Guide to Classical Music, Opera and Dance in Birmingham

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Birmingham Symphony Hall
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Birmingham Town Hall © Magnus Manske
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Guide to Birmingham Town Hall & Symphony Hall

To find upcoming performances at THSH as well as recent reviews, check out their homepage here.
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BirminghamMessiaen's Turangalîla-Symphonie

Messiaen
BBC Symphony Orchestra; Sakari Oramo; Steven Osborne; Cynthia Millar

BirminghamAurora Orchestra performs Brahms Symphony no. 1 from memory

Ayres, Brahms
Aurora Orchestra; Nicholas Collon

BirminghamSeong-Jin Cho in Recital

Mozart, Debussy, Chopin
Seong-Jin Cho, Piano

BirminghamChristopher Park in recital

Beethoven, Stravinsky, Neuwirth, Schumann
Christopher Park, Piano

BirminghamEx Cathedra: Summer Music by Candlelight

Jeffrey Skidmore; Ex Cathedra
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Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra at Symphony Hall

East meets West meets East in a disappointing display of homogenised, sugar-coated music-making in Birmingham
*1111
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Ravi Shankar’s Opera Sukanya Delights in Birmingham

Five years after the composer's death, his musical collaborator David Murphy ensures that Shankar's only operatic work finally gets heard.
****1
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Alina Ibragimova's Brahms thrills Symphony Hall

Alina Ibragimove reigns supreme in Symphony Hall with Brahms' Violin Concerto as Ulster Orchestra srtuggle to find the depth of emotion Sibelius deserves in Symphony No 1
***11
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Gabel brings French Romance to Birmingham

With a Francophile programme of Berlioz, Chopin and Franck, conductor Fabien Gabel had the constant challenge of exploring the orchestra for fresh insights into each of these Romantic works.
***11
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Gardner and the CBSO play Mahler 5

A concert of remarkable clarity, turning the structural challenges of Haydn and Mahler into dramatic virtues.
*****
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