In March 2018, the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (CBSO) presents the Debussy Festival, a major celebration of the composer’s work across two weekends, to mark the centenary of his death. The festival is the largest-scale artistic collaboration to-date between the CBSO, Town Hall Symphony Hall, Birmingham Contemporary Music Group (BCMG), Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, University of Birmingham, Ikon Gallery and The Electric Cinema. The Debussy Festival has been conceived by CBSO Music Director Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla, inspired by the composer’s search for beauty, his vision and influences, and the music he inspired.
The festival includes all of Debussy’s major works, with complementary pieces by composers with a strong connection to Debussy’s music and world premieres by contemporary composers who have been inspired by his work.
The festival – the largest event of its kind in the country - is centred around eight concerts at Symphony Hall, Birmingham. There will also be a series of chamber music concerts at CBSO Centre from CBSO musicians and Royal Birmingham Conservatoire musicians, who will also perform Debussy piano music and songs in the Conservatoire’s new recital hall. Concerts are themed to the different facets of Debussy’s work, highlighting his versatility as a composer In addition to concerts, the festival also encompasses film, free talks and a Debussy ‘Pianoathon’ for the general public to take part in over two days at Birmingham New Street Station.
Full details on all Debussy Festival events can be found at cbso.co.uk/debussy