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Symphony Hall, Birmingham


City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra January – August 2012

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Dear Friends A very warm welcome to the second half of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra’s 2011-12 season at Symphony Hall. We have already shared some wonderful musical experiences together this season, and I am truly excited about what is yet to come! I am especially looking forward to our concert performance of Wagner’s Tristan and Isolde. Wagner’s music is very close to my heart, and I am delighted to be able to explore this beautiful opera with the CBSO. I am also particularly looking forward to conducting, for the first time, two British masterpieces which I know are just as close to the hearts of audiences in Birmingham. It will be an extraordinary experience for me to conduct Britten’s War Requiem in the very place where it was first performed fifty years ago by the CBSO of the time, and to perform Elgar’s The Dream of Gerontius in the city where it was born. It’s a real honour for the CBSO that, as Britain welcomes the world this summer, our new principal guest conductor Edward Gardner will be conducting the UK premiere of an amazing new choral work by Jonathan Harvey, Weltethos, as part of the official celebrations. Of course, we’ll be welcoming many other wonderful conductors and soloists, and our colleagues of Birmingham Contemporary Music Group will be presenting a new comic opera based on Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest. I feel so at home here in Birmingham and am very thankful for the great support shown by you, our audience. We have so much more that we want to share with you, so please do continue to come and hear us at Symphony Hall. I hope you feel as proud as I am to be part of the CBSO family! Andris Nelsons CBSO Music Director


The world’s greatest music, made in Birmingham As the UK prepares to welcome the world, join the CBSO for a series of great performances throughout the spring and summer. Take your seat as we celebrate the CBSO’s heritage with Andris Nelsons’ first performance of Elgar’s Dream of Gerontius, a true CBSO ‘signature work’. Join us for more firsts, whether it’s Andris’s first performance of Wagner’s Tristan and Isolde, or the UK premiere of Gerald Barry’s The Importance of Being Earnest with BCMG. We mark the many landmark occasions of the coming months, from the 50th anniversary performance of Britten’s War Requiem* to the Queen’s diamond jubilee. It’s also the 21st anniversary of Birmingham’s wonderful Symphony Hall in June; don’t miss the festivities with the CBSO, Chorus, music director Andris Nelsons, chorus director Simon Halsey, and the illustrious Bryn Terfel. And we’re delighted to be performing one of the opening concerts of the London 2012 Festival – see p22 for full details.

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With fun-packed family concerts including a musical murder mystery and an armchair afternoon of sporting themes, and Friday Night Classics from Chaplin to Bollywood for the perfect start to your weekend, make a date with the CBSO. * sold out; returns only


ar y u n a J Wednesday 18 January, 2.15pm & Thursday 19 January, 7.30pm

Nelsons conducts Strauss

Romantic Landscapes

Andris Nelsons - conductor Stephen Hough - piano

Karl-Heinz Steffens - conductor Sol Gabetta - cello

Strauss: Tod und Verklärung 24’ Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No.1 26’ Strauss: Also sprach Zarathustra 32’

Mozart: Symphony No. 36 (Linz) Saint-Saëns: Cello Concerto No. 1 Dvorˇák: Silent Woods for Cello and Orchestra Dvorˇák: Symphony No. 8

“I mean to convey in music an idea of the whole evolution of the human race.” Richard Strauss never did anything by halves, and when you hear the stupendous opening fanfare of Also sprach Zarathustra, it’ll blow you sideways. In this blockbuster concert, Andris Nelsons takes his love affair with Strauss to the next level, beginning with Strauss’s visionary Death and Transfiguration, and featuring a guest appearance from the man who might just be the most brilliant piano virtuoso on the planet: the incomparable Stephen Hough. 12 January broadcast on

Sol Gabetta

Stephen Hough

Thursday 12 January, 7.30pm & Saturday 14 January, 7pm

30’ 19’ 5’ 36’

“Play me some village music - that’s what I like.” Antonin Dvorˇák certainly practised what he preached. He took the sounds and emotions of the Bohemian countryside and transformed them into one of the happiest symphonies ever written (listen out for his pet pigeons!). That’s just the climax of this joyous concert, which also features Mozart’s brilliant Linz Symphony and Saint-Saëns’ passionate First Cello Concerto - played with style by the stunning young Argentinian cellist Sol Gabetta. Summer sunshine on a January day! FREE pre-concert talks - see p27 for details.

FREE pre-concert talks - see p27 for details. Watch online: Andris Nelsons and cello section leader Ulrich Heinen on Strauss’s Also sprach Zarathustra. The annual Patrons’ Reception takes place before the concert on 14 January. For information about how to become a Patron, contact Eve Smith on 0121 616 6533.


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The 18 January concert is followed by a Members’ Afternoon Tea with Karl-Heinz Steffens. For further information contact Claire Watts on 0121 616 6514.

Wednesday 25 January, 7.30pm & Thursday 26 January, 2.15pm

Schools Concerts: Notes and Numbers with Johnny Ball

One, two, three, four…you might not think that music and maths had much in common. But don’t worry: no calculators are required. Just take maths wizard Johnny Ball, add conductor Michael Seal, plus the full City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and music by Copland, Johann Strauss, Tchaikovsky, Britten and Holst and we’ll prove how – without numbers – music just doesn’t add up! This concert is aimed at Key Stage 3 students.

Winter Dreams Andris Nelsons - conductor Hélène Grimaud - piano Hélène Grimaud

Johnny Ball

Michael Seal - conductor Johnny Ball - presenter


Friday 20 January, 11am and 1pm

Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 1 (Winter Dreams) Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 1

43’ 42’

Johannes Brahms wasn’t all lullabies. His First Piano Concerto is Brahms without the beard: grand, stormy and driven by an almost volcanic passion, it’s the work of a hot-blooded young genius on a mission to change the world. Music just doesn’t get any more romantic - a thrilling challenge for the incomparable Hélène Grimaud. Andris Nelsons sets the mood with Tchaikovsky’s delightful Winter Dreams; if you’ve heard his stunning recordings of later Tchaikovsky symphonies with the CBSO, you won’t want to miss this one.

Ticket details: Special prices apply: £5 per ticket for children and teachers, and home-schooling* children and parents. To book: please call Group Bookings on 0800 358 7070. *Proof of eligibility, e.g. registration with your Local Authority, required.

Centre Stage

For information about pre-concert support packages, and further opportunities for schools to get involved with the CBSO through the Stay Tuned programme, please contact Claire Armour in the Learning and Participation department: / 0121 616 6546.

Wednesday 25 January, 1.10pm, at CBSO Centre CBSO players Ivor McGregor: Quartet No. 3 (world premiere) Beethoven: Quartet in F Op. 59 No. 1 (Razumovsky)

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ruar y b e F Sunday 5 February, 3pm

A First for Brahms

Akiko Suwanai

Andrés Orozco-Estrada - conductor Akiko Suwanai - violin Beethoven: Egmont - Overture (Thursday 2 February)


Kodály: Dances of Galanta (Saturday 4 February)

Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto Brahms: Symphony No. 1

15’ 34’ 45’

They called it “Beethoven’s Tenth”, but when you hear the glorious melody that crowns Brahms’s First Symphony, you’ll know that it could only be by one man. That’ll be the stirring finish to this Birmingham debut from the acclaimed young Colombian maestro Andrés OrozcoEstrada, who’s made a major splash in Vienna. First, though, enjoy the gorgeous tunes and show-stopping fireworks of Tchaikovsky’s much-loved Violin Concerto. The superb Japanese virtuoso Akiko Suwanai makes an eagerly-awaited return to Birmingham. 2 February only: FREE pre-concert talk - see p27 for details.

Family Concert: Lemony Snicket’s Orchestral Whodunnit

Sketch by Philip McCulloch-Downs

Thursday 2 February, 2.15pm & Saturday 4 February, 7pm

Michael Seal - conductor Catherine Arlidge - presenter Matthew Sharp - narrator Including:

The Composer is Dead music by Nathaniel Stookey, text by Lemony Snicket A composer has been found dead, and all the musicians are suspects… Who do you think the culprit might be? As the case is investigated, enjoy a quirky introduction to the instruments of the orchestra, through the words of favourite children’s writer Lemony Snicket – author of A Series of Unfortunate Events – and music of Nathaniel Stookey. Before this exciting UK premiere CBSO violinist Catherine Arlidge will take you on a musical whistle-stop tour of the Orchestra, meeting the musicians who might be guilty of this terrible crime. You’ll be treated to some of the music that inspired The Composer is Dead and also hear music by some composers who are very much alive, including favourite film composer John Williams. FREE craft workshops and music in the foyers from 1.30pm. Why not come dressed up in a music-inspired costume? Special prices apply: Adults £15 / Young People aged 16 and under £7.50 / Any group of four people £32 / Groups: 1 free ticket for every eight children (NB all children must be accompanied).


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“It’s hard to convey t he thrill an d excite discussing ment of the score working d i s a Laurenc lways ay in, day out with Andris e Jacks f a s cinatin on, CB g . ” SO L e ader

ruar y b e F Thursday 9 February, 7.30pm

Friday 10 February, 7.30pm

Images of 1912

Friday Night Classics: Broadway The Concert

Edward Gardner

Edward Gardner - conductor Ingrid Fliter - piano Bartók: Four Orchestral Pieces Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 3 Debussy: Images

22’ 34’ 35’

It’s all about colour. In 1912, Debussy swapped the piano for the orchestra, and created a whole new universe of sound. Dreams of Spain, the sensual awakening of spring and even an English folk song - they all found their way into the glowing impressionist landscape of Images. CBSO principal guest conductor Edward Gardner creates Debussy’s world anew, and shows that, over in Hungary, Béla Bartók was just as much in love with ravishing orchestral colours. Rising Argentinean star Ingrid Fliter takes the spotlight in Beethoven’s darkest piano concerto. FREE pre-concert performance - see p27 for details.

Centre Stage Friday 10 February, 1.10pm, at CBSO Centre CBSO players Bartók: Contrasts Mozart: ‘Kegelstatt’ Trio, K.498


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Martin Yates - conductor Jacqui Scott - vocalist Andrew Halliday - vocalist David Shannon - vocalist Gypsy - Overture • Broadway Medley • Oklahoma! - Overture • Guys & Dolls - Luck be a Lady Tonight • A Chorus Line - Nothing • Funny Girl - Don’t Rain on My Parade • Anything Goes - Friendship • Company - The Little Things You Do Together • All American - Once Upon a Time • Chicago - Mister Cellophane • The Lion King - Can You Feel The Love Tonight? • Annie Get Your Gun - Anything You Can Do • Barnum - Come Follow the Band • West Side Story - Somewhere • South Pacific - Some Enchanted Evening • Applause - Applause • City of Angels - You’re Nothing Without Me • The Producers - Springtime for Hitler • Hair - Hair Medley • La Cage Aux Folles - I Am What I Am • Wicked - Defying Gravity • The Man of La Mancha - The Impossible Dream New York’s Broadway has given us a whole host of great shows through the decades, from the 1930s high jinx of Anything Goes to modern classics like The Lion King and Wicked. Enjoy all your favourite hits in one bumper concert that’s sure to send you away singing. Produced in association with West End International Ltd.

FREE pre-concert performance - see p27 for details.

The Planets

CBSO Youth Orchestra

Edward Gardner - conductor Sarah Fox - soprano Pamela Helen Stephen - mezzo Kostas Smoriginas - bass CBSO Chorus

Edward Gardner - conductor Sarah-Jane Brandon - soprano

Dukas: La Péri Szymanowski: Stabat Mater


Sunday 19 February, 7pm

Sarah-Jane Brandon

Sarah Fox

Wednesday 15 February, 7.30pm & Saturday 18 February, 7pm

19’ 23’

Bartók: Dance Suite Berg: Seven Early Songs Bruckner: Symphony No. 4 (Romantic)

16’ 15’ 65’

(Sung in Polish with English surtitles)

Holst: The Planets


Strange new worlds… Holst’s Planets Suite isn’t just famous for great tunes like Jupiter and Mars; it’s a musical odyssey to infinity and beyond, filled with sounds of jaw-dropping strangeness and beauty. It’ll be a dazzling showcase for the CBSO’s superb young principal guest conductor Edward Gardner - and he’ll be our guide on two more fantastic journeys: Szymanowski’s ravishing Stabat Mater written in the 1920s, and the sensuous oriental dreamscape of Dukas’s La Péri, part of our celebration of the year 1912. 18 February only: FREE pre-concert talk - see p27 for details. Our Bequest Patrons’ Reception takes place before the concert on 15 February. For information about leaving a legacy, please call Eve Smith on 0121 616 6533. The annual Friends’ Reception takes place before the concert on 18 February. For information about becoming a Friend, call Claire Watts on 0121 616 6514.

The CBSO Youth Orchestra does everything on a grand scale, and masterpieces don’t come much grander than Bruckner’s mighty Romantic Symphony. Huge, majestic and ravishingly beautiful, it’s a true epic - and a thrilling challenge for our young players in their first appearance with CBSO principal guest conductor Edward Gardner. Alban Berg’s gorgeous early songs set the romantic mood: if you like Strauss and Mahler, you’ll love these. And Bartók’s show-stopping Dance Suite gets things off to a fiery start. Hold onto your seat! Special prices apply: £16 all areas. Standard CBSO discounts apply - see p28.

Numberjack Notelets for Nurseries & KS1 groups Wednesday 22 February, 10.30am, 12.30pm & 2pm, at CBSO Centre Catherine Arlidge - presenter Group bookings only. Tickets: £5. To book, call 0800 358 7070.

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& March

FREE pre-concert talk - see p27 for details.

Duruflé’s Requiem

Tristan and Isolde

Simon Halsey - conductor Karen Cargill - mezzo Benedict Nelson - baritone Robert Johnston - harp CBSO Youth Chorus

Andris Nelsons - conductor To be confirmed - Tristan Lioba Braun - Isolde Christianne Stotijn - Brangäne Brett Polegato - Kurwenal Matthew Best - King Marke Ben Johnson - Melot / Shepherd Benedict Nelson - Sailor / Helmsman Men of the CBSO Chorus

Ravel: Introduction and Allegro 11’ Fauré: Cantique de Jean Racine 5’ Satie (orch. Debussy): Gymnopédie No. 1 3’ Franck: Panis Angelicus 4’ Satie (orch. Debussy): Gymnopédie No. 3 3’ Fauré: Pavane 6’ Debussy: Danse Sacrée et Danse Profane 9’ Duruflé: Requiem 41’

Maurice Duruflé’s Requiem – written to console the living – is drenched in pastel colours and haunting melodies. If you like Fauré’s Requiem, we think you’ll fall in love with Duruflé’s exquisite homage. It’s the loveliest blossom in a perfumed bouquet of French miniatures: from the delicate grace of Fauré and Satie, to the sensuous beauty of Debussy and Ravel, this is an evening to savour.

Centre Stage Thursday 23 February, 1.10pm, at CBSO Centre CBSO players Rachmaninov: Elegiac Trio No. 1; Schumann: Piano Quartet


Saturday 3 March, 4pm

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Andris Nelsons

Simon Halsey

Wednesday 22 February, 7.30pm

Watch online: Andris Nelsons and cello section leader Ulrich Heinen on Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde.

Wagner: Tristan und Isolde


(Sung in German with English surtitles)

A wounded knight, a tragic bride, and a love that’s stronger than death. When Richard Wagner premiered Tristan und Isolde in 1865, he changed music forever. You can hear Tristan und Isolde as the greatest love story ever told; or you can hear it as an emotional experience so overwhelming that no music will ever sound the same again. But with lifelong Wagnerite Andris Nelsons conducting a superb hand-picked cast, just make sure you hear this extraordinary concert performance. The approximate running times of Acts 1, 2 & 3 are 80’, 75’ and 75’ respectively. There will be a 20-minute interval after Act 1 and a one-hour interval after Act 2. This concert is within the CBSO season and also forms part of Symphony Hall’s 21st Anniversary Festival. It takes place during the Music Nation weekend, part of the Cultural Olympiad for London 2012.

Standard Concert seating plan and special prices apply: £10, £16, £22, £28, £34, £39, £45, £50, £60

March Watch online: Andris Nelsons and first violin David Gregory on Debussy’s La Mer.

Wednesday 14 March, 7.30pm

Andris Nelsons and Jonas Kaufmann

A London Symphony with The Hallé

Andris Nelsons - conductor Jonas Kaufmann - tenor

The Hallé Sir Mark Elder - conductor Andrew Gourlay - conductor* Imogen Cooper - piano

Britten: Four Sea Interludes & Passacaglia from Peter Grimes Mahler: Kindertotenlieder Strauss songs: Ruhe, meine Seele Caecilie Heimliche Aufforderung Morgen Ich trage meine Minne Debussy: La mer

23’ 23’ 17’


Once in a generation comes a tenor who goes beyond a glorious voice and superstar charisma, and takes everything he performs to another level. When Jonas Kaufmann sang with Andris Nelsons at the 2010 Bayreuth Festival, one critic described his performance as “sublime”. So we’re thrilled to welcome Kaufmann to Birmingham, to perform the music that he sings better than anyone alive: the songs of Mahler and Strauss. It’s sure to be one of the high points of the season.

Sir Mark Elder

Jonas Kaufmann

Wednesday 7 March, 7.30pm

Strauss: Wind Serenade* Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 18, K.456 Vaughan Williams: A London Symphony

10’ 29’ 43’

Vaughan Williams didn’t just get his inspiration from skylarks and folksongs. He took traffic sounds, street-cries and the Westminster chimes, and turned them into A London Symphony - complete with cabbies, nightclubs and fog. It’s a gloriously colourful showcase for Sir Mark Elder and The Hallé – one of the great musical partnerships of recent years – and with Imogen Cooper bringing her unique poetry to Mozart’s lovely B-flat Piano Concerto, we’re looking forward to an evening of really magical music-making. FREE pre-concert talk - see p27 for details.

Centre Stage Wednesday 7 March, 1.10pm, at CBSO Centre Zoë Beyers (violin), David Powell (cello), Robert Markham (piano) Haydn: Piano Trio in F sharp, Hob. XV:25; John Joubert: Piano Trio

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ch & April r a M Thursday 12 April, 7.30pm

Nelsons conducts Sibelius

The Dream of Gerontius

Andris Nelsons - conductor Anna Vinnitskaya - piano

Andris Nelsons - conductor Sarah Connolly - mezzo Toby Spence - tenor James Rutherford - baritone CBSO Chorus

Wagner: Prelude and Liebestod from Tristan und Isolde Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 4 Sibelius: Symphony No. 2

17’ 34’ 44’

Jean Sibelius conducted one of the CBSO’s very first concerts - and his music has been a Birmingham tradition ever since. Tonight, Sibelius’s Second Symphony gets the Andris Nelsons treatment, and if you know and love this great Finnish epic, that’ll be enough to get your pulse racing. If you don’t - well, trust us, you’ll be swept away! First, though, enjoy the playful wit of Beethoven’s most personal piano concerto and the soaring passion of the composer Nelsons loves more than any other: Richard Wagner. FREE pre-concert talk - see p27 for details.

Sarah Connolly

Anna Vinnitskaya

Friday 30 March, 2.15pm

Elgar: The Dream of Gerontius

“This is the best of me,” declared Edward Elgar on the score of The Dream of Gerontius - and this heart-rending vision of a lonely soul’s journey towards eternity might just be the greatest piece of British music ever written. Since its premiere in Birmingham 112 years ago, it’s become one of the CBSO’s signature works. Tonight Andris Nelsons takes his place in that great tradition, with a world-class team of soloists and an orchestra and chorus who have this music in their blood. Unmissable. Standard Concert seating plan and special prices apply: £10, £14.50, £19.50, £25, £30, £35, £40, £45, £49

Watch online: Andris Nelsons and flute section leader Marie-Christine Zupancic on Sibelius’s Second Symphony.

Centre Stage Thursday 12 April, 1.10pm, at CBSO Centre CBSO players Vaughan Williams: Phantasy Quintet (1912) Mendelssohn: String Quintet No. 1


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April Wednesday 18 April, 7.30pm

Friday 20 April, 7.30pm

Tasmin Little plays Beethoven

Friday Night Classics: Classic Chaplin

Beethoven: Fidelio - Overture Beethoven: Violin Concerto Nielsen: Paraphrase on ‘Nearer my God to Thee’ Nielsen: Symphony No. 4 (Inextinguishable)

Carl Davis - conductor 6’ 42’

One A.M. City Lights

20’ 87’

6’ 36’

“Music is life,” declared Carl Nielsen, “and like it, inextinguishable!” And then, in the middle of the Great War, he proved it with a symphony that from volcanic opening to unstoppable finish, leaves you thrilled to be alive. It’s a long way from the serene open spaces of Beethoven’s Violin Concerto, but CBSO associate conductor Michael Seal adores both composers, and soloist Tasmin Little gives everything she touches a special panache. Beethoven’s Fidelio launches the evening in heroic style, and as part of our celebration of the year 1912, discover Nielsen’s extraordinary tribute to the sinking of the “Titanic” - 85 years before Celine Dion! FREE pre-concert performance - see p27 for details.

One A.M.

Tasmin Little

Michael Seal - conductor Tasmin Little - violin

Watch two of the legendary Charlie Chaplin’s silent movie gems on the big screen, as we transform Symphony Hall into a giant cinema for one night only. In One A.M., Chaplin’s character arrives home late, only to be defeated by a series of inanimate but spectacularly uncooperative objects! City Lights is a heart-warming romantic tale of a tramp, a drunken millionaire, and a poor blind flowergirl. With every action on screen brought to life by the live soundtrack, composed and reconstructed from the original music by tonight’s ever-charismatic conductor Carl Davis, this is sure to be a very special evening for film fans of all ages. Special prices and seating plan apply: £10, £15, £17.50, £20, £24, £27, £30

Notelets: Storytime Saturday 21 April, 11am, 1.30pm & 3.30pm, at CBSO Centre An interactive mini-concert for 3–5 year olds and their families. Are you sitting comfortably? Then we’ll begin, with a Notelets concert all about your favourite storytime characters, brought to life in enchanting music.

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April years a half d n a e ruses, in uth cho “After n o y s ’ O BS ncer t!” in the C al and co s r singing a e h e r the next ’t wait for I still can Anna Heinen, CBSO Youth Chorus

Apri l Wednesday 25 April, 2.15pm

Saturday 28 April, 7pm

British Classics

The Importance of Being Earnest

Elgar: Imperial March 5’ Butterworth: A Shropshire Lad 12’ Finzi: Clarinet Concerto 25’ Coates: London Calling 3’ Monckton: The Arcadians - Overture 5’ Delius: On Hearing the First Cuckoo in Spring 4’ Wood: London Cameos - Suite 15’ Ketèlbey: In A Monastery Garden 4’ Farnon: Jumping Bean 2’ Coates: Dancing Nights Concert Waltz 7’ Old ones, new ones, loved ones, forgotten ones... but you’ll remember these tunes the moment you hear them! George Butterworth dreams of a lost England, and great British clarinettist Michael Collins pours emotion all over Finzi’s haunting concerto. And then light music aficionado John Wilson leads us off down memory lane with a selection of Light Programme favourites: cheerful, tuneful, the soundtrack to all our yesterdays. They don’t write ’em like this any more - so go on, spoil yourself rotten! FREE pre-concert talk - see p27 for details. This concert is followed by a Members’ Afternoon Tea with John Wilson as guest speaker. For further information contact Claire Watts on 0121 616 6514.

Thomas Adès

John Wilson

John Wilson - conductor Michael Collins - clarinet

FREE pre-concert talk - see p27.

Birmingham Contemporary Music Group Thomas Adès - conductor Barbara Hannigan - Cecily Cardew Peter Tantsits - John Worthing Joshua Bloom - Algernon Moncrieff Katalin Karolyi - Gwendolen Fairfax Hilary Summers - Miss Prism Stephen Richardson - Lady Bracknell

Gerald Barry: The Importance of Being Earnest


An Opera in Three Acts (sung in English with English surtitles) “A Handbag?!” Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest is surely the single wittiest play in the English language. Thomas Adès conducts Birmingham’s world-renowned BCMG and a stellar cast in this definitive concert performance of Irish composer Gerald Barry’s brilliant new opera. “My favourite living composer finds the hilarious musical equivalent for Oscar Wilde’s perfect absurdist paradoxes in his riotously outrageous and funny new opera.” Thomas Adès “The opera is hysterically funny. The score is highly sophisticated and indescribably zany...” Los Angeles Times, 8 April 2011 Special prices: £20 all areas. CBSO discounts apply: see p28.

Centre Stage - Thursday 26 April, 1.10pm, at CBSO Centre Brass Explosion! Berio: Call (St Louis Fanfare); Saint-Saëns: Sérénade d’hiver; André Previn: Four Outings; Gershwin: Porgy and Bess - Suite


il & May r p A Thursday 3 May, 7.30pm

Singalong with the CBSO: British Choral Favourites

The Year 1912: Berg and Ravel Oliver Knussen - conductor Claire Booth - soprano CBSO Youth Chorus

Simon Halsey - conductor Vaughan Williams: O Clap Your Hands Vaughan Williams: Five Mystical Songs Parry: I Was Glad Parry: Jerusalem (unison) Handel: The King Shall Rejoice Join the CBSO, its world-renowned chorus director Simon Halsey and over 1000 other singers for a roof-raising celebration of great British choral music, in the fantastic surroundings of Birmingham’s Symphony Hall. The performance will be rounded off with a rousing rendition of Elgar’s Pomp & Circumstance March No.1 by the Orchestra. Special prices apply: Singer £21* / Singer incl. score hire £28* Audience £12 (Choir Stalls) / £9 (Grand Tier). NB seats are unreserved in these areas. If you’re singing, please book in advance by telephone or in person to tell the Box Office your voice type.

Claire Booth

Singalong participants from 2010

Sunday 29 April, 7pm

Ravel: Valses nobles et sentimentales Knussen: Whitman Settings Berg: Altenberg-Lieder Debussy: Nocturnes

“One of Britain’s greatest living artists,” says The Guardian of Oliver Knussen, “he has added beauty to the world.” Now, in his 60th birthday year, we’re delighted to welcome him back to Birmingham for a concert that tingles with colour. Ravel’s sumptuous homage to Schubert and Berg’s Klimt-like Altenberg-Lieder (both written in 1912), together with Debussy’s gorgeous Nocturnes, provide a stunning setting for Knussen’s own extraordinary Whitman Settings, sung by the magnificent Claire Booth. Join us in celebrating a true living legend. FREE pre-concert talk - see p27 for details.

* Information for singers: rehearsals start at 1.30pm; further details will be sent with singer tickets. Scores: we will be using the Stainer & Bell editions for the Vaughan Williams, and the Novello editions for the Parry and Handel. To hire a combination score containing all the works with Simon Halsey’s rehearsal markings, please purchase the all-inclusive Singer & Score Hire ticket when booking. NB If you’re not bringing your own scores for all 5 works, pre-booking of score hire via this ticket is essential. Pre-booked scores can be collected on the day from 12.30pm by showing your score ticket.


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20’ 12’ 11’ 26’

Centre Stage Friday 4 May, 1.10pm, at CBSO Centre CBSO Baroque Ensemble (on period instruments) Upon a Ground - chamber music by Handel, Purcell, Corelli, Pachelbel and more.

May Wednesday 9 May, 7.30pm & Thursday 10 May, 2.15pm

Friday 18 May, 7.30pm

Once Upon a Time...

Friday Night Classics: Burman in Bollywood

Ravel: Mother Goose Suite Prokofiev: Violin Concerto No. 1 Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade

16’ 22’ 47’

Once upon a time, three composers sat down to tell a story. Ravel paints his fairy-tales in glowing orchestral colours. Prokofiev makes a glittering solo violinist the hero of a very Russian tale of fantasy and romance. And Rimsky-Korsakov flies us to ancient Persia for an adventure beyond the imagination, in his spectacular, ever-popular Scheherazade. There’s action, there’s love, and there’s sheer magic, as conductor Kazuki Yamada and the great Canadian violinist James Ehnes ask the timeless question - are you sitting comfortably?

FREE pre-concert talks - see p27 for details.

R D Burman

James Ehnes

Kazuki Yamada - conductor James Ehnes - violin

Michael Seal - conductor Vocalists

One of the world’s great film composers, and affectionately known in India as Pancham Da, R D Burman was among the biggest names in Bollywood music, writing music for hundreds of films spanning five decades. Nearly 20 years after his death, his music still finds its way into soundtracks from Monsoon Wedding to West is West and has been remixed and reworked by musicans from all backgrounds. To this day his innovative music tingles the taste buds of Bollywood lovers and draws in new fans from far and wide. Following the CBSO’s spectacular concert celebrations of icons as diverse as Mohammed Rafi and Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, we pay tribute to this Bollywood legend. The CBSO is joined by a great line-up of singers for hits made famous by Asha Bhosle such as Piya tu Abja and the hedonist’s anthem Dum Maroo Dum, Tumne Mujhe Dekha by Mohammad Rafi, the psychedelically-flavoured O Hanisini by Kishore Kumar, and music from award-winning films such as Hum Kisi se Kum Nahin, The Burning Train and 1942: A Love Story.

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May Saturday 19 May, 7pm

Sunday 20 May, 3pm

Visions of England

Family Concert: Music for Champions

Elgar: Introduction and Allegro 13’ Britten: Our Hunting Fathers 27’ Vaughan Williams: Symphony No. 5 42’

Premiered in the darkest days of the Second World War, Vaughan Williams’s Fifth Symphony seemed like a vision of peace. If you enjoy British music at its transcendent best, you’ll love this symphony that begins in a misty sunrise and ends with some of the most serenely beautiful music even Vaughan Williams ever wrote. The superb British soprano Lisa Milne brings all her operatic power to Britten’s showstopping song-cycle - and under conductor Andrew Manze, Elgar’s Introduction and Allegro opens the concert with an exuberant flourish.

Alasdair Malloy

Lisa Milne

Andrew Manze - conductor Lisa Milne - soprano

Matthew Coorey - conductor Alasdair Malloy - presenter CBSO Children’s Chorus

With the London Olympics and Euro 2012 football on the horizon this summer, Team CBSO kicks off with an afternoon of music linked to sport. Watch from the touchline as our players and Children’s Chorus are put through their paces in sports from cycling to Quidditch, with energetic music including Ski Sunday, A Musical Joke, the Match of the Day theme and lots more. Perfect for armchair fans of all ages. FREE craft workshops and music in the foyers from 1.30pm. Why not come dressed up ready for your favourite sport? Special prices apply: Adults £15 / Young People aged 16 and under £7.50 / Any group of four people £32 / Groups: 1 free ticket for every eight children (NB all children must be accompanied).


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May Wednesday 30 May, 7.30pm Coventry Cathedral

The Year 1912: Ives and Prokofiev

50th Anniversary Performance: Britten’s War Requiem

Andrew Litton - conductor Lise de la Salle - piano

Andris Nelsons - conductor Kristine Opolais - soprano Mark Padmore - tenor Hanno Müller-Brachmann - baritone CBSO Chorus & Youth Chorus

Ives: Three Places in New England Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No. 1 Walton: Symphony No. 1

19’ 16’ 45’

Kristine Opolais

Lise de la Salle

Thursday 24 May, 7.30pm

Britten: War Requiem


1912: and as Charles Ives imagined what it would sound like if two marching bands collided, the student Prokofiev threw his feisty First Piano Concerto straight in the faces of his outraged professors. Andrew Litton turns up the voltage for this high-octane programme, and then goes even further, with the symphony that threw a stick of dynamite under British music. Walton’s volcanic First Symphony is always a gripping ride - and knowing how much Litton relishes it, we don’t think he’ll pull his punches. Hold on to your hats!

Fifty years ago today in Coventry Cathedral, the CBSO made world history. Benjamin Britten composed his War Requiem to celebrate the consecration of the new Cathedral, but it’s become one of the defining masterpieces of the twentieth century: a devastating meditation on the pity of war that’s every bit as relevant today. On the fiftieth anniversary of that legendary premiere, we return to Coventry as part of the Cathedral’s Golden Jubilee celebrations. This promises to be one of the artistic highlights of 2012.

FREE pre-concert talk - see p27 for details.

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Centre Stage

Watch online: Andris Nelsons and double bass section leader John Tattersdill on Britten’s War Requiem.

Thursday 24 May, 1.10pm, at CBSO Centre CBSO players Prokofiev: Overture on Hebrew Themes; Brahms: Clarinet Trio; Copland: Sextet

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e Jun Friday 1 June, 7.30pm

Thursday 7 June, 7.30pm

Friday Night Classics: Diamond Jubilations

The Spirit of Defiance Andris Nelsons - conductor Baiba Skride - violin

Stephen Bell - conductor

Get the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee weekend off to a rousing start, as we mark the occasion with an evening of music written for and about the Royal Family, past & present. Featuring some of the music from the 2011 Royal Wedding, favourite Coronation music by Walton and Elgar, and extracts from Desplat’s score for The King’s Speech, it’s the ideal prelude to a weekend of nationwide celebrations.


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Gubaidulina: Violin Concerto (Offertorium) Shostakovich: Symphony No. 10

Baiba Skride

Programme to include: Walton: Crown Imperial 7’ Desplat: The Queen 5’ Walton: Henry V - Suite 7’ Coates: Suite, The Three Elizabeths 18’ Elgar: Coronation March 10’ Bliss: Welcome the Queen 7’ Elgar: Nursery Suite - highlights 6’ Britten: Courtly Dances (Gloriana) 9’ Desplat: The King’s Speech 5’ Arnold: Bridge on the River Kwai 3’ Parry (orch. Elgar): Jerusalem 4’ Walton: March, Orb & Sceptre 8’

40’ 50’

The Soviet censors called it an “optimistic tragedy”. Shostakovich simply called it his Tenth Symphony. Dark, impassioned, packed with secret messages and featuring a terrifying musical portrait of Stalin himself, Shostakovich’s Tenth is one of the most powerful of all twentieth-century symphonies. Andris Nelsons’s first Birmingham performance of this modern masterpiece will be keenly awaited and the young Latvian violinist Baiba Skride is fast becoming a Birmingham favourite too. Sofia Gubaidulina’s Bach-inspired Concerto, written in defiance of Soviet oppression, makes a wonderfully apt prelude to Shostakovich’s epic drama. FREE pre-concert talk and post-concert chat - see p27 for details. Watch online: Andris Nelsons and associate conductor Michael Seal on Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 10.

Centre Stage Thursday 7 June, 1.10pm, at CBSO Centre CBSO Cellos Five members of the CBSO Cello section perform music by Handel, Vivaldi, Bach, Couperin, Dowland and more.

June Tuesday 12 June, 7.30pm & Wednesday 13 June, 7.30pm

Nelsons conducts Shostakovich

Symphony Hall 21st Anniversary Concerts

Andris Nelsons - conductor Adam Römer - viola

Andris Nelsons - conductor Simon Halsey - conductor* Bryn Terfel - bass-baritone Christine Rice - mezzo CBSO Chorus

Dvorˇák: Othello - Overture Bartók: Viola Concerto Shostakovich: Symphony No. 10

15’ 20’ 50’

Dark, impassioned, packed with secret messages and featuring a terrifying musical portrait of Stalin himself, Shostakovich’s Tenth is a true twentieth-century masterpiece. Andris Nelsons feels a special kinship with Shostakovich’s music, so this performance promises to be one of the highlights of the season. First, though, Bartók’s lyrical, life-affirming Concerto allows the CBSO’s Hungarian viola section leader Adam Römer to step into the spotlight, and Nelsons shows us a side of Dvorˇák we don’t usually hear: the brooding drama of his stormy Othello overture. Watch online: Andris Nelsons and associate conductor Michael Seal on Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 10. A CBSO Members’ Reception takes place after this concert. For information on joining the CBSO Family through membership, call Eve Smith on 0121 616 6533.

Bryn Terfel

Adam Römer

Saturday 9 June, 7pm

Special prices & seating plan apply: £9.50, £17.50, £25, £35, £40, £50, £60

Elgar: The Music Makers* 40’ Puccini: Closing scene from Act 1 of Tosca 5’ Bizet: Toreador’s Song from Carmen 3’ A selection of operatic arias and choruses 20’ Ravel: Daphnis et Chloé - Suite No. 2 18’

Symphony Hall has been called one of the wonders of the musical world. Tonight, we toast its coming of age in the company of three more: Andris Nelsons, Simon Halsey, and the one and only Bryn Terfel. Halsey conducts the CBSO and its Chorus in the final, deeply personal masterpiece that Elgar wrote for Birmingham, before Terfel and Nelsons take the platform for a selection of arias, specially chosen to showcase Symphony Hall’s world-beating acoustic. Need we say more? A night to remember - make sure you’re there. These concerts are promoted by THSH as part of the Birmingham International Concert Season / Symphony Hall 21st Anniversary Festival. A special seating plan and different discounts apply. Please check when booking by phone / in person.

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12 Festival 0 2 n o d Lon The London 2012 Festival is a huge cultural celebration of this summer’s Olympic and Paralympic Games, taking place across the country from 21 June to 9 September. The CBSO is honoured to have been chosen as one of the organisations opening the Festival, with the UK premiere of Jonathan Harvey’s Weltethos. The London 2012 Festival encompasses a huge range of events, from dance and theatre to fashion and film - and there’s lots taking place across the Midlands. Go to for full details.

Thursday 21 June, 7.30pm

London 2012 Festival Opening Concert Edward Gardner - conductor CBSO Chorus, CBSO Youth Chorus & CBSO Children’s Chorus Harvey: Weltethos (UK premiere)


The world’s greatest music - made in Birmingham. On the opening night of the London 2012 Festival, we’re thrilled to present the latest masterpiece from Jonathan Harvey, one of the world’s greatest living composers, who was born in Sutton Coldfield. An epic choral work, Weltethos is inspired by the shared spiritual heritage of humanity and founded on texts from six of the world’s greatest religions: Confucianism, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism and Christianity. Expansive, visionary and awe-inspiringly beautiful, it’s a perfect way to kick off the nationwide celebrations in the summer of 2012. Join us to welcome the world and hear sounds like you’ve never heard before. Special prices apply: £20 all areas. Standard CBSO discounts: see p28. FREE pre-concert talk - see p27 for details.


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June Thursday 28 June, 2.15pm

Schools Concerts: World in Harmony Michael Seal - conductor Alasdair Malloy - presenter

This summer, the whole world is coming together in Britain - and there’s no better way to bring people together than with music. Hear some of the most inspiring melodies ever written, witness 80 musicians playing as one, and finally join in yourself as we raise the roof of Symphony Hall - all in harmony! Presenter Alasdair Malloy should have a have a few surprises up his sleeve, too... This concert is aimed at Key Stage 2 students. Special prices apply: £5 per ticket for children & teachers, and homeschooling* children & parents. To book, call Group Bookings on 0800 358 7070. *Proof of eligibility, e.g. registration with your Local Authority, required.

Summer Serenade Laurence Jackson - violin/director Christopher Yates - viola Laurence Jackson

Sketch by Philip McCulloch-Downs

Wednesday 27 June, 11am & 1pm

Elgar: Serenade for Strings Mozart: Sinfonia concertante for Violin and Viola Barber: Adagio Dvorˇák: Serenade for Strings

12’ 30’ 7’ 27’

Some music just says “summer”. Elgar and Dvorˇák both loved the countryside, and in their lovely Serenades for Strings, you can practically smell the blossom and hear the bees. The CBSO’s leader Laurence Jackson takes his colleagues through the kind of music that musicians love to play - and plays one of the solo parts in Mozart’s magnificent Sinfonia Concertante. And as for Barber’s Adagio - well, there’s a good reason why it features in so many “Relaxing Classics” albums. Enjoy! FREE pre-concert talk - see p27 for details.

For information about pre-concert support packages, and further opportunities for schools to get involved with the CBSO through the Stay Tuned programme, please contact Claire Armour in the Learning and Participation department: / 0121 616 6546.

This concert is followed by a Members’ Afternoon Tea with CBSO players Laurence Jackson and Christopher Yates as guest speakers. For further information contact Claire Watts on 0121 616 6514.

Centre Stage - Wednesday 20 June, 1.10pm, at CBSO Centre

Notelets: On Your Marks, Get Set... Go!

Marie-Christine Zupancic (flute), Christopher Yates (viola), Robert Johnston (harp) Debussy: Sonata for flute, viola & harp; Bax: Elegiac Trio; Debussy: Syrinx

Saturday 30 June, 11am, 1.30pm & 3.30pm, at CBSO Centre An interactive mini-concert for 3–5 year olds and their families. Enjoy energetic sporty music to kick off the summer.

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July Friday 6 July, 7.30pm

Friday Night Classics: Sci-Fi Symphony III

CBSO Youth Orchestra Academy

Carl Davis - conductor

Michael Seal - conductor

Including music from:

Shostakovich (arr. Barshai): Chamber Symphony Op. 110a Janácˇek (arr. Seal): On an Overgrown Path Schubert: Symphony No. 9 in C (Great)

Star Wars • 2001: A Space Odyssey • Star Trek • The Planets • E.T.: The Extra Terrestrial • Independence Day • Red Dwarf • Stargate • Thunderbirds Back by popular demand, Carl Davis takes the CBSO on a fantastic journey through some of the greatest music ever inspired by space, science-fiction and fantasy. From favourite symphonic classics – Holst’s spectacular voyage through The Planets, and Strauss’s immense Also sprach Zarathustra (2001: A Space Odyssey) – to the unforgettable themes from E.T. and Star Trek, tonight’s music is outof-this-world! And after the interval, treat yourself to a Star Wars ‘sonorama’ as Carl and the Orchestra perform a super selection from the soundtracks to all six of the Star Wars blockbusters, as a tribute to John Williams in his 80th birthday year.

Key Stage 1 Schools Concerts Monday 2 July, 11.30am & 1pm, & Tuesday 3 July, 10am, 11.30am & 1pm, at CBSO Centre What a Feeling! Explore music & feelings in a specially-devised concert for Key Stage 1. To book, call 0121 616 6546.


Friday 20 July, 7.30pm Town Hall, Birmingham

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20’ 20’ 57’

When 19th-century musicians first tried Schubert’s “Great” C major Symphony, they declared it “unplayable”! So it should be the perfect challenge for the inspirational young players of our superb Youth Orchestra Academy, and a glorious burst of musical sunshine for the start of the summer holidays. First, though, come two very different modern masterpieces: Shostakovich’s searing musical self-portrait (an arrangement of his Eighth String Quartet), and the enchanted miniature universe of Janácˇek’s On an Overgrown Path, in a magical new orchestration by CBSO associate conductor Michael Seal. Special prices apply: £16 Circle, £14 Stalls. Standard CBSO discounts - see p28.


Thursday 23 August, 7.30pm

Andris Nelsons

Nelsons conducts Beethoven’s Ninth Andris Nelsons - conductor CBSO Chorus Brahms: Nänie 15’ Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 (Choral) 67’

From tragic opening to climactic, world-embracing “Ode to Joy”, Beethoven’s Ninth has never been just another symphony - it’s an emotional experience with the power to change lives. Every performance is a special occasion, but Andris Nelsons’ first Birmingham performance of the Ninth promises to be in a class of its own, and a landmark in his artistic partnership with the CBSO. This isn’t only an extraordinary upbeat to our new season, it should be one of Birmingham’s musical events of the year. Be sure to book early.

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on... Corporate Suppo t h g i l t rt Spo From the Orchestra’s birth in 1920, the CBSO has always had close links with city leaders and businesses across Birmingham and the West Midlands. Today, this strong base of support enables us to sustain our worldwide reputation, our wonderful concert series in Birmingham and our widespread education programme. Especially in the current climate, and having faced the challenge of significant cuts in our public funding, we are extremely grateful for all the support we receive from businesses across the region. But corporate partnerships at the CBSO are not simply about offering excellent hospitality around a fantastic concert and definitely not about just asking for a cheque! We work really closely with our partners to understand how we can help them achieve their priorities and so every sponsorship package is tailored to the individual needs of the business. Sometimes we are focused on promoting our respective brands to new markets, sometimes we create amazing new opportunities to excite employees, and sometimes we work together to address challenges in schools and communities through corporate social responsibility. Whatever the focus, it leads to a dynamic set of very rewarding relationships. We would like to thank all of our generous supporters, who can be found on the back page of this brochure. If you would like to find out more about their work, go to where you can find links to their websites. And if you’d like to get involved, contact Calum Nisbet, corporate relations manager, on 0121 616 6538 / In particular, we would like to highlight our major supporters below, and thank them for their ongoing support. We look forward to continued fruitful partnerships.

Partners in Orchestral Development


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Thursday 12 January, 6.15pm, & Saturday 14 January, 5.45pm Richard Strauss: Man and Superman Writer & broadcaster Stephen Johnson explores tonight’s programme.

Wednesday 25 April, 1.15pm John Wilson’s Light Programme Conductor John Wilson talks to Birmingham Post critic Christopher Morley.

Wednesday 18 January, 1.15pm, & Thursday 19 January, 6.15pm Dvorˇák’s Eighth with writer and critic Malcolm MacDonald.

Saturday 28 April, 5.45pm The Importance of Being Earnest with composer Gerald Barry in conversation with BCMG’s Stephen Newbould.

Thursday 2 February, 1.15pm The Players’ Perspective - Brahms’s First with CBSO violinist David Gregory and orchestral colleagues.

Thursday 3 May, 6.15pm Knussen conducts Knussen introduced by writer Anthony Burton.

Thursday 9 February, 6.15pm Conservatoire Showcase! Reger: A Romantic Suite, Op. 125 The Birmingham Conservatoire Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Michael Seal, performs a beautiful forgotten masterpiece from 1912.

Wednesday 9 May, 6.15pm, & Thursday 10 May, 1.15pm The Player’s Perspective - Scheherazade with CBSO violinist David Gregory.

Friday 10 February, 6.15pm Birmingham on Broadway: community performance, in collaboration with APAA, CBSO musicians and CBSO Young Voices. Saturday 18 February, 5.45pm Szymanowski’s Stabat Mater with writer Jessica Duchen. Wednesday 22 February, 6.15pm Duruflé’s Requiem with CBSO chorus director Simon Halsey. Wednesday 14 March, 6.15pm Sir Mark Elder introduces tonight’s concert with The Hallé. Friday 30 March, 1.15pm Sibelius’s Second with writer and broadcaster Stephen Johnson. Wednesday 18 April, 6.15pm Conservatoire Showcase! Prokofiev: Sarcasms, Op. 17 (Chuen-An Chern - piano); Janácˇek: In the Mists (Magdelena Wajdzik - piano) Birmingham Conservatoire students perform piano works from 1912.

pre-concert talks

Join us at Symphony Hall for these FREE pre-concert talks featuring composers, players and enthusiastic experts sharing their perspectives on the music to follow.

Thursday 24 May, 6.15pm Andrew Litton in conversation with Simon Webb. Thursday 7 June, 6.15pm Gubaidulina and Shostakovich introduced by Russian music aficionado David Nice. Thursday 7 June, c9.45pm Post-concert chat with Andris Nelsons and Stephen Maddock. Thursday 21 June, 6.15pm Premiere! Jonathan Harvey Stephen Maddock talks to the great Birmingham-born composer about his new choral work. Thursday 28 June, 1.15pm The Players’ Perspective - String Serenades with violinist David Gregory and orchestral colleagues.

You can also find out more about the music by going to to watch a series of short films with Andris Nelsons and CBSO musicians talking about some of the music they’re looking forward to most.

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discounts for CBSO concerts These discounts apply to CBSO-promoted concerts at Symphony Hall, CBSO Centre & Town Hall. Only one discount can be applied to any ticket, and special offers, discounts and concessions cannot be combined. CONCERT PACKAGES: Buy tickets for 3 or more CBSO concerts at Symphony Hall/Town Hall to save & receive package benefits. Please enquire when booking (online booking not available). GROUPS: Bring a group of 11 or more people and receive a 20% discount, plus one FREE ticket for every 10 tickets purchased (per performance attended), discounted programmes, the chance to meet a musician in the interval, a £5 ticket price for accompanied children aged 16 or under, and a copy of the CBSO’s quarterly magazine MusicStand for the Group Organiser. To reserve or book tickets, phone the Group Department on Freephone 0800 358 7070 or write to Group Bookings, THSH Box Office, Symphony Hall, Broad Street, Birmingham B1 2EA. FAMILY TICKETS FROM £20 (for Symphony Hall & Town Hall): Adult - £15, Child - £5. To qualify, 1 or 2 adults must be accompanied by 1 or more children aged 16 or under, up to a maximum group of 6 people. Family tickets are available in all areas, subject to availability. STUDENTS & YOUNG PEOPLE: STANDBY TICKETS £5 Anyone in full-time education and young people aged 25 and under (proof of eligibility required) can purchase remaining tickets on the day of the performance for £5. Please see ‘Standby Tickets’ below for more details, including the times at which these are available. The CBSO offers a limited number of tickets at special prices for secondary school groups and youth music ensembles (subject to availability). Please call the CBSO’s Learning and Participation department on 0121 616 6546 for information about our Stay Tuned scheme. STANDBY TICKETS: Available from 1pm on the day of each evening performance and 10am for matinée concerts (Symphony Hall & Town Hall concerts), and from CBSO Centre one hour before CBSO Centre performances. Please come early to avoid queues. All standby tickets are issued subject to availability and on production of valid and suitable identification (one standby ticket per valid identification used). Please note the CBSO reserves the right to allocate standby tickets in certain areas of the hall: • Patrons aged 60+ (Symphony Hall & Town Hall only) receive 10% discount; • Patrons who are benefit recipients can purchase tickets for £5 at all three venues (qualifying benefits: Income Support, Pension Credit, Job Seekers Allowance and Disability Tax Credit); • Holders of ‘Passport to Leisure’ cards can purchase Circle tickets for £24, and seats on all other levels for £16 at Symphony Hall and Town Hall (one ticket per Passport holder), and receive £1 off a full-price ticket at CBSO Centre.


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disabled patrons & access DISABLED PATRONS’ DISCOUNT: 50% discount off fullprice seats. If you require a companion, their ticket is also half-price. Proof of eligibility may be required. Disabled Patrons can combine this 50% discount with Concert Package discounts. FACILITIES: For further information on facilities for patrons with disabilities, including the infra-red system for the hearing impaired, please contact Symphony Hall (for Symphony Hall/Town Hall) on 0121 780 4949 or CBSO Centre on 0121 616 6532. Receivers are available from the Performance Manager at the concert. Guide dogs welcome. WHEELCHAIR POSITIONS: Spaces for patrons who need to remain in their wheelchair during the performance are located on the stalls & upper circle levels of Symphony Hall, and stalls & circle levels of Town Hall, and are available at CBSO Centre & Coventry Cathedral. Please book in advance for Symphony Hall, Town Hall & Coventry Cathedral by calling 0121 780 4949 during opening hours. DROP-OFF FACILITY & PARKING FOR BLUE BADGE HOLDERS: Blue Badge holders can pre-book the drop-off facility at Symphony Hall by calling 0121 780 4949. You will be issued with a ticket to present with your blue badge on arrival to the barrier Security Officer. NB drop-offs must be pre-booked at least 24 hours in advance. A limited number of parking spaces for disabled people driving themselves is available at Town Hall & Symphony Hall. Spaces can be booked by calling 0121 780 4949. Please have your vehicle registration and Blue Badge number ready. Limited space is available at CBSO Centre for Blue Badge holders driving themselves. Call 0121 616 6532 in advance with your Blue Badge number & vehicle registration. For more information on parking for Blue Badge holders in Birmingham call the City Council on 0121 303 6644.

getting to our concerts VENUE ADDRESSES: Symphony Hall, Broad Street, Birmingham B1 2EA Town Hall, Victoria Square, Birmingham B3 3DQ CBSO Centre, Berkley Street, Birmingham B1 2LF Coventry Cathedral, Priory Street, Coventry CV1 5FB

BIRMINGHAM CONCERTS BY COACH The CBSO offers coach services from Cheltenham (selected weekday matinées); Lichfield / Sutton Coldfield (selected Wednesday evenings); Stratford-upon-Avon (four selected concerts); and Wolverhampton (four selected concerts). Please call 0121 616 6513 for more information. In addition, the following coach schemes are organised by regular concert-goers who are well known to the CBSO: Church Stretton and District: Call Graham Heath on 01694 722216 or email Leominster & Hereford: Call Mary Seldon on 01885 482543

Newport Music Coach (Newport, Telford, Shropshire): Call Anita Davies on 01952 813340 Shropshire & Mid-Wales: Call Frank North on 01743 790400

Ludlow and District Theatre & Arts Group (South Shropshire Concerts Coach): Call Bronwen Coldwell on 01584 831323

KEEPING IN TOUCH: To receive the CBSO’s monthly enewsletter, just send an email to with your name, address, postcode and the message ‘please subscribe to CBSO enewsletter’. To join the CBSO mailing list, call 0121 616 6500.

DATA PROTECTION: Once you have booked tickets for a CBSO concert, your contact details will be held on the CBSO’s and THSH’s marketing databases and, from time to time, you may receive details from both organisations about their future activities, using any of the contact methods you provided, unless you specify otherwise when booking.

City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, CBSO Centre, Berkley Street, Birmingham B1 2LF Tel: 0121 616 6500 Fax: 0121 616 6518 Registered in England no. 1262018. Registered Charity no. 506276 All performance timings are approximate. The information in this brochure was correct at the time of going to press. The CBSO reserves the right to alter programmes & artists without notice. All tickets subject to availability. Design: wow! creative, 01793 719033; Print: Menzies Nunn Ltd, 01384 262148; CBSO photos by Mysticpuma, Photo credits: p4. Stephen Hough: Grant Hiroshima; Sol Gabetta: Marco Borggreve; p5. Hélène Grimaud: Mat Hennek & DG; p6. Akiko Suwanai: Leslie Kee; The Composer is Dead sketch by Philip McCulloch-Downs; p8. Edward Gardner: Sim Canetty Clarke; p10. Simon Halsey: Matthias Heyde; Andris Nelsons: Marco Borggreve; p11. Jonas Kaufmann: Scholzshootspeople; Sir Mark Elder: Simon Dodd; p12. Anna Vinnitskaya: Gela Megrelidze; Sarah Connelly: Peter Warren; p13. Tasmin Little: Melanie Winning; Chaplin: Film Preservation Associates Inc.; p15. John Wilson: Chris Christodoulou; Thomas Adès: Maurice Foxall; p16. Claire Booth: Sven Arnstein; p17. James Ehnes: Benjamin Ealovega; p18. Lisa Milne: Cliva Barda; p19. Lise de la Salle: Stéphane Gallois; Kristine Opolais: Marco Borggreve; p20. Baiba Skride: Marco Borggreve; p21. Bryn Terfel: Brian Tarr; p22. Edward Gardner: Sim Canetty Clarke; p23. World in Harmony sketch by Philip McCulloch-Downs; Laurence Jackson: Richard Battye; p25. Andris Nelsons: Marco Borggreve.

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booking information How to Book Online - (full-price tickets only). By phone - THSH Box Office: 0121 780 3333. In person Symphony Hall Box Office: 10am–6pm Monday to Saturday & 12pm–4pm Sunday. Opening hours may be extended on concert days. By post - please give alternative seating areas to avoid delay if your first choice is unavailable. Add the £2 transaction fee to the cost of your tickets and enclose payment (see below). Send your booking to: THSH Box Office, Symphony Hall, Broad Sreeet, Birmingham B1 2EA. By minicom - 0121 644 6140 How to Pay By credit/debit card: MasterCard, Visa, Maestro and Amex. By cheque: please make cheques payable to ‘Performances Birmingham Limited’, leaving the actual amount open but stating an upper limit in the bottom left-hand corner. By monthly direct debit: for concert package bookings of 3+ concerts; please enquire when booking. PLEASE DO NOT SEND CASH THROUGH THE POST. Please note that a £2 transaction fee is charged by THSH Box Office on all bookings except those made in person.


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RETURNS & RESALES: Tickets are accepted at the discretion of the Box Office but all CBSO sales take priority. There is a service charge of 10% of the face value and money resulting from a resale will be forwarded by gift voucher. NB only cash or cheques will be accepted in payment for returns.

LOST TICKETS: Please note there is a £2 charge for printing duplicate tickets.

FREE TICKET EXCHANGE FOR CONCERT PACKAGE BOOKINGS If you are unable to attend a concert in your Concert Package, you can exchange to same price seats for another CBSO-promoted concert at Symphony Hall, or use tickets as part payment towards CBSO tickets of a higher value, subject to availability (with a limit of one exchange per ticket; subsequent exchanges will be charged at £3). You must contact Box Office Customer Services on 0121 644 5198 at least 48 hours in advance to arrange the exchange. Customer Services reserve the right to refuse exchanges at shorter notice. Tickets should be returned to: Customer Services, THSH Box Office, Broad Street, Birmingham B1 2EA. Tickets for past concerts cannot be exchanged. The Box Office must receive tickets prior to the concert date in order for the exchange to be done. Only tickets purchased as part of a CBSO concert package can be exchanged. We regret that credit notes cannot be issued.

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Thank You The CBSO could not sustain its world-wide reputation without the support of the local business community, which is vital in enabling the Orchestra to act as an Ambassador for Birmingham and the West Midlands. We would like to thank the following organisations and companies for their support, and invite you to join them. To find out more about the benefits of corporate collaborations with the CBSO, please contact Calum Nisbet, Corporate Relations Manager: 0121 616 6538 /


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Trusts & Foundations The 1000th Man Charitable Trust Lord Austin Trust The Charles Brotherton Trust Bryant Trust J H Burn Charity Trust Edward and Dorothy Cadbury Trust W A Cadbury Charitable Trust Beatrice A V Cadman Charitable Trust The City of Birmingham Orchestral Endowment Fund George Henry Collins Charity Baron Davenport’s Charity D’Oyly Carte Charitable Trust W E Dunn Trust The Equitable Charitable Trust The Eveson Charitable Trust The George Fentham Birmingham Charity The Charles Henry Foyle Trust Matthew Hodder Charitable Trust Grimmitt Trust Peter & Jane How Trust Idlewild Trust Kobler Trust S & D Lloyd Charitable Trust Martineau Johnson Charitable Trust The Paul Morgan Charitable Trust Norton Foundation Harry Payne Trust Austin & Hope Pilkington Trust The Misses CM Pearson & MV Williams Charitable Trust Perry Family Charitable Trust Penny Trust PRS Foundation Roughley Charitable Trust The Saintbury Trust Henry James Sayer Charity SFIA Educational Trust Steel Charitable Trust F C Stokes Charitable Trust St Thomas’s Dole Charity E J Thompson Memorial Fund The Tolkien Trust Douglas Turner Charitable Trust GJW Turner Trust Garfield Weston Foundation Wilmcote Charitrust Grantham Yorke Trust

Thank you also to our many Chair Endowers, Music Director’s Circle members, Patrons and Friends for their generous support. For more details, please contact Eve Smith: 0121 616 6533 /

CBSO 2012 Half Season Online Brochure  
CBSO 2012 Half Season Online Brochure  

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