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Our Next Concert
J Strauss II - Overture, Die Fledermaus
Sunday 25 January, 19:30
Conductor - Richard Jenkinson
Our brochure for the season 2014-15, featuring music by Tchaikovsky, Mahler, Brahms, Holst and Rimsky-Korsakov, with performances in Cleobury Mortimer, Sudbury, Shrewsbury, Banbury and Northampton, as well as our regular Birmingham venues is now available. Up to date information is always listed on the Concerts page.
From the Archives
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.
We've recently added a few more photographs from the orchestra's first tour to Oosterbeek in the Netherlands to the history page.
There's also a poster from a concert in 1946. Thanks to Gill Hartell, daughter of Roy Brown who was the BPO's first principal oboe.
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
Members 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.
The 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.
Photographs from Sudbury, Suffolk (October 2009)
Photographs from Coventry Cathedral (April 2010)
More Infomation - other ways to get in touch with the orchestra, information on vacancies.
Review (****) from Birmingham Post, 18 June 2014 - "Vaughan Williams’ Wasps Overture [...] a flourish of crisply articulated strings [...] a wholly satisfying performance [...] Elgar's King Arthur Suite [...] the BPO’s excellent brass section with Richard Elliott’s characterful tuba revealing the music’s affinity with Elgar’s Falstaff ."
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."
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.