City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (CBSO)
The City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra is a world-renowned musical institution at the heart of West Midlands life.
Every year it reaches over 200,000 people through its broad concert programme, which ranges from operas to ABBA nights, as well as engaging with 70,000 children through its learning programme, nurturing the talents of 750 local residents aged 7–70 with six choirs and a youth orchestra, and acting as an ambassador for the region and the UK through an extensive programme of touring, recording and broadcasting.
The CBSO was established in 1920 by future Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain, and the legendary composer Edward Elgar conducted its inaugural concert. Since Sir Simon Rattle’s 18-year tenure as music director it has been recognised among the world’s finest orchestras.
Its global pre-eminence was recently affirmed when a performance in Tokyo was selected as Japan’s best classical concert of 2013 by 44 of the country’s leading music critics, receiving more votes than performances by the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, the Berlin Philharmonic, the Vienna Philharmonic, the Tokyo Philharmonic, the Teatro alla Scala, Milan, the London Symphony Orchestra and the Philharmonia Orchestra (Ongaku-no tomo, February 2014).
Since its earliest days the CBSO has always had close links with the local community, from grass roots to the civic and business community. Today our partners continue to harness the power of the Orchestra’s globally-recognised brand while providing investment to sustain what the Birmingham Post recently described as ‘one of the city’s greatest institutions’.
Gastro Card is delighted to be a strategic partner with CBSO.