City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra

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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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The future of the arts: ‘The classical music world has been transfigured’
Our critic mainlines Tudor polyphony and talks to performers, conductors and composers longing for the return of communal music-making

Fiona Maddocks

21, Jun, 2020 @11:00 AM

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CBSO/Gražinytė-Tyla review – Unsuk Chin's showpiece Spira is full of flair
Two new works (Unsuk Chin and Taylor-West) had fluency and flair, and two Beethoven symphonies were both light and lucid under Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla

Andrew Clements

31, Jan, 2020 @2:41 PM

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CBSO/Gražinytė-Tyla review – massed forces rise to a monumental Mahler
Mid-way through a Mahler symphony cycle, the conductor brought tremendous energy to his Eighth, with the female soloists, particularly, glorious

Andrew Clements

20, Jan, 2020 @2:15 PM

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Post-Brexit Britten? The CBSO's guide to touring by Stephen Maddock
The City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra has just returned from touring an all-British programme in Germany - possibly its last tour as a member of the EU. From new repertoire to cold beer, its chief executive offers his 10 post-Brexit touring tips

Stephen Maddock

21, Oct, 2019 @11:35 AM

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Cheltenham music festival review – rousing premieres by female composers
The festival honoured a pledge for gender parity with striking new work by Judith Weir, Dani Howard and Thea Musgrave

Rian Evans

08, Jul, 2019 @3:16 PM

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The joys of being a female conductor | Brief letters
Brief letters: Greek saying | Boris Johnson and Tennyson | Tom Stoppard portrait | Female conductors | Royal expenses | Favourite headlines


26, Jun, 2019 @5:05 PM

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Music industry urged to join campaign for gender parity
Keychange pledge by PRS Foundation advocates gender balance at music festivals

Mark Brown Arts correspondent

25, Jun, 2019 @5:00 AM

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CBSO/Gražinytė-Tyla review – excitement and grandeur for epic Mahler
Although occasionally the focus became blurred, the CBSO were superb and vocally this was an immaculate performance

Andrew Clements

18, Jun, 2019 @3:34 PM

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