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Birmingham Town Hall, 2009
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Adrian Boult Hall, Sunday 13 April, 15:00
BPO Concerto Prize Final
Conductor - Michael Lloyd

Beethoven - Fidelio Overture
Brahms - Violin Concerto
Pakhmutova - Trumpet Concerto
Rachmaninov - Piano Concerto No 2
Humperdinck - Hansel and Gretel Prelude

Our brochure for the season 2013-14, featuring music by Wagner, Verdi, Mahler, Elgar and Vaughan-Williams, with performances in Symphony Hall, Birmingham Town Hall and Worcester Cathedral is now available. Up to date information on performances is always listed on the Concerts page.

From the archives . . . . images of the BPO over seventy years to the sound of Elgar's Serenade for Strings from a concert conducted by E David Ludlow in 1950.

The Birmingham Philharmonic Concerto Prize

The BPO Concerto Prize (formerly the Ludlow Philharmonic Concerto Prize) is a competition for solo performers organised and staged by the Birmingham Conservatoire in association with the Birmingham Philharmonic Orchestra. Read more

April 2012

Photographs from Adrian Boult Hall, April 2012 with Richard Laing. Photos by Barry Gibb / Digitalis Media.


A selection of photographs from our recent concert in Lichfield Cathedral, February 2012 with Michael Seal. Photos by Martin Kimberley.

Photographs and press coverage from our recent concert in Sudbury, April 2012..

The Gadget ShowMembers of the BPO were invited to take part in Channel 5's The Gadget Show, testing new and strange musical devices. The programme was broadcast on Monday 8 November 2010 at 20.00. In the photo are Gillian Whiting and Julien Guillamat (cello), Julie Nash (violin) and Geoff Cutler (viola). Photo by Geoff Cutler.

Richard LaingThe orchestra is pleased to annouce the appointment of Richard Laing as Associate Conductor.  Richard has enjoyed a close relationship with the orchestra for several years, conducting concerts in Birmingham Town Hall, Adrian Boult Hall and Leominster Priory as well as in Sutton Coldfield and Warwick, and leading the memorable performances of Mahler's "Resurrection" Symphony in 2007.

Peter DonohoeSpecial congratulations to our Patron, the
ianist Peter Donohoe who was awarded a
CBE in the New Year Honours List 2010. Peter discussed his recent performances of Ravel's Concerto for the Left Hand with the BPO in a recent article in the Birmingham Post -“I don’t regard the main issue to be whether or not the musicians concerned are amateur or professional. It’s more important that they’re genuinely interested and committed to music."

Photographs from Sudbury, Suffolk (October 2009)

Photographs from Colston Hall, Bristol (February 2010) - and a few more

Photographs from Coventry Cathedral (April 2010)

Who's Who - conductors, players and the committee

More Infomation - other ways to get in touch with the orchestra, information on vacancies.





Review (****) from Birmingham Post, 27 February 2014"great depth of tone, near-perfect intonation [...] wonderfully-delivered articulation and phrasing, and a platform discipline which would put some [...] professional orchestras to shame."

Review (****) from Birmingham Post, 20 June 2013 "one of the greatest amateur orchestras in the country."

From the Sutton Coldfield Observer, 8 February 2013 - "orchestra was in perfect harmony ... ensuring a night to remember"

Review (****) from Birmingham Post 20 December 2012 - "Particularly fine was the trumpet section, led by Greg McEwan with masses of confident aplomb"

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Founded in the early years of the second world war to raise money for war charities, the Birmingham Philharmonic Orchestra received its present title in 1941. It retained its vigour at the cessation of hostilities and remains one of the country’s best amateur orchestras, drawing its members from all walks of life throughout the West Midlands.

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