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Richard Jenkinson

Sunday 29 April 2012 at 1430 | Albrighton Parish Church
Mozart: Symphony no.35 KV385 'Haffner'
Tchaikovsky: Variations on a Rococo Theme op.33
Tchaikovsky: Pezzo capriccioso op.62
Mozart: Symphony no.40 KV550

Transcedent Mozart and a Russian's heartfelt tribute to his idol: Tchaikovsky's variations played in their original form by CBSO principal, Richard Jenkinson; for solo 'cello and orchestra, the composer's Pezzo capriccioso is an unusual and lovely treat; two late masterpieces by Mozart complete the programme.

supporting the St. Mary Magdalene organ appeal.

Richard Jenkinson, 'cello | Martin Leigh, conductor

Richard Jenkinson

Saturday 29 May 2010 at 19:30 |
The Great Hall, Bloxham School, Banbury
Rossini: Overture La Cenerentola
Saint-Saëns: Cello Concerto no.1
Beethoven: Symphony no.2 op.36

Rossini's Cinderella is a gossammer delight; considered by many to be the greatest of all concertos for the instrument, Saint-Saëns's first concerto is here played by CBSO principal, Richard Jenkinson; the high spirits of Beethoven's second symphony complete this joyful programme.

Supporting Rotary International End Polio Now Campaign
Promoted by The Rotary Club of Banbury.

Richard Jenkinson, 'cello | Martin Leigh, conductor

Martin Roscoe Plays Beethoven

Wednesday 10 November 2010 | Artrix Bromsgrove

Stravinsky: Suite no.1 for Small Orchestra
Beethoven: Piano Concerto no.3 op.37
Stravinsky: Octet
Beethoven: Piano Concerto no.4 op.58
Martin Roscoe, one of Britain's most distinguished musicians, collaborates with the Orchestra for the first time.


In aid of Macmillan Cancer Support.

Martin Roscoe, piano | Martin Leigh, conductor

Simon Callaghan

Sunday 20 Feburary 2011 | Bloxham School, Banbury

Ives: The Unanswered Question
Schubert / Liszt: 'Wanderer' Fantasy D 760
Beethoven: Symphony no.3 'Eroica'
Charles Ives's visionary question, and answers by Beethoven and Schubert


promoted by the Rotary Club of Banbury

Simon Callaghan, piano | Martin Leigh, conductor

Simon Callaghan and the 'Emperor'

Saturday 26 May 2012 at 1500 | Artrix, Bromsgrove
Mozart: Symphony no.35 KV385 'Haffner'
Beethoven: Piano Concerto no.5 op.73 'Emperor'
Mozart: Symphony no.40 KV550

In 2010, Birmingham Chamber Orchestra performed Beethoven's third and fourth piano concertos with Martin Roscoe. The Orchestra returns this year to Artrix with the epic 'Emperor', performed by Simon Callaghan. Two transcendent works by Mozart complete the programme.

We are grateful to the Fidelio Charitable Trust for making possible this concert.

Simon Callaghan, piano | Martin Leigh, conductor

Alexandra Wood plays Brahms

Saturday 20 October 2012 at 1500 | Artrix, Bromsgrove
Brahms: Violin Concerto op.77 
Dvořák: Symphony no.6 op.60

A popular symphony by Dvořák, and Brahms's masterful concerto, in D major both. Dvořák and Brahms draw from the rich heritage of Czech and Hungarian dance music new possibilities of expression, great excitement, and an abundance of melody. As soloist, the welcome return of the superb Alexandra Wood.

We are grateful to the Birmingham Chamber Orchestra Sponsume circle for making possible this concert.

Alexandra Wood, violin | Martin Leigh, conductor

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Tchaikovsky: Eugene OneginBeethoven: King Stephen OvertureBizet: CarmenMozart: 'Eine kleine Nachtmusik'Songs for voice and harpA concert for Mozart's BirthdayBeethoven Grosse fugeVerdi RigolettoCharity ConcertsCopland Appalachian SpringLutoslawski Chain 1Schubert Symphony no.3

Dances and Arias

Sunday 17 May 2009 at 19:30 | All Saints' Parish Church, Broseley

Bartók: Rumanian Folk Dances
Puccini: Quando m'en vo' soletta (La Bohčme)
Gounod: Jewel Song (Faust)
Puccini: Un bel dě (Madama Butterfly)
Beethoven: 12 Contredanses WoO14
Bellini: Casta Diva (Norma)
Gounod: Je veux vivre dans ce ręve (Romeo et Juliette)
Beethoven: Symphony no.7 in A, op.92

A programme of dance and song: Bartók's delightful Rumanian Dances; the witty and pithy Contredanses by Beethoven; and his glorious and dithyrambic Seventh Symphony. Outstanding soprano Caroline Lester joins the Birmingham Chamber Orchestra for arias by Bellini, Puccini, and Gounod.

Caroline Lester, soprano | Martin Leigh, conductor

Rachmaninov Second

Sunday 5 July 2009 at 19:30 | David Street Hall, Dodderhill School

Vaughan Williams: Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis
Rachmaninov: Concerto for Piano and Orchestra no.2
Saint-Saëns: Danse macabre
Bartók: Dance Suite
Brahms: Hungarian Dances nos.1, 3, and 10

Rachmaninov's best-known concerto and Vaughan-Williams's ever-popular Fantasia, coupled with very different dances by Bartók, Brahms, and Saint-Saëns. Rising pianist Simon Callaghan makes his first appearance with the Orchestra.

Simon Callaghan, piano | Martin Leigh, conductor

Romantic Masterpieces

Saturday 19 September 2009 at 19:30 | Albrighton Parish Church

Schumann: Overture to 'Genoveva', op.81
Mendelssohn: Concerto for Violin and Orchestra
Bartók: Divertimento, Sz.113
Schumann: Overture, Scherzo and Finale, op.52

Three Romantic masterpieces: Sara Trickey returns to perform Mendelssohn's beloved concerto, Joachim's 'inward... heart's jewel'; Schumann's delightful, Mendelssohn-inspired symphonic torso; and his Overture to Genoveva, a story of Mediaeval love and redemption. Bartók's wonderful Divertimento, infused with folk dance and melody, continues Birmingham Chamber Orchestra's season-long engagement with the composer.

Sara Trickey, violin | Martin Leigh, conductor

Enikö Magyar and Simon Callaghan

Saturday 10 July 2010 at 19:30 | St Mary Magdalene, Albrighton
Sunday 11 July 2010 at 19:30 | David Street Hall, Dodderhill School
Dvořák: Legends (i-v)
Bruch: Romance for viola (10 July)
Paul Patterson: Tides of Mananan (10 July)
Hummel: Fantasie (10 July)
Schumann: Carnaval op.9 (11 July)
Prokofiev: Piano Concerto no.3 op.26 (11 July)
Dvořák: Legends (vi-x)

Remarkable young viola player Enikö Magyar performs Bruch's lyrical Romance and Hummel's entertainment; Simon Callaghan returns to Dodderhill for Prokofiev's third concerto – a work matching Simon's own blistering virtuosity and musical invention; surrounding them, Dvořák's Legends are the tender cousins of the composer's Slavonic Dances.

Enikö Magyar, viola | Simon Callaghan, piano |
Martin Leigh, conductor

Romany Wood

Sunday 13 February 2011 | Town Hall, Birmingham

Gaukroger / Carr: Romany Wood
A musical delight for narrator, children's choir, and orchestra. The Orchestra's first performance in Birmingham Town Hall promises to be an inspiring and uplifiting occasion.

supporting Birmingham St.Mary's Hospice

Nick Owen, narrator | Martin Leigh, conductor

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