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Smith & Williamson Sponsors CBSO Concert in Birmingham

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  • Published: Fri, 20 Dec 2019 13:08 GMT

Smith & Williamson’s sponsorship of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (CBSO) has continued with an evening of music from some of the classical world’s best-loved composers.

Smith & Williamson’s Birmingham office, which is a platinum corporate sponsor of the world-famous orchestra for the second year running, hosted numerous clients and guests at “An Evening of Haydn and Mozart” at the end of November.

It was the first of two concerts the firm is sponsoring at Symphony Hall, Birmingham this season, the second being a performance of Schubert’s “Great” Symphony on 13th February.

Stephen Maddock, OBE, chief executive of the CBSO, which celebrates its centenary in 2020, said: “We were thrilled to welcome staff from Smith & Williamson and their guests to our concert of music by Haydn and Mozart.

“We are incredibly grateful to our platinum corporate sponsors for their ongoing support, particularly as we celebrate our centenary with landmark concerts, international tours and community initiatives planned throughout the year.”

Stephen Drew, Professional Services Regional Managing Partner at Smith & Williamson in Birmingham, said: “The CBSO is a beacon of cultural life in Birmingham and the West Midlands, as well as being one of the world’s great orchestras.

“Smith & Williamson has deep roots within the city’s business, professional and social life, so our sponsorship of the CBSO is a natural fit for us at a time of ambitious growth when we are investing in our people and infrastructure - and thereby in the city itself.”

Mark Willis, Partner and Head of Investment Management at Smith & Williamson Investment Management in Birmingham, added: “It’s a real honour to be continuing our partnership with the CBSO and we are looking forward to welcoming our clients and friends to our next special concert early in 2020.”

Planned initiatives to mark the CBSO’s centenary year include the opening of the Shireland CBSO School in Sandwell – believed to be the world’s first non-selective, non-fee-paying school to be established in collaboration with an orchestra – plus extensive worldwide touring plans, a series of celebratory concerts in Birmingham and a landmark project to commission 40 brand new pieces of music.

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