Your chance to win VIP tickets to the world acclaimed CBSO Notes from a Small Island

19th August 2016


What’s your idea of Englishness? Royalty or rolling hills? Elgar or the Beatles? Fish and chips or chicken balti? A wet bank holiday in Weston-super-Mare, or a big night out on Broad Street? Shakespeare or Come Dine with Me?

As the CBSO launches its year-long musical search for the Spirit of England, presenter Catherine Arlidge and maestro Michael Seal take an irreverent musical look at what it means to be English: featuring music from Britten to Bollywood, 633 Squadron to Bohemian Rhapsody.

Whatever happens to be your personal cup of tea!

You can enjoy two complimentary VIP tickets on Saturday, 24th September at 7pm to enjoy an evening of Englishness!

The Programme Includes:

Storm from Peter Grimes • The Lark Ascending • Mars from The Planets • Bohemian Rhapsody • 633 Squadron • Liberty Bell from Monty Python’s Flying Circus; and music from The Great Escape • Slumdog Millionaire • and themes from Wallace & Gromit, James Bond and Harry Potter

VIP tickets include: reserved seats in the exclusive corporate area, access to the Director’s Lounge, complimentary programme and parking in Brindley Place and an opportunity to meet the musicians.

For your chance to win this fabulous prize either re-tweet and follow @thegastrocard and @TheCBSO #CBSO or to enter by email, contact with the subject heading “CBSO” by the closing date below.

Terms and Conditions: One winner will be chosen at random from all entries, after the closing date of Monday, 19th September at 5pm.

This competition is now closed.

The winner is Angela Surgenor.

By entering this competition, you agree to receive occasional details of offers and promotions from Gastro Card or the competition promoters.

About the CBSO

The 2016-17 Concert Season – our first with new Osborn Music Director Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla – begins on 26 August at Symphony Hall, Birmingham, with a performance of Tchaikovsky’s Fourth Symphony, and marks the start of a new and exciting chapter in our history.

As well as all of the sensational symphonies and world-class concerto soloists you’d expect from a CBSO season, this year the Orchestra is looking forward to concerts that celebrate The Spirit of England, a host of operatic and choral classics – a particular highlight for Mirga – and music from the years 1916-17 as part of our CBSO:2020 centenary countdown.

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.

Based in Symphony Hall, it 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.