Birmingham is a young city, and the CBSO has always thrived on the energy, imagination and uncompromising commitment of our young people. So as we turn 100, we’re handing this concert over to our fearless team of Youth Ambassadors. 

They’ve chosen the music; they’ve chosen the artists, and it’s a terrific mix of old and new, innovation and tradition, familiar and brilliantly unexpected. You’ll already know Shostakovich’s Jazz Suite, and Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue – melodies that slink and boogie their way into your memory – but Debussy’s fabulous, dream-laden Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune is one of those pieces that never stops feeling new, and sounding fabulous.

There’s a taste of Latin America from Astor Piazzolla, a touch of Mexican chilli from Arturo Marquez, and then a Birmingham first: the astonishing Concerto for Beatboxer and Orchestra by cult composer Anna Meredith. And finally, experience the spectacular descent of Mason Bates’s Mothership, a neon-lit, genre-bending musical close encounter of the third kind, with an electrifying beat. Throughout, our Youth Ambassadors will be talking about the music, offering a fresh perspective on what it is, what it does for them, and why the CBSO’s second century starts here. With Jaume Santonja Espinós conducting, expect to be astonished - and inspired. Are you ready?

CBSO+ 6pm: Meet our Youth Ambassadors as they bring to light what it’s like to take over a symphony orchestra!

This concert has been made possible with generous support from the Rachel Baker Memorial Charity and the CBSO Development Trust's private endowment fund, with additional support from the M K Rose Charitable Trust.