Wagner, Bruckner and Wagner Tubas

The BPO will be performing some rarely played music and will feature some rarely heard instruments in two concerts in June 2017. Wagner’s tender and peaceful symphonic poem, Siegfried Idyll, has only been performed by the BPO on one previous occasion, 60 years ago in 1957. Our performance of Bruckner’s …

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Battle of the Somme

In 2006, The Imperial War Museum commissioned Laura Rossi to score a film for the 90th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme. During 2016-17, the music, together with the film are being shown and performed at various venues around the country. The Birmingham Philharmonic Orchestra will be taking part in a …

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BPO Concerto Prize Winner 2017

Congratulations to violinist Chu-Yu Yang whose performance of Korngold’s Violin Concerto was awarded the top prize in the BPO Concerto Competition Final on Sunday 7 May. The photograph shows (from left to right), Julian Lloyd-Webber, Principal of the Birmingham Conservatoire, Stephen Maddock, Chief Executive of the City of Birmingham Symphony …

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Concerto Prize Finalist Domonkos Csabay

Hungarian pianist Domonkos Csabay graduated in 2014 from the Franz Liszt Academy in Budapest. In 2015 he received the scholarship of the Josef Weingarten Trust and started a personal study programme at Birmingham Conservatoire under John Thwaites and Pascal Nemirovski. He has played in masterclasses with artists such as Boris …

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Concerto Prize Finalist Chu-Yu Yang

Chu-Yu Yang was born in Taiwan and started playing the violin at the age of 6. He decided to learn music professionally during his time at high school, and was fully supported by his parents. Under the guidance of his previous teacher Su-Lan Hsu, Chu-Yu has improved speedily and has …

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Concerto Prize Finalist Yu-Syuan Li

Taiwanese flautist Yu-Syuan Li completed her undergraduate studies at University of Taipei with Sabina Shu-Chun Chiang, and is currently studying for a Master’s degree at Birmingham Conservatoire under Jonathan Rimmer. Yu-Syuan began by playing the piano first then took up the flute at age 11, from which moment she decided …

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An Award for the BPO

The BPO is delighted to be named as the runner-up in the Best Classical Orchestra/Choir category of the Birmingham What’s On Readers’ Awards 2017.  Congratulations to the fantastic CBSO who were named as the group winners.   Our Music Director, Michael Lloyd, was keen to pass on his congratulations to …

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Mahler 4 – the completion of the cycle

The Birmingham Philharmonic Orchestra and Mahler go together extremely well; since the beginning of 2000, the BPO has performed more symphonies by Mahler than any other composer.  Our performances of Mahler’s 4th Symphony in March 2017 represents the completion of a cycle which started in 1990; our Music Director, Michael …

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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!