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 the West Midlands.

Events to commemorate the anniversary include a special performance on Mahler’s Eighth Symphony, the Symphony of a Thousand in Symphony Hall, Birmingham on Sunday 6 March with the City of Birmingham Choir, the University of Birmingham Chorus and the Choir of St Peter’s Wolverhampton.

We have also updated and extended our Archives, to include details of every concert performance by the orchestra since 1941, with copies of programmes, posters and photographs where these are available. If you have copies of any missing items, or photographs of the orchestra pre-2000, we’d love to hear from you.

And if you recognise anyone in the photo above, or can provide definitive information on when and were it was taken, please get in touch, or add suggestions below?

STOP PRESSsome more photographs probably from the 1980s. Any idea which concert? Please let us know!

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