Mirga’s orchestra receives huge anonymous gift

press release:

The City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (CBSO) is delighted to announce it has received a legacy of £800,000 from a generous donor – one of the largest legacy gifts in the organisation’s 97-year history.

The legacy was left by a frequent CBSO concert-goer and supporting member who lived in Lichfield.  It will support the CBSO’s activity in the UK over an eight-year period, meaning that as the CBSO passes its centenary in 2020 he will have helped to ensure the CBSO continues to thrive for music lovers of the future.

CBSO Individual Giving Manager Eve Vines shares the story behind the gift:

“Our recent £800,000 gift was given by a gentleman who was very special to us, and who first started supporting the Orchestra in memory of his wife. In addition to coming to concerts to hear the full Orchestra perform he really valued the work which CBSO musicians did with young people around the region. I’m quite sure that it was this, together with his friendship with a number of the musicians, that inspired him to leave a legacy.”

Chief Executive Stephen Maddock OBE adds:

“This important legacy represents a significant contribution to the £15-£20 million we need to raise from the private sector over the next eight years.  Support from generous private funders enables us to maintain and build upon the CBSO’s world-class artistic standards and the breadth of its work in the local community.  Without such support every aspect of our work would be diminished beyond recognition. Gifts from generous individuals, companies and trusts are all part of the mix, and so too are legacies of all sizes.  I am always touched and humbled when I learn that someone has chosen to remember us in this way: in doing so they ensure we can continue to offer musical inspiration for generations to come.”

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      • I have not lived here very long, and was born and educated in inner-city London in the east end where my home was for 57years! I am culturally a Londoner. I will never become or would be accepted as Yorkshire, and I am in London a lot when I can afford to.

      • But neither am I English! I am British and don’t have any English blood I me whatsoever. How about telling us where you come from???

        • I am an Englishman (more specifically a Lancastrian) who happens to hold a British passport, I see nothing contradictory in that.

    • I can’t stand her. I couldn’t stand her predecessor either. The CBSO seems to love conductors who twitch, wave their arms about, and in Mirga’s case, jump up and down. Like Hoffnung’s cartoons. OK they get the results from the orchestra but it is dreadful to watch.

      • The former Metropolitan Opera’s principal horn Julie Landsman had the perfect advice for such cases, be you audience member or player…..”Don’t look up very much”.

        • There’s an instruction we write in our parts sometimes as a reminder to keep our eyes on the music: LUFU. Stands for “Look Up – Fuck Up”

      • No, they love conductors who are superlative musicians, who inspire them, and whom they respect.

        The hand-wavy stuff? That’s not for your benefit. All that matters is the results it generates, and if you need to close your eyes to appreciate that, so be it. And if you’ve missed out on Mirga’s concerts so far – and missed the phenomenal things Andris Nelson achieved – on such a superficial basis, it’s possible that you’re using the wrong one of your five senses. Clue: music is aimed primarily at the ears.

  • Good to listen to though, and they both have tremendous respect for the musicians. It’s amazing how many conductors look good from the audience but are completely useless (/destructive) from where the orchestra sits. And vice versa…

  • A most generous legacy is made to the CBSO and instead of expressing good thoughts and delight at the news (which Una did), it is an opportunity to criticise conductors.

    The headline did not need to mention Mirga, she is not the news here!

    • Thanks Derek, and then I get quizzed and asked to justify myself and nationality! This is not about the conductor but about the orchestra having the funds in a not so well-heeled part of Britain to carry on the great and the enormous work they have done, and to mention the schools’ outreach. Pays in life to be generous in this life.

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