CBSO Youth Orchestra Academy

Sunday 21 July 2013 at 3.00pm

Town Hall, Birmingham 0121 345 0603

Michael Seal  conductor

Revueltas: Homenaje a Federico García Lorca 12′

Ravel: Mother Goose (complete) 28′

Korngold: Much Ado About Nothing – Suite 21′

Mozart: Symphony No. 36 (Linz) 26′

A mariachi band, a French fairy tale, a Shakespearean rom-com, and a symphony written in four days flat! Under the inspirational baton of Michael Seal, a chamber orchestra drawn from the very best of the CBSO Youth Orchestra’s superb young players explores three extraordinary 20th century masterpieces – from the Latin-American energy of Revueltas, to the luscious romance of Hollywood composer Erich Korngold. And did we mention Mozart’s most brilliant symphony? There’s a special electricity about everything our Youth Orchestra plays – come and share the thrill of discovery.

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Review by Norman Stinchcombe, Birmingham Post:

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…     “A delightful piece of programming gave us a complete contrast – Korngold’s delicately-scored suite of incidental music to Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing. Not for nothing was Korngold’s middle name Wolfgang. Like that other wunderkind his light music combines charm, romanticism and the sensuous without ever breaking sweat. That the orchestra could play two such differing works with equal aplomb is a credit to their talent and the patient conducting of Michael Seal.

Mozart’s own Linz symphony zipped along merrily from the properly spiritoso first movement to the kinetic, but never frenetic, finale. Ravel’s complete Mother Goose ballet showed the orchestra at its finest with each fairytale character vividly realized in virtue of stylish playing from every section.”     …


Friday Night Classics: John Williams Blockbusters

Friday 12 July 2013 at 7.30pm

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

City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra

Dirk Brossé  conductor

Tommy Pearson  presenter

Including music from:

Raiders of the Lost Ark • Jurassic Park • War Horse • Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade • Munich • Memoirs of a Geisha • Catch Me If You Can • Lincoln • Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone • Star Wars • Olympic Fanfare and Theme • Hook • Jaws


No-one writes a big film theme like John Williams – no wonder he’s one of the world’s most popular living composers. And if you think his music is thrilling on the big screen, just wait until you hear it live at Symphony Hall – as the CBSO plays a blockbuster concert of John Williams’s very greatest themes.

Mark Kermode: Film Music Live

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Tuesday 9 July 2013 at 7.30pm

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

City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra

Robert Ziegler  conductor

Mark Kermode  presenter

Jeremy Irons  special guest

Music from:

North By Northwest’ (Bernard Herrmann)

Planet of the Apes (Jerry Goldsmith)

Tubular Bells – The Exorcist (Mike Oldfield, arr.David Bedford)

The Devils (Sir Peter Maxwell Davies)

Taxi Driver (Bernard Herrmann, arr.Christopher Palmer)

Mary Poppins (Robert Sherman)

There Will Be Blood (Jonny Greenwood)

Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me (Angelo Badalamenti)

Silent Running (Peter Schickele, arr.Robert Ziegler)

Brideshead Revisited (Geoffrey Burgon)

The French Lieutenant’s Woman (Carl Davis)

Reversal of Fortune (Mark Isham)

The Mission – ‘Gabriel’s Oboe’ (Ennio Morricone, arr.Paul Bateman)

Trashed (Vangelis)

Eragon (Patrick Doyle)

Critic, music-lover and film-buff extraordinaire…no-one understands great cinema   better than Mark Kermode. Tonight he joins movie maestro Robert Ziegler and   the full City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra to present a personal choice   of classic film music – from Mary Poppins to The Exorcist – and   to welcome one of Britain’s most extraordinary talents as his very special guest    – Jeremy Irons. It’s the stuff of dreams: classic tunes and unforgettable emotions,   all performed in the cinema-quality sound of Birmingham’s stunning Symphony   Hall.

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Review by Ian Harvey, Express and Star:

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…     “The first part of a fascinating concert saw the CBSO tackle the likes of a spine-tingling Tubular Bells as used in The Exorcist (Kermode: “The greatest film ever made. Other opinions are available . . . they’re wrong.”) and instrumental versions of Joan Baez’s songs from 70’s cult classic Silent Running (“The greatest science fiction film ever made. Some people say it was 2001: A Space Odyssey . . . they’re wrong”).

Radiohead guitarist Jonny Greenwood’s theme for There Will Be Blood was percussive and arresting, and gave the audience the chance to “boo hiss” the Academy Awards committee for disqualifying it from Oscars contention, and there were strong jazz overtones to both Bernard Herrman’s haunting theme from Taxi Driver and the special arrangement of Angelo Badalamenti’s music from Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me, which had Kermode transfixed at the front of the stage.

By way of light relief there was the wonderful, hits-packed overture to Mary Poppins. Yes, the man who is The Exorcist’s biggest fan also rates the Julie Andrews musical as one of the best films ever made.

After the interval, Kermode welcomed Jeremy Irons to the stage and the music now followed the actor’s celebrated career, including the only non-movie piece of the night, the theme to Iron’s breakthrough television role in Brideshead Revisited.”



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The Royal Opera: Verdi’s Simon Boccanegra

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Sunday 7th July

Symphony Hall, Birmingham

The Royal Opera Chorus

The Orchestra of the Royal Opera House

Sir Antonio Pappano conductor

Thomas Hampson Simon Boccanegra

Hibla Gerzmava Amelia Grimaldi

Ferruccio Furlanetto Jacopo Fiesco

Russell Thomas Gabriele Adorno

Dimitri Platanias Paolo Albiani

Jihoon Kim Pietro

Verdi Simon Boccanegra 150’

This concert has a running time of c.3 hours including one 25’ interval.

The Royal Opera returns to Symphony Hall to celebrate the 2013 bicentenary of Verdi’s birth in one of the highlights of the season. For this visit, music director Sir Antonio Pappano has chosen Verdi’s dark lyrical drama, Simon Boccanegra. Set in 14th-century Genoa, this great work is a brooding tragedy and a psychological study of power, treachery and the unbreakable bond between a father and his daughter.

An evening as much of Verdi’s music as the singing, driven (we are lucky to have him) by Antonio Pappano’s tremendous feel for drama in music as conductor.  The Independent

Hampson’s interpretation is nothing short of ideal Thomas Hampson as Simon Boccanegra at Wiener Konzerthaus,



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Review by Diane Parkes, BehindTheArras:

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…     “This Royal Opera concert performance certainly kept us all on our toes as it succeeded in bringing to life the troubled city state and the joys and pains of its characters.

Thomas Hampson was an imposing Boccanegra who balanced his formidable and ruthless might as a leader with compassion and love for his daughter. He was thoroughly believable in both public and private mode – with his final collapse into his daughter’s arms a really tragic moment.

Hibla Gerzmava was a gentle Amelia who also betrayed her own fire in the belly when she felt either her lover or her father were in danger.

Playing that lover Adorno, Russell Thomas swept us all of our feet with his beautifully rich tenor voice while Boccanegra’s long term foe Fiesco was played with just the right amount of anger by Ferruccio Furlanetto.”     …