Andy Perry

BPO members were very sorry to hear of the death of one of our ‘cellists, Andy Perry. Andy had been a member of the BPO since 1997 and will be greatly missed. BPO members’ recollections of Andy go back as far as his days in Sandwell Youth Orchestra. More recently, …

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Anne Hagyard 1958-2021

BPO members were very sorry to hear of the sudden death of Anne Hagyard on 31 December last year. Anne had been a member and principal oboe of the BPO for many years. The photograph shows Anne performing Richard Strauss’ Oboe Concerto during a Sinfonia of Birmingham concert in Germany …

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BPO Wind in Bromsgrove

On Friday 3rd December, Bromsgrove Concerts will be hosting the Birmingham Philharmonic Wind Ensemble in a programme of music from Czechoslovakia, Romania and Austria. Led by Alastair Moseley who is well known to classical music fans in Bromsgrove, the ensemble features 13 musicians who are all members of the Birmingham Philharmonic …

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Royal Birmingham Conservatoire collaboration

Following our advertisement last month, the BPO is delighted to welcome Andy Woolcock as its principal percussionist for the year. The BPO has entered into a new collaboration with the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire and Andy is the first RBC-BPO percussion bursary student. The arrangement will give him fantastic orchestral experience and …

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Lloyd-Webber champions BPO

In an exciting move for music in the West Midlands the Birmingham Philharmonic Orchestra (BPO) have welcomed world renowned cellist Julian Lloyd-Webber OBE as a patron. A former principal of the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, Lloyd Webber has again showed his passion for the music community of the Birmingham area stating, …

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New Season Brochure

The brochure for the new season 2021-22 is now available to download. We’re almost back to normal now, with a full progamme of concerts in Birmingham and further afield. There’s a Christmas feel to our 19 December concert with conductor Keith Slade –  snow maidens, Finnish woods and Tchaikovsky. In …

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Opportunities for Percussionists!

BPO is offering interested percussionists the chance to audition for parts in the orchestra’s 2021/22 season. This is an amazing opportunity to play with the Midlands’ leading non-professional orchestra in some incredible orchestral repertoire. Successful applicants will be offered a percussion part or parts during BPO’s 2021/22 season. You will …

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Sally Alexander MBE

Sally Alexander, BPO Principal Cellist and Head of Kimichi School, Birmingham has been awarded an MBE in the Birthday Honours List, June 2021. Sally writes :- “For three weeks I’ve not been allowed to say anything (mostly because I thought it was a terribly well-executed prank) but I have been …

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Game of Rings

Although the HBO TV series Game of Thrones is partly based on the English Wars of the Roses, there are also many parallels with the Norse mythology that Wagner drew on for The Ring of the Niebelungen. For a start, there’s a lot of sex, especially involving illegitimate children and …

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Orchestra of the Year, 2018

The Birmingham Philharmonic Orchestra has won the title, Birmingham Orchestra of the Year 2018 in the What’s On Birmingham Readers’ Awards. Chair John Franklin and Principal Clarinet Alastair Moseley accepted the award on behalf of the orchestra at a ceremony this week. https://www.facebook.com/WhatsOnBirmingham/videos/2052455948104832/