The Smith & Williamson Birmingham office renews partnership with CBSO.
Leading financial and professional services group Smith & Williamson has announced it will continue its partnership with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (CBSO) for a second year.
Smith & Williamson continued sponsorship provides a platform for music making and more as the CBSO celebrates its centenary
The partnership will see the two organisations continuing to work together in areas of mutual interest, including the commitment of both parties to community work in addition to business and client engagement. It is also a fabulous opportunity for Smith & Williamson to engage with an internationally-renowned organisation and its important work during its centenary year in 2020.
Smith & Williamson will be sponsoring two concerts at Symphony Hall, Birmingham in the coming season; an evening of Haydn and Mozart on Wednesday 27 November and Schubert’s ‘Great’ Symphony on Thursday 13 February.
The CBSO celebrates its centenary in 2020. Planned initiatives to mark this milestone 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.
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 in Birmingham, added: “It’s a real honour to be continuing our partnership with the CBSO and we are particularly looking forward to welcoming our clients and friends to our two special concerts in the coming months.”
Commenting on the partnership, CBSO Chief Executive Stephen Maddock OBE said: “We are delighted to continue to work with Smith & Williamson as a Platinum Partner. This is an important year for the orchestra as we launch our centenary celebrations, and we have landmark concerts, international tours and community initiatives planned.
“We are looking forward to sharing this special season with Smith & Williamson, and to working together to celebrate their investment in the city and the orchestra at such an important time.”
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Notes to editors
Smith & Williamson is an independently owned professional and financial services group with over 1,700 people. The group is a leading provider of investment management, financial advisory and accountancy services to private clients, professional practices and mid-to-large corporates. The group has twelve offices; these are in London, Belfast, Birmingham, Bristol, Cheltenham, Dublin (City and Sandyford), Glasgow, Guildford, Jersey, Salisbury and Southampton.
Smith & Williamson is an independently owned financial and professional services group. The firm is a leading provider of investment management, financial advisory and accountancy services to private clients, professional practices, entrepreneurs and mid-to-large corporates. The group’s c1,700 people operate from a network of twelve offices: London, Belfast, Birmingham, Bristol, Cheltenham, Dublin (City and Sandyford), Glasgow, Guildford, Jersey, Salisbury and Southampton.
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About the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (CBSO)
The City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra is one of the world’s great orchestras, and the flagship of musical life in Birmingham and the Midlands.
Based at Birmingham’s spectacular Symphony Hall, the orchestra and its ensembles give over 150 concerts each year in the UK and worldwide, playing a wide range of music including everything from Wagner operas to world premieres, film music and family concerts. With a far-reaching education and community programme, four choruses and a Youth Orchestra, it is involved with every aspect of music-making in the Midlands. But at its heart is a team of 90 superb professional musicians, and a 99-year tradition of making the world’s greatest music.
The orchestra was founded by future Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain in 1920, and Elgar conducted its inaugural concert. But it was when it discovered the young British conductor Simon Rattle in 1980 that the CBSO became internationally famous, and showed how the arts can help give a new sense of direction to a whole city. Rattle’s successors Sakari Oramo and Andris Nelsons cemented that global reputation, and continued to build on the CBSO’s distinguished tradition as one of the UK’s leading musical ambassadors.
Under the artistic leadership of Osborn Music Director* Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla the CBSO continues to do what it does best – playing great music for people in Birmingham and beyond. As it approaches its centenary in 2020, the CBSO remains one of the most vibrant cultural organisations in the UK.
*The position of Music Director is generously supported by John Osborn.
For more information visit www.cbso.co.uk