City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra was founded in 1920 by the civic leaders of the city of Birmingham. The CBSO has a worldwide reputation for delivering an extraordinary range of outstanding orchestral music concerts. The quality, scope and magnitude of the programme delivered by the CBSO’s family of orchestral musicians, conductors and choruses is unrivalled anywhere in the world. As it nears its centenary in 2020, the CBSO will continue to push the boundaries to secure a great future for music, not only in Birmingham but also across the Midlands, nationally and internationally.
In residence at Symphony Hall, Birmingham, and at home in the CBSO Centre, the Orchestra performs around 130 concerts each year. It continues to delight audiences across the UK and during international tours. Critically acclaimed, the CBSO isfamed for presenting audiences with star-studded operas, fresh sounding symphonies, and ground-breaking premieres, alongside silent movies, Broadway classics, box office hits and family shows. Whilst inviting some of the world’s greatest musicians to the city to perform, the CBSO is also focused on developing future talent. Whether it is investing in up-and-coming artists, supporting six exceptional Choruses and a Youth Orchestra, or enriching tens of thousands of lives a year through its extensive learning and engagement programme, the CBSO is a proud ambassador and cultural icon for Birmingham.