Music to one’s ears… Gastro Card continues its partnership with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra for a third year
The City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra is the flagship of musical life in Birmingham and the West Midlands – and one of the world’s great orchestras. Gastro Card is proud to be a strategic partner working with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra for a third year.
Based in Symphony Hall, the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra gives over 130 concerts each year in Birmingham, the UK and around the world, playing music that ranges from classics to contemporary, film music and even symphonic disco. With a far-reaching community programme and a family of choruses and ensembles, it’s involved in every aspect of music-making in the Midlands. But at its centre is a team of 90 superb professional musicians, and a 95-year tradition of making the world’s greatest music, right here in the heart of Birmingham.
That local tradition started with the orchestra’s very first symphonic concert in 1920 – conducted by Sir Edward Elgar. Ever since then, through war, recessions, social change and civic renewal, the CBSO has been proud to be Birmingham’s orchestra. Under principal conductors including Adrian Boult, George Weldon, Andrzej Panufnik and Louis Frémaux, the CBSO won an artistic reputation that spread far beyond the Midlands. But it was when it discovered the young British conductor Simon Rattle in 1980 that the CBSO became internationally famous – and showed how the arts can help give a new sense of direction to a whole city.
Combining the dynamism of youth and a profundity beyond her years, conductor Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla is a creative and technical force. At the age of 30, she has already enjoyed meaningful and lasting relationships with top orchestras all over the world. Notably, Gražinytė-Tyla was named Music Director of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra in February 2016.
She made her debut with the orchestra in July 2015 and returned in January 2016. In becoming the Music Director, Gražinytė-Tyla follows in the footsteps of Sir Simon Rattle, Sakari Oramo and Andris Nelsons.
Look out for great offers and competitions to celebrate our partnership.