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 …


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 …


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.

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 …


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 …


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 …


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 …


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 …


Mahler’s Fourth Symphony