Symphony Hall Photos

One of the many photographs taken during our performance of Mahler 8 at Symphony Hall on Sunday 6 March with the City of Birmingham Choir, the University of Birmingham Chorus, the Boys’ and Girls’ Choirs of St Peter’s Collegiate Church, Wolverhampton and the Choir of Coppice Performing Arts School, Wolverhampton. …

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Mahler 8 for Beginners

Warm up exercises prior to the mass rehearsal of over 500 members of the Birmingham Philharmonic Orchestra, City of Birmingham Choir, University of Birmingham Chorus, and childrens’ choirs from St Peter’s Collegiate Church Wolverhampton together with soloists at Birmingham University on Sunday 28 February. It’s not too late to get …

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Mahler 8 in 1984

Mahler’s Eighth Symphony is a major undertaking for any orchestra, let alone a non-professional one, but the concert in Symphony Hall on 6 March isn’t the first time that BPO have tackled this enormous work. In 1984, to mark the 25th anniversary of our then Music Director, Kenneth Page, the …

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Orchestra of a Thousand

Not quite, but well over 100 for first rehearsal of Mahler 8 in Elgar Concert Hall at Birmingham University this morning. Thirteen cellos, ten basses, dozens of violins and violas, double everything and more in wind and brass. The thousand will come when we add the combined choirs in a few …

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Elgar by a mile!

The results are in – given the choice between Elgar’s Nimrod, Delius’s On Hearing the First Cuckoo in Spring or Vaughan Williams’ Fantasia on Greensleeves, audiences in both Sutton Coldfield Town Hall and the Elgar Concert Hall at Birmingham University chose Nimrod, by large majorities in both venues. Would you like us to repeat this …

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Your Choice!

At the start of our 75th Anniversary Celebrations this year, the first concert series features some of our most popular items from the early days right up to the present. The title, Music For All, was first used for a series of concerts in 1945 and 1946 – read more …

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75th Anniversary Year

2016 marks the 75th anniversary of the Birmingham Philharmonic Orchestra. Founded in 1941 as the South Birmingham Orchestra to raise money for war charities, the orchestra adopted its present title in 1947. It remains the country’s leading large non-professional symphony orchestra, drawing its members from all walks of life throughout …

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St Peter’s Wolverhampton

For our next concert on Sunday 6 December, we return to St Peter’s Collegiate Church in the centre of Wolverhampton, where we last played in 2010, this time, with our huge rental led display, we made sure everyone will see! The statue in the photo is Lady Wulfrun (935 – …

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Classic and Romantic

Yesterday’s final concert of our first series for this season, in our regular home base at Birmingham University’s Elgar Concert Hall after excursions to Sudbury and Cleobury Mortimer, drew a large crowd to hear a programme of classic and romantic works from Beethoven, Mendelssohn and Richard Strauss. Writing on the …

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Great Birmingham Run

If you’re planning to come to our concert in Birmingham University’s Bramall Building next Sunday (18 October, 15:00), make sure to allow a bit of extra time for your journey. The Great Birmingham Run is taking place in the morning, and there may still be some road closures early afternoon. …

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