birmingham. +44 (0)121 345 0491

CBSO 10-piece 'mini orchestra', Arlidge

An interactive mini-concert for toddlers and their families

You're never too young to discover the joy of live music, with this specially-devised, toddler-friendly mini-concert. A 10-piece mini orchestra will help parents and children alike...

3.30pmSaturday 7th March

NOTELETS: MOVE & GROOVE

CBSO Centre, Birmingham. +44 (0)121 345 0491

CBSO 10-piece 'mini orchestra', Arlidge

An interactive mini-concert for toddlers and their families

You're never too young to discover the joy of live music, with this specially-devised, toddler-friendly mini-concert. A 10-piece mini orchestra will help parents and children alike...

7.30pmWednesday 11th March

BACH AND BRUCKNER

Symphony Hall, Birmingham. +44 (0)121 345 0600

Volkov, Gringolts

Bach, Bruckner

Soul music, Austrian style. Bruckner's Fifth Symphony has been described as a cathedral in sound, but Bruckner also drew his inspiration from the music of J. S. Bach and the...

7.00pmSaturday 14th March

BACH AND BRUCKNER

Symphony Hall, Birmingham. +44 (0)121 345 0600

Volkov, Gringolts

Bach, Bruckner

Soul music, Austrian style. Bruckner's Fifth Symphony has been described as a cathedral in sound, but Bruckner also drew his inspiration from the music of J. S. Bach and the...

7.30pmWednesday 18th March

RACHMANINOV'S SECOND SYMPHONY

Symphony Hall, Birmingham. +44 (0)121 345 0600

Nelsons, Hough

Dvorak, Rachmaninov

Is Rachmaninov's Second the most romantic symphony ever written? With its vast, stormswept vistas, endless melodies and rapturous love-song of a slow movement, it's certainly a contender, and Andris Nelsons...

2.15pmThursday 19th March

RACHMANINOV'S SECOND SYMPHONY

Symphony Hall, Birmingham. +44 (0)121 345 0600

Nelsons, Hough

Dvorak, Rachmaninov

Is Rachmaninov's Second the most romantic symphony ever written? With its vast, stormswept vistas, endless melodies and rapturous love-song of a slow movement, it's certainly a contender, and Andris Nelsons...

2.15pmWednesday 25th March

BRAHMS AND BEETHOVEN

Symphony Hall, Birmingham. +44 (0)121 345 0600

Manze, Osborne

Vaughan Williams, Beethoven, Brahms

When Brahms went on holiday, all his troubles fell away - and that's exactly the effect of his lovely second symphony, 45 minutes of glowing landscapes, jubilant trumpets and tunes...

7.30pmFriday 27th March

FRIDAY NIGHT CLASSICS: QUEEN: A ROCK AND SYMPHONIC SPECTACULAR

Symphony Hall, Birmingham. +44 (0)121 345 0600

Sidwell, James, Afonso, Wooding, Eldridge Wyke

Queen: A Rock and Symphonic Spectacular

Bohemian Rhapsody • I Want To Break Free Play The Game • Under Pressure These Are The Days Of Our Lives Love Of My Life • Bicycle Race Killer QUEEN • Radio Ga Ga...

7.00pmSaturday 28th March

BEETHOVEN AND BRAHMS

Symphony Hall, Birmingham. +44 (0)121 345 0600

Manze, Osborne

Vaughan Williams, Beethoven, Brahms

When Brahms went on holiday, all his troubles fell away - and that's exactly the effect of his lovely second symphony, 45 minutes of glowing landscapes, jubilant trumpets and tunes...

2.15pmThursday 16th April

MENDELSSOHN'S MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM

Symphony Hall, Birmingham. +44 (0)121 345 0600

Gardner, Tiberghien, CBSO Youth Chorus

Mendelssohn

Edward Gardner's Mendelssohn symphony cycle was one of the real delights of last season in Birmingham. Now he teams up again with our famous Youth Chorus in its 20th anniversary...

7.00pmSaturday 18th April

MENDELSSOHN'S MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM

Symphony Hall, Birmingham. +44 (0)121 345 0600

Gardner, Tiberghien, CBSO Youth Chorus

Mendelssohn

Edward Gardner's Mendelssohn symphony cycle was one of the real delights of last season in Birmingham. Now he teams up again with our famous Youth Chorus in its 20th anniversary...

7.30pmThursday 23rd April

ELGAR'S CELLO CONCERTO

Symphony Hall, Birmingham. +44 (0)121 345 0600

Garner, Gerhardt

Elgar, Bridge, Tippett

"Stout and steaky" was how Elgar described his Cockaigne overture - and this uproarious portrait of Edwardian London is a far cry from the heartbreak and poetry of his famous...

2.30pmSunday 26th April

FAMILY CONCERT: BITE-SIZE CLASSICS II

Symphony Hall, Birmingham. +44 (0)121 345 0600

Phillips, Smedley, CBSO Children's Chorus

Bite-size Classics II

You don't have to be old to make great music - in fact, you don't have to be grown up at all! As the CBSO Children's Chorus celebrates...

7.30pmWednesday 29th April

SYMPHONIE FANTASTIQUE

Symphony Hall, Birmingham. +44 (0)121 345 0600

Znaider, Wang

Dvorak, Berlioz

All you need is love! When Hector Berlioz couldn't get the girl of his dreams, he wrote her a symphony: a huge, crazy, opiumfuelled riot of supernatural fantasies...

2.15pmThursday 30th April

SYMPHONIE FANTASTIQUE

Symphony Hall, Birmingham. +44 (0)121 345 0600

Znaider, Wang

Dvorak, Berlioz

All you need is love! When Hector Berlioz couldn't get the girl of his dreams, he wrote her a symphony: a huge, crazy, opiumfuelled riot of supernatural fantasies...

7.30pmFriday 1st May

FRIDAY NIGHT CLASSICS: CHARLIE CHAPLIN

Symphony Hall, Birmingham. +44 (0)121 345 0600

Davis

Davis, Chaplin

Until you've heard a symphony orchestra accompanying a film live, you've never experienced the ultimate in movie sound. Veteran movie maestro Carl ("Cranford") Davis conducts the...

2.15pmWednesday 6th May

HAYDN IN LONDON

Symphony Hall, Birmingham. +44 (0)121 345 0600

Nelsons, Skride

Haydn, Mozart, Prokofiev

No two great composers were ever closer than Mozart and Haydn, and there's a smile in every bar of this delightfully entertaining concert. Two of the wittiest and warmest symphonies...

7.30pmThursday 7th May

HAYDN IN LONDON

Symphony Hall, Birmingham. +44 (0)121 345 0600

Nelsons, Skride

Haydn, Mozart, Prokofiev

No two great composers were ever closer than Mozart and Haydn, and there's a smile in every bar of this delightfully entertaining concert. Two of the wittiest and warmest symphonies...

3.00pmSunday 17th May

PARSIFAL

Symphony Hall, Birmingham. +44 (0)121 345 0600

Nelsons, Burkhard, Zeppenfeld, Rutherford, Fujimura, Wilson-Johnson, CBSO Chorus, CBSO Youth Chorus

Wagner

"In this realm, time becomes space". Wagner's Parsifal tells of the knights of the Holy Grail: a story of truth, suffering and redemption, set to music...

10.30amFriday 5th June

NOTELETS: UNDER THE SEA

CBSO Centre, Birmingham. +44 (0)121 345 0491

CBSO String Ensemble, Arlidge

An interactive mini-concert for toddlers and their families

Bring the youngest members of the family to CBSO Centre for this special toddler-friendly mini-concert. Dive into action for an under the sea musical adventure and let ...

1.30pmFriday 5th June

NOTELETS: UNDER THE SEA

CBSO Centre, Birmingham. +44 (0)121 345 0491

CBSO String Ensemble, Arlidge

An interactive mini-concert for toddlers and their families

Bring the youngest members of the family to CBSO Centre for this special toddler-friendly mini-concert. Dive into action for an under the sea musical adventure and let ...

11.00amSaturday 6th June

NOTELETS: UNDER THE SEA

CBSO Centre, Birmingham. +44 (0)121 345 0491

CBSO String Ensemble, Arlidge

An interactive mini-concert for toddlers and their families

Bring the youngest members of the family to CBSO Centre for this special toddler-friendly mini-concert. Dive into action for an under the sea musical adventure and let ...

1.30pmSaturday 6th June

NOTELETS: UNDER THE SEA

CBSO Centre, Birmingham. +44 (0)121 345 0491

CBSO String Ensemble, Arlidge

An interactive mini-concert for toddlers and their families

Bring the youngest members of the family to CBSO Centre for this special toddler-friendly mini-concert. Dive into action for an under the sea musical adventure and let ...

3.30pmSaturday 6th June

NOTELETS: UNDER THE SEA

CBSO Centre, Birmingham. +44 (0)121 345 0491

CBSO String Ensemble, Arlidge

An interactive mini-concert for toddlers and their families

Bring the youngest members of the family to CBSO Centre for this special toddler-friendly mini-concert. Dive into action for an under the sea musical adventure and let ...

7.30pmThursday 11th June

SCHUBERT, STRAUSS AND DVORAK

Symphony Hall, Birmingham. +44 (0)121 345 0600

Nelsons, Dutch

Schubert, Strauss, Dvorak

If you enjoy Dvorák's New World symphony, just imagine the music he wrote when he was happily at home! Dvorák's Seventh is stormy, passionate and filled with the kind of...

7.30pmWednesday 17th June

ANDRIS NELSONS' FAREWELL CONCERTS

Symphony Hall, Birmingham. +44 (0)121 345 0600

Nelsons, Schuster, CBSO Chorus, CBSO Youth Chorus, CBSO Children's Chorus

Ešenvalds, Mahler

All good things come to an end. And on what are sure to be emotional evenings, Andris Nelsons has chosen to say farewell to Birmingham with Mahler's huge,...

7.30pmThursday 18th June

ANDRIS NELSONS' FAREWELL CONCERTS

Symphony Hall, Birmingham. +44 (0)121 345 0600

Nelsons, Schuster, CBSO Chorus, CBSO Youth Chorus, CBSO Children's Chorus

Ešenvalds, Mahler

All good things come to an end. And on what are sure to be emotional evenings, Andris Nelsons has chosen to say farewell to Birmingham with Mahler's huge,...

2.15pmThursday 25th June

SUMMER SHOWCASE

Symphony Hall, Birmingham. +44 (0)121 345 0600

Chauhan

,Strauss, Shostakovich, Reich, Cage, Mussorgsky (arr. Howarth)

Our orchestra is made up of 83 extraordinary artists, and today they step into the limelight. The CBSO woodwinds share Strauss's delightful Suite, and our strings play...

11.30amThursday 2nd July

SCHOOLS CONCERT: BITE-SIZE CLASSICS

Symphony Hall, Birmingham. +44 (0)121 345 0600

Seal, Smedley

Bite-size Classics

You don't have to be old to make great music - in fact, you don't even have to be grown up at all! This lively concert for Key...

1.30pmThursday 2nd July

SCHOOLS CONCERT: BITE-SIZE CLASSICS

Symphony Hall, Birmingham. +44 (0)121 345 0600

Seal, Smedley

Bite-size Classics

You don't have to be old to make great music - in fact, you don't even have to be grown up at all! This lively concert for Key...

7.30pmFriday 3rd July

FRIDAY NIGHT CLASSICS: THE ELLA FITZGERALD SONGBOOK

Symphony Hall, Birmingham. +44 (0)121 345 0600

Cottle, Martin

The Ella Fitzgerald Songbook

Lerner & Loewe Almost Like Being In Love Rodgers & Hart The Lady is a Tramp Manhattan • With A Song In My Heart Arlen This Time...