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City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (Orchestra)

Founded: 1920 - Birmingham, England

The City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (= CBSO) is based in Birmingham in England. The orchestra was founded as the City of Birmingham Orchestra in 1920, with Edward Elgar conducting its first concert. Adrian Boult was its chief conductor from 1924 to 1930. It became a full time organisation in 1944, changing its name to the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra in 1948. The composer Andrzej Panufnik was Chief Conductor from 1957 to 1960.

The CBSO made recordings and gave regular concerts, but did not gain any international renown until Simon Rattle became its chief conductor in 1980. Under him, the CBSO became one of the leading ensembles in Britain, and gained a name for its interpretations of late romantic and 20th century works. In 1990, the post of Radcliffe Composer in Association was created, with Mark-Anthony Turnage filling the role. In 1995 Judith Weir became Fairbairn Composer in Association.

The Finn Sakari Oramo took over from Simon Rattle in 1998, upon the latter securing a post at the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra.

Chief Conductors and Music Directors

Appleby Matthews (1920-1924)
Adrian Boult (1924-1930)
Leslie Heward (1930-1943)
George Weldon (1944-1951)
Rudolf Schwarz (1951-1957)
Andrzej Panufnik (1957-1959)
Adrian Boult (1959-1960)
Hugo Rignold (1960-1969)
Louis Frémaux (1969-1978)
Simon Rattle (1980-1998)
Sakari Oramo (1998-2008)
Andris Nelsons (2008-Present)

 

Source: Wikipedia Website
Contributed by
Aryeh Oron (July 2003, November 2013)

Recordings of Bach Cantatas & Other Vocal Works

Conductor

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Works

Basil Cameron

Orchestra

Arias from BWV 68, BWV 201 (w/ Soprano Isobel Baillie)

Recordings of Arrangements/Transcriptions of Bach’s Works

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Works

Louis Frémaux

Orchestra

Bach-Walton: The Wise Virgins, suite from the ballet

George Weldon

Orchestra

Bach-Bantock: Chorale Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme from Cantata BWV 140, transcribed for orchestra

Links to other Sites

CBSO - City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (Official Website)
City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (Wikipedia)
City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra: Warwick Arts Centre
OrchestraNET: Symphony Orchestras in the UK: City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (biography) [Portuguese]

City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (Octobre-en-Normandie) [French]
Symphony Hall Tenth Anniversary ConcertCity of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
City Of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra CBSO Tour Dates & Tickets
City of Birmingham, UK. Symphony Orchestra

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