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China Tour 2016/17 Partners

The City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra is a world-renowned musical institution at the heart of West Midlands life.
Every year it reaches over 200,000 people through its broad concert programme – which ranges from operas to ABBA nights – as well as providing 70,000 engagement opportunities for local children through its learning programme, nurturing the talents of 750 local residents aged 7–70 with five choirs and a youth orchestra, and acting as an ambassador for the region and the UK through an extensive programme of touring, recording and broadcasting.

The orchestra recently entered a particularly exciting period of its history with the appointment of 30-year-old Lithuanian conductor Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla as its new Music Director. Mirga is ‘Europe’s most exciting young conductor’, in the words of BBC Music. Her appointment was front-page news in The Times, and was hailed as ‘the biggest news in the conducting world this year’ by the Los Angeles Times.

Since its earliest days the CBSO has always had close links with the business community. Today over 20 corporate partners work with the orchestra, harnessing the power of its globally-recognised brand to achieve their business objectives while also providing vital investment to sustain what the Birmingham Post recently described as ‘one of the city’s greatest institutions’.

In December 2016, the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra will make its inaugural tour to China with support from three key partners:

To learn more about how to become a Corporate Partner please contact Ellie Griffiths, Corporate Relations Manager, on 0044 (0)121 616 6538.

Official Airline Partner

Qatar Airways

We're very proud to be working in partnership with Qatar Airways as our Official Airline Partner.



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Academic Touring Partner

China Institute - University of Birmingham

We're very proud to be working in partnership with the China Institute at the University of Birmingham.



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Official Digital Partner in China

Tiger Creative

We're very proud to be working in partnership with digital consultancy Tiger Creative as our Official Digital Partner in China. 



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The CBSO Tour to China

China Tour 2016/17

For the first time in the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra’s 96-year history, the orchestra will embark on a tour to mainland China across the New Year period in December 2016 and January 2017.

The conductor

Vassily Sinaisky

The Soloist

James Ehnes

Concert dates

Tour schedule

The City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra will be performing five concerts during their debut tour to China across the New Year festivities in December 2016 and January 2017.

The Orchestra will visit four cities across the following dates:

- Friday 30 December 2016
- Saturday 31 December 2016
- Sunday 1 January 2017
- Tuesday 3 January 2017
- Thursday 5 January 2017





Guangzhou

Friday 30 December 2016, 8.00pm

Guangzhou Opera House





Guangzhou

Saturday 31 December 2016, 8.00pm

Guangzhou Opera House





Changsha

Sunday 1 January 2017, 8.00pm

Changsha Concert Hall





Shanghai

Tuesday 3 January 2017, 7.30pm

Shanghai Grand Theatre





Beijing

Thursday 5 January 2017, 7.30pm

NCPA, Beijing