With its four amateur choruses - including three youth choruses - the CBSO has a wealth of experience in running non-professional ensembles.
The CBSO Youth Orchestra meets at least twice a year, in central Birmingham, for intensive non-residential week-long courses. These are usually held during school half-term weeks and conclude with a public concert in a major Midlands venue. Full rehearsals will take place at CBSO Centre, the CBSO's rehearsal and administrative home, followed by dress rehearsals and concerts at Symphony Hall, Birmingham. The CBSO Youth Orchestra Academy, for a selected chamber orchestra, takes place at CBSO Centre each summer, with a final concert at Birmingham Town Hall.
Sunday 20 July - Saturday 26 July 2014 (Academy: Kodály, R.Strauss, Beethoven)
Saturday 25 October - Sunday 2 November 2014 (Full orchestra: Turnage, Vaughan Williams, Holst)
Saturday 14 February - Sunday 22 February 2015 (Full orchestra: Lutoslawski, Prokofiev, Mahler)
Summer 2015 - dates tbc (Academy)
Saturday 24 October - Sunday 1 November 2015 (Full orchestra)
Saturday 13 February - Sunday 21 February 2016 (Full orchestra)
Summer 2016 - dates tbc (Academy)