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In the recent words of The Guardian, the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra is a ‘world-class orchestra’.

Each year it reaches over 200,000 concert goers with around 150 concerts, brings musical experiences to over 70,000 attendees through its extensive Learning & Participation programme, and nurtures the talents of 750 local musicians through its six choirs and its Youth Orchestra.

It was founded in 1920 by future Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain, and the legendary composer Edward Elgar conducted its first concert – but it was during Sir Simon Rattle’s 18 years as Music Director that it rose to global prominence.  According to The Telegraph, Sir Simon’s successors Sakari Oramo and Andris Nelsons have ‘not merely maintained the CBSO’s high reputation, but also ratcheted it up’.  The Guardian included no fewer than five CBSO projects in its music critics’ top ten classical music events of 2014.

Today, the CBSO’s role is both local and global.  It works in partnership with numerous organisations in Birmingham and the Midlands to bring world-class musical experiences to the widest possible audience, while also championing the city nationally and internationally as one of the finest orchestras in the world.

As such it is delighted to be involved with Birmingham Partners, and to contribute even further to fostering local connections and to promoting the city around the UK and worldwide.

Simon Fairclough

Director of Development