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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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 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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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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