Birmingham Town Hall & Symphony Hall

« Birmingham Symphony Hall has one of the very best acoustics in the world, one of very few to provide resonant warmth (almost to the level of a stone church) at the same time as having so much clarity that your ear can pick out clearly the timbre of any individual instrument of your choice. »
David Karlin, May 2015
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BirminghamBeyond the Score: Elgar's Enigma Variations

Elgar: Enigma Variations on an Original Theme for Orchestra, Op.36
The Hallé; Sir Mark Elder; Gerard McBurney

BirminghamCall Me God: The final speech of a Dictator

Bach, Franck, Widor, Messiaen, Ligeti
John Malkovich, Voice

BirminghamArmida Quartet

Haydn, Nikodijevic, Beethoven
Armida Quartett

BirminghamBeethoven's Emperor Concerto

Beethoven
Academy of St Martin in the Fields; Murray Perahia
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Osborne offers a Rachmaninov referendum in Symphony Hall

Steven Osborne consults the audience on the choice of encore following a fine performance of Rachmaninov's Piano Concerto no. 2, part of an all Russian programme which the CBSO played with zealous committment.
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Petrenko and Danilov in thrilling Rachmaninov

Keyboard virtuoso Trifonov delivers a stunning rendition of Rachmaninov's Fourth Piano Concerto at Birmingham's Symphony Hall. 
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Gražinytė-Tyla's adventures in Beethoven and Mozart

Clearly Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla has found her feet with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and isn't afraid to be a bit experimental.
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Playing a long game: Andris Nelsons' Birmingham Bruckner

The CBSO's former music director returns to his old stomping ground for a programme that mixed a Romantic staple with an austere 20th-century work.  
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Season preview: Looking back at the 2015/16 season

All roads lead to Birmingham

Town Hall and Symphony Hall flexes its international muscles next season with a number of starry ensembles bringing mouthwatering programmes to Birmingham.
© David Karlin | Mike Gutteridge
© David Karlin | Mike Gutteridge