City of Birmingham Symphony links up with to show unseen and existing performances


The City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (CBSO) is delighted to announce it has agreed a two-year partnership with the leading arts streaming service, Marquee TV.

Launching on Saturday 5 June, six broadcasts of previously unseen and existing CBSO performances will be released throughout June and July on Featuring repertoire ranging from Nielsen to Gilbert and Sullivan, the broadcasts will enable global audiences to experience the CBSO, building on the orchestra’s work throughout the pandemic to connect digitally with music-lovers worldwide.

The six-concert series will premiere five previously unseen performances including music by ClyneColeridge-TaylorDvořákGlinkaGlazunovShawMendelssohnNielsenSaint-Saëns, Sibelius, Takemitsu and Tchaikovsky conducted by Ryan Bancroft, Jonathan BloxhamBen Gernon, John Wilson and Kazuki YamadaStephen Hough performs Mendelssohn’s First Piano Concerto with Alpesh Chauhan and in a special programme of British light music, John Wilson joins the orchestra to shine a spotlight on Coates, Delius, ElgarGilbert and Sullivan and Haydn Wood.

Filmed in Birmingham between November 2020 and May 2021, the concerts will be broadcast to Marquee TV’s global audience. A subscription to Marquee TV costs £8.99 per month or £89.99 per year. The concerts will be available on demand to Marquee TV subscribers for up to a year.

Further broadcasts and additional information relating to the CBSO’s two-year partnership with Marquee TV will be announced over the coming weeks and months.

The concerts have been filmed with generous support from David and Sandra Burbidge, Jamie and Alison Justham, Chris and Jane Loughran, John Osborn CBE and Arts Council England’s Culture Recovery Fund.

Stephen Maddock, Chief Executive of the CBSO, said: ‘It’s fantastic that this new partnership between the CBSO and Marquee TV will give even more people across the globe the opportunity to experience one of the finest orchestras in the world, playing a diverse range of wonderful music. I have no doubt that these concerts will delight our existing fans and new audiences alike. The CBSO is hugely grateful to our funders and donors whose remarkable support and generosity have enabled the CBSO to keep creating great performances through the pandemic, and now enable us to share these with the world.

Susannah Simons, Editorial Director at Marquee TV, said: ‘Marquee TV is thrilled to add the CBSO to our collection of outstanding performances from the UK’s great orchestras and we look forward to developing the partnership over the coming years- showcasing the best talent to a global audience.’

The CBSO is also currently giving live weekly performances for socially-distanced audiences at Symphony Hall, Birmingham. Upcoming concerts include a programme of English music with tenor Ian Bostridge conducted by Michael Seal (9 June), two concerts led by music director Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla including the world premiere of Thomas Adès’s CBSO centenary commission The Exterminating Angel Symphony (16 June) and music by Weinberg (23 June), the UK premiere of Julian Anderson’s CBSO Centenary Commission Litanies with CBSO’s Principal Guest Conductor Kazuki Yamada (30 June), a special Friday Night Classics programme of Summer Classics with conductor Michael Seal and violinist Jonathan Martindale (Friday 2 July) and a season finale concert with Edward Gardner and violinist Alina Ibragimova (7 July).  For further information, visit the CBSO website (click here).

Saturday 5 June, 7pm
Ryan Bancroft conductor
Sibelius Spring Song
Shaw Entr’acte
Nielsen Symphony No.4 ‘Inextinguishable’

Saturday 12 June, 7pm
Jonathan Bloxham
Dvořák Carnival Overture
Liszt Carnival Overture
Holmès La Nuit et l’amour
Saint-Saëns Violin Concerto No.3; Danse macabre

Saturday 19 June, 7pm
John Wilson conductor
Sullivan Iolanthe: Overture
Delius Summer night on the river
Coates Cinderella
Elgar Chanson de matin; Chanson de nuit
Wood London Landmarks

Saturday 26 June, 7pm
Alpesh Chauhan conductor
Stephen Hough piano
Brahms Academic Festival Overture
Mendelssohn Piano Concerto No.1
Mendelssohn Symphony No.1

Saturday 3 July, 7pm
Ben Gernon conductor
Coleridge-Taylor Petite Suite de Concert
Clyne The Midnight Hour
Tchaikovsky Swan Lake: Suite; The Sleeping Beauty: Waltz

Saturday 10 July, 7pm
Kazuki Yamada conductor
Glinka Ruslan and Ludmila: Overture
Tchaikovsky Marche Slave
Takemitsu Star-Isle
Glazunov Symphony No.5

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