City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra

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The week in classical: Prom 14: CBSO/ Yamada; Prom 16: BBCNOW/ Manze; L’incoronazione di Poppea
Why do some Proms sound better in the Albert Hall and others at home on the radio? Elsewhere, Grimeborn gets off to a smouldering start

Fiona Maddocks

30, Jul, 2022 @11:30 AM

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Prom 14: CBSO/Yamada review – Smyth beguiles and Rachmaninov ravishes
Ethel Smyth’s Concerto for Violin and Horn was deftly handled by the CBSO’s chief conductor designate Kazuki Yamada and soloists Elena Urioste and Ben Goldscheider

Tim Ashley

26, Jul, 2022 @10:35 AM

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CBSO/Morlot review – remarkable Thorvaldsdottir and phenomenal Kopatchinskaja
Anna Thorvaldsdottir’s Catamorphosis, premiered here by Ludovic Morlot and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, is an extraordinary achievement

Andrew Clements

16, Jun, 2022 @10:06 AM

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CBSO/Gražinytė-Tyla review – assured Bruckner and arresting Tchaikovsky mark the end of a Birmingham era
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In her last UK concert as the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra’s music director, Gražinytė-Tyla showed just what a fine and nuanced Bruckner interpreter she really is

Andrew Clements

12, May, 2022 @4:08 PM

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The Ordering of Moses review – Dett’s oratorio thrills on its belated UK premiere
Joshua Weilerstein conducted the CBSO in a rare outing for the African American composer Robert Nathaniel Dett’s vivid and impassioned ‘sacred cantata’

Andrew Clements

24, Feb, 2022 @12:51 PM

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The Cunning Little Vixen review – CBSO’s concert staging has care but misses vital charm
Elena Tsallagova was a feisty vixen and the CBSO’s playing under Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla was outstanding in a more matter-of-fact interpretation of Janáček’s opera than one normally hears

Andrew Clements

17, Nov, 2021 @6:28 PM

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City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra names Kazuki Yamada as new chief conductor
Japanese musician, currently the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra’s principal guest conductor, will succeed Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla in April 2023

Imogen Tilden

14, Sep, 2021 @10:58 AM

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CBSO/Gražinytė-Tyla review – Adès’ ghostly Buñuel showpiece sees the light
A centenary celebration – coming to the Proms tonight – included an Ades premiere and, 75 years after its composition, Ruth Gipps’s second symphony

Andrew Clements

05, Aug, 2021 @2:48 PM

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CBSO/Gardner review – heft, glitter and fizz as Birmingham orchestra return to the stage
Stephen Hough dazzled as the soloist in Saint-Saëns’s Fourth Piano Concerto in a programme that also included Debussy and Missy Mazzoli

Andrew Clements

20, May, 2021 @3:40 PM

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From Adès’ angel to Verdi’s fat knight: what to see as classical and opera venues reopen
Live music is back across the UK; we pick ten events to brighten the coming months

Andrew Clements

14, May, 2021 @3:42 PM

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CBSO 100th Birthday Celebration review – Simon Rattle makes sparks fly as orchestra reunites
The Birmingham orchestra’s first post-lockdown concert was a rich mix that took in Elgar, Stravinsky and Slumdog Millionaire

Tim Ashley

06, Sep, 2020 @3:12 PM

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Birmingham arts venues announce major job losses
Symphony Hall and Town Hall will lose around half of their 65 permanent staff

Steven Morris

13, Jul, 2020 @11:01 PM

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