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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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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Next Season’s Programme

Birmingham Philharmonic Orchestra’s programme for its 75th season has just been announced. Full details are on the Concerts page, and in the new 2015 – 16 Season Brochure. Highlight of the year will be a performance of Mahler’s Symphony No 8 in Birmingham Symphony Hall on Sunday 6 March 2016 with the …

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