Memories from the 1960s

At our recent concert in Shrewsbury, John Franklin, Chair of the BPO was delighted to meet up again with Penny Crompton (nee Morse), as they had both been young members of the BPO flute section in the 1960s, but not seen each other since. Penny also provided us with a …

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The Force is Strong!

First film music concert with Richard Darth Laing was a sell out success at The Bramall, Birmingham University today. Next Sunday afternoon we’re doing it all again in Theatre Severn, Shrewsbury and that’s already sold out too!

Fifty Years Service!

“Several members have been in the orchestra for many years. Fourteen have more than 30 years continuous service. Of those six have more than 40 years continuous service and one has just completed 50 years continuous service. On 12th October 2016, violinist Tony Smith completed 50 years continuous service. Not …

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Birthday Concert

Here’s a summary of what BPO Chair John Franklin said after our 75th birthday concert on Sunday 18 December. “The BPO gave its first concert as the South Birmingham Orchestra in November 1941 to raise money for war charities. A group  of musicians got together to perform Handel’s Messiah, with the nationally …

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Birthday Concert

Our final concert of 2016, our 75th birthday year will be on the afternoon of Sunday 18 December at Birmingham University, and features seasonal favorites, including excerpts from Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker and Handel’s Messiah. There’s also Bernstein’s Candide Overture, Feste Romane by Respighi and a few surprises. We’ll be joined by …

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Our Next Concert, Northampton

St Matthews Church, Northampton is the venue for our first concert of the new season. The programme features soprano Alison Roddy who joins us for  Joseph Canteloube’s haunting Chants de l’Auvergne, together with Bartók’s Concerto for Orchestra. The concert begins at 19:30 with Wagners’s Die Meistersinger overture. Tickets are available from …

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New Season’s Brochure

The BPO 2016-2017 Concert Season Brochure is now available, featuring continuing events to celebrate the orchestra’s 75th anniversary. Details are also on the updated Concerts page. Highlights include Bartok’s Concerto for Orchestra, Mahler’s 4th Symphony and Bruckner’s 8th Symphony. Soprano Alison Roddy joins us for Canteloube’s haunting Songs of the …

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An Extra Concert

On Saturday 11 June at 19:30, in one of a series of concerts to mark the closure of the Adrian Boult Hall in Birmingham, the BPO will be joined by pianist Di Xiao for Mozart’s D Minor Concerto and Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G. They will also be joined by …

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BPO Concerto Prize Final

Congratulations to all participants in the BPO Concerto Prize final on Sunday 24 April, and especially to the eventual winner, Michael Webb for his performance of Finzi’s Clarinet Concerto. More photographs on our Facebook pages. (from left to right) Paul Dilkes (BPO violin and Treasurer of the competition prize fund), …

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