Autumn Classics

CBSO Benevolent Fund Concert



  • Dmitri Shostakovich   Festive Overture
  • Edward Elgar   Salut d’amour
  • Fritz Kreisler   Liebesleid,  and Tambourin chinois
  • Antonín Leopold Dvořák   Slavonic Dances, Op.72, No.1
  • Alexander Glazunov   The Seasons: Autumn
  • Leonard Bernstein   West Side Story: Overture
  • Robert Farnon   À la claire fontaine
  • Henryk Wieniawski   Légende, Op. 17,  and Polonaise Brillante Op. 4 No. 1
  • Camille Saint-Saëns   Danse macabre
  • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky   Swan Lake: Act I Finale
  • Colin Twigg   Anton and Antonio

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Autumn: season of mists and mellow fruitfulness. But it’s also the time for a right old celebration, and in this delightfully entertaining concert in aid of the CBSO Benevolent Fund, former BBC Young Musician of the Year Jennifer Pike plays some of the most mouth-watering miniature treats in the violin repertoire. And then we crack open the vodka, as Shostakovich, Glazunov and Tchaikovsky start the party, Russian style!

The CBSO Benevolent Fund is a registered friendly society, no.735F, supporting CBSO players and staff.

Review by John Gough, Midlands Music Reviews:

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[…]     “Shostakovich’s opening ‘Festive Overture’ went off like a rocket, with deft articulation, cracking string playing, balalaika-like pizzicatos, and a blaze of fanfares at the close.

The pace varied constantly. Elgar’s ‘Salut d’amour’ was sweet yet purposefully phrased. The orchestra was joined by golden toned violinist Jennifer Pike in two Kreisler pieces, by turns dazzling and melting, producing an audibly contented sigh from the audience at the end of ‘Liebesleid’. She returned later with two attractive and entertaining pieces by Wieniawski.” […]

Sue Perkins Live!

In Spectacles

Sunday 18th September, 2016

Birmingham Town Hall


Doors open: 7PM
Event start time: 7:30PM
Interval: Time TBC
Approx finish time: 10PM

A rare chance to enjoy an evening with Sue Perkins packed full of sparkling wit, great stories, a user’s guide to Mary Berry and the very best bits from her hilarious best-selling memoir Spectacles.

Sue is best known for being one quarter of double act Mel and Sue. In 2008 she won the BBC show Maestro culminating in her conducting at The Last Night of the Proms. She has collaborated with food-critic Giles Coren on the Supersizers series, created the acclaimed travel documentary The Mekong River with Sue Perkins and is a regular contributor to Have I Got News For You, Just a Minute, Qi and The News Quiz.

Oh, and apparently she does some cake show on BBC1.

Read more about the tour by clicking here.

Each ticket will include a copy of Sue’s new book Spectacles (RRP £7.99) to be collected on the night. Sue will be signing copies after the show.

Spectacles is as charming and funny as Perkins herself. Like going for a long, slightly drunken lunch with your naughtiest friend.

RED magazine

Warm, crisp and beautifully layered – like its author, Spectacles is a complete delight.

Independent on Sunday

Singalong with the CBSO: Mozart’s Requiem

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Sunday 25th January 2015 at 7.00pm

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

City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra

Simon Halsey  conductor
Gwawr Edwards  soprano
Gaynor Keeble  alto
Alexander Sprague  tenor
Jeremy Huw Williams  baritone
CBSO Chorus

Mozart: Requiem 45′
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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 Mozart’s Requiem. And whether you’re a choral society veteran or have only ever sung in the shower, you’re welcome to rehearse and perform it today, under the CBSO’s world-famous chorus director Simon Halsey.

Singer information: rehearsals start at 1.30pm; details will be sent with singer tickets. Scores: we will be using the Novello edition. To hire a score with Simon Halsey’s rehearsal markings, purchase the Singer & Score Hire ticket when booking. NB If you’re not bringing your own score, pre-booking score hire is essential. Collect your pre-booked score on the day.

CBSO Sale and CD release

City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra’s


January Sale is now on!

 See here for details

Get 25% off CBSO tickets, for one week only, from Saturday 14 to Sunday 22 January (inclusive; terms and conditions apply).


In other news Anthony Hopkins’ CD, recorded with the CBSO is released today.

Anthony Hopkins: Composer

See here for more info!

Happy 90th Birthday CBSO

“A glorious 90 years for CBSO” by Christopher Morley, Birmingham Post:

*Give the wonderful CBSO a birthday present!* 

 …”If you share our love of music, every donation – large or small – will help us reach out to thousands of people and give them the chance to experience live music that they will never forget. “…

Latest recordings CBSO/Nelsons:

Recordings over the years:

Party cakes!

Andris Nelsons chats re CBSO 90th birthday event:

Piece about the CBSO’s 90th from 22 mins

Photos from CBSO party:

Alfred Brendel Talk: The Light and Shade of Interpretation

Mon 7 Jun 7:30pm at Town Hall

Alfred Brendel retired from the concert platform in 2008. Now he returns as a speaker, discussing the ideas and inspiration that, for nearly fifty years, have made him one of the world’s leading pianists. There will be a chance to savour the old Brendel magic when he illustrates his thoughts at the piano.

BBC Music magazine’s Editor Oliver Condy explains why he has recommended tonight’s concert: “Alfred Brendel may have retired from public piano performance, but that hasn’t stopped one of the most entertaining, intelligent and thoughtful musicians from sharing his views on music. Brendel has as much a gift for communicating verbally as he does musically.”

Review by John Quinn, MusicWeb:

…..”During his concert and recording career Alfred Brendel always impressed me as a thoughtful, articulate and deeply musical pianist. On the evidence of this lecture he’s just as successful a musical communicator now that he’s switched from the keyboard to the spoken word. His delivery was modest in style but held the attention of his audience throughout. It’s good that Alfred Brendel’s musical wisdom and insight are still on show to the public even after his retirement from the concert platform.”

Review by Christopher Morley, Birmingham Post:

“Now retired from the concert-platform, the pianist Alfred Brendel (one of the greatest performer-thinkers the world has ever seen), delivered an engrossing lecture with copious musical examples, some recorded, more of them played so grippingly by himself at the piano (the gifts haven’t diminished).” …..

Andris Nelsons

Andris Nelsons, magician of Birmingham

“Charismatic young conductor Andris Nelsons is a talent in global demand. Since joining the CBSO in 2007 his reputation has soared – a thrilling debut at last year’s Proms will be followed by the opening night at Bayreuth this year. He talks to Fiona Maddocks about growing up in Riga, Simon Rattle’s legacy and Birmingham’s bid for UK City of Culture 2013″

Watch conductor Andris Nelsons rehearse with the CBSO: The charismatic young music director talks about the challenge and intensity of leading the CBSO, and why Birmingham deserves to be City of Culture 2013″

CD review by Nicholas Kenyon, The Observer 

Stravinsky- The Firebird; Symphony of Psalms:

Andris Nelsons talks to Sean Rafferty, Radio 3: (at 1:06:50 ish 😉 ) – (available until Wednesday 16th June 2010)

CBSO’s Andris Nelsons in demand at the world’s biggest stages:

Andris talks to Tommy Pearson on CBSO’s June Podcast: