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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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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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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