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2021/22 Events

Thursday 9th December 2021 – Evening

Symphony Hall, Birmingham

The CBSO presents a “New Worlds” concert

  • Sibelius – Finlandia
  • Dove – In Exile (CBSO Centenary Commission: UK Premiere)
  • Dvořák – Symphony № 9 (New World)

Conductor: Gergely Madaras
Baritone: Sir Simon Keenlyside
Cello: Raphael Wallfisch

Grand passions, glorious tunes: Sibelius’s Finlandia and Dvořák’s New World are two classics that just never get old (even if the Hovis advert was nearly 50 years ago now!) But tonight, we’re creating new memories too, with the UK premiere of In Exile by Jonathan Dove: a heartfelt musical journey for two great British soloists, written specially for the CBSO by one of our most communicative – and brilliant – living composers.

Thursday 13th January 2022 – Evening

Symphony Hall, Birmingham

The CBSO presents a concert featuring Mendelssohn and Sibelius

  • Coleridge-Taylor – Solemn Prelude
  • Mendelssohn – Violin Concerto in E minor
  • Sibelius – Symphony № 2

Conductor: Ryan Bancroft
Violin: Clara-Jumi Kang

Sibelius’ Second Symphony begins quietly – even playfully. But by the time it’s run its course, trumpets are raising the roof and the air is ringing with a melody that sweeps everything before it. It’s a thrilling climax to a concert that opens with the soul-stirring music of a forgotten English romantic, and stars the extraordinary Clara-Jumi Kang in a violin concerto that always sounds fresh.

Choir seats are once again available in addition to Stall seats.
Booking Forms are being sent out and applications will close at noon 8th December.

Thursday 20th January 2022 – Matinée

Festival Theatre, Malvern

The Dresser, starring Julian Clary and Matthew Kelly

Inspired by memories of working as Donald Wolfit’s dresser as a young man, Ronald Harwood’s evocative, affectionate and hilarious portrait of backstage life is one of the most acclaimed dramas of modern theatre.

It is 1942 and in a war-torn provincial theatre an ageing actor manager, known to his loyal acting company as ‘Sir’, is struggling to cling on to his sanity and complete his two hundred and twenty seventh performance of King Lear.

It is down to Norman, Sir’s devoted dresser, to ensure that in spite of everything, the show goes on. For sixteen years Norman has been there to fix Sir’s wig, massage his ego, remind him of his opening lines and provide the sound effects in the storm scene.

Norman will be played by Julian Clary one of the UK’s most unique and best loved entertainers.

Playing ‘Sir’ will be Matthew Kelly, winner of an Olivier Award for Of Mice and Men and who has presented TV shows such as Game for a Laugh.

“Riotously funny” – Express

“A hugely entertaining evening, rich in comic moments” – Sunday Times

Thursday 17th February 2022 – Matinée

Theatre Clwyd, Mold

The Da Vinci Code

The blockbuster story that captivated the world is now an epic stage thriller based on Dan Brown’s best-selling novel which sold over 100 million copies.

The curator of the Louvre has been brutally murdered, and alongside his body are a series of baffling codes. Follow the pulse-racing journey as Professor Robert Langdon, played by Television favourite Nigel Harman (EastEnders, Hotel Babylon) and fellow cryptologist Sophie Neveu (Hannah Rose Caton) attempt to solve the riddles, leading to the works of Leonardo Da Vinci and beyond, deep into the vault of history.

With guidance from teacher and friend Sir Leigh Teabing, played by family favourite Danny John-Jules (Red Dwarf, Death in Paradise), Langdon and Neveu embark on a breathless race through the streets of Europe. The pair must decipher the labyrinthine code before a shocking historical secret is lost forever.

“I am thrilled that The Da Vinci Code is being adapted for the stage, and excited to see the unique potential of live theatre to enhance this story. The production team has been faithful to the book, but will also bring something new for the audience, in what is certain to be a gripping, fast-paced stage thriller and a thoroughly entertaining show.”Dan Brown

Booking Forms are being sent out 11th December.

Friday 18th February 2022 – Evening

Victoria Hall, Stoke

The BBC Philharmonic Orchestra presents
Romantic Rachmaninov

  • Bizet – Excerpts from Carmen
  • Rachmaninov – Piano Concerto № 2
  • Stravinsky – Firebird: Suite 1945

Conductor: Ben Gernon
Piano: Juan Pérez Floristán

Ben Gernon is the highly acclaimed Conductor of the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra who guides us through Romantic Rachmaninov in tonight’s concert.

You may already know Rachmaninov’s most romantic concerto, described as the best piano concerto ever written, and when you hear Juan Pérez Floristán’s interpretation you will know that it is true! Coupled with Stravinsky’s Firebird Suite, unleashing music of sweeping passion and dazzling colour, and excerpts from Bizet’s Carmen, this will be a night of music to light up the sky.

Wednesday 16th March 2022 – Evening

Symphony Hall, Birmingham

The CBSO, under Mirga, presents
Sheku Kanneh-Mason plays Shostakovich

  • Weinberg – Symphony № 4
  • Shostakovich – Cello Concerto № 2
  • Weinberg – Symphony № 3

Conductor: Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla
Cello: Sheku Kanneh-Mason MBE

Mirga recently said “With Weinberg, each piece is just greater than the next”. Her award-winning, critically acclaimed exploration of this great 20th Century composer (who was a friend of Shostakovich) has been one of the supreme achievements of her time in Birmingham. Two gripping symphonies frame Shostakovich’s powerful Second Cello Concerto – and a welcome return for another great friend of the CBSO, Sheku Kanneh-Mason.

Sheku Kanneh-Mason MBE, one of the brightest young cellists on the classical music scene, became a household name in May 2018 after performing at the wedding of TRH the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. His performance was greeted with universal excitement after being watched by nearly two billion people globally.

Saturday 23rd April 2022 – Evening

Symphony Hall, Birmingham

The CBSO, under Christoph Koenig, presents
Mahler and Mozart

  • Mozart – Piano Concerto № 27 K.595
  • Mahler – Symphony № 5

Conductor: Christoph Koenig
Piano: Paul Lewis CBE

A trumpet sounds, and the orchestra unleashes Hell. To call Mahler’s Fifth Symphony dramatic is a bit of an understatement! But there’s joy as well as tragedy in this epic musical adventure, as well as the ravishing Adagietto: possibly the sweetest love-song in all music.

Christoph Koenig was an instant hit on his first appearance here in 2019 and now The Spanish Radio Symphony Orchestra has just appointed him as their next chief conductor.

He’s joined by Paul Lewis in Mozart’s exquisite last piano concerto. Paul Lewis CBE is internationally regarded as one of the leading musicians of his generation. His cycles of core piano works by Beethoven and Schubert have received unanimous critical and public acclaim worldwide.

Wednesday 27th April 2022 – Matinée

Festival Theatre, Malvern

Penelope Keith stars in Two Cigarettes in the Dark

Written by Stephen Wyatt this is a bitter-sweet comedy about facing the end.

Bright, witty, and fiercely independent, Isabel is not ready to let go just yet. In a series of encounters with an old friend and her two sons, by turns funny, startling and poignant, home truths are exchanged, and her past begins to emerge.

As Isabel confronts her own hidden regrets and family secrets, we learn what hides below the surface of this proud mother, wife, and friend. Finally, Isabel is able to make peace with her life and say goodbye.

Stephen Wyatt’s new play reunites Dame Penelope Keith with director Alan Strachan who also directed her in Entertaining Angels (2006), Mrs Pat (2015) and The Chalk Garden (2018) at Chichester.