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Forward by Richard Bratby

Forward: 100 Years of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra

Richard Bratby

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Category: Music, Non-fiction
Imprint: Elliott & Thompson Limited
Publisher: Elliott & Thompson Limited
Publication date: 28 Nov 2019
ISBN: 9781783964536

The story of the world-renowned City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, from humble beginnings to international acclaim

4 stars out of 5
1 Feb 2020

"Prepare to be amazed"

Unlike other orchestra histories which focus on strategy, money and boardroom crises, Bratby assures us in his opening pages that "unless stated otherwise, it should be assumed that at any given point in this history the orchestra is either barely breaking even or is facing a worrying financial shortfall. This is also likely to apply for the foreseeable future." That a symphony orchestra can survive at all in blunt-spoken Birmingham is a minor miracle. That it can thrive and shine under this slip of a Mirga is a source of wonderment to all. How it is achieved is the history that Bratby tells, and tells so well.