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Up next- our first ensemble Repertoire Report from the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra Youth Orchestra. You can compare it with their 2010 report here.

CBSO Youth Orchestra

incorporating the Midland Youth Orchestra

Symphony Hall Feb 2006; Sakari Oramo conducting

2004 saw the launch of a new youth orchestra for the Midlands.

Founded in 1956 by CBSO General Manager Blyth Major, the Midland Youth Orchestra was for nearly half a century one of the UK’s leading independent youth orchestras. Now it’s joined with one of the world’s great professional orchestras to become the CBSO Youth Orchestra, giving young musicians from across the Midlands the chance to experience professionally-supported orchestral playing at the highest level.

CBSO Youth Orchestra in rehearsal with Andris Nelsons, Feb 2009 Open to all Midlands young musicians, aged 14-21, of the necessary standard, the CBSO Youth Orchestra gives its members an unmatched opportunity to be part of an internationally famous orchestral organisation, playing challenging music in prestigious venues with top professional conductors. Intended to complement the region’s existing Youth and Schools orchestras, the CBSO aims to have a youth orchestra like no other – dynamic, challenging, and filled with young players who share the CBSO’s own passion for music.

CBSO Ignite, our programme for engaging audiences and the community: the CBSO Youth Orchestra is part of the wider CBSO family of ensembles drawing their members from across the region – including an adult chorus and four youth choruses.

Visit the CBSO website.

The Youth Orchestra is run by the CBSO for young people (age14-21) of all social backgrounds from the West Midlands, and we have a policy of booking leading professional conductors and soloists for them: we only use artists who’ve already worked with the “big” CBSO. We’re immensely proud of its achievements  and looking forward to 2012, which will include works by Berg & Bartok, Bruckner 4, the Shostakovich / Barshai Chamber Symphony Op.110a, Schubert Great C Monster and a complete “Nutcracker” in concert! Full details here: www.cbsoyouthorchestra.com

CBSO Youth Orchestra: 2011 repertoire report (with conductor / soloist)

Ades: Three Studies after Couperin (Michael Seal)

Berio: Rendering (Michael Seal)

Debussy: Prelude a l’apres-midi d’un faune (John Wilson)

Ben Foskett: Leckey (world premiere – CBSO Youth Orchestra commission) (Jac van Steen)

Gershwin: Concerto in F (John Wilson / Leon McCawley)

Rachmaninov: Symphonic Dances (Jac van Steen)

Stravinsky: Pulcinella (complete) (Michael Seal)

Stravinsky: Violin Concerto (Jac van Steen / Alina Pogostkina)

Vaughan Williams: Symphony No.6 (John Wilson)


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