In preparation for our upcoming performance at the BBC Proms 2021, we join Music Director Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla to champion the music of a too-long neglected composer. A pupil of Vaughan Williams, Ruth Gipps started her career as an oboist with what was then the City of Birmingham Orchestra in 1944, before becoming established as a composer. Her Symphony No. 2 takes a wide-screen, cinematic view of the Second World War, embracing exhilaration, anxiety and, finally, ecstatic rejoicing. Conflict of a very different kind runs through The Exterminating Angel Symphony by Thomas Adès (50 this year), inspired by Louis Buñuel’s Surrealist film.

Brahms’s Third Symphony strikes a more autumnal tone, inspired by a visit to the River Rhine in 1883. The critic Eduard Hanslick pronounced it 'artistically the most nearly perfect' of the composer’s symphonies to date.

On sale information
Priority booking for CBSO Members opens at 10am on Thursday 15 July

General booking opens at 10am on Friday 16 July

Tickets can be booked online or by phone. Box office phone lines (0121 780 3333) are now open Monday-Saturday from 10am – 2pm.

Please note that for this performance we will be trialling a mixture of standard and socially-distanced seating in Symphony Hall as follows:

• Stalls – standard seating
• Circle – standard seating
• Upper Circle – socially distanced
• Grand Tier – socially distanced

Further information about this event will be provided shortly. 

The following discounts are available for this performance:
• Wheelchair User or Disabled Patron if they need assistance of a companion/helper, the helper ticket is free.

• Benefit recipient discount. If you receive income support, job seeker’s allowance, universal credit, pension credit or personal independence payment you can book one ticket per performance at the special rate of £13. Please note, you may be asked to present the form of ID used to claim the tickets on arrival at Symphony Hall.

• Child aged 17 and under / School & Youth group tickets - £5

• Full time Student tickets - £5

• Those aged 18-30 can book tickets for £10

• Groups: 20% discount for groups of 8+, free reservation facility. For accompanied children aged 17 or under, the child ticket price applies instead of the 20% discount. 2 free tickets when you buy 20+ tickets for one concert. Groups subject to a £1 per ticket commission.